November 14th, 2007


I was hoping to have quite a post to share with you, as I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Rio. It was gonna be a downright aquarela da favela, complete with some really lovely pics of Vidigal at twilight. (I spent most of Sunday hanging with some kind favelados there.) The sad, sad news is that after transferring my photos to my laptop — and deleting them from my camera — my dang drive died.

So I’m reeling right now, wondering what I’ve lost for good, how to remember what’s on my calendar, etc. The photos feel like the biggest loss at the moment, but there’s plenty else that I’ll never recover. Comes with the territory, yeah, but that’s hardly consolation. So, sorry for the silence, which may continue for a bit as I try to reassemble all the bits and bytes of my life.

Obrigado for bearing with me. Hope to regale with tales from Rio, but alas no photos, muito pronto.


  • 1. Birdseed  |  November 14th, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Ouch. Hope you can rescue your stuff – if not from the drive then maybe the memory card. :)

  • 2. Birdseed  |  November 14th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Er, I didn’t mean to post that smiley. Sorry about that.

  • 3. wayneandwax  |  November 14th, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    No worries on the smiley.

    Perhaps you mean the memory card of the camera? I wish, but I don’t think it even has one.

    Quite gutted. But life goes on.

    If anyone knows any good, cheap data recovery services, though — basically my hard drive failed, mechanically — I’d love to know about em.

  • 4. kevin r hollo  |  November 14th, 2007 at 6:05 pm


    i also suffered drive failure, while finishing up my master’s no less! I (heart) Dell computers.

    One thing i learned from the experience (other than to regularly back up work, something I still struggle to do, even with all the sound+video work):

    There’s a huge difference between a hard disk not spinning and a hard disk that has been damaged.

    The former can be easily remedied. The latter is what costs mega bucks from those recovery services you mention.

    Let me know how it goes. And I never got a chance to ask if you found someone to help out with the layout ish? Not exactly my forte but I do design/development for a living.


  • 5. wayneandwax  |  November 14th, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    thanks for the tips and empathy, kev. i think it’s a stopped spinning problem, but we’ll see.

    and, yes, i did get some help on the design request.

  • 6. Birdseed  |  November 15th, 2007 at 5:54 am

    Yeah I meant the camera. If you’ve not overwritten the deleted pictures on there, that’s a lot easier to get to than the hard drive probably. Even if there’s no memory card there’s some storage on the camera, and if it’s NTFS formatted it should be a comparatively easy operation.

  • 7. Kariann  |  November 16th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Que pena, cara! Did you lose any other important work? I’m leaving for Rio on Monday, btw.

  • 8. wayneandwax  |  November 17th, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Have fun in Rio! What a place! Yeah, I lost all kinds of stuff — basically any writing, curriculum, lesson plans, DJ mixes, downloaded music/mixes, photos, etc., that are new since early Sept. And my calendar, and my to-do list, and my… Oh well. Just a bunch of 1s and 0s, right? At least a lot of the ideas are still in my head ;)

  • 9. johnnn  |  November 18th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    ahhh wayne what a bummer of an ending to a cool trip! hope they can bring it back… otherwise, I hope you enjoy the fruits of creative destruction – while reconstruction will be a bitch, you’ll def come up with some new insights in the process.

  • 10. wayneandwax  |  November 18th, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    well, it’s not looking good for my drive. but i’ve come out of it all ok: i got a new hard drive put into the laptop — twice as big too! — which is nice. & sure, i’ll have to rewrite some things, recreate some DJ sets, and other little tasks. but fortunately, i’ve been keeping my grades online this semester.

    the best news of all, though — or at least what makes the loss seem a lot less bitter — is that i discovered an effective, reasonably priced app to rescue my rio photos! will get a proper post up soon, but in the meantime you can see what i snapped here.


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I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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