austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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All I hear are screams from outside the limousines

As promised I got to the end of my computer glitches. The heart of it was that after upgrading to OS X 10.5.3, my computer didn't want to get started again. I don't blame it; how would you feel if someone had gone in and rewritten your mind, even if it were to repair alleged bugs (``darn it, I don't feel like wasting time reading Usenet instead of writing that paper I was supposed to be doing'')? In the face of its reluctance I had to fall back on various schemes for making the computer pay attention to me rather than its introspective little blank screens.

Much of the evening I actually spent trying to find my Leopard installation disc, so that I would have something to boot from which was in the right epoch of operating system existence. I could find the box from which this stuff came easily, but the box was empty. Eventually I found the manual and this little cardboard shell, which was also empty, disc-wise. Finally I found the disc, which had fallen on the floor next to an unbuilt V2 model. I really should be better organized about my software, but at least it did let me find my installation disc for Dreamweaver and for my Strategy Six pack of four incredibly addictive grand strategy games (plus two expansion sets which do make the games rather better). So some good came of it, even though I didn't particularly need either. I can arrange them to get lost together now.

Trivia: In 2002, over 70 percent of field cotton in the United States was transgenic in origin. Monsanto had introduced genetically modified cotton in 1996. Source: Big Cotton: How A Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America On The Map, Stephen Yafa.

Currently Reading: Challenge To Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945 - 1974, Asif A Siddiqi. I should point out that this book is, approximately, larger than I was all the way up to third grade. It's a huge book, coming in at roughly 863 kerspillion (British thousand kerjillion) words. That's good in providing information about a subject I don't know enough about. But it also means it's a lot to read through, particularly since the Soviets decided to rename everything to a more obscure acronym every fourteen weeks.

Harder for the reading is that it uses a really bad choice for typeface. It's a mostly sans serif thing with a few frills and would work great for titles or headings, but is lousy for body text. Among other things there's no differentiating the lowercase l from the 1, and very little differentiating either from a capital I, which is a greater problem when so much of what's being written is compressed letters into only partly familiar acronyms in another language. I'm just saying I disagree strongly with the typeface.

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