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The Dying Of The iGor

So it looks like iGor, my faithful desktop iMac, is going the way of all good things, just like Lord Jeff before. It's not unexpected -- iGor lasted nearly eight years, had one OS update, and served me well for writing La Dissertation. My fellowship comes with support for the purchase of a new computer, which will probably be a nice laptop that is actually portable, unlike my current laptop. But that won't kick in until the fall. So, for right now, I've been working with my neighbor, who is a computer tech, to see if we can't patch up ol' iGor long enough to limp through until Cambridge. So far, we've replaced the hard drive, but since iGor's optical drive is also dead, we're still working on a way to set up hardware chains that will allow us to reboot the operating system. Fortunately, my neighbor has loaned me an old laptop until that happens, so I can still function and communicate with everyone.

We're also gearing up for Passover -- Neighbor isn't Jewish, but he likes to host a big, ecumenical, all-inclusive seder every year, and this year, he's asked me to lead it on Tuesday. I'm excited -- it'll be my first time leading a seder! We've worked together to assemble a good haggadah out of the several that we have between us, and I'll be adding a few modern touches, such as the orange and the Cup of Miriam. I'm also in charge of making the haroset, roasting the shankbone, and cooking the brisket. So there's work to be done, but I think it'll be a neat seder in the end. I'm looking forward to it.

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jelazakazone
Apr. 13th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the computer!

Also, I am making two HUGE batches (enough for 40 people total) of charoset "because [I] make the best" :D *beams* I am going to make an experimental batch with cranberries infused with pomegranate juice and a traditional batch with dates, apples, and walnuts. And cinnamon in both. I don't sweeten mine. I was reading that some cultures use pomegranates, so when I saw the cranberries, I couldn't resist. Plus, I get to experiment on other people. It's great.

Have fun with your seder!
frenchpony
Apr. 13th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a Moroccan recipe that involves dates and nuts and a bit of wine and cinnamon and cloves and a whole bunch of other stuff. I think it'll be tasty. I might even do the "Libyan" variation and add even more spices.

I like the cranberries in pomegranate juice idea! Maybe I should give that a whirl at some point. If I can get cranberries and pomegranate juice in England, maybe for next year.
jelazakazone
Apr. 13th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
I saw something on Wikipedia that talked about 40 ingredients to symbolize the 40 years we spent in exile. That seems intense. I'm also tempted to throw saffron in, but maybe next year.

I'll report back on the pomegranate infused cranberry version!
frenchpony
Apr. 14th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
I kind of suspect that what 40 ingredients actually symbolizes is "the person who thought of this is not the person who actually makes the haroset."
jelazakazone
Apr. 14th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
*snort* Right? It's a great idea, but having to keep track of 40 ingredients is rather ... what's the word I'm looking for? As if there isn't enough for people (ie, women) to do during Pesach.
frenchpony
Apr. 14th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
40 ingredients is also pretty damn expensive, especially if most of those ingredients are spices.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 14th, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
Is iGor eight already? Whoa. I feel old. Fare thee well, iGor.

My laptop has been dying for a few years. I keep hoping for a miracle. It could quite well be something fixable but I don't know much about computers. I can check email, etc., on my phone and Nexus but to actually communicate with people, like on lj, I prefer an actual computer.

Sounds like you'll be very busy between now and Tuesday! Reading the conversation above, I wish I could come. Yum.
frenchpony
Apr. 14th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I got iGor just after I defended Le Thesis (the memorable event when Lord Jeff died the night before the defense), which was Passover of 2006. It's now Passover of 2014, so, yes, that would make iGor eight years old! iGor has been a good and faithful friend, lasting through the enormity of La Dissertation, and I hope that Neighbor and I can eke a few more months out. If not, Neighbor says I can use the laptop I'm currently typing on as a loaner until I go to England.

Perhaps I shall name the new computer I'll purchase over there "Gaylord," after the fellowship. You can't really name people "Gaylord" any more, but maybe a laptop.

I should get the shankbone going today, I think. One less thing to worry about tomorrow. I also have to go get passport pictures and go to the post office, and that should be done earlier rather than later. We're expecting snow later today.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 14th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Snow?

You need to get over to this side of the world.
frenchpony
Apr. 14th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
I gotta say, Cambridge looked really beautiful a month ago today. People were out punting on the Cam, in March! Madness!

Early September. I might even have my birthday in England, depending on how visas and plane tickets ultimately shake down.
satismagic
Apr. 15th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll manage to draw out the passing of iGor long enough.

Also, that seder sounds awesome. I'd love to see that. I'm hoping for a big post with all the details afterwards!

Happy Passover. ♥
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Well, the passing of iGor is eased by the presence of the Loaner Laptop, so the news isn't all bad.

This seder will be awesome, if I have anything to do with it. And I do! Let's see . . . I'm in charge of assembling the service, leading the service, the haroset, the brisket, the orange, the plate, the matzo covers, and the Cup of Miriam. Neighbor and I are collaborating on the shankbone and the brisket (he bought them, I'm cooking them, his roasting pan is being used for the brisket), and the service inserts (I chose them from my personal haggodahs, and Neighbor scanned and printed them). Neighbor is responsible for the guest list, the rest of the dinner, the eggs, the salt water, the horseradish, the parsley, the matzoh, the candles, the Cup of Elijah, the handwashing equipment, and the wine. I think we've got everything covered.

I'll start the brisket going in about an hour or so, and I can make the haroset while the brisket roasts.
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