So I Googled some more, tried one last suggestion, and guess what finally did the trick?
The machine ran a memory diagnostic and an auto-repair program, and poof, issue fixed.
What's the appropriate description here? *headdesk*? *looks directly at camera*? *slump of relief*?
ANYWAY, it's nice to have my machine back, with nothing lost. And the fridge and freezer are stocked again after an epic grocery trip, assisted by a rent credit from my landlady. I learned a ton in the After Effects class. My dad underwent an exploratory coronary angiogram last week, followed by a preventative angioplasty, and had no complications. So life continues okay.
Media has been a bit thin on the ground of late, as you might guess. I'm reading Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy many years after synn gifted them to me; after a slow start, am now ~100 pages into book two and so far so good. Watching Die Another Day and now Skyfall on TV in the background; first time seeing either. Need to get back to source watching for the auction vid, and there's a belated Equinox treat that's finally possible now that the movie I need is out on DVD.
It looks like I'm not bringing any vids to Vividcon this year, which feels weird. But I do get a corbae as a roommate.
Good wishes to those of you who are struggling. Greetings to everyone else.
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