Avoiding the News

Wordsworth was onto something…

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.–Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

I’m somewhere in there with old Bill, so, apart from that which barges in my door rudely (yeh, I thought, “Rudy-ly” *heh*) demanding atention, I think I’ll mostly try to avoid the “news”–or what passes for news these days–for the next week or so.

Here’s some help: “tearing down” my office (to rebuild my desk, reorganize alla my junk, tear up flooring, etc.), so setting up a “new” computer where my Wonder Woman used to use her (now parted-out) desktop. Found an old 10GB disk with Windows 98SE on it (just thought: hope that wasn’t the one I had an iteration of Encore installed on… *hmmm* think not) I could pair up with a nearly as old 40GB disk. The 10GB disk will be for dual booting Ubuntu and PCBSD, while the 40GB disk will be for data generated while I have this computer (and all others) in pieces, packed away, etc.

Fun lil project. Especially when I realized I’d snaked the Cat5 cabling away from that location and need to run a temp line to set up the OSes (afterwards, I’ll use a wireless setup, but WILL need the comp connected in case drivers are lacking).

See? Just pick a project of your own and use it to distract yourself from the “news” for a few days. Betcha when you come back, nothing significant will have changed: Mass Media Podpeople and politicians *spit* will still be spinning the same old lies; the Saudis will still be free to spread jihad and call themselves our “friends; Jesus, Juan y Maria will still be crossing our borders in record numbers as the invasion continues unabated; Prisons for Kids will still be enstupiating the next generation of Americans, etc.

Take a break. Smell the coffee; savor the beer; play with the dog; mess with the cat’s mind (even money the cat messes with yours); talk with your spouse and children.

The world is too much with us.

Minor update: the PC-BSD 1.4.1 installation process is sooooo slick! Super easy, “power” options clearly presented, a true no-hassle install. Funny thing: on the same machine–an old 1.3 ghz box with notalotta memory–384MB–the latest Ubuntu would NOT install in a graphic install mode and took forever to install in text mode… then failed to load once “installed”. Strange. Likely some old hardware giving troubles. The PC-BSD 1.4.1 install was slicker than goose grease, though. Even asked up front what “optional” software (I chose Firefox, Opera and Open Office, among other apps) I wanted installed. Nice.–twc

mini-minor-update-to-update: well past my bedtime, now. Just been having fun discovering how very, very easy the improvements to PC-BSD make doing things in the OS. Heck, installing WINE is a snap with 1.4.1. And having Opera straight off the install (sure, I had to switch to CD #2 to get Open Office, Opera, etc., but so?) was really handy. Liking it. Heck, even KMail is better since the last time I looked at it. Easy, easy configuration to check/send via GMail–only account I set up on it–and at least as nice an interface as Outlook express or Thunderbird. Liking it.

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