News: March 31st to April 20th, 2002 (10 entries)
5:27pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 20 Apr. 2002 [Saturday];
Went to Phil's LAN party last night; pretty good. We played SC: Broodwar
and Unreal Tournament (mostly UT). In UT we used the Matrix
Moves Beta 4 and U4e
mutators a lot. Fun. Phillip showed me this game, glTron.
It's free and runs on practically every OS. I even made an 'art pack'
for it (skins/textures; screenshot below). If anyone wants the art pack,
just ask; I'll e-mail it to you (it's about 590 kB, zipped). Anyway,
it's pretty addictive. I saw this
on SlickDeals.net and am thinking
of buying one -- it's a 120 GB HD (7200 RPM, 8MB cache) for $142 shipped.
Anyway. Slashdot posted a news item about this
stupid, short article at TweakTown. It's a guide on compressing JPEGs.
OMG, there are people out there making JPEGs and not compressing
them? And they need to be shown how? Idiots. What's really surprising
is that TweakTown was able to produce a 4 page essay on something that
I could teach a monkey in 50 words or less. ipKonfig
even posted a summary of this thing. Ecch. What else? I (sort of) made
a panoramic picture of the road in front of my house. It's below (original
size is 3216 x 462 pixels, but I cut it down to 1608 x 231 for the site).
I'm bored and Justin wants to have a GURPS game tonight, so I might
try to do that. Not much else I can think of to do. Oh, I'm going to
try to put Windows XP Pro on Shirley (w/ dual boot so I can keep Win98
for gaming). Well, TTFN.
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7:59pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 18 Apr. 2002 [Thursday];
My grandmother called and asked if I would build her a new computer.
So here's a write up of the system I decided
to make her. It's a decent machine with a price of just under $600.
1.2 GHz Duron, 80 GB HD, 256 MB PC2100 DDR RAM, CD-R. Anyway.
11:27pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 17 Apr. 2002 [Wednesday];
Not much going on. Today I went to Guajardo's Cafe to work on their
Sanyo ECR 225 cash register (power outtage seems to have messed up the
date and tax settings and I can't change them). Justin wants to have
a GURPS game, Phillip told me he's going to have a LAN party at his
house starting this Friday (sounds like it'll be primarily UT, hopefully
I can get 'em to play FreeSpace 2). I changed some stuff on Shirley
(the Athlon 1700+ XP system), so here's a pic. Also, I updated the Computer
Systems page to include it. Tested Justin's Fujitsu HD... it reports
a capacity of 11.5 GB (it's supposed to be 20), which isn't worth the
extra weight it adds to my system, so I'm just gonna give it back to
him. I'm thinking of buying a LaserBay.
I need something to fill that top 5.25" bay on Shirley. Green or
blue? Hm. Anyway. Today's MP3: White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl.
Been a while since I did one of those.
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9:50pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 15 Apr. 2002 [Monday];
Finally, some interesting stuff on GURPSnet -- Emily Smirle is building
arachno-walkers for dwarf Orca uplifts and there's a thread on how Mithril
is aluminum and Adamantium is titanium... it's a little more complicated
than that. Anyway. I went to Bandwidth
Place's Speed Test and got my satellite connection tested... the
results are below. They say 54.4 kB/s but I've gone as high as 150 on
better servers and average 70 on downloads from good FTPs/sites like
those for Blizzard, ZDNet, FilePlanet, etc. I'm Reading George Carlin's
Napalm & Silly Putty right now. Very funny. Oh, and here's another
picture of the mog (that's what we call Gordo's breed). Here're my scores
from the three games we bowled last Friday: 89, 68, 77.
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5:43pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 12 Apr. 2002 [Friday];
My mom got a puppy... some sort of Chihuahua, Pitbull, Lab, Corgi cross
or something. It's mother was definitely a Chihuahua though. There's
a pic below. Also, here's my core dump on Sean from the last 6 months
or so (two pics). The first one is him and his friend Kate, the next
one is his view of the Academy from his dorm room in Colorado (in winter,
obviously). I also noticed this,
which barely makes any sense to me at all... I'm going bowling tonight
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11:43pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 10 Apr. 2002 [Wednesday];
Apathy. Can't do FTP with Geocities anymore. Sucks. Got my binary clock
(pictured below). Got FreeSpace 2 (212 MB self-extracting archive).
Thursday, GURPS. Friday, bowling. That's all.
8:13pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 8 Apr. 2002 [Monday]; Post
Missed some more days again... well, here's a quick summary: Thurs.
- bowling was very fun, but I was out of practice (hadn't played since
1995). I got (IIRC) 22 my first game and 79 my second. We decided to
go after 9:00pm b/c the rates drop from $3.00 to $0.99 after 9:00pm.
Diane Debra, showed up in time for our
second game. Fri. - had a LAN party w/ Phillip, Drew (Wooley),
and JD (ran CAT5 out to the shop again for internet access and files
on the Vaio). We played Diablo II: LOD, Unreal Tournament, Parsec, and
StarCraft: Brood War. That flowed over into Sat. too. Very fun.
Got some new games out of it, too; Alice, Descent FreeSpace (old but
good; also got the expansion), and Evil Islands. Sun. - cleaned
up from LAN party. Installed the new games (Alice looks amazing and
FreeSpace is very addictive). Missed some of my favorite shows cuz daylight
savings messed up my time table. Did catch the Simpsons tho (which is
being sued by Rio, according to Slashdot).
Mon. - woke up with a call from the bank saying my credit card
number may have been stolen on the internet, although the last 4 charges
on it were ones I had authorized. Getting it replaced. GURPSnet mailing
list has been really dead lately. Going to revive Shinpi Nokori GURPS
campaign sometime this week (I may end up making all the players' characters
for them, however). All my stocks, except DGJL, closed up today.
Even so, my ROI for the whole portfolio is still at a ghastly -9.1%.
I downloaded the FreeSpace
2 demo -- extremely good. Much better than the original (being able
to run at 1024 x 768 @ 32 bits color is the biggest noticeable change).
The first nebular mission is very kewl. Good Penny-Arcade
today. Oh, and there's some really neat stuff over at StudentFilms.com.
3:09pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 4 Apr. 2002 [Thursday];
Hooray, I'm part of the Middle 5% of the Web. I don't really know what
that's good for. It took a minute to be accepted, so it must be worth
something, right? Anyway. Might have a little LAN party this weekend.
Going bowling with Phillip, CrazyJew, and Justin tonight around 8:00pm
(I think we're going to someplace called Celebrity Bowling or something
like that). I'm still getting over this infernal cold Hanwool gave me.
Saw Greg the Bunny last night. It was pretty good. Also, Law & Order.
Good. DGJL is up twelve cents today! That works out to an ROI of 120.4%
to date (for me). Everything else is still producing a negative ROI
(tho AEOS is up $2.09 today). Well, that's all for now.
5:21pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 2 Apr. 2002 [Tuesday];
Sent off my proxy voting form for the April 25th meeting of AMD
shareholders. Also, I bought Cannibal the Musical on eBay for $15, a
5.25" bay front-side port thing on Directron for $12, and a 16x
Sony DVD drive and 24" multi-colored, braided, silvery-type ATA-133
cable (pictured below since it's sorta hard to describe) from GoGoCity
(the cable was only $9 which is the best price I've seen for them anywhere
-- 1CoolPC has it for $16). I'm taking Chemistry and English classes
at CBC this quarter, Sociology in the summer (shorter classes, why not?).
Haven't heard from Greg about our 1887 PBeM game. Might e-mail the others
to see if they've heard anything if I don't get an e-mail by Thursday.
I'm going over to Justin's tonight to install a new 20 GB HDD (his old
one seems to have gone bad or something -- I'm gonna buy it for $10).
BTW, I now carry my cell phone with me everywhere (I used to leave it
in the car), so anyone can call me at (509) 948-5164. Oh, my order for
50 shares of ELCO
was filled this morning at $0.66/sh. (unfortunately, it closed at $0.60/sh.).
Ironically, ELCO was the only thing in my portfolio that closed up
today (5 cents).
9:56pm [PST; GMT -08:00], 31 Mar. 2002 [Sunday];
I got a new cell phone on Friday -- the Motorola Timeport P8767 (Motorola's
site). Pictures are below. The one with two phones is a side-by-side
of my old Nokia 5100 series and the Timeport. Anyway, it has an Organic
Electro-Luminescent Display (OELD) with 3 colors. It's really cool.
Hanwool went back to UW at 4:00am today, Phillip invited me to a croquet
game (couldn't go), we had a Zombie-world GURPS game last night, and
I made deviled eggs. I have school tomorrow, so I gotta switch my laundry
over and get some sleep. Oh, and I found out that my Geek.com e-mail
(that I paid $10 for a year of) does not support SMTP outgoing e-mail...
I can receive mail thru a POP3 server in OE, but I can't send unless
I log on to webbox's crappy website. Of course, they tell you this after
they have your money. Their FAQs all imply you can send and
receive thru an e-mail client. Gah. Anyway, you can send me mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to.
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