Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ice, Ice Baby

My computer is an ice addict.

Or maybe i should say, a cold addict.

Here i am, someone who does not tolerate cold well. My hands become a mess when it is cold. In the middle of summer, i take a chill just going into a grocery store.

Then here is my computer, overheating and shutting itself off at the drop of a hat.

There are cold packs in the freezer, and i have to keep at least 3 of them under and next to and on the laptop at all times. Otherwise, it shuts itself off from overheating.

So my time on the computer is spend keeping my ice addict computer cold enough to function.

Sometimes it goes through ice packs faster than i can refreeze them, so i will have to buy more.

Never did i dream that i would have to spend so much time trying to hold an ice pack on the computer with one hand at such an angle that i can still read what's on the screen.

Meanwhile, i have to go. The kittens are hungry -- as usual -- and it's time to change the packs again.

More ice, baby.

In honor of National Humor Month:

If at first you don't succeed. blame someone else and seek counseling!

Thibodeaux was driving down the road one day when he saw a beautiful woman standing in the middle of it. Thibodeaux hit the brakes and axed the woman, "What's wrong Miss?"
The lady explained, "My life is over. Nobody cares about me. I want it all to end, so I'm just praying that someone will run over me on this road."
Thibodeaux begged her, "No Miss. Please don't do that. You are beautiful, obviously smart, and you have a full life ahead of you. I'll tell you what. Jump in my truck and I will sneak you onto the boat I am working on. We are heading to France, so you can hide during the journey and we will slip off together in Europe and live a wonderful life."
The lady agreed, and Thibodeaux snuck her onto the boat as promised. For over three weeks, he fed her three meals a day, brought her water, and romanced her in the life boat after the crew went to bed.
Eventually, the captain of the ship caught the lady and asked her, "Miss, why are you hiding down in that cabin?"
The lady explained, "I'm so sorry. One of your crew, Thibodeaux, has been hiding me here, feeding me, and romancing me at night on this whole journey to France."
The captain giggled and told her, "No, no. We're not on our way to France. This is just the Chalmette ferry!"

Today is

American Academy of Arts and Letters Charter Day

Blah, Blah, Blah Day

Constitution Day -- Canada

Ellis Island Family History Day

Evacuation Day/Independence Day -- Syria

Flag Day -- American Samoa

Ford Mustang Day

Full Pink Moon -- a/k/a Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Full Egg Moon, Full Fish Moon (because the shad swim upstream)

International Peasants Day

Mahavir Jayanti -- Jain

National Cheeseball Day

National Submarine Day -- founding of the U.S. Submarine Force in 1900

Nimble Fairies' Scattering -- Fairy Calendar

Nothing Like A Dame Day

Palm/Passion Sunday -- Christian

Pet Owners Independence Day

Rato Machhindranath Jarta -- Nepal (chariot races for the god of rain)

Record Store Day (remember those?)

St. Stephen Harding's Day

Verrazano Day -- New York, US (Celebrates discovery of New York harbor by Giovanni Verrazano, Florentine navigator)

Women's Day -- Gabon

World Hemophilia Day

Birthdays Today:

Victoria Backham, 1974
Jennifer Garner, 1972
Liz Phair, 1967
Olivia Hussey, 1951
Harry Reasoner, 1923
William Holden, 1918
Nikita Krushchev, 1894
J.P. Morgan, 1837

Today in History:

Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales for the first time, at the court of Richard II, ten years to the day after the pilgrimage actually began, 1397
Christopher Columbus signs his contract with Spain to find the Indes, 1492
Martin Luther stands firm and refuses to recant before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America, 1797
The first Sino-Japanese War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, 1895
A one day record 11,747 immigrants are processed at Ellis Island, 1907
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed by the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company, 1924
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut, 1937
At midnight, 26 Irish counties officially break with the British Commonwealth and form the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco begins, 1961
Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang, 1964
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air, 1964
The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely, 1970
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 1982
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends, 1986


  1. Sounds like your fan isn't working properly. Have you tried cleaning it so that it's free of dust and cat fur (mine tends to collect cat fur and I only have two creatures) or perhaps just replace it?

  2. Also, a laptop cooling mat - although you probably alread tried one!

    Chalmette ferry! I almost choked laughing at that one. Too good!

    Love, PG

  3. Thibodeaux has my vote for one smart cookie! Hmm. Someone once suggested dry ice for overheating computers, but I am not sure how you vent it in for said computer to use. (I hang around techies a lot, maybe one of them could suggest something... If I can understand what they are telling me...)


  4. Thanks for the suggestions about the computer, all of you. Probably the fan doesn't work at all, and it's so old it's not worth fixing that. So i will just continue to ice it, as that's the cheapest option and right now we are so poor we can barely pay attention!

  5. Mimi, I bought a cooling pad - fan-driven with by USB that runs right from the computer itself - from RadioShack for under $15. They always have one on sale from one brand or another. This would probably solve your problem, 'cause it does exactly what your broken fan would be doing. Try one, you can always bring it back if it doesn't do the trick.

    Wonder if Thibodeaux has any ideas... =)

  6. PonyGirl, i'll check Radio Shack, thank you. As for Thibodeaux, well, he or Boudreaux are always up to something or another.;)

  7. I had the same problem for a long time. My husband had to take my old Dell computer apart every other week to clean out the fan. He also changed one of the settings that allowed the fan to run at a higher speed. I'm not sure what it was but I'm sure if you check with someone who knows anything about computers they could tell you how to do it. I finally got a little netbook with income tax money. I totally love my netbook.


  8. Thanks, Kathi! That could help greatly, too.