Old News: October 21st to November 3rd, 2002 (10 entries)

3:00 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
3 Nov. 2002 (Sun); Post #216
Last night Hanwool (and his little sister) came over and we watched this movie, "Shiri," while drinking chocolate-bannana shakes from Jack in the Box. The movie was in Korean w/ English subtitles — it was very good. My first ever eBay auction is up right now. Mostly, I just did it to learn how to sell stuff on eBay. It's a pretty good deal too, though, if you ask me. Four Stalking Tigers for a dollar... But no bidders yet. Hm. It prolly won't sell since it's just a common card, but at least I know all about setting up auctions now. Maybe I'll try an' sell something good next time. I bought a bunch of Magic cards on eBay on Friday and last night... I'm making a really good Black/Blue deck. Actually, the auction for a Demonic Tutor card I bid on just closed — I won. Woo. Oh, since I keep referring back to this, I'm just going to link it right here: Magic: The Gathering Cardlists. Well, later.

4:45 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
2 Nov. 2002 (Sat); Post #215
Okay, I wanna make this post short. Three things: 1. We had a sealed deck magic tournament at Ryan's last night — Drew won overall (prize: ten random non-land, non-rares from other ppl's stockpiles), I won the loser's bracket. There's an image below that shows the ladder, the winner, and beefy, click it to see the whole thing. I played a Black/Green/Red deck (we had two 7th Ed. boosters and an Onslaught tourney deck to work with). 2. Hanwool got Civ III: Play the World off IRC, but it's such an early beta that it's basically unplayable. Have to wait till Monday/Tues. to buy the real thing. He brought Hitman 2 over; extremely fun game. Looks incredible too (course, at 1280x1024 with 4x anti-aliasing, etc. ...). 3. I received a complaint that there wasn't enough Shea on the site. Remedied. Also, a lack of cow-bell was noted, but I'm still working on that. Tschuss.

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11:07 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
30 Oct. 2002 (Wed); Post #214
Very cold again tonight. I've got rolled-up towels stuffed into the base of a couple doors to close the small gap air passes through. Gonna bring the dogs and the cat in again tonight. A good episode of Law & Order just ended. Now the local news is talking about new voting machines our county's getting and improper records kept by the guy who probably sold that sniper guy a gun. My mom brought some really good hard candy back from Las Vegas. They're called "Spicchi" and are made by some company called Perugina. Anyway, they had them at the Rio (hotel/casino)... they taste just like Mandarin oranges. Apparently they're Italian ("spicchi" translates to "segments"). I'm more than half-way through the Cho book. It's pretty good, but at least a couple chapters seem to be spent going "Oh, I was so ugly and I hated myself. When I stopped hating myself, other people stopped hating me too. But I really hated myself. Oh, life was so bad for me. I hated myself." It gets kinda old after a while. Anyway, I'm on the part where she got her TV show on ABC (All-American Girl). Hopefully I won't have to wade through more pages of self-pity and remorse. I've almost totally regained my sense of balance, I think. I was walking down the halls at the university and having to steady myself against the wall to keep from falling down, but now I hardly ever need to. Left side of my face still won't move at all. I have to rub the muscles there so they don't atrophy too much, but it hurts a lot. Today's MP3: Azumanga Daioh - Raspberry Heaven.mp3 (3:29). Nick tells me I need to see a movie called Donnie Darko. It looks kinda similar to Harvey, the play Beefy and I saw at the Richland Player's, in some ways. I mean, six foot tall rabbits who are imagined by guys... seems too weird to be a coincidence. Whatever. L8er.

12:17 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
30 Oct. 2002 (Wed); Post #213
Not much going on. After finishing that Powers trade paperback I talked about yesterday, I immediately read the other one I borrowed from Beefy, "Powers: Roleplaying." Not as good as the first one ("Who Killed Retro Girl?"), but still worth the time. Then I began Margaret Cho's autobiography (I'm the One That I Want)... I'm on chapter four. It's surprisingly well written. Anyway, it's pretty short (224 pages), so I'll prolly be on Beggar's Ride by Friday at latest. My sickness (the cold thing) seems to be going away. I'm gonna let my dogs (Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Looker and Zorro) sleep in my room tonight since it's so cold out. It's supposed to get down to 16° Fahrenheit tonight. Sixteen freakin' degrees and it's not even November yet! That's a very low temperature for this time of year in my area. Anyway, I've been working on a totally new design for the site; it's still far from completion, but the image below gives you an idea where I'm thinking of taking things. Today's MP3: Greenday - Basket Case.mp3 (3:03). L8er.

11:16 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
28 Oct. 2002 (Mon); Post #212
Agh, I'm sick. Been sick. We had a thing this weekend; Ryan, Shea, Drew, JD, Kevin, Beefy, Nick, Hanwool, and Phillip came over. Magic, CS. Yadda, yadda. My lungs hurt. I finished this great comic book compilation/graphic novel, whatever you call 'em, that I borrowed from Beefy — it's called "Powers" [publisher's site]. It's prolly the only real, non-satirical "heroes that fly and wear costumes" comic I've ever read. I generally avoid that whole genre... it just seems too cliché. I mean, they've been writing schlock like that for nearly 60 years. Who'd wanna keep reading the same stuff, rehashed a million times over. They wear spandex, shoot lasers or fly, and fight people. Okay, I get it. So? That's why I generally stick to KODT, Nodwick, PvP, The Tick, Dork Tower, and the Dungeons & Dragons comic (the latter is prolly a little like the plethora of generic something-Man comics that get churned out by the hundreds each month). Anyway, Powers is a little different. It takes place in the super-hero world, but focuses on basically normal people dealing with problems. It's about this detective and his partner who work in the Powers division of the city police. Anyway, it's good. The picture below is from it. The KVM switch I bought from Directron arrived today; it works extremely well. I'm considering getting one for my own systems. Well, that's all for today.

11:10 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
24 Oct. 2002 (Thu); Post #211
Shea, Kevin, Drew, Beefy, Ryan, and JD came over today. We played Magic: The Gathering; had a 2v2, a 3v3 and some 1v1's (pics below). It was fun. Then Ryan changed into his Tae Kwon Do uniform (I think it's called a "gi") and beat up Shea. No, not really. Kidding. It only looks that way. He went to his class, JD got food for us, Kevin left to do something. Anyway, Apparently, we're BBQing venison tomorrow. I can grab spices, sauce, and what-not from my parent's house cuz they're in Las Vegas till Monday. There's some big polo convention down there that my dad had to go to since he's a delegate for the local club. I updated profiles for Shea, Ryan, and Drew. Oh, and that's how I link to ppl's profiles now — I link the first letter of their name. It's more subtle than the old, intrusive style where I put a "[profile]" link after the person's name. Today's MP3: Rufus Wainwright - Complainte de la Butte.mp3 (3:05). Oh, I put up this page for our LAN group (SparkSSter at TCLP wanted something to link to). Anyway, it'll be accessible from the Esoteric menu, or TCLP's main site. Well, tschuss.

11:19 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
23 Oct. 2002 (Wed); Post #210
I changed the template for the HTM/HTMLs on the site. See the GIF in the upper-left corner? It's a random image that rotates between 6 source files. If you refresh, you should see a different image (though you might have to do it a couple times b/c it is random). The GIF source files aren't set in stone, so e-mail or AIM me (s/n: hjo333) if you have some ideas/criticisms. Kevin had a [PaPeR] clan match against ERS (Counter-Strike) which sort of flopped when nobody could find a server they liked, or something along those lines. Phil, Kevin, and Beefy are all working on websites. Last night, Kevin came over (to get his RAM), and we worked on the template for his site. Then he came over again this afternoon/evening to grab a Win 2000 CD I made for him (I wrote "Gay Kevin's Win 2K CD" on it, but I don't think he noticed). I've been reading thru all these KODT comics I got... I'm on #71 so far. After those, I've got Beefy's Powers graphic novels to read, then either Margaret Cho's autobiography or Kress's Beggar's Ride. BTW, I found Nancy Kress's website. It's a little dated, but really good if you're a fan. The picture below is of her. Oh, I renamed the website. I never really referred to the name much anyway -- it used to be "The ÜberSite," but there's a website out there already named that. I've been meaning to change the name for a while, but it involves updating a bunch of HTM/HTML files, so I procrastinated. Anyway, it's called "The HJO3 Project" now. A search of Google, AltaVista, and WebCrawler shows that no other sites out there already use that name, so I should be safe. If anybody doesn't know what "HJO3" stands for, it's my initials (Henry J. Oliver III). Umm. Sparks is doing individual LAN group pages so I get to make one of those for 'Uber's House of Doom.' 'Uber-HJO3' or 'Uber|HJO3' is the alias I use in most games. Anyway. Had a #4 w/ a Mr. Pibb at McDonalds for lunch. L8er.

Nancy Kress, author.

6:16 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
22 Oct. 2002 (Tue); Post #209
Wrote two new nanofics. Hey, didja know today is the 158th anniversary of the Great Disappointment? This is the day, in 1844, when Jesus was supposed to return to Earth (the second coming and all that). At least, that's what the Seventh Day Adventists believed. I went to a Seventh Day Adventist school for 7 years (grades 2- 8), but I'm not of that religion myself. Hey, my order from Barnes & Noble came today. So did Kevin's RAM (he had to RMA the first stick cuz it was DOA). A man just came to the door looking for a 'Robert.' Upon realizing his 'mistake' (I said "Um, no one named Robert lives here."), he explained that he was looking for 2912 Road 88, not 92. Hmm. I wonder if he was a secret operative sent from the U.S. government or the Illuminati to spy on me. Oh well.

1:36 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
22 Oct. 2002 (Tue); Post #208
I mailed three nanofics to the 55 Fiction contest. If I win, I could get my story printed in the New Times and Steve Moss's next sequel to "The World's Shortest Stories." I'm not gonna get my hopes up though. If I were to get published though, it wouldn't be my first time; I've written three articles for Horse Cents (a local equine magazine) and one for Polo Magazine. I wanna make a "prison/decking" deck for Magic. I wonder how much Ambassador Laquatus costs... I'm thinking Green/Blue. Anyway. Here's a picture of my letter and primary system for no real reason.

Chesty/Shirley system. Letters to the 55 Fiction contest.

10:45 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
21 Oct. 2002 (Mon); Post #207
Ack. The house is a mess... I need to pick up. Got a lot of homework too. I got my English 356: Electronic Research and the Rhetoric of Information midterm back; 40 points — a perfect 100% score! It's especially pleasing because this snotty know-it-all who sits behind me only got 36 points. I had a 2-page essay due in my Communications 420 class (7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.); I wrote it during the hour-and-a-half break between classes. Easy as pie. Next time Beefy asks for pics, I'm editing them before I upload; he posted all these bad pictures of me on his website. With this goddamn palsy, I can't smile or talk normally. When I laugh, it's really not pretty; only one side of my mouth opens and it looks like I have bad teeth cuz the opening is off-center... generally, I just look retarded. The pic below shows my smile — lopsided. Weird. Anyway, I finished Alien Light. It was good, but the sequel setup was a little more sharp/obvious than Kress's later books. I actually liked Brainrose better than this one, even though it (Brainrose) was her first novel. Oh well, now I get to start on Beggar's Ride (pictured below), which I've really been looking forward to as it concludes the Sleepless saga. Arrgh, I just remembered: I havn't received my order from stupid Barnes & Noble yet. Gah. According to the order status, it shipped on the 11th and is enroute to my local post-office. Yeesh, last time I use USPS for packages... FedEx is so much faster, even with the "Super Saver" shipping. Oh, there's a neat article at The Tech Report comparing Nvidia's new AGP 8x cards with the old 4x ones — apparently the 8x cards arn't really any better; in fact, in some tests, the 4x cards actually beat the 8x! Here's stat charts for 3DMark2001 SE, SPECviewperf, and Unreal Torunament. Wow. The whole Radeon 9000 series AGP 8x/mobo incompatibility thing had encouraged me to wait on getting any new video cards or 8x mobos, this revelation only strengthens my resolve. Anyway, there's a new nanofic in the Micro/Nanofiction section. It's kinda lame, but I like it. Archived the old news; you can still read it thru the "Old News" link on the left though. Well, TTFN.

Ew. Nancy Kress's book, Beggar's Ride.

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." — Blaise Pascal