About 10 days ago, Lou’s monitor developed a fault – I think one of the electron guns bit the dust. So her screen went a funny colour and wouldn’t display red. Bummer.

This past Sunday, I was panickedly preparing for an offsite meeting. The nightmare began. First I got a call from the person who had all the technical equipment for the meeting. She’d been burgled, and (amongst other, personal stuff) they’d taken one of the laptops. Fesk.

After a quick trip over to make sure we still had sufficient equipment for the meeting, I carried on with my preparations. Only to discover that my shiny new Dell D800 had gone nuts, wouldn’t export MPEGs from Premiere, and periodically bluescreened when you opened the display properties window.

I went to use my personal desktop PC to render the video instead. The monitor went “Fzzzzzt” and died. Terminal. Blast.

I frantically unplugged cables and moved things so I could plug in the red-impaired, but otherwise working monitor from Lou’s PC. A huge BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT and a puff of smoke. Lou’s monitor dies, spectacularly.

Oh dear, I said.

Well. I managed to persuade the laptop to export MPEGs, after reinstalling the MPEG export plugin a couple of times. I borrowed Lou’s iPod, so I could play the tracks I’d downloaded for the meeting from it. All was fine.

Except now I’m short two (2) monitors, can’t use my home PC and as we’re trying to buy a house, I don’t really have a few hundred quid to replace the screens.

Which, frankly, sucks.

More security foolishness

Hmmm. There’s a story about US Sky Marshals and their overly smart clothing at SFGate.com which was linked in this month’s Crypto-gram. My favourite quote from the article:

“Professional demeanor, attire and attitude gain respect,” said spokesman David M. Adams. “If a guy pulls out a gun and he’s got a tattoo on his arm and (is wearing) shorts, I’m going to question whether he’s a law-enforcement officer.”

So that’s fantastic. Firstly, a healthy dose of discrimination based on appearance. Always encouraging in any aspect of law enforcement. The tragedy is that, according to Mr. Adams, all a terrorist need do to avoid suspicion is dress like a preppy dork. How sad…

Old news

I know, but I still haven’t linked it to the travel page. So visit the Palm Beach page – there’s a video of a lizard!

just being consistent

…thinking about food!
Ate at some really nice places last week in Chicago so thought I’d check ‘em out. One, where I had great fresh seafood was called Petterino’s on North Dearborn. It had the impression of being an independent restaurant but I now realise there’s this whole chain of restaurants belonging to a company called – and how cheesey is this – Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (ew!). Must be a pretty good company though if Maggiano’s and Shaw’s Crab House are anything to go by… You can see their website here

My first encounter with sushi was in Chicago in 1989. After clearing up after one of my fellow travellers, I later threw up too. I can now put it down to travel sickness from the Greyhound but funnily enough, sushi wasn’t a particular favourite of mine for a few years following that incident. Fifteen years on seemed like a good time to overcome the showering-sushi-in-chicago-shannanigans and I had a good meal at Izumi sushi (bit coriandertastic though. Or is it “corianderification” in US English?)