Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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This is a *big* problem.

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I wake up, about 3:30am and wander in to the living room.

There's an MFT error (you have no idea how tired I am of seeing these) on my EXTERNAL drive. let me mention that that's where all my music and photos are.

Ok. I do not panic. I shut down, clean the additional cat's worth of hair out of the inside of my computer(AGAIN) and restart things.

Funny... It says it's found new hardware. My webcam. Why does it need to install that again? I don't know. I let it install the driver. Fine.

It then wants to install something else. Random character hardware. That's weird.


I pick up the external. Strange. Seems awfully cool. Hm. Is it not spinning?

Uh oh.

I unplug and replug it in (as my system isn't seeing it to begin with)

No friendly blue cylon light. nothing. Dead. No power.

Check the interwebs with mixed results. Do not know if it's the power supply- the only person I know with a voltmeter is Mike. Chances of my calling him? Less than zero percent(not up for debate.). Western Dig is out of this particular supply(of course).

Try to find another one that fits. Found one that fits, but it's not the same thing. The output on the HD one is 12V/2A. The one I have is 19V/3.16A. Try it anyway, with no result. No friendly blue cylon light. No power. Dead drive.

Cannot pop the case without destroying the case. The intertubes tell me that it is possible to install it as an internal SATA drive. However, if I felt comfortable tackling *that* I would have installed the 500GB internal drive, brand new, that is currently SITTING ON TOP OF MY COMPUTER which was SUPPOSED to be the BACKUP for the drive that NOW isn't working.

I'm supposed to spin three sets today and I'm trying hard not to get VERY upset.

540air says:

That's not good at all, good luck with fixing it.

23rd Sep 2009, 13:12

bronxelf says:

Cassiusdrow apparently feels confident he can sort it, the question is when. This weekend latest. I will try to scavange enough to do my two club dates today.

23rd Sep 2009, 13:55

Caine says:

I loathe meltdown days. Of course, it just had to happen on Wednesday, right? Sigh. I hope you can get it sorted with no to minimal loss.

23rd Sep 2009, 19:12

bronxelf says:

I fixed it, and also installed a new drive, but I need a power cable for it.

23rd Sep 2009, 21:30

Caine says:

Yay for progress! How long until you can get a power cable?

23rd Sep 2009, 21:34

bronxelf says:

technically I could go today. I just need to run down to broadway to radio shack.

but Ive been awake since 3:30am, and I have two more sets tonight. Im already practically asleep in my chair. So I think I will go tomorrow. i have to go to the post office anyway.

23rd Sep 2009, 21:35

Caine says:

Yes, a nap would be good. Go take one. :)

23rd Sep 2009, 21:37

Dhamaka NLI says:

I know from twitter that you fixed this but if it's temporary let me know the specs of what you need. I have a lot of stuff here I don't need any more and we may get lucky

23rd Sep 2009, 21:38