February 15th, 2010

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Skimming through the old California history book

The capital at the time of publication was Benicia, which held that distinction from February 11, 1853 to February 25, 1854.

Santa Barbara. This is also an old town, and has been long celebrated for its wealthy Dons and beautiful Senoritas. ... They are also celebrated for hospitality and fandangos.

The great valley or plain stretching between [Los Angeles] and the bay, is remarkably fertile; ... The facilities for irrigation are abundant ... Large tracts of land are devoted to the culture of the grape, which, in this genial climate, produces abundantly -- affording several thousand barrels of wine and brandy for annual exportation. [population of LA about 2,800]

In Los Angeles country are one hundred and five vineyards, all but twenty of which are in the city. Its vintage, in the season of 1852, was 2,250,000 pounds of grapes ... 1,000,000 of pounds were sold in the markets of San Francisco, and the remainder were manufactured into wine and a brandy, called, in the country, Aquadiente.

San Francisco is the place for the naturalist to study the history of the Pouched Rat. That city swarms with them. They are of mammoth size and very bold.
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Mimas!

We got a new iMac today. The old one was getting a little wiggy; for seemingly no reason, CPU usage would hit 100% and it would get forced into sleep. And it was 4 years old, so... maybe time for a new one.

Hit Apple store, transaction rapidly concluded, and then things began to go wrong...

On the previous iMac buy, the migration was unbelievably flawless. Connect the new one to the old one, and the new one sucked the brain of the old one. This time, not so much.

Oh hai, new Firewire thingy! You are shaped differently. OK, we'll migrate using Ethernet.

About 2 hours to completion. About 3 hours to completion. About 4 hours to completion. Urk. Your iMac is fucked. Please restart.

About 2 hours to completion. About 3 hours to completion. About... Urk. Discontinue brain-suck? Y
Less than a minute to complete not-sucking the brain.
Less than a minute to complete.
Less than a minute to complete.
Less than a minute to complete.
Less than a minute to complete.
Less than a minute to complete.
Restart.
Evil Memory Beep.
Restart.
Freaktastic Error Message
Restart.
Halfway through the annoying "Welcome to the Supernatural World of iMac" video it goes Urk and demands to be restarted.
Restart.
Do not even get to the Apple logo.

Back to the Apple Store, where Aaron, a prince among men, exchanges the iMac for a new one with only a brief glance at the printout of the freaktastic error message I happened to bring along with me.

Back home, and brain suck complete [accompanied by hard liquor and pizza] I now type this on the new iMac.