/ ======================== / tue jul 20010710 / ======================== /
/1159/ George.Bush 0 going by on FDR . didn`t catch sight of him /
/ A DISK CRASH IS GOD's WAY /
/ OF SAYING "SLOW DOWN" /
My APL bud , big Bob Hoekstra , in from England , crashed in the
42 Peck Slip office saturday night before the 2001 APL conference at Yale
the week before last .
Eventually , we headed up to Sun Lok Kee on Mott , my favorite 0400
Sezhuan place . Ordering 2 TsingTao , I tried to ask the waiter how
to say "two" in Chinese . Totally failed to communicate .
At the end of the meal , on the back of my fortune cookie fortune was
Speak Chinese : two "er" =
I mention this only as an example of how commonly improbables happen .
Thursday afternoon , June 14 , I was on top of the world .
I had gotten the processing of my CoSy web pages in Arthur Whitney`s K
streamlined to the point I was restructuring CoSy/Home and the whole
CoSy website so that I could present my work triumphantly at APL2001
the following week . I had the taxes and accounts I am responsible for
all organized in K and ready to be brought totally up to date after the
conference . You can see the level I was approaching from my comments
TUE.MAY,010522 and mon.May.20010528 above .
I was looking forward to editing and uploading material piled up over
months dealing with other responsibilities and grokking K deeply
enough to abandon old CoSy`s last use : preprocessing my web pages .
I had just changed the center banner at the top of CoSy/Home
from the "CoSy/NoteComputing" referencing the old CoSy tech path to
"CoSy/Current" referencing these events and commentary , as you can
see I have done once again .
/20010716.0825 continuing / Under CoSy/Views I was replacing
the Travelgate example of the worst of Statist Force & Fraud , with the
an uplifting image by my friend and partner Raj , of Free Market
money building 300K$ 2 family homes in East New York .
I had put off tackling the editing of the images of Bernd Naber before and
during our Mid Winter Party , and setting up a proper gallery in
CoSy/Art for him - until I had the total control over my web
interface that embedding K in my HTML now again provides .
I will remember in particular , images of Bernd at the audio controls in
the entrance to his cubby hole , and laying back in his aerie cantilevered
on 2 angle brackets out in audio space . /
I had notes on a number of meetings and comentary covering things from the
impossibility of Global Warming to meeting Bill Gates Sr. at a panel of
self labeled " Responsible Wealth " arguing for the continuation of the
Estate tax . It`s not uncorrelated that big Bill Sr. is a lawyer like so
many of those of us righteous enough to have gotten there . Tax lawyers
stand to lose perhaps more dollars than the government itself .
When I explained to big Bill that I was a "bleeding heart" Libertarian
and asked why he felt that others were so much less charitable than he
himself and the Political Class that they must take , by threat of force ,
half of a family's assets when the parents pass away , for the State's
charities , no matter how destructive liquidation of those assets may be .
Big Bill , in a practiced lawyerly EoC said that if I were Libertarian ,
we had nothing to discuss . He would not even try to morally defend
his position .
I felt so secure in my rapidly increasing productivity , my finally
approaching having some product to offer the thousands of eyballs which
touch some part of CoSy each week , that I decided to head to Chinatown
to lay in some supplies .
When I got back , I went straight to the kitchen to steam some dumplings
on greens . With spasm of clumsiness I dropped a Corning Corelle plate
on the tile floor . If Corelle breaks , it explodes . So I spent a quarter
hour cleaning up the glass slivers . Finally tonged myself a bowl of
now well steamed dumplings and returning to my
computer heard it making strange sounds like the disk arm was bashing
against its stops . It was down hill from there .
I always imagined disks failing when either their spindle motor ( or bearing )
fails or its actuator arm sticks or fails . A mode where both motors stay
alive , but the arm just starts sweeping back and forth scratching the
disk , I never contemplated . Here is the report .
Dispite it all , Subscriptions to the evolving K.CoSy open programming
environment will be available by the end of the month . BobA /1454/
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