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Business sign seen a bit north of San Carlos, on my way down to Sunnyvale: "Oxygen with Attitude" O.o;

If you like the "All is Full of Love" look of the Svedka android, they've put together a Bot Builder - supply the Flash app with a photo, then add any accoutrements you feel appropriate, to see how you'd look as one. ^_^

A couple shorts I particularly enjoyed on the flight in: Yello Sticky Notes, and duelling air guitarists in a quiet suburban street, in the trailer for Air Knob. The former recaps the creator's journey into animation, blending personal insights (and procrastination), politics, and professional development (and lack thereof) into 2,300 sticky notes, showing six years of his life in six minutes, in wry style.

More first impressions of the new MBP: I'm happy with the glossy display. True, there are reflections, but they're easily ignored - and the tradeoff is that it's all still perfectly bright and clear even in strong sunlight. Battery life looks good so far - with the more power-hungry 9600M enabled, I'm currently showing 78% battery left, estimated 4h24 left. Haven't switched around GPUs much yet, but it does seem the 9400M saves a noticeable amount of power, whilst still delivering quite a decent SL framerate. With the 9600, though.. wow. Most sims are so smooth now! And I can play with shadows as well, though those do come with quite a framerate hit - but they do distinctly enhance the sim's realism. (Not sure if it's changed, but the shadow code used to require an Nvidia 8k series or newer)

Ah, United.. got to love looking at a departures display and seeing a flight scheduled for 2250 as "on time", when no boarding's even begun at 2253. =:) The boarding disagreement was sort of amusing, with one agent calling out "rows 20 and higher", to be contradicted by another, requesting 30 and up; then 20 and higher, countered by 25+. I'll board at some point. ^_^

(And promptly missed the apparently magnificent lighting storms around part of the flight, thanks to everyone having their blinds down on a night flight. Wah!)

An interesting little rebuttal of an Archbishop's recent claim along the lines of "internet-based friendships aren't real". I shan't add much to that line of tripe, other than noting how I've met almost all of my persistent friends on the net, and indeed, fell in love via Usenet and email.

View from the pub's terrace last night.. I'd trade it for the Bay in an instant, but this isn't so bad.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Glad to see you made it back ok.

I'm now the owner of TWO 15" MacBookPros. My original one (the one you saw) died for no apparent reason other than me possibly opening it up, cleaning the keyboard 5 times, and putting it back together again with either extra screws or screws left over.

I woke up Tuesday morning, checked my email, closed the lid, and it became dead as a door-nail (which is pretty dead). I rely on it so much, I hurried to the closest Apple store and got a new one while I wait for it to get fixed.

This new one has the same battery as yours now, can take up to 8GB of RAM and who-knows-what-else is new inside :-)

I'm selling the old one when it comes back from repair if anyone is interested... I'm sure it'll have all the screws etc this time :-)




Well, if you were to all but give it away, I could think of some worthy furs.. ^_^

I'm starting to get used to the idea of having two 17" laptops in the house. Seems somehow terribly bourgeois, but once I'm properly spinning in creative mode again, it'll be tremendously useful - there's plenty I can only really do on Dandelion, but there's also loads I can still share with Hyzenthlay, even in the land of Logic, as long as the project isn't too complex.

Came in handy today, actually - I popped back home, as there was enough time to drop by the supermarket and get de-sweatified (it's been oddly warm and humid) back home before the appointment, but not really enough to get back to the office. So I still had a fully loaded PowerBook at paw, and was able to hop over to my Wolf Valley rental box and pay for the coming month.

Sounds like a PMU (or now, SMC, as I recall) problem. Weird, but I suppose random soldering problems or suchlike can still happen. You hadn't taken it swimming or anything like that? =:)