Today, my friends, has been a day of being impressed by machines.
I am a giant fan of my Mac (even though it’s the old white Macbook) and also I need a constant IV of media and a creativity outlet, so I was horrified last weekend when the ol’ Mac started fritzing. First it was (what I now know) are called “kernel panics,” when your computer feels a sudden urge to shut down pretty often, and then my mouse and keyboard stopped working for long periods of time, and the whole shebang was a real wrench in my weekend.
Then yesterday I had to back it up, which is one of those adulty things that everyone knows you should do but nobody actually does, like changing the oil every 3,000 miles or eating a healthy breakfast every day.
This brings me to technology miracle #1: a USB stick can hold three years of documents. All of my writing, all of the random bits of rambling that weren’t even good enough to make it on the blog (I know, right?), all those essays about things no one remembers like European politics, all of my photos. IT’S SERIOUSLY AMAZEBALLS.
Miracle #2 is that the laptop shop was able to fix it. They gave me a new “logic board” and hard drive for freeeee. Even the Apple store could not fix it. Side note, even though everyone who works at the Apple store is unfailingly friendly and chipper (#branding), don’t you think it’s a little pretentious to call them “geniuses?”
This is how my last interaction went:
Me: I think my charger needs replaced. It is sparking and melting and there is a horrible burning smell when it is plugged in.
Genius: Oh my god. I’ll give you a new one right away.
Which, don’t get me wrong, is fantastic customer service, but I would not have described it as “genius” level.
Miracle 2.5: with a new charger, new hard drive and new logic board I pretty much have a new computer now, so maybe it will last for two or three more years till I’m a functional adult with an income!
Now I have finished my long work days (10-4 the rest of the week yeeeeaaaah) and I am in that vegetative state where you come home and flop on the bed, paralyzed by heat and unable to do anything substantiative for an hour or so.
I’m making a nice espresso on the stove to perk me up, and I must confess, I’m not entirely sure how an espresso pot works. The water goes backward!
Technological miracle #3: the Moka pot. God bless whoever invented that thing.
What’re you up to this Tuesday?