February 1st, 2009

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PSA: Dead computer is going to slow us down a bit

Birka was rather pleasant: good enough to make me forget that right *before* Birka (like, as we were on our way out the door), our desktop computer went *boom*. Windows insisted on updating; msmemory allowed it to do so; and when it finished rebooting, it came back with an error to the effect of "/windows/system/stuff corrupted; please run PC recovery". (Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Windows? Take it as read.)

So we are a bit hosed at the moment. We both have our laptops, but a lot of day-to-day stuff -- in particular, our websites and our main email -- mostly get run through the desktop machine, so things are going to run slowly or be delayed until I've rebuilt that. I believe that PC recovery will, in fact, get the machine working again, but at the cost of deleting all our programs and forcing us to reinstall everything from scratch, which is likely to take all week. (We run a lot on that machine, and it's already a busy week.)

So step one is figuring out how to back up the hard drive. (Since I do not necessarily trust PC Recovery not to lose *any* of the data.) My guess is that I need to get some kind of disk enclosure that will let me hook the drive up to one of the laptops, and back it up to a portable drive. Bleah -- comes a little too close to having to deal with hardware for my tastes. If anyone can point me at exactly what I need to buy from Microcenter, it would be appreciated...
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Birka

On the positive side, Birka was pleasant.

The main focus of my event was shepherding student reporters. I spent a fair amount of time a bit confused, until I figured out that rosinavs and I had been contacted by *different* journalism students from BU who wanted to do class projects about the SCA, and each of us had suggested that they come meet us at Birka. So I spent the first half of the afternoon escorting Eva around, talking at her for about an hour and a half myself and trying to introduce her to reasonably safe and sensible people to interview. Right after she left, Juhi (sp?) arrived, right as Rosina needed to go run the Narrowworkers meeting, so I took over and spent an hour showing her the fashion show and explaining the Society to her.

Generally a good time -- I'm always at my best when burbling about the Society, and the two of them were quite different. Eva was the more organized interviewer, with a long list of (fairly well-chosen) questions that she was asking each person and a digital recorder for the interviews, but was largely a sympathetic outsider. Talking with Juhi was more stream-of-consciusness, and she was scribbling notes as quickly as she could, but she clearly knew more about period and was more taken by the event itself -- she's the one who I think has more potential to actually pull into the Society. Both were fun to talk to and hang out with.

It was delightful to see a large swarm of Fenmeri at the event: they had nine current students (largely freshmen), along with the recent grads. Knock on wood, things are looking good for the Borough.

No shopping for me this year. I'm experiencing a bit of cashflow crunch -- I haven't been paid for my December work yet, so I'm flat broke, but that did inspire a little more caution than usual. Did some window-shopping anyway, though, and gave a couple of dollars to the Royal Travel Fund game. (Use the little trebuchet to try and throw little duct-tape "boulders" through the gate and windows of a big castle cutout. Fun, and not easy.)

Court was a typical Birka butt-buster, but had some notable highlights. dreda and rising_moon were both inducted into the Manche for their good artworks (the Royalty, sensibly, had them sing their magnificent coronation ode during the entering procession). And cyruse was knighted in a really excellent ceremony -- herooftheage, in particular, gave a sponsorship recommendation that I found both moving and quite apt, comparing him to the Carolingian knights of the early days.

And of course, there was sushi. Service was crappy, but the Special Roll is exceptionally good at the moment.

So overall, a good time: very much Birka as usual...