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Hourglass [Jul. 28th, 2009|08:44 pm]
Ray Marden*

I'm 30.

I feel old. :( 

Definitely not where I wanted to be at this point...
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Ruth O'Connor Fisher: 1946 - 2025 [Aug. 8th, 2007|01:37 am]
Ray Marden*
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Sia - duh!]

Updating Livejournal FTW! 

So, I just finished watching the last episode of HBO's Six Feet Under.  I never actually watched it when it was running on HBO, but I tested it via Netflix one day and ended up watching all five years of the show.   

It's a really good, really quirky, really f*ck*d up show.  It's a bizarre drama-edy about a family-run funeral home and the various things they experience, both living and dead.  It is written by Alan Ball of American Beauty fame.  Take that as you may.

Blah blah blah...it's a really good show and I recommend it to everybody.  There is a really great song at the end of the last episode, "Breathe Me," performed by the quirky musician Sia.   Check out her site; it is really crazy, but I find it hilarious.  Above and beyond all that, I think she's a really good, creative musician. 

Purely random and coincidental, I had never even heard of Sia until I stumbled onto the link for her "Buttons" video as posted on an internet gossip/news site last week.  Needless to say, I just purchased one of her CDs at Best Buy this past week and I will (eventually) hunt down the rest of her music.  Another crazy, strange video, but something I really liked.

For you, Brittany, you can pretend it's tied into The X-Files for some reason. :Þ

SPOILER ALERT: If you don't feel anything watching the last six minutes of SFU finale, you do not have a heart.
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Three Years [Oct. 3rd, 2006|08:41 pm]
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[Current Mood |melancholymelancholy]

I love you, Mom.

I always have.

I always will.

I love you, Mom.
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Four things [Aug. 6th, 2006|09:55 pm]
Ray Marden*
[Current Mood |lovedloved]

  1. There, I updated. :Þ
  2. I love Titan Questhttp://titanquestgame.com/
  3. I love the most amazing woman in the world!
  4. (Even if she bugs me about updating LJ.)
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And now? [Feb. 12th, 2006|10:27 pm]
Ray Marden*

So, delayed even further - as if people did not already figure that out.

First off, what happened to kabukikatze ?

On the computer front, things have been really tight lately and this upcoming paycheck is already spent.

However, come March, I am looking at just building a new computer.  I guess that I can spend $150 getting just the MB for my current system, but I still have the AGP 6800 and the 90nm 3200 (939 socket?)  It just seems like a waste to spend $150 on "dead" tech when I can spend $600-$800 to get an, essentially, brand new, top end system.

I am looking at the following:

  • ~$150: A deluxe MB (love the NForce chips, but not set on them) with at least one NIC and good performance
  • ~$350: AMD ATHLON 64 4200+ X2 (better than the equally-priced A64 4000, I presume?)
  • ~$300: 256MB 7800GT PCI

This is not the highest of all high end systems, but I am thinking I can get those and still use my old stuff:

  • The ol' standard floppy drive (for the win!)
  • My Audigy 2 ZS (upgrade eventually, but not a huge thing right now)
  • ATA133 200GB 7200RPM HD (my biggest concern, but all the new MBs still support IDE, right?)
  • The GB of PC3200 that I have (love to have more or faster, but can worry about it later)
  • Coolermast wavemaster case
  • The trusty NeoPower 480 (again, be nice to have move, but not lacking)

For the tech-savy out there, particularly you Blue's Newsers, how does that sound?  Can one of you link or paste my text on the site once Stephen updates?  Price may even be a tad cheaper when I look at all this stuff toward the end of March, but it just seems like that would be a lot more effective than blowing the $150 on an upgrade-obsolete, AGP-tied MB.

I still have the Klipsch 5.1s, the beautiful Viewsonic 22", the scanner, the printer, and USB memory card reader - more than enough for what I am looking at doing.

I think the GPU is the weakest part of what I listed, but it will still be a step up from my 6800 and all the highest end cards are a good 50% more expensive.  I would view that more of a "later, toward the end of the year" upgrade.

And like I said, I presume for the $20 extra, the 4200 X2 is a better deal than the 4000?  I have no love for Intel, but I am open to the chips.  However, as usual, it seems like the AMD chips have the best price to performance ratio.

What do you guys think?

Well, off to hiding with me until I can check e-mail, LJ, and all that fun stuff in the next week or so...

P.S.  It's more like $4K and do not flatter yourself...

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