I spent the weekend upgrading


I spent the weekend upgrading an old iBook with a new harddrive. For those who think this is a simple task, it isn't. The walkthrough for the project says in the beginning that "This upgrade is, if everyone else is to be believed, impossible", and good lord, while it isn't impossible, it's pretty damn hard. We started the project at about 4pm yesterday, and finished putting the computer together at about 8pm today. At about 10pm last night, we ran into a roadblock -- a small screw which we managed to strip. It was incredibly frustrating, given that this one small screw was preventing us from accessing the rest of the computer. We used a power drill to drill out the core, then used a screw extraction tool to pull it out.

On the plus side, I've watched a ton of movies this past week. Last weekend I saw Lost in Translation, about an old tv actor doing commercials in Tokyo, and his culture shock in a land where it looks like our world, but is completely different. When I went to Japan last year, I described it as walking through the looking glass, and this film captures that feel pretty accurately. This weekend, I saw School of Rock, the new Jack Black film, which is pretty damn funny. Jack Black plays a wanna-be rocker turned substitute teacher, and hilarity ensues. I watched The Importance of Being Earnest, a movie which, despite the British accents and Reese Witherspoon, was also pretty entertaining.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy is going to be shown on the big screen in December. You won't see me doing the marathon thing for LOTR. After seeing the Two Towers so many times last year I don't think I can watch it for a while.

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