Have a computer drive again

Hooray, I can work at my own computer now! The drive finally arrived from Dell, and it is installed. The OS and most of the programs I need are set up, and working, more or less. The repair tech from Dell took my old drive, so no data recovery. 😦 Its all gone away. I’m not really happy, but I have a job, and am able to be back in my own office again, so I can’t complain too much.

Now onto recreating some of my bookmarks and such. I use Firefox as a browser, and there is a lovely extension that will back up your browsers, bookmarks, extensions and themes. I had it installed before, but the backups all were in the disk that fried. Once I get everything re-created, I’ll back it up and then put the backup file on the network drive. It’s pretty funny/sad to have to run around to folks and have them email me links to sites we use for work. I’m a little leary of using some of the online bookmarking sites for my work bookmarks. If you have some experience with the social bookmarking sites, I’d love to hear it.

SCOTs in Birmingham, Feb 28

Oh my! Southern Culture on the Skids is going to be in Birmingham on Wednesday! And I’m so busy I can’t see straight right now! 😦

They are playing at Bottletree Cafe, along with Vulture Whale. I wanna go! But with all my work problems, and Happening starting next Friday, there is no way I need to go out and play on Wednesday night.  Boo!

Finished up reading Eragon and Blood Child

I finished reading Eragon a while back. It wasn’t a bad book. I’ve been reading fantasy from a very young age. I think I was 6 or 7 when I first started to read the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve been reading fantasy, sf, and science fiction ever since, not to mention other genres as well. So I’m relatively familiar with some of the usual occurrences in this types of fiction. Its relatively predictable, but not nearly as predictable as Terry Brooks’ books.

I also finished the second edition of Octavia Butler’s Blood Child. The collection of stories are a nice set of her work. The fiction is fairly tight and the internal logic works well for each story. I enjoyed her afterwords on each of the stories. I like seeing some of the internal processes for different creative works. Both of the essays are well written, and amplify each other. Their subjects are similar, and basically boil down to if you want to write, you better just knuckle down and do it. Learn as much as you can about writing, and write as much as you can.

The story, “Blood Child” was interesting. I liked the description of the narrator’s older brother, as trapped, but safe unless something happened to the narrator. The disgust of the narrator over the revealed process and his jealousy and protection of his sister rang very true to me.

“The Evening and the Morning and the Night” is a story that just has a visceral impact on me, and I’m not sure why, even more than “Speech Sounds.” As the oldest child in my family, I’m used to responsibility. And I’m a very big proponent of allowing a person make their own choices. This story is about choices, who makes them, and how they make them. Those choices are the undercurrent of the story, but they resonate with me and my life. After watching several of my uncles decide that since my father lived so far away, they wouldn’t notify him of his uncle’s death until after the services were done and everything was over; I have a loathing of other folks making decisions for me that they have no right to make. So I like this story, it and “Amnesty” are probably my two favorite stories out of the collection.

“Near of Kin” was ok. Not really to my taste, but not bad.

Then “Speech Sounds” was next. What happens when babel hits again? The look at the chaos and resentment that most likely would happen is right on the money in my mind.

“Crossover” was ok. It might have been a great seed for a horror novel.

“Amnesty” was a story that was new for the second edition. Its one of my favorite of the bunch. Inscrutable aliens, and trying to bridge the gap between us and them. How do you help people and entities go beyond what they think they know and see what really is?

“The Book of Martha” is the last story in my edition. How would you structure the world if you could? I enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

It was a good book, and a good purchase. I’ll be looking for additional works by Octavia Butler in the future.

Can you smell something burning?

Its my hard drive at work. Yesterday it crashed and burned. Its less than a year old. And there’s no backup for it. I lost about a year’s worth of programming. And its my fault for not moving those scripts to the network drive with the backups.


There’s problems with the file to send to the state of W2 information. The HR system that we have didn’t format the files like they should have. I had a good start on a fix, and its gone. It wasn’t a good day. It isn’t going to be a good week or next month.

I’m going to investigate some local data recovery options, but I’m not particularly hopeful. So I’m one stressed geekgirl tonight.

I’ve learned one very important lesson, though. I’ll be keeping all my code on the network drive from now on.

Happy VDAY!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

I hope everyone who had snow today was able to enjoy it! We had a dusting of snow and flurries here this morning. It actually felt like winter here today.

DH fixed dinner for us, and opened a bottle of wine. Yum! Playing online, cats around and sipping a glass of wine. Its a nice night!

Valentine’s Day 2007

Is going to be pretty much like most every other Wednesday here at chez geekgirl. That’s ok. DH is thinking about a menu for us, and we’ll avoid the craziness that the local restaurant scene is bound to be. I have no wish to wait 1.5 hours for a table at a local restaurant and get harried service while trying to enjoy a nice dinner.

And forget the weeds for Vday too. Have you looked at the price of flowers in February? Its nuts! So skip ’em until they are in season and it isn’t so outrageously expensive. God bless the florists and delivery folks who are working major amounts of overtime right now. It is really going to be a bad day for a co-worker of mine. His mother passed away over the weekend and the funeral is tomorrow. The office is sending flowers. I’m scared of what that bill will be.

A fairly quiet night at home is on tap.  And it will be good.  Good company, good food, a cat on the lap, and that’s what I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

What is on tap for you?

Weird weekend

It was a weird weekend.  DH ended up travelling overnight Saturday, even though he really didn’t want to do that.  I was here with the cats.  It wasn’t the same, Marcus kitty doesn’t snore nearly as loudly.  My brother was able to help us out and get the zone alarm on DH’s computer straightened out.  I couldn’t get it re-set up.  There had been a True Vector problem.  Some old files had gotten corrupted, and I couldn’t find them to get them cleaned up and re installed.  Bleh.  Some days I’m very ready to chunk the computers out the window as bricks.

DH is back and we went to a  local Mexican Restaurant for dinner.  Frozen margaritas are good things.  That was a nice end to the weekend.

Bleh, myspace and layout browser inconsistencies

I just spent a bit of time tracking down the problems my biz myspace page was having. I’m supposed to have a slideshow of pictures on my page. The calendar, friends and comments should show up too. Basic stuff, you know?

I found out a friend of mine has a myspace page for kitty pics. No big thing, just a silly page. I sent her a friend request and she accepted. She sent me a message today, to encourage me to put up some photos in a slideshow on my page. Now wait a minute, I should already have a slideshow up! What about the calendar? Is anything showing up?

I use Firefox 2.0 for my browser and the page shows up fine with all the different sections. But when I pulled the page up in Internet Explorer, only the main profile paragraph showed up. No pictures, calendar, friends, or comments. Its a great big raspberry for me and my biz. Thanks.

So I went to the layout website to see if they had any updates for the layout. I had generated the one I was using, so it ended up being easier to generate a new one to use. The new background is a bit brighter and hopefully it will be a bit nicer on the folks’ eyes. So if you’d like a laugh, you can check out my biz myspace page.

started reading Butler’s Blood Child

On the recommendation of Stefanie at the Somanybooks blog, I found a copy of Octavia Butler’s Blood Child and got it. I’ve read the first two stories, and was quite pleased by them. “Blood Child” and “The Evening and the Morning and the Night” were both interesting. I think I find “The Evening…” a bit more compelling than “Blood Child,” but I want to finish the other stories before I do much more talk writing about the book.