So much of what I’m doing here at USC requires a computer — so of course mine died on me last week. I have made the switch to Mac; I am sick of viruses (virii?). So far, so good. That black cloud over my head? Don’t worry; we are quite far from the fires here in San Pedro, where there is still a cool ocean breeze and we can hear seals barking at night. The cloud of smoke to the east is apocalyptic, for sure. Puts all my technical woes into perspective.