Back at the end of November a family friend stopped by as he does almost every year sometime between thanksgiving and New Years,  He is Heow, an Alpha Geek .  He gave me a few tips on time management, and dealing with email and such.  I must be honest, my natural instinct, my immediate response to an advice, either good or bad is to resist.  I have to think on it a while and work it over in my head before I take it, if I take any of it.  Being that he lives and works in the E world, for the most part, I was more inclined to consider his ideas more intently than I would most anyone else.So I am applying them, with only half as much sucess as I hoped, but still applying the ideas with this little blurb

So last week on the days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I managed to compile some 17,000 words on the manuscript I told you all about earlier.  It could be that most of the words are crap or even potentially gibberish but from them I hope to coax a story worth reading.  Its like I or you, if it applies, are running to get some place under extreme circumstances….to save your life or some elses maybe, and you begin to get tunnel vision, you become obsessed with the goal so much so that you can’t rest until it is done.  Considering and being aware of this from past experience I decided to take Friday, sleep in and then burn my brains out on you tube.  That way when  I approached the work again on Saturday or Sunday, it would be fresh.

I had earlier purchased command and conquer ultimate something or other and it had arrived from Best But on Saturday.  It was a download type game so I loaded up Origin software and downloaded the game.  The result was that my computer developed a bad case of the giggles.  It didn’t want to come out of hibernate.  It repeatedly crashed as I powered it up from shut down.  I’ve spent the better part of Sunday and a good bit of today just trying to get the poor thing back al hooked back together?  I believe I finally have.  I’ll keep it short…update and repeat update anti-virus definitions, turn on systems that had some how been turned off, uninstall this and that, restored the system twice.  Update the BIOs, I didn’t even know what that damn thing was  and finally it seems to have gotten  back together and I did it without having to deal with anyone over the telephone.

Simply put, I dealt with it, as imperfect as the process was, with the only real talent I have left, blind dumb determination.  I’ll find out tomorrow whether or not I screwed it up worse but for the moment, as I write this, I feel an odd sense of accomplishment because as I have said in the past, I don’t know what I am doing most of the time.

I want to make it clear that in no way am I blaming EA (Electronic arts) or the Origin website since I have no idea what actually caused the malfunction and from my paging through the e-manual it appears to be a problem fairly common with ASUS notebooks.

Finally, if you want to check out my friend’s website then go to  http://www.lispnyc.org/blogs/Heow

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