More photos, and not much time left

Dear readers,

I’ve found that blogger has kindly been putting my photos I upload here to the blog into a “Picasa Web Album.”. Wasn’t that kind of them? So, it’s possible to look at all the pics in one place. Very spiffy.
The link is right here:
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  It also can do flash slideshows and all sorts. So I&#8217;ll be playing with that. I need to update this blog design a bit anyway.  I also will try and write a perl script to make the picasa album appear as the old fliker one does in the sidebar ->.
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  I don&#8217;t have much time left in Cyprus.  We&#8217;re going as a family to Egypt this evening, for 4 days, and then after that I leave about 5 days later.  Kind of scary how fast time has flown.
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  Then it&#8217;s off the UK for 2 months, then to Doulos.
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  Here&#8217;s another couple of boat/sailing sketches. The one on the left could be a Wayfarer, but the one on the right is way bigger.
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  <a href="http://blog.madprof.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/blue-boat-sketches-2.jpg"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="http://blog.madprof.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/blue-boat-sketches-2-300x176.jpg" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5187506216037616082" /></a>I&#8217;ve been trying to make a video about Doulos to show later this week (once I&#8217;m back from Egypt) to people, and will probably post some of that later on.
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  I&#8217;m not very happy with Apple right now..  I had to reinstall the computer *again*. That&#8217;s like 7 times since I got back from Doulos. Why? Well, many of the times is not Apple&#8217;s fault, it&#8217;s true.  I did replace the hard-drive, with a bigger one. That was moderately monstrous. They really hide those hard-drives well inside the poor laptops. Virtually impossible to get out.  Anyway, the reason I had to this time was because I upgraded to Leopard, but alas, half my software doesn&#8217;t work properly with it.  It&#8217;s a much nicer OS than tiger (looks-wise, but also technology like Quick-View, Spaces, and so on.
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  The version of Garageband that came with my laptop (only 3 years ago) doesn&#8217;t work with Leopard. I&#8217;m supposed to pay for the upgrade, which I&#8217;ve read may not work on this old a mac. This old?! Good grief.
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  Then Final Cut Express 4 doesn&#8217;t capture video properly on Leopard.  It does about 3 mins, and then freezes.
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  Also Protools doesn&#8217;t work (even though I don&#8217;t have a copy, we were using it at the office for the show of Esther audio last month, and had to keep a Tiger machine around to use it&#8230;).
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  Anyway.
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  However, Apple Keynote is a very nice programme. I&#8217;ve used it to make some presentations, about Doulos, and now I&#8217;m actually working on an animation about the ship.  It&#8217;s so basic, for animation. Almost too basic, I think I&#8217;m kind of pushing it&#8217;s limits, but it works.  Once I&#8217;m done, I&#8217;ll post the video here.
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  I really have so little time left, and so many ideas and projects I wish that I&#8217;d spent more time in.  Part of me feels really worried that I&#8217;ve wasted this time, and not used it as I could.  On the other hand, I have this other either lazy, or else wiser, part of me saying 
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  &#8220;<span style="font-style: italic;">There&#8217;s </span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-style: italic;">*always*</span></span><span style="font-style: italic;"> good projects about mate, and if you try to do all of them, all the time, you&#8217;ll never get any of them done, and, you&#8217;ll burn out.  This is the only time you&#8217;ll get for just reading and reading and hanging out with your family and cats, so enjoy it.&#8221;</span>
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  Oh well. I need to start cleaning up my desk&#8230;
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