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We seem to be dodging the bullet of Hurricane Earl. A weather front has nudged it a wee bit eastward, and its been downgraded to a Category One. Mostly, we're looking at heavy rain and some wind, and breathing a sigh of relief. The surfers are happy, even though the Governor of Rhode Island ordered all the state beaches closed yesterday. I'd love to go down to Point Judith or Beavertail and see the waves, but it's unlikely we could get anywhere near the shore.

Meanwhile, Sirenia Digest #57 is still stuck in a holding pattern. Which has me very, very antsy and unable to move on to whatever needs doing next. Today, I may seek an alternate path to the PDF, as someone has volunteered. My thanks to everyone for being so patient.

Not much work yesterday, and what there was consisted, in the main, of email. I had a short interview for Lightspeed, about "Faces in Revolving Souls," which is being reprinted there in November. They'll also be running an author's spotlight on me that month, so I had questions regarding germline bioengineering and retroviruses to answer. Also, "The Belated Burial" is being adapted for podcast by PodCastle. I'll let you know when it's scheduled.

The rest of the day we mostly spent wandering about Providence making preparations against the storm— nonperishable food, jugs of water, candles, and so forth. Stuff we likely won't need now, not this weekend, but which we'll eventually put to good use. I called my mother, back in Alabama. Yesterday was the first anniversary of my stepfather's death, and so it was a hard day for her. We talked for twenty or thirty minutes, about everything from hurricanes to possums.

If anyone out there is feeling charitable, I'd really like to be able to update my OS from OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) to OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If I'd ever updated to Leopard, it wouldn't be a big deal, just $29.00. But because I didn't, I appear to need this software bundle for the update. Just saying, if anyone's feeling generous with some disposable cash that isn't doing anything, I wouldn't say no. *

Last night, we watched the third and final film in the Red Riding trilogy, In the Year of Our Lord 1983. The third film, directed by Anand Tucker, is much more like the first, stylistically and structurally. It was beautiful, deeply unsettling, and sublime. I'd say it's a film about redemption, even at the cost of one's life and sanity (which is true, to a lesser degree, of the first film). Tucker's use of flashbacks, nonlinear narrative, and fairy-tale hints is marvelous. Mark Addy's performance as John Piggott is one of the best in all three films. So yes, I recommend these films very strongly. Right now, all three can be streamed from Netflix.

There was rp in Insilco after the movie. I think we got to bed about three, maybe later. Spooky and I are both a week or so behind on our sleep.

Update: Turns out, Apple lies (as do we all). The bundle isn't needed, and I can update directly from Tiger to Snow Leopard, so all I need is the 29.00 thingy. Baaaaad Apple marketing!

Update 2 (4:51 p.m.): One trip to the Apple Store and a 45-minute install later, and Arwen is now running OS X 10.6.3. And yes, I named my iMac Arwen.

broken bells

Date: 2010-09-03 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownpetard.livejournal.com
i'm quite addicted to that album.

also, did you hear the howard hughes book piece on NPR today? he replaced himself with a homeless man and his family stole his $$! http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/03/am-the-secret-life-of-howard-hughes/

Re: broken bells

Date: 2010-09-03 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

i'm quite addicted to that album.

It's really very good.

also, did you hear the howard hughes book piece on NPR today? he replaced himself with a homeless man and his family stole his $$!

This is my skeptical face.

Date: 2010-09-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seismickitten.livejournal.com
With regards to the OS upgrade, I was in the same boat. However, as it turns out, you can just use the regular upgrade -- saying you need the whole suite is a huge money grab. So, yes, the $29 upgrade does it perfectly.

Date: 2010-09-03 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

However, as it turns out, you can just use the regular upgrade -- saying you need the whole suite is a huge money grab. So, yes, the $29 upgrade does it perfectly.

Really? Damn...

Thanks for the tip.

Lovecraft Festival

Date: 2010-09-03 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-misc.livejournal.com
I have a quick question regarding the Portland festival. I have never been to one of these things before and I'm not entirely familiar with how they work... I'm about to buy a day pass from boxofficetickets.com for the 2010 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon and my main interest is in attending your reading/panel (the rest of it sounds awesome too though). So, I'm wondering if you will be doing readings/panels all 3 days of the festival (friday, saturday and sunday) or just on one of those days?

Re: Lovecraft Festival

Date: 2010-09-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

>So, I'm wondering if you will be doing readings/panels all 3 days of the festival (friday, saturday and sunday) or just on one of those days

Yes. All three days, to my knowledge.

Date: 2010-09-03 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egologic.livejournal.com
Free PDF creator

http://www.cutepdf.com/

Date: 2010-09-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miakodadreams.livejournal.com
To my knowledge, CutePDF doesn't offer a version that works on Macs. I do recommend it to all our Windows-based dissertation students, though.

Date: 2010-09-03 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egologic.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear that.

I'm going to show my ignorance about Macs...

It seems to me people I work with have suggested they downloaded and installed VMware (free) and ran a virtual Windows session. If that's true, I wonder if you'd still have to buy a copy of the MS operating system to run a virtual machine. Guess it's too much to hope one just comes with the Apple OS.

On the other hand... I might be thinking of people who are running Linux.

I can imagine how frustrating this sort of thing is. I've sort of gone through the same thing administering our client for our database which worked fine on XP but isn't so crazy about Vista or Win7. So I switched to another freebie: PrimoPDF.

I'm sure this has been tried but I'll put out there anyway since there seems to be several suggestions Macs & CutePDF will work (I know you're rolling your eyes; it's the point where I usually do): http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=cutepdf+mac&aq=f&aqi=g3g-s1g2g-s3g1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=e483d4b47db68787

More opportunity for your eyes to roll and even glaze over (mine are and I'm the one trying to help): http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=primopdf+mac&aq=f&aqi=g-s1g2&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=e483d4b47db68787

Good luck. I know what a pain a problem like this can be.

Date: 2010-09-03 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinatalyn.livejournal.com
Not sure if you're aware of this but Snow Leopard only works on Apple's newer Intel based computers so it can't run on PowerBooks or iBooks. Just don't want you to waste $29 if you're trying to upgrade your iBook.

Date: 2010-09-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Not sure if you're aware of this but Snow Leopard only works on Apple's newer Intel based computers so it can't run on PowerBooks or iBooks. Just don't want you to waste $29 if you're trying to upgrade your iBook.

My iMac has an Intel processor.

Date: 2010-09-04 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
It's so good that it turned out to be cheaper than expected, so few things end up that way. Don't worry about Sirenia, those who subscribe know you're not one to downplay the commitment. When it can get out is time enough.

Date: 2010-09-04 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] david6493 (from livejournal.com)
Since we are talking about upgrades, I would love to get an ePub version of Sirenia Digest. I have no desire to read on my computer, so I usually end up converting the latest issue to another format since PDFs aren't ideal on other devices. (The best option is viewing the PDF on the iPad, but the font size is too small to read comfortably.)

I currently take the text and put it in iWorks' Pages. With the latest update, Pages can export to PDF and ePub format. I have a template that allows me to drop in the text at certain spots with predefined styles and everything is ready to export. The next issue was going to be my first ePub conversion so I need to see how it handles images.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw the idea out there. I would gladly help financially or technically to make this happen since it would save me a lot of trouble. :)

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