Sunday, May 17, 2009

A week without a computer

It has been both frustrating and liberating not having an intertubes machine for the past week. It was frustrating because I do so many things online like manage my checking and brokerage accounts and of course keep up with the latest political news. It was liberating because of wasting 2 or 3 hours a day staring at a monitor I accomplished a bunch of stuff on my honey do list. Mrs. G said to leave the thing in the shop.
The technical problem was a heat sink failed that resulted in frying my video card. The good folks at Custom Computers in Kingston ordered the parts, installed them , gave it a good cleaning and made sure the thing wasn't haunted by worms or Trojan Horses, etc. Bob Sr., Steve and the crew have been great to work with over the years. Whenever I have had a problem or question I pick up the phone and call across the river instead of the other side of the planet. I highly recommend them.
Checking my snail mail I found that I did get an official looking letter from a Mr. Carlson but Quincy got a hold of it before I read it and tore it to shreds. If it's important I'm sure he will send me another. If he really wants to get a hold of me he should contact me by email. The USPS is so 18th Century.
I was planning to finish the interview series with Republican Controller candidates Alice Coffman and Walter Griffith but the computer failure put the kibosh to that. My apologies to both. Walter has been a hot topic in the local blogosphere because of an incident that happened many moons ago. I've known about it for a long time but didn't think it was relevant. Another blogger thought it was despite my urging to leave it alone and now he is experiencing the blowback. Walter made the mistake of engaging in the comments of that post despite the counsel of me and several other local internet scribes to just ignore it.
I wanted to put up some polls on the various races this past week and still will. So here we go.


D.B. Echo said...

"But, sir, my dog ate the subpoena!"

AlexC said...

No computer for a week is liberating. Once the terror subsides.

Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

There seems to exist a pervasive Catch 22 in regards to the Walter Griffith/Blogger controversy. I understand how many would be offended at the expose of mistakes of the past and I, myself can find some agreement with this view as well. However, if one reads Mr. Griffith's response to the unnamed blogger's post, he says he was innocent of the charge against him and that since that time he has become a changed man, or words to that effect. This statement strains my credulity; for how can one be innocent, and then reform from an act that he claims never occured in the first place. And there, students, is it in a nutshell. I find that doubletalk does not breed trust in the average voter. This controversy should heed a lesson to all politicians in future predicaments: have your story straight before you commit yourself to writing it. Class dismissed.