Wednesday, December 22, 2004

eMac update...

As the two year mark approaches, I am happy with the OS 10.2.8. So far, I am not tempted to upgrade the OS, as each release seems to have some bugs to iron out. Of course the last few releases of any OS are the best, and then they bring out a whole new OS to begin the bug fixes anew. This means that Panther OS will be at its peak now because next year we get Tiger, which has already been leaked. Apple is sueing the leakers as reported in Macminute today.

My needs are met well by the status quo. When and if I upgrade the hardware, then I will think upon upgrading the software as well. And of course, every OS upgrade means program updates, with the work commensurate to that need. A lot of work.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Holidays and war...

Yesterday was another sad day for the families of our troops. Amongst the happy revelry of the season flit the wraiths of death - their black forms coming between loved ones like the harsh winds of the high plains, bringing cold numbing pain and devastating loss. Let us pray for these neighbors, and let us hope for an end to this war in the coming year.

We want to blame Donald Rumsfeld, but who really knows what the seat of power is, or what the influences are, we can only pray and wait.

Monday, December 20, 2004

His Dark Materials and Tweaking...

Sitting here listening to Nat King Cole singing "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...Jack Frost nipping at your toes....hhmmm...hmmm" and tweaking my this festive? Well, after the season perhaps a whole new template will emerge.

I am enjoying eReading "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman. Mr. Pullman has created another universe which has tantalizing qualities quite different from our world; quite frightening actually. I have read sci-fi fantasy where the worlds are better woven, thus giving our comfort zone some better points of reference. Ursula LeGuin's "Earthsea Trilogy" and Asimov's "Foundation" series for example, and the Harry Potter books certainly, but Pullman has given us a vision of a world off balance and in flux, one where fright permeates the senses page to page. Yet, these stories are called Children's Literature. I wouldn't recommend these books to any child. Dealing as they do with the kidnapping, maiming and death of children, they would be quite troublesome. Even my quite venerable self cried and had bad dreams after immersion reading to finish the first volume.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

USO and troops around the world

Just putting in a good word for the folks at the USO, wherever they are in the world. The USO brings much needed morale boosters to the troops and their families when they are away from home. Any USO has resources and the ability to help to at least get the information a traveling Militarily related person may need, and in the forward areas, the USO is the only "show on the road" many times. God Bless them, and give some thought to allocating the USO a few dollars toward keeping our people closer to home, if only in spirit.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Do the Right thing...

While the Christmas Spirit abounds, and the shopping gets frantic, and the money flows, give a little thought to what you have and what you can afford to invest in your fellows. If we can afford to shop, we can afford to give to the Salvation Army collection buckets we see on our way in and out. No other organization gets so much bang for the buck when it comes to helping. Give a couple of dollars, or a couple of fives...let the Salvation Army turn that cash into caring.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...

Ramping up the color a bit here. I was going to sleep reading my own blog. Maybe that played into the attack of the blands and my lackadaisical unwillingness to compose.

eBooks keep you warm in winter

Or at least eBooks keep you busy doing something other than peering out the window at the falling snow. Having just finished Robert Ludlum's "The Sigma Protocol", I dove into "The Golden Compass." Light reading makes the time go by faster, and Ludlum is fast all right...maybe not so light. "The Golden Compass" is an intriguing story of demons, humans, evil, good - the usual. Set in a universe somewhat like ours, but a bit skewed from ours in history and development. A quest story, and only the first of (guess what?!) a trilogy. Excellently written, I am fast becoming coiled in the story, and no doubt will read my way through all three books within the next month or so.

I have about five books going now - paper as well as "e". The "Ladies No.1 Detective Agency" books are so warm and intelligent. I thought I was on the last one, but another in the series comes out in a few months! I must preorder it at AMAZON!

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Energy Surges once again...

Someone is reading my blog, and as the LORD said to Abraham, "only one", so here goes. And, oh yes, thanks for reading! Uhh...I need a topic....

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Blogging runs its course...

This could be the last post to this blog. After over a year, the urge to ramble on shrivels up like a date on the sands of Arabia. There's something about writing only for your own ego that really begins to fade in appeal. So - perhaps a final goodbye....