September 5th, 2004


day of the luddite

I sent my iPod away to be fixed/replaced, and they sent me back a 'new' one. Which, unfortunately also does not work. Different problem, but still no music.

So I sat down this morning and went through all the troubleshooting steps, and reinstalled, rebooted, and reset the thing several times, with no effect. So I went to the section of the Apple web page where you request repairs in order to re-open my trouble ticket, but it didn't want to talk to me either.

So I tried telephoning grouchychris to see if he was interested in doing anything, the singing from the church next door only serving as an added irritant. The phone promptly hung up on me twice.

So I stomped over to his place to continue the conversation in person. I was curious how long it would take me to walk there in any case, and the walk would both stretch out my twitchy legs (the geocache hiking/hunting yesterday aggrivated my RLS, not surprisingly). He kindly let me sulk in his livingroom for an hour or so, very decent since I showed up essentially unannounced.

Finally I settled down enough to remember I need to do some laundry before the pile threatens to occlude my doorway entirely, so I excused myself to come home.

I hope the washer and drier aren't computerized...

spam and the human condition

Back in the long-ago, on the Modern Primitives mailing list, one of the members had the following as their .sig file: Eat. Fuck. Decorate.

I don't recall it ever specifically being mentioned in conversation, but I believe the idea was that these were essentially the basic human drives, and possibly in that order.

If spam is anything to look at for an indicator, they had the first two reversed, and the third follows at such a distance as to beggar inclusion.

I must live in some other Seattle than the people who run the papers

...because I can never find news reports of things I see happening. I guess this is the flip side of my complaint that shopping and political mud-slinging don't count as news proper. It is certainly equally annoying.

Examples: last weekend, while trying to go from Burien to Southcenter we discovered that a fairly large chunk of I-5 was closed. Blocked off at the on-ramps, no less - which to me seems to indicate an event of some import. I have been keeping my eye on the local headlines but haven't encountered anything that fits.

Also last weekend, I was sad to find out, one of the security guards who worked at the Federal Building was shot and killed. Not on duty, and not at the building - though perhaps those things might have increased the possibility of the events making mention - the short eulogy that was posted at the guard station to explain the black bands on people's badges said he'd stepped into an altercation to aid a friend. He'd barely been working there a year, and was a really sweet guy - one of the ones who would remember who you were and greet you by name, infinitely patient with the constant stream of visitors who never quite seem able to navigate the procedures gracefully. I know it can take quite a while for names to show up on the King County Deaths roster, but I did expect some sort of mention in the local news section, and I haven't seen a thing.

What else are they missing? and I don't even mean that in a grand illuminated conspiracy sort of way.