October 29th, 2009


The year's accomplishments

This Saturday marks exactly one year since I quit my day job after working full-time in the UC system for 15 years. I want to focus on what I've accomplished since that day.

- Lost 20 pounds and achieved goal weight (125 lbs)

- Successfully completed two major road races: Bay to Breakers 12K and San Francisco Half Marathon

- Photographed my first wedding (for thomwatson and jefftabaco)

- Published my first photo book, Walls to Walls

- Played electric bass on stage for the first time at a club (on two separate occasions, while singing) and with a cover band at a school reunion

- Created web site for boyziggy's new venture, SFLasertag Event Production

- Traveled outside of North America for the first time (Costa Rica)
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Spinning beach ball of doom

For the last 2-3 weeks I've been getting the dreaded Spinning Beach Ball of Doom on my Mac Pro tower running Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard) every hour or so for a couplethree minutes at a time. Normally the clock is still advancing and I can still move the cursor, but can't click on anything. Very frustrating.

I've tried the following troubleshooting steps so far, one at a time, to resolve the issue:

- Ran Diskwarrior diagnostics while booted from that DVD (repaired some problems on internal drives, but ran out of memory when trying to diagnose 2TB external backup drive; afraid to try it on 4TB Drobo as it's specially formatted)

- Swapped out RAM

- Disconnected Drobo

- Turned off Time Machine and disconnected 2TB external drive used for backup

- Purged system crud with Yasu

- Closed most tabs in Firefox

What to try next? Total reformat and system reinstall? Ugh...