atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2638: I couldn't help myself.

I ended up watching two eps of Fairy Tail in a row, because the "guild war" arc was obviously coming to a close and I was out of willpower.

It ended about the way I'd expected, and it was frickin' epic.

Even better, I got this excellent frame grab of Erza:

That'll be a desktop after I get tired of the Misaki one. A gentle expression is very rare for her--she's so serious--but all I'll say is that she has good reason to look this way in the middle of a big fight.

This series is a keeper. Holy crap is it good.

* * *

In the middle of a quest in WoW, my computer abruptly shut itself off again.

Overheating, probably.

I would like it if Windows would pop up a window saying "Your machine is overheating! Shutting down in..." and then do it, rather than just abruptly knock me out of my damn game.

But it only happens in WoW, because WoW requires a lot of horsepower.

Anyway: my solution was to get the computer off the floor. I disconnected everything and rearranged the computer setup, so the computer is now next to the desk on the printer stand, and the scanner/printer is next to the stereo. It works well enough, though I couldn't move the stereo to where I wanted it and had to settle for having the printer on the far side of it. When I have a chance to get a good-length hunk of speaker wire, I'll do it then--yes, yet another speaker wire is too damn short. *sigh*

Anyway, I blew the dust out of the heat sinks and moved the computer, and I think it ought to run a bit cooler now. And it ought to suck less cat hair into the vents. Win-win.

...but I need to get some potting compound. See, the main fan that cools the processor runs off a plug on the motherboard, for speed control, but somehow the clip that holds the plug in place got munged. It comes loose too easily; I want to stick it down with something but I don't want to use something that could ruin the motherboard. Potting compound won't attack the epoxy that the motherboard is made of.

Right now I have it trapped between the mobo and the 3rd hard drive, so it can't go anywhere, but I'd really like to have a more permanent solution.

Another option is to connect the fan to the power supply, so it's on when the power's on, but that would make the machine awfully noisy. I like having the fans spin up only when things get too warm.

Of course, now I'm chasing down keyboard noises again--every time I type, something makes an annoying sound, and it only happens when I type. *sigh*

We'll see how my rearrangement helps, if at all.

* * *

Of course, because of all of this, I'm up way past my bedtime again. There's stuff to do, and I'm not getting any of it done. *sigh*

My brother-in-law called Thu night (last night, I guess, but it's still "tonight" to me) to thank me for sending him a cartoon on DVD. Here's the cartoon:

Ages ago, when I was much younger and he was here visiting my sister, that cartoon happened to be on Tom and Jerry one afternoon. My brother-in-law loved that cartoon, especially Mssr. Renoir's recitation of the parade. (First iteration of that starts about 2:19 if you don't want to watch the whole thing.)

When he and my sister were up here for Mom's funeral, he was telling me about how he'd tried to find it, and started doing the song, and so I joined in--to the amusement of my niece (the one who likes anime and manga and RPGs and stuff).

Anyway, after a friend sent me a link to this Tom and Jerry cartoon--several weeks after--it occurred to me that Hey! Perhaps that other cartoon might be on YouTube!

Yeah. And it was the work of a minute to set up the transfer to DVD; I do that for anime all the time, anyway, so I just recorded it off the computer's outputs.

...stuck it in a jewel case and mailed it without explanation or warning. My brother-in-law loved it.

Anyway, so we talked for about an hour about a bunch of stuff and had a grand old time. I needed that.

* * *

At the same time, I sent my niece 10 DVDs of anime--fansubs all--and I wonder if she's gotten them yet? I'll have to write a note.

Best do that, and then hit the hay, I guess.

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