Time exists. It’s relative but it exists.
I wasn’t able to finish my schooling in 90/91 (same kind of issue the kids face today except it seems to hit a lot more schools now), but I was geared up to start Lisp / Prolog type classes in my Winter ’92 had I stayed.
Once i got home I was mostly scrambling to figure out how to get back on this “internet’ thing. While I liked BBS’, the internet was way better, so I was ok with fiddling around with Turbo Pascal at home home instead.
Loved Turbo Pascal. Wanted to do C++ but those toolkits were terrible. Of course it’s easier and better now – no excuses if I *really* wanted to do it – but I prefer playing around in the quicker simpler languages when I do.
I really have to upgrade my skillset. I usually dabble in a language that I’m curious about, but unless I have a specific goal in mind that requires that language, I don’t usually go further than understanding the syntax enough to be able to read it. But most things i want to accomplish with my computer in automation are doable in other ways – usually having a systematic procedure to approach what I’m trying to accomplish involving various programs and going through the chain… since it’s a windows machine, it’s creating lots of batch files running them and such and going to bed.
Our measuring system is arbitrary, whether seconds or meters. Underneath ‘it’ (surface of common reality), a meter isn’t a meter and a second isn’t a second.
But it practically is most of the time – certainly enough to work with it.
Do something random. I’d give you a suggestion but then that’d be somewhat deterministic. Then again, you can say “no”, which makes it non-deterministic… unless, that is the ‘no’ is a part of your automatic script…. ok, it gets complicated.