Sunday, May 8, 2005

Saturday saw an incredible Otherspace Productions meeting. The entire studio met at GMU, where I laid out the storyboards and guided the crew through it, explaining each scene and soliciting comments. People had lots of great ideas, and after the initial shock at the scale of an animation five times longer than our previous project, became increasingly excited. The most reserved person was actually volunteering for things by the end.

So on the way back, I let out a Howard Dean Yell. This is working! I’ve built an animation crew.

Today was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, balmy temperature, and occasional breezes just strong enough to swoop into your lungs and remind you that you’re alive. I spent much of the day with my Mom in celebration of Mother’s Day, wandering her amazing garden and just talking. Had a great time. Got home and took care of a few random things, including more work on Super Restore.

Super Restore is the code name for a project that I’ve been working on for several weeks now. I’m already backing up all my user files and documents. Super Restore will take a compeltely clean computer with just the OS install, and will restore all my user files so that the computer will look exactly like it did when I performed the backup. All my preferences should be restored, too.

So today I built a skeleton of the restore script, which will take my backups and restore them onto a laptop. I’m sure there will still be a lot to tweak once I do this.

Once I get my laptop back, I want to test this repeatedly, and re-test it every six months or so. I intend to no longer fear even catastrophic computer failure. I should be able to completely restore my total user environment within a few hours of a hard disk erasure.

Wouldn’t that be cool?

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