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[30 Sep 2009|12:15am]
[ mood | pissed off ]

So I suppose I should post here about what's going on.

In the past (read: college) I had about six circles of friends. Rarely did they ever meet. The cool thing about this was that most of the circles had at least one or two people who live near me. So, when I took a break following college, I fully expected I'd have people to hang out with. I kept buying Magic cards to be able to play with the three circles that played Magic. I bought a gaming-capable PC so I could play with the two groups that PC gamed.

Immediately upon returning home, I lost contact with one clique when a female friend of mine moved out of town. Then, a Magic group moved away. So to increase my chances of finding people to do things with, I bought Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and Xbox Live Account, and an Xbox 360 so I could play Rock Band online with the two circles that played Rock Band. I invited several friends over to play. Nobody ever accepted. I basically broke down and begged people to play with me. They came up with excuses, but most of them fell flat. "I have to work" is only an excuse if you don't use it for six consecutive weekends. "I'll be out of town" really shouldn't be used when it turns out you're moving. "I'm depressed" doesn't work at all, since I was gathering people to have fun.

After badgering people for six months, I gave up. Nobody would drive a half hour for a visit. Nobody ever had the time for me to visit. Hell, they wouldn't even play with me over Xbox Live. Obviously, nobody wanted anything to do with me.

I gave up completely after the last friend in the area informed me that he was moving back to college a few weeks after he had moved.

I currently only have one friend who will ever make time for me. I have to drive three hours to see him, and then three hours home. But I don't care, I do it anyway. After all, he's the only one who thinks I'm important enough to set aside ten fucking minutes to play Rock Band. He's the only one who messages me and asks me if I want to go to an event before making plans. He's the only friend who actually talks to me instead of leaving me out of everything.

What happened to my other 30 friends? What happened to all those people? Can they all really just vanish like that?

So much for friendship.

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[18 Jul 2009|01:12pm]
Anyone want some used Rock Band 1 (360) equipment? Excellent condition, everything works fine. Drums and guitar for $40. Can't sell until mid-September.
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[05 Jul 2009|10:11pm]
[ mood | lonely ]

Oh crap I have an LJ.

I need Rock Band 360 friends. Seriously. I'm an expert on guitar, hard on everything else. Can sing and play lead guitar simultaneously. Songs I own: http://sites.google.com/site/fadedoasis/Home/RBsongs.txt

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[16 Jan 2009|05:12am]
Boy, do I have a story to tell. I have a LOT to say, but I will do so when I'm not in bed twenty-three hours a day. The human spine's weaknesses suck ass. (If you really want to know, hit me up on AIM:faded0a515.)

Since I'm in bed for the entire day every day, I've been doing anything to keep from being bored. This includes watching DVDs I got for Christmas. Time for a quick review:

Example of excellent DVD commentary track: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Creator Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman, and director Henry Selick separately talk about the movie and involvement. These audio tracks are then edited and pieced together to jump from one person talking about scene X and its music to another person talking about how that music influenced the animation, then someone else talking about animation styles, and so on. This continues throughout the entire film. It's like a real, intelligent conversation.

Example of horrible DVD commentary track: Home Movies Season 1. Throughout the entire season's commentary, the commentators break into laughing fits, followed by conversations barely audible over the original show audio, which is playing at normal volume. A full episode of commentary is comprised of voice actor Jon Benjamin (McGuirk, Jason) doing a horrible impersonation of actor Melissa Bardin Galsky while creator Brendon Small and director Loren Bouchard ask questions and generally egg him on. This goes on for the full twenty-one minutes.

God, that was annoying. I'm going to rewatch The Nightmare Before Christmas now, because I can't fall asleep.
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[02 Dec 2008|06:46pm]

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Buyin' gaems is serios bizness. [01 Dec 2008|01:30am]
[ mood | concerned ]

Dear Mr. Newell,Collapse )

UPDATE: Gabe responds fast, yo.

Hi, Paul.Collapse )

UPDATE AGAIN: Hi, reddit and Kotaku users. If you leave a comment, I will try to respond. If I don't respond right away, I'm probably playing TF2 or something. :)

[25 Nov 2008|03:58pm]
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[31 Oct 2008|03:13pm]
[ mood | Rocking ]

If anyone has Rock Band 2 for the 360 and a Gold account, I am in desperate need of your gamer tag. You can either post in comments or send me a message via AIM: Faded0a515

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[09 Oct 2008|08:32pm]
I don't normally do these surveys...

WATCollapse )
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[01 Oct 2008|07:48pm]
If you haven't already, register to vote. Now.


Do it.
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Double meaning. [25 Sep 2008|08:50pm]
[ mood | tired ]

NOTE: This post was written yesterday. I forgot to post it.

Today, I took apart my first computer. In doing so, I took apart my first computer.

I had planned to pack for a small trip this coming weekend, but that didn't really work out. My father called at about 3:15 and said his computer died. He has a Dell that he bought about five years ago. I head over to the office and figure out (read: guess) that the power supply is busted. We start discussing swapping out the hard drive to another computer, just to get the data he needs onto a flash drive. We have two other Dell computers that were purchased about the same time. The first one is really slow. So slow that I don't want to go near it. The other Dell in this house would be mine. My first computer. The one my parents got me for my 16th birthday. I haven't been using it recently, considering RPI offered top-of-the-line laptops at a discounted price, then forced me to buy them. Yeah, I didn't use the desktop for much. It hadn't even been plugged in since Sophomore year at RPI.

The furthest I've taken apart a computer was to remove the lid to blow dust out. I really never did a good job at it, either. Open the lid, spray air through the vents, clean the fan next to the heat sink. But that was it. Sure, I can fix common software problems, like figuring out where my grandmother's inbox disappeared to, why mom's Kodak printer wouldn't print from QuickBooks or WordPerfect (don't ever buy a Kodak printer), or finding the drivers for a decade-old dot matrix printer, with all the dongles to convert from 418-pin monstrosity to USB. But before today, I've never seen a processor.

While I'm looking inside my father's desktop, I decide to look deeper, to see if I can actually get some evidence telling me what the problem is. I had a guess it was the power supply, sure, but I tossed the Dell lid aside and saw a bright green LED staring me in the face. At this point, I thought something must have burned out, there was no way the power supply had gone bad. I, very slowly, start figuring out the parts of the machine. "This wire supplies power to the CD drives, this is the hard drive, and, oh, this heat sink just seems clamped on. Let's see what's under it." Sure enough, the heat sink is resting on top of the processor, with pressure applied by the clamps. No burn marks anywhere, all the wires seem intact and plugged in. "Okay, maybe it is just the power supply."

When reclamping the heat sink, I hear a snap and feel a lot less tension on the spring. I broke something. I broke one of the plastic hooks for the spring. Great. Since I don't know much about hardware, I don't know how important that heat sink is since he barely uses the computer. But I'm not the one to take chances. The easiest and most fool-proof plan is to move his hard drive to my tower, and he'll be set. I load his computer into my car and head home.

When I get home, I open up his computer again and take out his hard drive. About 4 screws total. I drag my computer out of the closet (lol, it's gay) and open it up. Dust everywhere. It seems like a nice day out, so I bring the computer to the deck table outside, grab a can of compressed air, and start removing dust. I remove the hard drive, get the dust out of there, remove the floppy drive, dust, remove the fan, and spend a good half hour cleaning it. The heat sink for my computer had a different clip, so I'm glad I didn't have to struggle and take things apart, and then risk breaking anything putting it back together. I pull off the heat sink and hear a sound very similar to velcro ripping. Huh.

Well, it turns out my processor was just in contact with the heat sink, it was mounted to it. When I removed the heat sink from the tower, I pulled the processor with it. Not knowing better, I thought I'd just have to place it back in. I didn't know about the lever that opens the holes, and that you have to remove the heat sink from the processor before replacing it. So, I push the processor back in. It didn't quite rest right, so I tried it again. Nope. Wonder if somethings blocking it. Oh. The pins are bent. Hm. That one broke.

I start wondering what the hell I'm going to do, now that I have a broken power supply and heat sink clip in one computer and a broken processor in the other. Do I take apart another computer, or do I make a Frankenstein's monster out of these two machines? After about fifteen minutes of cursing, swearing, and having a generally dirty mouth, I realize that the heat sink clips have the same footprint. So now, instead of moving a hard drive from one computer to another, I move a power supply and a heat sink clip in the other direction. Frankenstein's monster it is.

Everything else goes fairly uneventfully. I transferred over the hardware, and I even gave doubled his RAM. Now he has a quarter of a gigabyte! So now his computer is made up of:
- My power supply
- His hard drive
- His processor, with my heat sink clamped to it
- Two sticks of RAM, both 128MB.
- His CD-ROM, CD-RW, and floppy drives

I have the following sitting in my room:
- DVD-ROM drive (probably going in my new desktop)
- CD-RW drive
- 40GB Hard Drive with very little data on it.
- Floppy drive
- 15" Dell CRT Monitor
- Extra power cord

Want anything? :)

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Cooool. [03 Sep 2008|10:02pm]
For Spunky:


And so she notices this post,

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OH GOD I AM GOING HERE NOW [02 Jun 2008|12:50pm]
Plurk is pretty cool. It's like Twitter but doesn't crash when @leolaporte goes live on TWiT, and has a cool interface.

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OH GOD I'M DONE [16 May 2008|09:47pm]
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[30 Apr 2008|01:45pm]
[ mood | Racing ]

MarioKart Wii is awesome.


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You Have to Burn the Rope [05 Apr 2008|09:39pm]
This has to be the best flash game ever.


Play it and listen to the end credits. Better than Portal.
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So happy! [01 Apr 2008|07:24am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Just got the approval on the transfer to SAIC. Shame all these credits will be wasted. Oh, well, better to look on to the future.

My fifth sculpture is coming out great, though it seems to be catching fire more often than I'd like. I may have to move it out of my dorm.

I finally proposed to Steven last night, he said yes. We figure we'll have a summer wedding.

Oh, if anyone can give me a lift to tomorrow's Mets game, that'd be great.

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[23 Mar 2008|08:47pm]
[ mood | I FAIL ]

Damnit, I just found out that The Pillows were at Anime Boston.


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OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD [07 Mar 2008|02:40pm]
[ mood | OUENDAN ]


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[02 Mar 2008|05:06pm]

They knew how to do things back in 2000. I think I might be switching back to AIM 4.7.

Oh, the new name is faded0a515. (fadedoasis in hex characters only.)
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