I finally had enough. Yesterday I tried to do a trivial sort of a list that is part of a larger LaTeX document. Well, it turned out that I can’t unless I pipe the list (and only the list) to
sort, or I fire up a full-blown spreadsheet like Gnumeric or KSpread and re-type the whole list.
This is frustrating, disturbing, and innecessary. How did I got myself into messes such as this one? Well, I had to recognize that most of these annoyances are directly tied to my choice of operating systems; and thus, I made a decision. I had enough.
Tomorrow, as soon as I can find a free slot in my office, I’m going to repartition my hard disk. After a thorough backup, I’ll try Windows XP SP 2 as my only operating system on this machine.
I’m tired of the fiddling. I need something that just works.
And, if you believed one inch of the above, my dear reader, may your innocence be worthy to you! 😀
Today, December 28, is the Feast of the Innocent Saints. In this day the Church calendar remembers the slaughter of a whole generation of children by Herod (Matthew 2:16).
In most Hispanic countries, this day is what April 1 is in English-speaking countries. Now, given that in Spanish “innocence” is synonym with “naiveté” (and even in English, one of the meanings is “lack of worldly experience or sophistication”), people usually play jokes on this day. Pranksters would make all kinds of outrageous announcements, and you’ll be surprised to see how much people fall for them.
One of the most remarkable instances of this joking is the newspapers, who would carry some outrageous stories, with the disclaimer at the very end of the story.
Once you see that the other person is totally believing in what you say, then you laugh heartily and say, “¡que la inocencia te valga!” (lit., I hope your naiveté might be of some use to you!).
So, dear readers, may your innocence be useful to you! But, now seriously, may the Lord be with you in every moment of your lives.