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Yesterday was my fifth consecutive 39th birthday, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. laurie_robey and I wandered about a very nice little art show at Lake Anne, then had dinner on an in-laws-supplied gift card. From there, we went over to Best Buy, where I was given my birthday present-- a laptop very much like the one in my avatar here, which I have been given specifically for the purpose of taking to Starbucks and writing on. All I need is a heavy-rimmed pair of glasses, and my journey to Hipster will be complete! ;D I'll have to remember to drink my mochas before they're cool.

Anyway! The last time I had a Mac as a serious working machine was c. 1998, and I was always a bit awkward on it then. These days the OS is even more opaque and not-telling-you-anythingey, so I'm sort of fumbling my way through ("Why do some installers just install, and others put a thing on your desktop? Why does the icon on the dock turn into a giant question mark if you try to get the thing off your desktop? How do I view the other computers on the network? AND WHAT ABOUT SCARECROW'S BRAIN???"), but I should be able to pick it up fairly quickly. And if I can't, well, I know a few Macheads who can probably steer me right.

In any case, having bought this thing while funds are tight, I am now obligated to go write some books on it! Which I will do, promise. ;) Laurie and I are operating pretty much on faith at the moment that she will get paid eventually, and resumes are going out either way. As the man once said, "Trust in Allah-- but tie up your camel."

My other major present was that I got mention-bombed by the #TwitterPonies. :D If you've never had Pinkie Pie herself serenade you for your birthday, take it from me it's a fun experience! ;)

KITTEN UPDATE: Inkyboy got his paw smooshed in the dishwasher door last night, which made for some worry. He was limping and favoring it all night, not to mention not wanting to do anything but cuddle up for comfort, so we were very worried that it might be a serious injury. This morning, however, he appears to be pretty much recovered, running around and playing normally, only limping on it every once in a while. We will mention it to the vet when we go back for the second round of distemper shots on Wednesday.

-The Gneech


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Oct. 14th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Mac-heads, mac-heads, Roly poly Mac-heads.
Mac-heads, Mac-heads, call them up, "Huh?"
Oct. 14th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
o/` I took a Mac-head out to see a mooovie!
He'd already streamed it so we didn't go in! o/`

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Oct. 15th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
He seems to be all right, fortunately. :)

Oct. 14th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm quite used to Macs by now. Using Windows can be odd at this point XD
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Arglebargle. Happy belated...was at work yesterday (and I've barely been on LJ) so yeah, you know how it goes with me. Sorry :-(
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
No worries. :) *nosebeep*

Oct. 14th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, and happy new Mac!
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! :)

Oct. 14th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Scarecrow's Brain
Something about the intersection of "SCARECROW'S BRAIN" and Apple computers brought up an image of the Scarecrow as a robot in the world of the future depicted in WALL•E:

If I Had a CPU

I could while away the cycles
Amusing Johns and Michaels
Consult with Auto too
And my clock will be ticking
When my RAM is really kicking
If I had a CPU

I'd unravel any tangle
From each perspective angle
Or any point of view
With my 3-D processing
I'd not be just wildly guessing
If I had a CPU

Oh I could tell you why
The Axiom's out in space
I could process things I couldn't ever place
And then I'd really up the pace

I'd not be just a no-bot
An empty-headed slow-bot
With buffers empty too
I would dance, motors spinnin'
With my eye displays a grinnin'
If I had a CPU

===|==============/ Level Head
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Scarecrow's Brain
Fun! :D

Do you hang out in any filking communities? You're a natural. :)

Oct. 15th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Scarecrow's Brain
I don't, but I have crafted hundred of bits of poetry and quite a few song re-writes for two active webcomics, Endtown and Doc Rat. Both are excellent stories, though very different from each other

In the case of Doc Rat, there is a substantial conflict that you have also given considerable thought to: Predation. It is the crux of the current storyline, something building for more than half a decade. There's an odd situation where a wolf has married a rabbit, but this is not handled like "Kevin & Kell" at all. And now the rabbit-gal is at a meat-intensive feast put on by the wolves, as a guest by strange circumstances (the alpha has been forced to accept the husband-wolf's family by arcane tradition).

The word "Predation" sounded rather like "Tradition," and I came up with this.

===|==============/ Level Head
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, and I missed it! Well, I'm glad you had a spectacular day. Happy 6th 39th year, Gneech!
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thankee! :)

Oct. 14th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

Are you going to be switching between Mac and Windows a lot? That can really be disorientating.
Oct. 15th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)

I got the Mac to do my writing on, and I'll still be using the PC for pretty much everything else. I've worked with my iPad enough now that I am fairly comfortable in the whole "swipe and pinch" environment, now there's just a few niceties that I still need to learn.

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