I am, however, a deliriously happy bastard.
For starters, serolynne is going to be in town visiting us next weekend, and on top of that, I just got an email from an old friend I haven't seen in about seven years saying that she's in town as well and would like to get together some time this week. I'm really looking forward to spending more time with serolynne, and the unexpected opportunity to see my friend is absolutely delightful.
And in two weeks, Necronomicon! It's an annual science fiction convention, which means lots of cool people, drunken debauchery, strip "Are You a Werewolf?", more freaks than you can shake a cat at (unless it's a very patient cat indeed), and all the other con goodness that goes with science fiction conventions.
And feorlen is going to be in town in November. I haven't seen her in forever, and I'm really looking forward to that, too... *bounce*
feorlen, you need to click this link. It's...it's...you just need to click it. Trust me.
On the financial front, there might actually be a light at the end of the tunnel for the electronics firm I'm associated with. For those of you not up on the ongoing saga there, I am a minority partner in a small, struggling electronics firm that makes storm detection gear, and has patents on the basic technology behind tornado detection equipment and bomb detection equipment. They've been searching for venture capital for quite a few years; the storm detection equipment is available and shipping, but the other gear is still in prototype form, and the company has been running on fumes for quite a while. This has had a disastrous effect on our financial situation, but as I type this, the principals of the company are working on a new source of venture capital that looks very promising indeed.
And if it doesn't pan out, I may have a backup plan; a company that does high-end workflow and prepress software for the newspaper industry has expressed an interest in me, and is offering rather a good rate of pay.
And on top of all that, I've just been irrationally happy and exuberant the past several days.
I'm also sorting floppies.
I have a collection of about seven or eight hundred Mac floppies, some of whjich date back to the mid-1980s, containing software and archives of things I've worked on and old letters and images and everything else imaginable, but only have one computer left with a floppy drive that can read them. So I've been archiving stacks and stacks of floppies onto DVD. It's been quite the trip down memory lane--letters I wrote to friends in 1989, scans of pictures of old friends, and an amazing collection of pre-PowerPC software and games and so on. (I have the original floppies of PageMaker 1.0, the first desktop publishing program; Photoshop 1.0, back when it was Mac-only and fit on a floppy; Microsoft Word's first shipping release...we're talking OLD stuff here!).
By the way, datan0de, I have a retardedly large stack of floppies of Amiga software, you interested?
And now off to see my client.