Picking Up Your Room Could Save the World
By Dwip January 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Via here, a 1950s tale of 1950s societal conformity gone horribly…amusing.


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One Last Computer Note
By Dwip January 28, 2009 at 1:21 am Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

One last brief commentary on computer upgrading, and then I swear to you I will talk to you about something that isn’t my computer – squirrels, or snow, or something. If you’re well and truly done with computing, go check out the lengthy political discussion at Samson’s blog. For the rest of you, a couple observations. 1. So it turns out that all of my stability errors were pretty much due to the third RAM slot on my motherboard being bad, which was…bad. Switched everything out, works great. I am abreviating 3 hours of RAM testing here, which was actually kind of fun because of the oldschool ASCII interface and the blinking sequence of . / to make it seem […]


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On That Cooking Note
By Dwip January 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

In case you ever find yourselves wanting pepper steaks, but can’t find Durkee’s black peppercorn marinade, and instead think you should just sub in the better part of a bottle of ground black peppercorns, I encourage you not to do this. The outcome is wildly unoptimal. You have been warned.


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Electronic Bear Fights Nuclear Cheetah For Possession Of Your Computer
By Dwip January 25, 2009 at 3:28 pm Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

Brought to you by this picture here, which is a movie of a bear frolicing in water as my Windows Vista background: One more story in the continuing saga of computer death and rebirth, as discussed here, here, here, and here, and in the tradition of the upgrade stories of yore here, here, and here, I present to you…an upgrade story. The old computer at time of death: PSU – 420W Enermax Motherboard – Chaintech somethingoratother CPU – AMD somethingoratother 3.2 Ghz RAM – 2 GB G.Skill DDR2 Video – EVGA GeForce 6800 GS w/256 MB Sound – Soundblaster Audigy 2 Hard Drives – 1xWestern Digital 320 GB, 1xWestern Digital 250 GB, 1x Seagate Freeagent Pro 1 TB external Media […]


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Connection Lost
By Dwip January 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

In the continuing computer upgrade saga, I present you the following picture, displaying the ruins of my computer, completely disassembled, next to the pile of boxes that contain the parts I will soon use to rebuild it to be bigger, faster, and stronger, now that I possess the appropriate technology. Except for the DVD drives, which are apparently in Massachusetts somewhere, and except for the fan filters, which are apparently in Tennessee, but you know, tomorrow. Yes, my case is made of awesome, why do you ask? Also on that note, pop is hard to get off LCD screens. Also, clean your keyboard more than once per 15 years. Just saying. For our other picture, well, every self-respecting computer geek […]


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Upgradeitis
By Dwip January 18, 2009 at 1:10 am Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

So I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop, 2004 vintage. Great machine, had an HD death once upon a time but has otherwise been rock solid since I got it. It is, however, not my as-of-right-now-dead-and-in-pieces desktop, which is bad. Which brings us to several related issues pertaining to my new desktop upgrade plan, which will get ordered as soon as the bank gives me my money: 1. I have a box of old computer parts. In it are old DVD drives, splitters of various sorts, adapters, lengths of cat5 and coax, an old 5 port hub, and an analog MS Sidewider joystick that has a date of like 1995 on it. I love that joystick, although it’s now useless. What […]


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On That Excitement Note
By Dwip January 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Re: That whole issue with nothing happening for me to talk about – About 10 minutes after I posted the nice picture, my desktop decided to brick itself. Surfing along happily, bam, dead. I’ve got fans and a power light and that’s it. On the plus side, at least I really wanted to upgrade my computer.


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Housecleaning
By Dwip January 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

In absence of actual content, which is coming, I promise you, but not, I think, just yet, I offer you this picture, which may be slightly contextualized by my telling you that my kitchen doesn’t ever really get heated: Yes. I am wearing my NINJ4 hoodie with bright yellow dish gloves. I am l33t. Or something.


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the_revenge_of_keyboard_death_sucks
By Dwip January 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

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Empty America
By Dwip January 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

With a nod to the glory days of shwi and my desire to read the whole thing through again now that it’s being written again after a 3 year hiatus, and so I can not go digging through the hell that is the Google Groups interface: Empty America Parts 1-36 Dictionary posts (read before Part 37+) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 37 Part 38 Part 39 Part 40 Part 41 Part 42 Part 43 Part 44


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Dreaming
By Dwip January 7, 2009 at 12:06 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

In talking with Jason about his having repeated dreams about werewolves, never mind zombies, I made mention of the fact that I myself am pretty prone to having dreams about some pretty crazy shit. Since I tell Sarah about these, because they amuse her, I figured I may as well amuse the rest of you, too. So, quoted at (great, be warned) length from email: …I know I have strange dreams, but why did I have a dream about Jason and Brian running a rescue shelter for, get this, small dogs and poisonous snakes?  What’s the connection?  Why do we need rescue shelters for poisonous snakes?  The world wonders. Your guess is as good as mine. And, leaving aside that […]


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Purgatorium
By Dwip January 4, 2009 at 3:49 am Comments Off RSS Feed for this post

In which I assure you, dear readers, that I have not actually fallen off the face of the planet, simply that I have been snowed in for most of the last three weeks, and there’s little to talk about. Or, more precisely, little to talk about that I feel like sharing. To run down the list: – On that blog note, WordPress appears to be the upgrade winner by the simple fact that 2.7 is pretty good and because MT 4.23 won’t so much as install. I have a fair number of plans on this front, but that whole project is going to need to wait for a time for various reasons. – School varies between the ludicrously awesome and […]


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