Expecting The Unexpected

I wish that I were more prepared. That’s actually not accurate because I am often prepared, but rarely ready to put my preparedness into effect.

This Is Not A Test
This morning I realized that I was not making a secondary backup of my main computer. No worries, all I had to do was plug in an external drive and run Carbon Copy Cloner on it. Because of the robbery last year I made extreme efforts to thwart another robber, so I’ve encased my computer and hard drive in a cage making any alterations, as well as extractions, very difficult.

I went to insert a USB cable into the computer and heard a thump. I noticed that I had knocked over the drive on which I store all of my media. No worries, all I had to do was stand it back up and reboot the computer (something that was in the works even before I knocked the drive over).

When I rebooted I noticed that the media drive was not showing up. I rebooted again, no luck. Fuck! I made the assumption that I knocked the drive over while it was being accessed and crashed the drive.

Time to test my extensive backup strategy.

I had to tear apart my cage, remove the old hard drive, insert a new USB drive, and start copying data from my nightly backup.

I have successfully recovered my iTunes library — music, podcasts, videos — and am currently in the process of recovering my photos, documents, and other miscellaneous data. All in all I’ve determined that my backup strategy works and that I can recover to a working computer in about eight hours.

ITP Flickr Pic
Um, I don’t have one today. Well, it’s not that I don’t have hundreds of photos which have never been seen, it’s that exactly zero of them were post-processed and available to be uploaded thanks to my morning SNAFU.

Camping, no; Drive By Truckers, yes; Photography, yes
Last night I made the final decision that I have no intention of going camping this weekend. Unfortunately I also decided to skip last night’s Cymbals Eat Guitars show at The EARL.

To make up for this I’ve decided to join my friend Kevin (brother of ITP-Reader Randy) at tonight’s Drive By Truckers show at Variety Playhouse. Additionally I’ve also decided to join ITP-Reader Maigh photographing our friend Kim tomorrow.

With any luck I’ll also get motivated to get the house prepared for Monday’s AT&T U-Verse install. Stay tuned..

Yet Another Domain Name, This Time It’s Personal
I just bought a domain name related to my home address. It will be part of “The Package” when the house is sold. 😉

Oh Yeah, This Weekend We Move In To Daylight Saving Time
I look forward to having ITP-Reader Steve remind me on Monday that I forgot to change the time for my comments. 🙂

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Net@Night” podcast
Website Of The Day – While cleaning up last weekend I stumbled upon some Jordi Labanda inspired notebooks; I love his artwork
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 203 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 20
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 11 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 10
Marta Rides – 0

March Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Expecting The Unexpected

  1. Oh, and I have watched Survivor but I forgot to add my commentary initially and am too busy today to go back and edit the blog.

  2. RanLiCoop says:

    Have fun at DBT – hopefully there will be fewer fights than at the Raleigh show – and remember, get there early…

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks. I wonder if I’m taking you mother’s spot since she’s headed to Black Rock. Her broken hand seems to be coming along…

  4. Steve says:

    And don’t you know I’m ready to remind you…. hopefully all MY equipment will remember as well.


  5. Tasty Pie says:

    Hubby and I went to see DBT in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago. I still have to write my own blog entry for that show, but the highlight, or maybe lowlight, of the evening was the middle tubby man of a trio of Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum blokes bending violently over and spewing onto the floor and down the back of some immaculately made up party girl. She remained bizarrely oblivious and bopping while he chucked all over the place in time to the beat, bobbing his head back up between vomits to throw some RAWK signs and posturing. His mates appeared nonplussed and rather just cheered him on. I was suffering from some lurgy and thus very sober, and it will remain embedded in my memory.

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