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Friday, March 28, 2014

Apparently this actually happens to people

I used to laugh at people who said they dropped their phones in the toilet. I just couldn't picture any scenario where they could possibly drop them while on the john. I shook my head at people who said their phone slipped out of their pocket - I mean, that's a lousy lie for someone who was just actually texting while going number 2 and couldn't admit it.

And then it happened to me.

Yeah, I had it in the bathroom because I was at work and when I clock out for lunch I use my phone as a timer. I was wearing a new jacket and somehow, defying all physics, as I moved the phone slipped out of my pocket and I heard that horrifying *plop*. I was lucky that it was the least amount of disgusting as it could be. Immediately after the fact, the phone still turned on and worked perfectly fine. So, I cleaned it off and used the personal heater at my desk to help dry it quickly.

It wasn't until that night when everything went horribly wrong. The battery normally lasts all day with light use at work and moderate use at home, so it was almost completely dead by the time I went to bed. I plugged it in at my nightstand like I always do and... it wouldn't charge. I freaked out. I tried it at the computer. Nothing. So, I turned it off and stuck it in rice all night.

In the morning, nothing had changed. It was the weekend, so the ability to fix it quickly was limited. I was expecting an important call on Monday and was planning on taking my car in for service on Tuesday and I just needed my phone to work. Now, I do have the full insurance coverage from Asurion, but it had a $99 deductible and I would have had to ship it back and probably have to go to Verizon to use my old Droid X as a backup in the meantime.

However, I had other, cheaper options. It was only the charging port that was the problem, so I focused on that. Could I give myself another way to charge the phone and/or buy a replacement part for less than $99? Yes and yes. I could charge it wirelessly via what's known as a Qi charger. Honestly, the idea of this technology is nothing more than a playful novelty. It's not really wireless, after all. But hey - if I didn't need to plug it in, then that would solve my problem. And I could go to Best Buy or something that day and pick one up. That could solve my immediate issue, but I would also want to fix my port; they do come in handy occasionally. So, I did a little research on how hard it would be to fix it myself. Seeing $10 for the part and $3 for the tool, I ordered them from Amazon.

I then coerced my mom to come with me to do some "emergency shopping". For shits and giggles, I decided to see if the phone would charge in the car. EUREKA. We stopped and turned around. The phone was slowly repairing itself. I plugged it in at home and boom - working once more, merely 24 hours after the original incident.

I still ordered the Qi charger from Amazon, just in case.

Have any of you dropped your phone in the toilet/other water sources? Did it work afterwards?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

He Played a Transvestite

Well, ladies and gents, it's that time again. I've discovered my next hollywood obsession.

It's kind of a thing with me. It starts out innocently enough. I watch a movie or a TV show, find them or their character interesting, slowly realize how awesome they are, and suddenly want to watch everything they've been in.

I believe it all started with Siddig El Fadil aka Alexander Siddig aka Dr. Julian Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. That had been a full-blown teenager crush with posters and all. After that, it was Kate Mulgrew aka Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager. Then it was Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain fame. Another humongous crush. Well, and as we all know, after that it was Alton Brown. Not quite hollywood, but the same idea.

The cool part about these obsessions is that I discover movies that I didn't know existed and would have never watched had it not been for them. Kate Mulgrew was in A Stranger is Watching, which is by no means a hollywood hit, nor was it my type of movie, but I liked it nonetheless. Jake Gyllenhaal hadn't been in much thanks to his young age, so I'd watched 99.9% of everything he was in. I discovered the likes of Donnie Darko, and my favorite: October Sky.

It's a lot easier to be obsessed these days thanks to technology. Back when it was all about Jake and nothing but Jake, I still had to rent or buy everything, and if I couldn't find it at Hollywood Video I was pretty much out of luck. Now, I can download everything, from the most popular to the most obscure.

So, who is my new hollywood obsession, and did he really play a transvestite?

What was seen can not be unseen. You will now suffer just like me!

Recognize him? That's Clark Gregg, aka Agent Phil Coulson of the Marvel movies. Seen in hits like The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, and the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He was also in that... thing, a movie called The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, which I doubt I'll ever get the nerve to watch! 

If you minus all the war/government/mafia movies (eww), and all the TV series' (darn), and everything where he's more than 6th named in the cast, this is my watch list:

Brightest Star (2013)
Labor Day (2013)
Trust Me (2013)
Very Good Girls (2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
The Air I Breathe (2007)
In Good Company (2004)
11:14 (2003) 
My Sister's Keeper (2002)
State and Main (2000)
Lana in Love (1991)

Has anyone seen those movies? If so, what do you think? Did you like Clark Gregg? Do any of you even know who he is? Am I being too geeky? Am I asking too many questions?!