Boy, when things go wonky, they really go wonky!
Good start to the day, though I didn’t sleep so well. Brain buzzing with ideas for these blogs and also working in my mind on the project for this week’s acting class. Plus we were at this ‘pot-luck’ early yesterday evening and you know what it’s like when you get to hang with a whole bunch of other narrators for a couple of hours… takes a while to come down from that kind of high (oh, right, you might not know that – well, take it from me, they’re a wild bunch).
That said, I did not expect today to turn out the way it has.
After the normal start, recording a couple of hours of the new book, I took a break to check email and so on… And that’s when the train left the tracks. While I record in my studio on to a small MacMini, I do all the major work of cleaning up the files and, well, just about everything else, on a 27″ iMac. When I tell you that the extended warranty on the iMac expired a few months ago I think you’ll guess what’s coming next. Yup! The iMac went belly up.
First of all the screen went very funky such that I could barely see what was supposed to be there. Then, after I powered down and back on again there was even less to see. Just a white streak down the middle and black everywhere else. Nothing I did could make it come back and it beat even the best efforts of the Apple support guy I called. No, this was going to require a service visit.
To cut a long story short (I’m very tired… oh, come on, it’s been a long day) it was either the display or the logic board that had given up the ghost and given the age of the iMac the recommendation was that it wasn’t worth repairing. I’m still waiting while they accurately diagnose the issue but it’s time to get a new one. Here’s the difficulty though: I need to work on the book I have in hand and the repairs (or a new one) will take till the end of the week at a minimum.
Fortunately I have a ‘spare’ MacMini that I have been using as a music server. It’s not very powerful and doesn’t have any of the software on it that I need, but given a few hours I felt I could work something out using an old PC monitor I had. And this is what I am working on as I type now. It’s taken a long time to set things up on a different computer (it’s amazing how many settings you forget how to recreate – relearning how to make some programs work is like beginning on page one of the manual once again), but fortunately so much stuff is safely in ‘The Cloud’ that it’s probably a lot easier for me to pick up where I left off than it might have been a few years ago.
I’d like to say that’s a happy ending, but I’m now behind my schedule for this week and things are starting to get tight given what I need to achieve in the coming weeks… wish me luck!
Oh, All that stuff about honesty yesterday, and it turns out I was not entirely accurate regarding the Christmas cake. By the time I wrapped yesterday’s blog it was clear we had no time to make the cake as planned so we squeezed it into the schedule around midday today – it was just after my first attempts to fix the iMac and it was a welcome opportunity to allow my brain to step away from the issue at hand (about which I had started to panic). It’s always good to have a distraction available in case of crises and a Christmas cake is a suitable option… I’ll try to remember that in case this happens again.