In the name of Justice, Love, Truth, and Food...
My world consists of anime, piano, books, sloth and gluttony. If you see any other subject matter, it's only a momentary lapse.

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Current Anime
(ordered by priority)
Boogiepop Phantom, Wolf's Rain, Crest of the Stars, .hack//sign

Currently Reading
E Pluribus Unicorn by Theodore Sturgeon

I Am Legend by Richard Mathetson

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The Plague by Albert Camus

the lexfiles
mad world
sarah daisy
sterno pants
listen missy
the red zone
southern relish
tastes like chicken


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wFriday, October 17, 2003

I've never really seriously taken the phrase something "dawns on" a person. Over the past couple of hours, I'm starting to feel like a large disk of light has just begun peeking over the horizon, illuminating a world I didn't know existed. Or only suspected for, hoped for. I can't wait to see more, to find out what little things are waiting for me in, literally, a new world.

I can access any of my shit on josh's linux box from wherever I am. Every computer I use, hooked up to the internet, can access my friend's linux box, and I can use any of the cool programs he has on there. I can see why people were thinking I was nuts expressing an interest in linux, and then saying I didn't have it. I forgot to mention that I have an account on my friend's box that he's told me I can mess with it totally. I don't have permission to the root, so anything I do will just screw up my little section.

I can customize absolutely every damn program he's installed with my own preferences.

And the coolness of the mac, aparently, is that the OS X works like linux - but it's local. With all of this stuff I'm starting to find out, "seamless integration" is more than a catch-phrase.

Now I understand why computer people have those little black boxes all over their screen. I even love the concept of the non-GUI, even that's always been something that's bothered me. With this kind of stuff, I can really feel like I'm in the guts of the computer, the guts of the system, everything is hands-on, with no interference - not even a picture between me and what I'm trying to do.

And it makes even more sense, when people were telling me to learn by doing. So my first real project will be to totally customize my irssi. Then I can sift through the tons of stuff josh has for the programs and bits I want. Using those programs, customizing them, will give me more experience.

posted by Beatriz at 2:39 AM

wTuesday, October 14, 2003

Ironically enough, Yahoo! featured an article on How to pick the perfect PC. The eye-catching blurb was, "Apple, AMD, Intel - which one's right for you?" Since I've been obsessing about my future laptop so far as going to the Apple store in Clarendon today after work.

I thought it was going to be a survey-type thing that would spit out a computer for me to buy. It turned out to be an article without much specifics, but leaving me more sure that switching to Mac is the right choice. Windows irks me because I feel like there's a wall between me and the controls. I haven't always felt this way, and I guess the best way to describe it is those scanning software packages for the truly lay person. They won't let you just scan the damn thing, you have to go through at least 9 steps. Give me Photoshop. File, Import -> Select TWAIN device, or whatnot.

Ed got me hooked up on irssi into Josh's ssh, and I love the plain interface where you just type commands. I don't think I'll ever go back to mIRC. And on the Mac, there's the Terminal already set up to hook into that kind of access. Like it expects its user to want to use that type of interface, without all the bells and whistles.

Supposedly I can totally set up the computer how I want it, with less interference with getting to what I need.

posted by Beatriz at 11:46 PM


Not only is a local's website visually blinding, there's also a MIDI version of "We Are the Champions" running in the background.

That song is going to be in my head all day. Bastards.

posted by Beatriz at 9:51 AM

wMonday, October 13, 2003

No, the search has ended. The agonizing, the debating, the questioning. Ok, expect more questions, but I've determined the final computer I'm going to buy a 12" ibook, 900 Mhz, 640 RAM, 60 gig hard drive, + AirPort. That'll cost $1,628.00 before tax. I'm planning to go to the store in Tyson's to take advantage of the 4.75 tax down there. Or has it gotten bigger? Please let me know if you do.

The ibook is capable of all I need it to do. Internet and run Office. And apparently the x.3 Panther that should be released on the computer by the time I'll save enough runs very well on the G3. I don't need fancy power for music editing, graphics/movie renditions. I don't want to do that, I don't think I'll ever want to. Hell, I bought a cheaper, lower grade electronic piano because I didn't want all the fancy recording capabilities. I wanted a piano that had the touch of a real one, and I got it. I want a mac laptop that can handle what I want it to do, with maybe a bit more power than I'm used to in my desktop. The 60gig hd, 640 RAM, 900 Mhz + AirPort ibook will suffice.

And I'm going to the Apple store. Apparently apple doesn't give resellers much discount value, and at the reseller I might have to take what they have instead of loading it with the hd and RAM I want.

posted by Beatriz at 5:44 PM


Post-talk with Hernick, and a few people pushing the PCs because I already know how to use them. There's the price at the Apple store, but I could also look elsewhere - which might enable me to afford the Powerbook if I can find it cheaper. I'm going insane.

I'm going to save $2,000 and see where I am at that point. For all I know I'll want to buy a scooter instead.

posted by Beatriz at 3:49 PM


The ibook or the powerbook? After a 3+ hour discussion with Josh last night, I decided on a powerbook with enough accoutrements (including a wireless router and namebrand-bag) to total $2,035 - before tax. This noontime, I have two people telling me it would be a waste of money and that I should just go with a mid- to high-priced ibook instead of the lowest Powerbook I can afford.

Even a high-priced ibook is less than the powerbook.

Apparently I'm not enough of a power user to need the perks of a powerbook. And, for right now, I definitely don't. But what if I want to do things later? Become a better computer user, and I don't have a system that can handle it because I went the cheaper route?

Must. Speak. With. Hernick.

Although Ed just concluded that if I want to learn and become a power user, to buy the 15" powerbook. That's... very expensive. With enough extras to keep me happy, it's $2500. The 14" ibook is only $1778.

I need to speak with Hernick and go to the store to play.

posted by Beatriz at 12:09 PM

wSunday, October 12, 2003

About to start Sandman #19, "Dream and Country: A Midsummer Night's Dream." I've certainly made some headway from the times I couldn't read 3 pages in a row.

Problem again with the surrealism of reading in non-book form. I'm grateful for the money I'm saving with these scans - but I'm really having problems getting the atmosphere without an actual book in my hands.

I'm on a segment of filler stories. Yes, comics are apparently a lot like tv shows, like anime, with overall plots, long-ranging arcs, and the occasional random characterization. I like it - but it's just not me.

I prefer huge, whole stories. Plots that rush you through, from beginning to end, and you have to glean what characterization you can as the part rushes past you.

But, I'm thinking now about what I've been reading, and the main book I like. The Eyre Affair has had a few character-filling episodes, clearly delineated by chapter. I worship Stephen King, and he's rather known for wandering down tangents. Hell, all of Wizard and Glass was one trip down memory lane for Roland, as was the story in Everything's Eventual, "The Little Sisters of Elusia" - a fantastic story, by the way.

I'm even considering buying the Gunslinger series in some heavyduty hardbacks, if I can. I actually have them in text file - but I want the pictures, the atmosphere of the books. In hindsight, those were some fantastic stories. How he wove in The Eyes of the Dragon and The Stand. And probably a bunch more I don't remember since I read Wizard and Glass in 1999. And I'd started the series in 1990 when I was 13. Took me two tries to get through the first one, too. I just didn't like the style very much.

So a reread would be great now, since the fifth book is on its way out. Totally refresh my memory, and have practically a first reading, since I know they're great, but have only a spotty memory of the minor events.

But back to the Sandman. I don't think I'm going to actually follow comics, add it to the list of things I need to read. I'm mainly reading it because of Neil Gaiman. I like his writing, I like his imagination and his stories. But I'm not a big fan of the comic genre, it's not the same to me as reading a book.

I'm also contemplating actually buying Sandman, but I'm definitely going to wait until I've read the whole thing. The story is so long that they're going to provide me hours - years - of entertainment. If the arc stories hold, which I think they will. Apparently I'm coming up on one soon, around issue #21.

I'll be able to get the full atmosphere with the actual books, and like the Gunslinger series, it'll also supply a lot of thrills because I don't remember every detail from the opening issues. A lot like anime, too.

posted by Beatriz at 4:07 PM