- The satellite Interwebs are borked again here at Castle Frostbite, and the connection is merrily going up and down like a yo-yo all day long. (I’m typing up this post in Windows Live Writer, to be sent out during one of the satellite modem’s rare lucid periods.) The tech will be out within the next seven (!) business days, and there will be a $125 call charge just for showing up. Before anyone tells me to ditch the provider–it’s either them or dial-up service, which would mean the same expense, because we’d have to get two extra phone lines installed. I can’t wait for cable Intertubes or DSL to come around these parts.
- In reference to the above item, blogging may be a bit sporadic for a few days. I usually do an update a day at least, but yesterday I missed the boat, because our DAMN INTERNETS WERE BROKEN MOST OF THE DAY.
- On the plus side, I’m getting lots of writing done due to lack of Intertubular distractions.
- The Motorless Period is over. (That’s the span of roughly eight weeks where I no longer need to use the snowblower, and don’t have to use the lawnmower yet.) This weekend, I’ll have to break out the mower and give the yard a buzzcut, because the grass is wasting no time growing out of control. I’ll have to say this in defense of cold, snowy winters: no bugs, and no grass to mow.
- Lyra will be two years old tomorrow. I could have sworn we just brought her back from the hospital a few months ago. If you want to have a constant, physical reminder of how time flies, have a kid or two.
- Books at the top of my current To Buy list: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, and China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station. I am deeply ashamed to admit not having read either yet.
- Is it just me, or has Milla Jovovich played Leeloo Dallas in every movie she’s been in since The Fifth Element? I mean, not that I mind the sight of her dual-wielding Uzis, but talk about typecasting. Summer Glau is going to have to be careful to avoid the same fate, seeing how most of her projects since Firefly/Serenity could have been called River Tam Beats Up Everyone Yet Again.
- Still considering the Mac mini over the gaming PC. This may just be a sign of onsetting maturity, or one of a shift in priorities, but at this point, I rate the ability to run Scrivener higher than the ability to run Left 4 Dead at 120FPS. (Especially since being forced to play all those yummy first-person shooters in single-player mode takes much of the fun out of them. I do miss my Battlefield 2 evenings, dishing out headshots to perfect strangers.)
- I made the mistake of introducing the kids to Lucky Charms. It took them about three seconds to realize that the marshmallow bits are tastier than the stuff surrounding them, and now they treat the frosted oat bits like you would treat the styrofoam peanuts in the box containing your new eBay purchase. After this box is gone, we’re going back to Cheerios.
Well, it’s back to work for me. Intertubes are likely to remain sporadic for a while, so I’m actually going to have to do Other Stuff. You kids behave, and don’t break Al Gore’s Internet while I’m off writing, hmm-kay?