Not exactly stuck in Spartanburg; Sort of loving it.

So I’m in Spartanburg, South Carolina to give a talk about digital writing assignments in a variety of Humanities classrooms. I’m not exactly stuck, though. Wofford is a picturesque little campus just greening itself from nine straight days of at least some rain. I’m not really used to this sort of weather. It can be pouring rain, and five minutes later intense sunshine finds itself a small envelope. Then the nearby dark-gray clouds dump more rain on us moments later. It’s actually spectacular. And the food is even better. In the last 36 hours, I’ve had maybe the best burger I’ve ever had, an amazing specialty roast beef sandwich (can’t remember the name), and easily the best beef stroganoff (yay, German food!) I’ve ever had. 

So far, I’ve had a few informal meetings with informal facutly, and I gave my talk this afternoon. The feedback was good. Then an incredibly enjoyable dinner with several faculty. And tomorrow, I’m really going to earn my keep. Three class visits, one meeting with three different departments, and another wrap-up meeting with a couple faculty members. 

And then tonight, I returned to my hotel room, turned on my Macbook Pro, and got the screen of death. Fuck. Now I’m sort of stranded. I’ve got my iPad and a keyboard for it, so I’m not completely crippled. But I don’t really have this system set up for my iPad to be my primary machine. I REALLY like the idea of having a nice powerful desktop machine at home, and then using my iPad as my portable machine. But there’s a risk in that. What if I invest in an iMac, and then find that my iPad doesn’t really meet my needs as far as a portable option? Not cool. 

A lot depends on what happens with my Macbook Pro. I’m pretty sure that my Apple care still covers it, whatever’s wrong with it. If that’s the case, I think I’m going to make are concerted effort to use it as my primary home machine until it dies a slow, honorable death, while I test out my iPad as a viable portable option. Then, when my Macbook Pro does actually die, I’ll know that an iMac is a reasonable investment.

However, if the laptop is both dead and beyond the protection of AppleCare, then the shit starts to get real. I’m thinking I’m going to try my hand at building Hackintosh. The complexity of the build is getting more accessible all the time, and the cost would be about half what Apple charges for a comparable machine. Not only that, I’d finally be able to take advantage of the dual monitor capabilities I abandoned when I moved to this Macbook Pro as my primary machine. 

So, I guess we’ll see how this plays out. But for tonight, I’m stuck in an expensive Marriott in Spartanburg, drinking hotel bourbon in the lounge, looking forward to an exhausting day tomorrow. More soon.

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