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Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop


currently playing: Lansing-Dreiden - A Line You Can Cross

It's On and Offable, But Mostly Off

Last month, I crowed about my shiny new MacBook. Somehow, I managed to avoid the excessive whining, the warping of the case, and the rather nasty-discolouration problem that plagued the first ones off the production line.

I thought that I had escaped the Revision A Curse.

I was wrong. Obviously.

When my machine switched itself off when ripping a CD at the start of the week, I was a little concerned, but thought it was just a kernel panic rather than a hardware problem. As the week progressed, though, it kept on turning itself off, leading up to a fun evening where it would start booting and then switch off repeatedly during the boot sequence. This was fixed by zapping the Power Management Unit, fixing the problem for a few hours, or until the morning.

Somewhat worried, I had a look at the Apple Discussion Forums to see if anybody had been experiencing similar problems. And it seems to be plaguing a lot of people. Even more worryingly, Apple don’t really have a fix yet. Still, I called AppleCare, spent an hour on an 0870 number, and eventually managed to get them to admit that they’ll need to take it in for repair.

It’s back to the G4 for the next couple of weeks, while they replace the logic board or the entire machine. sigh I had quite settled into Tiger and Intel…

currently playing: Basement Jaxx – Hey You

For Lorelai...

Let the anvils ring!

currently playing: Modern English – I’ll Melt With You

The Rapture Smiley!

Rapture smiley

Yes, I’m scared.

currently playing: Johnny Boy – 15 Minutes

Limited Service

We’re redecorating. No internet for the next 24 hours.

But! A promotional video for Opera DS (out in Japan on Monday; my copy is ordered)

currently playing: Rachel Kiel — Lights On

LDN

Okay, so it didn’t take too long for me to be swayed over to Ms. Allen’s side.

And my face is burnt. Hurrah!

currently playing: Lily Allen – Take What You Take

Now, That's A Little Excessive

$3,000 for a hideous-looking Drag Strip? Even if there’s only five or so in the world, I still don’t think it’s worth that much, do you?

currently playing: Pipettes – Pull Shapes

Oh My.

I am positively giddy.

A word from the man himself:

Spanning the period between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, this novel moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the Revolution, postwar Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all.

With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics, and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses, and hired guns. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx.

As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it’s their lives that pursue them.

Meanwhile, the author is up to his usual business. Characters stop what they’re doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-the-fact occurrences occur. If it is not the world, it is what the world might be with a minor adjustment or two. According to some, this is one of the main purposes of fiction.

Let the reader decide, let the reader beware. Good luck.

currently playing: David Bowie – Modern love

My Influence

When I started work last December, there were no Linux machines anywhere on campus. Now, there’s four servers, eight client machines installed this morning, and at least three more servers on the way! Muahahahahaha.

currently playing: Girls Aloud – Girls Allowed

I Don't Want A Cake And I Don't Want To Eat It

As a follow-up to Saturday’s post, I have to recommend HMV.co.jp. I ordered on Saturday, it was shipped Monday, and it arrived here this morning! And, to add to the recommendation, it came with a Johnny Boy badge and, yes, a lyric booklet. In English and Japanese! Some things are a little clearer now…

currently playing: Thom Yorke – Skip Divided