touch & go..

we all have tools for the job yes?.. it’s what separates us from the monkeys… oh wait.. separates us from the sea otter… no.. from the jellyfish or whatever..

I’ve never been a ‘tech-head’, or a ‘gear snob’.. but when i find something that works great for me, i get rather attached to it & i’m fiercely loyal..

i recently had a scare with my wacom graphics tablet.. the wacom is absolutely pivotal to my photo editing workflow & we have been through a lot together – 4 years, edited 200 ish weddings, 165 blogposts, & countless late nights.. my wacom is worn.. the surface is buffed with use.. a tiny hole in the surface, but i love it..

my very tired & beloved wacom very nearly left me recently.. see below for a section of telephone transcript** from that day..

~what is it?~
my wacom.. it’s not breathing
~is there a pulse?~
there’s a blue light on, but stylus is frozen & cursor is flickering.. it’s not responding!
~have you unplugged your wac…~
yes,yes i’ve tried that..
~have you restarte…~
YES! unplugged-replugged, updated drivers, shut down-restart computer.. tried all that, still nothing.. please hurry!
…….
~how old is your wacom?~
four years old.. pleeease! *tears*
…….
~your wacom has gone into cardiac arrest, there’s not much we can do now, i’m sorry..~
NO!
~i’m sorry sir..~
…………
*calm* please.. i’m in the middle of editing a wedding.. wacom is all i’ve ever known, we’ve been through so much together.. i love it.. i need it….  help me Obi Helpdeskenobi, you’re my only hope..
…….
…….
hello?
~listen carefully.. unplug your wacom.. & hold it close..~
what?
~just do it!~
*unplugs wacom*
what now..
~now hold it.. hold it tight & tell it how much you need it..~
i don’t understa..
~do it now! trust me this is your only chance..~
ok.. i’m putting the phone down *sniffle*..
……………..
*background voice(s) detected. response inaudible. tape advance 38 seconds*
……………..
~hello? are you there?~
…….
*tears* yes, yes i’m here.. wacom is responding.. stylus & cursor are working again, thank you…thankyou..
~that’s great, i saw that work in the first & second Matrix movies, so i thought it was worth a try.. is there anything else i can help you with today todd?~
no thanks..
~enjoy your weekend~
bye.

** (telephone transcript may or may not be fictional)

work hard & stuff..

..::toddd

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14 September 2012 - 11:17 pm

Melinda ::love::

14 September 2012 - 9:19 pm

Bibiana Silveira that was amazing. i needed that. thank you. i have the same relantionship with my acer, which is not as much of a piece of crap as you’d expect.

14 September 2012 - 4:37 pm

Kelly I fucking love you man

14 September 2012 - 2:58 pm

tina I love true stories with beautiful endings . Thanks

14 September 2012 - 2:51 pm

Tamara A raw & powerful story of the love between a man and his tablet, a beautifully written tale of an unorthodox yet life-long bond between one man and his tool.

Masterful.

14 September 2012 - 2:18 pm

Kristen Cook It will forever go down in history as one of those ‘I remember where I was the day Toddy’s wacom tablet (almost) died…”

14 September 2012 - 1:43 pm

Kirsty Aksentiew GOLD

14 September 2012 - 1:41 pm

Peter If I was a woman, I’d probably say I just weed in my pants a little.

14 September 2012 - 1:36 pm

Nick Evans Hahaha. Thanks for the Friday arvo laughs.

14 September 2012 - 1:23 pm

Rog brizziliant.