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Mark Atwood
Idle Chatter
I managed to unwisely roll my schedule around this weekend. And now I'm sitting here, at middle o'dark in the morning, sucking down my 2nd redbull, working on this damn Task That Will Not Die. Fifteen years of accumulation of l33t UNIX sk177z, now all focusing on hacking out a build process I barely understand that was never meant to run anywhere other than in it's own birthplace, and dropping it on a stock RH7.3 box that will then be plugged into a network who's configuration I don't know, and it's supposed to correctly build and run a wad of software that really doesn't run all that correctly (as it is still under not-all-that-well-controlled development) in it's own birth environment.

I've had someone who I barely remember meeting confess to having a crush on me. This is... something I am not used to.

The new haircut looks good. It's fun to be a bit vain, especially low maintenance vanity.

I'm wearing a set of full ear noise cancellation headphones. They are hurting my ears, but it's too quiet around here otherwise. Or not quiet enough (too much fan and duct noise, and transformer whine). I remember my dad mentioning he had modified his antinoise headphones to stop them from hurting his ears (they crush the upper edge against the hooks of my glasses into the side of my head), I should find out just what his modification was.

I finally won a bid for a IBM TP T23 on eBay, and for about hundred bucks less than ones I've lost out on over the past week. I've asked the seller (who seems to specialize in laptop parts) how much some things like upgrading the memory and HD would be. The incremental cost of throwing in another 256MB RAM and an additional 20GB HD space doesn't seem all that great.

As for a name, I am thinking either amsu or nubi, which seem to be thematically appropriate as a replacement for khem. I'm especially leaning towards "Amsu", since it's linked with the concept of "Pan".

My favorite teevee shows, QEftSG, Duck Dodgers, Samurai Jack, Justice League, and Teen Titans, are all in endless reruns (not wholly true, there is a new Teen Titans sitting in my PVR, and apparently there is a new QEftSG on this coming Tuesday). But I've found another fun little show I like, TLC's Clean Sweep, where a slightly less queer team of people sweep into two rooms owned by some lucky couple, completely empty them, run the couple thru intensive "keep/toss/sale" anti-stuff therapy, and then repaint and reload the two rooms. It's pretty impressive, and is starting to inspire me towards looking at some of my own clutter corners.

I need to clean my apartment up anyway, there is going to be an annual "building and apartment inspection" this coming Thursday. Maybe I can get them to replace the ruined and provides-to-privacy blinds covering the sliding glass doors.

Back to the grind...
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seawasp From: seawasp Date: February 16th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Teen Titans...

I might be able to like this one (despite the artwork, which somehow clashes with my basic sensibilities) if it weren't for the fact that I followed the New Teen Titans when they first appeared, and did so quite religiously for a while. The violence that's been done to the designs and the characters' personalities really annoys the hell out of me, especially when I cannot for the life of me understand WHY some of the changes were done. (I mean, really, in a visual comparison between Starfire (original NTT comic) and Starfire (TT cartoon) there is not even a vague trace of competition. In terms of personalities, they've gone almost as drastic reconfigurations. *Sigh*

Ah well, it's not like I have time to watch much TV anyway.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 16th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard the same complaint from another old New Teen Titans fan, and it's probably a fair complaint.

But since I've never read a NTT comic (I wasn't much of a DCer when NTT was running), I don't have that problem.

And from what I am told Starfire in the comics was a stuck up aristocratic bitch who was constantly on the verge of spilling out of her costume, against which I much prefer this lean innocent stranger-in-a-strange land.

Think of them as different characters with the same names. :)

I wouldn't have time to watch "this much" TV either, if it wasn't for my ReplayTV PVR, so I can watch shows in pieces, whenever I have a half hour free to veg. Once you've had a PVR (TiVo, Replay, or other), you will never want to watch "raw" TV again.
elfs From: elfs Date: February 16th, 2004 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


As much as I hated the redesigns, I've come to live with them as "alternative universe" characters, and I really like the show. This week's ep, "Date With Destiny," is pretty weak all things considered, but there are some very strong high-spots between Starfire and Robin-- well worth watching the whole thing for. Oh, and the theme song's in Japanese.

Much discussion on rec.arts.anime.misc, which seems to have adopted the show as "one of it's own."
seawasp From: seawasp Date: February 16th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Teen Titans...

Starfire was originally built like no tomorrow, yes. But she didn't look like a waif, she looked like -- and was -- a warrior princess. She had blazingly red-gold curly hair that you could get lost in, and that blended into the trail of fire she left. Her starbolts actually looked impressive, too.

She wasn't a "stuck-up aristocratic bitch"; she was, however, from a warrior culture and had a hard time dealing with other cultures. She was a hell of a lot tougher, more assertive, and more INTERESTING than Miss Clueless Waif.

Changeling... dear GOD what they've done to him. The original Changeling was a handsome young man who just happened to have one minor visual flaw: he was green. Personalitywise this one seems much less mature (which is saying something) and more annoying (again, saying something) than the original.

I don't like what they've done with Slade and Terra, either. The finale of that story arc in the comics, with Changeling going all-out after the Terminator and demonstrating just why Changeling is someone to be feared, and the resolution of the conflict between them, was inspiring as well as touching. The way they've gone here, there seems no way they could possibly pull the same thing off, and that's a great loss.

Insofar as watching TV in general... we have such a device. I've never had any inclination to use it. I have so many DVDs to buy, and I still have some I've bought and haven't gotten to watch...
From: pir Date: February 16th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh, I didn't realise that IBM Txx models of around the same performance of my X30 (it's got the small size premium) were going for reasonable amount of money now. Nice unix laptop.

I added memory to my X30 (standard paractice for me when I get a new latop is to max out the memory and never worry about it again) from http://www.crucial.com/ - might want to check the dealer's prices against theirs.
pr10n From: pr10n Date: February 16th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Clutter regimen

At our house I have tried to implement the "Put it away, throw it away, give it away" regimen, to mixed success. Kids, I say, make a charitable contribution of stuffed animals, or see their furry heads poking out of the rolling dumpsters on trash night. We must cull from the stuffed animal herd!

Your clutter is a different shape I'm sure. :)
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