Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pre-Halloween schmooze report

Alex hosted a pre-Halloween industry get-together at Hurley's last night. I always get along great with Heidi and Doug, but I conversed with a few other people as well. Some dude name Martin was fascinated with my trouble with finding the spine of the "101" story, and was very helpful just by listening. I also met Michael Solomon, a 30-ish producer with whom I may co-produce a short, although not one of mine. (More on that as it develops.)

When Michael learned my last name, he asked me if I'm related to Mitch - who is my younger brother. Once upon a time at Camp Maromac, both counselors in Michael's bunk left camp early, and Mitch took over the group. Michael idolized my brother, he told me.

Michael is going to look for photos of that summer and if he finds any, I'll send them on to my brother.

Robert the director left a phone message today asking for my l33t editing skillz. He's trying to land a book-to-movie project and he needs help with the synopsis. That may lead to something as well.

Bonus aggravation of the week:

My Dell Inspiron 8100 gave up the ghost, to use a seasonal phrase. I'm not sure what's wrong, so I'm not sure if it's a permanent or temporary problem.

I had the machine on upstairs. I closed the lid and unplugged it, then took it downstairs. When I plugged it back in, the screen remained dark and the wireless card wouldn't light up. I turned off the laptop manually, with the power button.

Every time I start up the thing now, I get power lights, and I hear the hard drive spin up, but the screen remains black and the wireless card never gets power. The CD drive will open and close, so it gets power. I don't even know where to start. My Mac, I can troubleshoot blindfolded. The Windows laptop stymies me.


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