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Friday, November 16th, 2012
8:59 pm
Just a note here for what might have been...
now to move on.

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
1:07 am
Yup....Its Officially a Trip...
Fiasco strikes with a vengeance!
(I haven't had many trips lately, so its been saving up).

So, the original plan was for Bethany and Aeryn to fly out shortly after the car was
shipped off to a kind friend in Pittsburgh, then I'd pack up the remaining stuff into
the trailer and a few odds and ends into the back of the truck and off I'd go using
the trailer as a home away from home, camper style.

Well, the car shippers took nearly a week longer than expected to even capture the
interest of a trucker able to move it, let alone actually schedule a pickup, so the
girls' flight came and I bid them adieu.

From there I packed the trailer...waiting for the car to be picked up.
And I packed the trailer...
and I packed the trailer...oh crap, not all of it will fit, even stuffed to the gills.

So, I pack everything I possibly can into it, overflow into the truck bed and end up
leaving a couple of items for a friend to send to me once I get to Pittsburgh.
So much for using the trailer as a camp site....Hotels it is.

Finally the car gets picked up and I get on the road a couple days later after
reshuffling to get everything in. On the road....I'm making reasonable time,
the truck is slow and heavy.

Day two, I reach Salt Lake City, I-80 starts the largest incline up into the mountains.
The truck conks out barely 1/5 of the way up.
While getting the truck towed to a repair shop...the trailer loses a wheel bearing
and comes very close to popping the tire and break assembly completely off.

Turns out, the timing chain I had just had installed...yeah, "just to make sure
nothing would go wrong during the trip"...yeah...that one...it is newer and harder
than the old distributor shaft gear.
Shaft gear stripped...no more engine spark...no more go.

As for the trailer wheel bearing...well, I'm still not sure if that was due to
the tow guy not having a break control unit on his tow truck (seriously? wtf?
why do tow trucks even HAVE fancy multi-position hydraulic hitches if they
aren't set up with basic trailer controls? wtf.), Or if that was just my own
stupidity, since all three of the other "new" wheel bearings needed to be
repacked, too.

Thankfully, after all the delays, extra costs and repairs, I'm still alive and
am almost made it to the half way point.


Current Mood: Alive
Monday, May 10th, 2010
7:20 pm
To Pittsburgh....
So, we're gonna bite the bullet and move back east.
California is just not working out.
I'm actually looking forward to having WEATHER again.

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
2:35 pm
New Hotness...
So, I've just finished getting my butt kicked by what
I must name as the true successor to the original X-Com....

UFO Alien Invasion

Base building, Research, Fully 3D Randomized Maps, and,
of course, Old-School-Turn-Based-Tactical-Goodness....
The UI has a few rough spots, still, but I have already
discovered some great additions to the original.


PS. I'm dying to try out the multi-player on it...anybody?
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
12:00 am
Whee! Yet More Linux Gaming!
So, Wine 1.1.43 has been released with more Direct3D hackery and now allows me, for the first time, to play Command & Conquer: Renegade (old 3d shooter). All without me doing anything special to get it to work. KICK ASS!
This was and probably still is my favorite internet FPS, we'll see how it holds up to my memories.
It still has a few rendering bugs here and there, but nothing that makes it unplayable yet, mostly just cut-scene corruption.
I've been looking forward to this day for a number of years. Great Job Wine Devs!

I recommend trying this version to anyone who attempted an older game on Linux awhile ago and it didn't work.
So far this version truly is the best Wine I've tried.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
9:32 am
X-Com + Dosbox + Linux...Happiness for life.
X-Com is such a kick ass game even after all these years. Being able to play it perfectly on a Linux box is added gravy.
I never have to worry about not being able to play it ever again. I just started a new crazy all-human tech game
(well, plus the few research bits needed to actually win the game). We'll see how long before I'm wiped out.

I'm so out of practice....

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
8:31 pm
First post from my new Droid phone. I'm impressed I managed too last this long with the crap-on-a-slab that is Windows Mobile. Good job Motorola.

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, May 17th, 2009
11:07 pm
Linux Gaming 2
So, a few months have gone by since my last try at gaming on Linux with WINE (this time version 1.1.21)
I'm impressed what just a few months can do.  This time around, I got a few more older favorites working and some of my latest purchases:

Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge installed and ran "out of the box" (after manually patching them to the latest game version).
seems to run a little on the slow side, but still quite playable, cheezy cutscenes and all.

Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars took a bit of tweaking as per the WineHQ install forum threads (install full version of DirectX and dotNet 2 via the winetricks shell script) but I am now running it perfectly after patching it with the latest game updates.  Runs very smooth.  (Did not run at all with base DVD 1.0 version).

Dawn of War installed smoothly and ran well, after manually patching it with latest patches (The 1.50 patch release removes the stupid CD copy protection, so the game "just works".  Without that patch it "just blew up" immediately).

Everything else (Starcraft, Diablo 2, Warhammer 40k: Chaos Gate) still worked perfectly after the WINE version upgrade.
So, that only leaves CnC Generals and CnC Renegade from my somewhat aging game collection that don't yet work.
Both are supposed to work with caveats, but I only seem to be able to install them...not actually run them.  I'll keep trying now and again.

Overall, it saddens me that most of the PC games that have come out in recent years just seem like me-too crappy "Consoles Are Our REAL Target Audience" fodder (e.g. CnC Red Alert 3.....Good GOD, the mouse control bugs!!!) or are published with assinine copy-protection schemes that drove me to vote with my wallet by NOT buying and playing them (I'm looking at YOU Mass Effect and YOU Bioshock!).  

Now to wait patiently for new Blizzard games....Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3.....Ooohmmmmmm....
Friday, March 27th, 2009
9:24 am
My keyboard is old enough to drink...
So, one of those creeping worries that I've never really acknowledged has now been put to rest.
What WAS I going to to do once PC motherboard manufacturers dropped "legacy" PS/2 ports entirely?

pckeyboards.stores.yahoo.net  101 clicky keys - check!, USB - check!, Built-like-M1Abrams-Tank....uh...maybe?

Maybe I CAN replace my beloved Chicony (AT!) keyboard....(minus the authentic "Beige Keyboard" grime, circa 1989)

Hmmm...I wonder if these are actually Boba-worthy...

Current Mood: geeky
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
11:37 am
Happy 0th Birthday...
At 00:42am this morning, Aeryn cried out her first protest against this cold world.  She and mama are doing fine.
A picture or two will come later.  Back to the hospital for me.
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
11:24 am
Playing the classics again....Linux+Wine edition
So, I got the urge to see how far Wine has come now that it has achieved a stable "1.0" release.
Just to be perverse, I installed the 1.1.11 development build. :)

Starcraft  --- installs, updates and plays perfect.    dd CD to .iso and mount using -o loop for added diskless joy.

Diablo II  --- installs with a little diskswapping trick, updates and plays perfect (wine "d:\Setup.exe")
                     (mount the CD but start the installer from outside the cdrom path so that you can unmount and switch disks during install)

Warcraft 2 -- Wine can pull up the autorun but I can't get it to install, really old game though, so it would probably take work to install
                       even on a WinXP box.  Probably have to copy a full install over from a Windows machine.

Red Alert -- Installs and runs in Wine's Win98 mode.  I'm amazed at how low rez it is, my memory has much higher detail...wierd.

Red Alert 2 --  Fraking CD copy protection junk screws up the install.  Same thing, copy a full install over from Windows.
                          Strangely, Yuri's revenge will run the installer, but since I don't have a valid install of the base game yet.....

CnC Generals -- No joy, CD copy protection fail yet again...I'm sensing a pattern with EA/Westwood games.... *sigh*
                              (to install, copy both disks to one directory on your hard drive and run wine setup.exe from there)

CnC Renegade -- Installs but won't update using Westwood's download site and doesn't run, yet.  WineHQ says it works with
                                 some 3D graphics stuff turned off, but I haven't futzed with it yet.

CnC3 Tiberium Wars -- no joy.  Winehq says it should work, but it doesn't even install for me.

More games as I find my install disks.

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
1:41 pm
*taps the mic*
Hello My Name is Friar and I'm an addic....wait, that's not it....


Bless me LiveJournal for I have sinned, it's been 4 years, 4 months and 14 days since my last confess....

No...wait...that's not quite it either...


Oh!  I remember now!

"Long Time, No Post...."

So, I've pretty much fallen off the face of the earth for the last 4 years, except for brief flashes from the void.
I guess to make it simple I'll just cover the highlights:  Let's see....Moved 3000 miles to California, work,
work, got married, work, work, learned of our first soon-to-arrive addition to the family, work and uh
now a few days vacation....

Hopefully my next post won't be so long in between.
Monday, August 9th, 2004
11:05 am
Coolest Girlfriend in the World, Part II
I just want to point out that Bethany rocks my socks.
And I dont even WEAR socks!

Sunday, May 30th, 2004
5:49 pm
Coolest Girlfriend in the world!
And I quote: "WEEP at the crispy goodness of my bacon!"

Current Mood: loved
Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
12:28 pm
Long Time, No Post, but...
So, It has been a long time since I've last posted, but I've decided now is the time. I think I'm finally ready to move on from Zendragon and into my next business. I'm still trying to figure out what the next business will be, but I think I've learned all of the lessons that the collapse of Zendragon had to offer. And boy, were there a TON of them. At first, I blamed the Publishers and the economy, then I blamed my partners, then I blamed the economy's collapse, then I blamed myself. All of that contributed some to the problems, but they were FAR deeper than that. Zendragon never had enough planning on the right things. We'd gone very deeply into Zendragon's products, but not Zendragon's business. We had some of the steps laid out, but we never had any plan to generate day to day cash flow. It was all or nothing. Since then, I've learned a ton about business, accounting, marketing, investing, etc. I would recommend everyone reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad. It may seem simplistic and kinda cheesy, but there is ALOT of really good things to think about in there. Anyway, more later, I need to work some today.

Current Mood: Looking forward
Monday, November 5th, 2001
5:13 pm
wow, ok, so I haven't posted anything in here in a long time...
I guess my job has just been draining my brain to the point
where I just haven't felt like sitting down at the machine after
work for anything but playing video games. Cryptography is
such a murky/oddball part of math and science. I never feel
confident that the stuff I've written isn't gonna have some
"obvious to a cracker" bug in it that I just don't have the
experience to see. Stressful but really rewarding at the same
time. I'll have to rely on the people at NIST to tell me if I've
missed something. meh.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2001
11:17 am
Airplanes, World Trade Centers, Pentagon, Oh My.
God, what a mess.

I am still not sure I know what I am feeling about this.

I will say that I am completely UNSURPRISED that this happened.
Some part of me has been waiting for this scale of operation for years now.
I guess it just seems like the most efficient way to carry out terrorist activity.

And to all those people who say this required massive planning and months of
preperation, I say TOTAL BULLSHIT. This operation could have been put
together by 4 suicidal pilots with clocks, 20 other guys who don't have
enough information to realize where they're headed, a couple of days of
research and enough money to buy the plane tickets.

I don't know...maybe I've just been into Cyberpunk literature and
post-modern society fiction for so long that I just have a more realistic
view-point than most of society.

I will say that interestingly enough, it is now going to be ALOT harder
to hi-jack aircraft. Air travel just got ALOT safer. For instance, it seems
to me that we should have armored cockpits that are completely separate
from the passenger cabins on the aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot would
have their own entrance, bathroom and food service. That immediately
cuts down on terrorist options for taking control of the plane, about the
best they can do from there is either hacking the control systems while
in flight, or just sabotaging/destroying the plane somewhere along
it's flight path.

Current Mood: cynical
Thursday, August 16th, 2001
10:05 am
Weird Ass Dream....
Ok, First off, what would you do if you KNEW that REAL Armageddon was only about two weeks away, and
that this is just the normal real world, not some movie?

This question is spurred by a very odd dream I had last night.

First off I was driving around in my mostly new white corevette, thinking "white? why the hell am I driving a White car?
oh well, it must have been cheaper than the rest..." Then somebody in a tiny sports car guns it passes me on the
left and then immediately turns right. That pisses me off...even in dreams. :)

Then I'm in my old Church attending a gathering of our High School youth group. Only there is this new group
leader who nobody has seen before and the room is filled with alot of new games and stuff. One of these
games catches my eye cause it is a Miniatures based wargame like War Hammer, only each of the Armies is
some known army from the Bible and I start to wonder how they based their rules to allow for Acts of God for
the Jewish armies, cause otherwise the game wouldn't be any fun when the Jewish player could always just
revert to playing his Act of God card or whatever and suddenly he wins.

From there, time passes that I don't remember, but the story picks up with me getting a phone call from one of my
current friends whose terrified (normally he is pretty unshakeable). I ask him whats wrong and he says he was
just not believe what we learned during Youth group that day and it was all just a load of bunk until he went to
take a shower. Flames burst out of his faucet instead of water and now he was ready to believe. Up until that
point I was mostly taking the whole thing with a huge grain of salt, but suddenly I KNEW with the absolute certainty
of a dream that the World was gonna end in Armageddon in a few weeks, and the place I was currently enroute
had something to do with it. (other people were with me, but I dont remember who they were). We went inside
to find a stack of books entitled things like "Metaphysics -- Warning untrained readers may have terrible side effects"
And a few bibles with the centers cut out and Tarot cards stuffed into them, dice coated in things I KNEW were
skin absorbed mind altering drugs, etc. Each of these things I knew had to be brought back to the curch and
guarded so that they didn't fall into the wrong hands before the world ended. It was all very weird but I also
knew that it was just the real world and not some movie where demons and undead would attack before dawn.

Then I woke up.

Current Mood: confused
Saturday, August 4th, 2001
3:47 am
So, I was at Vertex again tonight, playing pool, dancing and basically having an all round good time,
but it finally hit me why I get so freaked out by a girl planting herself in my personal space and never saying
a word. It's because that forces me to either make a pass at her or back off and make her feel like dirt.
For a Gentleman (yes, the Platonic derivation), that is a TOTAL catch 22. Gentlemen DON'T try to "pick up chicks."
That is probably near the top 3 unwritten traits of being a Gentleman. Only "Guys" do that, and "Guys" are annoying pukes
that give the rest of us Y chromosome types a bad rep. At the same time, you don't want to just smile sadly and say
"sorry, not my type" because that HURTS, and Gentlemen don't hit/hurt girls...probably rule number 1 or 2.


If I just stoop to being a Guy for a short period of time, I lose respect for myself, so why should the woman respect me?
Am I just supposed to wave my hand and jedi-mind trick myself into "not trying to pick this girl up" to avoid that?
If she wasn't already in my personal space, I could just treat it like I would making any other new friend, but this....


*friar wonders if he is the only one who ascribes to this bit of morality*

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, July 19th, 2001
11:03 pm
Ok, so I just watched the Oh My Goddess Movie, subtitled by
our local anime club members.

It was all tender and sappy and sad and beautiful and gentle
and sweet and happy and and....well, you get the picture.
Pretty much all of the emotions from the OAV series wrapped
into a new experience. It felt REALLY good to see "more".

But as usual, it really does force me to notice the lack of a
snugglette in my life. :(
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