Last Updated 1/25/2002 by dickdiamond.com
One nice thing (yeah, right) about having your hard drive crash
is that, even if you have several "spare" computers as I do, you get to spend
some quality time "off line." In my case, I spent about eight hours filing.
As it turns out, I hadn't put a single personal document (I'm actually a very conscientious filer at work, probably due to the CYA instinct) in a manila folder in
about a year and a half, pretty much since I last moved. How time flies. With tax
season here already, it seemed prudent to get a few things in order. Eight hours
is how long it took to turn an unordered (well, roughly chronological,
but between the pile falling over every few months and me having to root through looking
for documentation for a dispute with Sprint or the electric company or the
cable modem company [what is it with utilities anyway?], it was pretty much
random) pile about three feet high
into 12 inches of files and a big bag of trash.
Now for your media update. We watched Finding Forrester last night.
Though this wasn't a movie I was in any hurry to see, I found the DVD on
the new release rack at the library. This was the first time I'd seen a
DVD at the library, so I figured what the heck, it's free.
I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not going
to say the film is flawless, but it could have been much worse. I expected
it to be much worse. I kept expecting it to get much worse. It was one of those films where I watch with a sense of
dread, just wondering what is going to go horribly wrong—both cinematically
and dramatically. And yet nothing did. Maybe that's a problem—too little at stake, not enough conflict, whatever—but not for
me. I like when things go well in a movie. Give me a The Thomas Crown Affair
over an A Simple Plan any night.
I drove all over the place today looking for a deal on a Maxtor hard drive to replace my
dead WD (see below). From my survey of CompUSA, Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot and of course Fry's I
have determined that the price of hard drives (and memory) has gone up significantly in the
last four months. I hate when that happens. If I could find a hard drive within $10 of what
it would cost me to order one over the Internet and have it delivered I would "buy local," but
I'm seeing $40+ differences. Forget it. Retail isn't even trying any more.
So, my boot/system/apps/documents/everything
drive in my desktop computer died catastrophically today while I was at
the gym. That machine is now an empty, soulless shell. Not to mention a boat anchor.
For the record, this was a Western Digital 60-gig,
7200-rpm Caviar drive with fewer than 3000 hours on it. I bought the
thing less than four months ago. Cheap Malaysian crap.
So, let this be a lesson to you all. Hard drive
crashes don't just happen to someone else, on 10-year-old machines.
Make your backups.
Anyway, it's in a box back to the manufacturer.
I'm over it.
It's interesting, considering my last entry, that
I just watched American Pie 2 on DVD over the weekend. It almost seems
as if I watched these two films in a row, but in reality I just didn't
update for a long time. In fact, while I was watching, I couldn't
remember most of the plot lines of the first movie that were necessary
to understand some of the setups in the sequel. I don't know what it
is about that first movie that makes me unable to hold it in memory.
If anything, AP2 was better than the original.
I'll recommend it for a night when you need something silly. We also
rented The Score. I'm not going to go into a deep analysis of it as I
doubt it would stand well. I enjoyed it, for whatever reason. And
you can't beat the cast.
I also just finished reading A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Seek!.
If nothing else, these two books prove that the Dewey Decimal Classification system
works. They were about 10 books apart on the shelf, and both books are
basically recycled articles and essays by (more or less) popular
authors. For slightly different reasons, both required a sheer effort
of will to plow through. Coincidentally, both of the dust jackets were
the same florescent yellow.