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Ghost in the machine

The unspoken reliance on being wired into the system only becomes visible when the wires are severed -- which is unfortunately my current situation, as I watch my laptop go through the latest of its death-throes, beginning with optical drive issues and now mutating into what I suspect to be logic board or IDE controller failure. Whatever, I'm laptopless for the moment, so only checking email sporadically.

Inevitably, the part of me that secretly wants to escape technology is rejoicing, as it's finally allowed the time to pick up one of the many unread books that seem to continually accumulate next to my bed...