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The lull between the holidays

I hate it when I feel obligated to post because I haven’t in a while, but here I go. First off, to Bernice I hope you have a great time and learn a lot in China. You’ll be missed!

Second, to Mr. Potpourri, hope you feel better.

Lastly, (as you can see I’ve really got nothing to say) enjoy the last half week of 2003.

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Bah Humbug

Let me ramble about the boring state of my life. It is inevitable. It’s the beginning of the end. I will work for the next 40+ years in order to sustain my body and my lifestyle. It appears that every job will eventually lose it’s novelty and begin to stink…

bq. ‘And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. The you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”‘

Merry Christmas.

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Partial Review: The Return of the King @ AMC Grand

Today was an off day for watching movies: I didn’t get the nap that I was supposed to take prior to the midnight showing. The guys sitting next to us had uncontrollable IcantStopShakingMyLegItis. The sound goes awry after a loud scene and all the words that trail with “s” start sounding like “SSSSSS“. The dynamics are lost and the surround speakers start to sound louder than the front channels. I think it was a cumulative thing that led to me walking out of the theatre. (My weaseling out excuse to Shihab? “I’m really tired and I don’t think it’d be wise to not get much sleep.” — It was partially true!) Shihab was saying that as long as he could hear the dialog, there was nothing wrong. It’s tough having discerning ears :-D.

But lets get to the 45 minutes that I did get to see. There seems to have been a few more comic relief scenes put in. Most of the weird crowd that was there seemed to roar hysterically. The pace seemed a bit off and scenes seem to jump from one to another instead of transitioning…

Anyways, perhaps this is just cause I seemed to enjoy The Two Towers much more at home on a system that I’m familiar with. What can I say? I’m a critic. And an ego balloon full of hot air. ;-)

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Irrational Men

Here’s the article about men becoming stupid in the presence of a beautiful woman.



Stupid Kingston memory module fried tonight. The 128MB module was only showing 64MB in the old BX board so I put it in the 815 board to see if I could switch it with the other 64MB module that was already in there.

I start the computer up and wait for the monitor to display the BOOT info. Nothing. Then I smell an acrid smell and immediately turn off the computer. Turns out a pin had shorted and the plastic receptor had melted. The stickers on the Kingston module also melted. Popped it out and inspected the 256MB module that was also in there. Fortunately, that one turns out fine. Stuck the old 64MB back in and turned it on. Acrid smell again. Damn. The 64 is screwed. Pop that out. Should I try it again with just the 256? Am I stupid???!


I’m dumb and I try it with just the 256MB module. Luckly for me the computer POST’s and the OS loads.

Damn. I wonder what went wrong. I’m gonna go back to Fry’s to get some money back. Argh. But at least my data still there and I can type this entry in.

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I hate scary movies, but this one was good. The tone was very consistent (and kept very taut) throughout.

Warning: May keep you up at night. ;-p


Spice TV on HD

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