I'm downloading the Gentoo installer because, as much I would like to and other folks seem to, I don't heart Sabayon as much as I initially thought which has a lot to do with a bunch of binary installs that break everything later. Fuck it. I'm installing it the brand new old fashioned way: with the install CD albeit via the new and somewhat sexy Gtk installer. Actually, when compared to the old method of installing even a Stage 3, the new stuff is a laser concentrated beam of writhing parts on the sexy scale (I may actually be talking about Cthulu here) or at least a whole lot easier.
Monitoring the download of the ISO is what really made me feel slow. It isn't a huge amount of bits to grab -- 700 MB total but I found myself fascinated that 147 MB had already downloaded what seemed like seconds after I'd started it. I'm impressed by fast connections even when they're really not that fast. It makes me think of the old Austin days when Dan and I used to hunch sullenly over his Mac Classic, eagerly awaiting the arrival of 120k of precious/pirated data. We dreamed longingly of the inevitability of an affordable 9600 baud modem and the unholy speed it would grant us. It caught up and I'm still not quite over it. You'd think I was 150 years old or something. Yeesh. Imagine how slow modems were 150 years ago.