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Aug. 16th, 2006

microbial

most of a resolution.

Well, I got some new stuff to build a new PC. It's been a fair while since I've had a new PC so it'll be nice to use something mostly up to date. It's not the highest end stuff in the world, but it's hardly the worst. AMD 3500+ Socket AM2, MSI K9N-Neo-F, Corsair Value Select DDR2 (only got 533mhz, but I might change that at some point), a Seagate 320Gb SATA II drive with 16mb Cache (since these new motherboards only have one IDE port and I hate te idea of bottlenecking my hard drive on the same line as my old panasonic dvd burner). Oh, and I got a new Antec NSK4000 case to put it all in, to save having to pull everything out of the other case mainly.

*sigh* Well, now we have to resettle Elizabeth instead of sleeping. I think it'll be a long night. I can't say I blame her however. I know how she feels. All she wants is her bed and she keeps getting given some other strange bed that smells different. Your own bed is not something odd to request but we are far from home and she doesn't understand. Worse of all, the more tired she gets the harder it becomes to settle her. So much for a holiday. I'll probably be more tired by the time we make moves to leave here, headed home. As much as I like getting away from town and visiting Thallon, it can be a real mission with littlies.

Lastly, my hands really hurt now. This is the worst keyboard in the known universe.

Aug. 14th, 2006

microbial

omgtc, motherboard errors

I've known they've been on the horizon for a while. but tonight they hit for the first time, and the second time, and now i'm scared to play oblivion or even move files. I'm irritated that I have to fork out money to replace something that has been working just fine. I'm irritated that I have to replace the rest of the PC just because nothing is compatible anymore. I guess I'm just irritated because I don't really want to spend the money at all, but It'd be a shame to not be able to use my PC at all. It's a shame that I just got a new video card and monitor, and its going to be a shame to put back my plans to get a notebook PC for myself. I'm kinda tempted to sell my hdds and get a SATA drive as well, while I'm at it. It's even tempting to buy a cheap crappy socket A motherboard from someplace and sell the system complete and then start again. I dunno. Even if we put a crap video card in it and keep the GF6800 for Sandra's PC. *sigh* It's all too hard. I have a spreadsheet open currently with a list of pricing on some new gear with options for video cards, and I'm kinda thankful I still work at a distributor. Retail on all this gear would be loads more. Even so, its a lot of outlay for something I won't be using that often. Maybe I should just get a notebook first.

Aug. 3rd, 2006

microbial

Joined the Blades

Ok, so I've managed to survive Kvast, escorted Martin Septim back to Wynon Priory and fended off the Mythic Dawn assassins there (but not before they stole the Amulet), then went with Jauffre and Martin on horseback to the Cloud Temple. And now, I've joined the Blades. So my next step is to take a few scenic screenshots from the top of the temple overlooking the surrounding countryside and then get back on Tinfoil and ride down to the Imperial City to see my next contact, and to maybe stock up on healing potions etc. I'm thinking about riding there manually instead of just clicking on the map location in the Active Quest map, just to see how fast I can do it on horseback, and for the riding practice too (it has a way different feel to walking/running and takes getting used to).
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Aug. 1st, 2006

microbial

am i the idiot magnet?

*sigh* geez i hate idiots.

Jul. 28th, 2006

microbial

omgtc

I can't believe I just managed to defeat the demon guy that kept killing my character over and over. There's something to be said for actually using potions that you carry around. I guess I carry them for so long that I forget I have them. It's kind of strange that all these demons are able to be destroyed using fire.. considering the Oblivion plane is full of fire. Ah well, I'm not complaining. Whatever gets me to the end of this stupid quest and back through the gate is fine.
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Jul. 25th, 2006

microbial

finally back online

Well, i'm back. it took several weeks but i'm here. and now with a bigger monitor.. yay!

Jul. 8th, 2006

microbial

oblivion

There's a fair few games that I really really like, and a few that I put on pedal stools (snicker) like, starcon2 (or the ur-quan masters if you play the remake), the master of orion series, pretty much any of the wotc games, eg. baldur's gate, nwn etc and of course civ (any of them will do, but 1 and 4 are the best, and alpha centauri is included in these too. In fact, I'll include Colonization in here as well), and settlers 2 Gold. The elder scrolls games never really grabbed me. I guess it was just the interface that ruined it for me. Much the same problem as when I attempted to play X2. It's a shame when really awesome games go back on the shelf because the interface requires some kind of calculus equation to figure out. However, Oblivion seems to overcome the interface problems of its predecessors as well as being amazingly beautiful. It is seriously a work of art, even on my not-even-close-to-high-end machine. In fact, it seems quite playable on this box, in spite of the high requirements. Although I guess I'm not using the highest graphic quality settings, but it still looks wonderful. It's almost as if it was made as an interactive travel brochure. It makes you want to go places and see things, and you remember where such and such a picturesque place was. I know other people who take screen captures when they find a nice place to look at too, so its not just me. One of these days, I will be able to afford to get a horse too, and then I'll be able to travel around even quicker.. to see the sights that much more efficiently. Maybe then, I'll be able to write a hhgttg-style 'See all the sights in the empire with 38 gold coins or less' travel book. Now that's a goal if ever I saw/thought of/threw a book at/ate one.

And now, the get up noise.
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microbial

OMGTC

(abbrev: Oh my god the chips. Exclamation of extreme proportions. Derived from bad television advertisement where an oven in use cooking potato chips is on fire due to negligence. Can be used in any really bad situation to try to explain the level of badness involved in the catastrophe to the surrounding people.)

I have a hard drive that is making loud clunking OMGTC noises.
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Jul. 5th, 2006

microbial

yay! i can be lame too.

I escaped from the Dungeon of Kazuixy!

I killed Dreamsofglass the goblin and Aiofe the gelatinous cube.

I looted the Dagger of Role-play, the Sword of Role-play, the Armour of Games and 65 gold pieces.

Score: 65

Explore the Dungeon of Kazuixy and try to beat this score,
or enter your username to generate and explore your own dungeon...

Jul. 2nd, 2006

microbial

moving and stuff

It feels good to be starting the preparing to move process. I hate moving house, but after all the waiting involved this time, it will be good to have it out of the way. I'm also looking forward to living in a house that better suits our needs.

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