June 5th, 2003


Bleeding through the eyes

It's not really that bad .. but unforunately, I found that a retreatthat I want to go to one weekend is right up against a technicalconference I want to take. So, thinks I, I shall call Travelocity, andmove the airplane flight from saturday to sunday. We can do it, saystravelocity, but it will cost you a lot of money. I frown, think aboutthe importance of both of the events to me, and sigh. Yup, more moneydown the drain. Whee. That's also going to be one heck of a week.An insane 12 hour car drive, camping out, another insane 12 hour cardrive, an airplane flight to Portland Oregon, a week there for aconference, and then Pittsburgh again. If I don't collapse from exhaustion,it sounds like a blast. Of course, my finances are going to be completelyscrewed. I'm going to do my best to be thrifty until I get through this,or am certain that I won't need to dip into longish-term savings. Also, Ithink I'll likely need to leave the camping conference a bit early.

Now, onto other matters...In the last few days, I've been meeting a lot of people who look likethey'll likely make good friends. I really don't know about anythingfurther, but it does tell me that online matchmaker services reallydo at least something. There are a lot of interesting people out there.

I've grown tired of waiting for DSL, so I made a tweaked version ofmy netdiary software that uses a seperate index, so I can at leastpublish this somewhere until I get things back up at home.

Ahh, yes, on that topic, as usual, I had a computer death fromthe move. This time, it was holly, one of my main workstations.Ouch. On the upside, at least it wasn't frank. Also, it should berelatively easy to fix, at least in theory -- it's just dead CPU fans.However, Pittsburgh's computer shopping scene really sucks, so I needto mail order. Argh, why isn't there a micro centre around here? CompUSAbites.

Hmm... I spent a little bit of time today tracking down the hiragana andkatakana symbols for two characters that arn't in modern Japanese. Idon't know why ... Anyhow, the character I always learned as the alternativeform of O, used as a suffix for indirect objects is actually the old WO,and I learned the kana for WI and WE. WE isn't that exciting -- it's justRI with a squiggle under it. The WI is kind of an interesting characterthough, it's a little like a NE. I have no idea why I find this so interesting.I'm still looking for the characters WU, YI, and YE, all of which presumablywere part of Japanese at one point, and had kana.

Recently, on a walk home, I was reminded of a game I used to play on thecomputer -- Jack Nicholson's Golf SomethingOrAnother. My favorite partwas the course editor, where I loved doing weird things with impossiblytall hills and other odd terrain. The god of the small screen indeed.

Walks home .. I'm still exploring all the land between CMU and my newplace in Squirrel Hill. It's very pretty, and there seem to be endlessdifferent paths I can take. There's a golf course I try to avoid, androads that I don't like walking along. I'm enjoying it a lot.One common thing to my recent routes is that they use a trail thatgoes from an entrance near my favorite loop in schenley, through somenice hills with interesting rocks in the woods.

I'll have more to write about later.


Emu and a rat

If I have this, why can't I just continue my diary normally? Well,the way I added the 'offline' page to my diary was akin to ...hmm. Imagine there were a word processing document that you wereresponsible for. Most of the time, you mail it to someone, they mailit back with their changes, etc. Then, you mail it to Mary, and yourcomputer is down for repairs. However, Mary isn't a computery person --she prints it and deletes the electronic copy. She then scribbles overthe printout. That's great .. except she isn't updating the real thing,and when you get your computer up and running again, you'll need to manuallyimplement her changes for her. That's what I'm doing, essentially -- Ican't access the authoritative entries (they're on holly, which is deadand even were it not dead, it's on a network that's not on the internet).The web is just a printout -- it's in a very different and considerablyless flexible form than things are on my home system. So ... I can jot onit, but any changes I make are just more trouble for me. So, I thoughttoday, I'll just start another journal, link it from the old one,and re-merge them when my home network and systems are back and healthy.Yay.