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The Chainsaw Hard Drive

September 18, 2014

Apologies in advance for this week’s column content. It will be sporadic, there will be spur of the moment subject hopping and random thoughts inserted throughout its entirety. Did you know that in 1937 there was an invention called a “baby cage?” It attached outside building windows in cities allowing the baby to have access to fresh air and sunlight through the cage’s wire frame, and still have sufficient room to play. See, random insertion. We will alter our course and change direction with little or no forewarning. This in mind, during these early stages within the first paragraph, it is impossible to ascertain if there will be a point to this jumbled madness. But maybe that in itself is the point, thus an explanation is in order.

Two weeks ago the hard drive, of the computer that assists in bringing this column to life crashed. It had been warned that without proper training and a pilot’s license (not to mention a lack of arms) that it should have never left the airport. Silliness aside it completely collapsed. Luckily (or not, depending on how much you like this column) all the files were on an external hard drive. Luckier still the helpful folks at Computer Ants were able to get it back up and running...with a new internal hard drive.

For those of you who’ve experienced this you know the nightmare of trying to turn your computer back into your computer. For those of you who haven’t—it is disheartening, frustrating and not fun. Yes, the core files were saved but all writing, photoshopping, and video editing that was still in the project stage was lost.

Video editing is one of my favorite hobbies...was. This is the third time this has happened whilst in the middle of a major editing project. Third time’s the charm? Three strikes you’re out? Neither; just a factual realization that other hobbies have less chance of such total and sudden collateral damage and loss. If you’re sketching and leave the drawing board for a minute it won’t go blank or be a scribbled mess when you return. Unless there’s a toddler wandering about who wants to help.

So is this a plea for the unreliability of modern tech or something else? Let’s go for something else because this is boring as s***! Seriously do you care if we just talk about something else? Hmmm this conversation seems a bit one-sided. Despite the breach in the fourth wall there’s no feedback from you...unless you’re talking to a newspaper right now. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. it’s not like the papers going to disappear or scramble the letter around. Crap in a hat look at that. We are heading right back into the same topic we just...

See that? Cut it off mid-sentence. Pretty cool trick in writing I can stop anyti...

Sorry but my mental hard-drive is full and on the verge of crashing. Too much stress not enough sleep. Too much work and not enough play. Just...too much! Life is like that sometimes I suppose. But does it have to be? Has our modern world gotten so far out of hand that we are on the constant go headed for an inevitable crash? Why not the simpler way? Where we can walk away, collect ourselves then move along when we’re ready? Picking up right where we left off. No, if you stop the world simply leaves you behind...right now I’m wondering if that would be such a bad thing.

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!





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