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Well, yesterday was not so good. I'd had even less sustenance than usual on Friday and Saturday because of the heartburn problem, so I imagine that contributed to my feeling tired and lousy all day. I spent most of the day sitting around and dozing. I did eat some broth in the afternoon, then later some more substantial soup (Campbell's Vegetable Beef, run through the blender), and while it did still feel uncomfortable, it wasn't painful like the mashed potato attempt on Friday evening had been.

So today I called in sick to work and spent the day reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, which Tony had brought with him when we went to the ER and I'd started reading there. It was really good, and I laughed out loud - yes, really - when I came across the Neuromancer reference. The only trouble is that it made me want to watch MirrorMask or some similar kind of movie, and I don't have any such thing on hand.

I also managed to eat some more today, cream of wheat for breakfast and the rest of the vegetable beef soup for lunch. I tried heating up and mashing some frozen vegetables, but I wasn't really able to mash them up adequately with my fork - I could still kind of just swallow bits of it, but I kept finding myself having to chew a bit, and a couple funny feelings in my jaw reinforced that that really wasn't a good idea. (I don't think I did anything bad, I just felt it up toward the front of my mouth, and that seemed like a bad thing.) I've just made some couscous, maybe that'll work - the surgeon did think that'd be okay.

I have a follow-up appointment with my regular physician on Thursday, meanwhile I think I'm going to pick up some kind of antacid tomorrow and add that to my routine (the instructions for the acid-suppressing pills do say that an antacid can be taken as well).



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Jun. 20th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Neverwhere! I picked it up at the airport on our way to NJ. You're welcome to borrow our copy of "Mirrormask" any time you like. So far, Anansi Boys is my favorite Neil Gaiman novel.
Jun. 20th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
well CIV 4 is out for Macintosh thats gotta make you feel good, and erase all that time you had for sleeping, reading, easting, watching movies, uhm, and everything else. : ) I'm trying to research and see if we can play a network game... you know that PC to MAC thing... Bryan has CIV as well, and so does Marcel, anyone else interested? oh to have 5-8 players... sweet!
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Is it really? Last I checked a couple weeks ago, the status was still "Alpha"...

So I just checked Aspyr's site, and now they say it's "Gold Master" so it'll actually be out soon but isn't yet, if the site's accurate. BUT, I also checked the system requirements, and they're saying it requires a CPU speed of 1.8 GHz or faster, 2.0 recommended. My currently-top-of-the-line Intel Mini, of course, is 1.66 GHz. SON OF A BITCH!!

I also can't tell whether the Minis meet the graphics requirements, anyhow. Aspyr says "Video Card (ATI): Radeon 9600 or better, Video Card (NVidia): GeForce FX 5200 or better", while Apple's site says the Mini has an "Intel GMA950 graphics processor". How do those compare?

So it looks like I'm screwed. *Maybe* if I can get Windows properly installed on my Mini, I *might* be able to get the Windows version to run (who knows if that works), BUT even then, Boot Camp expires at the end of September - I don't know if that means it'll simply stop working at that point, and whether they'll have a final version available or not.
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
well... I'm under on "suggested" video too. and it runs perfectly fine. and I'm right at, or maybe a little under on processor too... and its fine. as for boot camp, there are rumblings about 'parallels' and the next version of the OS. nothing concrete yet, but I think running both OSs at the same time is close. so... what do ya do? I can't say... hasn't CIV 4 for windows dropped in price? do you know anyone that has it? ask to borrow it, and try out bootcamp. : ) just back up all your data.. : )
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I've been doing some browsing in the CivFanatics forums, and here's the final word straight from the developer doing the porting:

"Those integrated Intel graphics chips in the Intel Mac Mini and the MacBook, however, are not up to the task and it's not worth trying on those Macs."
( http://forums.civfanatics.com/showpost.php?p=4134747&postcount=108 )

That says to me that even running the Windows version under BootCamp won't work, although *maybe* the Windows graphics requirements somehow aren't quite as strict. If I knew someone (local) who had it, and I'm not sure I do, and if I could get a valid Windows install on my Mini(haven't been able to work that out at work yet), then I might try it out to see how it goes. But I'm certainly not buying the Windows version without finding a way to try it out on my Mini first.
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
yeah.. I wouldn't buy the windows version. I'd totally try a friends copy on the mini running windows. the forum post is interesting. Its really not supposed to run on my video card. and it runs perfectly fine. this sucks! : ) well, I've never liked integrated video, and it continues.
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I have Mirrormask on DVD. I'll try to remember to bring it by tonite.
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