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"What do you mean, never?" - Qualified Perceptions
"What do you mean, never?"
So, my work machine (geskekelud) died on Friday. Today, they tell me that the drive is broken enough that it can't be mounted on a good machine. And they (for other values of they) tell me that my local files were never backed up. Now, I know I ran the backup GUI and selected directories and told it to go, but maybe there was some "yes, really" button I didn't click. I'm not usually inept at software, but it was long enough ago that I don't remember clearly.

There's not a lot gone. Old zephyr logs. Kludgey perl scripts that it would do me good to rewrite. justom's cycling archives and twe's mud (which I have to feel more guilty about losing).

But my copy of my thesis is gone, too. (Quotas were smaller then.) It was a stupid junky thesis, and I'm never going to be an immunologist again, and I didn't ever read it except to reference how to bibtex URLs for class help, but I'm still strangely mourning it. Like putting the cat to sleep at age twenty-one when she's gotten too old to walk or see or enjoy living any more. Except that's a stupid metaphor too.

Goodbye, little cat. Goodbye, stupid thesis that taught me I shouldn't be a scientist.


Current Mood: sad sad

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merastra From: merastra Date: July 26th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Even the weariest river

Oh no! Poor thesis. I mean, the mud is too bad too. But yeah, even theses which weren't earth shattering can still be special. Sniff... You have printouts maybe?

mijven From: mijven Date: July 26th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hadn't run across the cat picture yet. Like the commentary.

Sorry about the cat, and your thesis. :s
twe From: twe Date: July 27th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Turns out, that I put something in my account that automatically backup ghostwheel.db, so I have a copy from July 21! (the mud got lost once before, when tarkin crashed, you see.) So I don't think you need to feel guilty anymore about losing my stuff.

I'm very sorry about your thesis though. It's sad to lose anything you put a lot of work in, even if you didn't like it.
merastra From: merastra Date: July 27th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I put something in my account that automatically backup ghostwheel.db

Gosh. You're wonderfully prepared. :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 27th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I realize belatedly that while my thesis hasn't been in AFS for a long time, it was once. So if I make puppy dog eyes at Ops, they might have a copy still. So I should stop sulking. :}
merastra From: merastra Date: July 27th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Young canine eyes

Oh goodie. Yeah, you should definately ask them for that.

And goodbye to Muffin too, even though I never knew her. I like the story about her.
remcat From: remcat Date: July 27th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lost the original X-ray films from my sequencing gels when we had that flood right after we moved into our house in Tewksbury. It was just my "Phase II" project, and it kind of sucked, and no one sequences DNA by hand anymore ... but I put 18 months of my life into that project, so it was sad.

Sorry about your machine, and anythign that turns out to be permanently lost.
ricedog From: ricedog Date: July 27th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about Muffin.
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