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(If I said I was going to start making actual LJ posts that aren't zero-content meme posts, no one would believe me, right? Yeah. Ok, I won't say that. How about "I'll only post one meme for every three 'real' posts I make, at most?" Will that fly? :)

I wouldn't even do this one, but it's pegging my nostalgia meter. It reminds me of the USENET lyrics quizzes we used to respond to (and occasionally post) back at WPI.

Lyrics for you, if you're into that sort of thing )


Dec. 12th, 2005 05:38 pm
vorlonscout: (bitter)
Ok. A call for advice, here.

I recently purchased a new PC. Specifically, an HP Pavilion d4100e with an AMD Athlon 64x2 4200+ CPU. I've been using it for a few weeks, and I'm very happy with it -- but I've been a little concerned about the CPU temperatures. (I figure a little paranoia in this case can't hurt.) So, I picked up a Zalman CNPS9500 heatsink. It's HUGE, so I took the case/motherboard measurements it told me to take, and it looks like it'll fit.

Only one problem. I can't get the godforsaken STOCK heatsink off. Removing the retainer clip and the two exposed screws in the plastic base didn't do any good, so -- knowing that my hardware luck is the stuff of campfire horror stories -- I gave up on it for now. (An unusual display of sensibility, for me.)

It seems to me that this shouldn't be a big hassle, but it is one regardless. I'm loath to ask a friend to attempt it, because... well, if something went wrong, that would be VERY bad, and I don't want to deal with that on a personal level. But I don't know what, if any, other options I have. Professional repair shops might be an option, but I shudder to think what they'd charge me.

Argh. Grar.

Any ideas?
vorlonscout: (caution)
For those of you who missed it... whoops!

(This one -- username and password "poenews" to view -- is a much better story, but the other one has the best headline. :)
vorlonscout: (caution)
While waiting to cross a side street in Harvard Square to get lunch, I noticed that the car parked next to me had a note pinned under the windshield wiper. Assuming at first that the car's owner had left a note to the police begging not to be fined or towed for a violation, I glanced at it. In the half-page note (containing several sentences -- it was quite long), the author berated the owner of the car (a fairly pricey one -- an Altima or some such) for not having purchased snow tires. And I quote:
"Driving on summer tires [carat note: like yours] in the snow is like [obscured by windshield wiper]. ... If you can afford these, you can afford a set of snow tires. Don't pretend like it's OK. Are you willing to risk your life for a fashion statement?"
I really wanted to know what the part behind the wiper said, but I wasn't going to mess with someone's car to find out.

As Martin Rose put it, "Congratulations! You have officially discovered a new low point in East Coast Moral Outrage."

Oddly, the SUV parked directly in front of that car (which also did not have snow tires) had no such note on it.

(And yes... the irony of my saying people can't mind their own business, then reading a note on someone else's car, has been duly noted. But at least I'm just nosy, not pushy. ;)
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Posted at my GM's ([livejournal.com profile] jikharra's) request... the following is a context-free nutshell description of five consecutive minutes of my character's consciousness (with several hours of unconsciousness mixed in), as summarized by me during Sunday's session:


(Yeah, Steve had a terrific week, let me tell you.)
vorlonscout: (caution)
Dear New York Post: Fix this.

(Edit: It lasted about 15 minutes. :)
vorlonscout: (caution)
For the record, I really liked this film. However... :)

There are spoilers in here... sort of. )
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This is a very strange list. But at least, for once, I don't feel like a philistine 'cause I can only put a "yes" next to about five things in the list. :)

The IMDB Movie Meme )
vorlonscout: (caution)
Cribbed from [livejournal.com profile] staralshain.
Food Meme )
vorlonscout: (bitter)
Interesting reading:

The Walt Disney Feature Animation-Florida Shutdown Announcement: An Insider's View

Yeah, guys, thanks for that Lilo & Stitch thing. Don't let the door hit your asses on the way out.

The "Archives" sidebar link has a lot more on the topic, too... this was the one that started it all, I think.
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I've spent a whole lot of time, over the past year, reading pet shelter web sites. (First because [livejournal.com profile] staralshain and I were looking for cats to adopt, more recently because I've started helping out at the Milford Humane Society and... well, just because I can. :) The down side to this is that about a third of the animal bios on any shelter page are examples of the extreme thoughtlessness, irresponsibility, and downright idiocy of people who should never have been allowed near a cat or dog in the first place.

So, I feel the need to post this on my LJ, to remind myself that some people aren't idiots.

(EDIT: Someone else compiled them all onto one page, with photos. So I'll use that link instead, even though it does blatantly abuse the <center> tag.)

So, I present to you the ongoing saga of JMS and his cat. :)
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Ah, why not. It's [livejournal.com profile] staralshain's fault.

The state meme! Bolded states are ones I've visited (i.e. gotten out of the car to visit things which are not gas stations or rest stops), bolded and italicized are ones I've lived in for more than a month, underlined are ones I've passed through (in a car, or stopped in the airport). Ones that have no font augmentation are ones I haven't been to.

1) Alabama, 2) Alaska, 3) Arizona, 4) Arkansas, 5) California, 6) Colorado, 7) Connecticut, 8) Delaware, 9) Florida, 10) Georgia, 11) Hawaii, 12) Idaho, 13) Illinois, 14) Indiana, 15) Iowa, 16) Kansas, 17) Kentucky, 18) Louisiana, 19) Maine, 20) Maryland, 21) Massachusetts, 22) Michigan, 23) Minnesota, 24) Mississippi, 25) Missouri, 26) Montana, 27) Nebraska, 28) Nevada, 29) New Hampshire, 30) New Jersey, 31) New Mexico , 32) New York, 33) North Carolina, 34) North Dakota, 35) Ohio, 36) Oklahoma, 37) Oregon, 38) Pennsylvania, 39) Rhode Island, 40) South Carolina, 41) South Dakota, 42) Tennessee, 43) Texas, 44) Utah, 45) Vermont, 46) Virginia, 47) Washington, 48) West Virginia, 49) Wisconsin, 50) Wyoming.
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Sometime in the past hour, I seem to have lost the cap off of my (chipped since 4th grade) front tooth.

So far, my tooth seems not to have realized that it hurt quite a lot back then, and by rights should hurt just as much now.

Please don't remind it.
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Which is worse? To not get enough sleep, or to get plenty of sleep, but spend the last three hours of the night having a series of dreams in which you have overslept and/or forgotten to set your alarm, thus missing most of your day at work?

As you might have guessed, last night was the latter. Let me tell you, waking up repeatedly in a minor panic from 5am to 8am was a blast.

It was a good weekend, all told. NYE madness at [livejournal.com profile] jikharra and [livejournal.com profile] keshwyn's domicile was a blast. (Ok, everyone, count down the seconds as we watch the staticky and blurry I-think-that's-the-ball drop. ;) Was a particularly nice surprise to see [livejournal.com profile] mephron, who I had no idea was going to be in the state, let alone in Somerville, that night. I guess I missed another memo. And I once again got stomped by other ninjas (ninjae?), so it appears 2004 will be much like the year that preceded it. :)

Thursday felt like Saturday. Friday felt like Saturday. Saturday, much to my surprise, still felt like Saturday... and most of it was spent either sleeping in or at the Milford Humane Society, as [livejournal.com profile] staralshain made the 45-minute trek southwest for our first of (hopefully) many volunteer stints at the shelter. We were there for about four hours, most of it spent cleaning up for and feeding the not-yet-socialized semi-feral cats in the back rooms. As much as the more socialized "front room" cats are fun to be around, I think I prefer spending time with the semi-ferals. It's very rewarding, to me, to see one of those cats (especially the ones in the "B Room", the ones least trusting of people) come up to me and pet them a little bit, or even just let me get close enough for them to hesitantly sniff my hand. It's very slow progress, and I suspect I could do this for a year and most of them still won't trust people very much, but if I can help them take even a tiny step closer to getting out of those back rooms and into a good home, that's worth the effort to me.

The trick will be finding the time... I think Saturdays are the only days we'll be able to volunteer (due to time, distance, and work schedules), and even those will be sporadic. But, well, it's better than nothing.

Oh, and you should have seen Taichou after we returned home. He sniffed at [livejournal.com profile] staralshain very suspiciously, for a good long while. ("HEY! You've been playing with OTHER CATS! I bet you even FED them! Why do you hate me?" :)
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(During a discussion of Armageddon, Deep Impact, et al on IRC...)

[livejournal.com profile] kviri: Someone needs to write a movie in which a colony of bacterial life forms have their peaceful existence on Asteroid 2997B9 threatened by this HUGE BLUE PLANET that is now hurtling towards it.
[livejournal.com profile] z_gryphon: coming next year from Pixar!
vorlonscout: (Default)
Yeah, it's the Trick-or-Treat meme. I was just going to run it and not post it, but... damn.

Worst. Halloween take. Ever. )

(And before you ask, the "costume" was something I wore to a party, very briefly, last year. :)
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Ok. Someone start packing John Burkett's bags -right now-, and put him on a plane. I don't care where it's going. I want Rupe as our #5 starter... even if this does turn out to be an atypically good night for him, it's better than we've gotten from Burkett in as long as I can remember. I'll take it.

On the down side... 11 men left on base tonight, 7 LOB in the first three innings alone. (And it would have been 10 LOB in the first four innings if Ortiz hadn't come through with a looper to right on a 2-2 count.) This has GOT to stop.
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