January 23rd, 2008



I made the mistake of trying the new über-expensive keyboard. It's damn sexy. I think I'll keep it.

It's definitely designed with the whole "home theater PC" thing in mind - it fits comfortably on the lap, and the trackball and scrollwheel work best when it's held in both hands. But whatever. It should actually reduce some errors I've had (accidental multi-tap), and hopefully won't have some of the interference problems that the older keyboard had.

I finally talked Jasmine through her problem around 11:15pm. I'd been planning to go visit, but it was probably best this way - she was doing all the actions, and so the process should have set in her mind better. It's an interesting exercise, trying to do phone support for the computer illiterate. Thank goodness she's reasonably bright, or my tendency to use jargon would have completely screwed things up, rather than just slowing them down.

I've been trying to see if this laptop will read CD+Gs. I started cdrdao, and I think my mistake was telling it to read the subcodes "cooked." It just took about 2 hours to read a disk. Now I get to see if there's actually graphics data available - and consider what I might do in the future. Not reading them raw means I won't get as many weird glitches in the graphics.

timenchanter's suggested that we go see that atheist movie at Shoreline tomorrow evening, before it leaves the theaters. Sounds like a plan. I'm hopefully going to bed shortly, and will be up early enough tomorrow that I can put the third bookcase together - finally.

Sigh. Somewhere during the last stages of my divorce, my wife told me "No one will ever love you like I did." I still haven't figured out if that was a curse or a blessing. I just know that sometimes I get a feeling of bone-weary loneliness.

Which makes some things I really shouldn't do very, very tempting. I've joked around - as have others - that I really only go for the nutcases. I've been doing a fair job of changing that. Except it seems that of all the people I'm attracted to, only the nutcases love me back...
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