Sunday, November 8, 2015
The Devil You Know
I've mentioned before that I'm toying with whether to get a new computer.
My current MacBook Pro laptop is four and a half years old, and with nary an upgrade, it's been chugging along pretty well. Especially when you consider that I use it every day. But the software (Mac OS X Snow Leopard v. 10.6.8) is several versions behind the newest Mac products, and isn't even supported anymore by Apple. I can't get updates and newer software (like the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom) won't run on this machine.
I thought, well, maybe I just need to replace the operating system. Maybe the machine itself is fine. But the consensus online seems to be that more than four years is a full life for a laptop.
So I am slowly moving in the new computer direction. Dave -- who wants to replace it more urgently than I do, because it often drops the Internet connection while we're trying to stream movies and TV shows, annoying him to death -- wants to just order one online. But I'd rather go to the Apple Store and see what I'm getting, especially if they can help me migrate my information (like my iTunes) to the new machine. I did it myself when I replaced my last computer with this one, but as I recall it wasn't very easy.
We can save this old computer for watching DVDs (because it includes a CD drive, and newer ones don't) and simple Internet browsing that doesn't require the latest software.
See? I'm talking myself into it.
Yesterday was rainy. I thought Olga might be resigned to a day indoors, but in the afternoon we finally made it to the cemetery.
Then, last night, Dave and I watched "Man on Wire," the documentary about Philippe Petit and his walk across a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. More than seven years ago, when the movie first came out and I was living in New York, I went to see it in a special screening that featured Petit interviewed live by Dick Cavett. (My god -- another lifetime!) I wanted to see it again, because the book I'm reading now, "Let the Great World Spin," uses Petit's tightrope walk as the central event around which numerous characters and their stories unfold. It really is a beautiful, moving film about a crazy, magical incident of almost unthinkable daring. If you haven't seen it, you should.
(Photos: The devil, outside a costume shop on Abbey Road.)