The new computer is a wonderful toy that occupies all of my attention at the moment. I am doing interesting things like trying to burn Read Write CDs without reading the instructions beforehand. I have created a beautiful set of coasters; it is more an arts and craft project than a technical one at this point. The instructions were short and simple and not reading them was just silly. I have my moments.
I am mesmerized by the speed with which I can now work. I will feel that computers have arrived when they perform tasks as fast as I can think them up. This G4 comes awfully close to achieving that kind of speed. Many functions process instantly, as I enter the commands. A few programs still take more than five seconds to load; PhotoShop is one that comes to mind. The last week has been spent doing a preliminary format and partitioning of the hard drive and installing the software. All works as it should, so we are off to a good start.
The weather has remained frigid until today. Monday was sunny and cold with a very brisk wind; cold enough that the white frosting of snow on the tree branches did not completely melt away by the end of the day. Much of the snow has melted, but the deep banks piled by the roads and walkways are still several feet deep. Today's sunshine has gone a long way towards shrinking these last vestiges of winter.
Attila and I usually spend our time quietly in each other's company. Although the wind blew and the freezing rain fell, a pleasant change from our routine arrived Monday night. Steve Paul Simms is visiting our city and warming the hearts of many in the process. Steve Paul shares his talent and sense of whimsy with senior citizens that live communally. He has developed a repertoire of well-worn and loved "Oldies but Goldies" to entertain and delight those who cannot venture out to enjoy local entertainment. His presence is welcome wherever he goes. He is most especially welcome here.
No better time to take a renewed interest in my camera. Now that I have Marjory, the new computer, the pictures download from the camera to the computer very quickly. The result is that I am able to take more pictures, filling the camera up, downloading, deleting, and filling the camera up once more. Sometimes I feel I have merely achieved an increased capacity for mediocrity.
Marjory, the computer, has a set of speakers that look like little bowling balls. They sound very nice. Right now "Wall of Illusion" by Steve Paul Simms simmers my systems. Marjory has enjoyed playing a great deal of good music for me today. Also on the lineup is "Red Dust", the latest CD by singer/songwriter Jim Layeux. After all is said and done, nothing compares to having Steve Paul and Jim sitting around in informal settings, playing their songs. However wonderful the music, it is their personalities that fill a room with light. For the next few days, Attila and I will bask.
Steve Paul is also an actor and usually points us towards extremely entertaining movies. When he suggested Wonder Boys, I was a bit hesitant. It looked like another story about a professor who cannot manage a relationship with a woman his own age and so turns to inexperienced female students for companionship. Attila wisely backed up Steve Paul's choice and we watched Wonder Boys. At first I did not like the film, but soon the story line engaged my attention, as did the muted parodies. Wonder Boys grew on me.
|RECIPES :: Cast
Steve Paul Simms
Wall of Illusion
by Steve Paul Simms
On the Screen
with Michael Douglas
6:00 PM EST
Temp: 3` C
Wind: W 21 mph
Barometric :29.80 in
Sunrise 6:30 AM EST
Sunset 6:19 PM EST
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