Entry: I can take apart the remote control and I can almost put it back together Friday, June 20, 2008



So I managed to successfully put my laptop out of commission.  Which would almost make for a rather amusing story, minus the fact that this is a tragedy.  But I'll dispense it anyway with hopes to prevent others from making the same mistake.

The formula is fairly simple:  Do not combine liquid with a laptop.

This is, of course, a no-brainer.  But when the liquid at hand is Rum, what happens is the no-brainer is transformed into you simply having no brains.  Mind you, I had them at the beginning - and as I set the bottle of fun, which is an ironic typo, excuse me, bottle of *rum*, down on the table beside Silas I said out loud to myself - "that's not a good idea" and moved the bottle away.  A premonition into the future.  Unfortunately not enhanced enough to pass along the real bad idea, which was being on the computer at all at that time.  Because after enough Rum it doesn't occur to you where you're putting the bottle anymore.  But ironically enough, not that I believe in irony, but the premonition of misfortune I'd had with the Rum stayed with me and in the end the Rum wasn't the culprit of death.  Because I was being careful with the Rum.  I wasn't being so careful with the beer.
Now, I don't remember exactly how this happened -
"I'm sure you don't," snickered someone I told this story to.
- all I remember is going "Oh shit!" and mopping up Silas.  My recollection of the beforehand only gets more snickers.  But it happened so I will tell.  Someone who wasn't there bumped me from behind causing me to lurch forward and knock my beer onto Silas.  I've seen people spill drinks that way in movies.  Only mishap being, I was alone.  But that's what I remember happening.

Now, having more alcohol in my system than he had currently leaking into his, I didn't respond intelligently.  Logic isn't something that comes with Rum.  After mopping up the main spill, it seemed perfectly brilliant to me to flip him upside down.  What didn't occur to me was to turn him off first.  To all of you listening out there, that is always the FIRST thing you do if you spill liquid on your laptop.  Turn it off as fast as you can and also remove the battery.  Don't wait for a start menu shutdown, do it manually.  Losing whatever documents & data you had open or were working on at the time is better than losing your whole computer.  If you leave it on you will do what I did and short circuit your system.  Immediate shutdown will most likely save your pc's life.  No electricity, no currents to take advantage of the liquid at hand.  After it is off, flipping it over is okay.
But as mentioned, my thinking ability was off on the islands so I followed no such process.  And turning a laptop over and leaving it while it is still on is a very bad thing.  And that's when it's otherwise okay.  Add liquid and you're creating a real problem for yourself, and a casket for your laptop.  But it's what I did, and the results were catastrophic.  After much flashing of going-gone going-gone going-gone, some 72 hours later Silas' struggle finally came to an end and I ended up with the black screen of death.  He put up quite a fight, something I never should have inflicted on him, I feel very poor.  And he's still fighting to a degree.  I'd say he's just in coma now.  I still get a signal when I hit the on button, he just remains the black screen of death often accompanied by his fan.  But at least I know there's still hope.  He's a hardy little bugger.  And I'm not about to give up on him.  It's true what they say - 'if you want it bad enough...'

Time wasn't on my side, but I gave him the week off and then today busted him open.  It was like doing surgery on a loved one.  Not as terrifying as I'd thought it would be but just as emotional.  I cleaned him out the best I could, removing also a dead moth.  I don't know if my work will revive him, but it's all I can do for now.  I have to wait until he dries before I can put him back together and turn him on to see if he's alright.  If not, then I'll have to dig further into him for a more thorough cleaning.

Everyone send your prayers and jou jou his way.

Luckily I've discovered that I am not the first person to do this.  Just typing the words laptop and "oh shit" into the search bar brings up hundreds of other poor sods with their laptops who have also suffered the same fate.

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On a slightly similar subject, to all of my Msn buddies who last saw me suddenly disappear that night -
I found it marvelously intriguing that you all assumed it was *your* Messenger malfunctioning.  As if nothing could go wrong with anything on Seven's end.  Mates, I hate to break it to you... lol.  I got numerous emails that night with subject lines such as "I hate msn sometimes", "msn sucks", etc.  Nearly all of you actually reinstalled your Messenger for me as well.  All I can say to all that is Wow and thank you for all the dedication.  But the fault was not on your end, and I thought you should know.
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When I mentioned the death of Silas to someone today, their response was a very serious -
"Oh my god.  I'm surprised you haven't hung yourself in the barn or something."

Gee.  Thanks.

Don't worry, there's still time!

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