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The Absent-Minded Professor

Posted on 2009.10.02 at 08:00
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: ehowton's HALLOWEEN 2000

One of the drawbacks to being me, is that I'm sometimes (my wife will argue the frequency with you) absent-minded when I'm knee deep in a project. Fortunately, only rarely do these things compound upon each other.

Except yesterday, when they did.

But if there's an upside to being absent-minded (and seriously, I don't know how my lovely wife puts up with it half the time) its discovery. Yesterday, I inadvertently discovered why the battery on my iPod was only lasting 45-minutes because I haven't been sleeping. Straight out of an episode of James Burke's Connections. Let me explain:

I only charge my cell phone when I sleep, because the charger is on my nightstand. But I've been working a lot, and well...not sleeping. So after two days, the battery went dead.

This caused me to miss a lunch appointment with a client because he couldn't get a hold of me, but just in case he called drax0r, I left for lunch anyway so I'd already be en route.

I have a charger in my car, which I forgot about because my center console is covered in sticky-notes with people's names and phone numbers on them, so I left my dead phone on my desk.

After lunch I left my glasses in drax0r's truck, and he couldn't call me to tell me.

When I got back to the office, I couldn't see any of my LCD screens because my sunglasses are polarized. I rotated my screens 90-degrees and reset their orientation. Only then were they bright and visible again. (And really, I think I'll keep them this way, for while widescreen monitors are ideal for theater-aspect ratio movies, they kinda suck for system administration - most files I vi are lengthy, not wide.)

I went to put on my headphones, but also couldn't see the LCD screen on my iPod which led me to discover that at some point I had inadvertently set the brightness to "full" and the backlight to "always on" which apparently drains the battery of a Nano in 45-minutes.

Its going to be a long month.


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-02 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
As you age, your storytelling ability is slowly drying up.

I knew about 90% of the information in this post prior to reading it based on personal conversations. When you said that it was going to be exciting how you discovered why the iPod battery was draining, I thought you were going to tell us that the light kept you awake as a lay on your nightstand. Alas, I got this dull, boring, rambling piece of exposition that had to deal with polarization which didn't explain a damned thing.

For instance, if you couldn't read the iPod screen, how did it occur to you that brightness and backlight were set at their maximum settings?

This post left me with more questions than answers.
ehowton at 2009-10-02 15:46 (UTC) (Link)

Here, take a cookie. I promise by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-02 16:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for enlightening your readers on how polarized glasses led you to conclude you had misconfigured your iPod settings.
ehowton at 2009-10-02 17:17 (UTC) (Link)

I told you that I can only show you the door. You have to step through it. No, what happened, happened and couldn't have happened any other way.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-10-02 17:34 (UTC) (Link)

Fine, you want to be an ass and deflect? Two can play this game, Sir!

ehowton at 2009-10-02 17:43 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fine, you want to be an ass and deflect? Two can play this game, Sir!

Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-10-02 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
Ah. I see you've been enjoying the same kind of month as me so far. It's only the 2nd, and yet it feels like it's been about two weeks.

Maybe I'll even remember to finally charge my phone and MP3 player this weekend! Then again, maybe not.
ehowton at 2009-10-02 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
I need a day off. TGIF.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-10-02 17:40 (UTC) (Link)
+ 1,000,000.
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