“The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.”
Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Last week, before I could do a video interview at home I had to overcome various outside noise issues as well as the following technical issues. (These are the actual message.):
This was something that I’d done before, so I didn’t think I’d have to jump through so many hoops. It ended up taking hours of updating software and trouble shooting after updating. It was a comedy of errors—full of conflict—but it all worked out at the end of the day. (Actually, at the end of day 2, but who’s counting?)
It reminded me of a Robert Rodriguez quote from my 2015 post Nothing Ever Goes as Planned. Here’s an excerpt:
Sometimes when I hear new filmmakers talk, they talk all down about their film—‘Oh, nothing worked’ and ‘It was a disappointment’—and they don’t realize that’s the job. The job is nothing is ever going to work at all. And you go, ‘How can I turn that in a way to turn it into a positive?’ And you get something much better than if you had all the time and money in the world.”
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez
Interview with Tim Ferriss
In my case, I upgraded to macOS Sierra (10.12.3) and got done what I needed to get done. When all was said and done I fired up a Prompter People telepromter I hadn’t used in a long time to see if the software worked with the new OS system. It did and and it gave me an idea to explore vlogging/podcasting based on this blog.
The simple lesson is things can and will go wrong. In filmmaking and in life. (Revelation, right?) But do your best to work through it and look for something good to come out of the struggle.