Then this morning, I was happy to get the computer running in mere seconds! ...And then I plugged in the internet again and suddenly it all froze up. The internet is actually wireless, connected through a little antenna thingie that connected to the computer with a USB cable. So we tried plugging it in all the different ports, and there were some that wouldn't freeze up the computer but also wouldn't connect to the internet. But since we couldn't do anything with the computer frozen, we plugged it into a port that wouldn't freeze the computer and restarted. That's when the computer had the exact same problem starting up as usual, only this time it was immediately after restarting, when usually the problem only occurs if the computer has been off for a while.
Long story short, we think our internet connector thingie is somehow giving our computer start-up problems. Now we just have to figure out how we can stop that from happening and still connect to the internet.
In the meantime, while we were trying to figure out what was wrong with our internet connection, we wanted to get some actual work done, because as has been mentioned before, we're looking at total swampiness in the not-so-distant future. So, since the laptop doesn't need the weird connector thingie to connect to the internet, we started it up and worked on Negima! volume seven. It was very slow going, because I'm not used to the laptop keyboard, but anyway, it was a fascinating study in English adaptation. It would be even better if we could see the unadapted script to give us more clues into the thought processes that went into it.
And this afternoon we went to see Winnie the Pooh! There were aspects we liked and aspects we didn't like, which is pretty much what we were expecting. We were never big Winnie the Pooh fans to begin with, but we think people who do like Winnie the Pooh will probably like it. Although if they're the type of fans we are, they might like it even less--"You ruined the character! How could you do that!?" Though on the other hand, Tigger and Eeyore seem to be pretty much the same, and they're everyone's favorites, so we think most Disney Winnie the Pooh fans will like it. I really liked the short that came before it: The Ballad of Nessie. Mainly I say I really like it, because I kind of expected not to like it for some reason (maybe because of that short "The Cat Who Looked at a King" or whatever it's called on the Mary Poppins DVD, which I really did not like), but when it was over, I was like, "Oh, that was nice!" So I think that means I really liked it a lot, because I got over my prejudices for it.
I think I want to do a more detailed review of Winnie the Pooh, but not right now. I feel like I can't do it justice until I see it again. And I want to watch the original Disney feature; if I'm going to be comparing everything anyway, I might as well be more informed about it. Besides, Gopher wasn't in this movie, and I like him a lot. I was kind of sad that he wasn't in it.
Now we're waiting impatiently for the package containing our research. It didn't arrive while we were at the movie, but the UPS person did, so even though the tracking tells us it's scheduled to come today, it probably won't come until tomorrow or Monday. *pout* I really hope it comes tomorrow; we were hoping to get some workreation done over the weekend.
Today I'm thankful for important clues to solving our computer problems, Leia taking us to see Winnie the Pooh, Leia then taking us to PetSmart and Baskin Robbins, being able to get some work done despite our computer issues, and the Disney Eye Candy that Andreas Deja posted on his blog today (or last night, more likely).