January 15, 2023

I discovered this morning that the hard drive I’ve had for lo at least 15 years finally crashed. To be quite honest, I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did.

In the age of cloud storage, the only thing that I really used it for was music storage, as it was the most dense amount of files that I had (somewhere in the neighborhood of 32GB). Creating a backup solution for that music was a can that I’d been kicking down the road for as long as I can remember.

I did have enough room on my Google Drive to backup all the music that I had on my phone – which might be all of my music, period. So, I spent an inordinate amount of time taking all those files off the SD card, cleaning them up (removing duplicates, moving some files around, etc.), and getting them into Drive.

I use MediaMonkey to organize everything, and by some miracle, it has a feature that finds your missing files. So, instead of having to re-add all of the music back to my library by hand, it just went into Google Drive and updated locations.

As an aside, I think MediaMonkey is hard af to use, but it’s the only thing I’ve found that isn’t OS-tethered, so you can use it with any phone and any operating system.

I’ve ordered a new hard drive – storage has gotten cheaper and plentiful in the 15 years that I’ve purchased a hard drive – but I’m not sure if that’s going to be the option to store files going forward.

On the plus side, in the age of The Culling, I guess this was as good an opportunity as any to trim the musical fat from my library.

January 13, 2023 – Friday 5

I took a look at this week’s Friday 5 and immediately felt weird. I have issues about talking about myself positively. It’s a whole thing. I’m working on it.

What’s your best physical feature?

My face, I think. I get complimented a lot on my eyebrows. The dirty secret is that they’re mostly drawn on.


What aspect of your personality do people seem to appreciate most?

My humor. I know women aren’t funny (/eye roll), so it’s been mentioned a couple of times by people that I am funny. I do like that about me.

What skill are you proud of?

My strategic skills. That I look at the Gordian Knot and start picking apart the loops to a cogent step-by-step plan of execution.

…The executional tactics need a little practice.

What are you right about?

My superpower is being able to identify people by voice alone. It’s turned into a fun party trick. If I know the person’s name, and have heard them speak (TV, real life, podcast, etc.), I can nail it.

I have to know their name, though. If I didn’t match the name to the voice, I can’t do it.

Who appreciates you?

I’m coming to find in my growing life experience that a lot of people do. I’m working on getting better at recognizing and appreciate people appreciating me. It’s a process.

Source: Friday.5