It was stupid hot in San Francisco today. Mid-80s. (No, there was no humidity but remember that most of the city does not have air conditioners. Nor does it generally need them)
Fortunately, after my run down to the ocean, this was the perfect time to wander up to my roof and enjoy a half bottle of wine while the sun set. That's what it's all about.
It turns out that changing the day you're going to shut down the analog TV signal 2 weeks before you were supposed to do it is CONFUSING. I'm shocked. Shocked!
Look, it's simple. The people who have not yet dealt with their DTV issues (via whatever) have had something like 4 years to do so. The only way to make them fix their problem is to break their TVs. End of story. Half breaking their TVs isn't going to help.
Albeit in a 1965 Chevy Corvair in crap condition with a shift pattern of 1-2-4-3 (double clutching all the way. 2-3 didn't work, but 4-3 and 3-4 both work if you double clutch). Spun it twice, but I don't feel all that bad since I got to watch an Alfa Romeo eat it in my rearview mirror in the same spot as my second spin with an experienced racer at the wheel and there were dozens of spin outs in the location of my first spin (hard left hander coming over the top of a hill where you can't see the turn due to the shape. Apparently even more interesting on a motorcycle).
We won the "Most Likely to Go Home In An Ambulance" Award. Plans for next year are already under way. Think Corveyron! Because 4 carbs begs for 4 turbos! And maybe a working gearbox.
I own a piece of clothing (several actually) that is clearly marked as "help[s] to prevent the need for skin grafts." How many people can say that?
So, I'm reading a first drive review of the Pontiac GXP and the reviewer loved it and comments that right when GM starts going out of business they start making good cars. This is, of course, untrue. They've been making good cars for awhile now. Unfortunately, they're called Holdens and they're only sold in the Australian market. The GXP is actually a copy of a Holden (the Holden looks better, but I like chunky cars. Pontiac rounds things out too much these days. They're like Honda---they can't leave a crease alone).
... that the Audi S3 isn't sold in North America (So far as I know they don't sell 3-door A3 either, which is also sad).
So, once more, my laptop's hard drive died (I've lost count of the number of drives I've killed over the years. The number is larger than you might hope. I think I just do a lot of HD intensive stuff). Anywho, as a result I'm paranoid. Total number of files lost? Maybe 2, about 35 minutes of computer time.
Things that do not suck:
OS X's Time Machine backup feature. Flawless. Not sure if the Time Capsule stuff is totally sorted yet, but that would be even more flawless since you don't plug it into anything.
Apple's "Genius Bar." They're generally pleasant people to deal with and willing to take me at my word that I actually know what I'm doing. I think the exact quote was "5-7 days? Hell, give me a screwdriver and I'll be out of your hair in 90 seconds." Rather than some bullshit I got "I'll be right back with your drive." 5 minutes later I was out the door. This one is a Fujitsu, hopefully it will fare better than the Seagate it replaces.
Also, my machine was literally one day out of warranty. Turns out Apple are more interested in good customer service and repeat customers (I'm on Mac #5 at this point so it must work) than being dicks about warranty periods. I did sign up for AppleCare since it's transferrable and my machines tend to be in use for a long time (even if not by me). The customer service is more or less why I buy Apple hardware, I don't care if it's more expensive (which it really isn't all things considered these days).