Megaupload link to Within Temptation's "a Final Dream," as quoted in the previous post.xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOxEven Through the Summer Storm, by Carol Clark Williams
wild geese imagine the moon and
row toward it, writing
lines of poetry.
Against the gothic clouds they sketch
sestinas, every stanza
beginning with the letter "v".
They search the lightning-punctuated sky
for words that rhyme with
"flight" and "night".xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx
. . . yeah, I wrote more Kingdom Hearts fic. Even more plotless and pointless this time! I blame majochan
, because I think the initial prom-shenanagins idea was hers. She's the one with the truly brilliant ideas about it, too. Had me in stitches.
Kingdom Hearts( What are we gonna do at prom? )xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOxI wanna be a member of the Grown-Up Party!
With maybe a little humor thrown in, since I don't want to be a part of an organization that lacks a sense of humor.xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx
The problem with many computers has its roots in a problem with humans-- we don't like to think. We're lazy, and if we can help it we'll take the easy way out. This is why Apple and Windows are more successful then, say, Linux-- they make things easier for people. If something seems to hard, we give up on it fairly easily.
So computers do things for us so that we won't hit that threshold. Which works . . . up to a point. Problems arise when the computer assumes it knows what you're trying to do and starts doing it for you-- but gets it wrong. The subtleties of human purpose in using programs are often lost on the programs themselves, which in trying to help too much end up hindering or even preventing. Ironically, for most of these programs there's no easy way to tell them to stop doing it. No easy way to reassure them that you know what you're doing, however strange that might seem, and you don't need the computer's help to do it.
Which of course leads to the comical situation of me shaking my fist at the computer screen and yelling, "stop assuming you're smarter than me!" I bought my camera for the express reason that, while I can definitely use the help in setting up my shots most of the time, not to mention the convenience of having the balance adjusted for me, I want to be able to tell it to stop and leave me alone, that I can take shots that its tiny computer brain can't conceive the purpose or propriety of.
I just wish I could do that with Word 2007. Maybe if the damn thing was in English rather than Japanese I might have a chance of figuring it out . . .xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx
There was a full glass coffee pot mostly submerged in a sink-full of water at work today. A moment's thought gave me the answer to why it was there. Still, I spent a minute smiling at the serene ridiculousness of the image, and thought to myself happily, "the world is stranger and more wonderful than I was previously aware."
I love those moments, I really do.
Recently my father sent me a postcard from where he was attending a seminar on radio telescopes in North Carolina. The card read, "I thought you would find this particular postcard funny."
The postcard is a before-and-after sort. The top shows the radio telescope standing proud and lovely, a lacework flower-cup of whitewashed girders. The second picture is from the next day, and shows a pile of white wreckage where once the telescope stood.
It did, indeed, make me laugh. One day-- beautiful functioning high-tech scientific instrument! The next day-- pile of twisted rubble! Aaaah, I can't believe it just collapsed like that-- like a fflan in a cupboard, to quote Eddie Izzard. Just imagine, some poor dude left work, locked the door behind him, everything was fine. He drives up the next morning, and wham! I bet he totally BSODed. Or maybe just sighed and drove off to find the nearest bar.
I'm still laughing about it, yeah. Apparently my father knows me quite well, including my odd sense of humor.xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx
I don't know what it says about me, but pictures like this one, of the First Family visiting a National Park
, make me really really happy. That strange feeling of pride and hope-- I don't know where it comes from, but it's all the more welcome given my generally somewhat depressing news-reading hobby.xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOx xOxAn article written by a hibakusha on her experience in Hiroshima.
I am adamantly anti-nuclear weapons, under any and all circumstances. I further believe that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were absolutely wrong and should be a source of national shame to the U.S.A., instead of an oft-ignored, bare paragraph in history textbooks. Considering that WWII is America's last "just" war (or possibly our only one, though I'm reluctant to even go that far), my opinions on the matter are hardly what one would call widespread.