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October 10th, 2002
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Still no OS X
I got an email just before leaving on Tuesday that said that I wouldn't be getting my new machine with OS X until Wednesday. I was out on Wednesday. I come in this morning and still no new machine. There's an email that hints that the other person getting a new machine got his yesterday and that I'll be getting mine today. One thing about it, though, is that they said that they are setting it up so that only they install software. Which means I'll have to ask them to install NiftyTelnet. But that's okay, since I do actual legitimate work with that. Yes, I also check my email, but that's okay.

Speaking of yesterday, it was quite fun. There was some time pressure, so I was a bit harried trying to make sure we made it in time. Surprised magid with a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands. Well, George's Island, in particular. And we had roast beef for lunch, with some hummus and crackers for snack, as well as some hazelneut chocolate, which was pretty good. The fort on the island was pretty neat, and the 45-minute boat ride in the harbor was neat, with narration on the way out. I learned that all of Boston's sewage, as well as that of a lot of the surrounding area, is processed at one plant on Deer Island (which is actually connected to the mainland) in a dozen egg-shaped containers. They sell the processed solid waste back to the city as fertilizer, and the ship the processed water (to drinking-water level, they said) eight miles out into the ocean. I was thinking that one well-placed explosive there could really do some damage, if someone were to use that as part of a larger-scale attack on Boston. I hope they have decent security.

Hebrew class was decent on Tuesday, except we didn't learn any more letters. Instead, we did some reading and translating of sentences using letters we already know. So, I picked up a bit of vocabulary. I think I might try to just learn the rest of the letters on my own so I can start doing some more stuff on my own, since the pace of the class seems a bit slow.

I did a once-over of my copyediting homework on the boat ride back yesterday. I'm not particularly inspired to put much effort into it. However, I'm glad I looked at it, and I think seeing the "answer sheet" and going over it in class will be useful. Last week, for example, I got a particular rule about hyphens clarified a bit. I think I need to do some reading in the Chicago Manual of Style to make sure I am doing things correctly.

I think I'm going to try for at least another month off at the end of this contract. Of course, I say that now, but I'll probably want ot find a job as quickly as possible when the time actually comes. But, really, having that month off was really nice, and I used it productively. I think I might be able to feel okay about more than a month if I am able to get some paying freelance copyediting work. So far, all of the editing I've done in my spare time has not been paying work.

So, either I need to start finding some freelance work or I need to start playing the lottery.

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From:bitty
Date:October 10th, 2002 06:52 am (UTC)

pace of the class

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when i took my arabic class, it was the same way. 2-3 letters per week, lots of repetition, and i was bored out of my mind, and wanting to leap ahead in the book.[1]

what disturbed me is that several members of the class complained that we were going to fast. there were a lot of dropouts. 2-3 letters per week, and the first several weeks were just writing these letters a lot, and it was going too fast.

wow, i felt arrogant.

[1] one really good reason i couldn't is that there are sounds that don't exist in english that are pretty much indistinguishable to my ear but are like 3 separate letters in arabic and i never would have been able to tell them apart on my own - it got so that i could hear the difference in the instructor's voice, but apparently i couldn't actually pronounce them myself. there were a bunch of letters near the end of the alphabet like that - it's something to do with where the air is coming from. they still sound the same to me, dammit.
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From:queue
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:22 am (UTC)

Re: pace of the class

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The nice thing about Hebrew is that, with the exception of the chet and chaff (think 'Bach' and 'loch'), all of the sounds are sounds I use all of the time. And I've already had practice with the chet sound. Plus, I have someone to ask annoying questions of. Or, as she put it yesterday, to do Hebrew tricks for. (I figured out that some Hebrew on the wrapping of a chocolate bar translated to "kosher for Passover".)
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From:prog
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:12 am (UTC)

installing software

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I bet you dollars to donuts that they mean you won't have admin access to the machine, which means that you can't write to any (obvious) location outside of your Home folder. (Mac OS X machines, being Unix machines, have a Home folder for each local user, even on machines with only one user.) However, there shouldn't be anything stopping you from installing applications into your home directory, unless they're doing something very weird.
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From:queue
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:20 am (UTC)

Re: installing software

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Yeah, that sounds like what it is, from my conversation with the guy who installed my new machine.

Luckily, I don't have to worry about ssh, since that's built in. The only other thing I think I might need is an SFTP client, but those seem a lot more plentiful for OS X than Classic, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Now to make sure my email works.
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From:surrealestate
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:42 am (UTC)
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Would you have any interest in getting together a few people for Hebrew practice sessions? Derek is also a relative beginner and I am so rusty, it's shameful. Maybe we could even work in word games. :)
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From:queue
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:52 am (UTC)
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This would be interesting to me. Of course, I don't think I could contribute a whole lot initially, since the main focus has been reading and writing, and not conversation.

I would be happy to bring in my class materials which show how to write the letters and have words to practice reading and writing and such.

I'm not sure when I would necessarily have time for this until my class is over (5 more weeks), but I can probably make some time nowish given enough advance notice.
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From:magid
Date:October 10th, 2002 07:59 am (UTC)
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I'd be interested, too. I have lots of areas of vocab that are rusty/nonexistent.

I have a Hebrew Scrabble set, if it's useful (perhaps more as a collaborative effort than a competitive game?).
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From:magid
Date:October 10th, 2002 08:20 am (UTC)

Geography note

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Did you know that George's Island is one of two place names in the U.S. that officially have an apostrophe?

And it was a lovely day. Thank you again for planning it all.
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From:bitty
Date:October 10th, 2002 03:25 pm (UTC)

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great. now i'm going to spend the night wracking my brain for the other.

just dandy.
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