[rescue] SGI Challenge L systems available in Denver
wwill at siu.edu
Fri Oct 1 07:55:27 CDT 2004
>On top of that, a lot of people have this idea that you must eliminate
>every possible shadow, surface reflection, and light variation. This is
>not natural, it is not necessary, and for a lot of us it is downright
>painful to live in.
Or work in. I have disconnected two-thirds of the lighting fixtures in the
new "office" into which I have been shoved while construction is on-going
here on campus.
Imagine a 3 x 15 metre rectangular box, with three metre ceilings. There
are white asphalt tiles on the floor, a white drop ceiling, and semi-gloss
white walls. Embedded in the drop ceiling tiles are 96 linear feet of
standard style fluorescent lighting (six four-tube fixtures, each four feet
The first time I entered this ghastly box and flipped the light switch, I
thought my eyes were going to start bleeding. Instant migraine. I have
un-done all but eight of the four-foot tubes, two in each of four fixtures,
with two of them completely shut off. No more migraines, and it's still
pretty bright in here.
There are no windows so I get zero natural light in here. "Seasonal
Affective Disorder" isn't a myth. Two hours in here when the weather gets
grey and dreary outside and you want to just sleep, or cry.
"Wherever you find a "universal" condition you are likely to find a
mathematician investigating what happens when you (a) ignore it, and/or (b)
reject it. Frequently it's something interesting . - Owen ap Morgan
 For some definition of 'interesting'."
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