Sometimes, a soft stroke on the back from The Universe.

Rene Magritte The friend of order, 1964Hi.

Yeah, it’s been awhile. We’re all aware of that.

Nuttin’ much. How ’bout you?

And I know — I promised you another post entirely. On Wordcamp. Like, four months ago. That still will come.

But need to clear the head and cleanse the palette first.

This first post is about clearing the slate and head after feeling much like you got stomped for not much of a good reason.

The other is a call to arms & love for a friend in need. That’ll be after this.

Please read both. And then, a bit thereafter, the WordPress/Wordcamp posts.

So first — going into this weekend, I was feeling pretty crappy. Shit on a shingle, I’d say. To the point where I was telling friends I would have preferred to hide under the comforter on my bed the whole weekend, starting Friday night, with my iPad running Netflix (shameless advertising placement) and watching old various Star Trek series re-runs until I came to Monday. Maybe.
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Backfence, #nerd & a Very Loud Macaw Parrot.

20120924-112454.jpgSo last Saturday night I attended another quarterly event of the Backfence PDX Storytelling series, at McMennamin’s Mission Theatre. The show was it’s usual delightful mix and a whole lot of fun — if you’ve never been to a Backfence show before, I highly recommend you try and get to one of their next shows or try their Backfence podcast.

Each Backfence show has a theme, and this one was for the geek in all of us, HASHTAG NERD (or as I prefer it — “#nerd”). And this show had one unexpected addition to it — me!

Before the end of intermission, you can sign up and offer to tell a ONE-MINTUE ONLY story on the subject of the evening, drop it into a pitcher and they choose five storytellers, with one minute each, on stage. Being I have a big background being a geek-nerd, and had some hilarious experiences in that field, I threw my name in.

And… I got chosen, which was very exciting!

And… I choked.

Well, not so much “choked,” but I got cut off. Though I thought it a short, simple, funny story, I had the time keeper call a very loud, “TIME!” on me. In my defenese, she did not call the 15-seconds warning to me, as she did with others, in which case I would have gracefully wrapped up. But who ever said life, or story telling, was fair?

However, it appears that a number of people wanted to hear the end of my story. Well, o.k. — one guy on Google+. But in the interest of not leaving anyone hanging, ever, herein lies my story and its completion. The parts I told at Backfence are in regular type, parts that i’ve added, including embellishments and that fateful ending that never got heard, are in italics.

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My Friend Tanner’s Film, “Way To Heaven,” at CGIFF (special cameo appearance by: me)

Tiny Angel meets me as Psychopomp in Tanner Parsons' “Way To Heaven” at CGIFF.

My friend, the self-made author and auteur, Tanner Parsons, will be having his short comedy film, Way To Heaven, shown at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF).

Oh, and i have a small part and do voice-overs as a psychopomp (yes, that’s a real word — Wikipedia it).

See Oregonian Film Critic Shawn Levy’s mention of the CGIFF.

The film plays this Thursday, 8/16, 11:30 am at the newly renovated Kiggins Theatre on 1011 Main Street in Vancouver, Washington. Yeah, I know — damn early, and in Vancouver. But I hope you can deal and come on out for a fun piece.

Here’s the trailer:

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how i did it: getting your Time Machine back-up to restore on a non-Apple NAS (Drobo).

– Or – how I pulled baby back from the dead.

[Note: for the funny video of me pining for my iMac, “Baby,” go here.]

20120810-115239.jpg“Baby” is my iMac, a big ol’ 27-inch behemoth from mid-2010 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 12 GB of RAM, and a Terabyte hard drive.

Or it had a Terabyte hard drive, until things went horribly, horribly wrong and way far south.

Now I’m gonna warn you, this post is going to eventually get a little tetchy and command-line geeky, which is part of what I’m about, and therefore part of what this blog is about. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you might skip on to another post.

That said, my cautionary tale of woe begins with my decision to upgrade form Mac OS X 10.7.4 Lion to the 10.8 Mountain Lion (or Mounty Lion, as I like to refer to it; or in this case, no-longer-will-Mounty-Lion). Yes, I am well aware that early adopters pay a price, and living on the bleeding edge means, well, sometimes you bleed. Sometimes, a lot.

Basically, after starting the upgrade after purchase (which i felt smugly satisfied with myself for getting it downloaded and started over a VNC screen sharing connection from my iPad — ah, how pride goes before the fall). I got the install and restart of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion started and went off for a few hours while it did its thing, figuring I’d come back to a pristine new system with oodles of new features.

Big Mistake.

When i got back home to Baby, the screen displayed was not what any user ever wants to see: big white dialogue, with a big yellow warning triangle with a white exclamation point was in the top center of it, the universal symbol for something just done shit the bed.

The verbiage on the screen basically said the hard drive failed (!) during the upgrade/install and to hit restart and try again.

Which I tried to do.

A couple of times.

Same ugly result with the “hard drive failed” message and that yellow warning triangle with the white exclamation point, taunting me. Taunting, I say.

A phone call to AppleCare tech support and tossing it up the chain a couple times landed me with a senior AppleCare support tech… who also determined there was nothing else to be done, call code blue.
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Baby Done Left Me — The Video

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T he Story of a Man, his sick iMac (“Baby”), and the Apple Store Genius Bar that stands between them. Shot & Edited on Apple iMovie for a 2012 iPad. Thanks to random teenage girl at mall food court who photographed me next to my empty iMac box, and to friend Gretchen Mollers, who not only ferried me several times to the Apple Store Pioneer Place several times, but also did principal photography outside and in the Apple Store. Shot in & around Portland, Oregon, August 2012.

Psssst! — If you want the more technical, less funny-ha-ha info on what it took to recover my iMac from a networked Time Machine Back-up, go to this post, here.