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Jun. 4th, 2004

01:31 am - hardware

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the number of computers in my tiny anchorhold now officially exceeds the number of living creatures, including cats.

i am now the proud new slave of a Dell Inspiron 600m with one of those snazzy new Pentium M Dothan chips (1.8 ghz), and an honest to foo real Radeon video card. her name is Isolde.

in case you don't know, the story of Isolde is one of the periphery Arthurian legends. the story goes like this: King Mark sends Tristan (who is both his best knight and also his nephew) to Ireland to fetch Isolde, who is engaged to marry Mark (and you thought mail order brides existed only in spam). on the way home, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drink a love potion and fall madly for one another. Isolde marries Mark, but she and Tristan continue as lovers and much typical Arthurian love-triangle chaos ensues. the best version of this legend, in my opinion, is Tristan and Isolde by Gottfried von Strassburg (written in Middle High German) on which Wagner based his Tristan opera. while this legend is quite a bit like the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot love triangle, i always thought that the love potion was a fascinating twist. whether it diminishes the power of Tristan and Isolde's love, or makes them less 'blameworthy' than Guinevere and Lancelot makes for a pretty interesting debate.

anyway, once i'd thought of it, Isolde seemed an appropriate moniker for the shiny new bit of hardware.

for those of you keeping score, my desktop is Agrippa, named after an obscure reference in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the FTP server (which lives inside Agrippa at the moment, but i consider him a separate entity) is CuChulain who was an Irish warrior, and the soon to be retired Vaio laptop is MolotovCocktail (Moli).

and there's your facinating bit of trivia about my life for the week. aren't you glad i posted?

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From:elegantelbow
Date:June 4th, 2004 12:06 am (UTC)
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I've always liked the story of Tristan and Isolde (and poor old King Mark who isn't even in the title).

I fear now that your Dell will give away your data to the wrong person, though. ;)
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From:pvck
Date:June 4th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
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Agrippa is also an historical character of a philisophical nature , as well as a disappearing text by Wm. Gibson.
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From:ilcylic
Date:June 4th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
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As well as a fencing master.

(Different guy.)

-Ogre
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 4th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
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i knew the Gibson and Cornielius, but not the fencing master.

in Frankenstein, Agrippa is one of the debunked medical "authorities" that Victor has been reading before he gets to medical school. his professors tell him he's been wasting his time, but the writings of Agrippa and the others give Victor the reanimation idea.

there was also a Roman statesman named Agrippa.



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From:zevhonith
Date:June 4th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
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That's the one I was thinking of! I knew I knew the name, and nobody else's reference made sense. I was thinking of the Roman, of course.
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From:ilcylic
Date:June 4th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
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And a King of Palestine in the early CE, Herod Agrippa, grandson of the King Herod of Biblical fame. Killed James, imprisoned Peter.

-Ogre
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