ohhhh, a laptop has changed my life. my last laptop was a hand-me-down 166 mhz dell latitude. it passed on earlier this year. and it was remarkably handy to its ill end. i had contemplated getting a powerbook. but my compaq v2000 was cheaper, its dothan chip clearly bests the g4 in benchmarks, and i just resist blending in with the coffeehouse crowd at present. my apologies, that was mean. or true. i saw four guys in a row, mesmerized, with glowing apples, and i thirsted for otherwise. so, yeah. it's just easier to be productive when i can code out in the biosphere. having a good time doing RedHanded. ruby is aged enough to have a smattering of excellent inside jokes: son-shi, code katas, slavoj zizek, and of course the elaborate duck enthusiasm that pervades the culture. spent all last week and this week working on the syck updates. the base lib in cvs is now usable again. the ruby extension is broken, but should be stellar soon enough. and yet, i still need lasers in my life.