Is it possible, I wonder, to study a bird so closely, to observe and catalogue is peculiarities in such minute detail, that it becomes invisible? Is it possible that while fastidiously calibrating the span of its wings or the length of its tarsus, we somehow lose sight of its poetry? That in our pedestrian descriptions of a marbled or vermiculated plumage we forfeit a glimpse of living canvases, cascades of carefully toned browns and golds that would shame Kandinsky, misty explosions of color to rival Monet? I believe that we do. I believe that in approaching our subject with the sensibilities of statisticians and dissectionists, we distance ourselves increasingly from the marvelous and spell-binding planet of imagination whose gravity drew us to our studies in the first place.
— Blood from the Shoulder of Pallas – in Watchmen by Alan Moore.
Found another quote that seems to sum up this phase of my life quite well, so I’m recording it so I can ponder on it later.
The gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit’s one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself for the first time like a once-blind man unbound. The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery. Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock – more than a maple – a universe. — Annie Dillard
Have had a Mac Mini 1.6Ghz Core Duo running OSX and XP now (under BootCamp beta) for about 2 months now. I love it. Thunderbird, Firefox, iTerm, and Fugu are really well done. It runs WoW, so it’s good for gaming without reboots. About the only time I go into Windows anymore is for Office. I’ve actually started substituting Google Docs and saving as PDF’s, which works pretty well as long as I don’t need fancy formatting. All in all, I really like it.
I’m an MCSA, about to be an MCSE, and it’s funny, I like Windows less and less as an OS every day. I have little to no interest in Vista after having worked with it for awhile. It is even less ready than XP was, it’s more resource-wasting, and not really that much more useful. I’ll likely be using my XP licenses until they run out, then leaving the Windows camp alltogether once they end support for it. We’ll see when that day comes.
Found a particularly memorable quote and figured I’d post it here so I can find it easily.
Choose life — only that and always, and at whatever risk. To let life leak out, to let it wear away by the mere passage of time, to withold giving it and spreading it is to choose nothing. –Sr. Helen Kelley