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wThursday, July 31, 2003


I just ran UT2003 on my new Alienware with 4x FSAA and 4x AF at 1280x1024 with all the detail settings turned up all the way to the top (when you turn the last setting up all the way, the game goes "Holy shit!", which I never knew before because I couldn't run it at that detail). It is perhaps the singular most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life. And it ran at a smooth 60 FPS. God I love this thing.

posted by Danin at 7/31/2003 01:04:00 PM




Time for some quick notes (like bullet points without the bullet points):

I meant to write stuff for all the other trips I've been on this month but I neglected to do so and now I can't remember what the hell I did. Anyways, I got the main box for my Alienware a couple weeks ago and just God damn. What a beauty. 16000+ on 3DMark 2001 SE and this is with DirectX 8.1. I can't install blasted DX9 because (since DX9 uses a streaming installer) that would require me running a hundred-foot ethernet cable down the stairs from my room to the router, but I am assured by several sources that were I to do so I would achieve roughly a 25% gain in speed (I know, holy crap, right?). Yeah, that's my baby.

I recently adopted another child to the tune of 30 GB you may also be interested in being jealous of.

I was reading through a couple of my old posts (and by old I mean the ones at the bottom of the front page, those have been there for like a bajillion months already) and I decided to see if I was still third from the top on Google. As it turns out I now occupy the first two results (which makes sense since I am the best match for "gods and gaming"), but I still can't figure out where they found a link to my site in the first place.

I got a five on all of my AP exams this year. That's Computer Science, Mechanical Physics, Calculus, and Statistics. Some people have two left feet, I have two left brains.

I've barely touched my Phoenix picture for like two months, despite buying a Wacom tablet specifically for the purpose of making it easier to draw on the computer. I am so bad at this commitment thing.

Everyone must play Knights of the Old Republic on pain of torture (get the comfy chair). While your at it, anyone with a slight interest in any kind of sports (and by sports I really mean more like just fun) would also do well to pick up Mario Golf and NBA Street Vol. 2.

I am taking this Stacker 2 stuff now because I'm desperate to lose weight without engaging in actual exercise. I think I lost about fifteen pounds today in sweat, so I'm assuming it's also burning some fat in there.

This here is a screen cap from the second episode of Gun Smith Cats, featuring a liscence plate with a serial number of some familiarity. This series has strong trek-fu.

I was reading the latest Red Mage article at 8BT and he has this absolutely sadistic twink for a DnD 3E Monk that requires no items or spells. It gives up to like 27 hits per round for every round with unlimited uses a day. Dizzamn.

Okay, I think I'm done.

posted by Danin at 7/31/2003 02:04:00 AM


wFriday, July 04, 2003


Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans (or not). Anyways, I'm up here on vacation in fine New York City for the event, since I kinda got cheated out of the choir trip I had planned originally. My folks managed to grab a hotel room conveniently located in the Garment District, which is great. Not only am I less than a block away from the Empire State Building, but our hotel sits in the middle of a street quite filled with Korean culture. As I said, this is great--South Korea is notable as the most wired country in the world, and this culture definitely extends to this part of New York. As a matter of fact, I am as I type this sitting in a Net Cafe, which I have never had the opportunity to visit before. I figured (as the name suggested) that such a place was much like a coffee shop with computers, where one might sit down in a mellow atmosphere, order a cup of joe, and surf the net at leisure (for a cost, of course). Not so, at least for this particular establishment.

The room I am in right now constitutes the entirety of the cafe (except for the bathrooms), and it is a rather tight-quartered taupe room lined with computers in neat little stations, playing some kind of generic rap music over the speakers (although I'm sure many of the others in here can't hear it, as they are quite involved in playing Starcraft). Not that I have a problem with this--the only thing I do have a problem with is the elevator leading up to this fifth-floor establishment, which is both old a cramped and has the feel that it may in fact send you plummetting to your imminent death at any second. I hope I can take the stairs back down.

In any case, it's worth noting that through some odd twist of fate we got stuck in room 911. If you can't figure out the irony in that statement reread above the city I'm staying in and ask a friend to explain it to you.

posted by Danin at 7/04/2003 05:22:00 PM