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Bits and Pieces, work and non-work
  • Between harrock and me, I'm the offical cook of Arbitrary Things, and he's the official cook of Lasagna, Pasta, and Sausages. But that's really not so true any more - he'll offer "How about a fish thing tonight?" and whip up this completely recipe-less concoction with salmon and crisped bowtie pasta and almonds and garlic and breadcrumbs, and it's utterly delicious. Soon, I suspect, he'll show me a handknit sweater he'll have knit when I wasn't looking, and my bailiwick will have shrunk to Organizing the Library and Painting Things.
  • "Can I get to it from the MIT home page, or do I have to use Firefox?"
  • Figaro, at the ART, was very nice. I like the Theatre de la Jeune Leune physical approach. The told-through-flashbacks I think worked well, though the program plot summary was crazily unhelpful; I think it both assumed I knew the plot of The Marriage of Figaro, and mostly existed to frame the songs with a sentence or two of surrounding plot, rather than to coherently narrate what was going to happen.
  • Telling me that you paid $100,000 in tuition before demanding that I do the thing that I can't do doesn't actually make me more able to do it. Or more likely to want to.
  • The 39 Steps, at the Huntington, struck me as a professional production of Overkill, and as such, was adorable. justom apparently heard me laughing down in the orchestra from up in the balcony. (Now I'm all self-conscious and trying to figure out if I have an Annoying Laugh or just a distinctive one...)
  • There's this guy from the IT department of a university in Iran who really really really wants to model his mail system on MIT's, but what he really seems to want is for me to tell him what single software package we use to run our email, so he can go buy it. Sadly, he does not seem to take "For the love of God, go ask your IT department what you should get" for an answer (the answer was "I am the IT department"), nor does he seem familiar with the concept of open source. Also sadly, I seem unable to tell people who are polite and asking for help to go jump in a lake.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 17th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
D'oh! I just read about 39 steps in yesterday's globe and was going to ask you if you wanted to go.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 17th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We got one of those partial season passes to the Huntington this year as an experiment, so that means we'll end up seeing more stuff there but not know how to turn it into a mob. :}
pekmez From: pekmez Date: September 17th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just thinking about trying to go, too. (and, amusingly, it also made me think of firstfrost as a theatergoer who would like this kind of production.) Maybe we should conspire together.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: September 17th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like that!
pekmez From: pekmez Date: September 17th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but the fish thing is actually a pasta thing, you see? It contains crisped bowtie pasta! (And it sound incredibly tasty!)
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: September 17th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
If harrock ever shows up with a handknit sweater, you should start a secret crash program of learning and mastering Advanced Squad Leader.

"Can I get to it from the MIT home page, or do I have to use Firefox?"
I assume you figured out what was going on in their head. I'm baffled.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: September 17th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mostly resorted to my traditional tactic when I don't understand the user, of answering the closest question I can think of that I do understand. (It's what I tend to do for very strong accents that I don't understand as well; I don't know if it's the *right* thing, but ti seems less annoying than just saying 'I'm sorry, can you repeat that?').

So I think I said something like "If you're at the MIT homepage using Firefox now, you'll have to erase the URL and type in this new thing, up at the top. The MIT home page doesn't have a direct link to it."
navrins From: navrins Date: September 17th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm picturing someone who has two icons on his desktop, one with the Firefox icon labelled "Firefox" and one with the PLIF icon labelled "MIT Home Page." He has no idea that they both launch the same program. (The product I do tech support for has a similar pair of icons.)
algorithmancy From: algorithmancy Date: September 19th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Is it faster to New York or by train?"
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