2007 — 12 Feb: time for a change of emphasis
It occurs to me that the longer I continued making the "days since retirement" number a part of my main heading, the more it would remind me of the past. So, to accompany BBC Radio 3's glorious complete (day and night) broadcasting of everything written by Messrs Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, two of my favorite composers, a minor tweak to the top and tail of what are, after all, merely diary entries.
The fact that my brother apparently has difficulty grasping my contentment with my new situation in life is a different issue, and I would gently draw his attention to one of my quotations under the letter "F" — the one by Patrick McGeown, but substituting computer1 for typewriter, of course... This is, after all, quite literally what I've been working towards for 37 years. And it doesn't mean I won't defer to his advice on choice2 of digital camera, of course!
My affair is over!
It may have been more of a Brief Encounter but, having now experienced at first hand the frankly poor (unimaginative, and inflexible) way in which Photoshop Elements 2 turns a set of images into an online photo-gallery I don't think I'll be troubling myself with it on this PC much longer. I have simply reverted to an earlier level of JAlbum and will remain with that until I can convince myself a hand-rolled solution is better.
Hello, Mr Amazon
What'cha got for me this time? Let's have a look. Two distinct pairs, it seems:
- Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston. As I mentioned, these are (32) interviews with a set of genuinely interesting people involved with hi-tech startups.
- The Old New Thing by Raymond Chen. Many of Windows' quirks have perfectly logical explanations, rooted in history he says. I fancy Steve Platt of yesterday's "Why software sucks" would take issue, but I'm only just over half way through3 so I'll withhold judgement for a bit. By the way, am I even slightly surprised to learn that Windows 95 was originally to be Windows 93? I think not.
- Curb your enthusiasm: the book commissioned, if not produced, by HBO. An insight into a marvellous comedy series.
- Great British Comics by Paul Gravett (excellent author of "Graphic Novels: stories to change your life" which I bought in November 2005) and Peter Stanbury. These are, of course, comics in the Korky the Cat (by Charles Grigg) mould, as you can see here:
In fact, those of you with eyesight unblunted by the years may even be able to identify the stalwart characters running down the back cover:
- Tank Girl by Jamie Hewlett
- Dan Dare by Frank Hampson — my favorite
- Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland — my son's favorite
- Rupert Bear by Alfred Bestall
- Modesty Blaise by Jim Holdaway
- Jonah by Ken Reid
Old friends, all!