November 7th, 2008

#1341: Holy crap, "out for delivery"

The UPS tracking site says my laptop should be delivered today. Wow. Awesome.

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Wind power hurts fish. Environmentalists say there is a downside to wind power. (Gee, who would have thought that?)

The reasoning is convoluted, of course, and involves hydroelectric power generation. Their point is not that wind power has a problem but that hydroelectric is the culprit here. More wind power means dams spill less water, blah blah blah, fish die, world ends, etcetera.

At least they have one thing right: there are negative environmental consequences of wind power, just as there are with every method of generating electricity.

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Did these guys look at the same kind of ants I usually see running around? Because the methods that ants use to avoid "traffic jams" are physically freaking impossible for humans to use in rush hour.

Ants walk around and over each other while trying to move. Ants can do this because they're tiny and have the ultimate in off-road suspensions.

So the guys come up with this nonsense about cars communicating with each other, leaving the matter up to the humans driving them to decide if an alternate route is preferable. The problem with that is that a specific road has a certain capacity, and once that capacity is exceeded, traffic jams result. If there is a parallel route, some people will take that route; most will not. (Almost all the time the parallel route is less satisfactory, for one--being even slower to traverse than the traffic-packed route. Because if both routes were equally satisfactory, they'd both be jammed to capacity during rush hour.)

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So the house is noisy right now, with the guys here to install the new counters. They were originally scheduled for noon-ish. Bonus win for me: I'll be able to get to sleep sooner.

Assuming excitement over my impending laptop doesn't keep me awake....

#1342: The definitions of "pain" and "patience"

The laptop is sitting, in its box, on the counter. I have to start getting ready for work in 45 minutes, which isn't even enough time to complete the OS installation.

...you always have to complete the OS install on a new machine, as far as I know. Since I don't want to leave this thing sitting out where a cat could jump on it, and screw up God knows what, it stays in its box until I know I've got enough time for the OS install to complete.

Not to mention deleting all the crapware and installing software I'll actually use.

I did take it out of the box long enough to make sure it was really in there, and it's a thing of beauty. It seemed like a shame to touch it without cotton gloves.

It's thinner and lighter than the laptop it replaces; prettier and more powerful, too. Yowza.

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I had much the same feeling, of course, when I got the new desktop last year, and in 2003 when I got the '86 Fiero, the project car. In the latter case my first day off after getting the car was a game day, and I spent all day Saturday playing D&D when I really wanted to be playing with the car, seeing what was wrong with it, why it didn't run, getting started on the big project!

Anyway, being an adult, I recognize the need to leave the fun stuff aside long enough to get the responsibilities out of the way, so I'm going to go to work tonight...but it's going to be a long night. I just hope it's not a hard one and that I've got some energy left to try out the new machine tomorrow, because otherwise it'll have to wait until Sunday.

*sigh*

Still, I'm really impressed by the speed with which it arrived; I ordered it Wednesday afternoon.

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And we now have counters in the kitchen. The guys came today and installed them; there are now only a few minor matters left to deal with, such as plumbing, which the construction guy will attend to--hopefully Saturday or Sunday, so we can have running water again and will no longer have to wash dishes in the bathroom sink.

It's only taken, what, a month? These things never seem to go very smoothly.