Tour de Japon – At Zanarkand

August 25, 2008 at 9:04 am (Personal, Sortofgeeky) (, , )

“At Zanarkand” is one of my favorite musical pieces from a video game – it has been since I heard it for the first time upon starting up Final Fantasy X, in fact. The piano version (both from the game and the arrangement from the piano collections CD) is beautiful, but recently I found a version performed by orchestra on YouTube – and it is absolutely stunning. In a number of places the strings add a gorgeous, bittersweet note to the piece that sends chills down my spine.

This orchestra also did a number of other pieces from Final Fantasy that are quite good, but this one is by far my favorite. If you’re interested in the others, just search for “Tour de Japon” on YouTube.

Anyways, if you’re at all interested, have a listen:

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Fresh Start

May 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Sortofgeeky)

My computer has been acting up lately. It’s been doing funny things like crashing games at random (even games that don’t tax my system by any stretch of the imagination). And when it starts crashing games at random, I know that it’s time for a wipe. Of course, Calvin tells me that if I were running Linux, I wouldn’t have this problem. But alas, if I want to play the billions of games I have, I am chained to Windows.

I haven’t wiped this computer since we put it together back in 2005, so I’ve spent hours backing up all my files today. I’m very excited, as we bought 2GB of RAM as an upgrade for me. I have 1 GB right now (two 512 sticks), and three slots, so when all is said and done I’ll have 2.5GB. I’m hoping that this will give me a performance boost with some higher end games, like Oblivion (and solve the above average crashing with this game in particular; I’m thinking my computer may be having traffic jams when I play it…)

Anyways, really this is something to do while I wait for yet another backup to finish writing. Alas, it would be nice if I had an external USB hard drive to backup to, but we don’t…so it’s CD’s for now.

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Addicted to Blogging?

August 18, 2007 at 11:37 am (Sortofgeeky)

Nah…Calvin’s more addicted than I am. I don’t post enough. I got such a high score because I think about blogging this or that a lot but half the time my ideas don’t materialize because I’m too lazy to sit down and take the time.

I can’t get the “badge” to show up. 😦 But I’m 68%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? addicted to blogging, apparently.

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My Nerd Score

June 16, 2007 at 7:27 am (Sortofgeeky)

Ha! I always knew it. Hence, the category I created awhile ago that this is now in…Calvin, your turn!!

I am nerdier than 43% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

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Bvvvvvv….POOF!

February 17, 2006 at 10:22 pm (Sortofgeeky)

That is the sound of my head exploding.

I am generally speaking a fan of sci-fi and fantasy. However, there is one staple of the genre (espcially sci-fi) that every time I run into, I feel as though my head is going to explode: time travel. I just can’t wrap my puny mind around the concept. And to make matters worse, not every sci-fi series has the same concept of time travel.

For instance, take the Back to the Future series. In this, it is quite obvious that history is changable, because they do change it. Not only that, but it appears that there is a point in the line of time at which they jump back, for the first time, and begin the cycle, or as the professor explains it, create an “alternate reality” time line. In the second movie history gets messed up, and they have to jump all around and fix it. Oh, that one made my mind spin.

But on the other hand, take the second Dragon Lance trilogy, the Legends trilogy. In this one, the concept is that time cannot be changed. If you go back in time and do something, you haven’t changed anything at all, because in the past you did it anyways, and you are merely repeating what you have already done. (I can feel the pressure building in my head.) Only kender and some other race that I can’t remember have the ability to change time, because they were created outside of the flow of time (this is fantasy, not sci-fi).

But then there’s Star Trek. They’re always floating back and forth through time doing this and that, stopping the Borg, saving earth, all the stuff. It’s not quite clear whether time can be changed or not. They don’t explain it. I think the possibility is there, but time isn’t changed because the Enterprise always comes to the rescue.

And now, the most recent sci-fi/drama that Calvin and I have gotten into is Star Gate. Fascinating show, and I like it because it actually has depth and thought, not just people going around blowing things up, which is just pointless. But, we just watched an episode (we have Seasons 1-3 on DVD, we don’t actually have cable) where the team gets sent back to 1969 by a solar flare, and they had to get back to their own time. Except there was a note, and General Hammond knew, but he wasn’t a General, and then they went foward, and it was Cassandra, and Carter had told her in the real time, no their time, and sent them back! All this to say, that in Star Gate it appears that time is an infinite loop, because there always had to be the note in the past and there always had to be Cassandra in the future or it would have never happened…meaning unlike Back to the Future, my theory is that it goes on eternally, no point at which someone goes back or foward, they just always have.

Kinda like in HP book 3, the Prisoner of Azkaban – Harry was already there fighting off the dementors when he collapsed and saw himself, and when he actually went back he took the place of who he saw, and fought off the dementors. So he had to have already been there or he wouldn’t have been rescued. So he always was, and always had to be. Because he did. AUGH!

Bvvvvvvvvvv…POOF!

I guess I’ll never be one of those physicist people.

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What…is an Oprah?

January 19, 2006 at 9:31 pm (Sortofgeeky, The Silly Zone)

*cackles hysterically*

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The Adventures of Aleph-Patach

November 12, 2005 at 2:25 pm (Sortofgeeky)

I got a new computer, and I have named it Aleph-Patach – Allie for short! That is because the motherboard is an AOpen, so, aleph is for the A, of course, and open is patach in Hebrew…well…actually it’s “to be open”, but close enough.

We finally decided that my computer was just getting too old, so Calvin built me a new one about 2 weeks ago for under $500 – and here are the specs:

AMD AthlonXP 3200+
AOpen AK77-600 Max Mobo
512MB RAM
Samsung 120GB HD
NVidia GeForce 6600 256MB Video Card

And I even helped put it together! I put the processer in and everything! Well anyways, no sooner do we get it set up than it starts causing problems with EVERY single game I install. Crashing to desktop, random reboots, error messages – all while playing games. Calvin decided that it must be overheating (running 48-49C idle and 57-58C after a crash), so we put two more fans in the thing, one in the front and one in the back, and I haven’t had any problems since, not even in Neverwinter Nights, which was causing me the most problems. So, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping we solved the problem. It’s running about 41-42C idle and 47-48 after I close a game down, so I guess that’s good. It is a little loud though, between the 5 fans (2 on the chassis, one for my power supply, one for the processer, and one for the video card). Oh well. I can’t have everything, I guess.

Today, though, I decided to install one of my old favorites, Roller Coaster Tycoon, the original, and it’s expansion packs, and I get it all installed, and it runs fine. So, I transfer over my saved games from my backup and that’s fine too. However, obviously after a fresh install the game isn’t going to have my scenario progress information (it unlocks new scenarios after having won old ones). Seeing as I had won all the scenarios in the original RCT and all but two in Corkscrew Follies, the first expansion, I wanted that information! I tried copying over my entire RCT folder from my backup, but it didn’t like that too much and I broke it. Calvin said that was a bad idea. I don’t know these things! Anyways, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and searched far and wide trying to figure out where it kept the saved game info. Finally, I find that it is kept in CSS0.dat, but you can’t just transfer the file over ’cause the new install won’t like the time/date stamp of the old file and it will just trash it. So Calvin came to the rescue as always, and opened up the old file (dating back to 2004) with notepad, put some random stuff at the top, and saved it. Then, he opened it back up, deleted the random stuff so it was back to the original. Then, of course, the date stamp said modified today, which matched the one of my new install. So we copied the modified old file over, and voila! It worked! I have all my scenario progress info, which makes me very happy!

What would I ever do without my own personal tech support?

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I Stole this From Another Blog

October 12, 2005 at 9:45 pm (Sortofgeeky)

This was sooooo funny…I almost literally ROFLOL. Thought I’d share.

Blogging Made Simple
Taken from: http://intelwizrd.blogspot.com/2005/02/blogging-made-simplefinaly.html

1. Find a free blogging service, such as http://www.blogger.com
2. Register a catchy yet philosophically deep name for your new blog: “lifesucks”; “All Things Me”; “Lifehacker”; “Playing With Matches”; “The Internet Slacker”, “I Stalk David Hasselhoff”.
3. Consider one of the many pre-made website templates offered by the blogging service, or one created by you.
4. Turn your nose up in disgust at the thought of using a pre-made template for your blog.
5. Spend the next seventeen hours creating a functioning website from scratch. If using Microsoft FrontPageTM, relocate all children and elders to a safe area out of your “profanity zone”.
6. Complete your self-made blog template by clicking on the “Publish Website” command in Microsoft FrontPageTM.
7. Watch in shock as the aforementioned seventeen hours of hard work gets permanently deleted off your hard drive by Microsoft FrontPageTM.
8. Swear so loudly all dogs within a five block radius begin running in circles and howling.
9. Declare “Screw It” and choose from a pre-made template. Always choose one with lots of kittens and flashing animated gifs.
10. Make sure the template is ready for your first blog entry. You can do this by going to your new blog’s URL address and seeing if the page loads properly. It will have no posts yet, of course, as you have not actually written your first blog entry. (If you do see a post written by yourself at this specific moment in time, read it! You’ve traveled back in time to warn yourself about the “Publish Website” command in Microsoft FrontPageTM).
11. Click on the “Create Post” selection. The window will reload with a box for you to type text in.
12. Put fingers to keyboard in preparation to type your first blog entry.
13. Realize in horror that you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to write about.
14. And you’ve got a whole blog ahead of you.
15. Stand up and get an alcoholic beverage to calm you.
16. Pace back and forth while racking your brain for a great post.
17. Cast resentful looks at your computer monitor while drinking the alcoholic beverage.
18. Come up with a touching yet funny childhood memory you can write about, like when you and all the other fat kids in the neighborhood used to take down the ice cream man not unlike a pack of lions ravaging a wounded gazelle.

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Cats, cats, cats!

September 23, 2005 at 7:06 pm (Sortofgeeky)

I love my new Firefox theme! It’s called, “Red Cats (blue flavor)”, and anyone who loves cats should go download it! It’s also available in green, if you prefer.

So, yes, that’s right, now everything in my browser is a cat! Cat buttons, cat icons..it’s fantastic. Well, it’s fantastic if you like cats, anyways. If you hated cats it’d probably make you throw up…

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A New Category

September 9, 2005 at 5:31 pm (Sortofgeeky)

I started a new category, because the post I wrote yesterday didn’t fit into any other category. And “Uncategorized” is just boring. So I dubbed it, “Sortofgeeky,” because I am not really a geek, but sometimes I do geeky things, like play RPG’s and read fantasy and write in HTML. And I like Star Wars and Star Trek.

And I really, really, really like Firefox!

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