Friday, April 25, 2014

Defragmentation at 3 a.m.!

As empty vessels make the loudest sound,
so they that have the least wit
are the greatest babblers.
                       Plato 


Sitting here in front of the computer screen at 3 a.m. and truly wondering why I would have ever thought downing two cups of coffee at dinner would be a wise move, I watch as a computer program does its work.

 Defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation. It does this by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device used to store files into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments). It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using compaction to impede the return of fragmentation.
BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!!!!!!

Am I the only one who has those profound moments about life in the middle of the night?

Defragmentation is somewhat like real life and memories; is it not? This word just rolls off the tongue so easily and has me repeating it over and over while sitting here in the middle of the night hoping My Hero does not hear the rambling, because frankly he has a hard enough time believing I am all there most days lately. Go ahead try it if you don’t believe me…
DEFRAGMENTATION DEFRAGMENTATION ….cool eh?

Think about it, our memories are jammed into a box of files not labelled, floating around mixing and matching without any organization at all as we age. Oh I am sorry to assume that, this could possibly be only my memories and my mind.

Fragmentation occurs when the file system cannot or will not allocate enough contiguous space to store a complete file as a unit, but instead puts parts of it in gaps between other files (usually those gaps exist because they formerly held a file that the operating system has subsequently deleted or because the file system allocated excess space for the file in the first place). Larger files and greater numbers of files also contribute to fragmentation and consequent performance loss. Defragmentation attempts to alleviate these problems.
BLAH BLAH BLAH!!!!!!!!!

If I have not totally bored you by now and filled up your mind with things you did not know or frankly even care about I am going to tell you why this word has triggered one of those profound thoughts in the middle of the night and I will try to explain my theory on why I have been thinking that I may need a mind and memory defragmentation program button.

As I sit here in front of my computer defragging, something I am told is very important to keep your computer continuing to run smooth and not lose those things you have tucked away in there, it is basically organizing your life into little blocks of files making them easier to find managing them and freeing up free space making performance and searching for things much easier, at least that is what I understand about this process. This is not a techy blog, do any of these words sound techy to you? I know the cut and paste ones do, I borrowed them from http://en.wikipedia.org/ to help you understand.  BLAH BLAH BLAH.

My mind drifts to those memories which float around in my head bouncing from place to place trying to essentially find a place where they should be filed. They are all jumbled together essentially some sticking to some other memory that possibly may have some truths but since it was unknowingly let into the door of one memory it has twisted it into something I am not sure about now. I need a defrag button so I can get those floating file memories to where they should be.

For example there is this memory that continues to make me smile my Dad, my Grandmother, and my Brother out in a boat in the middle of a lake laughing and fishing. Sounds like a nice memory doesn’t it? OK hold on to your hat……….


 There was a monkey sitting on the seat beside my brother chewing bubble gum, I can actually imagine the sound of the smacking of that chewing of gum and when he blows a bubble, it pops and the boat filled with people who I love all laugh out loud. See what I mean?  Where in the world does that file belong and how did it float into my boat of fishing memories. I have no idea if any part of this memory is true or not, could it be a corrupt file that gathered tiny bits and pieces of memories and threw them all together to make a fake memory. A fake that I must admit I would really like to believe to be true, I do believe it would be the best memory ever.

Defragging the mind may put our memories or in this case fantasy life into some kind of order that you would rather not want to remember or believe happened, now all organized and labelled leaving tons of free space to once again fill with file memories that may or may not let another memory invade or corrupt later on when you are not paying attention.

This particular corrupted monkey memory I have chosen to keep, be it true or probably not because it makes me smile. I think if there was truly a defragmentation button on the side of my head I am not sure I would ever turn it on.

Would you?

You must excuse me now, the computer is now defragmented and I have an imagination that needs some fine tuning. I find myself wondering if that monkey was wearing a suit and a cute little bow tie.



Unfortunately now I find myself whispering in the kitchen in the middle of the night Defragmentation, Defragmentation. Oh yes indeed it does seem to roll off the tongue perfectly. 

Oh and since I am rambling anyway I must say I truly detest people who use that BLAH BLAH BLAH thing.

Darn coffee.

Later

40 comments:

  1. oh...I feel you there...I've done much the same thing myself.

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  2. Coffee after 5 pm has me up defragmenting in the middle of the night too B.
    Your fishing boat memories sound nice of your Dad and brother ~ when you added the monkey I automatically thought of that little monkey that use to show up in The Little Rascals series ( he was quite the character).

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  3. I hear you. I'm very sensitive to caffeine - it has gotten worse over the past 5 years or so - and now I can't have anything caffeinated after noon! It's a bummer.

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  4. I have a problem with coffee after lunch. This aging thing happening to my body sure is curious! What next?

    As for defragging, I wish I had a program that could defrag my brain.

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  5. I should be more diligent about defragging the desktop. Maybe after we turn it over to the kids? I'm on a laptop now....

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  6. That memory, even if not completely 'true', is still true...and perfectly exemplifies your creativity.

    The word that sticks to me like defragmentation sticks to you, is indubitably. As the Great Scot says, "it bubbles off your tongue like a fart in a bathtub". Funny guy, lol.

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  7. Defragmentation...Yeah, I think I'm at the point where I would turn it on if I had such a button for my brain! :)

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  8. I definitely need to defragment my brain sometimes - it operates on overdrive occasionally. Especially after my third or fourth cup of coffee lol.

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  9. Oh yes, I need to defragment my mind and my computer. I had to laugh at Jacqueline's comment about what the Great Scott says.

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  10. TOO FUNNY!!! I too had too many cups of coffee late yesterday and couldn't sleep and I spent much of the afternoon and evening TRYING to defrag and repair my computer that's acting up. Memory is a strange bird for sure.

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  11. So that is what you do when you can't sleep...lol
    Wouldn't matter how much tea or coffee I drank,I would sleep. I am lucky. Hughs M xx

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  12. hehehe, i don't drink coffee and use a sleep aid. i am easily amused, never bored, defragmentation, it's interesting!!

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  13. B,

    If I drink any coffee after 11AM, I'm up all night. I need to be real careful because I do love coffee and hot tea.

    Defrag, yes we have to do that every now and then and clean disk. We do ours over night when ever possible.
    Or shall I say, I let my husband do it since he's a computer geek.

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  14. I must find out how to do that....defragmentation...defragmentation....

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  15. Oh, yes, been there, done that, too, my friend! Somehow the middle of the night doesn't bode well for sleeping anymore.

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  16. My problem is brain fog. Yes, I have had green tea late afternoon thinking it was decaf and find out while trying to sleep that it was not. I have been there where you were. Welcome to getting older. Love your written words this morning. I can certainly relate. Love rusty images!

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  17. haha. i wish i had a rake to straighten out my brain files sometimes.

    and i defrag my computer now and again. :) not at 3 a.m., though.

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  18. the photos go perfect with this post buttons! have a great weekend and get a little rest in there!

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  19. As an insomniac, it's always in the wee hours of the morning that I do my personal defragging.

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  20. When I first read the title, I thought of a Claymore mine left over from the Viet Nam war. But that would be fragmentation, no defragmentation. (Yes, Bear's mind takes funny turns.) Glad your computer is working better; sorry you're not sleeping.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  21. I have those "up in the middle of the night" moments as well and I am not even a coffee drinker! : )

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  22. Well now. I just discovered what is wrong with not only my computer, but my brain as well. It's all in need of a good clean up.

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  23. my problem is that the monkey is always real.

    that is all.

    xoxo

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  24. Very funny! Brain research has discovered some interesting things lately. Brains are compared to computer memory systems. Yes, some things can get rolling around my head in the middle of the night.

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  25. I've made that coffee mistake too. It seems impossible that a little coffee can make you WIDE awake in the middle of the night, but it sure does! Good idea to defrag your computer. I haven't done that in a while. I just ate some dark chocolate. Maybe I'll be up later defragging my computer too. :-(

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  26. Caffeine only for me at breakfast and lunch. I just can't handle it anymore! lol

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  27. My mind definitely needs defragging. Great post Buttons!

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  28. My father passed away at a great advanced age, as you know. He used to get so confused about some thoughts at times. This would upset him to no end. I kept reminding him that at his advanced age, he had SO MUCH STUFF crammed into his brain, he was certainly entitled to get confused.

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  29. Interesting thoughts about defragging the computer and the mind. My mind is so cluttered sometimes and I wonder if how I perceive things is correct or how I imagine the past is accurate. It's all a jumble! I do know that if I ever did 2 cups of coffee at night, I would be up for the next 2 days! Hope you get to sleep! Have a great weekend!

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  30. Well I for one am glad you couldn't sleep so you could post this and remind me to defrag and also remind me why I don't do caffeine. I do hope you caught up on your sleep.

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  31. Your photos are perfect for the blog. God I wish I could defrag my mind. But it is a scattered mess, but somehow manages to get done what needs to be done. I have been doing the coffe thing late this last week. Well at least I have finally been up later to get around and visit my blog friends. So now that you are all defragged I expect you to work more at an optimal level. LOL Gets some sleep girl....

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  32. Beautiful explanation for defragmentation. Enjoyed reading it!

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  33. defragmenting my memory storage, I'd be afraid they'd get de-arranged, I like being fragmented as I've got my files up there as I can handle them so no I wouldn't push the button, Buttons :-) I ate two huge pizzas that had me up until 4H30 plus a little dog having some continual nightmare didn't help either..hubby slept like a log!

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  34. Dear Buttons...I would NEVER flip that switch. I cherish all my memories..and I am sure some are just something that was told to me at a very young age..who knows. Whatever the case..I'm keeping them as they are.

    I had to laugh when I saw the opening quip to the left of your post. The "blah blah blah thing." No empty vessel here..and I had just finished writing you an email full of "blah blah blah"..and even commented on it. So this post hit the spot.
    Yep..I defrag. All the time.
    I remember my late husband used to have what he called a memory file in his head and when I asked him a question..date, time..or anything..he would mentally go through his mental file and was shocked, SHOCKED, when he found I didn't have one. Yep...he though me nuts half the time. :)
    Have a great Sunday!
    Mona

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  35. Today I'm your twin, had to defragment, couldn't sleep had that great coffee at 3 pm and since when do I have a coffee a three pm not to mention my neighbours to left who is moving and making a racket all night and got up my neighbours downstairs were extremely loud with TVs and what not, so maybe I slept for an honour or too..you haven's a spare barn, would you I have three cats though but I'm they'll love their freedom I don't want o live with them i'm so very tired, can you adopt me, I'll work hard, and I'm a big loner and introvert, well never bother you...I like your life, but I am sick and get support from money I paid into working the govt all my life and I don't think the US would want someone they'd have to support, I love animals, I'm so so tired of people...see that's what happen when I don't sleep I ask people who have houses and farms to adopt me...I'm tired and I am rambling and having a coffee but it's early and it'll be the only one I'll drink well it's a mug but, who's counting...hope you get some rest, cause I never do

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  36. Oh yes, I often have moments like yours, and sometimes I go to bed far too late or early ,( like 4:00 a.m.) hoping not to wake my poor husband as I am laughing about a thought or memory. I have to say though, I have no memories as entertaining as yours...monkeys ?

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  37. ....and this is why I only drink decaf! LOL
    So sorry for your coffee trippin'!!!
    Defrag....defrag....defrag!!!
    ;-)
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  38. I just filled my cup of coffee up once again and its 5:00pm.. I am hoping I am not up all night. YIKES. great post my friend.

    Hugs~

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  39. I have the strangest thoughts when I can't sleep either. Just like our computers need defragging (though I never do mine, my husband does his religiously) I think it helps put things in order when we write about them. And our memories may include things that we're not sure were really part of the story--but that makes it a story, right? :-)

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  40. Your monkey thoughts are like the ones I sometimes get just before going fully to sleep. Totally unrelated to reality - always nice though!
    We usually only have our one, strong, coffee in the morning. Can get away, occasionally, with a treat coffee down at the bakery later in the day... I think because that one is accompanied by a cake or slice it minimises the caffeine. Ha ha, that's just my theory and it suits.
    Cheers Dear B :D) xx

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