Archive for November, 2008

John Hodgman’s brief digression

As a geek and a ‘Macster’ I of course love John Hodgman, more known to world as PC in the I’m a Mac, I’m a PC commercials, and soon also as Coralines father. Here he is talking at TED, and I have to say, many TEDtalks are interesting, many are moving. But not since Zefrank was there have I enjoyed myself as much as this! Especially the story on Enrico Fermi.

This is good, clean geek fun!

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I have learned that newborn infants roll their eyes around and move their heads and their arms in short jerky spasms. And if you homeschool them, they will stay this way forever.
~ John Hodgman (The Areas of My Expertise) ~

Stories hold power because they convey the illusion that life has purpose and direction. Where God is absent from the lives of all but the most blessed, the writer, of all people, replaces that ordering principle. Stories make sense when so much around us is senseless, and perhaps what makes them most comforting is that, while life goes on and pain goes on, stories do us the favor of ending.



Aurora Borealis

I am terribly sorry about that last movie post. I had no idea it was a private one. Anyhow! Geeks are sexy has a very nice mailing list I follow, and today there was a truly stunning post. Still images taken by NASA astronaut Don Pettit, put in sequence to make a movie. It is beautiful, mind blowing and breathtaking.

Enjoy one of the great wonders of the world!

Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth.
~ Ptolemy, c. 150 CE ~

With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.
~ Ransom K. Ferm ~



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Not choosing Vista hell!

As some of my readers may know, I’m in the beginning of the processes of getting a new laptop. This old iBook G4 was bought used some years ago, had seen rough use at the hands of a pre-teen, then saw different, though still rough, use with me for a number of years with me. It is old, slow and 30 Gb of HD really isn’t enough anymore…

Now, granted, I am a ‘Macisti’, but since I will have to rely on a loan from my Nan for to buy my next machine, I thought maybe I should go the PC rout this time. That’s when my uncle visits from France with his brand-spanking new Sony Vaio BZ11-Series. It’s black, with a very nice screen and Windows Vista. I’ve heard the complaints no doubt, and I’ve also heard that Microsoft are supposed to have fixed most of them. Well, after having installed one printer, one 3G modem and just tried to get the thing to run without hickups, I can safley say: I will NOT buy a Vista machine. Ever!

Even the Sony Vaio let me down. How can such a nice looking machine be so crappy? It’s heavy, got loads of ugly stickers, and also a tendency to shut down at the most inconvenient times. Presumably this is a hardware fault Sony France will fix as soon as my uncle goes back home.

So back to the decisiton making. A Mac it is then. To some peoples horror I am not thinking Linux. Linux is great, but if it’s a long step from a Mac to Windows, then my friends, the step to Linux is even further. But which Mac? I’ve gotten so far as to decide for a MacBook. It makes the most sense in my situation. I write and will need to run Photoshop and InDesign. But, the cheaper MacBook White, or the new MacBook Al? Again, borrowed money. But I think I will go with the more expensive one, for three reasons.

  1. It is easily expandable with more RAM and bigger HD.
  2. It is very rigid and stainresistant, being made from aluminium.
  3. The new NVidia chipset. I hate Intel GMA.

Also, I’ve been a Mac fan for a long time, but never actually had a new one. I’m not going to start by messing it up with the “old” model. So, by late December when they’ve hopefully worked out all the kinks in the building process, I will place an order for a MacBook, in shiny aluminium.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
~ Steve Jobs ~