The Bright Side of Life
The local shop charges $30 for a hard drive data recovery attempt. $90 if they succeed. What do I have on my dead hard drive worth that much? The only thing that might actually be worth that money are some of my old papers, mainly my senior project and my Newberry paper. Those could theoretically get me into grad school. But I have hard copies of those, and there should be earlier versions in my e-mail.
Then there's my music. There's no way my iTunes ratings and play counts can have survived. Which is sad, but also kind of refreshing. I get to reorganize my music! I get to recount my music, so everything has the chance to catch Flip Flop Rock! (by the way, my top 5 most played songs: 1. Flip Flop Rock - Outkast 2. The Whole World - Outkast 3. The Way U Move - Outkast 4. Hey Ya! - Outkast 5. Turn It On - Sleater-Kinney)
I do have some fairly rare music, mostly game music, which will be a pain in the ass to replace...but hey, replacing rare music is a force that gives life meaning.
I'll lose my pictures, mostly of Antioch last year, which is sad, but I've never put a whole lot of stock in pictures. There's a few files that are probably irreplacable, and some save games I'd love to have kept. But life is transitory. I won't miss the Wizardry VII sound patch that much, will I?