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0224 We
  * up 6:50; W=199.6; drugs, nose; coffee
  ~ 9:30 Colleen: Women's clinic -> Friday
  ! 10:43 feeling physically and emotionally drained.  Checks ready for deposit
  * deposit HSX check ($15)
  * deposit Wells check
  @ The OLPC Wiki
    OLPC Manual
  @ No to SQL? Anti-database movement gains steam
    The Apache Cassandra Project
  * short walk around the building.
    % hip pain; possibly due to the insoles in the black Keen shoes.
      switched to the New Balance 1010's, which seem to be helping.
  @ Incredible: Google Execs Found Guilty Because Of YouTube Video; Given Six
    Month Suspended Sentences -- and had nothing whatever to do with it
  @ Administration Asks For Public Input On IP Enforcement
  @ iPhone Purity Test Means No Selling Bathing Suits To Women
  => sonic paid up through 4/1
  * sent email  re: XO links and notes.
  * Beds arrived, fit in van (barely)
  @ Corsets by Timeless Trends - Affordable corsets 
  : $x is furious at me; the XO is having backlight problems.  And she says I
    didn't tell her about the trackpad; I think I did but can't prove it.
    ! sad, upset.  *sigh*  
  : And the mattresses weren't in the shipment.  GAACK!
  ! exhausted, upset
  * bed ~11:30; S=6421

Spent much of the day feeling physically and emotionally drained. Some of that was, I suppose, getting and dealing with the check from my broker. Too many digits there. Realizing just how deep a hole I've dug for myself; that's not a comfortable thing to have to face.

And the hospital beds arrived -- but without the mattresses. I stupidly didn't count boxes and check them off against the packing list, so I'll have a lot of hassle to go through today. Again.

And the XO, that I felt so good about finally finding its way to a kid who will love it, is having problems. They may be minor, but at this distance I can't fix them. More later, maybe.

Sometimes it isn't a case of the glass being half full or half empty, but of it being twice as big as you can handle.

Date: 2010-02-26 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
I still think you didn't tell me about the trackpad, but there is very good news about the backlight. Apparently it does work; it's just that it has an on/off set of buttons in an extremely confusing and easy-to-hit place, and Grace kept hitting the off button by accident, not knowing what it was. She has figured out now what it is, as well as the on button next to it, and she can use the machine fine again now. The messed-up trackpad isn't really a problem, except in that it kept me from learning very much about the machine before it got passed on to the six-year-old, since she uses the mouse by preference anyway.

So we seem to have dodged a bullet on this, and I am sorry I yelled at you. You didn't deserve as much of it as I gave you; I was just furious at the universe for taking away one of the few really good things I'd managed to do for someone lately, and I put the blame where, mostly, it didn't belong. That was wrong of me, and I apologize.

Date: 2010-02-26 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
YAY!! Apology accepted, of course.

I don't blame you a bit for being furious at the universe, and I was pretty sure that most of that anger wouldn't stay directed at me for long. (I happily accept the blame for my lack of understanding and poor communication skills -- one more reminder that I'd better stay out of tech support.)
Edited Date: 2010-02-26 01:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-26 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Tape a piece of plastic or cardboard, like a hotel key card or convention badge, over the trackpad to keep it from getting touched accidentally.

The thing that really threw me off was not getting a chance to show you around the machine after Conflikt, and not realizing that you wouldn't get around to playing with it until very late in the game. Very few of the people I usually hang around with would have been able to resist playing with such a shiny gadget.

Date: 2010-02-26 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
I tried and tried to open it, and couldn't.

Don't assume I'll be in shape for ANYTHING after a convention. It's why I keep begging, when you ask me about timing, to make the visit part of the trip before.

Date: 2010-02-26 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
/me nodnodnods.

I'm told that most adults have trouble with the latches, and that most kids don't. It must have been horribly frustrating for you.

Date: 2010-02-26 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acelightning.livejournal.com
My version of the saying is: "The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The engineer says you're using the wrong size glass."

Date: 2010-02-26 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Yup; that's where it came from.

Date: 2010-02-27 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acelightning.livejournal.com
I won't know how full my glass will be until the snow that's now filling it melts ;-)

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