i went back to belmont around noontime to fix the new belkin router which suddenly went dead this morning. it was one of those things that as soon as i got there, the problem mysteriously fixed itself. when i returned home i made good on my weekly resolution and went out for a run around 3pm. i cramped up like crazy but there was hardly anybody out to see my humiliation so it wasn't so bad. when i got back i just finished downloading last night's dexter finale and watched it after my shower. so good! i hope michael c. hall wins the golden globe for best actor in a television drama.
the whole time i was running i was thinking about food, and baking some fresh brownies or blueberry muffins. too lazy to go across the street to the supermarket, i found a pound cake mixture in the cupboard and just so happened to have enough milk and eggs left to make it happen. nothing like fresh baked goods straight out of the oven on an increasingly cold day!
no news on the fish front, everything seems stable. no more snail sightings, fortunately. at last count i still have 5 baby guppies in the aquarium; hopefully they're big enough now that the adults aren't tempted to eat them anymore (although i do feed often, 2-3 times a day, crushing the large flakes in some aluminum foil).
i spent another hour in the evening playing colossus. yesterday i killed the 6th colossus, the one with the long beard. that one was scary, because even if you hide, it looks for you (which turned out to be the key in defeating it though). tonight, the 7th colossus was a hairy sea serpent with electrical spikes and involved some underwater action.
i've also been working on a china slideshow in imovie HD that i'll eventually burn onto a dvd. it's a holiday present for professor zheng in kunming, it won't arrive in time for christmas, but since he doesn't celebrate it anyway, it won't be a big deal if it gets there a few days late. i'm trying to figure out how many seconds per photo. i picked 5 seconds (actually less, with cross fade transition), but with 244 photos, that comes out to a slideshow that's still 20 minutes long. of course, if i were to show all the photos i took during my trip, it's take more than 3 days. the great thing is i can actually work on it on my new laptop: i'm so used to the idea of the slow laptop, i didn't even think of it at first, but now my laptop is the fastest machine i own.
finally, i tried adobe photoshop CS 3 beta tonight, the universal binary version that can run native on new intel macs. it's definitely faster than photoshop CS, the version i'd been using before. there are some interface tweaks which don't really turn me on, i'm more excited about the overall speed boost.