uh oh, new problem. i just walked away from my laptop for a second to use the bathroom. all that was open was Firefox with a webpage i was reading. came back to tons of text and at the bottom was:
Panic occurred, switching back to text console
tell me, please that this is not another bad omen! i've done nothing. haven't hacked any files, it was working fine and FAST all week long no problem at all! seems ok for the time being but now i'm worried. fsck reports nothing wrong this time
"If you treat your system like a kiln, don't be surprised when a brick comes out the other side."