So I bricked my phone last week.
For some months my phone battery has been having *issues*. Mostly turning off when it still had reported charge left on the battery. You'd connect it to power and it would instantly come back with like 30% or 40% or even the nearly 100% one time. Alternatively it would drop right down to 1% and then stay there for hours.
So last week it had been at 1% for hours then finally died. But when I plugged it in, it didn't come good. It just sat there saying the battery was flat.
I left it charging overnight, but sadly in the morning it was doing just that, and wouldn't turn on.
So I thought I'd bite the bullet and get a new battery for it that day. Except I needed the phone in the morning for work. So I tried doing what I'd seen suggested in various places on the internet - warm the battery up. I stuck the phone behind a storage unit power supply and left it warming up for five minutes. Plugged it in and it worked! Turned on with 82% battery. Go fricken figure.
It did the same thing twice more last week and I was able to resurrect it, but it's clearly time to either 1) get a new battery or 2) get a new phone.
Getting a new battery is certainly cheaper - @CLBradley recently got a new one for his daughter's phone for $55 and it's been fine ever since. But I have been struggling for a while with this phone. It's been *full* in forever, and I have constantly delete photos to clear space. I certainly don't have room for music. Also it's struggled ever since going from IOS 6 to IOS 9. It's just laggy and annoying and a better processor would be a plus. There's also the dilemma of whether to buy it outright or get locked into a contract. I've been complaining about Optus' crappy service for years, but at least it only costs me $30/month for 1.5GB data (which I only use about half of that a month) *and* I get a second sim (actually you can have up to 5 sims on one plan) for nothing.
So in the end I decided a new phone would be in order. The old one is nearly four years old after all.
But now for the next dilemma. What to get.
For ages I was never interested in the 6 because they were so much bigger. Being a girl I get jeans with completely useless girly pockets which are barely big enough to hold the current phone. Anything bigger just wouldn't fit in my pockets. Then Apple brought out the 6 SE which was the same size as my current phone. So if I was going to get a new phone, that was likely what I'd get. Even with the battery issues of cramming all that stuff into a smaller space with a smaller battery (so I heard).
The iPhone 7 is due out in the not too distant future. I could try and hold out long enough for that.
I could wait all that time and find they don't have a small version anyway. So I'd have waited all that time and then not been able to get what I wanted.
Although it could mean getting a 6 SE a bit cheaper..
It's all too hard, so I'll probably end up doing nothing except complaining about my phone dying all the time.
So this weekend consisted of:
* photographing Cotter and Stromlo
* driving to Sydney and a dinner with mum for our birthdays (had pork ribs - yum!)
* awake at stoopid o'clock
* finally getting to see the Sea Cliff Bridge up close
* driving home
* house tidying, bed changing, sheet washing, Survivor watching, tuna bake cooking.
I'm still trying to get through old food in the house. I dug out four tins of tuna that had gotten mouldy from being out at the club (the labels, not the tuna) and two small tins of creamed corn that had been in the pantry forever. Mixed them with a small thing of cream from across the road, a sachet of cream of mushroom soup, and a clove of pickled black garlic, then over half a pack of pasta, topped with cheese then baked for forty minutes. For something so random it was quite delicious, and there's a bunch less things in the pantry now.
Last night we had an ex-colleague of Stu's over for dinner. Had potato bake and veggies and chatted and it was all very pleasant.
Tonight I filed lots of emails. Hurrah.
Saturday spent the whole day at work looking at graphs.
In the evening we went to Mishi's for a games night but ended up just chatting all night and not playing any games.
Sunday was pretty much just housework and organising stuff all day. Tried out the Casey Supabarn for something different. They have some interesting stuff there.
Today I spent pretty much all day chasing a blip.
Tonight I got through my Monday night routine that included cooking and eating dinner, cleaning up the kitchen, doing a load of washing and watching an episode of Star Trek all before 7:30pm. So I prepped tomorrow night's dinner which was done by 8pm and spent most of the rest of the evening going through a pile of crap that's been building since last year some time.
On Saturday night we went to see Star Trek: Beyond.
A massive CGI-fest followed.
It was all very pretty and all, but the whole thing felt a bit ..
Stu thought the bad guy's motives were a little weak.
I just kept seeing other movies.
Like Star Trek Generations.
And Star Trek IV.
And that scene from Mars Attacks. You know the one I mean.
Jaylah was pretty cool though. And they were pretty brave giving Sulu a husband. Obviously a nod to George Takei, although he apparently wasn't happy about the idea. And they paid homage to Leonard Nimoy's passing as well which was nice.
Friday night after a completely blah week Chrissie suggested drinks and takeaway. We said so long as no drama then ok. So we did that and it was quite nice.
Saturday was mostly housework and trying to sort out paperwork. Cause that's all I seem to do on weekends.
Saturday night was going to be a p0ker night but Serena was very sick and we had to cancel, so we decided to go to the movies. Went and saw Star Trek Beyond.
Sunday I mostly spent doing puzzles - nonograms and jigsaws. Went to lunch at Casey Jones with Annie and the family (food was pretty good but service was pretty slow), then went back to their place for dessert and mostly did a jigsaw they'd had out for ages not getting done. Then the little brother and Kat arrived. Had KFC for dinner (somewhat of a tradition). We finished the 1500 piece jigsaw I had out, then smashed out a 1000 piece jigsaw in the evening.
Tonight David and Kat came back cause their day at the museum finished a lot later than they'd hoped. So we did a 500 piece jigsaw. As you do.
Tonight I finished looking at and geotagging the last three (four) days of the trip. All twenty thousand photos (including mum's).
That took longer than the trip did..!
My dad always used to refer to not touching things as not "fingerpoken and mittengrabben". And dumb people were dummkopfs. And rubberneckers as, well, rubberneckers. This version doesn't talk about "cottenpicken fingers", but he used to refer to those as well. So did mum.
I don't know that I've ever actually seen this poster though. But it's been around for a very long time.
Friday night we watched Argo. I liked it, aside from constantly thinking "did this *actually* happen?". Well the plane chase apparently didn't. heh.
Had a pretty quiet weekend. Did a lot of housework and stuff. Geotagged a few days worth of photos. Did food shopping yesterday. Watched several episodes of TOS. This afternoon I pretty much just cooked all afternoon. First up a raspberry crumble from a packet of frozen raspberries that had been in the freezer probably since I inherited them off Potty at the end of last year. Then a breakfast lasagna. Then a real lasagna (prepared but not baked yet). Had a break to have a walk at the very muddy Palmerville. Then finished up with a small roast for dinner.
The sweetie made good progress on his essay until he got a migraine tonight :(
Now we're both going to have an early night.
So we finished watching the Homeland episodes available so far, and we've started watching Star Trek: The Original Series. Prompted me to go hunting ASTRA again (the Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis). I posted
a few ten years ago that they'd merged into GEOS.tv, but that site appears to have died.
So here's how the episodes rated as of 1 August 1995, from aus.sf.star-trek
Subject: RESULTS: [TOS] Episode List 95.8
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (ASTRA)
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 1995 10:56:13 +0800
A * S * T * R * A
Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis
STAR TREK: The Original Series
01 August 1995
Figures are: <Rating> <Voters> <Std Dev> <Title> <Season>
8.4 (35) 1.74 The City on the Edge of Forever <S1>
8.3 (31) 0.96 Mirror, Mirror <S2>
7.9 (32) 1.42 The Trouble with Tribbles <S2>
7.6 (28) 1.48 Amok Time <S2>
7.6 (30) 1.34 The Devil in the Dark <S1>
7.4 (18) 1.24 Balance of Terror <S1>
7.2 (23) 1.88 The Doomsday Machine <S2>
7.2 (3) 0.85 All Our Yesterdays <S3>
7.2 (3) 2.25 A Piece of the Action <S2>
7.0 (2) 2.00 Is There in Truth No Beauty? <S3>
7.0 (26) 1.79 Operation: Annihilate <S1>
6.9 (30) 1.85 Space Seed <S1>
6.8 (27) 1.78 Tomorrow Is Yesterday <S1>
6.8 (30) 1.36 A Taste of Armageddon <S1>
6.8 (23) 1.41 Bread and Circuses <S2>
6.7 (21) 1.54 The Changeling <S2>
6.7 (30) 1.04 Errand of Mercy <S1>
6.6 (16) 1.90 Court-Martial <S1>
6.6 (25) 1.43 Metamorphosis <S2>
6.6 (24) 1.56 The Galileo Seven <S1>
6.5 (31) 1.45 This Side of Paradise <S1>
6.5 (21) 1.63 The Menagerie I <S1>
6.5 (24) 1.26 The Deadly Years <S2>
6.5 (3) 3.34 The Enterprise Incident <S3>
6.2 (24) 1.81 Arena <S1>
6.2 (23) 1.83 I, Mudd <S2>
6.2 (17) 1.84 The Menagerie II <S1>
6.2 (19) 1.49 The Conscience of the King <S1>
6.2 (31) 1.72 Shore Leave <S1>
6.1 (19) 1.30 The Naked Time <S1>
6.0 (3) 2.16 Journey to Babel <S2>
6.0 (3) 0.00 Assignment: Earth <S2>
6.0 (2) 0.00 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield <S3>
6.0 (26) 1.61 The Return of the Archons <S1>
6.0 (23) 1.86 Wolf in the Fold <S2>
6.0 (11) 1.42 The Cage <S1>
5.9 (27) 1.81 Who Mourns for Adonais <S2>
5.9 (27) 1.33 Friday's Child <S2>
5.9 (18) 1.91 Dagger of the Mind <S1>
5.8 (3) 1.43 Return to Tomorrow <S2>
5.8 (19) 2.50 The Squire of Gothos <S1>
5.8 (19) 1.88 Miri <S1>
5.7 (16) 1.29 Where No Man Has Gone Before <S1>
5.7 (3) 2.62 The Ultimate Computer <S2>
5.7 (3) 1.70 The Immunity Syndrome <S2>
5.7 (3) 2.62 By Any Other Name <S2>
5.5 (26) 2.18 The Apple <S2>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Elaan of Troyius <S3>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Obsession <S2>
5.3 (29) 2.03 Catspaw <S2>
5.3 (4) 2.38 The Tholian Web <S3>
5.2 (19) 1.46 The Man Trap <S1>
5.2 (20) 1.41 Charlie X <S1>
5.2 (3) 0.24 The Empath <S3>
4.9 (19) 1.90 The Corbomite Maneuver <S1>
4.9 (21) 1.83 Mudd's Women <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.07 The Enemy Within <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.22 The Alternative Factor <S1>
4.9 (19) 1.68 What Are Little Girls Made Of? <S1>
4.7 (3) 1.25 Whom Gods Destroy <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.25 The Savage Curtain <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.89 The Paradise Syndrome <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 Specter of the Gun <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 A Private Little War <S2>
4.5 (2) 0.50 Wink of an Eye <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 That Which Survives <S3>
4.5 (2) 1.50 Requiem for Methuselah <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 For the World Is Hollow.... <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 The Mark of Gideon <S3>
4.3 (3) 2.05 The Gamesters of Triskelion <S2>
4.2 (3) 1.65 Turnabout Intruder <S3>
3.8 (3) 2.09 Plato's Stepchildren <S3>
3.5 (2) 0.50 Day of the Dove <S3>
3.5 (2) 1.50 The Lights of Zetar <S3>
3.3 (3) 1.25 Patterns of Force <S2>
3.0 (3) 1.41 The Omega Glory <S2>
2.7 (3) 1.25 And the Children Shall Lead <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Cloud Minders <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Way to Eden <S3>
1.5 (2) 0.50 Spock's Brain <S3>