August 2nd, 2004

Rainy Day

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I have been plagued by computer problems for the past two weeks.

On my PC desktop, I've managed to contract a virus which is eating up system resources and causing devices to fail, but none of the virus scans or removal tools are able to detect it. Meanwhile, my kernel memory is running close to 100% most of the time.

And on my linux server, I can't get Perl and MySQL to work with R, a biostatistics program that the lab uses. I've tried all sorts of "solutions" but can't get the problem fixed. [volta, I wouldn't refuse your help!]

Meanwhile, my bosses are probably wondering why I'm not getting any work accomplished. <sigh>
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Mrs. Gorilla

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Because of the problems on my PC, I think the best thing to do is blow away the system and start over. Thus, I am going through old files, backing up what's worth saving. In doing so, I ran across an interesting picture.

A few years ago I signed up for a trial membership with an online dating service. (I don't remember which one.) I doctored up a picture for use in my profile. However, the picture was never accepted -- I don't understand why!

I think it would have made a great profile picture, don't you? Collapse )
You know I&#39;m sexy!

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I modeled the new threads for Keya, Dan, and Bri tonight. They didn't like the pink shirt. The color was okay -- they admit I actually did a good job of finding a combination of pinks that works with my skin tone -- but the cut was baggy in the wrong places, they claim, making me look fat. They really liked the black slacks and the blue striped shirt. They also liked the other shirt and grudgingly accepted the fact that I like the CK jeans. They laughed at the DKNY jeans, claiming it looks like some indestructible kids jeans from the '70s; these jeans fit my butt well but apparently are a bit too stretched in other places, so they gotta go back. They didn't really like the belt either, but I'm keeping it anyway.
Relax!  Grab a Book!

Stay Away from Bookstores!!!

I found my way back to the mall tonight, and when I finished what I had set out to do I needed to kill an additional forty minutes or so. Naturally, I wandered into the Borders. (It was that or Best Buy, and indulging impulse buying in a bookstore is less damaging to my credit than in an electronics store!)

I figured I'd see if they had a copy of our next book club selection, Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark. Problem is, I also took a look to see if they had copies of other things, including things I'd never heard of before. I really should be banned from entering bookstores!

In addition to The Speed of Dark (which, incidentally, was the last book I found), I picked up the following: Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton; The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, by Paul Elie (biography and literary criticism of four influential Catholic American writers, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Walker Percy); American Gods, by Neil Gaiman; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (it would have been this month's book club selection if I had actually voted for it this time around, like I usually do); and Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich.

I'm looking forward to quitting my job and becoming a hermit so that I can get all these books I own read.