wed 12 dec 2007 21:05:27 witte de withstraat
i helped cook.
tonight i assisted jon in cooking dinner for us and the upstairs neighbors, cuz it was his turn to make dinner. i guess they do this every wednesday. i observed carefully and helped chop and stir things. i think jon is under the illusion that by so doing, somehow i myself will actually learn to cook. we'll see, maybe he will be right. anyway it was yummy stuff. trouble is he says he never makes exactly the same thing twice.
i was planning to go to mulligan's tonight but i'm really tired for some reason so maybe i will just rest.
kees returned safely from italy last night. i still have not seen him though.
pani is leaving for london on saturday, then goes to poland almost directly from there. so there's not much time to get christophe's site working. he's anxious to get the piano site up and running.
since just this week i've been having trouble exporting big (>15min) h264 movies in multi-pass encoding. no idea why. i was getting stuff like "Error: qtKitErrorCatchAll (-30)" and nobody anywhere that i can find says what that is. i think it is because they don't know what it is. it would be nice if you could google something like that ("what is qtKitErrorCatchAll (-30)?") and instead of reading the other 3000 questions about the same thing, you could just get the answer directly. where the answer "nobody knows" is of course acceptable. this *may* have something to do with people's general lamentations about QT 7.3, but again nobody is officially saying, that i can find.
last night again i was having that weird feeling i sometimes get in my mind, where it feels like i am thinking about or perceiving the thing *next* to the thing i'm really thinking of or experiencing. i only has happened to me two or three times in my life, a kind of bicameral mind sensation. very difficult to describe. but it is what originally inspired me to start writing the short story "single reality theory" (still not finished btw).
speaking of writing, yesterday i started looking again at my notes for the rewrite of "anne who lives" which i started in 2003 but then seem to have got too busy for. in that new version, something compels anne to hit the road, at age 75. instead of hanging around the house and letting the story miraculously come to her. i need to think about this.