Now THAT'S Fast!!
I dropped into my nearby Apple store the other day and spent a few minutes playing with the new Mac Pro computer, the next generation MacIntosh. Two dual processors ( that's 4 Intel chips) running at 3 gig... It'll think faster than you can move! But what really blew me away was watching it run Windows XP.
Because the new Macs are using Intel processors, they can run Windows operating systems as native software, not as emulations. And with the quad processor configuration, these new Mac Pros can run Windows faster than any of the top-end PCs out there: IBM, Dell, Toshiba, whatever! It still takes an annoyingly long time for Windows to boot, just like any PC, but when you're done with whatever drove you to "the dark side" you can reboot in OS-X and go on with your business in comfortable MacIntosh style.
However, there was just something terribly wrong with seeing the Windows start-up icons and hearing that old Microsoft chime coming from a Mac!
Next thing you know, they'll be telling us that Jaguars and Volvos are made by Ford!
The Short Straw!
seems to have a way of overlooking me whenever Chance picks a name from
the hat. So imagine my surprise when I learned that, after barely a
year in my new home in PA, I was one of the chosen few to be awarded
an opportunity some community members aren't given in their entire lives...
Fortunately, the trial was to be a case of Eminent Domain, in which a township wanted to take undeveloped land from an unwilling seller. When asked if anyone had strong feelings about the preservation of open spaces, I jumped up. Until that moment, I had never realized how passionately I feel about nature, conservation and the ecology! I was told to go home.
Sept. 2006 Issue
A Shortz Story
Irene and I are shameless puzzle addicts, as I've already mentioned in an earlier newsletter (May'06, "Puzzle Me This") so, naturally, we had to go see the movie "Wordplay" when it came to our favorite theater in Phoenixville. I was curious to see how anyone could make a documentary about the world of crossword puzzles that would appeal to anyone but a turbo-charged geek.
Well, damned if they didn't do it! New York Times Crossword Editor, Will Shortz, is one of the stars of the show, as he should be. He is charming and entertaining in interviews as well as in glimpses behind the scenes at his weekly appearance on NPR. And he is, of course, very clever with words!
It was also interesting to see how a crossword puzzle is made (NOT by computer!) We were amused at the various techniques and comments of celebrities who attempted to solve that puzzle: the Indigo Girls, Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Mike Mussina (Yankees pitcher), Bob Dole, Ken Burns, and Bill Clinton. We also got an inside look at the Crossword Puzzle Championships that have been an annual event at the Stamford Mariott in Connecticut since 1978. Amazing!
If you like crossword puzzles, this movie is worth checking out. Wordplay.
Making The Cut...
This is the month when I go for carpal tunnel surgery, so if next month's newsletter looks like a pasted-up ransom note... that's why! Please be patient with the patient.
My mouth, should be totally unaffected, so keep those scripts a-comin'!!
The 50-50-90 rule
Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.