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Haven't blogged in a while, and don't have much time tonight, so here's a somewhat stream-of-consciousness entry.

Last week my mother and I got her DSL set up in record time, and were doing an iChat AV conference a few seconds thereafter. She went to her first major league baseball game last night, courtesy of her company, and had great seats. So did Eric Soroos, apparently. The weird coincidence is that she just moved from Boston to Seattle, and she goes to a game where the Red Sox and Mariners were playing.

Also in sports news, today was the last Chicago Bears game to be played in Champaign; I'm so happy that only U of I football games will make parking impossible to find on Saturdays. In celebration (not really), we played a game of touch football to warm up at Kuk Sool today. Aside from a minor knee injury, I'm mostly back to my pre-Norway-trip level of fitness.

I'm still largely focused on research, not that it's making me work any faster. I haven't done more than a few minutes' on my Cocoa projects, still. The free time I have had, I've spent helping Steve move in, testing FontCard, and doing AFS/Kerberos stuff on the Macs at ACM. ACM is starting to get some content on their wiki I set up a few months ago (running Sakana, of course).

Ben's in purgatory between living arrangements at the moment, and he's loaned me his Yamaha S90 for a week (picture of my setup here). The feel of the keyboard is so piano-like, it's amazing—not that I'm much of a pianist. The S90 has a USB MIDI interface built in, as well as an mLAN (FireWire) option. There are so many MIDI channels on the S90 that Sibelius's MIDI setup window is impossible to use, because all the descriptions are cut off. I've managed to get it to work fine for playback, but recording has issues if I turn on the metronome. Not sure I want to delve into the huge impenetrable Yamaha manual for an instrument I only have for a few more days. :-)

I spent the night fixing my desktop G4, because apparently I forgot to seat my Radeon correctly and was seeing continuous kernel panics with accompanying disk corruption (journaled HFS+ only protects your metadata, not your data!) until I reseated the card. DiskWarrior 3's speed is really incredible on volumes with large number of files.

In the process of reinstalling the card, I managed to lose two screws under the motherboard—what a horrendous location the AGP slot's retaining screw occupies. I mentioned this to Steve and he said “this is why I have a magnetic screwdriver for computer work”. Indeed. I'm now in the process of restoring the files that I know were corrupted; hopefully there isn't any more corruption hiding.

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