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[General] My So-Called Life

Well, I backed up pixel with a nice backup tool I had been using to back stuff up for a while, but had never tried restoring from. I then went and tried to upgrade my OS using my ADC Seed of Tiger. Tiger ate pixel alive. (Granted, my own fault; didn't read the install notes as carefully as I should have.) When I attempted to restore it, I discovered that the backup tool's restore function was partly broken.

Luckily, I managed to piece together the whole system again by hand, and now I've got pix back up with the same old configuration as before. Had me mostly offline for a few days, though. Haven't gotten much writing done lately, though, since my life has been work and trying to repair my poor laptop.

Tonight we had a bit of oddity, though. Some time ago, my dad and I had discussed going to Wild Ginger while Fey is here, and I told him to pick what day was good. Dad had apparently talked to mom, and she wanted to go too, so he'd decided Friday would be good since it was the one day which worked well for both of them. (This, please note, was back on Monday.) Every morning, mom would ask him if he'd talked to me yet about dinner, he'd say no, and that he'd call me while at work. Then he'd forget.

So tonight, I get an IM from my mom around 5:15 right as I'm about to run out on errands, asking me what the plans for the evening are. "What plans?" ask I, oblivious to the drama about to ensue.

"The dinner plans," my mother replies, as if I should know what these are. "Didn't your father call you?"

Puzzled, I sit back down for a moment. "No. I know nothing of dinner plans, nor of calls from dad. I need to go do errands, call me."

So, on my cellular phone, mom and I piece together that a) dad was supposed to call me about dinner, b) dad had expected /I/ would make reservations at the Wild Ginger, c) dad had not called me and d) thus there were no reservations. Mom thought dad was on his way home... but then dad called from work to ask where he should meet us for dinner. A bit more shuffling later, dad realized dinner plans had sort of failed to connect up. No hope of getting a reservation at Wild Ginger, so we ended up going to McCormick's. I had lobster for the first time in my life. (Probably the last, too. It was good, but a lot of work to eat, and as a general rule I prefer not to eat anything that still has eye-stalks.)

Anyway, home now. And that's been my past few days.


Eating whole lobster is quite the chore for all that goodness... most folks just get the tail, and the restaurant will extract the meat for you and sit it decoratively atop the shell.... I actually did this myself last Valentine's day for da Kitty and I... Larry's had a handy sheet that told how to prep it like I described, add red wine, melted butter, and lemon juice, and bake... as good as any I've had in a restaurant...

Oh, and if you just get the tail, there's no eyes staring back. :)

How pricey was McCormick's? Because sometimes I want good seafood but don't want to cook.... :)
For what we got, it was kinda pricy. I had the salmon, which - well, it was obviously expertly prepared, but remarkably flavourless. Elliot's has better food for comparable prices, and Chinook's is probably just as good and a little bit less expensive.
Nah, Elliot's had more selection than Chinook's in general. (Plus, the mushroom and crab ravioli was really good.) That said, I looked at it, and we /did/ get more food at McCormick's than at Elliot's (four people + desserts as opposed to three people + nothing) for only a little less. It /is/ cheaper than Elliot's, like I remember. And the lobster /was/ good.

But the food at Elliot's was definitely better. McCormick's used Atlantic salmon, which just bewilders me; it's a not very flavorful salmon, and out here you can get Alaskan king and local Chinook salmon, both of which are infinitely better. So McCormick's scored high on the technical skill, a little lower on the good ingredients level.
When/if you get Tiger up and running, I'd be interested in your impressions of it.
I did have it up-and-running for a little while, and I'll be installing it on the secondary drive again shortly. My general impressions were favorable, despite the quirks you expect in a prerelease product still easily six months from release.

I'm not sure on the new Mail.app, though. It's very powerful, but there were bits and pieces of it which I don't quite have a 'feel' for yet.
Well, I'm more concerned about uptime and stability than incidental applications (I don't use anything other than web-based e-mail anyway). That's one of the reasons I froze all the SGIs here at 6.5.15m.
Was that backup program Data Backup? I haven't needed to restore from it, and I still haven't registered it (having gotten another 30 days once I actually started using it on the new computer...) If the restoring didn't work for you, I'll have to make a point of trying it myself before I decide to actually pay for it...
Yes, it's Data Backup.

It can clone back and forth just fine, and work with subdirectories just fine. But if you attempt a directory backup on an entire bootable system drive, and then later try to RESTORE that backup into a drive's root directory, it explodes with a Crash Reporter dialog.

It works /great/ for directory backups of a specific directory (actually, it works fine for backups of a drive, it's just the restore which breaks), or for full-drive backups and restores of a system drive using one of the full-drive options like clone.

Despite my frustration with that quirk, I still find Data Backup useful enough for backups in general (it works absolutely flawlessly on, say, backing up your user directory) that I paid for it and intend to keep using it. I did report the bug, as well.
Good to know. I'll probably end up paying for it once the trial expires. My one major problem with it is that it's a pain to backup to a disk image, which I do so that I can unmount it, and not have any of the laptop's programs auto-opening things on the desktop, and not have installers find the copies there, and so on. I could compress it instead, but that makes it much harder to restore a file or two manually.