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January 18, 2015


Sunday. We seem to have skipped a day, writing and posting this on Monday morning, skipped not so much for the two interesting ocular migraine events I experienced as the test I ran on the computer hard drive that turned out to require some six plus hours to accomplish. Hard to write when the computer is off line. Didn't give me what I was after with the hard drive issue, still have the glitch that's causing all the upset, but maybe that's to be expected. I've been using a workstation as opposed to a desktop computer for these last two years, a design that's different and one I'm less familiar with, and I guess I'm finally setting out to learn some of those unfamiliar aspects.

I did watch stuff on the tablet last night - I think I do remember doing that and deciding any avoidance to watching whatever on a tablet was hopeless - getting up early before six again and heading out and back from breakfast feeling reasonably coherent. A mild ocular event in the later morning, but that was taken care of by lying down for about an hour.

Got involved in running that test as well as conducting other related tasks testing hardware with the laptop. The laptop doesn't contain any of the current journal entries and so, when I realized the consistency test I was running on the hard drive was going to take forever, I put skipped any attempt at writing an entry.

OK, no big deal, things happen. The test ran, finished in the early evening not long before another ocular event came along, this time a big one, one that takes you right out of what you've always considered everyday reality and puts you in some kind of electronic universe where what you're hearing on the television set and what's happening on the computer blends into your head in a way where you can't really distinguish between them.

Well, you can, you know (now from experience) what's happening, but the core of your chemical being is going along with it and so you shut off the things you need to shut off - lights, television set, computer, hard drives and the like, you're not really sure, but hope you got them all - and go to bed to sleep it off. Which I did.

I'd like to say that's the way it went today. Close, certainly the way it ended, but it does become muddled, I'm afraid, mostly because what I did today is so similar, perhaps, to what I do every day (with the now and again exception of the ocular stuff) and it all tends to run together the day after. (And maybe something to do with age and forgetfulness.)

Ah, well.


The photo up top was taken last Sunday at the #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo rally in front of the San Francisco City Hall with a Nikon D4 mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR II Nikkor lens.