Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
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From Qom, With Love

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a theologan and former Vice President of Iran (under Mohammad Khatami) was arrested on the 16th of June during the Iranian election mess. He has remained in prison in Tehran along with others since those events, with their legitimacy impugned with forced and inauthentic confessions of treason and conspiracy.

Saturday: Saw Big Man Japan. It was rather good (I did not like the ending). Although.. films about social isolation tend to leave me with an odd feeling inside.

Spending a fair amount of time in gates, I swung by my new office on Friday. Victory for migraines-and-depression-problemed me: I'll be alone in there. It is a very oddly shaped office (most rooms in Gates are - the building is a major screw-up in most areas, so its name is pretty appropriate), and while it's true that all offices have a window, mine overlooks the inner stairwell of the 9th floor of Gates. It is conveniently located, which is nice (I am near my bosses, the machine room, and the lab, and not terribly far from the floor's social centre). As imperfect as Gates is, it's mostly better than Wean (both of them are terribly ugly buildings, but in different ways). There is a kind of Soviet charm to Wean that I'll miss. With any luck one way or another I'll figure out what's next and won't be in Gates for too long. My personal life as it is is generally terrible, and any shifts on that will probably affect everything else.

Té Café has an excellent set of looseleaf teas, to the extent that I haven't been to Margaret's for quite some time. The Crazy Goat that opened where Pinati used to be: okay. They give a slight "sorry!" to the community by having kosher foods there, but their tea is less good than Té Café and their food so far is mostly dessert.

I wonder why we have so many different standards for video cables. I recently had to order a DVI-to-DFP cable for a monitor that I rescued, and if the monitor does not work, it'll join my large pile of converters.. VGA, CGA, DVI, HDMI, 13W3, component-BNC, ADC, DisplayPort.. Some of this can be explained by video capacities changing a lot over the years, I guess. In an ideal world, we would've had a much simpler progression - CGA-VGA-DVI, with none of the others having been created (DVI has a lot of variants, most of them probably unnecessary). I am still amused at USB Monitors.

It's a bit weird living beneath popular people I kindasorta know - I woke up to hearing a large mob of people leaving my place yesterday morning, and occasionally random other people I kindasorta know notice I live there.


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