One was clearly younger than the other. I could tell from their skin.
The younger one appeared in her twenties. Smooth, clear skin with just a light touch of make-up. She would easily be considered pretty, if not beautiful.
The other woman was much, much older. Hair dyed brown but not quite covering all that silver-grey. Her skin tanned and wrinkled. Was she considered pretty or beautiful when younger?
And it occurred to me:
Some people might be born beautiful or handsome. Those who are not can always achieve some measure of beauty through cosmetics and science. But no matter what, the passing of time ultimately robs skin and muscle of the potential to appear beautiful.
Our minds are a different matter though.
The possibility always exists that minds will become more beautiful with age.
Have been using my Mac for almost 2 years now, straight from the box. Somehow I perceive more “spinning beachballs” each time I start my Mac. Decided to try a reinstall (I’m not sure if it’ll improve things but since I’ve never done a reinstall before, might as well learn how).
Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc and double-click the Install Mac OS X icon.
Follow the onscreen instructions. In the panel where you select the destination disk, select your current Mac OS X disk (in most cases, it will be the only one available).
Click Options. If you want to save your existing files, users, and network settings, select “Archive and Install,” then select “Preserve Users and Network Settings.” If you want to erase everything on your computer and reinstall Mac OS X, select “Erase and Install.” You can’t recover erased data.
Click Customize to select which parts of Mac OS X you’d like to install, or click Install to perform a basic installation (recommended).
Regardless of which method(s) you choose, you should store at least one copy of your backup outside the computer to guard against common risks such as theft or power issues, including lightning. You may also wish to store a copy of important data at a second site to guard against property destruction, such as fire and natural disasters.
OK, I bought an external drive and copied all the important files. For some “ultra-important” files (like my GarageBand songs!) I’ve even burned to a DVD.
Links to plug-ins and apps (to download first, so that they can be reinstallation right away):
That everyday will be the same.
So I escape
And everything that makes me unafraid:
If only for the moment.
For someone to talk to
Is that awkward glue
That seals my mouth into silence.
So I escape
That is the same.
Drafted this back in 2006 and only rediscovered it as I was clearing out my harddisk today. Decided to clean up and tighten a few lines and posted it. Not perfect. I feel there’s something not quite smooth to the flow. Ah well.