Windows 7

Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:43 pm
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If anyone has a connection for a copy of Windows 7, maybe through a school or something, I could really use one for testing.

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Late notice, I know, but the Pillar of Smoke will once again be holding Yom Kippur services in Frick Park, tomorrow around noon. Anyone who's interested, please let me know so that I can print out enough booklets. Wearing white is suggested.

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This Saturday is Rosh Hashanah, the birthday of the world (aka the Jewish new year). In ancient times it was a day of feasting and rejoicing, but today it has become more of a lead-in to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

When I heard there was a sweat lodge this Rosh Hashanah, I could think of no better time to do one. Lodge is both serious and joyful, something that may be hard to wrap your mind around if you've never been to one. In between rounds in the lodge, if possible, I'll be running a few Rosh Hashanah prayers... Or before and after, otherwise.

If anyone would like to come, I can give you details, directions, and/or a space in my car. (3 more people can fit.) A driver who's comfortable with driving stick shift to rotate driving with me would be ideal.

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" He had so much to say, but more to show, and ain't that true of life? So we weep for a person who lived at great cost, that we never knew his powers till we sensed what we had lost."
- Dar Williams, Mark Rothko Song

It strikes me as oddly synchronistic that before any of us had heard about his death, Abby and Maggie and I were discussing the King of Pop at Starbucks a little under two hours ago. We broke into a short rendition of that song "I Never Copped A Feel", from that flash video, to the tune of "The Way You Make Me Feel". Then I went to a short appointment, and later in the middle of my dinner, a Panera employee yelled out, "Oh my God, Michael Jackson died!" after receiving a text message about it.

For my part, I'd like to say I felt really bad for Michael Jackson. He was both a great musician and a sad example of what can happen to someone absent some semblance of a normal childhood. From his interview with Martin Bashir, it was clear he had retreated into a fantasy world to escape the pressures and harshness of the real one, and also that he was raising his children there. Even so, whatever the truth or falsehood of the allegations against him, he did help many people in his lifetime, among them Ryan White, a young hemophiliac who contracted HIV from his clotting factor in the 80s. From reading Ryan White's autobiography, it was clear that at his core, Michael Jackson was a kind and giving person, and I hope that's how the world tries to remember him.

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My plans for watching the series finale of Battlestar tonight fell through.

Anyone want to come watch it on my projector? I can also make some sort of food, and i'd love someone to talk to about the episode during commercials.

I'm just not sure who I know that watches it, so call or email me if you do. It starts at 9.

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