No, no, Matthew, you’ve got

No, no, Matthew, you’ve got me all wrong. I know that the OED isn’t prescriptive, and I know that it’s not meant for casual use; I rely pretty much solely on my Shorter. I am concerned, however, with the careless use of the OED’s reputation capital. Though they are indeed no Académie française — for which I am, in fact, quite thankful — their imprimatur is not without significant effect on the development of the language. For many people, the OED is a source of authority, and all I ask is that they continue to exercise care over what they bless. My objection to internet submissions was flippant, but perhaps not clearly-enough so. (Of course, soon they may not even be able to freely describe common usage.)

I’m cranky and tired, as seems to be the case all too frequently these days. It was great fun having Phil here this weekend, though it was but a brief respite from my general gloom and cantankerousness. Maybe tonight’s concert will cheer me.

The concert was great, and while the subject matter was hardly bursting with levity and sunshine — neither Glass nor Egoyan are known for their childlike glee — I did find myself in a better mood when we returned.

I have to print a form for access to the cluster now that it’s in its new home, so I thought I’d set up printing under Linux. First, I had to install just a few packages by hand, because the retrograde version of rcd that’s installed on our home machine couldn’t find the Perl bits:

 1:perl-DateManip    ###################################### [  7%]
 2:perl-Digest-MD5   ###################################### [ 14%]
 3:perl-Parse-Yapp   ###################################### [ 21%]
 4:perl-Storable     ###################################### [ 28%]
 5:perl-URI          ###################################### [ 35%]
 6:perl-XML-Encoding ###################################### [ 42%]
 7:perl-XML-Grove    ###################################### [ 50%]
 8:perl-XML-Parser   ###################################### [ 57%]
 9:perl-XML-Dumper   ###################################### [ 64%]
10:perl-XML-Twig     ###################################### [ 71%]
11:perl-libwww-perl  ###################################### [ 78%]
12:perl-libxml-enno  ###################################### [ 85%]
13:perl-libxml-perl  ###################################### [ 92%]
14:foomatic          ###################################### [100%]

Then rcd could finish the job:

The following additional packages will be installed:
  alchemist 0:1.0.23-1 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  ghostscript 0:6.52-9.4 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  ghostscript-fonts 0:5.50-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  libglade 1:0.17-5.ximian.1 (Ximian Desktop)
  LPRng 0:3.8.9-4 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  Omni 0:0.5.1-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  Omni-foomatic 0:0.5.1-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  pnm2ppa 1:1.04-2 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  printconf 0:0.3.77-1 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  pygnome 1:1.4.2-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  pygnome-libglade 1:1.4.2-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  pygtk 1:0.6.9-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  pygtk-libglade 1:0.6.9-3 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  PyXML 0:0.7-4 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  ttfonts 0:1.0-9 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)
  VFlib2 0:2.25.6-4 (Red Hat Linux 7.3)

Unbelievable.

But, after all that, the printer configuration itself took about 15 seconds, and it printed beautifully. So I guess it’s not all bad.

In other software news, I finally managed to get an FTP staging server for mozilla.org set up on a User-Mode Linux virtual host on bitchcake, so we should be in good shape for when SourceForge makes us take the old staging server off their network tomorrow. I hope they put the money they save into developing a bug-tracking system that doesn’t make me want to put a railroad spike through my head every time it sends me email.

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