Today something nice happened and I want to write it down. I was travelling this week and got sick while out of town. Sick enough to seek out a doctor. Dr. R. treated me, and asked me to follow up when I got back. I did so today, and left a message with his receptionist to let him know how it went. Then just before dinner, the phone rang. “Hi Andrew, it’s Dr. R. in San Francisco, how are you feeling?” He must have spent a good five minutes on the phone with me. Call me crazy, but it totally made my day. I’m feeling much better, by the way.

I just bought another ten euros worth of SkypeOut minutes. How convenient that they accept PayPal. The calls are so cheap that sometimes I favor it even for local calls, for example if I’m in a technical discussion and in front of the computer. Sometimes it’s just easier to have the headset on and go hands-free.

Swoopy: “His writing was just tiny dashes and dots on Saturday. Yesterday some very nice single letters in no particular order. Today, a word. I’m expecting a sentence tomorrow. “


We lost power for a few hours on Sunday. When the lights came back on, I booted up the computer and got the usual windows login screen with “aegrumet” and “Guest”. I clicked on “aegrumet”, watched my name sink a few inches to the middle of the screen and listened to the familiar “dee doo doo dum”. Then the machine rebooted. Much fiddling did nothing to change the result.

Something went very wrong with my PC. Sigh. Just when you think life is busy enough and complicated enough, you get these curve balls that remind you how much less control over your fate you have than you think you do.

There seems to be some kind of corruption in aegrumet’s personal settings file. Happily I was able to log into “safe” mode, create a new user and copy over my profile. Apparently this task is not all that uncommon.

Everything’s copied over now and sort of works.