COMPUTER KONKED OUT
My HP notebook of 2 years, 1 month (dv2418nr) stopped booting properly on Jan. 23rd. Some troubleshooting showed it was a CMOS error and though I tried to order another RTC battery in an unlikely-to-work attempt to revive it, it still won't boot. So we moved the HP's hard drive into a portable USB case and I've been using the Dell I had from when I started college. (It works fine but it can slow down when I try to multitask too much.)
The replacement I've had in mind for many months is a Macbook Pro, specifically the 13-inch 2.26 MHz model. (The HP had a 14.1" screen with a 1280x800 resolution - 13" MBP has same resolution.) The MBP is due for a refresh in February and I don't get paid until around the 10th so I can wait a few more weeks.OFFICE STUFF
Regarding work, I'll begin to take phone calls all day today but we are having a training class for the particular software we're using because some people in my group still weren't comfortable navigating through the screens and determining what certain things mean. It's fine because I'm going to be getting Friday off as a furlough day - my other 2 for the month will be on Wednesdays, a day of my choosing.
I'm going to pin a "DON'T TRASH CALIFORNIA" thing onto my cube's wall. I'm also trying to think of which Dilbert strips, if any, to put up as decoration.MUSIC
Bought Vampire Weekend's "Contra" recently and thought it was a pretty good 2nd album. "Holiday", "California English", and "Cousins" are very catchy.
Also listened to Spoon's "Transference". Started out slow but it grew on me as it progressed and on repeat listens. I'll have to either get the CD or buy the MP3 album from Amazon once new computer is set up. Fav. songs are "The Mystery Zone", "Who Makes Your Money", "I Saw the Light", "Trouble Come Running", "Got Nuffin". Yep, definite purchase.
Revisited The Go-Team's "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" during a commute and that remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Good for inspiring on a sluggish morning.INTERNET
I finally signed up for LibraryThing this weekend and started adding some of the books I have lying around. There's probably more in some boxes so I'd say it's about half-done. Here's
what I've entered in so far.MOVIE WATCHING
Dec. 30th: "Lost in La Mancha" was an interesting documentary about Terry Gilliam's failed Don Quixote movie attempt.
Jan. 6th: "Pineapple Express" was hilarious and had a good ending.
Jan. 17th: "World's Greatest Dad" was very good, especially the ending, but I couldn't buy into the school's change in attitude toward the son, even with the emotionally stirring posthumous writing.
Jan. 18th: "Repo Man" was okay - kind of dragged with the alien plotline. Emilio Estevez's attitude kept me interested. Followed that up with "WALL-E" (hadn't seen it before) and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried in the final scenes. Wasn't a PERFECT film but it was very well-put together and affecting. It would've been interesting if it *had* been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar but I think it still might have fallen to the momentum "Slumdog" had.
Jan. 22nd: "48 Hrs." was a good movie (great interaction between Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte) but the slow-then-fast-then-slow pace began to make the overall movie a little boring.
Jan. 23rd: Finally watched a TV movie I bought used a few years back, "Futuresport"
, with Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, and Wesley Snipes. Reminded me a little of "Rollerball" (future sport that's popular worldwide) and the Hawaiian independence group was sort of weak. It ended up being fairly enjoyable despite the fight in a warehouse. Snipes with a Caribbean-region accent was a high point.
Jan. 28th: Documentary called "The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing" caused me to write down 40+ films I've yet to see and there were some solid insights from directors & their editors.
Saturday night: saw "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and liked it more than "Snatch". It did have the same conveniences - rather, I should say "Snatch" continued the same coincidences since that came after "Lock" - but it was a very enjoyable caper film from Guy Ritchie.
After a small break, I watched Fellini's "8 1/2" and that turned out to be a delightful piece of film. The director's exhaustion with the pressure put on him to deliver a great film and his fantasies of being free from that stress made the 2+ hours seem like less.
Behind on resuming the stuff I'd been following before the holiday break - pretty much all of it I can catch up with on Hulu (NBC comedies, Fringe, Modern Family). I did watch the pilot of "Human Target" and that was an okay start. I'm looking forward to the "Lost" season premiere on Tuesday.
Watched episodes 3 & 4 of "Demons" on BBC America. It's an alright show but I fell asleep during the second one so that says something about my lasting interest in it. Theme song's nice.
Caught Independent Lens' "Copyright Criminals" on the local PBS station and I felt like getting into more old-school rap & hip-hop. (I did listen to Wu Tang vs. the Beatles on Sunday.)