Computers and Cats
It is Tuesday and on Tuesdays for quite a long time now, I’ve been participating in Top Sites Tuesday, tossing out Two Curmudgeonly Thoughts on Tuesday. Over the weekend, I started a post on computer-generated writing that I fully expected would be my Tuesday post. Yes, I know … you’re probably relieved that you don’t have to pretend to read it. It was to be to be titled Chimpanzees and Computers, as in … if an infinite number of chimpanzees given an infinite amount of time could write Shakespeare, how long would it take how many computers to do the same? If you stop back later in the week, you might be surprised by the answer. In the meantime, you get Computers and Cats, which is the answer to the question, Why didn’t I finish Chimpanzees and Computers? Let’s start with the computers.
I am really tough on laptops. I haul them around in messenger bags and backpacks and they slide around unprotected on the back seat of my car. Their power cords get caught in the inner workings of my recliner and often, as I get up for a glass of wine or a snack, one end or the other of the power cord is yanked from its socket. Occasionally, they slip from the arm of my chair to the floor. Crumbs collect between the keys. Not surprisingly, my trusty ASUS laptop has begun to show its age. The power socket, which I had fixed for a cool $140 a couple of month ago is jinky again. There’s a crack in the corner of the display and 38.6% of start-ups hang interminably, requiring a restart in Safe Mode. And you thought computer generated writing would be boring. The point is, I just received a new Lenovo Thinkpad that I’m very excited about. Lighter. Fast processor. Fingerprint verification. Fortunately I’m more loyal to my women than I am my laptops. But in my excitement, I always forget. It is a royal pain to move to a new computer, even though Window Easy Transfer easily transfers all my files. There’s all those system updates and all those applications installers to find. And, of course, I loaned my Office 2010 disks to someone that isn’t around to return them. So, with one hand I’ve been doing background reading for the new project we’re suddenly bidding, and with the other hand? Download. Run. Setup. Update. Yeah, my Inner Geek loves it but my Outer Blogger wants to post.
On to cats. My son has two of them, a handsome Siamese male named Mr. P and a pretty Burmese female named Elvis. Yes, she is a feline victim of gender confusion. Anaheim Hills, where we live, is coyote country, which is why Mr. P and Elvis are indoor cats. Let me be more precise … they are house cats. They are allowed to roam on the roof and in spite of their athleticism, they have never jumped down. Tonight, after I grilled our dinner, I forgot to close the patio door, which Muri noticed about an hour later. Are the cats upstairs? she called from the living room. They weren’t. They weren’t downstairs either. They were out. Panic. Usually, once Elvis escapes, she cowers in the corner of our neighbor’s yard but she wasn’t in her usual spot. Mr. P on the other hand, is a hunter. During his escapes, he’s been known to bring home mice, rats, snakes and bunnies … and he stays out until he’s good and ready to come home. The fear is that the hunter will become the hunted … karma, my son calls it. Fortunately, Mr. P and Elvis are Socal cats, so the 60 degree temperatures were too cool for their tastes. They sauntered in nonchalantly after about an hour. Whew.
And I’m sitting here watching the Microsoft Office Installer download to my new laptop over my inexplicably slow internet. Mozilla Firefox says there’s only another 9 hours and 51 minutes to go. Thought Number One: I don’t think I’ll wait up for the download. And Thought Number Two: Thank goodness the cats are home. Because I just might have had to wait up for them. Have a great Tuesday and if you have a few minutes, drop me a comment. Otherwise, just push my button … gently … to make me Number One on Top Sites Tuesday #243. Have a great Tuesday.
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