Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Inscrutability of Cats

"Hey Mom, what do you suppose is wrong with that Yellow Cat?  Rolling and squirming around like that - there has to be something the matter with him don't you think?  Maybe Ma should call the vet?"

"Beats me. Maybe he's got colic."

"I mean really, have you SEEN what cats eat?  Disgusting!!  It's a wonder they don't have colic all the time.  Seriously, anyone who actually eats moles has just GOT to have problems, right?"

"I don't know Mom, it's hard to tell.  Cats are just so weird, strutting around one minute, flopping all over like a fish the next then leaping up a running for their lives just cause I twitched an ear.  Cats are weird."

"I guess that's why people think they're so inscrutable and mysterious.  All that hype about curiosity and sphinxes and nine lives and blah, blah, blah..."

"Personally, I think it's just a bad case of gas.  I mean really - MOLES?!  Blech.  Ick!  Yuck!"

Friday, October 2, 2015

Donkey Drill Team Practice

The computer and I seem to be suffering the same malaise this week - an inability to boot up, slow thought processes, frequent crashes, overwhelmed by small tasks....I never knew computer diseases could be zoonotic.  I think I need to give myself a good swift kick, but I haven't got the energy.  I guess  I'll go out and sit in on the Donkey Drill Team practice instead, it's just about the right energy level at the moment.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Good Swift Kick

I'm sort of back, although it is likely to be erratic for a while yet.  I gave the computer a few good swift kicks, kind of like hitting it with a defibrillator, and finally got it to boot up again.  I seem to be able to keep it just barley functioning as long as I never turn it off and I avoid anything that requires too much thinking on it's part. 

I've decided I am going to just knuckle under and buy a new computer since I have been having trouble for ages now and I think this one is 6-7 years old already and likely approaching it's use-by date.  I was hoping that I could make it limp along until December when there are usually some good Christmas deals to be found, but I don't think it will make it.  I was feeling very annoyed at the planned failure built into these things, but I guess that is built into to everything isn't it?  There sure are days when I can feel my own use-by date approaching.  Hopefully, still a long way off.

At any rate, I'm trying to figure out what to get that will do what I need for the least amount of money.  Has anybody used Windows 10 yet?  My brief encounter with Windows 8 a couple of years when FB got a new computer had me swearing I'd switch to Apple before I dealt with that garbage again.  Then I looked at the price difference.  Gulp.  Is Windows 10 better? 

I'm off to try to write a couple of posts and look at all the latest computer marvels (is that an oxymoron?) before the next crash.  There is lots going on and we can't all lie around all day after all.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An Unexpected Hiatus

My computer had a massive stroke this morning and, after fighting my way past the blue screen of death at least a dozen times, I finally have it turned on and backing up all my files (I devoutly hope and pray anyway).

Since my feeble attempts at computer repair generally consist of hitting the power button over and over and swearing a lot, blog posting is likely to be rather sporadic for a while until I can figure something out.  

I've tried writing on my iPad, which sort of works in a pinch, but is usually an exercise in frustration.  Thank you all for so politely ignoring the resulting typos that litter anything I try to scribble out on this little screen.  

Since the weather is nice and I won't have time to take the computer to a shop for a while, why don't you do what I intend to do with the time I would have spent on the computer.....take the donkeys for a walk.  I'll be back when I can get all the misbehaving electrons back in line.  Hmmmm, maybe I should put the Border Collie on that, he's good at rounding things up....