Archive for October 13th, 2013

Columbus Day, 2013


Columbus, the Western myth


Columbus, the Native reality (woodcut based upon the accounts of Columbus’ atrocities by Fr Bartolomeo de Las Casas, OP).

I will join the Knights of Columbus when they change their name to “The Knights of Las Casas”. (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day) A bit over the top, but essentially true…

Certainly, whatever excuses one may find for Christopher Columbus, he is not a worthy hero for Catholics, or other Christians.

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Big Mac


I know, it’s not a Mac, but this about sums it up…

As you know, a few weeks back a very generous reader gave me a laptop, a MacBook.

Everyone who knows about these things told me how easy a MacBook was to use, but for the first week I couldn’t get it to do much of anything I needed: if I tried to post something the search engine, Safari, would shut down. Ditto for editing anything already posted. All I could do was comment in the comboxes.

I tried to install Google Chrome and Firefox, only to find that they were incompatible with my laptop.

Then late one night, with fear and trembling, I started fooling around with things. I did so dreading that at any moment the computer would start smoking, or just explode.

But somehow, through the confluence of dumb luck and sheer ignorance, I fixed it, and for the next week I posted on the blog using the laptop. Except I could not cut and paste images, and had to go to the library to do so.

I finally figured that out, but unlike Windows, where cutting and pasting an image consists of right-clicking “copy” and then going to the place you want the image and right-clicking “paste”, with the Mac it requires several steps.

And I still haven’t figured out how to make a link that actually works.

Yeah, Mac is so simple.

I went online and in desperation ordered the book MacBook for Dummies.

And found that most of it is over my head.

Do you realize how stupid I feel, finding a book specifically for Dummies to be unfathomable?

I wonder if they make a book called MacBook for Total Idiots? Or maybe MacBook for Kindergartners ?

Or maybe I can find a class…but as someone certifiably beyond Dummy, I’d probably flunk.

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