News: October 9th to October 20th, 2002 (12 entries)
Okay, new rule for myself: no coffee after 5:00 p.m. Arrgh, I cannot
sleep. Want to, but can't. Yup... I downloaded this really kewl
Winamp 3 skin called Act
3, Scene 1. It's by the Skinarmory. For some reason, JD and
I were up till four a.m. downloading Winamp 3 skins and messing
with 'em (you can change a lot of stuff about how a skin looks in
WA3, as opposed to 2.xx, if you didn't know). Anyway, that's what
the image below is; Act 3, Scene 1. Ummm. Oh, today is Sheree Rabideau's
[profile] 18th birthday.
Ryan [profile] and Beefy
[profile] are still asleep.
6:14 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
20 Oct. 2002 (Sun);
We had a barbecue and played Fluxx,
WarCraft III. The burgers
JD [profile] and Beefy [profile]
grilled were excellent. Saturday
Night Live was very funny; Senator
McCain hosted. I wanna order Chrononauts
(Looney Labs card game with Nanofics
on the cards). It looks really good. Oh, I made lots of coffee.
It's good. Um, anyway, here's a collage I made from pictures taken
1:20 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
20 Oct. 2002 (Sun);
Well, last night we played Fluxx and Magic. Phillip, Sheree, Ryan,
and I went to see the 10:15 p.m. showing of Red Dragon. Very good
movie; some great twists towards the end. Then we all stood outside
the theatre for an hour talking. Surprisingly fun. Then, I was up
till 4:45 a.m. playing this long team-Magic game (Beefy and
Drew v. me and JD; two-headed monster, mana sharing, shared defense).
JD and I won, but just barely (one more turn and they would've had
us). Took 'em out with my Hecatomb. My grandma sent me a coffee
maker, grinder, and coffee beans (pictured below), and now I'm gonna
go to the store to get filters and lunch. TTFN.
3:13 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
19 Oct. 2002 (Sat);
Just thought I'd mention these: Beefy [profile]
and Kevin [profile] have
made their own websites: Beefy
Page of Goodness and [PaPeR]Clan,
respectively. I'm gonna go get dinner in a little while, then study
for my MIS 350 exam tomorrow. BTW, I'm reading Nancy Kress's Alien
Light right now. It's really good, but surprisingly racy compared
to her other works I've read; Beggars and Choosers, Brain
Rose, and Beggars in Spain. I ordered Beggar's Ride
from Barnes & Noble about a week ago (along with I'm the
One I Want by Margaret Cho and The Straight Dope: A Compendium
of Human Knowledge by Cecil Adams); it's the final book in the
Sleepless Trilogy. Anyway, TTFN.
10:40 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
17 Oct. 2002 (Thu);
Well, I fixed my problem... sort of. Turns out my Soyo Dragon mobo
is screwed up big time. It will POST, but only under certain conditions
(1 stick of 256 DDR in the first DIMM slot, no PCI cards, no USB
ports plugged in on the board, etc.). Anyway, looks like I'll have
to buy yet another Gigabyte mobo. Right now, I've got all the good
parts except the processor into the Shirley machine; it's current
8:30 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
17 Oct. 2002 (Thu);
The extra HD space is very nice. I have a make-up exam scheduled
for tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. I'm watching Scrubs on NBC right now.
Vrry funny. Had Wendy's for lunch. The fries tasted old.
Athlon XP 1700+ (266 MHz FSB)
1 GB of DDR PC2100 RAM
GeForce 4 Ti4600
40x12x40x CD-R drive, 10x DVD-ROM
MSI KT266 mobo
Two 80 GB ATA-133 HDs (Seagate, Western Digital)
LinkSys LNE100TX v5 NIC
Agh, I'm making this post from my Shirley machine (Athlon XP 1700+,
512 DDR, Radeon 7500 AIW, 24x CD-R) because my primary, Chesty,
is having problems. Basically, I went to install a new 40x write
CD-R drive and a 512 stick of DDR RAM (bringing the total to 1 GB)
and may have accidentally shorted the mobo. I'm not totally sure;
it POSTed once after the incident, but then I couldn't get it to
do it again. Tried a lot of stuff (reseating/switching out RAM,
reseating the video card, clearing the BIOS, etc.), but none of
it really worked the way I wanted it to. Tomorrow, I'll take the
system apart and rebuild it, prolly in a different case (or none
at all, or one I make myself). Test everything... agh. So much hassle.
Anyway, I watched a lot of Mr. Show with Bob and David (got a lot
off KaZaa) and had an English 356 test today. For lunch I had a
nice pasta dish with penne tubes, tomatoes, ground beef, and cheese.
Dinner was stir-fry. Hanwool came over last night and we played
a few games of Magic: The Gathering. Umm, that's about it. Oh, looks
like I'll be doing the information desk at the next TCLP (Nov. 29).
1:57 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
17 Oct. 2002 (Thu);
Woo, post number two-hundred! And the website's been officially
up for 1 year, 5 months, and 22 days. Hmm. Well, today I went to
English 301, had Wendy's for lunch (the #2, biggie-sized, with a
Pepsi) and helped JD do a minor case-mod. We used my dad's plasma
cutter to make a hole for his 80 mm fan in his Supercase's side
panel (pictures below). I have to go to my MIS 350 lab in 20 minutes.
Not much to talk about today... there's some interesting tiffs going
on in the TCLP
message board, but that's about it. Neat
article at the MTG website today about veterans coming back
to the game. Well, l8er.
6:22 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
15 Oct. 2002 (Tue);
Well, we did a lot (or very little, depending how you look at it)
this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, we did LAN stuff; mostly Counter-Strike
(JD fiddled with Metamod, StatsME,
[d/l link], and PsychoStats;
made DeadLois into an awesome(er) dedicated server). We also played
a few games of 10 Hero's Siege and finally beat it with only
6 people (Drew, me, Beefy, JD, Phil, and Nick). Here's
the map [73.8 kB, zipped] if you want to download and play it. Oh,
its a WarCraft III map. It's really good, but I couldn't find any
web presence for it. Below is a thumbnail of a screenshot of us
fighting the final bad guy. Anyway, Saturday night we started getting
bored so we decided to play Magic:
The Gathering for some reason. I hadn't played in years
(since sophmore year of highschool, anyway), but I used to be really
into it so I have a few thousand cards (mostly 4th ed., Revised,
Ice Age, and Mirage, but other sets too; I stopped buying cards
around the time of Alliances, IIRC). JD, Drew, Beefy, Nick, Justin,
and I all made decks and/or played with existing ones. I made a
red Burn deck that's hard to beat (4 Lightning Bolts, 4 Fireballs,
Disintegrates, Incinerates, etc.) and a black deck that has a really
neat Lord of the Pit/Breeding Pit/Sadistic Glee combo and a super-life-gaining
Crypt Rats/Spirit Link combo (which is also killer with Breeding
Pit). Anyway, we basically played Magic all Saturday night and Sunday
morning/afternoon. I'm actually thinking of buying some new expansions,
though I might just see if the guys are willing to play over the
LAN with my existing copy of the Magic Interactive Encyclopedia,
which allows online play with virtual decks and has been hacked
to work with local IPs.
3:20 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
14 Oct. 2002 (Mon);
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Went to the neurologist. Had to wait an hour just to talk to him
for 3 minutes. Anyway, it was informative. He told me I don't
have a tumor or cyst on the nerve in my head that's being inflammed
by the virus. That's good. He also gave me a CD with all my MRI
pictures on it (one's pictured below). I'll see him again on Nov.
14 to determine whether I need the galvanic shock stuff or whatever.
I went to Red Lobster for lunch. Had the crab alfredo with a caesar
salad and coffee. It was good. I'm a lot less dizzy now than I was
yesterday or the day before.
1:48 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
11 Oct. 2002 (Fri);
I updated the 'People I Know' section.
Added some, removed others. Each person now has their own page of
pictures too. Beefy, Nick, JD, and Kevin came over and we're having
a little LAN party right now. So far, we've only played CS (DeadLois
as dedicated server). Actually, at this very moment, everybody's
watching Conan O'Brian. I'm watching too, but from the comfort of
my multimedia center, aka my computer workstation (pictured below
for no real reason). The thing on the left? Yes, that's a 22"
Samsung monitor with 0.24 mm dot-pitch. The 1200NF. Very nice; I
got it last month.
1:24 a.m. [GMT-8:00]
11 Oct. 2002 (Fri);
Well, I got back from English 301. Had the #11 at Carl's Jr. with
criss-cut fries and a Coke. Here's one of those pictures from the
10-4 Tri-City LAN Party I promised. And then there's always Sparksster's
pics from 10-4. Might as well describe the ppl in it while I'm
here. From left to right... There's JD Scott -- he lives two houses
up from me on Road 92 here in Pasco. Then Hanwool, who I've mentioned
before. Didja know his little sister had her name legally changed
to Julie? I don't know if I said that already. Anyway, then Nick
(Zeo/Madifans... Madifans is his AIM s/n). Then there's Shea who's
supposedly named after a character from one of the Terry Goodkind
books. He's half Japanese. And Phillip's the one on the end. I've
talked about him before too. His sister, Sheree, works at the county
courthouse. I think she does data-entry, cataloging old court files
or something like that. JD and Keith called about having a LAN party
here tonight. I don't know how they can stand to play games so much
though... I mean, yeesh, we just gamed for 17 hours straight
last Friday at TCLP.
Oy. But, hey, I figure I don't need to do anything, so they can
game here if they want.
4:29 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
10 Oct. 2002 (Thu);
I havn't updated in a really long time and a lot happened.
I finished my AAS degree at CBC and started going to WSU Tri-Cities.
Hanwool decided to go too, rather than UW in Seattle. We had a bunch
of LAN parties here at the house (I moved completely in July and
have been living by myself for 3 months now). I met a bunch of ppl
through Phillip mostly; Beefy, JD, Drew, Kevin, Nick (who turned
out to be Mike Aguayo's little brother), Shea, Ryan, Aaron, and
prolly others I can't remember at the moment. Anyway, on September
26th I found I couldn't taste food with the left side of my tongue.
The next day, my face was a little weak on the left side, then by
Saturday evening I couldn't move the left side of my face at all.
On Sunday, the 29th, I went to the Kania Clinic where a doctor told
me to go to the emergency room cuz I might have had a stroke. Well,
I go and another doctor tells me I've got something called Bell's
Palsy. I get put on some drugs (Prednisone, a cortico-steroid).
Through the week it gets worse; my left eye keeps drying out cuz
it doesn't close all the way and I get dizzy because of a fluid
build-up in my inner ear, or something like that. I saw a neurologist
last Thursday (Dr. Lahiri) who put me on Valtrex (anti-viral) and
told me to get an MRI. That's what I did yesterday -- the nurse
stabbed me with the syringe twice because, apparently, I have "small
veins." They put some sort of dye in me and I had to lie still
for 40 minutes. It was incredibly fun, and I reccomend it to anybody
looking for a good time. No, not really. Anyway, I have to see the
neurologist again on Friday morning. I'm really dizzy and keep puking
because of it. Oh, and last Friday I attended a LAN party with 53
other ppl at Bingo Boulevard (put on by TCLP). It would have been
a lot more fun if I wasn't so sick during it. Plus, I can't drive
with this stupid vertigo stuff messing up my head. Oh, and get this:
I lent out two machines to ppl at the LAN party, but as a condition
I asked that they help haul them. Only yesterday did I get my stuff
unpacked from the Explorer... the only reason was that I needed
my system to do some database work for MIS350. Anyway, my parents
had to help me. I'm not lending anything out systems anymore, I
think. Crap, try carrying 4 machines, 4 monitors, and approximately
35 metric tons of peripherals when you can't even walk in
a straight line. Wasn't fun. Anyway. I realize the website is out-of-date...
I need to update the 'Systems I Own' section, or whatever the hell
I called it. I forget. I built a new system. Anyway, I'm feeling
sick, so I'm gonna go now. I'll put some pictures up here or something
5:09 p.m. [GMT-8:00]
9 Oct. 2002 (Wed);
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and I don't care." William Safire