News: November 2, 2003 to November 28, 2003
it's now Phill's birthday. He's 21 today. We'll probably be doing
something to celebrate this evening. Just finished ordering the
Red vs. Blue DVD. It should
be arriving about the same time as my copy of Flowers for Algernon,
which I got off Amazon for $0.22 (used) yesterday.
2003 (Fri); Post #410
BTW, I got my thief up to level 13. Nearly died when this overconfident
summoner convinced me to attack a Goblin Butcher with him in the
maze off Tahrongi Canyon. He and his elemental died; I managed to
activate my 2 hour ability, Perfect Dodge, milliseconds before the
Goblin struck me with the would-be killing blow. Of course I disengaged,
ran my butt off, and zoned back into the Canyon to avoid death.
Had 5 HP left. Of 178. Oy. Planted some herb seeds in a brass flowerpot
in my residence later on. Drew, damn him, is already up to level
16. Argh, I really need to find a good party. If anyone around my
level wants to meet up for an expedition into the Maze on the Titan
server, e-mail me.
Um... that's all I have for now.
so... full... of... turkey... can't... stop... overusing... ellipses...
2003 (Tue); Post #409
Had Thanksgiving dinner at 2:40 pm. Extremely good. Turkey, mashed
potatoes, gravy, stuffing, crescent rolls, cottage cheese, radishes,
and then homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Moved my desk and main computers (Chesty and Freya) into the living
room last night. The desk wouldn't fit down the hallway, so I dragged
it out and around the front of the house. Then I found out it didn't
fit through the kitchen door, so I had to partially disassemble
it outside to get it inside. Moved stuff around, etc. The night
before, I had gotten this great, big metal desk and credenza from
Kathy, so I moved a bunch of furniture. Made CAT5 cable, arranged
extension cables for power, got everything hooked up, etc. Drew
bought my GeForce 4 Ti4600 from me, so I put my old Viper V770 (32
MB, AGP) vid card into Chesty.
My thief is now level 12 (a little more than halfway to 13). My
sword skill's gotten up to 33 (my current maximum) and I got some
new weapon skill, "Fire Blade" or something like that.
Been reading Diary. It's pretty good so far.
I'll take some pictures of my new setup and put them up here sometime.
It's pretty nice.
6 and Full Metal Alchemist 8 are out today! (Downloading now.) Also,
my Narutaru batch 1-5 DL finally finished. In FFXI (logged playtime:
22 hours) I'm now a level 9 Thief, only about 500 XP away from level
10. Drew's ahead of me though; he's a level 11 warrior. I just switched
from daggers to swords (skill levels 29 and 17, resp.). Do more
damage with the sword (currently using a Xiphos). I managed to buy
this cool hat at the auction house in Windurst Woods that gives
DEF 4 and Evasion +5. Ummm... what else?
2003 (Mon); Post #408
Oh, we had a GURPS game on Saturday. It's a new campaign, but still
THS and still set on Mars. The PCs are corporate troubleshooters
for System Technologies AG. It went fairly well; the overall motivation
and incentive for party-togetherness are better than in the bounty
hunter arrangement. This time around, we've got an Alpha, a grown-up
child prodigy, a ghost of a WWII spy (in a bioshell cloned from
his own DNA), and a couple of fairly normal humans.
Argh, just found out I have to work on the tack room over at EEC
some more (been doing it for the last two days). So far we've finished
the ceiling, almost all of the floor, and just have to do the front
wall (already framed with a door in it) and electrical.
awoken at 7:00 am this morning by a very loud pounding sound. I
tried to go back to sleep, but the din kept me awake. Turns out
somebody's started construction across (well, diagonally across)
the street from me. Argh. Anyway, went to class, learned about shell
scripts and rights transference in NetWare.
2003 (Thu); Post #407
Drove from class to Kennewick and bought Diary and this bargain-book,
Get a Grip on Astronomy at Barnes & Noble (I go there
cuz my family has a discount card with them saved $3.00).
Then I had lunch at Subway (really like their Sweet Onion Chicken
Teriyaki sub; I always have the 12" on Monterey Cheddar with
American cheese, lettuce, cucumber, mustard, mayo, onion sauce,
Then Drew IMed me at 1:11:01 pm (DeadAim's log manager puts timestamps
on my messages) and said he had bought Final Fantasy XI. Well, the
only thing really keeping me from buying the game had been the fact
that no one I knew had it, so I ran over to Best Buy and got one
of the remaining copies. It's pretty cool. I'm still learning the
game (playing a Mithra Thief, currently level 2). Anyway, stupid
Charter is messing around with the lines in my neighborhood (looks
like some idiot on Argent is getting cable or something), so my
connection keeps dropping, making it extremely difficult to play
the game for more than 15 minutes at a time. Gahhhhh.
I hated the controls for FFXI, but I finally figured out how to
switch over to the alternate keyboard configuration (interesting
bit of trivia, the manual calls it "Alternate Configuration,"
the game calls it "Compact Mode"; boy, that sure
made it easy to find). I've never played an MMORPG before. It's
surprising how much I have to use the keyboard in this one... I
thought it'd be a little like Diablo II or something, but it's really
more like using the Unix command line. But it's still very fun.
I think I'm going to look into DSL...
Battletech this weekend. GURPS THS next Saturday. I'm going to make
some changes, probably do a 2-month time-skip. The group just doesn't
seem to work very well with the whole bounty hunter thing, so we'll
try to shift to something different (with the same characters).
Hopefully they'll stop getting themselves arrested and, um, killed.
2003 (Mon); Post #406
Made spaghetti for dinner. Had it with some French bread and milk.
Good. Got some new shoes (pics below), shirts, and socks at Fred
Meyer this afternoon. My voice was kinda messed up all day, think
it'll be back to normal tomorrow.
Downloaded Maburaho 2 & 3 and Full Metal Alchemist 7 today.
Maburaho was kinda formulaic (features the "love triangle"
plot device, super-overused in anime), but I'm going to give it
a chance. I'm really liking Full Metal Alchemist. Need to find the
opening and ending theme songs. BTW, if you see ep. 7, watch the
ending theme it's different than the others.
Saw Waiting for Guffman Sunday morning. Not the best Guest
mockumentary, but still worth seeing. Prolly a good thing I saw
it alone; I don't think it's the sort of movie the other guys would've
liked... slow, subtle humor, etc. My grandparents are coming up
next week (Tuesday, I think) for Thanksgiving. Need to get Diary
(Chuck Palahniuk). Maybe I'll go to Barnes & Noble tomorrow.
over at PhysicsWeb (followed some links from an article Slashdot
linked to). Interesting stuff about the Casimir Effect. Anyway.
Gonna go to sleep.
Elf at the Carmike with Phill, his mom, and Sheree. It was
good. All the critics seem to think James Caan was a really bizarre
choice for the father, but I thought he fit very well. Will Ferrell
was really funny as expected. Surprisingly unsappy.
2003 (Thu); Post #405
Had sandwiches for lunch; outdoor rolls with roast beef and Muenster
cheese. Very good after a minute in the microwave. Also had some
really good brownies; the ppl whose computers I worked on for the
past couple days made me a whole pan of 'em last night.
Been playing Desert Combat 0.5 lately. I have this annoying black
bar on my screen when I play it though and I don't know how to get
rid of it. If it really gets on my nerves, I guess I'll uninstall
and reinstall the game and mod.
sleep. On Monday night, Drew, Phill, JD, and I got together and
played Battletech. We played 2 vs. 2. My mech was pretty successful;
a 65 tonner with a 5 MP walk, MASC, and three PPCs. To be fair though,
Drew and Phill kinda didn't understand some of the weapons, so their
mechs were sorta shortchanged (Phill's, frex, had a gauss rifle
and a hatchet; not a good combination). It was fun.
2003 (Wed); Post #404
I spent like 7 hours today working on someone's home network. Long
story short, I got locked out of the Windows 2000 print server/
workstation and no one had passwords to any user accounts, so I
borrowed Knoppix from Phill
(well, he burned me a copy). It's super-awesome! It booted up and
detected and configured all the hardware without touching
the HDD. I was able to grab all the user's important files from
My Documents and burn them to CD before reinstalling Win2K (which
deletes/overwrites the My Documents folders).
Watched Planetes ep. 5. Good. Maybe not quite as good as ep. 4,
but still very worthwhile. Trying to DL Narutaru 1-5 and eps. 1-5
of something called "Stellvia of the Universe." Really
enjoying Full Metal Alchemists (have eps. 1-6 right now; 7 should
come out sometime this week, I think).
Found out about this hilarious thread from GameFAQs
The really funny part is that this guy is talking about his online
girlfriend. All this stuff took place in some MMORPG. Here's his
I really don't know where to post this because i
need help. Ok here's what happened, a week ago my gf gave me her
fire bastard+7 and told me to keep it as my birthday present.
Well a few days ago my friend introduced me to his friend and
she asked me to borrow it so I thought ok, just return it afterwards.
So a week pass and my friend has been talking to my gf and for
some stupid reason he told her everything, my gf ask me where
did her gift go and i give it to her, she then takes it and starts
yelling at me saying she very disappointed at me. Eventually she
confronted me about lending the sword to another girl and told
me she never wanted to talk to me again. I tried to apologize
but she started crying and wounld'nt listen to me. I tried to
tell her i love her but she disconnected, i've been waiting for
her to log back on for 2 hours already, my friend told me she
left the guild and party and told him to tell me i really hurt
Later on in the same thread, the guy (user name: "w00t_w00t")
posted this gem:
Here's the part where i need help, i know she won't listen to
me or tell me where she is...can everyone please help me find
"StaRGrLite" and tell her to message me. Please I really love
this girl and i would never mean to hurt her.
Well..it's officially over...Linda just messaged
me a few minutes ago and told me everything. Not only that but
she also told me that she likes my friend but havent told him
yet. I don't know what to say to this..I'm so pissed off right
now at my friend..I swear i'm going to kick his !@# when i see
him. She told me that he liked her too but don't want anything
until we break up. So he planned introducing his friend to me
just so all this stuff can happen. She told me that she feels
bad but thats just life. I just have so much haterd and anger
right now, I cant contact my friend and i can't do anything about
it. I can't believe they would betray me like this...I hate this
game I hate it so much right now....i'm so lost now...
And later still:
OMFG i was just playing Ragnarok with my friend and
Linda was there but she totally ignored me and only talked to
my friend. I just exited the game..I cant believe this...HOW can
she do this...I have feelings too..I've never felt so hurt in
my whole life..i feel like i cant even breathe. This game used
to be so fun but now everytime i want to play i think of her...i
dont think im ever going to forgive myself for this
BAHAHAHAHA! OMG... you can find the original thread here.
It's funny, but really long (currently 46 pages).
Okay, well I have a lot of work to do tomorrow, so I'm gonna go
try to sleep.
Down with Love on Friday. It was really good! The whole movie
looks very good, very clean, and the pacing is surprisingly fast.
And there's an unexpected twist at the end.
2003 (Sun); Post #403
Been watching some anime... they're pretty hit and miss. I put this
page up to help remind myself what I want to DL and what I probably
hate: HJO3's Anime Series Ratings.
Right now, it's just a few recent series, stuff you can BitTorrent.
Dropped by Kevin's wedding reception briefly last night; it was
very fancy. He and Natalie were all dressed up and stuff. Basically
said "Hi, Congrats," left the present, and vamoosed. Then
we had a weird BESM game that Hanwool GMed. Ummm... oh, and then
Phill, JD, me, and Hanwool watched the Cowboy Bebop movie.
JD's coming over to play Battletech. Need to get the Master
Rules; right now I'm just using the Compendium, which is pretty
Half-paragraph where I rant about Drew waking me up from a nap an
hour before he got here on Thursday. See, my house is very, very
cold. How cold is it? Well, let's just say I've been approached
by Alcor about seasonal corpsicle
storage in my living room. Anyway, the only really warm place
is in my bed, under three thick blankets.]
2003 (Fri); Post #402
Not a whole lot to report. On Thursday, Drew, Ryan, Paige (Ryan's
SO), and I were going to do stuff. We got food at Subway, then Ryan/Paige
decided they were still hungry, so they left and never returned.
Or called. Assuming they died horribly in a car accident, Drew and
I watched anime. Planetes, specifically. Episode 4 had come out
earlier that day, so we watched that and eps. #1 & 2 (but not
#3 cuz it's boring and schmaltzy). Then we played a bazillion games
of virtual pool on Yahoo (it's a little more exciting when it's
on a 6' x 8' screen). Later, JD joined us and we watched Get
Shorty on DVD. It was good. I like Danny DeVito movies. I need
to get Death to Smoochy on DVD. (Update: I just put in a
bid on an eBay
auction for it.)
Actually, speaking of eBay, I think I'll set up auctions for a few
DVDs (I have three duplicates in my collection; LotR: Fellowship
of the Ring, American Pie, and Scary Movie).
My budget-home-theater setup: digital projector, DVD player, and
and saw Matrix: Revolutions at the Spokane IMAX theater with
JD and Phill (Matt T. had to work). We got very good seats and the
movie played flawlessly (apparently there was a sound issue at the
6:00 am showing; the last 20 minutes were mute). It was good; incredible
special effects. About the story, I'll just say a few major questions
were left unanswered which was a little irritating for me. Still
a good movie to spend time and money on though, IMO. BTW, Neo was
a program created by Agt. Smith and Trinity kills Naiobi after finding
out Morpheus is working for the machines.
2003 (Wed); Post #401
Okay, okay, sike! That's all made up... I won't spoil the movie
for anyone. After seeing the 11:50 am showing, we were going to
go eat sushi but Ichi-Ban Shogun and Suki Yaki Inn were both closed.
We ended up lunching at The Onion, just around the corner from Suki
Yaki. I had the meatloaf with mashed potatoes, Phill had the meatloaf
sandwich, and JD had the "black & blue" burger. Good
I have to get up super early tomorrow morning to go photograph this
house in Kennewick before classes start. Looks like I'll be going
to either a funeral or a wedding this Saturday; not sure which.
On Sunday my great aunt's husband, Bill, died in a car accident
(my great aunt's okay). On Monday Pat Eichner, a friend of my parents
who watched me a lot when I was little, died from congestive heart
failure. My grandma, and maybe my grandpa, should be coming up from
Oregon sometime this week to go to Bill's funeral with my mom.
At some point I was supposed to get a wedding/reception invitation
from Kevin Sanders, but the dumb mail person deposited the invitation
at the clinic instead of my house (even though the addresses are
totally different). I only heard about it cuz my mom called me a
while after it got there. Anyway, I think it's Saturday.
Ummkay, tired, later.
I hate to waste post #400 on something trivial, but here's the plan
for the Spokane trip on Wednesday:
2003 (Mon); Post #400
We leave at 8:00 am sharp. We'll first focus on getting
IMAX tickets, then either see the movie and eat or, if the showing
time we get is much later, eat then go see the movie. There's
only like two sushi restaurants in Spokane: the Suki Yaki Inn
(cheap, but somewhat low quality, near Riverfront park) and Ichi-Ban
Shogun (never been there, would like to try it; 821 E 3rd Ave).
Also, the page with the Rocky Horror Picture Show audience participation
script seems to have been taken down since last Friday. Since at
least one person wanted to have a copy, here's the file in .DOC
(MS Word 8.0) format:
rocky_audience.doc [83.5 kB]
(26 page MS Word DOC)
a lot of today working for that real estate company. Drove out to
Sunnyside and Yakima, photographed two structures. Looking forward
to Revolutions on November 5th, but the internet keeps trying
to ruin it for me. First some brunøyet (FAQ
page) on ATOT posted a spoiler without any warning, then I came
site by accident [warning, many spoilers]. In each instance
I ended up learning something I really didn't want to know before
seeing the movie. Argh.
2003 (Mon); Post #399
BTW, if anyone else wants to come to Spokane with us on Wednesday
for IMAX Matrix watching and sushi eating, please contact me ASAP.
Right now, I believe our manifest consists of Phill, JD, JD's friend,
Matt Tomzinski (sp?), and myself. That means one other person could
come (any more than that and we'll have to take two cars).
Been reading this book JD lent me called The Godwhale. It's
pretty good for 1970s SF, but the author throws around a lot of
medical technobabble that gets a little annoying unless you're a
biology major. Also, one of the main characters is really shallow
and has some kind of screwed up values. Nonetheless, it's very entertaining.
Picture of Tahoma
Cemetery I snapped while in Yakima.
has happened since last Tuesday. Here's a point-by-point summary
because I'm lazy and this takes the least amount of effort:
2003 (Sun); Post #398
Geez, that was longer than I thought. Guess I should update more
frequently. I'll post some pics of the movie room sometime (it's
pretty cool; the "screen" is like 6 feet across and I've
got a good subwoofer in there). Anyway, later.
- On Wednesday, between my morning classes and my evening class,
I drove to Sunnyside and did some pictures for that real estate
company from Moses Lake (two structures, both with somewhat
medical-oriented businesses). Long story short, Yahoo
Maps sucks as much as, if not more than, MapQuest.
I still got there, but it took longer.
- Had a midterm in CS224. The questions in it were surprisingly
obscure, but that was okay cuz at the last minute the instructor
decided we could use our books for the test. I think I did well.
- Cleaned out the green room with JD and Phill's help. Set off
a bug-bomb after taping up the vent. On Thursday, I set up the
digital projector and spray-painted a large white rectangle
on the wall (makes the images look a little brighter and untinted).
That night, Phill, JD (or Hanwool? I can't remember), and I
watched Night of the Living Dead (the 1990 remake) in
the new "movie room." I actually liked the remake
better than the original. Very scary. On Friday, I moved a sofa
and a computer in there (in addition to the sectional).
- Watched the first episode of Get Backers (anime) on the projector
system with Hanwool not a good series. The main characters
have super powers for no apparent reason, the theme songs are
nauseating to listen to, the story line was way too simplistic,
and on top of all of this, it was really, really boring. I have
4 more episodes downloaded, but I doubt I'll ever watch them.
OTOH, a new episode of Planetes is supposed to be out tomorrow;
I really like that series.
- Had the Halloween party on Friday night. There was pumpkin
burning, movies, and food. Phill made this really good punch
(orange and lemon juice concentrate, ginger ale, and some other
stuff) and Justin managed to score four big pizzas from Pizza
Hut for free. Jason, Debra, Alex, Phill, JD, Drew, Justin, Hanwool,
and a few other ppl came over. We watched Alien and Rocky
Horror Picture Show. Alex brought pumpkins and I carved one
since my pumpkin from Yokes had kind of decayed and collapsed.
There's pictures below.
- Had our GURPS game on Saturday as usual. Ryan's character
sort of turned himself in to the police in Nix Olympica. He
got out on bail, but decided to take his chances at trial anyway;
he got sentenced to something like fifty years with possibility
of parole at twenty. In retrospect, that was probably way too
generous given that five ppl died. We broke for food around
8:00 pm and watched Ocean's Eleven. It was good; I hadn't
really seen it properly before (just once on an airplane when
I was sleepy).
- After resuming, the group met up with Ludwig, a post-ban Felicia
bioroid from Personnel Files, played by Ryan. Kelly accidentally
killed a guy in a bar in Timbuktu, but only Ludwig knew; he
set up a police sting at another bar across town and lured the
group there, minus Ten (who was getting refitted for the Xanthe
Terra expedition). Anyway, a fire fight ensued and Ludwig shot
Kelly and Yuki with his electrolaser. To summarize what followed,
Mark gypped Kelly out of $15,000, then KO'd her and stole the
rest of her cash before giving her to the police. Yuki was nabbed
by the cops for planting a throwing knife in a plainclothes'
thigh, but managed to get away with a $10K fine and 130 hours
of community service.
- Today a few of us watched the two Matrix movies to prep for
Wednesday's viewing of Revolutions. I missed a big chunk
of Reloaded cuz I wanted to catch the Simpsons Halloween
special on FOX. Also saw the premiere of Malcom in the Middle,
which was okay.
Jack O' Lantern Mk. II.
From left to right: Derrin's, Jason's, Phill's, mine, Alex's.
percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen