As a student, I log on from communal clusters in my department. Now, by day these clusters are very busy. People need to get their real assignments done, so Web-browsing is frowned on. To counter this, you can come in "after hours" as-it-were. It's usually less busy, and the idea is that rules on use are...relaxed somewhat.
Problem: I sometimes come in in the evening to catch-up on the forums, but this has increasingly become an endurance test. You see, by day the cluster is full of busy & loud students. By night, it's full of FREEEEEEAAAAKKKKSSSSS!!!
The same bunch all the time! Every night they come in, and set up home. CDs, headphones, cups of vile-smelling brew, empty packets of crisps (chips), takeaways, radios (!!!), clothing....., & DISCARDED FOOTWEAR!
AAAAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH! What's with these INSANE GEEKS! They're here till past midnight, I've checked the logs! They either crash machines by downloading 100MB of "Doom" or sit and type C programs all night whilst listening to the sound of all the tortured souls of hell screaming in their earphones!
And to make matters worse, whenever I find a machine as far away from any of them as possible, another one comes in and sits nearby. Now I have nothing to hide, but I simply CANNOT work, surf or even read with someone STARING OVER MY SHOULDER.
It's really quite simple. The way to deal with freakazoids is... BE FREAKIER THAN THEY ARE.
Sit. Rock back and forth in your chair. Roll a pencil between your hands, which should be held in front of you in a praying-mantislike manner. Chuckle at nothing. Talk to your computer. Cultivate a 3-day beard. Decorate the toip of whatever computer you're using with a mutilated Wishnik (That's a "troll" to most of you folks). Occasionally get up, turn around twice, and sit down again.
Within a week, even the schizophrenics will leave you alone. Trust me.
Hey Monty, do we go to the same uni? Naah, seriously our computer rooms are just like you described, and there's people in here playing Doom too. It's just uni students being uni students, but it doesn't stop me from hating them.
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[This message was edited by Orion Syndicate on March 19, 1999.]
Uni Students are indeed a stange lot. They can be categorised into distinct groups, you know. Someone should do a study...
There are the homo sapiens, such as you & I, but not very many.
And then there are the homo computus who type up programs rather than sleep, and thus lose control of their bodily functions and hygiene. Also, the homo freakii who wander the corridors like lost souls, marking territory with skin oozings and talking to their gremlins-on-the-end-of-their pencils before rotating girlfriends with their clique colleagues.
A rarer sight in uni, although much more prevalent in the wild, is homo neddius. These thick-skulled specimens are usually very tall, posess limited vocabulary (often only one quasi-word: WharrafuK) and have brains up to 40% smaller than normal. They also apparently exude high quantities of male sex-hormone, since women invariably find them hugely attractive.
Which brings us onto the other type of student: the female. And they defy rational analysis... <
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Actually, Baloo, I don't do any of those things (okay, I rock back and forth and chuckle at nothing sometimes). However, I took that list DIRECTLY from the behaviour patterns of a guy I knew (and stayed far, far away from) at the computer labs of Clarion University.
Oh, and there ARE lesbians who are neither butt-ugly nor "extremely fit" (I assume you mean jock-women), and who are just plain normal. I knew *counts on fingers* a dozen during my 7 years in college (okay, about half were bi, but it's close enough, isn't it?)
No Bi does not count. Bisexual people are just greedy and selfish people who want more than their fare share. YOu can't legally drink AND get on the kids rides and DisneyWorld. Or something. They are selfish and should leave at least half the population for me. Er, not that I need help...
Er anyway, how did you manage to count 12 on your fingers? Are you some type of 12 fingered freek?
(There we go, distracted attention away from myself. He he he)
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