June 15th, 2011

#2749: That was fun.

The "Companions in Christ" group was pretty interesting. Everyone in it is older than I am (big surprise) but they all seem like a really, really nice bunch and I think I'm going to enjoy the program.

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Then I got on WoW and Sailor V came over to Aggrmar and leveled his toon Thægrimm (which I'd made a couple weeks ago when I was checking out his toons for max effectiveness) and I helped with Emwyn. It's nice to be squishing stuff for a change rather than getting squished.

About midnight-ish I plugged the old 120 GB IDE drive into the nifty USB dongle and was able to access a bunch of stuff I haven't been able to access since the first 500 GB drive died.

...I had copied that entire drive to the 500 GB drive, and then thought I had it all backed up on the 500 GB external. That turned out not to be the case, though, because it didn't back up everything; it only backed up things with typical document extensions (.JPG, .DOC, .MP3, etc) and not things like .MID and .PWT and....

Since I'd kept the old drive intact, I was miffed rather than really pissed off. And now I can access it again whenever I like, so it's fine.

Long-time readers of the Fungus may recall the last time I tried to get some way to use this drive in an external enclosure and had less luck. And in fact this nifty dongle thingy was cheaper than the enclosure I bought in July of '08. Heh.

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At CompUSA they had a 50' ethernet cable for $14, and I came > < close to buying it. Then I thought, "Heck, once Og gets around to it...." so I didn't. Heh.

That thought nearly made me put the wireless card back, let me tell you. The ethernet cable would have obviated the need for a new wireless card, because I'd just plug my machine directly into the frickin' modem.

The other alternative is to bring the router in here. Use the ethernet cable to plug the router into the modem, then use a shorter ethernet cable (which I already have) to plug the desktop into the router. I can then disable the wireless part until and unless I want/need to use it, and avoid risking having someone pirate internet access from me. Heh.

There's all kinds of ways to do it, I suppose.

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While running around Dun Morogh with Sailor V, I tried to set my toon to follow his and accidentally challenged him to a duel.

I told him just to ignore it, but he accepted the challenge. He ran over to Emwyn and smacked her for ten points of damage; I turned around and crushed him with one blow. Level 43 versus level 5--yeah.

That was the first time I won a duel, though.

...anyway, I was laughing my ass off, and then I started coughing, and I think I coughed up a lung. My throat still hurts. So whatever crud it was that I got in the hospital, I think it's still lingering a bit.

*sigh*

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The other thing I saw at CompUSA was an external SATA adaptor. That would be pretty nifty, but I don't think old Cephiro has a PCI slot to spare.

Wait--was this one Cephiro? I can't remember any more. The laptop is Seiren and--hell, I can't even remember what name I picked for my next computer. I know the old Celeron machine was "Escaflowne" and the wireless network is "Roshtaria".

But I've got some names I can choose from:
Catia (Asobi ni Iku Yo!)
Fiore (Fairy Tail)
Deviluke (ToLoveRu)
Jurai (Tenchi Muyo)
Iscandar (Star Blazers)
Juusenkyo (Ranma 1/2)
...and I can think of more besides. So as long as I can keep a list like this I'll probably never run out of names for machines.

According to the System tab of Control Panel, this machine is "Cephiro" (the world of Magic Knight Rayearth). So now I'm stuck trying to remember what I called the old P3 that was my desktop machine before I got this one in 2007.

(And I still can't help thinking that "Cephiro" was a translation error; I'd bet the world was supposed to be named "Sapphire" and someone mucked up the transcription from katakana to English....)

Anyway, since Mom's old one-lung Compaq is now best used as a paperweight or doorstop--it's that old--I've been thinking about setting up the old P3 where her machine is now, so I can play the old games that won't work under Vista or XP. Carmageddon, for example.

Heh.

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Anyway, now it's 3 AM, and I ought to go to bed. Here I thought that--since I'd gotten up at 1 PM and had been going all day until the end of the church group at 9--that I'd be sleepy and want to go to bed early.

Wrong!

...I didn't factor in how wound up I get when I actually get to socialize with people. *sigh* So I'm still going strong, and if I don't take half a Xanax and hit the hay I'll be falling asleep around 9 AM and sleeping until 7 PM, and I won't get anything done on the motorcycle.

Good night.

#2750: I never knew this about Orwell

At the bottom of this list of phrases some folks don't like there's some commentary about George Orwell and his rules for writing:
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

Never use the passive where you can use the active.

Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
I particularly like rules 2 and 5.

Okay, like "utilize"--can English just lose that word? Three syllables to say "use"--WTF. People only say "utilize" instead of "use" because they think it makes them sound smart; in fact it makes them sound like half-wits who don't know language.

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In Azumanga Daioh the girls take a summer trip to Chiyo-chan's beach house, and Tomo-chan wants to smash a watermelon. They forgot to bring a bat or other blunt instrument, and Tomo-chan is reduced to karate-chopping at the watermelon.

Here is an alternate method:



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WEERD has a story about the efficacy of gun control in England...but in fact it's also a story about the efficacy of socialized medicine.

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I had just been wondering the other day about our "limited kinetic action" in Libya and where it fell under the War Powers Act.

Turns out it's been almost 90 days, and Obama's been totally ignoring the law. How interesting.

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If Wisconsin is the 49th, it means Illinois is the only state in the union which forbids self-defense. *sigh*

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The difference here is that the predictions of an ice age that we're back to--this time--are based on solar output, not on human activity.

Still:
news sites that previously bought into the AGW/CC myth were quick to attempt to minimize the announcement. "However, the temperature change associated with any reduction in sunspot activity would likely be minimal and not enough to offset the impact of greenhouse gases on global warming, according to scientists."
Of course not. And so I haul out the graph yet again:



Earth is cooling, and it's cooling despite a continued increase in CO2. Suck it, bitches.

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Midwest Chick embeds a YouTube video of perhaps the most awesome bit of dialogue from Babylon 5.

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...damn thunderstorms kept me awake until 6 AM. Every time I'd start to drift off, CRACK! and I'd be wide awake again. *sigh*

Though the radar was all reds and yellows, there was almost no wind; it was just rain, thunder, and lighting, so I was able to leave my windows open. It remained nice and cool in here all day; as long as the current conditions hold I should be able to keep from using the air conditioning at least through Friday, when they've predicted temps in the low eighties. (And about ninety for Sunday. *sigh* Welcome to summer!)

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Thinking about the old stories reminded me of something one of my friends did that was f-ing hilarious, and I was thinking about telling the story here...but while remembering the story it made me think of how Jackie Gleason and Art Carney worked so well together. How Ed Norton would say something stupid, Ralph Kramden would yell, "GET OUT!"...and how similar that is to Japanese manzai comedy, and how truly universal human characteristics are.

Unfortunately, this highly intellectual thought drove the story I wanted to tell right the F out of my mind. *sigh* So the hilarious story will have to wait until I remember it.