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Catastrophic Failure

I have something quite important to talk about (namely this) but it’s going to take me a while to collect my thoughts and explain it properly. In the meantime here’s a cautionary tale about the perils of not backing up your data.

A few months ago my ageing external hard drive started making an odd clicking noise whenever it was left on for too long. Puzzlement grew to worry as I realised my precious data may be in jeopardy - and this particular drive was where my mp3 collection resided. Some of those files date back to the era of Napster, and as such I’ve grown quite attached to them. Since I didn’t have anywhere to transfer the files to, I took the safe route and stopped using the drive until I could safely rescue the data.

Cut forward to April, my birthday - friends from college get me a Network Attached Storage device and two 500GB hard drives (thanks, guys!). Now that I had oodles of delicious hard drive space, it was time to rescue those files. I turned on the drive and quickly copied the mp3s to their new location, watching them transfer anxiously. It was a nail-biting few minutes, but fortunately the transfer finished with no problems. Huzzah! I decided to have a celebratory dinner straight away, and salvage what other files I could from the drive later on.

When I returned to my room, belly full and mind at ease, there was an unholy sound coming from the hard drive (I had forgotten to turn it off). I wish I had had the presence of mind to record it so I could show you how badly the drive was mutilating itself, but my first priority was making sure no explosions occurred. After turning off the drive, I took it apart to perform my autopsy.

Melted Hard Drive

Notice the melted plastic.

Hard Drive near the bin

Now, notice the close proximity of the drive to the bin.

Seems it’s dead… which is a shame, but also a wake up call. Stuff physically breaks sometimes! With this abrupt and jarring loss as a catalyst, I finally got around to burning a backup of all my important files (college work, web design projects, etc.) It spanned three DVDs, totalling about 12GB of data - who knew I had so much important stuff!

I Can Has LOLs?

I couldn’t allow a whole month to go by without a blog post - not that 29 days isn’t also shocking, but because I happen to know that one month is the precise amount of time it takes for a blog to die of malnutrition; and I’ll be damned if this one is ready to join its brothers and sisters up in blog heaven.

Even though I’m on a strict time limit here, administering vital prose to Lightspeed Blog through an IV drip, I’ve still managed to cook up something of unimaginable mirth for you, my faithful readers, to enjoy. I have a history of making odd facial expressions in photographs, and this Stephen’s Day in Club 92 was no exception.

So, without further ado or pleonasm, I present to you: LOLEugene - The next great internet meme.

Liz Has A Flavour?

Invisible Bitch Slap

I can has internet notoriety?

I was apprehensive at first using the word “drunkennesses” - it’s clearly more than a little made up. A quick googling later though, I was reassured that not only was it in common use… it’s even in the Bible?!

I promise to update more, internet, once my life goes into the adrenaline-fuelled interest explosion I just know it will in oh-eight. And if not, at least there’ll probably be a few more pictures like the above by Tuesday morning…

(If you were puzzled, perplexed or even outraged at the above, I should explain that it’s a homage of sorts to something called LOLCats. But really, if you sincerely don’t know what a LOLCat is by now you’re not very good at the internet. What are you doing on my obscure blog? That’s like hiking up Mount Everest before you learn how to cross the road. Go watch Salad Fingers before you do anything else.)

Projects & Parcels

Damn! It seems I broke my unintentional post-every-two-days schedule.

I started a Projects page where I’ll keep track of anything I’m working on at the moment. I’m hoping it will foster new levels of productivity on the grounds that if I do nothing for a while, the internet will know.

Since this post needs some actual content, here are some pictures of an envelope my dad made for me out of a paper Dunnes Stores bag and some tape. Somehow it slipped past me all these years that he was, in fact, MacGyver:

Well, I was impressed.

I wasted far too much time reading this while writing this.