June 3rd, 2010

Eye of the Dragon

Understanding Athelind's Argot: Soft Chains

In the late '80s, one of the numerous transit systems in the Bay Area had a cultural enrichment program, putting art and poetry in those overhead add slots on the bus. I believe some of the brief poems were actually commissioned for the program.

Around 1987, there was a poem that stuck with me, though I could only remember part of the first line (I'm pretty sure I wrote it down at some point, but I can't even find documents from a year ago, much less twenty-three).

Every few years, I do a Google search for it; this morning, I finally got a single hit. Alas, it remains uncredited:


Soft chains are most difficult to break: affection, ease.
The spirit, wide-eyed, limp-muscled; nestles on its side, and waits.




If anyone can chase down the proper credits, I'd appreciate it (and so, I suspect, would the poet).

There will now, of course, be two Google hits for the opening line; odds are good that this post will be on top very quickly.


Warning: Self-Improving Software

Karmic Koala Komputer Krimp

Arrrgh.

Last weekend, I spent Sunday upgrading Ubuntu to 9.10 (Karmic Koala).

When I'm at my desk, I plug my desktop speakers into my laptop. Out in the living room, obviously, I don't.

Last night, when I unplugged my desktop speakers, my laptop speakers didn't kick in.

This morning, after a kernel update and reboot, THE LAPTOP SPEAKERS KEEP PLAYING WHEN SOMETHING IS PLUGGED INTO THE JACK. Desktop speakers, headphone, whatever.

And, for the record, their sound quality REEKS (as my gaming group will tell you without hesitation).

Ah, well. I was planning to upgrade the OS to 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) this weekend, anyway. Hopefully, it's a release-specific glitch.