June 17, 2002 This isn't
a typical DaDane of DaWeek composition, is it? Tisk, tisk. At first
you hardly notice the Great Dane, right? (It's Lynda Dedrick's onyx
brindle, Stormi.) Oh well, you'll
have to excuse me for playing around. As I mentioned a couple of
weeks ago, I've been experimenting with a 3-D modeling program.
This is my latest effort. Some of you might see it as an obtuse
reference to the U.S. Open, which concluded yesterday with a win
by Tiger Woods. Perhaps I am working my way up to designing Great
Dane golf balls. Or something like that.
I've learned two important things since I started dabbling with
Bryce 5. First, I must be a lot dumber than the average person because
I am having a devil of a time learning to use this new software.
I even resorted to reading parts of the user manual eeek!
and I still can't figure it all out. (I guess this means
I am a slo-o-o-o-w learner.) The second thing I've discovered is
that my trusty computer is even slower than I am. My three-year-old
450MHz Mac computer just doesn't cut it anymore. Rasterizing a simple
3D image, just to proof it, can take 20 minutes or more. Tick tock,
watch the clock.
What's a person to do?
Well, I can't do very much to improve
my intelligence but I can do something to speed up my
computer. Buy a new one. The time has come to replace "Old Bessie."
I really want to order a 1.0GHz/Dual G4 Power Mac. I'm dying
to get my hands on one. But I'm waiting for next month's Mac Expo
to see if Apple will announce a newer, faster model. The suspense
is killing me. If a new model is announced, the prices will drop on
the current model, and I'll be able to save a little money or
hold out for a faster unit. I just can't decide if it's worth the
wait. A month is a long time when you are itching to play ball.
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