We stood in line for three hours to vote. Three hours. Although it wasn't that onerous. The atmosphere was pretty upbeat throughout. There was a certain shared, whoa-can-you-believe-this-three-hours!-w
On the very bad, craptacularly wah-some front, one of our external drives died. 250 GBs bit it. Hard. It stopped being detected by fosteronfilm's VAIO desktop computer, so we tried it on dude_the's Macbook. No go. Then Paul noticed it was making a softly ominous "click-click" noise instead of the gentle "whirr" it's supposed to make. Very not good.
That drive has a lot of Matthew's film data on it, and we're not sure how much of it was backed up or is otherwise replaceable. The hubby was still trying to determine the full contents of that drive when he essentially passed out from exhaustion last night/early this AM.
Unfortunately, while I have computer geek proclivities, they lie, in total, in the area of software. When it comes to hardware, I'm easily confounded, flustered, and distressed—to the point of having to ask for help to plug in a USB thumb drive in one of my not-finer moments at Dragon*Con a couple years back. Yes, I am utterly lame when it comes to cords, plugs, cards, cables, and peripherals.
Paul's thinking it might be the casing and connection which have belly-upped, so wants to extract the drive from the case and insert it into the computer to see if it'll register as an internal drive. 'Course the case appears to be solid-state and will need to be pried open. If that doesn't work, I guess we have the option of taking it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to see if they can recover the data. No idea how much that'll cost or what the chances are of them being able to rescue the contents.
Matthew, understandably, is quite upset.
In a belated "OMG, REALLY??" I discovered that "The Center of the Universe" received an Honorable Mention from The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois, which come out last July. How did I miss that?? Um, well, late squeeing is still squeeing. *squee!*