Temporarily Down For Service

Kage Baker, as I have often explained (ie, whined outrageously) left all computer maintenance to me. This was due to the theory that if she didn’t get involved, there would be less maintenance required; which was usually a pretty good analysis.

But we all make mistakes.

Last night I inadvertently shut down my hard drive by stepping on the power strip control. It was probably complicated by my trying to evict the little black cat from under my desk at the time, while simultaneously trying to clean up the scattered Good ‘N Plenties down there.  (The Corgi won’t eat them.) Anyway, I killed the computer; and when it came up again it was in safe mode; and now it’s freezing at every opportunity and claiming the security login is not loading …

So after attempting to struggle along and work around it, I’m gonna do what I should have done originally and shut down for some diagnostic testing. I’ve tried all 3 of the browsers I have installed, to no avail. The icon for SETI At Home keeps blinking on and off – which might mean we’ve contacted aliens just in time for Christmas, but probably is one of the secure passwords that isn’t loading properly. Weatherbug reports that there is no weather at all in Los Angeles. I know a lot of East Coasters think that’s true, but really – it doesn’t happen very often. More password aphasia, I suspect.

One of the problems is that the little black cat is sitting in front of the screen and licking my fingers as I type, which is not helping me in trying to type in passwords … though at least she’s purring. She’s a very affectionate disaster. An enigma wrapped in a sock. A velvet sock.

I leave you with a festive and yet disturbing image for your amusement. Imagine these running around on the roof: