My short story, “The Change” appeared in The Colored Lens, Spring 2021. I knew it had been accepted, but only found out yesterday that it had actually been published in April.
It’s amazing how much is going on in the natural world. There is a constant life and death tussle. Yesterday, I watched a tiny spider leap on a tiny fly. In the blink of an eye, it leaped onto the fly and off again. Then it wandered away, licking its chops. I’m not sure if the fly was already dead, and the spider didn’t get anything, or if the fly, in a microsecond, ripped a chunk off it and ate it.
This morning I watched a different, bigger, spider (still no more than 3mm long), munching on a fly.
I noticed this on the first manned SpaceX flight: the astronauts are wearing Wellington boots!
Yesterday I finally installed pop on my ThinkPad X1 Extreme. I was a little nervous because it has been a loooooooong time since I’ve set up dual booting on anything. This ThinkPad is such a beautiful machine – it would be a shame to break it.
The main issue for me when I was looking into this is getting the Pop! OS boot loader to pick up the existing Windows installation. Pop! installs its firmware in a new EFI partition which is created during installation. The Grub bootloader, which many linuxes use, automatically detects any existing Windows installation – even if it is in a different EFI partition -and adds an entry to its boot menu. Pop! uses systemd-boot instead of grub, and systemd-boot doesn’t detect that Windows is installed with a different EFI partition. I read some advice to copy the windows boot files from the Windows EFI partition into the new Pop OS EFI partition, and some other advice saying that may not work well. I re-read what System 76 say about dual booting Pop OS and I finally got it:
To boot your other OS:
– If your device is in EFI mode, use your device’s built-in boot menu.
– If your device is in BIOS mode, a menu will automatically appear when powering on.
Choose your previous OS with the arrow keys, then press Enter.
I also read this comment from one of their devs:
So the deal is that if you let the machine start using the systemd-boot which was installed, then you will get a boot menu which basically offers Pop. To boot Windows you need to activate the Windows boot loader either by hitting F12 (on my machine) and selecting it from the system UEFI , or, possibly by selecting the Windows boot loader option from the systemd-boot menu.
I have spent a fair amount of time over the past few days reading about bootloaders in preparation for installing linux dual boot on my laptop. I made a Windows recovery drive and took a peek at its contents:
EFI/ Boot/ bootx64.efi Microsoft/ sources/ Reagent
All the EFI stuff I have just been reading about!
How big a piece of paper is needed to cover the entire Earth?
Size of A0 paper: a x b mm^2 where a = 1189 and b = 841
Size of A-n paper = a * (a/b)^n x b * (a/b)^n mm^2
Diameter of Earth = e ~ 12742000000 mm
To cover the Earth, need:
a * (a/b)^n > e
log(e/a) < n log(a/b) so n > log(e/a)/log(a/b)
need n > log(12742000000/1189)/log(1189/841) ~ 46.7
So A-47 paper would be sufficient.
Small milk pourer
Julian Richardson, February 2018
Clay body: B mix.
Glaze: Jan’s celadon, fired to cone 10 reduction.
Tall Lidded Jar
Julian Richardson, May 2018
Clay body: B mix.
Glaze: Ferg white, fired to cone 10 reduction.