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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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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.

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