even (shudders) a dragon

Having all this important stuff to do, of course I decide that what I really need to do is to download several texts – Persuasion by Jane Austen, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen and Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol – from Gutenberg and painstakingly typeset them and convert them to PDFs so that I can read them on the iBook.

The Gogol even has side-notes.

Aren’t displacement activities wonderful?

I try reading some of Persuasion but fear that my sensitivities are a tad crude – I find myself squinting at the screen and muttering “What? What’s going on?”. I worry that I need a really obvious joke, or a man with a gun or even (shudders) a dragon in order to work up my interest. I have a feeling that none of these (particularly the dragon) appear in the oevre of the late Miss Austen, though I might be wrong.

I still can’t get MySQL to work. I may need help here.