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Monday, October 17th, 2016
5:27 pm
Beware, I live.
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
3:48 pm
Other stuff to get rid of
I have some NTSC (i.e. American-format) VHS copies of Sapphire and Steel which were copied off of original PAL (British) format VHS tapes. As the show has been since released on DVD, I'd like to pass these tapes along to someone who might find them appealing.

As they're just copies, I'd hope for the cost of shipping, but not accept anything else in compensation.

For those who've never heard of the show, I suggest IMDB or wikipedia for more information. In short, it's from the late 70s and early 80s, and was so low budget as to make Dr. Who look downright Hollywood. I think it's fun, but it's not for everyone.
3:28 pm
More CDs remaining to give away
I've recently gotten some more takers on the CDs I have to get rid of, but there are still some left!

I still need chorus to send me an email address so I can send .hack music out. Otherwise it'll go back on the list.

ProjeKct Three - Masque
Nine Inch Nails - Things Falling Apart
Nine Inch Nails - "The Perfect Drug" versions
Barnes & Barnes - Spazchow
Barnes & Barnes - Loozanteen (CDR burn)
Loreena McKennitt - Live in Paris and Toronto
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack

Interested? Drop a response, and follow up with a private email with an address. [firstname]@[lastname].com, or [firstname]@[firstname].biz will get to me.

I appreciate at least the cost of shipping, but anything's negotiable. I'm most happy getting the approximate value of these CDs. CDR value is nil, I just offer it as something to introduce people to a CD that's not usually available on the primary market.

Other people who have requested CDs will actualy find them shipping soon. My apologies for the delay.
Saturday, December 30th, 2006
2:11 am
CDs I'd like to get rid of
Ancient Konqueror doesn't play too well with LiveJournal. Perhaps I should upgrade.

Many people know that I'm hosting a gathering on New Year's Eve, and one of the important steps in the process is cleaning and tidying. In my efforts, I've come across a number of CDs which duplicate things already in my collection that I'd like to get rid of.

Ideally, I'd get a small amount of money for these, since they're mostly in new condition, but I'm more eager to get them to good homes. Discs which are not in new condition are listed as such. People I know get first grab on them, but if strangers are interested, I'm open to sending them out to anyone.

Final Fantasy V OST (EverAnime)
Saga Frontier II (EA)
Piano Pieces SF2 (EA)
Barnes and Barnes - Spazchow
Delerium - Stone Tower
King Crimson - Happy with what you have to be happy with
King Crimson - Thrak (opened)
Brak presents The Brak Show
Projekct Three - Masque (opened)
Wierd Al Yankovic - The Food Album
Barnes & Barnes - Loozanteen (CDR copy)
.hack//Game Music Perfect Collection (opened, not first-press)
An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack
Loreena McKennitt - Live in Paris and Toronto
Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 Limited Edition Music Sampler (2 copies)
Kevin Moore - Ghost Book
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
1:16 pm
Off in Catlifornia next week
I will be in the San Francisco Bay area from Thursday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 18. Drop me an email or a call while I'm out there if you are someone who'd care to get together.

My family isn't one to stand on ceremony, but a death in the family will still get most people together.

On Saturday will be the Irish Wake, and Sunday, I'll be hosting a game of Shadowrun at 's home. There's probably still room for another player or two. I have no plans for any of the rest of the time, so I need more things to do.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
6:30 pm
yay ACen
Anime Central was lots and lots of fun. I didn't get to see enough or do enough, but I got to meet a good bunch of people, including kamalloy and zegon.

Most popular female character costume seemed to be Rikku (FFX, FFX-2), edging slightly ahead of Yuna (FFX, FFX-2), who was in turn just ahead of Rinoa (FF8). The most popular male costume was Vash, by far.

I got a chance to play Pop'n Music, and was impressed. linmayu and I got to watch the Anime Music Video set "Too hot for ACen". We were carded to enter the room, where we saw videos ranging from the fairly innocuous Pokemon video with "All the bitches love me 'cause they know that I can rock", to music set to hentai.

I'm more inclined to watch bizarre things at a con. I'm not likely to buy hentai or yaoi, nor do I have good leads for borrowing such material. A con's a perfect place to see things I wouldn't otherwise be exposed to.

We're almost certainly going next year, and will try to survive on less sleep, and get the hang of things earlier.
Monday, April 25th, 2005
5:35 pm
Being duly geekish
Following my proper geek heritage, I'm buying my tickets for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith today. I'm set for the midnight show the night of Wednesday, May 18 at the AMC River East 21 (downtown Chicago).

For those who don't know the story, I was born on May 24, 1977, the day before the original Star Wars came out. My mother was in the hospital with her new-born son, and my dad took some time out on May 25 to catch Star Wars. The line was around the block, apparently, which I don't believe was typical for theaters in that decade. My father bought tickets for the first show he could get, which was several hours later. Not particularly wanting to wait, he sneaked into the theater and saw the next show that was starting, finding himself a place to stand in the back. After that, it was about time for his show, so he used his ticket for that, and immediately saw it again. I imagine that he returned to the hospital after that.

Anyway, with the modern conveniences of the internet, I have my tickets three weeks in advance, and all that. Nice and simple.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
8:17 pm
Katie must see this!
I wonder if toastiest has heard about this!

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale! Furthermore, I wonder how she rates.
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
4:26 pm
My grandmother passed away today. I got to have a good, proper goodbye a couple of days ago. I'm very glad for that.

Wake on Friday, Funeral on Saturday.

I've had very very few relatives die in my 27 years of life. I've lost three great-grandparents, a couple of great-aunts, great-uncles, I think. Four cats. Is that it? That's all that comes to mind right now.
4:25 pm
The poor Setzer!
Last night, just after I got home, and was preparing to eat food, I heard a lot of crashing sounds from an adjacent room. It wasn't Chris, Sarita wasn't home, and it wasn't me. That only left Setzer. And, yeah, it was Setzer. He tore out of Chris' room, ran into the dining room, turned around, skidding through the kitchen. He had a plastic bag stuck around his body, and he figured running would get him safe.

Now, this happened with Morlock once, but on that occasion, I saw him right away after hearing the noise, and dove to grab the bag before he got away. It was easy.

Setzer ran downstairs into the basement, knocking a few things down as he passed them at top speed. He finally stopped under a chair, breathing fast. I spelled cat pee, and wasn't sure if it was new or old. Setzer tends not to pee in inappropriate places, so I was pretty sure it was fresh. And it was. Apparently, he'd wet himself in his terror. I tried to pick him up, but his claws were wrapped around the metal chair leg. He didn't struggle when I tried to separate his paws, just stayed there stiffly.

I met up with Chris upstairs, and he removed the bag while I held Setzer up. The bag was pretty shredded, and came off easily when removed with human hands, but still wouldn't have easily come off for Setzer. I felt badly about the next decision to make, but it had to be done. Setzer needed a bath, since he'd wet himself. So, back-to-back trauma for the nice gray cat. I gave him a good rinse where he seemed wet, and got a few claw marks along the way. I'm glad I keep his claws fairly trimmed, or this would have been even more painful for me.

Afterward, Setzer's tail was wet, and non-fluffy. So strange!
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
12:31 pm
lots of stuff last week
Last week was a very very busy week. Sunday was help-people-move. That wasn't that long, as moving days go, but it was a bit of work. Monday was part-two. It turned out that all the moving needed to be done that day, so we worked on stuff from about 9 until 1 am. Tuesday night, I ended up working until past midnight, not getting home until 1 am. Silly broken hard drives.

I had some respite until Saturday, which was more hard drive replacement. I waited for my call that I could begin, headed downtown, and started replacing drives. After replacing the first drive, another drive died right there. So I replaced that drive with my second spare, instead of the other drive which was due for replacement. I ordered a third drive, and let things sync up. When they third drive was replaced, I headed out for gaming in Palatine. While out there, I got a call -- a fourth drive had died. I ordered another, but didn't realize until I'd gotten back downtown (after 1 am at this point) that it was the wrong one. Fortunately, the correct one was much more available (Chicago, rather than Milwaukee), so it arrived before too long.

I got the fourth drive in, started the resync, and headed home. I finally made it in at about 4 am.

But it looks like I get a comp day for it. Yay.
Thursday, July 15th, 2004
8:34 pm
expensive house upgrades
We're getting closer to having our kitchen set up the way it should be. We got rid of the flaky stove in the kitchen, and the washing machine, and moved the dryer from the kitchen to the basement. We got rid of the old dryer in the basement. The stove from the basement came upstairs. The kitchen really shouldn't have a washer and dryer in it, and the basement laundry area really shouldn't also be a kitchen. So, we moved things, with a bunch of help from strong people (and a 68-year-old who held his own!).

Now, though, we have to get the dryer hooked up in the basement where the old dryer was. That shouldn't be too bad. We need to get the gas stove hooked up where an electric stove previously was. There's gas running into the kitchen, but the valve is broken.

With one major bit of plumbing, one major bit of gas work, and a couple minor plumbing and gas tasks, we're been quoted $1500. Some of the tasks, I could get up to skill on, probably, but not everything. It's time to pay the professional.
Monday, May 17th, 2004
5:09 pm
Setzer has been found
So, Setzer has been found.

He stayed in the wall at tambreet's home for three days before coming out to eat. After that, the laundry room was closed up, and he had to stay out with Quico and Popoki. No more hiding for him.

But yay! We have our cat back! He meowed 100 times in the first 10 minutes he was home.
Thursday, May 13th, 2004
10:23 am
concert, setzer
The concert ruled a lot. We met various FF fans. We enjoyed well-performed music. It was everything we could hope for.

But now Setzer the cat is lost. :((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
Thursday, April 8th, 2004
11:41 am
Weezing City all set
Just about everything is all set for the trip to California. Gotta actually get our hotel reservations reserved, but I'll get that done tonight. Other than that, everything's pretty well set. We have tentative plans for one of the nights around LA, and still have at least one more person to figure out some way to see socially. (That means you, Mr. Quinton's-good-twin!)
Thursday, March 25th, 2004
4:02 pm
more trip planning
I arranged for plane tickets yesterday. Nice and affordable, direct, and out of O'Hare, which is slightly preferable to Midway. Of course, Midway's a lot better than it used to be, since they moved the security back *before* all of the food options, so one doesn't have to go back out of security to get an ice cream cone any more.

This is further good, because some airports don't allow ice cream cones through their security gate--ice cream must be covered to get through. Easy with a sundae, hard with a cone. I guess they're concerned that they might be antimatter cones! (Oh, and for the record, that was FLL--Fort Lauderdale).

Today, I got the car rental arranged. So, now it's just LA accomodations to decide upon. I'm seriously considering Burbank, as I've been there before, and I've been told it's a fairly good place for walking around, as compared to most of the greater Los Angeles area. I seem to recall this, myself. Alternatively, my stepmother (who is a part-time travel agent) may have some other advice to offer.

Advice on where to stay is appreciated, from anyone with something to offer. I might as well have a lot of advice, and make a more informed decision!
Monday, March 15th, 2004
2:20 pm
Weezing City!
So, we have tickets for "Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy" in Weezing City. Next, I need to figure out smart flight times, a good place to stay in LA, and anything interesting we should do while we're out there.

The first half of the trip will be a weekend in LA, and we'll follow that up with a week in/around San Francisco. But I don't need to plan that part out, because we'll stay with friends.
Thursday, January 8th, 2004
1:23 pm
Fun with FF11
This is something of a placeholder entry for FF11. Now if people find my livejournal via an FF11 community, they'll know that I'm Nimbex on FF11. Yay.

Anyway, it's nice having a larger community of fellow players to coordinate with. Gotta get that mailing list running!
Monday, January 5th, 2004
6:38 pm
lots of FFXI
I've just been playing lots of FFXI. Some other online entertainments have suffered for it. I like to think that other things haven't.

New Year's Eve worked out well, with about 20 people out for our gathering. The house worked out very well for having people over--we had different things going on on all 3 floors, and a sufficient amount of flow between floors.
Monday, December 1st, 2003
3:10 pm
out of the apartment
After 67 months living there, yesterday was my last day at the apartment. Cleaning turned out to be a bigger job than we expected, but the place looks great for it. We should get a good bit of security deposit money back.

Now that everything's out of the apartment, we can get to unpacking the boxes in the basement. There are over 100. We can actually start settling in.

And then, housewarming.
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