Now why'd I go and do that

I just said to my new boss-type guy, Dave, that my next movie, “The Glomp,” will be finished by Monday morning.

Guess I’ll be up all weekend! But expect to see it then!

edit: It is a beautiful day and I finally found somewhere to lounge around outside – the Stevenson Coffee House! Because it has wifi, it has tables, and it has a lot of shade from these beautiful trees. Also everyone sitting around me is a total nerd, talking about complementizers and what “monkey” is in Indonesian. Ah, bliss! Porter’s got a lot of nice places to sit but barely any shade, and everyone’s there in almost no clothes talking about how many people they made out with. Who’d want to be a part of THAT?

edit: But everyone around me is smoking which I’m okay with because they asked, but then smoke started blowing into my face but since I already said it’s okay I think it’d be weird now to move or say I wasn’t okay. :| Oh well!

edit: haha one of the smokers just accidentally dropped their cigarette onto the tanbark and almost started a small fire.

Oh my god

Guess which route takes 1/2 hour but was blocked off due to a car flipping over.
Guess which route took over 2 hours and was the fucking windingest scariest drive ever.

Gosh

Gosh I was drinking warm horchata (which is my new favorite beverage) over at College 8 and so I was really happy and I was telling my friend this and he’s like “YOU MISPRONOUNCED IT” and it sort of ruined my day. =(

Guys “horchata” is from a different language, and lots of words we take from different languages are totally pronounced wrong, okay. No one is actually going to spend time saying “-tta” instead of “-da” just to prove some sort of point so just as long as you’re not pronouncing it “hot dicks” I think you’re okay in saying whatever you want so that people understand you.

New video card :[

Turns out the problem I was having before was with the video card, which has since then decided to stop working completely. :[ Farewell, GeForce FX 5700. Now I’m back to a single-monitor GeForce4 MX 440.

So I’m thinking of getting this, which is even more low-end, but at least supports dual monitors.

Or… um. Hey RTF, can you contact me? You’ve got my video card and I was wondering if we could make some sort of trade…

Phenomenal cosmic power

Tech blog!!!

Computer was running like poop today, even after closing all my programs and restarting Explorer a few times. So I restarted.

When the computer was POSTing, it froze. It wouldn’t go beyond my primary IDE devices – it stopped on my DVD-RW drive. So I smacked myself in the head, said “what the hell is this shit,” and decided that it was finally time to open it up and futz around (something I hadn’t done all year – some sort of record).

Since I was sure the problem was with either the IDE cords or power to the devices, I disconnected both the cords and took the power supply out. I sliced my finger trying to disconnect the old molex connectors – there is definitely a rule somewhere that states you must cut yourself at least once every time you futz around inside a PC. Also the entire thing was filled with dust. I think I emptied my compressed air can trying to get all that shit out. It was crazy. Not such a great thing to get dust in your newly opened wound, either – I didn’t have any Band-Aids so I used Scotch tape instead. :P

I had this 500W power supply sitting around that I got free due to a rebate flood on RadioShack’s site a few months ago, so I decided that while the computer was open, I might as well swap out my ol’ trusty 300W with the new, glowy, 500W one.

Upon reconnection – just the power cord and VGA/DVI cords – phenomenally, everything worked fine! The fans in the case didn’t even choke on any wires (probably cuz the new ones are self-contained wires (instead of two black, two red) and they’re huge). But when I reconnected all the other things – keyboard, mouse, USB, ethernet – it STILL froze on POST.

So it turns out that it was something else stopping the computer from starting up, and then I realized – what was causing Explorer to freeze up in the first place? It was my iPod – it was stuck on Disk Mode and was halting the computer whenever it tried accessing it. So the moment I disconnected the iPod, the POST succeeded and Windows booted up.

…and then it proceeded to have two kernel panics in a row for no good reason whatsoever. But now it seems fine!

The only problem now is that my iPod won’t go out of Disk Mode or restart, because the Menu button’s been acting up, so I can’t do the Menu+Action combo. When I send it back to Apple for replacement (warranties rock!), it’ll probably still be on, in Disk Mode, wasting batteries.

The best part was that I got all this done in just a little over an hour, and I wasn’t late for class. I was planning on spending this morning working on my Semantics midterm, but I’m glad my time was filled up doing something I not only seemed to need to do, but something a lot dorkier!