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Technology fails and raw milque.
My older Vista laptop is, suddenly, Mostly Dead. For almost a year, I've kept my newer Windows 8 machine exclusively at home, and used the older one for travel-  to Rochester and beyond! The Vista display started getting funny-coloured a few weeks ago, and today it completely disappeared. Also, whatever is causing the display error keeps it from a clean boot to the desktop, but it'll boot in safe mode.

There's only one program on there which isn't mainly running on this machine; I was able to work around the glitch by connecting the Vista laptop to an external monitor and, when it got grumpy about the deal, running it in safe mode. That program's data is now updated and completely backed up, and I can either install it on this machine, work off of a copy of it on Eleanor's (I only use it once or twice a week anyway), or, and I lean toward this, resuscitate an even older XP laptop which has the program installed on it to tide me over until my guru can fix (again) the monitor issue.

"Lean toward" is a fitting description, since that old XP boat anchor has two failed hinges and thus needs to have its monitor propped up against a flowerpot or somesuch in order to use it. But everything else has been ported to either the even funkier XP desktop in Emily's old room (where the old laptop will move to) or Eleanor's newer Windows 8 laptop, so the technology, though ancient, will work.


Despite this issue, we had a nice day mostly at home. Eleanor mostly finished the coat she's been working for months, we listened to good music throughout the day, and we also checked in on various series stuff that we'd lost track of:

* Nurse Jackie: its seventh and final season doesn't begin until April;

* Orphan Black: its third season, likewise, begins two months from now;

* Portlandia: season five begins,.... um,.... more than a month ago?!?

We had this same problem last year.  Our cable doesn't carry IFC, so we've watched the previous four seasons through iTunes subscriptions. And once again, even though Apple emailed me every week a year ago to tell me new episodes were available, they never bothered to drop a dime to tell us that the new season had begun.  So we've now remedied that, and tonight watched the first three of the five episodes we've missed.

For the first two of them, Fred and Carrie broke format from their previous history of multi-story episodes and devoted each of the first two to a single plot: "The Story of Toni and Candace" as the backstory of their most famous characters, and "The Fiance," telling the story of Lance (Carrie) and Nina (Fred) as they deal with the sixth marriage of "his" mother (Gretchen Corbett, James Garner's lawyer girlfriend on Rockford Files) to Justin (Justin Long, who was in, well, stuff).

Episode 3, "Health Care," returns to the more vignette-ish style, and was my favorite of the three, F&C play their usual multiple characters with their usual aplomb, with Ed Begley, Jr. featured as a doctor (homaging his television debut in St. Elsewhere) and the immortal Brigitte Neilsen as herself.

By far, though, the funniest part was the subplot involving two of Fred/Carrie's characters discovering the health benefits of unpastuerized "raw milque," and the attempts by the Portland PD to shut them down. There were echoes of the current anti-vax "movement" and of the overbearing, overreacting Po-Po realities of recent months. At least while the cops were unable to outrun the "raw milque"-empowered characters, they didn't cry out "I can't breathe!"

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yesididit From: yesididit Date: February 9th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
my 10 year old desktop runs on xp, and still runs great. i use it every day. but theres not a whole lot on it besides pictures and music.

my laptop is only a year old, and the first one i've ever had. but i dont have a job where a laptop or tablet or even smartphone would be a necessity. so i'm slow to be able to afford new technology. on the plus side, my dad gave me his old perfectly working printer with a full toner cartridge that only worked with xp and was no longer supported with the new windows desktop he had to buy when his bit the dust. my old printer, the cartridges were small and ridiculously expensive. i'd burn thru them in no time, and i dont print that much!
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 10th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
We still have two computers- one desk, one lap- running XP, and other than being slow (derp), they have had the fewest issues. They stay within their limitations and no number of red X's in the corner are going to scare me off of using them.
ellettra From: ellettra Date: February 9th, 2015 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That's especially amusing given that we are one of the few states where one CAN get raw milque! It's really the best thing for home cheesemaking. ;)

Also, I saw that Nurse Jackie, what's her name? Falco? is on something else that's starting up soon and I wondered if NJ was going off the air. Naturally I can no longer remember what the show was... and I'm not finding anything by googling. Maybe I am mistaking her for someone else...
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: February 10th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Edie Falco, but no, I can't remember hearing of any post-Jacks commitments for her, either.

I did hear, not long ago, that she played Marge Gunderson (the Frances McDormand character) in a during-her-Sopranos-run first attempt at converting Fargo into a tv series. That one never made it past a pilot, and only a couple of scenes from it ever made it to the internet.
ellettra From: ellettra Date: February 10th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I'm thinking of someone else. I can see her face but I can't pull her name from the ether. I have heard that the Fargo TV series was really good, but I haven't seen it yet. I'm up to my elbows in the gore of the Walking Dead at the moment. (Truthfully, I spend as much time with my eyes closed as not during that show. The gross parts are SO gross, but the characters and the character development and their various arcs are really good, and the writing is outstanding. But man, it's seriously gross.)
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