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I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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Happy Hallowe'en!


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:59:36 AM

Randomness: Updated the laptop to Ubuntu 8.10 when it was released yesterday. Think I'll wait a bit longer on my desktop at home... some graphical hiccups combined with the failure of my embedded terminal (via devilspie) makes me think that it could use some ironing out.

Food: Made orange marshmallows for the office Hallowe'en party today. A LOT of marshmallows. They're sweet and fluffy, lightly flavored, and completely addictive. I am confident that there won't be any left after lunch! I copped out on making the planned mint chocolate oreo brownies - after the apple butter and the marshmallows, both of which were 2-day projects, I didn't want to look at the kitchen last night!

I have my first sewing class tomorrow, and due mostly to the fact that I was waiting for a still-unreceived email confirming that the class has enough attendance to take place, I'm completely unprepared. And in the rush of getting out of the house this morning, I neglected to pick up the sheet of paper detailing what, exactly, I need for this thing. Crap. >:o I can pick up the notions tomorrow morning, and won't need most of 'em the first day anyway, but I'm going to have to get the fabric and thread today come hell or high water... I won't have time to pre-wash, dry and iron it otherwise. So, since I don't know exactly how much to get... guess I'll just have to guess and get extra!

I also signed up for a short 2-week knitting class, starting on Wednesday. It was actually kind of serendipitous - I was looking for local yarn stores, and also rather curiously for armwarmer patterns (don't shoot me - they're nifty!). The class is both local and will be making armwarmers, so I figure it's a sign! I actually called the store and spoke to the lady who will be teaching it, since I wasn't sure that with my experience (read: I can knit and purl. Beyond that? Lol.) it would be worth it to sign up. She said that I sounded like a good fit for the rest of the class, though, and I'm a fast learner anyway. I'll try to get some practice in this weekend.

All of this stuff is more or less aimed at getting me out of the house a bit more consistently. I know that I'm rather a recluse at the best of times, but it's getting absurd - I leave for work, food and UFC. Good excuses, yes, but lacking a bit in companionship? A lot of the problem is that I'm tired after the work day and Just Want To Go Home. Also, if you know me at all, you know that in general a group of girls is not something I'll go out of my way to join, nor are "clubs" that just sit around and talk about things (even neat things, like linux or video game design)... but maybe if I start out knowing that we've got a common practical interest, it won't be so bad?





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Hardware update


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:58:27 AM

STOVE:
First and foremost, I'm getting a new stove this weekend!

Hooraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

We have it picked out at Lowe's (and it fits neatly inside the amount of my stimulus check, which is excellent). Chances are they're delivery/pick up service won't be operating on the 4th of July weekend, so we'll just have to take it home ourselves and figure out something to do with the old one. Dan's parents suggested donating it to someone or other, which (as it still works just fine, aside from running a bit hot) isn't a bad idea at all.

His parents are visiting this weekend; technically for a wedding (which we're going to as well. Mental note to pick up a card). I've been frantically trying to get the guest bedroom looking like something other than a collection of odds 'n' ends of furniture, with a coherent color scheme and bed-side table. Since I smile when I walk into it now, I think I've succeeded. The wallpaper border needs to be stripped and the bottom half of the room wants repainting, but that will come.

The only unfortunate parts are the dresser and headboard, as they're unstained pine and wrought iron and don't have a prayer of matching the navy-espresso-cream color scheme. Consequently, they have a starring placement on the list of things to replace one of these days, and I'll be keeping an eye out when we start to poke around furniture stores.

(Also, I want side tables for the living room, and very shortly we'll need a really good (big) DVD cabinet. And a wine rack/stemware cabinet. Aack.)

COMPUTER:
If you've noticed my disappearance from IM lately, it's because my computer has officially crapped out. It had been down for almost a month before I conquered my apathy and started to debug it last night. Unfortunately, I got only as far as hitting the power button and discovering that I had no video output.

If you'll recall, the original cause of it being powered off for a month was that I got I/O errors, rebooted and got "INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY", not because I had no video. That seems to have been a spontaneous development and already my eyebrows were raised. The kicker came when I tried to reset the video card - the act of unseating the card shorted the computer on. Not off. MOTHERF*CKING ON.

Conclusion: the motherboard is shot beyond my ability to give a crap.

Rebuilding it doesn't sound like any fun either, to be honest. I've said before that it's a major departure for me, the homebrew zealot, to contemplate buying a prebuilt, but I really don't care to head back into the merry-go-round of Which Numbering Scheme is Nvidia Using Now, and Is A Dual-Core Better Than A Core-Two Duo? I'm no longer interested in which chipset is the current source of Awesome and whether we're up to DDR4 or 72. I just don't have the time to spend my evenings fucking with hardware and downloading obscure drivers.

If it works, is fast, and runs Ubuntu without complaint: sign me up.

That said, the companies I won't buy from: eMachines or any other walmart-recommended brand, HP, Compaq, Sony, anything with an ATI graphics card. I'd buy another Mac, but Parallels doesn't have me convinced yet.

And that pretty much leaves Dell. The head techie guy here at work just bought himself a shiny new XPS, so that's a recommendation from a rather trusted source... I'll be looking into it.



Oh! One last note. Go see WALL-E! It was an absolutely adorable dark comedy, and I loved every eye-widening minute of it. I think it's summed up by a phrase I encountered on LJ: "It made a theater-full of New Yorkers shriek in horror when a cockroach got run over."




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Whirlwind update


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:53:56 AM

I really shouldn't even be doing this right now, both because I really ought to be getting to bed, and because I seriously fell and hurt my arm last night, and it is still swollen and bruised and really seriously f*cking hurts to type right now (both because I cannot rest it on the edge of the desk, and because I don't have a heck of a lot of flexibility in my fingers...who knew muscles and tendons were all in the same place? >_<).

However. I have been uncommunicative.

For the most part, I am doing alright... work's being... ugh. I figured. *sigh* Not even going there. Suffice it to say that I was right, this is -not- the place that I want to be at all, but at the moment it's my choice so I'm trying to at least do what little there is, well. And right now that means reading documentation. As Neo would say, Documentation. Lots of documentation.

So, in my spare time I am playing WoW (yay, Bron's at 65! I am so uber.) and tinkering with my shiny still-new laptop. Ubuntu works where Debian did not, so I'm running Edgy 2.6.17 with Xfce modified beyond all recognition (who, me? no...). That is almost the sole reason for this post, because I now have a screenshot and it is the sexiest desktop ever!

*glee*

The strip across the top is courtesy of Conky, the invisible except-when-something's-open and completely self-sizing taskbar along the bottom edge there is courtesy of PyPanel, and the window manager theme is Decadence [Dark] from Xfce-Look.org.

And oh my, I love it dearly. With the sleek black of the laptop and the silver keys, it is delicious. Laptop!gasm. Seriously.

I'm putting in some extra hours at odd times this week (couple hours on St Pat's Day before heading out for surprisingly good Irish stew at the Whole in the Wall, couple hours probably tomorrow) so that I can get out of work early enough to catch my plane to St Louis on Friday without having to take vacation hours. I can't wait... I really can't. I'll be there Friday evening through Monday afternoon-ish (plane back is at 5pm, should be back in Syracuse around 10ish). When you're in a relationship where only get to see each other once every month or so, I am learning that the excitement that you feel at finally getting to see the other person is almost palpable. I would say that I am right now jumping up and down with happiness, except that my arm really does hurt too much for that. I would probably end up instinctively curling up protectively around it on my bed. Sigh.

Ahh, what else. Need to do laundry. Par for the course...

Dinner last night was by my standards a great success, meaning that everyone seemed to quite like the meal and there were no leftovers :) Lemon zest/kosher salt/cracked black pepper/hot chili olive oil encrusted pork loin, rosemary and basil potatoes (with probably a halfdozen other spices too, naturally... from memory and in no particular order as regards quantity: oregano, salt, pepper, savory, lavender, thyme, ground red pepper flakes and garlic-infused olive oil), and fresh-baked soda bread, plus salad, wine and anything else that turned up. *Nod* I was proud of it, and I judge my cooking fairly critically, so overall I am quite happy :)

Saw a kind of nearly cat-sized rat on The Amazing Race last night (I don't watch it myself, but it was on after dinner) that has been trained to smell land mines. They were just adorable... it seems like the universe is conspiring to make me want a couple of cute little ratties. As yet my haphazard schedule takes one look at my desire for a pet, cadged or otherwise, and says "Ahahahahahah!", but I swear I will have some form of furry friend eventually >_>

I really miss having a cat around.

Anyhow, this is quite long enough and I am needing to catch up on my sleep, so if I left anything out just poke me and I'll add it in later.

Oh. One more. Go read Get Medieval. Seriously funny stuff there. :)




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Laura's Law


Posted at 18 Jan 2007 10:19:55 AM

I have decided to declare this a law. *ahem*

Laura's Law: The quality of Starbucks' [grande extra vanilla dry] cappucinos is inversely proportional to how tired you are when you need one.

*bows* *steps down from soapbox*

.... fuck me, i'm tired.

Kinda sorta haven't been to bed yet between yesterday and today. I am also level 62, for those playing along at home. Boots of the Vanguard have given way to Sure-Step Boots, Eskhandar's Collar for Pendant of Cunning (lucky world drop found in a chest in the Blood Forge, there), and my Nightslayer Chest and Pants really could also go if I wanted to start breaking set bonuses. My ZG ring set is only saved because it's really damn uber... I don't expect it to last more than a couple more levels. Some of the new enchants are truly spectacular (+24 and +26 AP to bracers and gloves!) and the socketed-items thing isn't actually the train wreck that I thought it would be. Bara's 300+ Jewelcrafting already too, so I've got 2 shiny new +12AP gems in my new Shifting Sash of Midnight.

I know that I only listed blue upgrades there. I can't be arsed right now to go and track down the greens that I would actually wear in preference to some of my epics, largely because clearly I'm not wearing them and you can list armor by slot on Allakhazam just as well as I can. There was a quest reward neckpiece that I wore for awhile, and a really nice bp that I'm not wearing only because a) it would break my ZG set bonus, and b) there's a blue one which is *also* knocking around in my bank waiting for the day that breaking that bonus does become advantageous and which I would wear in preference to the green, stats or no, because I didn't spend the last 6+ months working for the best gear I could get my hands on only to have it replaced by greens. Damnitall, I have my pride.

The gear that drops out there is insane - greens drop like candy, and all have incredibly stats. It's not a myth that greens are replacing epics - it seriously happens, and easily. Things with +47 healing and +59 Sta? +40 AP on shoulders and gloves, or +128 AP on 2h druid staves and maces? Wtf...

Hellfire Citadel is neat. The wings are incredibly short, but drop good loot and you can really knock one out without having to worry that you'll get bogged down and have to postpone dinner - < an hour, easily.

Terokkar is a *gorgeous* zone - really, really beautiful, and Shattrath is an incredibly neat city. I'm excited :D Even though I'm not nearly as single-minded about getting quests done and leveling as oh say Bara is, I still haven't explored *too* much. Knocking around the world with Madskillz, who is holy and for whom therefore solo questing -sucks-, is sort of keeping my ramblings in check as well. Plus, I enjoy it :)

I think I'm sort of distressed at how easily gear is getting trashed and vendored, but then I know I attach more than average importance to things... I remember getting a lot of this stuff, and esp. that which was early (for me) KotW, and I can't bring myself to just vendor all those memories. I know, I'm an idiot and that's the kind of sentimentality which just fills up bank slots, but that's who I am and so be it.

I'm in the office today because if I were at home I would be doing one of two things... a) sleeping or b) staying logged onto WoW... neither of which are good. Also, conference calls still suck on my cellphone, and it sounds like this afternoon's is going to be sort of involved. Which is fine.


ETA: Oh, and just so this isn't purely rambling about WoW? Windows 2000 sucks. A lot. It has no WPA wireless encryption!?

I tried downloading the McAfee security thing that's supposed to enable it, but naturally it doesn't like the card that I have (random PCI wireless NIC that I had lying around - Netgear MA311, and don't ask why I actually know that off the top of my head). So, *sigh*. Need to go get myself a new card, one which works with both McAfee and whatever the hell I'm going to have to use to make SUSE behave itself and see the network.

I've sort of been dreading this - printers and wireless are both my nemesis (nemesi?), and they only get worse when you start trying to make them play nicely with linux. Admittedly it's something to tinker with, but I seriously need some more hours in the day. My cloak is still sitting half-finished in the middle of my living room because I've gotten to a tricky part and then started procrastinating...

Anyhow, any tips and/or suggestions on what sort of card to get are more than welcome. Heavens know that I'm only going to be scouring LQ.org myself.




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Burning Crusade tally


Posted at 17 Jan 2007 10:03:12 AM

Slackware: done
Win2K: done
Win2K: working on it, the network on that computer's driving me up the wall
SuSE: going to have to make wireless work first (same computer). Wish me luck.

Getting it to work on Slack tlack took about half a day, and most of that was just tracking down which precise version of wine I had to use to get the installer to run. 0.9.17? No good, it just told me that I didn't have WoW proper installed. 0.9.29 (the latest)? Nope, gave glibc errors. 0.9.27? Nope, just sat there, didn't error, didn't run anything. 0.9.22? Bingo, except there wasn't a binary for it so I had to build it from source. Which is cool, since I like doing that - but it took about half an hour, and after that worked like a charm. BC installed, is flawlessly integrated with Cedega, no problems at all.

There's the usual graphical and sound glitching that says "No, you don't understand, we HAVE to push this build! Yes yes yes, it's done, send it down and start pressing CDs or we will have a whole lot of angry people screaming for our heads." but all in all, it's pretty solid. Moreso than I certainly expected!

As for Outlands... they're beautiful. Really, really beautiful. I spent most of my first few hours just knocking around the zone, exploring and seeing what was there... somehow I just didn't feel right diving right in, picking up quests and already "having to do" something. There are lots of new places, lots of fluff and backstory, and every time I look up at the sky I feel compelled to take a screenshot.

Part of the guild ran a couple of wings of Hellfire Citadel, which is apparently nicely original and not too tough. Bara didn't -sleep- and is now 62 (for all I know he's 63 by now, who am I kidding?) and a good chunk of the guild is 61. I'm still about 5 bars from 61 when I took a break last night and nearly fell asleep on the couch :)

Going to go take a shot at making my wireless work in Win2K (apparently Win2K was too good for WPA encryption, or some such nonsense like that... 3rd party software ftw).




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Laptop musings


Posted at 27 Nov 2006 01:38:44 PM

This, ladies and gentlemen, is about as sexy as it gets.

Ohhh, yeaaaaaaaaah, baby! :D

(No, I'm not getting it yet. Yet. Possibly sometime around the new year though, I'm thinking? *grin*)





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I am slightly excited


Posted at 20 Nov 2006 08:54:34 PM

Oh my god. Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod.
They fixed it!

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Greetings,

As you know, Blizzard Entertainment traditionally makes a serious
commitment to protect the World of Warcraft community from players who gain
unfair advantage through hacks and exploits. Last week, our
administrators implemented bans on a large number of accounts that were
identified acting against the terms and the spirit of the game.

However, it has since come to our attention that a very small
percentage of those accounts should not have been banned. This case of mistaken
identity seems to be isolated to users of an unsupported, Linux-based
Windows emulator called Cedega.

Once this pattern was brought to Blizzard's attention, our staff worked
directly in conjunction with the Cedega development team in a rigorous
and thorough review of the situation. We have since determined that
your account was one of those accidentally flagged, and as such we are
immediately reinstating your account to fully playable status.

Blizzard Entertainment deeply regrets the error, as we understand that
this brief account closure presented you with an inconvenient and
highly frustrating experience. We remain firmly committed to enforcing our
regulations and suspensions for those exploiting our game, in the
interest of ensuring that our legitimate customers have the best possible
play experience. In this case, however, we regretfully caught a handful
of innocent customers in the process, and for that we offer you our
genuine apology.


In consideration of our error, we are applying a credit of two weeks
play time onto your account, in addition to crediting back the time that
your account was locked. This comes to a total of twenty (20) days
credit, which should be visible on your account within the end of the
week.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding this account,
please do not hesitate to let us know. We appreciate your extraordinary
patience in this matter and hope you will continue to enjoy your time in
World of Warcraft.

Regards,

World of Warcraft Support Team
Blizzard Entertainment
www.WorldOfWarcraft.com
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They actually admitted it. Holy shit. This is way too cool - I honestly didn't think they'd own up to it; I figured that by this point, even if they did identify the problem, they'd still leave us all banned. OMG. Squee!
/dance :D

They've not made any official statement yet (that I've seen, anyway) which says they *fixed* whatever the problem was which led to all the cases of mistaken botting, so until they say "Yes, go ahead and use Cedega, we promise that you won't wake up tomorrow morning to another ban letter", I'll be capitulating and using the Windows box. No point in taking chances, and I don't want to go through this again!

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Well, good


Posted at 16 Nov 2006 05:35:11 PM

Update:

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November 15, 2006
Account Ban Update

We are in contact with the Blizzard engineering team. The update had been tested extensively with Cedega and Blizzard believed that it would not adversely affect Cedega users. We are working together to try and solve the issue as best we can.

If you are a Cedega user that has had your account banned please list your World of Warcraft username in the forum post or email support@transgaming.com with the information and we will assist in getting your accounts back up.
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So, they're working on it. Go TG!




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Blizzard bans all Cedega users


Posted at 15 Nov 2006 12:00:24 PM

Holy FUCK, people!

What in the hell is going on?

http://www.knightsofthewatch.net/guild/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1041

http://transgaming.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7197

http://community.livejournal.com/worldofwarcraft/4518814.html

All official forum posts (assuming you can still make any, seeing as how your game login is also your forum login) are deleted by mods as soon as they're posted, the Accounts Admin department "doesn't have phones", and the only way to contact them is via email.

This is the most unbelievable bullshit that I've ever seen - the new watchdog app can't be arsed to tell the difference between running WoW through Cedega and running it through a botter app, so the mods (i.e. Bekyn) are perma-banning without even bothering to check the results.

It's lazy programming, it's lazy moderating, it's humiliating, and it's discriminating. I am being called a liar, a cheat, a sneak, and then I'm being systematically ignored whena I attempt to defend myself. We're being told that "Well, this is what you get for using an "unsupported operating system" - it just serves you right!" No, excuse me, but has anyone bothered to look up what "unsupported" means? It means that Blizzard won't help us if we have technical issues, NOT that it is against the ToS to use such an OS.

The internet - the one place where theoretically we're all equal - just got discriminating. I am furious. I am in shock. I am nearly speachless, but instead am settling for rabidly incoherent. I want to punch something. I want to go kick Bekyn and everyone else who has decided that this is a good idea down the stairs of the Empire State Building.

And all that's going to happen is that posts will continue to be deleted, emails will go unanswered, and they'll take advantage of the inability of the linux community to band together strongly enough for a meaningful class-action lawsuit. This will get swept under the rug. I doubt that Transgaming has the money to go up against Blizzard, so even though they're our only hope, I don't think that anything's going to happen. I can't even believe this.

Keep your fingers crossed if you love me - luck is probably our only chance.





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Neverwinter Nights 2: decision time!


Posted at 02 Nov 2006 11:56:42 AM

Sooooooooo...NWN2, yes or no?


There's no native linux client for this release, which I view as just about as shitty a decision as they come. But - the first one was a pretty damn fun game, and I enjoyed it. Didn't preorder it, but that reminds me that I did preorder some crap that I should probably go un-order now. *mental note* to go by EB after work today.

There's literally no information up on transgaming.org yet, but my bet is that it'll at least install even if I have to hack things a bit. (*mental note* Speaking of hacking games to get them installed, I think I left HoMM5 at Chris'. Must get that back, as it's only installed on the computer which is currently living in a closet and that is no good to me. ...Thinking of making that computer into a freevo...right after the printserver works. Wish me luck.)

So, who's getting it (or not), and why?