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Personal: From Shanghai to My Door –- Well, To Somebody's Door... 
16th-Nov-2007 04:24 pm
Urg. My new computer ships over here to Milwaukee from Shanghai – a testament to human organization and efficiency. And then instead of being delivered here, to 711 N. 16th St., as it is marked twice on the box, FedEx delivers it over to Carpenter Hall, at 716 N. 11th St.. So I just lugged the big awkward thing back over here (only 17 kilos, but about as wide as my arms would go), and only then realizing that I'd been so on the go all day, running to a big lecture and such, that I'd yet not eaten a thing. Time to recover!

EDIT: 8:00pm. Now begins the long, painful process of taking down the old and setting up the new. I should be just typing my paper for Seraphim, or I should be out comet-watching with Dan and Amy if it weren't overcast, but I've now taken the beautiful white iMac box out of the brown nondescript shipping box I was carrying across campus earlier, and I no longer have much patience. File transfers, program transfers. It's wonderful to now have pretty much everything backed up on an external harddrive: last time I did this I had to copy things over 150MB at a time, I think it was, on Zip discs between Albertus the PowerMac and Ambrose the iMac. Now, I think I'll just have to go back once with the pretty-much-filled external drive, to get more things out of Ambrose.

Still haven't decided what to name the new thing: to whoever it was who suggested "Sparky," that's not really staying with my great theologian/spiritual master theme. Besides, "Sparky" is what I called the skunk that lived on the grounds of the graduate students' O'Hara-Grace Townhouses back at Notre Dame.
17th-Nov-2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I no longer have much patience.

I'm surprised you lasted this long.

Still haven't decided what to name the new thing: to whoever it was who suggested "Sparky," that's not really staying with my great theologian/spiritual master theme

It's all in how you spin it -- I mean, Charles M. Schultz wasn't perfect, but...

*ahem* You know I have to ask if you're even thinking of gender-switching. (Er, name-wise)
17th-Nov-2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Wow. This thing is HUGE. When I pulled the liner off of it, I stiffled the urge to shout out, like Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark, "It's beautiful!" (Just before my head exploded.)

I gave some thought to that very question, and although I'm partial to the Lady Julian of Norwich, for example, my computers – for whatever reason – seem distinctly male in gender to me. Projection? I don't know. The Germans imported the word but left it in the neuter gender as "das Computer," but that just doesn't capture it for me. They're gender-neutral for you, I take it?

Hmmm... This more "chicklet"-style keyboard might take a bit of getting used to, too....
17th-Nov-2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Ewwww... so much hate for the new keyboards.

They're neutral for me... but then, I'm a woman and it's expected that I can identify with/project upon either gender. *quells brewing schpiel*
17th-Nov-2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes, because I certainly meant to imply that I cannot identify with the other gender....


Edited at 2007-11-17 03:48 am (UTC)
17th-Nov-2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Sorry, I'm in the middle of this identification paper and reading some pretty heinous scholarship on the subject...

But what DID you mean, Novak?
17th-Nov-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Now there's a stern new icon! :-)

Nothing more or less than I said: my computers seem more amenable to being referred to by male names to me than by female names. I have absolutely no rationale for this that I will defend. An aircraft carrier (or starship) is a she, an iMac is a he.
17th-Nov-2007 04:13 am (UTC)
*tactfully ignores the inexplicable male/female weirdness*

New-old, really -- I actually really need a haircut.
17th-Nov-2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Just got me mine yesterday. I suddenly realized mine was getting more old-Mike long, and that I hadn't been in since the end of July prior to my buddy J.P.'s wedding, which I was standing up in at the beginning of August. My head has felt liberatingly light all day.

That's a more recent one, I take it? I like your hair best when it's in-between: not too long, not too short. From that icon, that looks about right to me, but what can I tell? I do think that both of those icons are good colours for you, though: white/ivory and ... navy? Anyway.
17th-Nov-2007 05:48 am (UTC)
old-Mike long

an interesting specification.

I like your hair best when it's in-between

Me too -- but it grows so quickly that it's hard to find that balance. I don't mind the length now, but the shape is not quite right.
17th-Nov-2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Sorry we didn't cover that on the phone: all that talk and still loose ends!
17th-Nov-2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh YES, because the one thing that conversation needed was a vapid discussion of looks... oy.
17th-Nov-2007 04:10 am (UTC)
And what are you working on?
17th-Nov-2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Unsympathetic Identification -- a notion of "I identify with ____" that is separate from the creation of sympathy. I'm also calling it the "oh damn" moment, when you recognize unpleasant similarities/tendencies/etc. between a feature of a text and yourself.

Or, even more specifically/esoterically, the "I am Emma Woodhouse" phenomenon (for me, at least)
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