Well, it appears that my tendency to avoid direct confrontation (of anything, it seems) during stress has turned around and bitten me in the ass. Hard.
A lot has happened since my last official post as the DC, back in October of 2012. I moved, started a new job (kind of; same company, different location, different colleagues, same craziness…) and have taken on all kinds of new projects. Unfortunately, none of them involved reading or writing, and combined with the stress of graduating, moving and dealing with the emotional fallout that comes with losing a sibling (something I’ve already touched upon briefly here, closer to when my brother actually passed away), I let a lot of what I enjoyed go on hiatus. The longer the vacation, the further things slipped from my mind.
A few months ago, as I was starting to get all my documents and files and incomplete projects organized, my trusty seven-year-old Macbook died. I’m sure there’s a way to go back and recover the data, as the hard drive hasn’t been compromised, but I’ve been forced to switch to a new machine (running Windows 8, some kind of spite-fueled black-magic-and-BS operating system coded by a room full of Satan’s most loyal henchmen), and I’ve spent most of my time trying to figure out how this damn thing even works. Failing that, I’ve done a lot of cussing at the screen, shaking my fist and making empty threats at a machine, which just highlights my age.
I’ve also been playing a lot of Minecraft– lots of Minecraft. That and building Lego sets. Sometimes they’ve been Minecraft sets. I’ll never fully grow up.
Anyway, back to the point of this update.
With the old hard drive gone, and my having allowed my website to lapse, restoring the content I’d been steadily building from 2008 is not going to be easy. My only option so far has been to copy and paste text from the source code as provided by The Wayback Machine, and it’s very slow going. The thumbnail images and .jpgs that accompany most of the individual posts are going to have to be added manually, if I can find them a second time.
Defiled Curator is going to be incrementally restored, but likely never in the format it once was. The layout will be changing to reflect the version change, and will likely have a complete new look within the next few days. I will be updating a minimum of five posts a day, working backwards chronologically, and notes will be made for the places where files should be located. Hopefully they, too, will be restored once I can extract everything stored on the old laptop hard drive.
I really do need to learn everything the hard way. Note to self — this time around, pay more attention to the clock. Time really does exist.