To Understand is to Perceive screenshot

Understanding is Perceiving

Great short video about visualizing patterns all around us. Worth your time to watch and then think about as you observe the world around you.

Video: To Understand is to Perceive Patterns on Vimeo.

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Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

We’re baaaaack! Sort of. There is some content missing and a few issues here and there (migrating a WordPress site is significantly harder than I thought) but the site is back up and running. Here’s to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous New Year!

Merry Christmas 2011

{to the tune of Jingle Bells}
Two terabyte drives
On a single pc desk
Bits and bytes they write
Spinning all the time
Platters on spindles sing
Saving photos right
Lots of time spent post processing
Thousands of photos bright

Oh, dead hard drives, dead hard drives
Screeching all the time
Oh, what fun it is to write
To a no hard drive array
Dead hard drives, dead hard drives
Screeching all the time
Oh, what fun it is to write
To a no hard drive array

A week or two ago
I had lots of photos
And soon my hard drives
Weren’t working any more
The photos good and bad
Recovered most of them
Then I listened to iTunes
Access files it would not

Oh, dead hard drives, dead hard drives
Screeching all the time
Oh, what fun it is to write
To a no hard drive array
Dead hard drives, dead hard drives
Clicking all the time
Oh, what fun it is to write
To a no hard drive array

For those that don’t feel like reading between the harmonious lines the above translates to two dead hard drives (primary and backup) containing approximately 100,000 photo files (thankfully it appears I have recovered all but about 300) and one dead hard drive containing my iTunes library. What are the odds of my primary and back up drives failing simultaneously? Apparently pretty good. What are the odds of a third hard drive failing within the same month? Apparently even better. Sadly, I did not have a backup of my iTunes library, shame on me. Lesson learned (and thank goodness for Pandora or I’d have nothing to listen to right now).