In yet another experiment to discover alternative ways to turn off my laptop, I dumped an entire cup of coffee all over the keyboard this morning…and table…and lap…and chair…and floor.
It was a lot of coffee…
I am happy to report that my experiment was a complete success! My laptop responded by making a “pop” sound and “shutting down” immediately. No waiting for silly programs to close or anything.
But — and while my laptop smells remarkably delicious now — upon further analysis, it appears this experiment may not have been entirely “good” for the sensitive circuitry and gizmo-thing-a-majigs inside — as what was formerly a “working” laptop is now entirely unresponsive to further stimulation.
Yes, I obviously considered pouring some Jolt Cola on it, too — maybe that would wake it up — but someone caught me just before I was about to do that & suggested politely, “Hey idiot! That’s not good for computers!”
Therefore, I am now looking at other laptop alternatives — as I need a mobile workstation to do the bulk of my graphics intensive work (large images & HD video) while on the road.
I’m considering all options…mac/pc/cray computers… whatever is powerful and mobile enough to allow me to get work done. But if I have to tow it behind my 4Runner and it requires a gas generator to operate, it’s probably too big for my needs (but that sounds totally awesome!).
I figured this minor setback may also be an “opportunity in disguise” — for example, if a laptop company or retailer wanted to show their support for a guy just trying to spread a bit of positivity while he tries to find a way to fulfill his unique potential and make a difference in the world while entertaining others and honing his skill at writing epic run-on sentences, then this would be an awesome opportunity for that…if you catch my drift.
And if the above mentioned companies (AKA “the answer to my prayers”) wanted to negotiate while wearing those silly glasses with the fake nose and eyebrows attached — you know, to be “in disguise”, that’s right up my alley. Heck, I’ll wear them, too!
Whatever helps me acquire a new laptop, you know?
For now, I have my HTC EVO and my netbook to stay connected to the interwebs and basically continue to bug everyone online — I just can’t do graphics work.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…
So if you know somebody who knows somebody, who is in a position to make a difference in my journey, and in turn, help me make a difference in the world some way, somehow, then send ‘em my way.
It’ll be a love fest. :)
[Below photo is after I already mopped up the mess -- this is what I didn't see under the laptop itself.]
But wait! There’s more! –
My sweet smelling laptop is now sitting quietly in a bag with 25 pounds of rice. I’m told this may help, somehow — the rice becomes “magical” and resurrects laptops…mmmmaybe?
Who cares if that sounds crazy — I’m willing to try it!
But if my post made you think:
“My goodness, what a lovely man. Let’s give that guy a laptop.” or –
“Wow, that funny lookin’ dude is also…uh…funny. Let’s give that guy a laptop.” or –
“I don’t know what it is exactly, but this guy rocks my world. Too bad UberGizmo Incorporated doesn’t make laptops.” –
– please don’t let the possibility of magical rice laptop resurrection stop you from considering sponsorship of my adventure.
Laptops, thing-a-majigs, gold doubloons, renew my match.com membership (because that’s going soooo well), whatever it is, if it makes a difference in my journey, I won’t complain — but I won’t complain if it doesn’t make a difference either.
Because, you know, if you want to help, I’ll totally highlight your generous support.
And while that may not be much now, just wait, when I’m famous and talking about all the people and companies who helped me along a the way — on Ellen, or Oprah, or whatever other show is on TV, except COPS, I don’t want to be on that, even though it’s awesome — you’re gonna go –
“Hey, that guy looks familiar, where have I heard of him?” And then — “Oh yeah! He’s that idiot who spilled coffee on his laptop!”
And then a second later you’re gonna go, “Damn! Missed that opportunity!”
So really, I’m just trying to help! ;)