I had a dream last evening that I was in a class taught by my boss,and there was a graded homework's grade being announced, and I got a10% grade on it. After some nagging, I got him to let me see it (it wasdue to be handed out at some later date), and it turned out that althoughI did fill it out, I handed in a version of the homework from the website,which was apparently different from the one handed out in class a fewclasses ago. I complained that it wasn't fair, as I had done the homework,and he said that it wouldn't be fair to the other students to grade me onthe (shorter) web-downloaded version of the homework. After waking up, thisreminded me of a distinction in the way we use the word fair -- fair tome versus fair to the rest of the class. One refers to an idea of good workdone diligently without any attempts to bend or break the rules naturallyleading, according to the idea, to good results. The second refers to thenotion of an 'even playing field' that doesn't give rise to jealousy fromprivilege or disadvantage of the players.
It looks like there's a change in plan for the upcoming conference,at least for me. I was going to drive, but cheap tickets were found, so I'llbe flying. I arranged the times so I'll be leaving a bit after work on Friday,and will be getting back very early Monday morning, so I won't miss schoolor work.
Looks like Califnordia's new governor is having some problems... residents ofthe state don't want more bonds to pay for essentialservices. The poll concludes that they like him, but not how he wants to payfor things. I'm not very sympathetic -- that's what happens when you electsomeone just because THEY'RE A MOVIE STAR. STUUUUPID! He hasn't done anythingmagic to make the financial problems go away.. he's shut down services and istrying to borrow some money. Let this be a lesson to the American public --movie stars (California) and people like the idiot next door (BushJr).. theirapproachability and admirability don't give them magic powers. Just like fancyclothes over warm, durable ones, the voters have bought image. Watch theirwallets bleed as they freeze to death, the best-dressed people in the morgue.