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Allergies and Herbs - Elf M. Sternberg
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Allergies and Herbs
I spend Saturday all alone. Omaha and Kouryou-chan had gone to a friends' house for a long day of gardening with an evening of movies for the kids and hottubbing for the adults, which left me about six hours all to myself. A rare and precious treat, I spent almost all of it reading, playing Half Life, taking a bath, and sleeping. I got nine hours for the first time in I can't remember how many weeks.

Sunday, I rose and showered, putting together my bicycling clothes and another day pack for Kouryou-chan since she was going to be spending this day at her friends' house while Omaha and I went riding.

When Omaha got home, however, she was dead on her feet. She'd forgotten to shower after a day in the garden and her allergies had kept her up all night, so I shuffled her off to bed with a head full of medicines and the humidifier going full blast to pull down as much dust as possible. I took Kouryou-chan to her friend's house, then returned home. It was a quiet day, where I read and hacked, until about two in the afternoon. Omaha rose and came out, looking glorious and naked, and hauled me back into bed for, um, exercise.

After a very nice time, we dressed and drove out to the Herb Farm, a very pricey and wonderful "dining experience" restaurant. And they weren't kidding. Dinner took four hours, and the menu was mind-boggling. The schtick is simple: it's a restaurant attached to, well, an herb farm, so what you get is nine courses of the finest food made with the freshest herbs possible, including wilded mushrooms and all native foods, and every course served with a locally made and carefully chosen wine. The dessert was four hand-made chocolate candies and a very small snifter of 103-year old maderia.

The dessert was nice but kind of anticlimatic compared to the dungeness crab with sage and rosemary flan, the slow-roasted salmon, and the free-range lamb stuffed with morels.

The company was nifty too, three other couples, two of which were celebrating their anniversay and the last of which was there with their twelve-year-old son, who was having his birthday. The only headache was the woman at the end of the table who kept quiet until she had a few drinks in her and then couldn't stop talking, but even that wasn't too bad.

We drove back into town, picked up Kouryou-chan, and headed home. Despite her being lively, if already pajama'd, when we picked her up, she passed out in the car and went to bed without complaint. So did Omaha and I, and I know I didn't get enough sleep last night. But I can't complain.


I woke up this morning to find that not only had OpenOffice not completed its install, it hadn't even begun! It takes six to eight gigabytes of disk space to build OpenOffice, and since Lain has six gigabytes of drive space total I needed to mount a hard drive on P'nyssa via NFS. Well, NFS over a wireless connection was so slow that just unpacking and patching OpenOffice was about all it could do in eight hours. I gave up. I'll have to find another way to get it onto Lain. I may not even need it. I have abiword, which I consider a superior word processor and capable of 99% of all word processing duties I need.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Mike Oldfield, Sunlight Shining Through Cloud

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wolfwings From: wolfwings Date: June 28th, 2004 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Feh... OO.org definately has a LOT of problems.

It is, currently, a prime definition of 'bloatware' unfortunately.

Even my dual-Athlon 1600 with plenty of drive space and 512MB of RAM took all night and part of the morning before I aborted the install under Gentoo as well. They DO have a binary-only install even under Gentoo though for that very reason.

Alternatively, I'd agree though, AbiWord is quite sufficient, though if you prefer or need something closer to WordPerfect's "First, where does the text go on the page?" mentality to be able to do accurate and exact layout work, try KOffice.
elfs From: elfs Date: June 30th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Feh... OO.org definately has a LOT of problems.

I'm very happy with Abiword. I do most of my legal work on Abi, exporting it to Word only when absolutely necessary. I'm a LaTeX user for the most part (although TeTeX has grown so big I've chosen to not install it on Lain in favor of other things), but Abiword does what I want when I need that WYSIAYG feel.
wolfwings From: wolfwings Date: July 1st, 2004 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Feh... OO.org definately has a LOT of problems.

Yes, AbiWord is quite sufficient for something like 99% of general word processing.

KOffice is more akin to PageMaker or it's ilk. Layout first, then pour text into the defined boxes on the page. That approach is useful for things like booklets, or complicated brochures and newsletters, but totally unrequired for most tasks, and nearly completely useless if you're comfortable with LaTeX, which I hadn't thought of until you mentioned being proficient in it just now.
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