Technology FAIL, or “Thanks, Google”

Yesterday I managed to get a few photos of Sabina departing for the women’s Typhoon races. When she came in from the races and asked for a photo to send to her friends, I pulled up the Gallery app and all I saw were blank photos. I scrolled and scrolled, and that’s all I saw. I thought, oh no, what’s wrong with my phone? Are the files corrupt? ¬†Eventually I scrolled enough to find the photos, and realized what happened. I must have left the camera app open when I pocketed the phone after taking those photos.

I ended up deleting 90 photos of the inside of my pocket. But not before Google, in its infinite wisdom and generosity of spirit, backed up the photos and created a “Google Auto-Awesome” animated GIF of them.


Another odd coincidence

Immediately after watching Going Clear, I drew a hot bath and cracked open Sean Brijbasi’s amazing act of wordamithing, The Unknowed Things, to the page at which I had last abandoned it. I immediately came across a passage containing the declaration, “The War Is Over!” Frightening callback (in my mind) to the powerful Nazi-esque scene in the film at which Miscavige presides over the victory celebration after the IRS caves on their tax-exempt status. Those exact words are projected in larger-than-life characters on a larger-than-life screen as pyrotechnics are detonated and fists are pumped.