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A personal story and a conclusion. OK, here we go:
My first computer was a Mac SE30. I bought it when I received my
basic training at Lund University (Sweden). It cost me over 5 K
USD. I had to work at night, distributing newspapers, during a
year, to afford it. This meant I had to wake up at 02.00 in the
middle of the night and get totally wet, day after day, week after
week. I even distributed newspapers with a -54ºC cooling effect
(i.e. -30ºC+80 Km/h winds), got (slightly) frozen legs&arms and
lost over 15 kilos of weight during that winter. But I could get my
first computer, it let me do a million things (simulations) and
contributed so I received a phd scolarship to come to these islands.
Once I was doing real number crunching, my old mac didn't hold no
longer. It took me over a week of CPU time to run data analyses on
the oceanographic data base I had received from the International
Council for the Exploration of the Sea. I requested funds at a
million instances to buy a somehow powerful box but nobody gave me
anything. And, then, I couldn't take an extra job. Hence, I had to
live in a totally empty flat during 18 months to afford the P5 out
of my for-food scolarship. During those days, I stayed about 18
hours/day at college and went home just to sleep. But I bought my
P5 with which I developed a new mathematical model for fish stock
dynamics. Now, I got an award from the European Union and get
letters from very important scientists from all over the world
praising my job. At the end of this month, several scientists from
Iceland, Sweden, France, UK and Spain will come over here to discuss
I for one believe I have to fight to make ideas come thru. In SEUL,
we have to climb a huge mountain. It'll take time and efforts.
There's no hurry. We will have to fight and once over the top of
the mountain (any mountain), we will be able to watch the world
around with all it's beauty.
People who by some reason 'leave the ship' may be due to not having
sufficiently clear ideas or will power. Many people quit and will
quit as difficulties arise. So, these recent developments are good
in some way: those who didn't stand the slightest difficulty quited.
And they would have done so sooner or later, now or in the future.
This is my position towards SEUL and everything else. I have
decided to be in here and will remain as long as the rest don't kick
me or everyone quits.
I will end this communication with some phrases a friend of mine
(Viet Nam veteran) uses to say:
Whatever shit is just chicken shit.
Say what you mean
Mean what you say
and fuck'em if they cann't take a joke.
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