Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Thu Jun 5 16:31:38 2003
Bleeding through the eyes

It's not really that bad .. but unforunately, I found that a retreat that I want to go to one weekend is right up against a technical conference I want to take. So, thinks I, I shall call Travelocity, and move the airplane flight from saturday to sunday. We can do it, says travelocity, but it will cost you a lot of money. I frown, think about the importance of both of the events to me, and sigh. Yup, more money down the drain. Whee. That's also going to be one heck of a week. An insane 12 hour car drive, camping out, another insane 12 hour car drive, an airplane flight to Portland Oregon, a week there for a conference, and then Pittsburgh again. If I don't collapse from exhaustion, it sounds like a blast. Of course, my finances are going to be completely screwed. I'm going to do my best to be thrifty until I get through this, or am certain that I won't need to dip into longish-term savings. Also, I think I'll likely need to leave the camping conference a bit early.

Now, onto other matters... In the last few days, I've been meeting a lot of people who look like they'll likely make good friends. I really don't know about anything further, but it does tell me that online matchmaker services really do at least something. There are a lot of interesting people out there.

I've grown tired of waiting for DSL, so I made a tweaked version of my netdiary software that uses a seperate index, so I can at least publish this somewhere until I get things back up at home.

Ahh, yes, on that topic, as usual, I had a computer death from the move. This time, it was holly, one of my main workstations. Ouch. On the upside, at least it wasn't frank. Also, it should be relatively easy to fix, at least in theory -- it's just dead CPU fans. However, Pittsburgh's computer shopping scene really sucks, so I need to mail order. Argh, why isn't there a micro centre around here? CompUSA bites.

Hmm... I spent a little bit of time today tracking down the hiragana and katakana symbols for two characters that arn't in modern Japanese. I don't know why ... Anyhow, the character I always learned as the alternative form of O, used as a suffix for indirect objects is actually the old WO, and I learned the kana for WI and WE. WE isn't that exciting -- it's just RI with a squiggle under it. The WI is kind of an interesting character though, it's a little like a NE. I have no idea why I find this so interesting. I'm still looking for the characters WU, YI, and YE, all of which presumably were part of Japanese at one point, and had kana.

Recently, on a walk home, I was reminded of a game I used to play on the computer -- Jack Nicholson's Golf SomethingOrAnother. My favorite part was the course editor, where I loved doing weird things with impossibly tall hills and other odd terrain. The god of the small screen indeed.

Walks home .. I'm still exploring all the land between CMU and my new place in Squirrel Hill. It's very pretty, and there seem to be endless different paths I can take. There's a golf course I try to avoid, and roads that I don't like walking along. I'm enjoying it a lot. One common thing to my recent routes is that they use a trail that goes from an entrance near my favorite loop in schenley, through some nice hills with interesting rocks in the woods.

I'll have more to write about later.