19.3.05

Some things haven't changed

When I was in college, the internet as we know it was just getting off its feet. Websites were still being designed with the <blink> tag, the university modem pool still occasionally connected you at 2400 baud, and Yahoo was everyone's default search engine, not Google.

Even so, the internet posed sufficient distractions to a faux geek like me, that I had to resort to parking myself at Unicorn Cafe (bearing in mind that this was also a pre-wireless era) in order to get any work done. Worse still, I had to handwrite all my essays and assignments because if I tried to work on them at my computer, I'd eventually end up checking email or MOOing instead, and get absolutely nothing accomplished.

It's been almost eight years since my Unicorn Cafe days. Nevertheless, yesterday it was confirmed that it was only by removing myself from an internet connection and parking myself at, say, Book Cafe that I could get any holiday work done. 1 mocha, 1 large breakfast, 1 iced lime green tea and 4 hours later, almost all 30+ essays had been graded. Whoopee! I suppose the iPod helped too, drowning out for instance the animated conversation between three expatriate wives at the next table (must be nice to be able to chat all morning at a cafe).

So the next time you see a woman with a red pen working furiously through a pile of foolscap at Book Cafe, send kind thoughts my way and maybe I won't hand out as many Ds as I did yesterday.

Glimpses of Light
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6 Comments:

At 3/19/2005 12:38 pm , Blogger panaphobic said...

AH! i'm sure that explains all my Ds (Es, Fs, Os) from you since it was a pre-iPod era...

 
At 3/19/2005 7:17 pm , Anonymous mrkiasu said...

For ppl like me, i can't live a day without broadband connection. I am a geek!

 
At 3/19/2005 11:09 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Panaphobic --- Was I that harsh? Er, think of it as a learning experience ...

Mr Kiasu --- I'm worse: now that we have broadband and wireless, I spend all my idle time logged on. Just plug me into the internet direct already.

 
At 3/20/2005 1:08 am , Blogger TaLieSin said...

Hey I remember that hilarious episode when you gave me a D+ for one Jane Eyre essay, and because of your nice curly handwriting the D looked like an A.

My friends were very impressed for all of like 5 seconds. =P But thanks anyhow.

 
At 3/20/2005 9:38 am , Anonymous kk said...

Oh my god!!! Unicorn Cafe has a website??? Wow...all the memories came rushing back. And of course, there was a picture in the gallery where you could see MY table...

 
At 3/20/2005 4:48 pm , Blogger Tym said...

TaLieSin --- My handwriting's even more outta control now. It's all this damn typing I do that's ruining it.

KK --- It sure brings back the memories, doesn't it? I can smell the place already...

 

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