Wednesday, March 28, 19:36 CST
Must... Download... Kernel...

If 2.4.2 doesn't support this network card, and I don't find out that I've been overlooking something painfully simple, I'm going to get desperate enough here to actually start asking for help. The semester's almost over, and when it ends, so does my bandwidth. So much stuff to download before then...

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 28

Monday, March 26, 18:39 CST
Managed to see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again, this time with my mom and sister, who both enjoyed it. I'm assuming the only reason it was in a local theater was the slew of Oscar nominations, about which I certainly can't complain.

Movie rules.

It should've won Best Picture, but I suppose Gladiator was a reasonable second choice. Not that there's usually that much connection between the best film in a given year and the Academy's pick for same...

I managed to avoid buying any DVDs, music, or games this weekend, but my defenses didn't stand up to the books. Walked out of Waldenbooks with a copy of Gun, with Occasional Music. Not exactly a great book, but that has to be one of the coolest titles of all time.

Spent a couple hours on IRC last night, mostly arguing over which character designs to use for Wine to Those in Anguish, which would be a much less enjoyable task if the guy doing the designs didn't have some real talent.

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 26

Wednesday, March 21, 17:25 CST

Moved the December updates to the archives for 2000, which shortens this page up a bit. Everything else is going to wait 'til I come up with a decent way to automate things. (Er, 'til I stop being too lazy to *implement* a decent way to automate things...)

I'm editing this with Vim in a Windows console window - I have mentioned that Cygwin is cool, right?

I finished watching Serial Experiments: Lain the other night. I cannot begin to explain Lain's weirdness, let alone its coolness.

Is Led Zeppelin III the greatest album of all time? Ok, probably not - especially considering Houses of the Holy and IV - but I'm hooked. Especially on "Gallows Pole" and "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp". Zeppelin just rule[ds].

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 21

Friday, March 16, 14:09 CST

Might as well update this again... Never going to get back into the habit any other way.

Dang, but this page is getting long. I'll be fixing that Real Soon Now, Honest.

Looks like Brent's distributed animation project might just be getting underway - here's hoping we (he, really - not like I've done anything here yet) can find more people interested in doing animation... (If you or someone you know happen to *be* such a person, this'd be a request to contact one of us (login: guest, passwd: guest).)

Downloaded WinMX the other night... Slightly flaky, not open code, and the interface isn't standard by any stretch of the imagination, but it's still probably the best Windows Napster/OpenNap client I've tried yet. Being able to transfer any filetype with this protocol is a wonderful thing.

Aside from the usual low-level musical copyright infringement, I've been finding all sorts of interesting stuff that just doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. For example, an episode of a radio drama called X Minus 1 - A dramatization of Robert Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth". Apparently mass filesharing has provided a new medium for people who collect episodes of old time radio shows. The files are huge, but if anyone else can think of a better way to abuse the bandwidth I have here, I'd be glad to hear it...

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 16
tags: topics/sfnal

Wednesday, March 14, 11:53 CST

Goddamn right, it's a beautiful day. The thermometer's still climbing steadily; I think it just hit 64. My 11:00 class was cancelled... Life is good.

Got back late Monday afternoon, after a trip to Kansas.

Laurel won state, which was cool. They're on a bit of a roll this year.

I just read A Million Open Doors, by John Barnes - great interaction between wildly differing cultures / coming of age kind of story. Seemed rather thematically compatible with The Left Hand of Darkness.

Finally started skimming kuro5hin on a semi-regular basis. A ton of interesting content there.

Hmm. Suppose I should go eat.

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 14

Saturday, March 10
In Lincoln, watching state highschool basketball (Laurel's playing for state in an hour or so).

Seemed like a better idea than further sitting around at home.

Should get back to this on Sunday or Monday.

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 10

Sunday, March 4, 19:39 CST
Ok, so where was I?

Oh yeah. Spring break at Wayne is this week, which either means that I'll be doing a whole lot of nothing, or I'll have a lot of time to get stuff done - take your pick. I'm at a loss as to why WSC's spring break seems to be a week off from that of every other college in the state, but I quit expecting things to make sense around here some time ago.

Saw The Mexican the other night (since neither O Brother... nor Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were still there). Seems to be getting ripped apart in reviews, but I'd rate it a decent rental.

Stuff I've read lately: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness was a pleasant surprise. I sort of expected one of those books you know you're supposed to like and don't, but by the end I was hooked, and it's the sort of thing that keeps popping up in my thoughts a week later, and I suspect will continue to do so for a long time to come.

On the Beach by, I think, Nevil Shute (I'll have to check the spelling) is possibly one of the most depressing things I've ever read. Tells the story of a handful of Australian survivors of a global nuclear holocaust waiting for inevitable fallout and death by radiation sickness. Worth reading, if not exactly *enjoyable* to read, in much the same class as 1984.

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 4
tags: topics/le-guin, topics/nevil-shute, topics/reading, topics/sfnal

Friday, March 2, 1:37 CST
Awright, awright, I'm on it...

So, it's Thursday night, and it's been a good 14 days or so since I last updated this.

I'm in the middle of burning a CD of Hanson covers for my sister, who's something of an obsessive-fangirl. All things considered, I suppose she could be demonstrating far worse judgement in her musical fixations. And they do have decent musical taste - Hendrix, Cream, Cheap Trick, the Stones and "Magic Carpet Ride"...

Hmm. Apparently, a .wav needs to be stereo rather than mono in order to burn it to a CD, at least with this software.

Ok... It's now 1:36 AM, some 6 hours after I started writing this, and I'm tired. Think I'll pick this back up where I left off tomorrow...

p1k3 / 2001 / 3 / 2