I have to say, I thought that was a fucking amazing setlist. I would liked to have heard Revival because it’s awesome and we all would have had to yell “CHOOOOOOONNNN!” when it finished, but still, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it seemed to flow perfectly. I think I may have enjoyed that gig even more than Arcade Fire!
As the title states, today, I took apart my MacBook for the the first time ever and it was absolutely terrifying, so I decided to share the experience with you all.
If any of you follow me on Twitter (@MatthewDonnelly) then you probably know that I’ve been having major problems with my laptop for about a week and a half, ever since I installed the first beta of Lion. I’m currently unable to drag text or icons, sync my iPhone/iPad, or use MobileMe. These are all things that I do pretty regularly as you might imagine, so I decided, after 3 days of failed attempts at fixing these problems, to just go back to Snow Leopard and do a clean install.
So, I’ve borrowed an external hard drive from my dad’s office for backing everything up, bought some blank DVDs and download Snow Leopard 10.6.7 for burning to the DVDs. Ready, right? No. Within a few minutes I had my first problem, I was unable to burn to the disc because “the device failed to calibrate the laser power level for this media”. Basically what this means is that your optical drive can’t actually read the DVD at all, which usually suggests it’s either broken or dirty. I figured mine was the latter as I was still able to use CDs with it (although apparently there are 2 separate lens, yet I only saw one). So this meant I would have to take the whole thing apart which I found surprisingly daunting, just because I’ve never actually had to remove part of a computer before.
Then I encountered my second problem, the only screwdriver we had in my house that was small enough to fit in to the tiny screws on my MacBook was from a glasses repair kit, not the sturdiest of screwdrivers. Unscrewing the back of the computer was far more difficult than I thought it would be; the screws were extremely tight and some of them had painted blue tips which had dried, sticking them to sides and making them harder to unscrew. After a lot of effort, I managed to get the back off, revealing the innards of the computer. The Optical Drive was in the top left corner beside the Logic Board and had 3 awkwardly placed screws bolting it down, one of which, I must admit, my mum had to help me with get out as it turns out I posses no dexterity of any kind with a screwdriver. She also had to put the 3 screws back in because I made such a mess of it. Thankfully though, at this stage I had a proper screwdriver that she picked me up on her way home, so things got a little easier.
Next, I detached what I think was AirPort/Bluetooth cable and the Optical Drive connector from the Logic Board and pulled out the Optical Drive. I was almost there, but still had a difficult bit ahead of me. I removed the 4 screws from the top panel and tried to open it but it got stuck half way. There was some rather serious looking black tape on the side keeping me from opening it but after sitting there for about 10 minutes asking myself if this was a dumb idea, I decided to pull it off. And that was it. The lens was right there in front of me. I got out some cotton buds, some cleaning spray and gave it a nice shine once again.
Closing it all up again took just as long, but I at least knew what I was doing, making much less terrifying. The question I was now asking myself though was does it still work? So I booted it up again, stuck in the DVD and tried burning the .dmg again but, this time it worked! Needless to say I was incredibly relieved and am now in the process of backing up everything for the clean install. Lets hope this part doesn’t prove to be as difficult ;)
This song always reminds me of the 2 weeks myself and some of my friends spent last year at my friend, Sorcha's house in France. It was the first time I listened to Wild Beast and I listened to practically nothing but them and Arcade Fire the entire time we were there. This song reminds me particularly of the day we made an 'Arcade Fire stew' for the other guests in the house. We had the album on repeat during most of the preparation of the meal. Those 2 weeks were probably the best part of Summer last year for me, and fortunately, we're all going back again this year after we finish inter-railing!
There are so many songs that remind of people I know. Too many. So as sort of a compromise I have chosen this song because I don’t associate it with any one of my friends in particular, but instead, it makes me think of all my friends. It’s just been one of the songs that’s been constantly playing in the background for the past 2 years. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to this song more times with friends than on my own!
I’ve blogged about this song in the past, so as you may already know, I find it absolutely heartbreaking. The song has always had an enormous effect on me when I listen to it and I hope it always does.
I think it’s about time I had an Animal Collective song added to my list, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. So many of their songs are able to cheer me up when I’m feeling down, but this one especially. Everything about it is just so cheerful and uplifting; the lyrics, the sparkly sound effects, the bouncy melody, the Grateful Dead sample, Avey Tare’s vocals, what’s not to love, it’s all just so damn happy!
This song has haunted me for almost my entire life. I still remember the first time I heard it, I was about 6 or 7 at the time and could hardly believe that The Beatles (a band I liked as much as any 6 or 7 year old is capable of liking a band) could have written such a bland, mediocre, grey, monotonous, dreary, dull, sapless, insipid and uninteresting song! I hate it just as much to this day and yes, I am very aware of just how many people love this song, but I just cannot comprehend why people like this song so much! While it’s probably not my least favorite song of all time, it’s certainly one of them