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Miscellanea, gubbins, and a spot of general malarkey
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Come not to LiveJournal for advice for they will say both "yes" and "no", and "you're so off my friends list".

I really should know better by now.

Anyway, I wound up taking kimble's advice, because for the three years we were living under the same roof, she was always my first port of call when it came to computer advice, and she never once steered me wrong. So, I took off the side of the case, had a bit of a poke around, and there was no obvious dust buildup or other obstruction. Gave the fan a quick once over with a hoover anyway, and while this didn't seem to do any good, it didn't seem to do any harm either. I'm going to email Scan (the people I got this computer from) as soon as I get a tuit of the correct shape, and see if they'll fix it for me (I'm fairly sure this sort of thing should be covered by warranty). Of course, this happens while my parents are away on holiday, and while it's a simple train journey down to Horwich, I really don't fancy lugging a hulking great tower-cased computer down there, so it will wait.

In "half full" news, I'm taking this as an opportunity to do more non-computery stuff than I typically do. (Yes, I could (and do) do stuff from on the iBook, but it suffers from problems like creating vast amounts of heat, having an exceedingly tempramental ethernet port and being harder to type on in a way that doesn't kill my hands. And terminal doesn't auto-copy selected text, which may seem like a less heinous crime, but drives me nuts. So, my time being spent at a computer is less than it would otherwise be.)

This is not to imply, of course, that I've been in any way productive. Instead, I seem to have spent an inordiante amount of time:

* Playing Mario Kart (Gamecube version). I decided to start a fresh save on a different memory card, and go through unlocking everything again, just for kicks. I've thus far won the gold trophy on all four of the main cups at all three speed levels, and had one abortive attempt at the 150cc all cup tour. I bet you really wanted to know that.

* Watching Vision of Escaflowne. I bought this a while back when I was in a "let's try new things!" sort of mood, and felt that I ought to give anime a try, and that I'd heard several people say good things about that one, but I'd never got around to watching it. Until the last couple of days, when I watched the whole thing within a 24 hour period. My thoughts can be summarised as: that was fun! I see why people say that subs are infinitely superior to dubs. I've clearly spent way too long on the internet, as I very quickly thought that I wanted to read/write almost-but-not-quite-totally platonic Merle/Hitomi. Only one thing to ponder on in a more general context, and that's the pursuit of goals and dreams, and how I don't really have any.

* Reading A Year In Lapland by Hugh Beach, which is (oddly enough) a factual account of a year spent in Lapland with Saami reindeer herders, which was both entertaining and informative.

Like I said, not a whole lot in the way of productivity, though with at least a week before Darla (my main computer) is back up an drunning, maybe there's a little hope for me yet. But given that I have an order from amazon that should be arriving in a few hours, maybe not. (Interestingly, amazon appear to have joined the ranks of online retailers who have perfected time-travel: "Items dispatched on 22 Sep 2005: Delivery estimate: 21 Sep 2005 - 22 Sep 2005". Uh-huh. If you say so.) If I can manage to find the time to give my flat a fairly thorough tidying then I'll be happy.

In other news, I can't possibly fail to mention one of the weird and wonderful stories from improbable_blog, which tickled my fancy just recently: the tale of a university lecturer who has managed to make over $17,000 over the last ten years by auctioning off $20 bills to his students. More information here and here. I think that rather aptly demonstrates just how dumb people can be at times.

And finally, I want to leave you with a thought. A couple of people on my friends list recently have been comparing LiveJournal before the sale to Six Apart with LiveJournal as it is now. While I do have various opinions on the subject, I just want to give you two links to consider:

This was made by old LJ.
This was made by new LJ.

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I just want to give you two links to consider:

This was made by old LJ.
This was made by new LJ.


o.0

Alrighty then...

*is suddenly very very worried*

"LiveJournal used to love us so much they helped us with our homework! Now they just pick on us! I hate them!"

In other news, I can't possibly fail to mention one of the weird and wonderful stories from [info]improb, which tickled my fancy just recently: the tale of a university lecturer who has managed to make over $17,000 over the last ten years by auctioning off $20 bills to his students.

Wow. In light of my last entry, you just had to say that and undermine my belief in humanity's competence with numbers, didn't you?

(I'm completely sure you mentioned that just for me... I have a very Michelle-centric view of the universe.)

But of course! I couldn't have you operating under the delusion that humanity is actually competent.

Well, the professor was competent.

Could you post a link?

I can't tell whether the students were actually suckered in, or they viewed it as an investment in a better grade.

Well, the original entry I saw was this one (or rather, its equivalent on LJ). From there, it's just a game of follow-the-links and you know as much as I do. However, I think that this page has the answer to your question:

"Although the subjects in these experiments have ranged from business executives to college undergraduates, the pattern of bidding is almost always the same."

That would seem to indicate that they really were suckered in.

If you are running OSX 10.3.x on the ibook, then you might like to give iterm (iter.sourceforge.net) a try. I find it to be a much nicer replacement for the default terminal and it auto copies text.

umm, that should be iterm.sourceforge.net

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Mmmmm.... MarioKart Goodness... *drool*

Glad to hear you enjoyed Escaflowne. Not one of my favourite series, altho it has some very good plus points in it's favour.
I can only bounce ideas at you, but you may enjoy Oh My Goddess, Azumanga Daioh or You're Under Arrest..

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Azu Daioh's very sweet as far as High-School anime goes.. I enjoyed it, even though it's a huge jump from the things I usually watch, like Tokyo2040 or Cowboy Bebop..
(I like my Sci-fi & Mecha - Shoji Kawamori is *God* - and he did the mecha for Escaflowne)

Escaflowne +++

I think the $20 auction is very interesting from a social psychology point of reference ;)


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