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Wonders

  • Cheshire Crossing is a whimsical new web comic, the first volume of which is now out. It features all sorts of wonderful things. It's too bad that it'll be 3-6 months before the next volume is likely out. (via bonibaru)
  • Things to do in London this Saturday: "At the Millennium Bridge, architect Lord Noman Foster will escort the sheep across the Thames." In honor of the beginning of the London Architecture Biennale, there will be a procession of bishop-blessed sheep making their way from Southwark Cathedral all the way across the river to Smithfield Market, starting at 10:30 am.
  • In the fourteenth century, according to the Meaux Chronicles, a freak hailstorm took out one farmer's field, not touching those around it. Last weekend, a freak hailstorm took out one of the oldest public libraries in the country. Here my analogy fails, for there were no other libraries around it. Still, sad and frustrating, especially given the increasingly poor state of libraries in the UK and lack of funding for them. (via gillo and cronaca)
  • vschanoes is a scholar of fairy tales, and was interviewed for a feature on the next collector's edition of The Princess Bride. It's always nifty when scholarly respectability can be properly applied to things of delight and fannishness.
  • If I had anything else to add to this list, I can no longer remember it because it died with my machine (again). My laptop was up and working for a good hour or two there before the same thing happened as several times earlier. I wonder what else I can do to try repairing it, shy of a full system reinstall.

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chickenfeet2003
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
I hope none of the sheep are historically minded. Were that the case, being processed to Smithfield would seem to be a prima facie case of sheep worrying.
owlfish
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that's why they tour the Borough Market veggies and Vinopolis first, to lull them into thinking they're merely on an exciting foodie tour of the city. Having major architects on hand to accompany them around major architectural locations should help with the camoflauge.
ewtikins
Jun. 16th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Laptop stuff sounds like maybe hardware? I'm not sure, not being a Geek.

I will miss the sheep procession, because I'll be teaching and stuff. But I'm going on a tour of the East London Line tunnel at 15.00, which should be good. The sheep remind me of a Stampede parade one year, there were all these cattle and oil and grain companies with huge sponsored floats or posh cars or whatever, and then the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association had, um, 20 sheep and a couple of dogs with an easygoing shepherd walking along behind.

I've seen hailstorms do that to crops in Canada. Shame about the library. :(
owlfish
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
It looks like the problem was a loose RAM card. It's reseated now, which hopefully will solve, but this is the first reboot post-fix, so it may be a few minutes - or hours - before I'm sure it worked. Hope, hope, hope.

I did an engineering tour with the Museum in Docklands once, which included lots of informative things about the tunnel. Glad I did that - my best bit of neighborhood orientation.
gleodream
Jun. 16th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
That is quite a list of wonders. I'm sorry to hear about your computer!
daisho
Jun. 16th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Said webcomic has a very interesting premise (I'm making my way through the archive at the moment), but I do wish people would stop using the construction exhibited here -- "could care less" means precisely the opposite of what the phrase is meant to. <:)

The sheep sound interesting (and I'm in the capital tomorrow, too) but I'm not sure I'd be able to restrain myself from throwing something soft and squishy at Norman Foster. I've harboured a deep and abiding dislike of the man since the new Law faculty building at Cambridge was opened, and proved not only to be unfit for purpose without major revisions, but nearly killed a lecture theatre full of students to boot. Details available on request.

The loss of a library is always sad, I agree, particularly when it has a bit of history behind it. I suppose it's a mercy the books largely escaped, though.

As for your laptop, if it's really getting that unstable, I'd consider a reinstall if all your virus scanners et al. are up to date. Windows, which I presume you're using, does have a propensity to go a bit wobbly sometimes. If you're on XP, you could try a system restore to a more stable point -- but I'd skill back up your data, just in case.
owlfish
Jun. 16th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Request! I'm very curious about the near-death experience of a theatrefull of students, but glad to know at the outset they all escaped intact.

My laptop is a Mac, and based on the number of beeps at problem start-ups, the problem was a loose RAM card. So hopefully that's fixed it - and hey, it was a good opportunity to dust out the fan while I was there. I only just rebooted though, so we'll see if that was as much fixing as the machine required.
daisho
Jun. 21st, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
There were a number of flaws in Foster's glass-and-steel design; enough of a draft blew through the building, for instance, that lecture theatre doors opened at random and, despite his assurances that the walls' curvature would prevent noise from the lecture theatres reaching the library on the mezzanine floors above, a glass ceiling eventually had to be installed to minimise disturbance for students upstairs.

But what I'd consider his most serious error was building the intakes for the main ventilation system into the paving of the car park, outside. This meant if anyone left an engine running (say, for example, workmen needing a generator while they installed a glass ceiling), all the nice exhaust gases were sucked directly into the air conditioning. I was in the lecture when the problem first came to light, as people started dozing off. People often do this in lectures, of course -- but not in general quite so openly or in such numbers.

I never found out just what happened between the faculty and Foster's firm, but given the presence of some of the country's finest legal minds in the staff room, I sincerely hope it involved a lot of money. He does at least seem to have learned from the experience, given that I didn't hear similar complaints about the Gherkin. >:)

I wondered if you had a Mac, but most people who do own a portable Apple refer to it by its brand name rather than the more generic "laptop", hence my assumption of a Microsofic operating system. Glad to hear, in any event, that you got the problem diagnosed -- and you're right, a good clean-out certainly won't hurt it!
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