Sunday, January 4, 2009

Phew, what an end to 2008!

My dear friends,

Firstly, I really really need to apologise for the rather abrupt silence that has fallen over Kindasophically Speaking.

Contrary to popular belief, I was not, in fact,
  • abducted by aliens, 
  • nor was I bitten by a poisonous spider lurking under the toilet seat, 
  • and I certainly have not run away with some cute twentysomething millionheiress!!
Rather this old bloke here had been bogged down by more mundane issues...

#1 -- I'd decided to renovate my house some time in Nov 08.... with us still living in it!

Yep, imagine rubble, lots of hacking, dust everywhere, a regular war zone right in my living room! Imagine having 3 hammer-drills going off in opposing walls simultaneously! Its an experience even a THX system can't (and shouldn't ever) reproduce!

Fortunately, my wife had the foresight of sending my two boys over to their grandparents' for the whole duration of the renovation! Thank goodness for: 
(a) wonderful in-laws, 
(b) school holidays, and 
(c) Astro, PSP and lots of fun places in Penang to keep them busy!

I should show you the before-after photos one day (of the reno, not the kids!), when I get my things organized.

#2 -- End-of-year during good times is tough (raking in the orders for a wonderful close).... but end of year during tough times is *painful*.

Well, at least I still have a job (for now!) so keeping busy at work is a good thing. 'Nuf said!

#3 -- One of my boys (when they finally got back) decided he missed my PC so much, he gave it a kick.

My workhorse was already whirring a bit too noisily for my liking the past days, but my boy's kick looked like the final straw. It actually just died that very instant! That IBM Netvista had been chugging along 24x7 for nearly 3 years without any fuss in an un-air-conditioned room. It even kept running during the dusty renovation (yeah, dumb thing to do on my part). I think its earned its retirement!

So the combo of these 3 things effectively kept me out of active blogging for these many weeks.

My priority now is to get 2009 started -- back to work tomorrow!

After that, find a worthy replacement for my trusty Netvista... and hopefully, get back to some of my usual ramblings! Hmm, that's going to cost a pretty penny!

And nope, I still haven't gotten the X1 yet, and nope, am not settling for the E71 either.... but am starting to get interested in a couple of other things!

Tell me, what do you think of the LG Renoir? ;)

And all of a sudden, existing 29" TV looks rather inadequate in the newly renovated hall....

My mind's thinking of a 46 inch LCD, but with the huge dent the renovation has put in the pocket, my wallet's screaming "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR BLINKING MIND???!?!!!?!?!?"

Oh well, back to work....

(I hope to get back to regular postings once I get a replacement PC... so until then, please excuse what's likely going to be very sporadic postings!  My sincere apologies....)