March 9th, 2006

krazy koati

All the folks in Manhattan are sad

We tracked down why it was my office iMac wasn't printing to the level's print room. I can't print PDFs on the small printer in my office, but since everything else prints fine that's only a problem for printing out my lecture notes, exam blanks, and homework assignments. We'd suspected bad printer drivers, but updating them with the newest didn't change anything. Not being able to print anything at all on the floor printer was the bigger problem. The diagnosis: the IP address they gave me for the floor printer was wrong. We're not sure where it was I was printing to, although it wasn't here. I have this vision of some people in the Dubai growling at their tech support staff asking why they come in some mornings to find quantum mechanics notes in the printers. I really miss the days of the Chooser, when I could actually find printers and pick them on purpose.

In the small yet irrelevant there's the curious wear on the left-arrow button on my iBook's keyboard. The keyboard was one of many components replaced in the big motherboard crisis a year and change ago. Well, the left arrow is completely worn off, but the ``home'' underneath it is pretty much fine. I just don't know where it could have gone.

As part of the enormous project for building a New Downtown at Marina Bay, the Urban Redevelopment Authority is planning a S$68 million bridge across the bay. It's to have a double helix-based structure, which they claim will be a world's first, and is explicitly meant to evoke the structure of DNA, joining the long list of chromosome-inspired civic infrastructure. The intent is to symbolize ``life and continuity'', ``renewal'', ``everlasting abundance'', and ``growth''. I have to say the artist's conceptions of it, particularly at night, are stunning, none the less because they include four observation ``pods'' -- their term, not mine -- which look like leftover pieces of the Star Trek: The Motion Picture recreation lounge.

Trivia: Paul Philippe Cret was the architect for the Hall of Science at Chicago's ``A Century of Progress'' 1933 exposition. Source: Skyscraper: The Search for an American Style, 1891-1941, Roger Shepherd, Editor.

Currently Reading: Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2006, Stanley Schmidt, Editor. (They had a buy two magazines, get one free deal at Borders.)