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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I just hope it's not an oncoming train...

Last night I finished the remaining reading for the class I'm taking this semester (Art History - Ancient to Medieval), so all that remains this semester is a one-page write-up and an exam (which mercifully isn't comprehensive). The write-up is on some medieval manuscripts we viewed at the Harry Ransom Center here on the UT campus. Some are facsimilies of well-known manuscripts in other countries, such as The Book of Kells and The Book of Durrow. But, we have some originals too, although only one was on display for the class (The Belleville Hours, 15th century). While I was poking around the HRC's website I saw all sorts of things I had no idea were sitting just on the other side of campus from my office.

Once the semester is over, it will be time to finish the shopping and get the cards in the main and get ready for some holiday travel.

For all of you who are nearing the end of the semester or term before a holiday or winter br…

Reasons why I get headaches

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Well, there are lots of reasons, but this is the current one...

I hate it when software companies make it so darn difficult to download an update to a product. There is a certain program (which shall remain nameless) that I use at work that I wanted to update and I discovered that I have to jump through more hoops than a circus tiger to be able to do it. First off, you have to have an "account". Then you have to have the software you want to update in your "products" in your "account". Then you can update the software. Okay, well, that was all great until I couldn't find any record in my files that I had created an account, so I went and made one. When I went to add the product to my account, it said that it had already been registered. So, apparently I *did* create an account before. Thankfully they do have a "forgot password?" thing and I typed in my other work email address, which is what I must have originally used. So then I had to wait…

Ack! Technical difficulties

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I'm off to do battle with Blogger... I'm having a strange problem with the comments not showing up and not being emailed to me until I actually publish something. I'll look through the help and discussion stuff and see if I can figure out what's going on.

Update: Blogger is winning this round so far...

Update 2: I've turned on "comment moderation" and it seems to be responding correctly now. We'll see how that works out. Call it a "truce" at this point. :)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

As some of you have gathered from hints I've left here and there, I'm a big Harry Potter fan. So, as you would expect, I've went to see the new movie today and thought that I would add my vote to the column of "The Best One Yet!" I've enjoyed all the movies, and I still really enjoy the more "innocent" first one, but this one really captures both the fun side and dark side of the book. Of course a lot had to be left out to avoid it being a 5-hour long movie, and it might be a little confusing for anyone who hasn't read the books.

One thing I'd like to mention is the wonderful score by Patrick Doyle. I loved John WIlliams' music and I will say that his is the reason I love movie scores, dating back to Star Wars, which came out when I was 5 years old. But, Patrick Doyle is the composer of one of my all-time favorite scores - Henry V (1989), so when I heard it wasn't Williams doing this film, I was so happy to see (and hear!) that it was…

Where to begin?

I wasn’t sure how to start out the first “real” post to my personal blog, but the subject presented itself nicely when I started going through the old updates pages to add to the main site blog. What a trip down memory lane. The first “What’s New” pages I had were from the July 1997, when I moved the site to the old tudor.simplenet.com address from the machine that was on my desk at work.

It’s been interesting to see the progress (and lack thereof) that I’ve made on the site over the years. It has existed in some form or another for ten years now, so I feel that I should be much farther along the path of where I want to go by now. But then I stop and think about the various changes that have taken place in my life, particularly over the past five years, and I get more realistic. I started taking a class each semester in the spring of 2001 when they added that to our staff benefits, and that often takes up a lot of time. And in March 2003 I started dating a wonderful guy, which means t…

Welcome to my personal blog!

Well, this is getting started a little later than I had anticipated, but a lot of other real-life things got in the way, as usual. I'll have a full post up shortly, but I wanted to get something up here for the few souls who were brave enough to click the link!