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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - LoW-HI RV Ranch, Deming NM

White-crowned Sparrow, San Antonio NM, April 8, 2010
White-crowned Sparrow, San Antonio NM, April 8, 2010


It's now February 26th and I'm finally getting back here to try and catch up with these Journal posts. It's been an interesting few days.

For a while now I've been wanting to upgrade the hard drive in my old Late 2008 MacBook Pro to something larger and faster and today, the 16th, I ordered a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 from Amazon.

The drive came in Saturday and I set about cloning the old hard drive onto it to make it my primary internal drive. That went fine but about half way through transferring my pictures from the external drive where I kept them onto the new drive the external drive died, taking half my pictures and my primary Time Machine backups with it.


It's taken me a week to recover to the point where I have everything under control and backed up. You can't have too many backups folks - the drive that failed was less than a year old.


Night camp

Site 8 - LoW-HI RV Ranch, Deming NM

Ask What Surprised Them

I was afraid of flying for a long time and could only travel vicariously. When friends came back from faraway places, it wasn't just out of politeness that I asked what they saw. I really wanted to know. And I found the best way to get information out of them was to ask what surprised them. How was the place different from what they expected? This is an extremely useful question. You can ask it of the most unobservant people, and it will extract information they didn't even know they were recording.

The Age of the Essay, Paul Graham, September 2004