When You Wish Upon A Star

Oh Star Bar, I found you again. Last time on Manchester’s Oxford Road, this time in Oxford itself…

currently playing: Ronnie Spector – Never Gonna Be Your Baby

Life On Revision A

Well, it’s been a few days, so it’s time for the almost legally-required post about how I’m getting on with my MacBook.

So far, it’s going quite splendidly. I know everybody rolls their eyes at Mac owners with their ‘oh, Apple stuff is just so much better than Windows’ rhetoric, but sometimes it really is deserved. When I first turned the new Mac on, it asked if I had another Mac, and if so, would I like to copy all the stuff from the old Mac over? A quick reboot of the old Mac, a firewire cable, and it spent the next twenty minutes copying. Not just files, but preferences, caches, network setups, license keys, pretty much everything except applications (it would have done that also, but I decided to start over to ensure that I’m mostly installing Universal apps). Having already set up my accounts from the old machine, it logged straight in afterwards, completely ready to go. Hurrah!

It’s fast. Very fast. On my G4, iPhoto was beginning to choke on the photos from my new T9 camera. Not anymore. No delay. No stuttering. Firefox feels a lot more responsive too. Oh, and I can run Google Earth now! Lots of fun. As I now have Tiger, I’ve been playing around with the widgets, but they’re all much of a muchness, really. I’ve decided just to keep with the weather, calendar and dictionary ones.

What about Rosetta? I installed Creative Suite 2 last night, and again, it seems to be much quicker than on my G4. But for everybody with G5s, you’ll probably be best to stick with them until CS3 comes out next year. For my needs, though, it’s fine (actually, Illustrator was tracing 6 megapixel photos last night within thirty seconds, so it’s a big speed-up for me).

Any downsides? Hmm. Firstly, the writer of the iPhoto weblog plugin appears to have taken the software down, so I’ll have to research other ways of automatically uploading photos. Perhaps a move to using Flickr on this page. We’ll see. The other issue which I’m keeping an eye on is the heat. The machine runs very hot. The left-hand side soon becomes uncomfortable if you’re trying to use it on your lap. Which is a bit annoying, though I’m hopeful that coming firmware updates will reduce that a little.

To sum up: Yay!

currently playing: Pet Shop Boys – Fugitive (Richard X Extended Mix)

Oooooooh. Shiny.

I will speak more, obviously. But ooooh! So fast! So sleek! So white! So much fun!

Meanwhile, David Cameron: He’s a rockist, and he doesn’t care who knows!

currently playing: M.I.A. – M.I.A.

I Need All The Links I Can Get

UPS: I cuss you bad.

The saviour of Radio 1, there.

More stupid copyright laws!

Meanwhile, back in Britain. Perhaps the BPI should reflect that Allofmp3.com has managed to get 15% of the UK market without advertising, without the backing of a huge technological juggernaut. Something to ponder when they’re pushing to increase single prices to £1.50.

I could be doing this tomorrow!

Oh, and finally:

These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much.

That’s Ann Coulter, talking about some of the women who were widowed by 911. Classy.

currently playing: Camera Obscura - Tears For Affairs

Grr, Apple.

I believe they fiddle with their package tracker just to get people’s hopes up.

currently playing: Camera Obscura – Come Back Margaret

Ride The Pig!

Ride The Pig!

ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM!

I Need Tony Robinson

I worry about my room.

Having lived in it for, well, twenty-three or so years, it has picked up its fair share of clutter over the years. The Flickr pictures probably tell their own story, but it’s rather weird to think about the archaeology of the room (it’s all those Sunday evenings being subjected Time Team). The bookcase probably contains the most horrors. At the bottom, there’s a wide selection of annuals that I got as a child: Knight Rider, Street Hawk, the Beano, and of course, lots of Transformers UK ones. The period between six and eight is probably the leanest in this current bookcase, as most of the books I had during this time have been handed down to my sister (collections of fairy tales, vast numbers of Enid Blyton books, and so on). Then there’s my long-lasting affair with Tolkien, which takes me up to 13 or 14 (thereabouts, anyway).

The rest of the books show off my slightly obsessive nature; I started collecting graphic novels, so I have the Sandman series, Invisibles, Preacher, and all the other usual ones you’d expect to find. University saw me fall for Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas Pynchon, so I have practically everything they’re ever made sitting on the shelf, next to a small Elizabeth Wurtzel gathering. I then promptly ran out of space, so the case also accommodates my glitter collection and everything that I couldn’t find space for anywhere else.

The other picture shows the overspill from the bookcase (and it has an overspill too), together with the partial overflow from my CD racks (there’s another cabinet which is rapidly filling up with discs. UNC saw me become slightly obsessed with New York and the design of cities (it’s interesting, okay?), along with graphic design in general. Oh, and film, hence the Kael and Eisenstein books.

Not many posters though! I have this, but I have nowhere to put it right now, so it’s just the Audrey Hepburn print and a picture given to me while I was on the set of Dawson’s Creek.

There is no more room for anything else in my room. The top of the bookcase has Transformers and more books on it, the set of drawers are overflowing with old photos and bank information, and the top of my wardrobe contains old computers and letters. No room! Which is why Fopp is really a bad omen. And on the week of 6/6/06 too!

currently playing: The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Pyramids of Mars?

Hmm. (much better than last week, though!)

currently playing: Helvetia – The Last Hour

I Am Doomed.

Oxford now has a Fopp.

Doomed, I tell you. DOOMED.

currently playing: Circulatory System – The Lovely Universe

Two Things

  1. You know a day is off to a bad start when you sleep past your stop on the bus.

2. I must not fall to the spell of Gilmour Girls. There’s six series already! Where would I find the time to watch them all?

currently playing: Ronnie Spector – Ode To L.A.