Just a minor update: my MacBook Pro has made it safely to Texas, and is being operated on (hopefully) as we speak!
As a diversion, while I wait patiently for my MacBook Pro to be put through the paces and ultimately returned to me (probably, alas, with CPU whine in-tact), I punched some silly phrases into Google, to measure sheer “hit count”:
This chart proves nothing. But it does motivate thinking. The word “macbook” is twenty times more likely to appear on the same web page with “hate” or “noise” than it is with “aardvark.”
And if that ain’t science, then I don’t want to be a scientist.