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Postby Tribblepoo » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:09 am

I am not looking forward to yet another death in my family. This year I lost an uncle to brain cancer and my surrogate grandfather to old age. Now one of my aunts is dying of lung cancer and she probably won't see 2013. That, and there's rumblings of my actual grandfather's health deteriorating rapidly due to long-term complications from the stroke he had a few years ago.

Also, I am not looking forward to a Christmas costume party that I am required to go to tomorrow night. This one I can make the most of though...by dressing as Ebeneezer Scrooge and carrying a Tiny Tim sock puppet.
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Postby child of Lilith » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:55 am

I'm sorry to hear that, Tribblepoo. Hopefully what you heard about your grandfather will at least turn out to be unfounded.

Also, why do you have to go to the party? Is it a company thing?
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Postby Dream » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:04 am

Sorry to hear about all that, Tribblepoo. Here's hoping things turn out as best as they can in the end.

On topic: This is a rather minor one, but i've been amused lately at how many similarities i feel between me and TDSA. Not very sure why, i guess because of how much both of us got affected by being banned from a forum that meant a lot to us (even when both of us kinda "earned" it), a general inmaturity or self-centeredness couple with a tendency to play the victim, and the feeling -real or imagined i'm honestly not sure- that pretty much everyone looks down on us or thinks of us as pathethic.

I don't know, maybe i'm just imagining things, but somehow that has always been pretty amusing to me, specially considering i don't exactly like TDSA. Well, i have sympathy and i don't hate him, but man was he insufferable/unlikeable sometimes.
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Postby Tribblepoo » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:51 am

View Original Postchild of Lilith wrote:I'm sorry to hear that, Tribblepoo. Hopefully what you heard about your grandfather will at least turn out to be unfounded.

Also, why do you have to go to the party? Is it a company thing?

No, it's more social obligations to people I don't really like, but could also be seen as unofficially employment related. Kind of a networking thing.

As for my grandfather, man is a bastard. That's the reason my surrogate grandfather was in the picture in the first place. I am just tired of people in my family dying. But, I guess the bright side is that when my aunt dies, all of the people I actually like will be gone so I can kind of stop giving a shit.
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:06 pm

Writing college statements...

Hai my name is IO I speak german, english and chinese fluently, spent my summers in several educational programmes in china, I liek komputer gaems and Engineering is so interesting like super interesting so please let me into your Bachelor in Engineering programme and okai?

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nothing comes to mind if you don't even want to go to a certain university and I think it shows with the current state of my essay.

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Postby riffraff11235 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:38 pm

View Original PostInstrumentalityOne wrote:nothing comes to mind if you don't even want to go to a certain university and I think it shows with the current state of my essay.

My thoughts exactly. I've got about five long essays left to write and a bunch more to edit and send in by January 1st. Luckily I managed to find five schools that I can actually see myself attending, so it shouldn't be too painful to come up with something.
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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:31 pm

Thanks to grumpy customers, shitty weather, and crammed parking lots, I officially hate Christmas. You really dropped the ball on this one, Humanity.
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I'm sick, throwing up, it sucks. :vomit:

And the day started of so well, I passed Go and collected $200 from work.
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Postby TomasJC » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:58 pm

Got wicked sunburn the other day, almost any movement of some sort is agony. To top it off, the burning reminds me that New Zealand will never have a 'White Christmas'. But then again, the people who get snowed under every year must be sick of it.
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Postby Reichu » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:10 am

View Original PostTomasJC wrote:Got wicked sunburn the other day, almost any movement of some sort is agony.

Supposedly spraying the affected skin with vinegar has a remedial effect. (...supposedly.)
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Postby A.T. Fish » Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:26 am

^ That's for jellyfish stings, for sunburns there are special creams.

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Postby soul.assassin » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:53 am

Sis asked what I should have for Christmas.

Told her, "I don't know".

She pressed on, and I said I'll want to replace this CRT with a new LED monitor so that I don't have to get my retinas burned bad anymore; sick of squinting these days that I get bloodshot.

And fuck those idiots who think CRTs are superior: rather than debating about color and shit like that, there's the weight and energy cost differences to consider.

That's it, I need to save my eyeballs for next year.

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Postby riffraff11235 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:18 am

View Original Postsoul.assassin wrote:And fuck those idiots who think CRTs are superior: rather than debating about color and shit like that, there's the weight and energy cost differences to consider.

The only place I've heard that CRTs are superior is among Super Smash Bros: Melee players. Apparently CRTs have less lag than LCD or plasma sets, which makes a big difference when you have to react to things with split-second reflexes. I assume it's the same for other fighting games.
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Postby soul.assassin » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:37 am

Right, they'll say CRTs are good (and some of nostalgiadinkums say so in terms of technical facts), but I play Skyrim (and sometimes the occasional MW3 or Burnout).

The CRT I use is showing its age: contrast/brightness control is completely shot (too damn bright but if I bring it down I can't see shit), and it's not good when spending much time in front of the machine for hours.

BTW, I'm getting my glasses back.

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Postby Monk Ed » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:30 pm

View Original Postriffraff11235 wrote:The only place I've heard that CRTs are superior is among Super Smash Bros: Melee players. Apparently CRTs have less lag than LCD or plasma sets, which makes a big difference when you have to react to things with split-second reflexes. I assume it's the same for other fighting games.

I have noticed a latency difference between a CRT TV and an HDTV but not between a CRT monitor and a flat-panel monitor. Non-CRT viewing devices can have noticeable lag depending on what they're made for, but it's not inherent.
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Postby Aiko Heiwa » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:14 pm

My mom sent me a reloadable debit card.

It's a minor FML because for some reason, the website won't let me activate it. I mean, it says that if you're under 18, you have to have someone 18+ activate it. No big deal, get my dad to do it.

Doesn't work. Can't activate by phone till tomorrow.

But either way, I already have a reloadable card that's already activated, so why didn't she just send me cash so I can put on the card I already had?

Ugh.
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Postby Monk Ed » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:58 pm

These past two days have been a nightmare.

It started with helping my Dad put together his new computer. (That's a whole different nightmare.) He and I are in the process of building it from parts he ordered. One of those parts is a graphics card that's better than mine. Because he doesn't need all that extra horsepower he was willing to exchange it for mine (which is still lightyears ahead of his old one from the computer of his we're replacing with this newly-ordered one) as a Christmas gift to me.

I installed the new graphics card into my computer. Booted it up... Solid red DRAM LED on the motherboard, no POST, no nothing. Oh well. So I took it out.

Put in my old graphics card. Booted it up. Solid red DRAM LED.

...Wuh?

I can't even remember everything that happened after that, but to make a long story short, after a whole lot of poking and prodding and reseating and God knows what else, finally I got the computer to boot with no red light.

But now it won't detect my hard drive.

Okay, no biggie. Okay, yes biggie -- my big fear is that I accidentally fried it with an ESD, as rare as that is. But anyway, I figured, maybe there's something I can do in the BIOS. So I went into the BIOS.

Turns out the ASUS EZ BIOS screen is for some reason too big for my (big, fancy) monitor. It stretches off the right and bottom -- all I see is the top-left corner. Enough to get by in a pinch, but far from regular operation capacity, let alone ideal. So I figured, let's update the BIOS! So I updated the BIOS.

And now it's even worse. Now the portion of the ASUS EZ-whatever screen which shows up on my monitor is even smaller, small enough that no clickable items are even on-screen, and, worse, the screen is black except for where I've moved my cursor and every time it updates (such as when I press Escape to bring up the exit menu) I have to move my cursor around more to reveal the new screen underneath like a scratch-to-reveal lottery ticket (but worse, because I can't just wave it quickly back and forth, it has a maximum capture rate so I have to move the cursor slowly to clear a clean path).

So then I tried to go back, by doing the same BIOS update procedure but this time with the earlier version BIOS file on my USB drive.

It won't let me go back. "The BIOS you selected is older than the current version."

FML

Update: Well, that was quite an adventure. So after the above, I thought to hook up an old VGA monitor, and that fixed the BIOS screen problem (if it can be called a "fix"). But this time when booting up -- and it must have been sheer chance, because why would a difference in monitor matter? -- it showed the POST screen (which I had not seen since these problems began, except maybe once or twice) and let me know that "SMART status is bad" for my hard drive, "Backup and replace."

Looks like I really did have a hard drive failure. And juuust in time for Christmas, too.

... is what I'd say if I were the former, more depressive me, but eh, the new me sees it as just the inconvenience that it is. I've still got my laptop and trusty consoles, the former of which I do most of my computing on anyway and the latter of which I do most of my gaming on anyway and have been neglecting. Plus I'm rigorous enough about backing up that the worst I'll lose from that hard drive if the data is unrecoverable are some save-games for games I'd just as soon replay anyway.

But I'm not one to deny reality when a bad thing does happen, so... still FML.

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Postby child of Lilith » Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:48 am

That's some tough luck, Monk Ed. :(
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Postby Hyper Shinchan » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:02 pm

Well, glad to read that you more or less fixed your PC issues, Monk.
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Postby Monk Ed » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:00 am

View Original PostHyper Shinchan wrote:Yesterday I had my small FML when I saw this:
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What am I supposed to think of this?

Girls only? To enjoy KxS goodness I presume? Discrimination!!
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