Laughing for the Right Reasons and a White Screen of Death: Monday 1st August

The beginning of this week certainly got off to a better start then last, with a semblance of consciousness being maintained almost throughout the entire school day. In fact I was in such high spirits that I even managed to crack out a joke, enquiring into the age limit of sparklers in Japan. Peter Kay it was not, but it felt so good just to have the rest of the class laughing at something I had said, for all the right reasons.

The waiting room of the Apple store, AKA purgatory.

My iPod Nano seems to be suffering from what is helpfully referred to online as: the white screen of death. Thankfully this simply means that the menu screen is an un-navigable translucent blob, rather than being a malevolent force with the hospitality of a Gorgon. I thought that this would be a pretty simple problem to deal with, and that as it was still well within it’s warranty I could just pop along to the apple shop in Shibuya, show them my wares and keep repeating the words broken and white, either until it was fixed or I was carted away. Unfortunately this was not the case, as it turns out that I need to make an appointment to have the thing looked at; owing to their busy schedule this meant that they would be delighted to fit me in somewhere between now and the death of the sun.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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