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May 1, 2008

May 1st, 2008 admin

I have a fun story for you all. Well, it’s not necessarily a fun story. In fact, it’s not fun at all.

Yesterday, I heard this strange clicking noise that was coming from underneath the keyboard of my laptop. I knew it wasn’t the fan, so I started to worry. I restarted my laptop, and then…it wouldn’t restart. It just wouldn’t. I tried everything – resetting the PRAM, the SMU…nothing. So I called Apple to ask what was going on, and they confirmed my worst suspicion. My hard drive is going through a mid-life crisis. It hasn’t crashed yet, but it’s in the degeneration process. Luckily, I finished my Latin paper and already turned it in, and I didn’t start typing out my FYP paper yet. Carrie is being the best roommate anyone could ever have throughout all of this. The technician told me that I can do a data transfer switch, and all I need is a Firewire cable (check!) and a friend who has a Mac (check!). Carrie’s letting me dump all of my documents, pictures, music, etc. on to her computer. After it’s all switched over, then I’ll just transfer it to my external hard drive. We’re not going to do it until tomorrow, when we both have enough free time to make sure everything runs smoothly.

So, I’m getting a chance to see what college life was like before the advent of computers. I’m writing my FYP paper on actual paper and then I’ll type it up in the O’Kane computer lab. It’s not going to be fun, but at least now I don’t have the internet to distract me from my work. Right now, a wise saying from Professor Thomas is ringing in my ears. “You should always save your files to an external back up.” Well, I plan on doing that from now on.

In other news, our FYP banquet was last night. It was extremely bittersweet because it was, in a sense, a graduation. My class is the last FYPpers. The professors shared their favorite quotes from our shared readings, and wished us all well throughout our college careers. In return, the students put on a skit that mimicked our professors’ idiosyncrasies. For instance, Ryan, who was playing Professor Kee,  came onto the stage with a white cotton beard, and continually talked about Plato’s “Good.” One of the best quotes from the script said by Ryan/Professor Kee: “I’m going to write a book. I’ll call it My Thoughts. Chapter One: The Anachronisms in Dante.”  It was absolutely hilarious, and the professors really enjoyed the skit!

All right, I have to get back to my Stone Age version of college. I guess it’s not technically the Stone Age because I do have some (limited) computer access, and I also have my cell phone. So would this be the Bronze Age? The Copper Age? Well, whatever age it may be, this is probably one of the most interesting ways to start out finals week!

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