Quite a nice weekend, I must say. Aside from playing around with Vista’s voice recognition, I had all sorts of other fun. For one thing, I actually managed to watch a couple movies that I’ve been putting off for a while. They were both older movies—Out of the Past was released in 1947, and The Shop Around the Corner came out in 1940. The first is a prototypical film noir, with just about every typical twist you could imagine, including voiceovers and your typical noir ending. Awesome. The Shop Around the Corner is a rather typical classic-style romantic comedy. The gender relations are pretty outdated, but let’s face it—that’s not that unusual even in today’s romance films. Still, it was nice to see.
In computer news, I’m happy to have fixed a long-irritating issue. I posted a while ago about some keyboard problems I was having. The short version is that all my multimedia keys stopped working. One forgets how much one comes to rely on those little conveniences. Well, I managed to finally get it fixed this weekend. The problem turned out not to be software related after all. A piece of debris had gotten into my number pad’s equal key and was holding it down, though I didn’t know it. I can’t understand how that blocked the multimedia keys and didn’t cause problems with typing and the like, but that must have been it because it started working just fine once I got that little pebble or whatever out of there.
Also, I started my coaching with the High School Mock Trial teams from one high school, which promises to be a lot of fun. It has been a while since I did much in the way of volunteering or sizable amounts of community service, and I missed it. In addition to coaching, which is a relatively minor service, I’m looking to get involved in a program that is being started by a friend of mine. It’s still in the preliminary stages, but it appears to be a program that helps low-income families by providing extensive community support. I’m looking forward to finding out more about it. Depending on my involvement necessary, I may get involved in a couple other things, too, but we’ll see.
It’s nice to be getting back into volunteering.