Saturday, November 12, 2005

I return triumphant.

I must apologize to my faithful readers for my long absence. I have had a busy crush-time this year: soon after my last update, production started going full-steam, and I had very little time for anything but work. Things have cooled off now, however, and now the long off-season begins.

I have been thinking about the usual things: politics, espresso makers, etc. The big news around here is that I used some of my harvest money to invest in a new computer: Brett desperately needed something faster and with more storage for her digital photos, and I was happy to put the whirring beast out of commission. So I did some research and came up with this setup:

Asus A8N-E motherboard, based on the nForce4 chipset.

AMD Athlon X2 4200 (2.2 ghz, 1mb level 2 cache).

2 GB Corsair Ram.

2 250mb Seagate hard drives, striped

MSI nVidia 6600gt video card.

It can pretty much do anything: the dual-core processor is mainly for multi-tasking, media-production stuff, but, yeah, the gaming is a big step up. I got to play the Doom3 demo like I'd wanted for awhile(although neverball might be my new favorite game.)

The other exciting thing about all this is that I think I'm going to install Linux on it. It's been quite some time since I had a linux install on a machine of mine. In fact, I think it's been since 2003 when I left my sysadmin job. I want to do it for the sound programs, especially ardour, the fine, full-featured DAW software that has been steadily progressing.

What else, dear reader? Well...last night I did a reading of my piece published in the last Pearl Necklace 'Zine and I must say it went pretty well -- I even kinda enjoyed it. I think that the last time I did anything like that was also in 2003 or even 2002, playing open mic's with Josh Levine. Maybe this time more will come of it.

Anyway I must leave you now so I can play video games while Brett is at work.

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