The first post was made to this blog, the Giant Pachinko Machine of Doom, on March 11th, 2004.
I intend for this to be the last. What better time to start over than on 1/1/11?
There will be a new WordPress-based blog going up, and this one will be kept as an archive, that I will port old posts over from periodically.
At any rate, I know I’ve been slacking lately, but there’s so much cool stuff I want to share that I haven’t been able to because this blog is a pain in the ass the way it is… I will have the new blog up in time for the 7th anniversary of the site, with a bunch of new stuff.
And everyone enjoy the New Year!Permalink
Okay, computer is squared away (Mostly), something work-like is on its way to being accomplished, now I just need to come up with $120 before December to pay my hosting.
I’m so glad Dreamhost went ahead and gave me an extra month, even though I said I’d pay half in a week, and the other half a week or so later… Because things got worse after I talked to them, heh.Permalink
I felt a disturbance in the force and climbed out of bed to find people being stupid on the internet… As usual, I arrived at just the right time to deliver my internet vigilante justice.
[11.20/20.55.18] <+Khenjy> do you seriously think i will switch my audio decoder
[11.20/20.55.26] <+Khenjy> just because it actually makes it sound better?
[11.20/20.57.56] <%Bakamoichigei> Khenjy.
[11.20/20.58.46] <%Bakamoichigei> I have been in the channels of Shinsen, Animejunkies, a half dozen rip groups from last decade, warez channels, and the help channel on ETG.
[11.20/20.58.56] <%Bakamoichigei> And that is the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever seen someone say on IRC.
Well, motherboard and memory arrived. It was smaller than I expected. 2/3rds the size of the old board. Installed the hexacore and memory, dropped it into the case, got everything wired up (Oh god the clean wiring job I can do with the P182SE…) got it booted up, and amazingly enough, it recognized the array from the old computer and was able to mount it. Tried booting from it for shits and giggles, and sure enough the hardware difference made Windows shit itself all over the place. So, I did a clean install on a pair of 500GB drives in RAID1, which is what I wanted to maybe transfer the old install to. Fastest Win7 Ultimate install ever. God damn. Didn’t even bother getting everything installed. Went straight to CrazyTown. Rebooted into the BIOS, started OCing. First, a modest bump from 3.20GHz to 3.60GHz. No problem, perfectly stable. Didn’t even have to bump the VCore. Played around with that a while. Decided I wanted to try MOAR POWAA. After trial and error with VCore, I got a perfectly stable 4.0GHz. Only problem is, with the stock cooler and not enough fans (I need to buy new fans, the old ones were all fucked.) it’ll BSOD on long renders after a while. (When it can’t crank the PWM fan up any higher and it gets stupid-hot.) The lack of the full 8GB of memory also hurts my rendering ability.
Heat problems aside, it’s perfectly stable. Let me say that again…
Gotta admit, that’s pretty impressive.
Everything screams now. Even games that I couldn’t play at full resolution run fine now at full res, with FSAA and everything. I doubled my old 3DMark06 score, and that’s pretty impressive considering I only have half the memory, my videocard OC isn’t enabled, and I can only get 16-by-4 on the PCI-E, and not 16-by-16 like my old machine. Hell, everything plays like I have a new videocard…though such an upgrade will have to wait.
At any rate, I turned it back down to 3.60GHz until I can do something about the cooling.
Now I just need to tear ASUS a new arsehole over the defective RMA’d motherboard, and somehow pay my electric bill and webhosting despite having had to spend ‘all the money I have’ TWICE to get my primary computer back. At least I can get back to work now.
After I take care of all the bills, next on the agenda is a new cooler, more case fans, and another pair of DDR3. Then I’ll be up to spec again and ready to kick ass and take names.Permalink
Just found myself watching the 5th episode of Cowboy Bebop for what is probably the 700th time, but the first time in a couple years. The audio in the remastered version is growing on me. Especially the gunfights, and the 5.1 re-mixed music.
But what really struck me is, with all the anime I’ve seen, new and old, that episode, especially the B-part, is some of the finest anime ever committed to video. What happened to good anime?
As things stand, these are the typical show archetypes you see every season:
Do you detect a pattern developing? If you said “Yes, anime sucks.” you win a cookie. I’m sorry, but shows like K-On! have ruined anime. I think, or at least I HOPE, that this is the fault of the industry, and not otaku. I want to believe that otaku aren’t dead-set against good shows, and that the studios are just SCARED TO DEATH of producing anything but their current style of cash-cow show. But considering the kind of stupid behavior otaku are constantly exhibiting these days, I may be deluding myself.
I really think the only chance we have for seeing a good anime, is if someone comes in from outside the industry with the goal of producing something genuinely good, not trying to make a fortune, not even caring if it will be popular. But just trying to produce a GOOD STORY.
The problem is, this pretty much needs to be a 100% indie development, because no studio would do it. Of course, then you can’t get it on TV. But god dammit. There HAS TO BE A WAY TO BREAK THE CYCLE. If we can just get one genuinely good show back out there, and have people like it, then maybe, JUST MAYBE, the industry will stop producing season after season of nothing but garbage.
Fuck it. Don’t care anymore.Permalink
Ugh. So, I got my sister’s PSU, only it didn’t matter because it didn’t have the 8-pin EPS12V plug that my motherboard needs. So I went back to trying my PSU one last time. I was examining the board very closely, when I noticed the unmistakable smell of hot semiconductors. So I started poking around, until…sure enough, I burned my goddamn finger on an overheating voltage regulator.
I fired off a very stern e-mail to ASUS tech support saying flatly that I’ve been unable to work for a month because of this BS and they sent me a bum board, and I WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE HIGHER UP THAN A CSR. Especially considering this board may have fried everything I put in it.
They tell me to call their level two support, since it was a ‘repaired board’. Would now be a good time to mention it’s NOT EVEN MY BOARD? It’s got a sticker on it with the same serial number…but it’s not in the same place, or the same sticker. I should know, I have photos of mine.
Fuck it. They’ve dicked me around enough. I had access to JUST ENOUGH money to get a cheap mobo and some memory (Since I ended up getting a board that takes DDR3) so fuck ‘em. I’m done. I’m getting my computer back up and running, getting shit back to normal, and THEN I’ll deal with those shits. Since at that point it won’t matter how long it takes, I can concentrate on resolving the issue to my satisfaction.
The only problem is, a new motherboard probably won’t be able to access my system drives…which means all the things I was working on. It’s always some damn thing, isn’t it? Speaking of which, I’m about 8 episodes into Uchuu Senkan Yamato… There’s always SOMETHING wrong with that damn ship, even before you get to the fact that someone’s always trying to blow them up. It’s like watching the 1970s anime version of Star Trek: Voyager. I still love it though.
At any rate, UPS should be delivering my new parts in approximately 12 hours, so here’s hoping! btw, I love ordering stuff from Newegg. More often than not, it will ship from their warehouses in Edison, NJ which means overnight UPS regardless of what shipping I go with. (In this case, free!)
I just want my real computer back… Got so much stuff to talk about…and even more to DO.Permalink
I can’t help it. That is like, the manliest anime opening ever. It sounds like a military anthem or a march. I’d actually never seen Yamato before, although I had Starblazers comics when I was a kid and have, in recent years, been taking in ungodly amounts of old anime.
Sadly it took the death of one of the show’s co-creators to prompt me to watch it. He was a hell of a guy, too. A real dude…though possibly a little nutty. (Just read the wikipedia article and you’ll see what I mean!)
Anyway, that’s just what’s going on in my head THIS five minutes. (You know how I am.)
What does it say about my life that the fact that I’m turning 30 (Thirty. THIR-TY. THREE-TIMES-TEN. SAN-JYUU SAI!!!!!!) in a couple months isn’t even in the top ten things I’m worrying about right now?
What IS near the top of my list, is the problems with my primary computer, (Shogoki. Yes. I did. I did that. Yes. The machines are named Zerogoki, Shogoki, and Nigoki and have color-coded ethernet cables. I shit you not.) short story? It took a massive dump. The motherboard died. (I think, I’m not even SURE anymore.)
It took me a week to send it out, but nonetheless I was able to RMA it. Thank god for 3-year warranties, yeah? It took two more weeks to get it back from ASUS, during which time I was moving through several stages of dementia since I was in the middle of making a whole bunch of cool stuff, only some of which resided off that machine. And Zerogoki is just my storage machine, and not really suited for Photoshop and stuff.
Anyway, I get the motherboard back from ASUS, and then I realize I can’t install the CPU because the box I collect all my thermal compounds and my thermal compound remover in was nowhere to be found. Just GONE. GONE!!! So I burn two more days (And $30) to replace it. It arrives, I install the CPU. Computer won’t turn on. There’s standby power, but the PSU wouldn’t turn over when I press the button.
I tried the PSU separately, shorting the green wire on the ATX connector to ground (Switching it on, like the motherboard would) and it spun up just fine. I didn’t bother testing the voltages, because when I was first diagnosing the problems to begin with, I checked all the voltages I could get to, and they were fine. (Of course, I couldn’t read current, so god only knows.)
I contact ASUS again, and they basically tell me that if the memory, CPU, or GPU were bad, the motherboard wouldn’t let the PSU apply power. Well… I DROPPED THE CPU WHILE I WAS INSTALLING IT, MAYBE THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, HERP DERP. So I had a decision to make…I needed to buy a processor, I had roughly $250 I could access… I had stuff I needed that money for. Do I spend $70 to get a processor that’s barely better than what I had, or do I spend $230 to get the best AMD processor on the market right now, which I was going to upgrade to in a few months anyway. What the fuck do you think I did?
No, I’m not proud of that decision, honest. (But I’d be lying if I said the thought of dropping a hexacore in there and TURNING THINGS UP TO ELEVEN didn’t give me a grin that’d creep out the Cheshire Cat.)
So, next day, it arrives… (I love buying stuff from Newegg and having it ship from the New Jersey warehouses. Free overnight, almost guaranteed.) I install it, hook everything up… SAME THING. That brings us to right now. Today, I’m going to try the PSU from my sister’s computer (Which I’m supposed to be fixing anyway because her HDD somehow *cough*PEBKAC*cough* contracted E-AIDS and self-destructed.)
So, if you hear someone yell “ZETSUBOUSHITA!!!!” it didn’t work, and I’ll be leaving soon.Permalink
So, it’s been like 5 months since I posted…
A lot has happened, and yet nothing has happened. That is to say, I’ve made remarkable progress on countless things, but none of it has reached any sort of completion.
I am DEFINITELY gearing up to relaunch the site though. I’m going to tear it all down and put up a brand spanking new Wordpress site with new content, and slowly start porting over the best of the old posts. (I will make the current blog available somewhere though.)
To keep things simple, I’ll have categories based on my interests and hobbies such as “Games", “Anime", “Arcade", “Roleplaying", “Writing", “Drawing", “Electronics", “Making Stuff", etc. as well as things like “News", “Life of Baka", and “Projects". Then everything will be tagged with further descriptors like “Rant", “Review", “How-To", “Discussion", etc.
I’m even going to add a category for food. Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m a pretty good cook, and I take it very seriously, and I have my own way of doing a lot of stuff. Even in the IRC channel, I often speak of food and how I go about making it. So I figure it’d be cool to preserve that stuff by sharing it on the site!
The site will have a cool header image that is a mosaic of random category images. And then when you’re viewing a category, it’s a random selection of the images for that particular category. I’m also going to come up with a script that makes the frontpage take any link that is meant for this old blog, and either pass it on to the archive, or redirect to the reposted version if there is one.
Anyway, I promise that I’ll do my best to have the new site ready-ish this month! That way, it can be up and running just in time for my hosting to be locked for non-payment. -_-; Yeah, I owe $120 right now for a year of hosting, and I have no idea how I’m going to come up with that this month. orzPermalink
I swear, I’m going to redo the site soon! Promise! I am probably lying.
I have this project I’m working on that should get me out of debt with people, like Edward_K. No, it doesn’t involve ‘faking my own death’ and ‘moving to Mars’.
I’ve been not-drawing. I’ve also been not not-wasting-time playing arcade games. Honestly, I’m so goddamned lazy, I still haven’t RMA’d my monitor yet after it shit itself and died. D:
For about a week now I’ve had my desk cleared off enough to draw, but I’ve got artist’s block or something. Luckily it didn’t coincide with writer’s block, because I was able to write out event outlines for 7+ volumes of Gaijin Samurai manga.Permalink
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