January 3rd, 2005


A miserable start to the new year

Kelly Freas died at 4 AM Sunday morning, according to an e-mail I got from his agent by virtue of having bought one of his prints on eBay last year. You can see examples of some of his work on his website. Non-SF fans probably know him best, if they know him at all, as the artist responsible for the cover art on Queen's News of the World album.

I don't care for Byron's poetry much, but nothing suits Kelly half so well as this:

So, we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.



Somehow I managed to ignore both my Palm Pilot and the actual college schedule and drive to work this morning in the firm belief that the assessment class started tonight...which it doesn't. It starts next Monday. On arrival at work, I proceeded to spend most of the morning beating Outlook into submission - it was taking forever to move folders from the current archive into the 2004 archive I'd set up, and in the end I had to copy the whole damn archive file onto my hard drive, where it finally sorted itself out and settled down.

On the home front, the much-vaunted Thunderbird e-mail client for Firefox has managed to forget where the Netscape netmail server is and can't find it again. This wouldn't be so bad if you could open the account information and manually enter it (as you can in, for example, the much-maligned Outlook Express) but you can't. At least Firefox itself is performing as advertised, though sorting out the bookmarks could take me the rest of the month as I seem to have sorted out a lot of bookmarks differently depending on whether I was using Netscape or IE at the time.

As I expected it would be, the ATC mailbox was stuffed today. We got another 74 memberships in today, which brings us up to about 330 pre-registered. I wouldn't be too surprised to see us break 500 by the end of the week. We have the second deposit payment done, the staff meeting yesterday was more productive than usual, and thus things move ahead.