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04 January 2003 @ 09:10 am
All Hail St. Isidore of Seville!  
But don't buy his plate. This entry marks the beginning (again, thank goodness) of net access in my a-bit-cleaner corner of the multiverse. It just turned on, before the 7th - Qwest still sucks Satan's cock, as far as I'm concerned.

I've been gone a while, and I'd like to think I'll be brief, but I won't. So, itemized for my own sanity, here's what happened to me since this journal and I last spoke.

New Year's, and Whatnot

The New Year's fest at Art was totally ferret. As in, "totally word." I had dinner beforehand at (Nemo/Izzy)'s place - Rhea and Izzy and myself made quiche. There are many eggs in your fridge, Nemo. Still.

Chase had all of what remained from the Whole Foods juice bar to bring to the party at Art, so I mostly had smoothies with a bunch of liquor in them. That was nice. To be honest, I don't remember most of what else happened, except that I kissed a bunch of people happy new year for Sam and Sara. Which was odd, if I'm not mistaken. Huh.

The loingest conversation I remember had to do with video games - with Aaron and Phil. It culminated in a discussion of bad-ass, old-school Nintendo games we hadn't played in forever. This left me with several horrible desires for orgiastic gaming bliss that only some hard-core-sweet NES emulation could fix. Thank you FCE Ultra, thank you.

8-bit Nintendo Games I Kicked the Shit Out Of

  • The Adventures of Lolo
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Metroid (In under three hours, nonetheless)
  • Mega Man
  • Mega Man 2
  • StarTropics
  • Tetris (I still got it, yo)

Now that I can check my grades on the Internet, I discovered that I graduated from college! Go me!

Colleges I Graduated From, Grades I Received

That would be the illustrious Macalester College, from which I received a B.A. in Mathematics, a few days ago. Funny, that. B's on all my independents, except Design Patterns, for which I got an A. C in Real Analysis ("it was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand . . ."), and A- in Creative Writing. I always get an A- in Creative Writing classes. Still need the capstone to be written so that I can get the Comp. Sci. degree. Le Sigh.

Work I Done Did, Cleaning I Must Be Done With Soon

I cleaned the entire bathroom, except for the toilet. Bear in mind that our bathroom hasn't been right proper cleaned since Slivken moved in. That makes cleaning a full-day task. This was, of course, in preparation for the renovation, so that our bathroom isn't a festering hellpit of malcontent dirt bent on waging war on the civilized world by first rotting every plaster wall confining it within this pathetic, human-built domicile. Of course, Bill won't be fixing it until next week (or month, whatever). But we have a new fridge, and internet access. Rock - for now. I also found out that one of our shower curtain rods broke - so I have to find a new one, somehow. Ugh.

I have finished sorting the CD's - now I just have to find out what's on most of them, and consolidate them. Ugh.

The papers I need to go through have been reduced to a pile only 4" thick, instead of three feet. No joke.

I have 33 books to use in my capstone, that I own.

I also have mischief to plan. And Silence fills the room . . .

Things I've Noticed Recently

I use the words "flat" and "flatmate" almost exclusively now, instead of "apartment" and "roommate." I also use the phrase "thank you much" instead of "thank you." Having the inner peace of knowing that we are all different carefully designed parts of the body of God, destined to exist until we achieve enlightenment helps make living easier. It's hard to keep calling yourself a Quaker when you haven't been right proper convinced. Decipher is one of the most awesome books I've ever read. Poppy, but damn good. DAMN GOOD!

Current Music: Radiohead - Paranoid Android
lyght on January 4th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
The number of people I've heard of recently who are capable of destroying metroid in under six hours is making me wonder if I was just that much less coordinated when I was twelve than I am now, or if I'm just a loser.

Happy graduation, or sort of graduation, or something, um yeah. Now you can put "expert" after your name, and all the humanities/social science majors will have to bow at your mathematical genius toes. No. I mean that. I didn't have the guts to take on the whole freakin' major, mostly because of The Great One, and because I got pot in my system early on enough that I decided I'd rather not spend the second half of my academic career enduring the academic equivalent of BDSM with a pack of werewolves as "partners". Seriously. You took that on, and you're kinda mangled and wobbling around when you walk and stuff like that, but yer frigging alive, still.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Totally Ferretdiscoflamingo on January 4th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
To be technical, it's closer to four/five hours - the key words here are "save state" and "load state".

What's with the term "expert"? I'm not familiar with your usage of it. And what's with the werewolves? It makes'a no sense! The wobbling part, yeah, I'm still getting used to that.
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Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Piratediscoflamingo on January 4th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
I own exactly two songs by Radiohead - and I use the term "own" in its loosest sense.

And yes, I live in exactly the same place. Probably will until at least September :(

I am savoring it, my friend. Soon - soon you will be back. And then you will be gone. Budapest is like that.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on January 4th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
Congrats on graduation my friend.

mmm...nintendo games and emulation. I've actually got a working nintendo WITH game genie (the gg I inadvertantly stole from a kid up the street around 2000, we forgot to give it back). The one thing stopping me from downloading every single rom for every single game I want to play is the shitty control I get with my keyboard. I'm going to need to get one of those PS->USB controller adapters and hit that classic gaming love like I want to. Hell yeah. Damn...they are only like $11 INCLUDING SHIPPING. Maybe I'll pick one up the next time I go to Fry's.

*le sigh*
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 4th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my keyboard is giving me weird finger cramps
What the hell is this controller? I, also, must purchase one, not even knowing its true glory . . . and Fry's seems to exist only on the West coast :(

Tell me more, oh learned hardware one ;)
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on January 4th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
Finger cramps no longer...
There are a few different manufacturers and otherwise of this adapter, and in win 2k and XP, no additional drivers are required (don't believe their "does not work with XP bs")...though you need USB 1.1 ports and NOT 2.0 ports.

This: http://www.outpost.com/product/3052389/ is the glory that I speak of. Have a PSX or PS2 controller? Now it's a PC controller.

I'm also considering trying to find an X-box to PC adapter as well. I like those controllers better. The two triggers rock. Better placement than the PSX/PS2 L/R buttons.
Josiah Carlsonchouyu_31 on January 4th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
I got mine...
Heh...My roommate was on his way to fry's to pick up a 50 pin scsi to SCA converter. I went with (he was supposed to go yesterday). I picked up a PS to USB adapter. It is fat.

I'm currently using the original PS controller, so I don't know if force feedback is possible, but for the emulated games I'm likely to play, it probably won't make a difference. w00t and shit.

Plug 'n Play baby. Now it's time to download a bunch of roms...and a GBA emulator... MUST HAVE METROID FUSION!
atelierlune on January 4th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
"I may be paranoid/ but not an android."
Re: Grades. Omedeto gozaimasu. (Congratulations.)

Re: Access to The Wired. Welcome back. Missed you.

Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on January 4th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: "I may be paranoid/ but not an android."
It's nice to be missed :)
The past is prologuenemoren on January 4th, 2003 08:23 pm (UTC)
It's so weird to hear my name mentioned in regards to New Year's plans at my place in which I was not involved.
'sOK. I was otherwise occupied. Hope you had fun. Also hope my plants aren't dead.
Mebbe I'll call Izzy...
ninja in the shadowsseiryu_16 on January 4th, 2003 10:26 pm (UTC)
I be missing you, Doc-san. Will be back up at Mac on the 25th, just in time for book-getting, settling back in, and getting myself out of post-Josiah depression by hugging all the peeps I missed so much over break ::smile:: Make sure you're around ::laugh::
I second Nemo on the plants. I'll be lucky to have 75$ in my bank account when break is over - I don't want to have to spend 20$ of that on plants because I can't stand not having vegetation in and around my living space. Don't know why I can't stand it precisely, only that ever since sophomore year, I MUST have plants. Maybe it's just nice to know that there's something else that can live in the strangeness of my room besides me.
Oh, and it's ALL about Save State/Restore State. Only fucking way it's POSSIBLE to beat a game like Super R-Type (and the SNES emulator is even BETTER because it has all the differnt savegames hotkeyed. W00T) Yay.
The past is prologue: kid anemoren on January 5th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
Re: Stuff
Mom sent me to college with a bag of grass seed.
Another option is to gank the geraniums Mac plants outside the gym.
Be creative.