Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Many wibblings: recent TV, quizzes, and Presario Extreme

Apologies for the randomness of the wibblings.

Some comments on recent TV:

  • Darklight about on par for a Sci-Fi Pictures Original: a little bit Witchblade a little bit Buffy and Blade. I had a chat about it with burkhardt in the wee hours last night.

  • OK, Lost is pretty good. I know some don't care for the King-meets-Spielberg "Amazing Stories on a creepy deserted island" flavor of the series, but it's rather refreshing to have predictability juxtaposed with shock. I'm still not so great at picking up the hints, and so I welcome the "D'oh! How could I have missed that?" kind of reaction I get from M. Night Shyamalan films, that actually makes me go back and watch again (on VHS or .avi). Self-contained puzzles and thought exercises that take up hours rather than days are good mind-candy.

  • Enterprise is off to a rollicking start. You might not think so from the TV Guide listing: "The crew of the Enterprise must stop a fanatic time-traveler who has altered the outcome of WWII." This was a good aftermath of the Xindi storyline, though. The plot was fairly predictable, but the Temporal Cold War is an interesting premise. My only cavil is the very literal reset button. I had to suppress an inner groan at Daniels popping in to say "Good job; timeline rebooting - BRB..." You might as well have put a little counter next to Archer's head, racking up the level bonus! (BTW, was it just me, or did the alien Nazis look rather similar to Hirogen?)

  • BitTorrent r0><0rs j0r s0><0rs, d00d!1!!! Thanks to miajesbar for introducing me to it.

Some quizzes:

From allisnow by way of aricadavidson, passed along to istari_ala and CRG:

You are .xls You have a good head for numbers. You like to keep things neatly arranged.  Change one part of your life, and you change it all.
Which File Extension are You?

I feared it was so.

Seen with aricadavidson:
Greatest gun ever! Feel special. Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the living bejesus outta anyone.
Sig Sauer P226. Greatest gun ever! Feel special.
Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the
living bejesus outta anyone.

What handgun are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Hrm, I really expected a Beretta (cf. sui_degeneris). Even a Glock (cf. narvi)...

  • 13:00 - The Alien Green LED Light of the Two Trees: I recently acquired two identical COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX (2.7GHz Celeron) boxes at about $400 apiece. I named them Telperion (purchased 26 June 2004) and Laurelin (purchased 07 Oct 2004). Laurelin came with a monitor; both had WinXP Home and have a veritable traskload of spyware and pop-up adware pre-installed. I've decided to install Laurelin with a fresh copy of WinXP Home that I got from one of the CIS department's student sysadmins. I will then bring Osse (the Athlon 2400 XP that is currently the fastest of the 12 computers in my home, 10 of which are working). I will then format Telperion's drive and install Linux on it. What say you? Red Hat? Debian?

  • 19:00 - Mail is back up on New Fingolfin. Thanks to AK for assisting on a Saturday.
  • 20:00 - Project Presario Extreme: Various things I've read and heard have tentatively convinced me to go Gentoo on Telperion. hfx_ben's post in gnodal was the final clincher. Yes, I know - I'm frelling nuts.

  • 21:00 - 247K/s downstream from New Fingolfin to Laurelin! AK, this Bud's for you. Or something like that.

Apropos de rien: While looking up Bob Burckel yesterday, I found this entry for myself in the Mathematics Genealogy project. istari_ala told me later that one of my LJ friends already posted about it! I must have missed that - could someone kindly direct me to the post?

Edit, 19:20 CDT Sun 17 Oct 2004: Found it - it was borgseawolf, posting in teunc.


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