It's what every geek dreads, and what everybody else would dread if they only knew. Hard drives will all eventually fail - it's entropy in action. I just didn't expect mine to die last night.
I wasn't sure it was a hard drive failure until, after a few failed restarts, my computer started emitting sounds like it was using a series of large rusty gears to grind the bones of small woodland animals. I managed to boot off of an external drive and spent the better part of two hours trying to backup my material. I would hold my laptop in the air and tilt it this way and that, trying to get the grinding noise to stop in order to let the hard drive spin enough to access the files I wanted to save.
Long story short: my computer's kaput. So lend me some slack in responding to emails, etc. Also, lend me some candy and backrubs - I could use it.
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