May 3rd, 2005

Wordsworth

As part of my OU Literature course I'm being forced to read William Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads (1802).  It's amazing how long people have been whingeing on about drugs he says 'The human mind is capabe of being excited without the application of gross and violent stimulants, and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this'.  This could be being said (in more up to date language) by many people in power - politicians, police, teachers - today.  He goes on to say how the 'crap' - my words - writing of the time are making people ignore the good stuff of former days.  Except of course that one or two people of his time - mainly himself - are working hard to keep up the standards of Shakespeare and Milton.

I'd thought that worry about people rotting their minds with drugs was a fairly new thing.  But I suppose it's people like him that got the Opium dens closed and the drugs made illegal - although it didn't happen for about another hundred years.

Wordsworth is a man who had an extremely large ego - but I suppose he had every right to have - we haven't forgotten him.

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Poliphilo's Computer woes

poliphilo 's computer keeps on crashing - it regularly says about having a driver problem and this morning before windows would start up it insisted on checking a disc for stability.  I left it to it and when I went back the counselling was over - but then the computer crashed again later.  I decided that I'd copy his documents onto my old computer - it isn't wonderful but at least it works - I tried to use the XP system to copy files to a cd only to find that the cd drive wasn't working - every time I tried it it told me to put a disc in and no matter how often I told it that there was one in it just didn't listen (Yes I do realise that computers were invented & designed by MEN - it sometimes feels like it's very mannish).  So I put all his documents on the network and picked them up on my notebook and copied them to cd from there.

Except for a couple of files that just wouldn't show up.  I had a file with all Tony's books in but no matter what I did I couldn't get it to show up on my machine, so I thought that I must need to transfer its innards individually - which worked better - except that 1 of the books still wouldn't move over.   poliphilo reminded me that I'd got floppies of his books so I tried updating one to make sure I had the most up to date copy only to find that the floppy disc is being awkward too & it took 3 discs - 2 to throw away and 1 to copy it.  So now all poliphilo 's stuff is on my old machine - after about 3 hours for a 1 hour max job - and all I have to do is to persuade him to just swap them over.  I've planted the seed in his head now it's a case of letting it marinade until tomorrow and hopefully it'll be implanted well enough not to surprise him too much.

But there again he's not too well today - more achy than usual and he went to the dentist this am.

I'm shattered from all the wandering back and forth etc - so goodnight one and all!!

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