News: February 16th to March 3rd, 2002 (10 entries)
11:00pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 3 Mar. 2002 [Sunday];
Quick entry: On Friday, Justin and Phillip came over and we played Quake
III on the 1400, 900, and AXP1700+ (the Vaio w/ WinXP wouldn't cooperate,
even tho I had all the protocols, IPs, and frame types set right) --
I mopped the floor with them. On Saturday, I assisted w/ a equine dentistry
presentation at TRAC (PowerPoint on a laptop plus a projector; more
complicated than it sounds) and that evening, Justin, Phillip, CrazyJew,
and Matt came over and we played Tile Chess and part of a Munchkin game.
The Tile Chess game ended in a surprising stalemate between Phillip
and myself. Today, our dog, Segen, got a torsion in her stomach and
my dad had to do some hurried surgery on her; she's still under the
anesthetic and ill. The pic below is of the set up Tile Chess board
(it's CrazyJew's move).
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2:21pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 28 Feb. 2002 [Thursday];
Yesterday my Sony CD-R (24x write) drive and 60 GB Maxtor HD arrived
from GoGoCity. The CD-R drive came with a single CD of burning software
which I filed away (who needs that when I've got Nero?). I installed
both drives and set up the BIOS like I wanted it (that Athlon XP 1700+
seems to run at about 118 degrees F, quite a bit hotter than the 1400
@ 107 F, tho I don't have a 120 mm fan in the codegen case and I ineluctably
scrimped a little bit on the HS). I went to install Win XP Pro, but
during the installation I got an error saying that the 'ASMS' file couldn't
be found. Well, having no other resources for Pro, I aborted installation,
booted from my Win 98 Upgrade CD and FDISKed the HD over again (somehow
I managed to lose my 1.2 GB Virtual Memory partition from FDISK to formatting
-- I'll get Partition Magic and fix that eventually)... Well, the whole
system is up and running now (that Radeon 8500 is superb) and
my network has been transferring files from the Vaio at speeds I've
never seen before (5.5 GB of MP3s in 6 minutes!). I tried out the CD-R
drive with Nero and I burned an audio disc of 71 minutes of music (all
straight from MP3s on the Vaio over the LAN) in 3:43 (m:s). Wow. Just
imagine how fast local stuff will burn. Anyway, I got everything on
the machine the way I like it. In my Intranet workgroup, the XP 1700+
machine is IDed as 'Shirley U. Jest.' My 1400 has always been 'Chesty
LaRue.' Hanwool's 1.2 GHz was simply 'Helga.' I guess it's kind of a
running joke (or something). I'd like to do some LAN gaming this weekend
and continue our GURPS Upsidaisium game from last week. A couple weeks
ago our next door neighbor, Mr. Sharkey, died from a heart attack...
Mrs. Sharkey has decided to move away (to live with one of her kids,
I presume) and may be selling her house to my parents. It's a pretty
nice place, right next to our house and in front of our back pasture.
We also have the property across the street from the Sharkey house (more
horse pasture), so if we get it, we'll have one fairly continuous block
of land. ION, my mice are becoming pretty domesticated; they eat a slice
of apple every day and I've been able to touch them without them biting
or scrambling. Okay, here are some pics of Shirley.
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2:32pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 26 Feb. 2002 [Tuesday];
There's a GURPS
4th Edition Poll! This was brought to my attention by Bob
Huss on the GURPSnet mailing list. I'd really like to see a single
mammoth tome that contains all the rules, in great detail, from Basic,
CI, CII, Vehicles and maybe High-Tech. While browsing SJGames' site,
I saw Robin's Laws of Good
Game Mastering, which looks like a must-have.
1:21am [PST; GMT -08:00], 26 Feb. 2002 [Tuesday];
Well, I just got a notice from GoGoCity
that they just shipped my HD and CD-R drive. I ordered those on the
19th. Yeesh. Anyway, last night I ordered The
Difference Engine: Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First
Computer from Amazon.com. It looks really good. Lately, I've really
been into Steampunk, Gaslamp, and Victorian stuff. Johnn Four, who runs
about.com's RPG section,
accepted my suggestion to add Space
1889's website to the 'Steampunk' section. What else? Oh, I ordered
some really kewl 2002
Model Official Girl Genius Goggles from Studio
Foglio. I wanna have my prescription lenses put into them. That'd
be real flash... couldn't look like some clacking, tyro steam engineer
git in those specs. Or something. Right now I'm reading Gibson/Sterling's
Difference Engine which I printed from a TXT file on my HP LaserJet
1100. I read it at home and I read Heinlein at school. I wish I had
an Apache server I could run Slashcode
on for this blog. It looks much neater, IMO. Watched Jay & Silent
Bob Strike Back today (as well as all the TV episodes of the Clerks
animated series). It was very funny, but also had a lot of profanity.
Anyway, it's late, so tchuss.
11:12pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 24 Feb. 2002 [Sunday];
Phillip, Justin, and I had a GURPS game on Friday in the Upsidaisium
setting (1883, London). Coincidentally enough, Greg's PBeM campaign
is taking place in 1887 London. Anyway, my parents are due home any
minute (they've been away for the last two weeks). My character in the
1887 PBeM is prolly going to be a rich Indian prince (or other high
Status individual) who has traveled to London to join a society dedicated
to studying the occult. I had started to make my PC on Thursday, but
computer troubles (XP, wonderful XP) have delayed its completion. I
finally finished d/ling Trigun ep. 9 (for some reason, it seems to be
rarer than the other ep.'s) and I watched it and 10 & 11 today on
the big screen (moved the 1400 workstation into the TV room to see 'em).
I also saw some Undergrads, which is an okay show (tho I can see why
MTV canceled it), and Shawks. Justin
and Phillip (Damien and Friz, in-game) killed three people and stole
some money and holsters (and a belt and a gun...). It was interesting.
Phil's first time playing GURPS, too. After the game, we saw Lego Chainsaw
Massacre and Phil tried to proselytize his Mac Cult.
11:19pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 20 Feb. 2002 [Wednesday];
There was a huge house fire across the street (the other side of Argent)
from my house (well, indoor arena). Some place that was under construction...
very high flames. I got out there before the fire-fighters showed up
and then I ran inside to get my Sony digital camera to snap some pictures.
I got 21 pics and sent the best two to a couple of local TV stations
and the Tri-City Herald. I've posted my favorite two pics here (edited
down from their original 1280 x 960). A local newscaster, Lucinda Kay,
actually responded to my e-mail [here; 490
bytes TXT] within 8 minutes of my sending it! Boy, that place was really
burning -- I could feel the heat from 100 yards away. Oh, I twisted
my left ankle running out there to take pictures (stepped in a bleeping
hole one of the dogs dug in the backyard). I have a test tomorrow in
Criminal Law, so I'd better go to bed after I upload these files. L8er.
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3:37pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 20 Feb. 2002 [Wednesday];
Ever read Douglas Adams' Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG)
trilogy? Well, if you haven't, let me explain one element of the stories:
a small device that had a number of entries (like encyclopedias) about
everything. This device was called the Guide and it had information
written by researchers about every topic, no matter how specific or
obscure. Often the entries were (unintentionally) humorous or brief.
Anyway, the BBC is hosting some sort of website that tries to emulate
the Guide by letting visitors write and search entries. It's really
cool. It's called h2g2.
Here's one particularly interesting entry I stumbled upon: Entry
ID: A695469; Deja Vu. I wrote up Entry
A698844 [or here locally; 1.21 kB TXT]
(I'm researcher #190146), which is about my home town, Pasco, Washington.
In other news, my grandmother flew back to Oregon today at about 7:40am.
I started reading a collection of Robert A. Heinlein stories in a book
called 'The Man Who Sold the Moon.' It's pretty old -- the earliest
copyright is 1939. It's also really good. Anyway.
4:25pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 19 Feb. 2002 [Tuesday];
Well, I got (well, purchased) my hard drive and CD-R drive. Both
came from GoGoCity
(best prices); the HD is a Maxtor
60 GB (7200 RPM, UATA-133, 8.5 ms) ($107), and the CD-R drive is
24x10x40 (24x write!!) ($85). Heh heh heh. As soon as they
arrive, my system will be complete (I need to go buy a NIC for it tho).
2:05pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 19 Feb. 2002 [Tuesday];
Got my exam back in Investments -- I got 108%. Best score in the class.
Woo. Anyway, John Emmett
e-mailed me [this, then this]
about a bug on the Search page (Excite form
code was broken) and then even sent me the corrected code! Thanks John.
Actually, the most exciting thing about his e-mail, to me, was the discovery
that ppl besides Justin visit this site! Gonna buy my HD and CD-R drive
today. I'll post what I got when the time comes. L8er.
10:06pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 18 Feb. 2002 [Monday];
I got a Radeon
7500 All-in-Wonder card today! It has a TV-Tuner, 64 MB DDR memory,
TV-in/out, and a DVI monitor port (there's a DVI to VGA adapter included).
It even comes with a remote. Very kewl. Also, I received my Gigabyte
mobo and Athlon XP 1700+ processor today. Installed both into that Codegen
case. I was worried at first b/c I couldn't get anything on the monitor
with the first two AGP cards I tried... turned out the USB connectors
were messing stuff up (the case has front-panel USB ports with odd cables).
Anyway, everything works now. Used my Arctic-Silver left over from building
the 1400. Oh, and I used a stick of 256 MB PC2100 DDR RAM from the 1400.
I just need to buy a CD-R drive and a hard drive for the new machine.
I also got Giants: Citizen Kabuto, MS Office 2000, Windows XP Pro, and
the first 10 episodes of Trigun over the weekend. Havn't played GURPS
for more than 20 days now, so I'm glad this PBeM game is starting up.
Don't know when (if?) I'll see Matt/Justin again.
9:30pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 16 Feb. 2002 [Saturday];
It's President's Day weekend. I have Monday off b/c of the holiday.
Had Wendy's for dinner tonight. The effort to save Futurama from cancellation
is still underway at Can't Get
Enough Futurama. It's been updated daily with important information
since the whole thing started. They currently have 50,000 signatures
on the petition (1 of which is Justin's). My signature is #11,634. Anyway.
I joined (or will join; it hasn't reached 'critical mass' yet)
a PBeM campaign run by Greg Littmann.
He posted about it [3.59 kB, TXT] on GURPSnet
and I thought it sounded interesting. I voted that the campaign take
place in 1880s London (others asked for 4th century Roman Empire, 4,000
B.C. Mesopotamia, and Rennaisance Europe). The pictures below are of
the aquarium and lid (which I built myself) which contain the two wild
mice I caught here in the house. Why the duct-tape? Well, I cut the
air holes with an 11/16 wood drill bit and apparently it was large enough
for the mice to squeeze thru. When I had the divider in there, they
jumped onto it and escaped through the center holes... but I caught
them bare-handed again! One was on the floor in a computer case,
the other was in the back of my bookshelf. Anyway, I removed the divider
and taped up the holes (I poked smaller openings in the tape, so there
is ventilation). That was last Tuesday, IIRC. On 2/14/02 I went to the
Gamache's to fix their main home system (problems with viruses and memory).
Oh, found out that Justin's sister (Danielle, I think) knows Drew (Hanwool
and I know him from Physics at PHS -- we all played Lunch Money together).
It's odd that Drew's in town tho; I thought he was up at UW. Well, whatever.
I'm looking up Victorian Sci-Fi/Steampunk stuff on the web. I downloaded
6 gigs of TV shows this week (Family Guy, Seinfeld, News Radio, The
Critic, Malcom in the Middle, Justice League, Jackass, and Kids in the
Hall, mostly). Want to see some great Flash animation and games? Go
look at Spiky Thing.
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