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    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2012
    Hah. Well. Saturday was really the best night for me, the rest were in rehearsal. I had the days but expect your conference had you busy. Man I hope we do get to meet next time. All that buildup and then stupid tech fucked everything up...gah.

    Glad you had a good time though. Was that a pic at Worst Koochie that Bill posted?
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2012
    It was! Hilarious that you can tell from the few slats of bench and the wall!

    I did intend to drive Robin around a bit, but we drank too much for that, so instead I took her on an Old Arts District/Little Tokyo crawl that included Wurstkuche, Xlixe and Far Bar.

    Brought her down from Hollywood on the Red Line and sent her back in a cab, so I was very un-LA in that respect.
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    I meant to mention that Yskaya seems to be creating something of me, which is super amazingly exciting!

    Also, it seems that with the dramatic thunder breaking, so did my headache, and I've been wonderfully productive since, making the most of my not feeling like shit. Hooray! I've made copies of my last three sets of MRIs and have it all wrapped to together to send away to the fancy doctors. I'm... so close. :D
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2012 edited
    @Rachael: Glad you sound better :) When I last relapsed (Xmas), and came clean here, you told me to say, "Fuck that whore!"

    This kid came up to me in the street, and started going on about the quality of the gear available in the council estate from Hell where I live. I promptly told the douche-bag to, ahem, "Fuck that Whore!"...

    I think he got the message!

    I've got flu, or something, which is a bitch. Still, it did give me the most amazing dream last night. It involved Warren doing talks at strange, literary events that spilt-out onto the streets, evolving into a massive, anarchy-fuelled takeover of some city. Sometimes, I love my distorted subconscious.

    Edit to add: Congrats, oldhat, on becoming a W/C mod.

    Eh, I was just wondering if our comicbookbunny is OK, as when she was last here she was going through some big stuff.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2012
    Hey, everyone. I love you.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    Wish - desperately wish - there was an Open Mic tonight. There has been hard work today. There has been creativity. There has been bitching. There has been laughing. There has been magic and communion and high art. And there has been death.

    I can almost cry. But it's also far away. If I force it, it won't come. food tastes like ashes. I want to see John again. God, just one more time. Oh God.


    Oh there it is, crying so I can't breathe
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    @razrangel I'm pretty sure we can make an open mic exception in here. Whatever is needed. I don't know what's going on, but it sounds bad, and my heart goes out to you.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012 edited
    What I am about to relate does not amount to much in the scheme of problems or victories among us, but it was important to me today.

    The past week the hard drive on my machine has been acting up. Booting up was a problem, and once booted I'd have some crashes. I thought it was overheating, and I'd need to look at at, and I probably should back up the past 2 years of photos and art just in case, but I don't have time just now maybe tomorrow then tomorrow again and again...

    You have by now deduced where this is going.

    This morning it went down and did not come back up. Instead of the mind expanding Spice Melange that normally flows into my eyes when I push that power button, I got:

    Operating System Not Found

    What followed was not panic, for I am too jaded and fatalistic for that. I deal with is bullshit every day at work in one way or another. My first thought was "well, I may not ever need to make time for that backup now."

    So began a day of hardware troubleshooting. All signs pointed to hard drive failure. However, listening to the drives during failed boot ups, I couldn't hear anything out of the ordinary. If it were a mechanical failure, there would probably be a sound, clicking or grinding. It sounded like the disks were spinning smoothly.

    Ok, so someing on the drives must have been corrupted. I boot from a repair disc and attempt to repair the boot sector.

    Well look at that. The repair utility can't see the drives. It's as though they aren't there.

    I try installing the RAID controller drivers again, thinking maybe it can't see the RAID array to boot from (remember this, it is A CLUE), but the drivers won't install because there seems to be no drive to install them to.

    Here's where I start to worry. You'll notice I keep saying "drives" plural. I'm running a Raid 0 pair of drives. That means, unlike a regular hard drive, the data on mine is striped, meaning pieces of it are on drive 1 and pieces of it are on drive 2, both drives appearing to the machine to be one big single drive. So, if one of those drives really has failed this badly, there is little chance of regaining any of the data as none of the data exists wholly on a single drive, and both drives need to be functional in order to match up all the data and extract files. If something on one of the drives really is badly corrupted, no one may ever be able to connect all the pieces together again.

    So I'm wondering, why can't the restore utiliy see the drives? I reboot and go into the BIOS configuration. I look at the hardware. There are the drives. Both drives are correctly identified, so BIOS can actually read at least some data off of them. So they aren't totally dead. Why can't the OS be found during the boot.

    So I check the SATA configuration in BIOS. I stare at it for a long time. Then, well, there we go. Somehow, God knows why this is, but the SATA mode is set to ACHI instead of RAID. This means BIOS is trying to boot from justone of my hard drives, and not from an array that is striped across both. I toggle the setting. Reboot.

    The Spice Flows!

    This took me 16 hours to figure out. If had took the clues earlier, I could have had it back up running in under 1.

    I still don't know why it failed earlier, or how on earth the BIOS configuration got changed. It seems to be doing much better now though. Booted right up, not crashing.

    So I'm backing up my many stuffs right now, and will hie me to Fry's to obtain a second external hard drive tomorrow to make a second copy of the stuffs onto.

    I am pleased. It is disturbing how much of a physical pleasure getting that machine functional again was. It was like a dark, slithery pleasure inside my veins.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    Right on, @oddbill. The play I saw tonight, ETERNAL THOU, was a high concept piece about the Internet (and by extension modern tech) and how heavily dependent we are on it, and it on us. My friend Matt, who wrote and directed it (and has gotten high praise in pretty much every local critic's page), talked a little bit about the singularity, and I posit, verged on saying it's pretty much begun.

    @Morac My friend John died yesterday in a bike crash. I just found out about it tonight. He was a totally quiet, kind man. And my god...beautiful. Like seriously, beautiful. Amazing eyes. One of the best smiles. Lovely... everything. He caught me staring more than once. He was quiet...but not shy. He parachuted (mostly, obviously) naked into Burning Man more than once.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    @razrangel I am incredibly sorry to hear that. I feel like I should have some insightful words right now, but there's really nothing I can say that will make this suck any less.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    Pretty sure there is nothing to say. The shock is still pretty sharp. Crying some let me feel tired. finally.
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    Fuck yeah, Flecky! Booyah! I'm proud of you, man! (cuz she might be a whore, but I know she's a goddamn sexy whore)

    Y'know, I feel like I might spend a weird amount of time worrying about you internet people. Even the ones I hardly interact with. Certain things just stick with you, certain threads of someone's life unfolding strikes a chord, and... well, I think about a number of you in odd ways hoping that you are doing ok. (I hope you'll be ok, Raz.)

    This last bout of feeling really utterly terrible was sort of a good kick in the ass, so since I've not felt gawd-awful (yay!), I've spent my past two days going though all the stuff I'd not addressed since I stashed it away during the bedbug crisis a few months ago and then moved. I've been istening to the BBC News / WFMU / Doctor Who audioplays while chugging tea, smoking my vaporizer, and rearranging/reorganizing everything in my bedroom. This is what I am best at; employing TARDIS technology while becoming a bower bird Tetris master in any given space. Yes.

    (OCD powers, ACTIVATE!)

    This is, in many ways, my idea of a perfect evening.
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    @Raz - so sorry.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    @razrangel: Condolences, matey.

    Damnation, I could do with a Open Mic. Operation Purge Me Gaff of temptation is now in full, and total, effect...

    The Spice MUST Flow!
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    Please be well everyone, esp. razr and flecky.

    Since this is the Good Things thread, I'm not gonna dwell on the fact that I'm stagnating, but on the fact that I actually willed myself into taking care of myself this morning, doing stuff that I should be doing EVERY morning. I took a good long shower. I'm terrible about brushing my teeth in the morning, but I did it today. I was given exercises to do by my doctor to try and get my lower back and hips to stop hurting to the point I can't get out of bed at night w/out crying.... but I never do them. I did them today. And I'm gonna do this every day now. I am.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    it looks like we're getting a PUPPY!!!! well... a puppy for a bit but it will then evolve ala pokemon into DOG! thats how these things work right?
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    In about half an hour, I'll be picking up the final beer to use for my guest spot on the teevee as The Thirsty Wench. I'll be essentially arguing that beer matches the sophistication of wine and spirits (actually exceeds it) and am producing four beers to prove my point. The beers are:

    Augusta Ale (Toronto. Pale Ale. A step or two above the regular stuff people drink)
    Muskoka Spring Oddity (Ontario, Belgian ale. Contains juniper berries, heather tips, sweet orange peel and Belgian Candi sugar. GORGEOUS spring beer)
    Panil (Italy, Sour Ale, very sophisticated and tart. Delicious)

    And the forth beer will most likely be a Weissbier.

    Fuck fuck fuck this is tomorrow! Tonight I'm allowing myself to wig out and figure out what to wear.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    @Alastair: That only happens if you pit it in fights against other small animals.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    Got home a couple hours ago from a brief weekend cabin trip :D Some friends and Edgar and I spent last night at a cabin just outside of a nearby town called Julian, which is in the mountains near SD. It's very small and quaint, and every shop is a small business, many of them being mom & pop type shops. They also have the best apple pie you can get in San Diego. It was very nice to get out of the city for a weekend, and we had an amazing view of the "super moon" full moon, which was brilliant out there and almost blinding to look at. I came home with a couple of older Shadowrun fiction books from the local used book store, a lacy handkerchief from the tea shop, and pumpkin butter. Edgar bought a jar of delicious apple sauce (the kind that is actually brown in the jar because it has no preservatives). While we were in the town we had a very tasty boysenberry apple crumb pie, and some soda from an old fashioned soda fountain. It was a really awesome weekend spent with some really good friends. ^____^
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2012
    three days off, twenty needles in my chest, a dirty mojito in my hand, Bell Book And Candle on the teevee.

    Robin, how can i tune in to your show?