My Mac Pro Goes Boogety Boogety-er

I said before that my Mac Pro was fast. But lately it’s been bogging down a bit when I have lots of apps open. Especially if I am using Parallels.

But UPS just arrived with a little shipment from Crucial: another 2GB of RAM. O, glorious day! Notice the screenshot of my activity meter:

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My First Golf Game In Nearly 20 Years

I played golf last Sunday for the first time in many years. We went to the 9 Hole, Par 3 course up at Chateau Elan and had a great time. I shot nearly 2x par, but for not having played in so long, I think that qualifies as “not that bad.” Here’s the score card:


The 9th hole was the fun one. You have to hit over a lake to get to the green. The first shot each of us took, we put the ball straight into the water. My second shot, with a 3 wood, was beautiful: straight, high and long. The ball landed on the green, about 20 feet from the hole. Putting was another story, but it was fun to make such a nice tee shot.

The hardest hole was 5. You have to skirt a lake, and that wasn’t easy. I lost three balls in that lake.

I went to the PGA Tour Superstore in Duluth on Saturday and bought a new golf bag. It’s quite nice, with lots of pockets and dividers and such, and these auto-retracting legs for standing it up. It was on sale, which makes it even better. I also looked at grips and talked to the guy in the club-building department about getting mine regripped. I’m going to take them up there this week to get some new grips put on them, since mine are old, wrapped leather that have slipped and turned.

I can’t wait to play again.

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours? Sure…

I was at Borders the other day, and I happened to see a book called Learn the Bible in 24 Hours. Yeah, I’m sure that’s possible.

Anyway, I was discussing it with my friend Fred and we started coming up with other funny “learn the Bible” book titles, such as

  • The Bible for Dummies, Evangelical Edition: The Book of Romans, Throw the Rest Away
  • The Jehovah’s Witness Edition: It’s All About John 1:1c
  • The Mormon Edition: Read the Sequel
  • The Catholic Edition: All Your Saint Are Belong To Us
  • The Muslim Edition: The Bible, That Work of Fiction by Jews and Christians

I especially like the Catholic one, of course, that was one that I came up with…

Back Up, Once Again

In case you’ve missed me, I’m back. The site has been down for a week and a half due to server problems. I host this site in the same rack as my company, on one of the spare machines, but last monday we lost a drive in our database server. I started moving the data to the spare machine, but while doing so, that drive also failed, taking with it my blog. Today I upgraded my test machine from an older copy of SuSE Linux to Ubuntu Fiesty (which is what all the machines are now running), and now the blog is back. Hooray!

For good, I hope.

It’s DCE, not DRM

George Orwell would be so proud of this. HBO‘s CTO recently said he no longer wants to use the term DRM, Digital Rights Management, for how they copy-protect their content. Instead, he prefers the term DCE, Digital Consumer Enablement (emphasis mine). Referring to a technology that limits what I can do with content as something that “enables” my use… well… that’s just double-plus good, isn’t it?

I Had My First Golf Lesson

I had my first golf lesson on Saturday. It was fun, and I wasn’t starting out as terrible as I had imagined. We started out working on swing mechanics without a ball present, but once we moved up to using a ball, only once did I swing and completely miss the ball. Every other swing made contact; it was just the quality of the hit that changed. There were a few rollers and a few “D’oh!” moments, but for the most part, I got some good hits.

My right biceps is still sore from Saturday, too. I need to stretch out before-hand next time more. Bob showed me some stretching exercises to do, I just didn’t take the time to actually do them so they could stretch me out. I’ll know better next time.

The clubs I have are a mixture of ancient and not-quite-so-ancient. The two woods I have are from a set my parents gave me back in the mid-eighties. The irons are some that my wife bought from a neighbor’s yard sale a few years ago. Bob said that the irons (Ram) were quite good, but the woods were “going to put you [me] at a disadvantage.” The problem, he said, was that the faces on them were so small that you get no margin for error. He said that modern woods are three to four times as large, and he would recommend getting something else. We did hit some with the driver, but he was right about margin for error. So yesterday I went to my local Play It Again Sports store and picked up a new 1 and 3 “wood” that had enormous faces and heads that are far, far larger than my old ones. I’ll give them a try tonight. And I put “wood” in quotes because there’s not a scrap of anything resembling wood on them. It’s all aluminum and carbon and such. Or something. I don’t know what they really are made of, but it’s definitely not wood.

I’ve got a second lesson scheduled for this Saturday and I need to practice some this week. I’m going to try to get to the driving range tonight and at least one more time before Saturday.