two technical queries:
I want to get a Linux/Windows dual boot laptop - general-purpose, some graphics and numerical analysis. do I order something from Dell? is there a better way?
I'm researching having my school buy duplexers to enable double-sided printing in our printers. can anyone with experience in managing corporate printers speak to how much having double-sided printing increases maintenance, and how much it reduces paper use?
went to Malibu yesterday with a student expedition. we counted four birth-continents among the four in my car; in deference, everyone spoke English.
I hadn't made it to the coast since the summer sometime, too far back to remember. I was going more for the company than for the experience. once we found the turnoff from the PCH, I plopped on my old beach towel, applied sunscreen fastidiously, and took out my bag of trail mix.
then I climbed the cliffs, from the sand where a unhealthy-looking seal was lying up a combination trail-gully. I broke into a sweat (and remembered I didn't bring water) but was soon at the crest, a mosaic of dwarf needleleaf shrubs that smelled like licorice, cactuses, a cousin of rosemary. the sky was a perfectly uniform blue, and I looked down into the beach rocks, the surf, beyond to the ocean stretching out featurelessly Japanward or wherever.
the breaking of waves made itself heard: there was no other sound. I knew that the first incarnation of the Institute was in part of the coast, somewhere. if it had stayed here - would we still think we should find the zeroth-order rules of the universe? would we look for building blocks in the sea?
back on the beach, the tide started rising. the seal had gone back in and seemed to be swimming energetically enough just past a breaker. I considered it an invitation and waded in.