Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hungarians Speaking Chinese

The Common Good might be for everyone to be free to compete and grab as much as they can as their might and cleverness allows…

But this annoying wall between PC’s and Macs simply must stop.

I know, I know---I’m a philistine for pounding my hairy paws hard on the right click button of the mouse for my pc.  The Macs are sleeker. The whole experience a sort of gated community for sound and vision epicureans.   But I’m no high end aesthete, or am I? Not really. Kind of. But hell…I like it easy and cheap, too.

I was a mac fiend for many years.  But during the OS 9 into OS X era, when they partitioned between the two operating systems, I felt annoyingly bifurcated. I believe in LookBacks, forever. Plus, I had a lemon iMac that needed constant patching. It did not work well with my peripherals (or with my profiteroles) no matter how much gum and duct tape I applied.  So I walked (with the chiding of my easily-moseying-along-PC-clad- not-yet-husband).  I walked away from mac about ten or eleven years ago…  

Of course, it followed me everywhere. At jobs. As iPhones. I just shot this movie and you pretty much have to have a mac in post.  And I mean it. One needs all those QuickTime files to speak intelligently to the editor, composer, sound mixer, Jesus.

So this is what I did. I need to have my dailies easily accessible for constant viewing. But the official external hard drive is mac formatted, naturally, and large and precious and cannot be flying around and certainly cannot be plugged into a PC for fear of being completely reformatted. I bought a Seagate GoFlex that prides itself on being able to be read by Macs and PC’s.  One does stand in the aisles of Best Buy and one often mutters, “Yeah, right.”

But I had to give it a shot.  A 1 Terabite drive for 100 bucks that can be read by both formats?  YES!  Give me it!  Problems solved for maybe an eternity.

Home. Excitement. Plug and play you say?  No such luck.

The mac (my cousin/God Son is here with his mac, so we are rolling with that)---continued to see the Seagate as a read only. So you couldn’t write to it. Then, often, the hard drive wouldn’t mount---meaning, an icon for it would not show up. Though, if you went deep into utilities, you did see that it was there. Unplugging and plugging it in sometimes would pull up an icon. Using disk repair in utilities rendered it useful on the mac, but not on the pc. War!

After much reformatting…wiping it out, reloading the software onto the mac (its default really is PC), reloading the factory software onto the external drive, rinse, repeat, plug and plug again…until somehow, magically, both computers can read the drive…I was able to start my copying.

And it is working.

But there is no way of knowing why it didn’t work right away. There is the pain of the two systems attacking each other. And then, there’s the middle pain of the Seagate who promises so much, an easy bi-platform world—that totally did not work and had to be tinkered into reality to match what it advertised. Fuck Seagate and its lying boxes.


I think the future is in buying a Mac and having it run windows, too.  This way, you get it all. (You can run windows on a mac. PC’s won’t run Mac OS at all.)

How are we feeling about a Chrome Operating system?   I might be all for it.  Blow up the dreaded PC/Mac war that has been going on forever. Haven’t we experienced enough of those two little ego-boys and their personal war?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's Fleet Week and Boy are My Eyes Tired

Fleet week brings a certain flutter to NYC. It always has. No one thinks of war. They just stare and sigh. In my case, I also can't believe the small waist lines. I remember having that sort of thing.

Uniforms are sexy. I guess because they remove personality and showcase simplicity. One can project almost anything onto a form that stands in uniform.

It also feels very old fashioned. This tradition of sailors coming to NYC for much needed R&R on the shores of Manhattan.

My brother was a sailor. On a destroyer. He would have to announce to any visitors, "I cannot confirm or deny there are nuclear weapons on this ship."  Something like that.  Which meant, of course, that there were plenty.

War is ugly. Young men in uniform are not.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mosaic with Husband, Baltimore Museum, 2012

Mosaics with Husband, Baltimore, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Baltimore says COME on DOWN!

It is a lucky life when trains become your main mode of transportation.

Movies are Time Consuming

Strangely, I have not been blogging much.

This is exciting because I have been pretty steady with it for seven years and what this means is, other things are getting big enough to eclipse this rolling rave.

Time does fly when you’re blogging fun.

I have always had a premonition that when things got super busy creatively in other areas that the blog would suffer.

And so it has.

Not to mention—blogging is starting to feel so earth shoes and puca beads historical.

(For you young readers…that was even before the height of Donna Summer’s career.)

Maybe what will infuse new energy into the blog will be some curious new way of looking at things.

I’ll keep you posted.

Plays and movies and books to be birthed or buried. But Blogs, they are eternal. That’s the beauty of them. Oh Open Trench…you’re a pal.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Offa Box and Onto Obama

I have stories to tell about the making of BOX…but right now, there is this---

Obama, we applaud you for coming out. Thank you. Will it help your campaign?

One wonders.  (Wim Wenders.)

Thursday, May 03, 2012

8 Hours Left...and Sony Tweets

8 Hours left
And Sony is Tweeting:
Sony Super 35mm Facebook:
Sony Pro USA Facebook:
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