Am dropping off the blogging circuit for a little while - at least in terms of original posts (will continue putting up published work on and off). Life is more complicated than usual, there’s too much to deal with on too many other fronts and will have to spend a few days getting things in order.
Also, have serious laptop problems. To keep it brief: the installation of a new anti-virus software screwed up some settings on Windows XP/Internet Explorer, and I’ve had to get the whole thing rebooted. Very headache-inducing, especially since it happened during what was supposed to be my Week of Relaxation. The bug is still not conclusively fixed, hopefully will be soon. Meanwhile, I’ve had to spend long hours in the company of tech guys, with all their patented, deeply annoying idiosyncracies - they walk in with smug look on face ("problem will be fixed in a minute, sir") and then, after three hours of doing sundry pointless things that even I (tech-ignoramus that I am) could have told them weren’t going to be of much help, they swivel around and accuse me of having downloaded some loathsome virus.
Lots more to say about tech guys but Mad magazine has covered most of the territory already. Will only mention here that when one of the creatures couldn’t figure out why some buttons on a few websites (e.g. "Compose" and "Delete" on Yahoo Mail) weren’t working, he actually tried to Google the solution - and was promptly directed to a smutty technology blog where computer geeks alternated between talking shop and discussing chest sizes of women colleagues. My tech guy surfed, giggled, surfed some more, then gave up. So now I’m back to using office comps.