Monthly Archives: February 2004

My Poetic Form

Well, I’ve never heard of this type of poetry, but apparently this is what I am:

I’m terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I’m rarely on my own – a wasted day
Is any day that’s spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.
What Poetry Form Are You?

quiz results

Just found a fun little quiz. Here are my results…

I am the sonnet, never quickly thrilled;
Not prone to overstated gushing praise
Nor yet to seething rants and anger, filled
With overstretched opinions to rephrase;
But on the other hand, not fond of fools,
And thus, not fond of people, on the whole;
And holding to the sound and useful rules,
Not those that seek unjustified control.
I’m balanced, measured, sensible (at least,
I think I am, and usually I’m right);
And when more ostentatious types have ceased,
I’m still around, and doing, still, alright.
In short, I’m calm and rational and stable –
Or, well, I am, as much as I am able.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Little Black Pieces

I did a little research, and found out that the small plastic piece that didn’t get back into the laptop is a holder for the AirPort antenna if it is not connected to an AirPort card. Since I do have my AirPort card installed, and the antenna connected, the piece isn’t strictly necessary. But now that I know what it is, I may as well put it back in for completeness’ sake.

Here is the explanatory diagram:

Thanks to mgilliland|http://www.broadbandreports.com/profile/439458 at Broadbandreports.com|http://www.broadbandreports.com/ for finding this info, and also for originally recommending Pre-Owned Electronics|http://www.preowned.com/ as the source for my replacement part!

Back Together

Good news everyone! I received the replacement AC/Sound board from Pre-Owned Electronics|http://www.preowned.com/ yesterday. Last night I installed it in the PowerBook and put everything back together. And guess what – it works! 🙂

However, I did have a small plastic piece left over when all was said and done. I have absolutely no idea where it goes, and I remember thinking that I couldn’t figure out what its purpose was when I had originally disassembled things. Anyway, it seems to be working fine without it… but just in case anyone can identify it, here it is, next to a US penny for size comparison:

Little Plastic Piece

It’s nice to be able to use the laptop plugged into an AC outlet again. And to be able to charge the batteries fully from inside the laptop – they never seemed to charge quite right when they were in the external charger.

The Pismo just passed its third birthday, so hopefully with this repair, it will prove useful for many more years. And now that I know how to take the computer apart and reassemble it, I’m confident that I can make any other necessary repairs in the future.

Tearing Down

Some time in June 2003, the AC power connector in my PowerBook Pismo stopped working. Around that time, I decided not to repair the connector. Instead, I purchased an extra battery and an external charger, and put off the actual repair until ‘later’. Well, I’ve finally rounded up enough money to buy the part I need, and tonight I started the disassembly of the PowerBook. This is not for the faint of heart, and tearing down a laptop is much more difficult than tearing down your basic tower-style PC. The part I need to replace was located at the deepest regions of the machine, so I had to literally take everything else out to get at it. You can see photos of the process here|http://gallery.prwdot.org/pismo_teardown.

The next step is to send my old part in to Pre-Owned Electronics|http://www.preowned.com/. Once they receive it and verify that it’s repairable, they will send me out an already-repaired, refurbished, and tested part. Hopefully it should come in at around this time next week. Until then, we’ll be without the PowerBook. We’ll deal… we have two other computers. 🙂

Well Traveled

Taking the lead from Michelle|http://mikao.blogspot.com/, Becky and I have constructed maps of the States in the US that we’ve visited, and maps of the countries of the world that we’ve visited. Note that some of the places may have been visited by only one of us.

First, the United States:


create your own visited states map or write about it on the open travel guide

Next, The World:


create your own visited country map or write about it on the open travel guide

That’s a lot of ground that we’ve covered… and yet, still much, much more to see! If we had the time and the money, we’d see it all. But we’ll take what we can get. 🙂

Sports

I’m not a sports fan.

If you know me, you would know this to be a true statement. I do not currently, nor have I ever “followed” sports. If you asked me, on any given night of the year, if I would be watching “the game,” my answer would probably be no. I don’t follow baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, or any other type of event for which there is a league, numerous organized teams, and a set of rules. Other than knowing the names of some of the players or teams that I hear on the radio or television, I don’t know who’s who in sports. I don’t pretend to have any kind of lasting interest, and I don’t even feel it necessary to have the socially-acceptable male appearance to be “into” sports. If that makes it hard for me to have something in common with my fellow males, so be it – I’m sure the sports fans have plenty of other people to talk to.

My reasons for not following sports are not the subject of this post, but as an aside, I would like to note that my like or dislike of a given sport does not necessarily indicate a reason for not following that sport.

With all of this being said, however, I do on occasion “get into” the local sports crazes. Being surrounded by sports fans, and living in a region with several very successful professional athletic teams, I can’t help but pick up on the “big events” so to speak. In the past year, there have been two of those: The Boston Red Sox valiant but failed attempt to make it to the World Series, and the New England Patriots smashing last-minute victory over the Carolina Panthers at last night’s Super Bowl.

Honestly, I’m rarely aware of what’s going on in the world of sports. I did’t have any clue what was going on in baseball, until I heard that the Red Sox had made the wild card spot in the American League Eastern divison. From that point on, I developed what was for all intents and purposes a mild case of fanaticism. I watched many of the playoff games, up to and including the unfortunate Game 7 of the ALCS playoffs. As Becky would attest, I really did seem like I cared about baseball for a while… and I did. However, the interest wore off soon after the Red Sox were out, and I doubt that I’ll pick back up on it unless the Red Sox do something incredible next season.

The same thing happened for the Super Bowl. I really had no idea what was going on with the Patriots, except that I had heard about a phenomenal 13-game winning streak they were on, and that they would be playing in the Super Bowl. Now, the Super Bowl is a bit different in the fact that I have traditionally watched it year after year, mainly because there are usually some good food-centric parties to attend, and because some impressive new television commercials are debuted. But this year I actually did have an emotional investment in the game itself, and I actually paid attention to every last nail-biting turn of events. Will I keep watching when the next season starts? Not likely.

You see, I’ve already got enough to be interested in without allowing sports fandom to take up another whole segment of my life. So apart from a few annual events (if my local team is involved), I’ll let the real sports fans handle the memorization of stats, the recitation of the rule books, and the veneration of the sports figures.

And congratulations to the New England Patriots!