Hunting the Feisty Fawn

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I have finally taken that large leap that I’ve been saying I wanted to take for quite a long time.

No, I have not quit my job to live off the fat of the land…yet.

I installed Linux on my laptop!

I know, not quite the huge leap you were expecting. More like the thing the everyone tones out when I speak because I’ve stated it so many times passively. While I was at Otakon though, Joaquin had a really nice setup on his laptop and he explained it a little to me. I was very interested, so when I got home I downloaded everything I needed to install Ubuntu 7.04 the Fiesty Fawn release. I ended up wiping my laptop and reloading Windows XP, then installed Ubuntu as another boot option. That way when I start up my computer I can either go into Windows or into Ubuntu. Neat!

Ubuntu comes with a lot of helpful applications, but at some point I knew I’d need to install something else, so I wanted to figure out how sooner than later. I looked up a list of top Ubuntu programs to install after you’ve loaded the OS. Number eleven on that list was a game; Frozen Bubble. I figured it was as good as any a place to start, so I managed to get it loaded and installed. I fired it up and lo and behold, what game is it, but a linux version of Snood, the most addictive, awful game ever created.

Goodbye productivity. I’m on level 63 right now. -_-

Photographic Malfunction

Take a look at the picture from my previous post. Notice anything funny?

If you can take your eyes away from those delicious cookies, you’ll note a strange line running across the bottom left side of the photo. I didn’t notice it until this afternoon. That picture was taken with my still fairly new digital camera. When I looked back at the other pictures I had taken yesterday, I noticed that they all had the same line. Not only that, but a few that I had taken most recently had another horizontal line directly through the center of the pictures. I had taken quite a few pictures yesterday since I am trying to take a picture of each toy I get before I open it. The pictures are for a project I am working on for Regardless, I then tried to snap a new picture of anything and previewed the image and sure enough both lines were clearly visible. These lines were not just a hair or something of the sort. They actually looked like scrambled bits or static. I worried about what I should do about it for most of the day while I attempted to clean my room, do laundry and run errands.

While playing around with it just now, on a whim, I turned the flash on and took a picture. Sure enough, no lines. Turned the flash off and took another picture. No lines again.

The sigh of relief ensues here.

I don’t know what happened, but I have dropped the camera a few times by accident and was really afraid I had damaged it and would need to purchase another one so soon after getting it. I’m just glad I kept tinkering with it.

Nurse Me

I have spent the last three days penned up in my room because I’ve been pretty sick. I worked from home Thursday and Friday only because one person was depending on my help. Thursday was a real struggle. I was practically dozing off in my chair when I wasn’t finishing off another box of tissues. One of my roommates and his girlfriend went grocery shopping in the evening and were quite thoughtful enough to try and cheer me up by getting me a big vat of chocolate chip cookies. They know me far too well. I brightened right up and inhaled 4 cookies.

They were delicious! I finished them off for breakfast this morning. Yum!

Last night, my parents came by and dropped off a big vat of soup that my mom made and some groceries since I’ve been sick since I got back from Otakon and haven’t had time to go shopping. They couldn’t come in because we can’t risk my dad getting sick. He had eye surgery on Monday so no need tempting fate. He looks fine and seems to be recovering his vision quite well.

Most of you won’t know the reference, but Nurse Me is actually the name of a Hentai. It was the hentai used for Dick and Buster’s Hentai Extravaganza panel at AnimeBoston two years ago. It was used for live dubbing. There are few things I will experience funnier than what I was a witness to that night. I don’t remember what the hentai was about, but thats not really important (is it ever?) After getting special attention the past two nights, I figured I deserved some attention tonight. Third time’s the charm as they say.

Sadly, noone is really around and I have nothing but this computer and a connection to the internet to entertain me.

I think I’ll go watch some hentai.

Otakon 2007

I returned from Otakon 2007 on Monday. It was a blast as always with some new faces and plenty of familiar faces.

I put up a gallery of the photos here. I have to say that I definitely did not take nearly the number of photos I normally take. I’m not sure if its because I’ve been to a number of conventions now and i’m not as easily impressed or attentive to a lot of costumes now or if its because I just wasn’t getting out there looking for good ones like I have in the past. Either way, there were definitely some good ones all the same.

Brenna was there and on Sunday she dressed up as a character from Naruto. Her character, Karin, is on the same team as Sasuke, who I was cosplaying as. Here is a picture of the two of us in costume.

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Transformers The Movie (2007)

At Botcon this past weekend, I had the unique opportunity to watch the Transformers Movie a week ahead of its release, surrounded by hardcore fans like me (though slightly more socially awkward). It was an unreal experience. The movie was amazing, but being in such an energetic crowd put it over the top. The first time Bumblebee transformed the crowd went nuts. They knew all the references and lines that were put in there from the original series and cheered whenever they heard them. And so did I! Tyrese was there, but that was not important. What was important was this movie and what it meant to all of us.

Today I have received four text messages from friends who have seen the new Transformers Movie.

Some of the messages include:

That ROCKED!!!

Oh wow. Its even better the second time.

U were rite. It was awesome

What really got to me, though, was the phone call I just received. It was my mom. My parents very rarely see movies, particularly my mom, but my sister had bought them tickets to the movie this evening and they went. My mom called me as soon as the movie let out. She loved it. Absolutely loved it. Despite it being two and a half hours, it felt like five minutes to her. She said it was the culmination of bringing me to all the comic book stores on my birthday each year when I was younger, of managing to find a transformer in the airport in Paris to bring back for me, of getting home in time to record that cartoon when I was so little to make sure I’d have 2 and a half hours of it on tape to watch over and over again (and I did!). She said it was surreal to see that cartoon we used to watch together when I was so young turn into this larger than life movie. And it really is.

I can’t even describe what the past week has been like for me, but the picture below sure helps.

Me and Prime

I am truly excited to be here right now.