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⚡ June 21, 1999

The Mother of All-Nighters 👆

Some violets I drew for a poem in 1964.

Some violets I drew for a poem in 1964.

The longest day of the year. Still working.

Really. Nearly 14 hours of daylight, and I’m still not finished.

Once I figure out how to make a picture into a URL, I will make some of my images active, but for now I can’t stand the ugly garish box that springs up around them, wrecking my subtle but modest color schemes.

These frames remind me of all those lonely nights in 1994 when I’d see another boxed-in opportunity and I just had to click, and then it’s one midnight, and then another, and just let me see this next one before the modem ticks off and my eyes are bulging out from trying to see one more picture on one more web page, always looking, never satisfied, not even with a snapshot from a just-uncorked cave deep inside the Alsatian peat, a picture unseen by human eyes for all these centuries. Until now.

Ancient cave drawings found on the internet.

Ancient cave drawings found on the internet.

And now, here I am, and it’s still the middle of the night.

And at the end of the day we’re all just cave artists … hunched over and tired and laboring in the darkness.

Who will understand the sacrifice?

Who will know the nuance?

Who will see the glory?

Oh, and remind me to show you the most incredible cave picture of all …

A screen grab of an unsettling Apple message.

... huh? A screen grab of an unsettling Apple message.

The alert box, above, really came up on my machine when I was first trying to get used to System 8-point-whatever. Even when the Mac is flakey, it’s fun.

There’s a little program called “Flash-It” that you can get from CNET and it will take a picture of whatever’s on the screen. But you’ve got to be alert. And fast.

Think about how your jaw would drop if you saw that message. And then you’d want to grab somebody – and shout: Lookit! Look at what the machine is telling me! But if you work “at home,” like me, there’s often nobody around.

Better still, if you don’t have Flash-It but you do have a newer-model Mac and most of your fingers, you need merely press a series of built-in keystrokes (hold down the shift and command keys while at the same time you reach up and press “3”), and you will get that nifty shutter click. Then you must go find where the machine has hidden the Pic on your hard drive. Whatta machine.

So you take a picture: it lasts longer. Just ask any cave man. 🐔