Anyone who knows me will know why this track caught me so.. ^_^ The aforementioned Lemon Jelly track, from their excellent Lost Horizons: Ramblin' Man (5MB).

I can think of a couple people who might like this icon I spotted, used by ottermama..

rubberskunk kindly pointed my muzzle in the direction of First Meeting, a particularly enjoyable lapine-themed TF tale. It's on Yiffstar, so, maybe keep the font size down if you're reading it in a meeting.

I believe I have demonstrated that, whatever its merits on humans, electroshock therapy is a poor choice of treatment for a laptop. Back at the office near Mission St, I'd routinely zap poor Hyzenthlay with static from the carpet - and a few weeks later, it wound up not rebooting after an OS update. We established the hardware was fine - but the OS had been mortally wounded. A quick reinstall, and all was well, except for a few damaged files that were now unreadable - not a filesystem fault, but lower down.

After a couple flaky restarts recently, I set DiskWarrior on the task - which, after about twelve hours of scanning, determined there were a couple filename encoding issues, and nothing more. Right. TechTool Pro 4, then.. and within minutes, the disk surface scan was finding bad sectors. In total, 1156 of them. ^_^;; As an ATA controller should normally map out bad blocks transparently, finding even one isn't a good sign. Reading the docs and forum postings confirmed the worst: the only solution was to reformat with a "zero all sectors" option, to enable the bad block table to be rebuilt.

Fun enough, but without a drive large enough to take all of Hyzenthlay's data, that meant copying everything onto DVD-R, 4.4GB at a time - from a 110GB drive. Actually, it wasn't quite as bad as that, as most of the music was already archived, and other bits like the devtools can easily be downloaded again. Still, 14 discs plus some network copying, in all.

And then the moment came, to take the plunge, and wipe poor Hyzenthlay's brain spotless.

With no ill effects whatsoever. *bounce* Plopping ~/Library back in place brought back all the apps' preferences, all the mailboxes and their passwords, bookmarks, and so on. Almost everything's back in place now, and another partial scan showed no bad sectors, so it looks like that problem's done with. (It's a Seagate Momentus 120GB 5400rpm, FWIW. Of course, I can't be certain it was the static zappings, but that's where my suspicion lies)

Whew. Now to catch up on the last day or two of LJ, in more relaxed fashion. ^_^

teko fearlessly watched the trailers on a Disney DVD recently: "The more improbable The Fox and the Hound 2 is what Disney calls a "midquel"; it's set in the middle of the original movie. With Ducktales-quality animation, we see Tod and Copper as kids, playing and having fun until Copper decides to run away and join a country-rock band made up of howling dogs (voiced by Reba McEntire and Patrick Swayze). In a scene straight out of The O.C., Tod snarls, "Ever since you joined that band, you've changed! It's either them... or me." They have to rely on the power of country music to bring them back together."

Huh! Over in Penny Arcade land, it seems Gabe's ordered a MacBook Pro, and Tycho's picked up a new iMac..

orona_red should see this pic..

Apparently, the equivalent of "when pigs fly" in Spanish is "cuando las ranas críen pelo" - "when frogs grow fur". (Although there was that hairy lobster discovery the other day..)

Have you ever wondered just how much is inside a can of shaving cream? No longer! Intrepid Sacramento investigators have the answer. (They also reveal "How much Whiz is there in a can of Cheese Whiz? I say Whiz, because that orange stuff sure as hell isn't cheese", amongst other pressing issues)

Interesting.. LJ's mulling over an additional "middle tier" membership. Free, with some of the paid benefits, but supported by advertising; the existing adless free and paid levels will remain as they are, with no-one, new or current, forced into any category. I'm fairly hopeful. I despise most online advertising, and there's precious little TV or radio advertising that's not worth burying and recycling as firelighters, but I won't see any; someone who feels similarly and doesn't want to/can't afford to pay, also won't be affected. Those who don't mind, will be able to enjoy some of the perks; exactly what those will be, remains to be determined - feel free to cast forth your opinion to the powers that be. ^_^

I do like the idea of sex toy vending machines, as toraneko pointed out, from the delightfully named Tabooboo.