Monday, September 1st, 2014 04:59 am
Seventy-five years ago, the Nazis invaded Poland. It was the beginning of World War II.
still applies, unfortunately )
Friday, August 29th, 2014 03:39 am
I understand your desire to get the most possible money for your used computer. But $625 for a Mac G5 desktop? Even with two Mac monitors -- presumably of the same ancient vintage (well, ancient in computer years), this is ridiculous.

You say, 'It has been in storage for all except first year of its life. That is why I am calling this "new." '

Sweetheart, time passes even in storage units. This computer is somewhere between nine and eleven years old. That's elderly even for a Mac. Furthermore, this is an outdated Mac. It's running on a PowerPC processor. You cannot upgrade this machine to the current OS. In fact, it won't run anything past OS 10.5.8. That's if you're lucky. Older G5s are stuck at 10.3.9.

For less than the price you're asking, other Craigslist sellers are offering much better bargains: a three-year-old MacBook Pro running OS 10.9.4 with Office 2011; a four-year-old i7 Mac Mini server with display, keyboard, and mouse; even a Mac Pro Tower, which is a fearsome beast. All have far more speed, power, RAM, and storage than your G5.

On the other hand, you're not the only person selling a G5 on Craigslist. The other ads are asking anywhere from $50 to $350 for these systems. (The $350 system seems overpriced, but it's bigger and faster than yours.)

I've loved every Mac I ever had. I loved and used my Apple IIe for eight and a half years -- not occasionally, but for five to ten hours a day -- and I was deeply disappointed when it couldn't be fixed. But a touch of realism, please. The G5 just isn't worth that much.

*Not linking out of mercy.

So why am I looking at Mac ads on Craigslist?

Because my much-loved MacBook Pro has finally succumbed. Anybody got a used Mac for sale? Desktop preferred, which basically means a Mini, probably.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 03:21 pm
after reading up on alzheimers stats thanks to a comment by my friend amy, and in loving memory of my grandmother, genevieve "bebe" brennan, who had alzheimers, i'd like to propose a multi pronged challenge to raise money for alzheimers research and support.

twirl in a tutu.
wear a tiara.
do a little dance, the sillier the better.
do your best pythonesque silly walk
cast a hogwartsish spell to dispel alzheimers
hold up a sign saying some variation on "i love someone with alzheimers"

and take a picture. or a video. and then donate what you can to any alzheimers charity you like (and know is reputable), because it's a hard, hard disease for both the person with it and their lvoed ones and about 500,000 die each year due to the complications of alzheimers. (number from

what do you say, internets? will you help spread this?"


(not a fancy tiara since i made it myself from wired ribbon. but the glass pearl beads were Gramma's, and so was the pearl "friendship ring" on top!)
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 12:58 am

"Worldcon’s appeal is partly due to its prestigious guests and partly due to its heritage as a fannish institution. Plenty of the older members have been going for decades, in some cases for literally half a century. The problem is that this core demographic can seem very out of touch to younger fans, an issue that the community has been struggling with for several years."
Sunday, August 24th, 2014 03:30 am
I felt an earthquake about ten minutes ago. (Yes, I'm awake.) I've been busy since then reporting it on the USGS "Did You Feel It?" site.

So how are you?
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 10:03 pm
To celebrate 200 likes on facebook, StarCATS is giving away a set of three toys via rafflecopter.

Go to the "Giveaway" link at to enter!