October 27th, 2016

blackhat

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Gloom was going to continue with my laptop failing to start. That has been resolved, though, so all's good.

Gotta love the new search engine techniques. I simply searched on "macbook won't start" and Google pulled up a little snippet that had, apparently, just the trick.
I miss yanking the battery out as a solution.



Gloom lifts with the lovely emails thanking Christine for standing up against the propagandistic video. Yesterday evening i shared with her the BBS goings-on. We both don't want fear to drive our decisions, and i made clear that my distress that persons would immediately call for a boycott over a post to a mailing list was not distress that she posted. And then we had a good laugh about what boycotting a blog would require.

Regarding the German shepherd question from yesterday, i think my real dog question has to do with how soon do dogs identify a family as their pack? Christine and i have been talking about D-O-Gs (when in front of the C-A-Ts): we've often talked about how when we left apartment living we would get one, or two.

So when i misspell shepherd as shepard, spell check suggests Shepard. When i misspell shepherd as shephard i get no suggestions at all. I hate schwas. I remember learning about schwas in elementary school and spelling and just being completely baffled. I don't think the a vs e schawa issue i have is related to the pen-pin merger of my native region in the southeast US.


On Monday, we were discussing how a dog would affect the cats -- and Christine remains concerned about how the cats have adapted after the move. I have cat-dog concerns too, but mainly because i would want a dog that would be large enough to be threat to the cats. I find most small dogs... unfair to dog-dom? I grew up with medium sized dogs and have a bias towards shepherds. We always had dogs and cats and never had issues -- but a neighbor's dog killed my brother's cat and i am well aware of the potential.

blackhat

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My mind wandering. A comic references Wuthering Heights. I read Wikipedia for a plot outline. Musicians have songs inspired by Wuthering Heights. I'm not sure why this surprises me. I linger on my surprise, realize i assume an inspiration of immediate passions and pains like my high school poetry, realize looking up from personal angst doesn't mean silencing, ponder what makes for my daily inspirations and wonder how forced a poem about connecting to teleconferences would sound. I think about my poetry professor in college, the horror of his metaphors of contemporary technology and how they grated on my sensibilities. ("Disk drive of the universe" floats in with a shudder.) Surely, new technology has made its way into poetry without being forced. How long did poets restrict themselves to candles after other forms of light? Surely street lights were met with a prompt poetic response? The painters certainly reveled in the new atmosphere. How would i search for an answer: "critical response poets artificial lights"?

I find http://homepages.wmich.edu/~cooneys/poems/Clark.artificial.light.html -- a lovely poem.