Being...
the adventures of a youngish man whose principal interests are knowledge, beauty, and music

© 2005 by Andersen Silva (1-30-05)

I like Chinese, I like Chinese,
  They only come up to your knees,
Yet they're always friendly and they're ready to please...

Windows: noun; 32-bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16-bit patch to an 8-bit operating system originally coded for a 4-bit processor, written by a two-bit company that can't stand one bit of competition.

Just thought I'd share that...  ;)  Well, speaking of computing, I'm currently installing OpenBSD (I hope) on Querida, the ancient Quadra 605 I acquired a bit over a year ago. It seems to be proceeding nicely, but slooowly... It's been over seven hours already since the first packages were installed!

Filing my federal income tax return by phone, on the other hand, took under ten and a half minutes this afternoon. I hadn't planned on doing it by phone, but when I sat down to do my taxes today, I realized that what I'd thought was a full-fledged, send-it-in-the-mail form was in fact instructions on TeleFiling. So I shrugged and picked up the phone... At least I should get my refund deposited into my account quickly.

I finished reading "Freedom in Exile," the (14th and current) Dalai Lama's autobiography, at around the same time that China hemmed, hawed, and grudgingly paid a little respect to its former Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang. I'm sure it was just a coincidence. I had a lot of respect for the Dalai Lama before reading the book, and it's only increased now. As for Zhao, it's sad that his showing some compassion resulted in his removal, both from his post and from normal life. He tried to prevent the massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989, and it cost him fifteen years of freedom. Screw the Chinese Communist Party, and remember this man. If they'd had more like him, maybe there wouldn't be so many Tibetans in exile. Maybe there wouldn't be more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans. Maybe Taiwan wouldn't feel the need to buy so much military technology.

All this talking about Asia is making me crave sushi... Heh-heh. Well, Gina and I did get together for some last month, the first time we'd done so in a while. We're planning to have sushi and champagne for Valentine's Day, too, which will be wonderful. The gloves I bought my honey for Christmas were a bit more flash than function, it turns out, so I surprised her on Friday with a new, warmer pair from Victoria's Secret.  :D

Speaking of Valentine's Day, Barbara, Stephanie, and I are going to see "Spamalot" on Broadway that night, the first night of previews. I'm looking forward to the show, though I was worried when Barbara told me about the tickets (mine was a Christmas gift) that it might interfere with my seeing my honey that day. We've worked it out, though.

I'm still not watching a whole lot of television, despite having the TV in my bedroom now. I think that's a good thing. I do make a point of catching new episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Simpsons," and, now, "Battlestar Galactica," and I occasionally unwind after work with "Simpsons" and "Seinfeld" reruns, and catch the sporadic movie, but other than that, I ignore the tube. I've got other things to do. I seem to have gotten in the habit of eating fruit salad while watching "Raymond" lately. It wasn't deliberate; I bought fruit salad at Shop-Rite a few weeks back, and ate it that Monday night while watching TV, and now I keep finding myself buying more in time for "Raymond" Mondays. Guess there are worse habits...

When I pointed out the LaundraPak hanging over my closet door to Gina a few weeks back, she asked jokingly if I shot my dirty clothes into it from across the room like a basketball player. Well, now I can't resist doing so. Heh! I'm not ready to go pro yet, but I guess I'm not doing too badly.

Whoa, someone has actually ordered one of my mousepads, someone I don't even know! I'm a little freaked out, frankly, but at the same time I think it's very cool. Heck, I should be realistic; no one I know is ever going to buy my stuff. Heh-heh!

The Quadra is still chugging along. Hopefully, this installation will finish before I hit the sack, because I've got the case open so I could plug in a second hard drive, and it's loud. Almost time for "The Simpsons..." Later, everyone.
  - A (webmaster@andersensilva.com)


June 2006 - "Desperation," concerts, where's my music been?
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May 2006 - Nothing too exciting for Cinco de Mayo, fresh blood at Microwize, Apple v. Apple
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April 2006 - Late night at the office, a trip to DC
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March 2006 - Aimee Mann, fillin' up the iPod, science fiction, a trigger-happy veep?
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February 2006 - One seat per customer, Amigas, MySpace
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January 2006 - In the paper again, my own iPod, on my own
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December 2005 - Where is everybody?!? "Christmas Lonely"
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November 2005 - Arizona, the Palisades Center, alone again... naturally
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October 2005 - 35 and still alive, an Ovation and not a Tanglewood, anyone for tennis?
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September 2005 - The city of New Orleans, Rome, CBGB, let's joust!
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August 2005 - Microsoft Winblows, no Transit Village for you!, songs 'n guitars
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July 2005 - The Fourth, the Ozonic, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"
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June 2005 - Lunch with Gina, a penguin from her penguin, hongry for Nine Inch Nails, "Episode III" and "Hitchhiker's"
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May 2005 - My new PowerBook, HHGttG, the end of the Astronomy Tip of the Day
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April 2005 - The Children's Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dark Tower, the Dell
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March 2005 - Snow, my sushi valentine, technical difficulties (please stand by)
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January 2005 - A frightening New Year's, spaghetti and meatballs (and Christmas gifts!) with Gina and Hannah, Samichlaus
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December 2004 - A fun evening with Gina and Hannah, test-taking, partaking of the library
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November 2004 - A lot can change in twelve months
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October 2004 - My birthday and my honey
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September 2004 - Anniversary, spreadin' the word about the CD, dumb E-mails and the women who send them
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August 2004 - Philadelphia freedom, the album is finished, where did my parents go?
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July 2004 - Together again!; playin' guitar in the park, promoting the album
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June 2004 - Mother's Day, Gina's day, preparing the CD... don't dream it's over. Please don't
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May 2004 - Gina being so far away from me, chicken cordon bleu, Macintosh consulting, the album
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April 2004 - No more Vitriol, lovin' and cookin' for my pretty baby, upgrading to a Treo 600, working on my music
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