Apr. 5th, 2013

Storytime: Stareyes vs. the Computer

I haven't been sleeping so well, so I stayed home from work to try to fix that. I'm hoping that a weekend will have me back on my feet on Monday. Instead, I decided to find a new source of stress in my life, which is messing with my computer. )

Feb. 12th, 2012


So friends (you know who you are) tell me I should play Mass Effect. Problem is, as a Mac user who doesn't own an XBox of any sort*, I... don't actually have the means to do so.

So, my options seem to be:

• Shell out $200 for Windows 7 so I can dual boot my Mac. Entirely for games, since I've yet to really come across a (non-game) program I want that's Windows-only where I can't find a similar Mac-only program*. On the plus side, my monitor is nicer than my TV.

• Shell out $140 for a used XBox 360, based entirely on 'playing Bioware's games' (and maybe FFXIII). Which... well, I'm getting a Wii to play Zelda (and possibly DDR/fitness things).

Mostly it depends on if having Windows 7 is worth $60 dollars (plus more if I want to be able to run Windows without dual booting... plus possibly $30 if I need to upgrade my Mac OS to support that.)

I'm putting it off until I beat my Christmas games, so at that rate... well, it might end up being a graduation present to myself.

* Can I just say this is amazing? Seriously, thanks to my father, I grew up in a Mac-only household (except my senior year of high school), and in the late 1990s, there was a blanket assumption by me that half of all programs would never get a Mac version, especially freeware.

Sep. 8th, 2008

What do I really do with my life...

My weekend was good. I went to the annual Dept. of Astronomy Salsafest (the food, not the dance, though there was salsa music playing). I spent an hour helping to chop tomatoes for the Big Val of Salsa. (Seriously, picture one of those large Rubbermaid storage boxes that you keep in your closet. Then imagine it full of chopped tomatoes, peppers and onions.) There was also chili, black bean soup and hamburgers. After that, I went to anime club.

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On the other hand, my apartment needs to be cleaned urgently. If I can get some plots made tomorrow morning, I might go out for a late lunch, then go home to clean.

May. 19th, 2008


Spilled some tea on my desk. So I had to not only mop it up, and hope nothing important got wet, but also make sure my computer was still okay. Given my laptop looks like it's been through the war, Sharvari, my officemate, was not terribly surprised that the worst protest it had was a bit of a hum that died off. (I swear, this laptop has done more to cement my brand loyalty to Apple than anything else -- I've had it 3 years now, and have dropped it, spilled things on it, and generally mistreated it. Aside from a CD drive that likes to make funny noises occasionally, and a case held together by duct tape, it still runs fine. (Granted, I am on power cord #4 and battery #3, but I'm told all laptops have problems like that -- and I lost battery #1 to a recall.)
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Feb. 6th, 2008

Online Games and Computers

I'm in two RPGs right now, [info]digital_dive and [info]quaquenocte. Both are multiverse games, though DD allows original characters. I'm playing Michael Carpenter in QN, and Zelgadis Greywords, Harry Dresden, and Ken Ichijouji in DD.

More about LJ RPGs and other online games )

Offline, i finally got around to calling Adobe Customer Service about my old Flash disk, and despite the heroic attempts of the Customer Service Rep (seriously, I am kicking myself for not writing down her name -- she was awesome for putting up for me), we were unable to track down my serial number. Flash remains expensive, but the student discount is excellent -- seriously, Adobe will sell me a $700 dollar program for $250. I'd love a free, legal alternative (if you know of any that run on Macs, please post links), since I'm all for supporting freeware, but that's not a bad deal. I could even splurge and update my copies of Photoshop and Illustrator, and get Dreamweaver and Flash for $500. I even intend it for partial use for work -- pretty animations to explain concepts don't make themselves.

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