Saturday, August 25, 2007

Columbus Revisited: A Laptop to the Rescue

Cafe regular Kevin reminded us this week that even BabyBlue has had access to Bishop Minns' laptop (here's a photo of Martyn Minns at Columbus as he apparently runs the entire Anglican Communion single-handedly from his laptop and cell phone).

Many of you who have been dropping into the Cafe since the very beginning may remember the disaster that fell upon us while at Columbus (no, this other one). We, of course, remember it very well. We were in the depths of despair. We were nearly inconsolable. We were sitting in the bar of the Plaza Hotel contemplating another gin and tonic and watching the grass grow as we stared forlornly at our own beloved PowerBook, sitting in front of us on the table as the glow of the Apple logo reflected into our empty glass and we listened, despairingly, to the sound of the hard drive going crunch, crunch, crunch. It was not a happy moment.

Here's an excerpt from the post:

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Columbus, Ohio

I had a major disaster last night. I had just taken a photo of Greg from Stand Firm and Jenny from the ACN and plugged the camera into my laptop to download when the whole laptop (I just got it in March) froze up. It's been frozen ever since. All I see is the "Apple" and the sound of something trying to get started on the hard drive (as though the laptop is trying to boot up but is stuck).

Last night I ended up at Max and Erma's over at the Crown Plaza with my laptop and Martyn Minns laptop trying to research what could be done (he has the same type of laptop as mine). We all even prayed over the laptop (NOTE: The Episcopal Church has been writing new prayers at this General Convention for all sorts of activities - do you think they could ask a special prayer for sick laptops? Maybe they could be inclusive and include prayers for both PCs and Macs?).

I worked on it until past 11:00 p.m. and still - all I could get up was the shining Apple logo. I was crushed.
What would I do?

Here we were at the final day of General Convention and I have crashed. My blogging colleagues here in the newsroom have been suffering through similar disasters as their servers explode (I actually thought I saw smoke coming out of Mike and Greg's ears at one point). Now I was joining them in the dungeon of despair. This was devastating.

Martyn and Angela came to my table at Max and Erma's and were so incredibly supportive. Here the church is frozen just like my laptop and theological and political fires are raging and I am in the depths of despair over my laptop. Their kindness - and the kindness of many others meant more to me then - dare I say it - even the laptop being healed, er fixed. People were praying. I knew there must be a way through this.

Then I suddenly remembered.

At the last moment I had decided to take my MacMini to Columbus - the box, the screen, the keyboard, the mouse, the whole chebang. I had planned to do podcasting live from Columbus (I've managed to do one which you can hear by going to the iTunes Music Store and search "podcasts" by typing "BabyBlueOnline"). But the Internet connection was so poor in the hotel it was extremely time consuming - and time is precious here. So I had been thinking that it hadn't really been worth it to lug the whole machine to Columbus.

Until last night.

I had backup!

So here I am - I got to the newsroom early so I could set up the whole rig without too much ribbing from the Pirates (the guy bloggers) in the newsroom. In fact, I may take a photo of it so you can see. MacMini's are cool - don't leave home with it it.

Backup is always a good thing to have, one way or the other. What we can tell you, laptops can be restored (see photo left). They can be better than they ever were. May it be so about other news of fresh disasters.


Kevin said...

Hmmm, now BB, you didn't answer my question.

The gossip paper of ecclesiology has determined that a major part of "A Most Agonizing Journey towards Lambeth 2008" was written on +Minns machine ...

Kendall Harmon wisely points out knowing what machine does not tell you who was at the keyboard ...

Now it would make sense that ++Akinola while in the US borrowed +Minns' computer to write this document and CoN has issued a release which this is inferred.

However, I remember one other person who managed to pull this trick off of obtaining the sacred lap top.

So I thought I might check ... [*Wink & Sly Grin*]

Unknown said...

Well, the truth is that Archbishop Akionla flew to DC with his flashdrive, his laptop wasn't working properly (he bought a new one while he was here, in fact) and so Bishop Minns laptop was put to work for the Archbishop. But the flashdrive, which contained the document, was the Primate's own (he carries it with him). His own laptop was fried (been there, done that, got the t-shirt).

And as we all know by now (it was certainly no secret) Arb. Akinola was with Bishop Minns here in Virginia - in the same room with him - as the final letter was produced (with all those hyperlinks), as Bishop Minns is one of his own Anglican bishops and Assistant Secretary of the Global South. Unless progressives now think that Martyn Minns is the primate and Peter Akinola is typing instead. That people would think it's the other way around illustrates quite well the Director of Communications of the Anglican Church of Nigeria's opening point in his statement to the Church Times.

It's just sad that the Church Times did not use any journalistic standards of professionalism before falling over the cliff with their gossipfest. A few phone calls would have been at least helpful.

It does illustrate what we've been dealing with since the last Lambeth Conference, that it is presumed that if you are a White Westerner you are the one with the smarts and if your are a Black African you are a real dunce. And friends, that is racism at its core.

Perhaps that is how the progressives have operated (and each of their charges tells us more about their methods of operating then anyone else, make no mistake about it). It also illustrates how backward these so-called progressives (one can hardly call them liberals) are about Arb. Akinola. Five minutes with him and you know who's in charge. He knows what's going on, believe me. His strength of leadership does not come from his office, but from his person. The Church Times should issue a public apology, if there is any decency left.


Anonymous said...

The Church Times should offer that apology and fire the journalists responsible. Jim Naughton, Susan Russel and all the other liberals who gleefully posted racist screeds on their blogs should be deposed and fired, and their pensions canceled.

Kevin said...

Well, I thought having YOU write it was much more fun ... but you had to spoil it with telling us the truth ... [*pout*]