Password Challenged

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Some Big Things of the Week

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 15. May 2006:– I was washing dishes and they started tonight's TV–weather news without waiting for me, and I missed the big scene at the beginning where they show the greater cloud swirl from mid–Atlantic to the Urals. For all I know it was a bit of video they ran last February. Judging from the clouds I did see on the tube, here might have been South America.

The adventure called weather continues. Tomorrow will begin with rotten weather in southern France and by noon – on the dot! – it will gradually become worse here, although it will be slightly sunny when it isn't being mostly cloudy, and there may be some hail way off to the east maybe near Switzerland. A high temperature of 20 degrees is forecast, like yesterday's 20 that became 24.5 degrees this afternoon.

photo, cherries of the week

TV's weather lady said Wednesday's would be the most like seasonal, like May I guess, with 22 for a forecast high and more of the mostly sunny when it isn't mostly cloudy, but more so than Tuesday – but a lot less than the sunny it might be south of the Loire.

Soap–suds on my hands, the official weather Bic slippery, I never did get caught up. Thursday, supposedly worse off than Wednesday, came out equal according to my notes. Mostly sunny is again marked on Le Parisien's map. I ran out of time to write 'mostly cloudy' too, but scribbled 60 kph for a wind charging up the Channel and a high of 22 degrees, for near here and all of northern France.

Over Here, There, Rain Rain

Météo Jim, Metropole's weather snoop on the skies over the five–borough area, sent his on–time forecast for this week, today. Here is, absolutely accurate, Météo Jim's timely and fresh forecast:–

North of Pommeland, the weather would have suited Charles Baudelaire – even if it isn't in Paris – and excited his spleen. Up to 10 a–inches of rain fell in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and southern Maine creating severe flooding, with much more rain expected to come. Many mamans, who expected breakfast in bed last Sunday, had to settle for an evacuation by boat to an emergency shelter. Meanwhile, the rest of Maine is under a drought watch.

photo, cow of the weekSay what? Cow of the Week.

This same immense low pressure system that is drowning New England will, in the poetic term, tarry a–while over the east coast, Canada and parts of the midwest. Pommeland is expected to see mostly cloudy skies and chances of showers and an occasional thunder– boomer, with temperatures somewhere in the mid 60s a–grad for the rest of the week.

Not to be outdone or forgotten, June 1 which is a Thursday, marks the beginning of the 2006 hurricane season. Once again, the weather people predict an overly active program. Mark your calendars and start the countdown.

Café Life

'Ed' Still Stalling

Getting a new computer and a big hard disk may seem to many as a minor concern but for me I am making sure about 25,000 files – text, photos and graphics – that are in Metropole's archives, get saved and transferred from certain oblivion to – to where exactly? And why?

I'm not sure, but I'm doing it. Under ordinary circumstances this would be a slight chore. However I didn't reckon with a new operating system that has UNIX under the hood. This has a thing built into it called 'permissions' that are tied to a 'keychain,' that require passwords of different levels. They are explained on page 400 of the book I had to buy extra, somewhat after I got started, and now there are some files I have that are refusing me access because I am not 'authorized.'

photo, louvre security on bikeSecurity on wheels in a big space.

To put it mildly I am password– challenged. It was also a password that kept the WiFi from talking to the modem, sitting 10 centimetres away. It gaily chatted with some unknown network from who–knows–where. But last week there was success at last, after only five weeks of trial–and–mostly–error.

At this moment it is beginning to look as if I will be able to switch completely from the old machine and system to the new machine and new system this coming week. If this is the case I will certainly be ready for anything, but especially for:–

The Big Night of the Week

A year goes by so quickly and here we are again, about to have another Nuits des Musées next Saturday, 20. May. This event will see 1600 locations open throughout Europe and France for the sole delight of night–time art fans. First–time participants this year are Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia and Turkey. This will be one of Europe's bigger Saturday night freebies so don't pass it up.

And Retard of the Decade Ends

Ten years of moaning ends on Wednesday when the National Museum of the Orangerie reopens its doors for five days of free entry, including on the Nuits des Musées. This museum is France's home of Impressionism, the house rebuilt for Monet's Les Nymphéas, and has been sorely missed. Normally open at 9:00 for reserved visits, and from 12:30 without, the museum is open until 19:00, and until 21:00 on Friday. Except Tuesday, open daily. On Sunday following the Nuits des Musées the doors open at 12:30. Be early.



Liberated Poulets

Chicken fanciers were overcome with joy on Saturday when it was announced that their favorite food was to be liberated from the confinement caused by the worries about the grippe aviaire – avian bird flu – that never turned out to be the feared epidemic. Chickens on TV–news were shown flipping out as they were allowed to roam free under the open skies again. The restrictions are still in place in the Dombes in the Ain region where the few cases were detected. Bird experts think the danger from birds migrating from Africa is over but warned that the coming migration, from Russia next fall, might be troublesome.

The Huge Thing of the Week

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