Sun Jun 09 2002 12:01:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Well, I have spent a good portion of this morning trying to troubleshoot the damn freezing problems I've been having with my new video card. I'm now convinced it's a driver problem...either with the ATI driver or the damn Ali Magik chipset AGP driver, or a conflict between the two. I can enable transparency in Trillian now without it crashing, but only in certain video modes. Anything less than 1024x768 16-bit color works just fine...anything higher than that crashes. I think it's mainly dependent on color depth, because even 800x600 in 32 bit color will cause the freeze. To o bad for me, though, because I like running in 1152x864 with 32 bit color. Crap. I guess I just have to wait for the bastards to put out a driver that actually works with my motherboard. I'm really starting to dislike ATI...if these problems don't get fixed soon I may never buy another one of their cards. Maybe I need to make some phone calls. :(
Thu Jun 06 2002 21:54:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Ok, so I haven't updated the log every damn day like I promised. Piss off, it's free, and I've been busy working on moving and feeding my addiction to GTA3... So I'm sitting here wondering just how in the hell I'm just now getting turned on to Buddyhead. These guys are great. I seem to get stuck in the rut of reading the same [limited] set of sites every day...but it seems I've found something new that's worth a shit. Please read Buddyhead. It's fun funny fun! I'm sure it's going on the links page.
Fri May 31 2002 10:02:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
So I got my new video card in yesterday and took some time to try it out and give it some testing. I'm pretty damn impressed! The TV tuner stuff works WAY better than my old AIW128 card, and the software is improved as well. I did some test recording and the performance seemed significantly better! GTA3 looks damn near perfect on this card! Playing around with resolutions and the antialiasing functions didn't work as well as I had expected...with antialiasing on, the game slows down quite a bit. Any way, I can run GTA3 in 1024x768 now smoothly! It plays like a completely different game. Now if only I could get past the mission I'm stuck on... I do have a few gripes about the card and/or software though. First, I spent a good amount of time trying to get TV out enabled at 800x600 while maintaining my hi res desktop resolution. No go. I can't, for the life of me, find any way to change this. The only way to get properly sized tv output is to set the desktop to 800x600, which I still hate to do because it shifts all my icons around. Also, the ATI multimedia center likes to grab file types and icons without prompting you. All mpeg and avi files pointed to the ATI file viewer without prompting me...and I could find no software setting to remove these types. I was also a bit confused by the video overlay stuff with tv-output...you have to configure the tv as the primary monitor in order to display movies in Windows Media Player or the ATI File Viewer. I couldn't find this documented anywhere! Other than those rather nitpicky things, I love the card a lot! Freedom Downtime finally had enough posts to USENET for me to complete the download. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I'm still stoked!
Tue May 28 2002 23:50:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Well, the video card I ordered yesterday shipped out today via FedEx. So far, I have to say that I've been quite impressed with NewEgg and their service, I even got a FedEx tracking number within 24 hours or so. With all the disclaimers they have about not guaranteeing same-day shipping etc. I was a bit concerned, but thing look good and I expect to get my shipment within just a few days. I caught most of The Dish tonight on cable. I have wanted to watch this film for a while, and finally got around to it tonight. Even though I didn't catch the whole thing, I enjoyed it...probably the geek engineer side of me, but still, good filmmaking. Apparently (arg, there's that word I'm using way too frequently) the film is classified as a comedy, but don't expect it to be a laugh romp. Sure, it's funny...I guess I just didn't think of it as a comedy. Courier IMAP server supports maildirs format mailboxes. I'm thinking about switching to it for my email. Although it has some nice benefits versus mbox or mbx format (where all folders are stored in a single file), I still haven't entirely convinced myself that I'm going to make the switch...yet. Somebody is posting Freedom Downtime on USENET, so I should have a full copy within another day or so. I can't wait. I saw a screening of it at toorcon in San Diego, it's fucking great. Hopefully this DivX version can tide me over until they release it on DVD.
Mon May 27 2002 18:35:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
I watched The Princess and the Warrior last night on DVD. It's done by the same writer/director as Run Lola Run, so expect German language with English subtitles. What an amazing flick! Significantly slower than Run Lola Run, but purposefully so. Very fascinating characters, and probably the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. I highly recommend this one...so go pick up a copy now! I finally broke down today and ordered the dream card I've been drooling over for some time now. Ultimately, I admit that I need it to play GTA3, but really, it's been a long time since I've upgraded my video card. The card I have now is a Rage 128 Wonder, and it's served its purpose well for the past N years...just time to upgrade. I can't wait to see what GTA3 should really look like on a new card!!! I got some email from TellMe stating that somebody had tried to access my voice enabled resume and it was broken. Well, sure enough, I forgot to update the URL after Cox implemented port 80 filtering again...so if you happen to be the person who tried it and it didn't work, try it again...it should be fixed now!
Fri May 24 2002 00:30:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Score! Got my copy of GTA3 in today! The game is great, even at a measly 3 fps (or something similar) that my ancient video card can supply. I guess now I'm going to be forced to upgrade...it's a perfect excuse to get the card I've been eyeballing for quite a while now. It's not exactly cheap, but I found a relatively good deal on Pricewatch. In any case, it just HAS to perform a bazillion times better than the Rage 128 I'm running now in 640x480 in 16 bit color. Seriously, when doing missions the clock ticks at about one second per three real seconds...so go figure! Yes, it isn't even playable (yet). :-) I will actuall miss Texas barbecue when we move.
Wed May 22 2002 15:11:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Well, the cocks at Cox have implemented their access control lists again...so all the web sites are now running on port 8080. Your best bet is to use the "webhop.org" domain when accessing any of my sites. Sorry for the inconvenience...
Wed May 22 2002 10:16:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
David Lynch came through. I finally watched Mulholland Drive last night, it's an amazing flick. I'm still trying to take it all in! I think it's definitely one of those things that you have to let sink in, and additional viewings will probably help significantly. Before watching this film, I highly recommend getting a really good sound system with a subwoofer (I don't even have one yet), turning the volume up loud at the beginning, and forcing yourself not to adjust the volume for the film's duration. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do this, but I think it will make a huge difference. The film's use of ominous ambient sound is critical to the overall effect. It's my humble opinion that Lynch is one of the top 3 most important directors alive, perhaps of all time. You know, it's difficult to narrow the list of important directors down to 3, but I'm leaning toward Aronofsky and PT Anderson to round out the list. Now when the hell is my copy of GTA3 going to arrive???
Mon May 20 2002 21:31:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Well, I told myself tonight that I would watch Mulholland Drive, which I got from Netflix like 5 days ago, but I just never got around to it. Apparently I was just too compelled to watch a group of people eat rectum, testicles, and an assortment of bugs on Fear Factor. At least Netflix doesn't have any late fees. :-) Our landlord called and told us that our roof is going to be redone tomorrow. Just wonderful. I can't wait to have a bunch of guys making a mess and banging around all day. I hope it's nothing like that Jerky Boys sketch, heh...
Sun May 19 2002 22:22:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
"It's a dead world, and it's about that time to clear things here, one generation follows another, but something in my head says 'keep going, don't give up'... - ATR I think that I'm going to try and commit to posting something here every day. Yeah, sure, I may not completely live up to that promise (at least I say it up front), and sometimes I'm going to be hurting for something to say, blah, but perhaps its a start. Saw Episode II today. Overall, I'd probably have to say that it beat my expectations, which were admittedly very low. I'm still glad that I paid matinee price and didn't have to wait in line very long. I think Lucas could have done us a favor by cutting out 15 or 20 minutes of "love story development", but oh well. I'm still not entirely sure why everybody in the theatre was so surprised to see Yoda kicking ass... The X-Files is over. The series finale tried to bring some closure to things, but I think it fell a bit short. I'm going to hold my breath for the films...redemption is still possible IMHO. I guess I have an extra hour now on Sunday nights, which is probably a good thing. Oh hell yes, guess who preordered GTA3 for PC? That's right...I haven't been this excited about a game release in years. I sure hope this doesn't force me to upgrade my video card, because I certainly can't afford it.