The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Tuesday, April 18

Geek

Oblivion, Part Three

Sucks.

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Sunday, April 16

Cool

360 Nits

It's a noisy little bugger.

And it's region-locked. Retards. It's hard to even find a region-locked DVD player in Australia, except for the Playstation and the Xbox. And now, of course, the 360.

Graphics are pretty darn good; games are pretty bad so far. I should probably have got Kameo instead of Oblivion.

It really is noisy, isn't it? I said, it really is... Never mind.

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Geek

Too Many Thingies

Okay, so I have three main computers at home (there's another one, my older Linux box, which is currently switched off but which I really should plug in again). And the Windows PCs (notebook and desktop) both have VMWare Player and Virtual PC installed. And I've also set up Remote Desktop. So although there are only three physical machines, there are seven logical machines.

Since four of those are running Windows XP, I keep getting them mixed up. I'm posting this from my desktop PC, but I'm typing it on my notebook. I didn't mean to do that; it just happened. Maybe it would be a good idea to change the theme...

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Geek

Oblivion, Part Two

Okay, reversing the Y-axis control helps with the motion sickness. Too much time spent flying starships, I guess.

Still a pretty crappy opening to the game.

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Anime

One, Two, Five!

Three, sir!

Three!

I'll need to take a break for a bit - other things I have to attend to - but I'll have some more episodes for you next week.

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Saturday, April 15

Anime

Kei And Yuri, You Don't Know?

You've never heard of the Dirty Pair, the hottest -
Scariest -
Trouble consultants in the history of history itself?

Episode Two.

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Geek

Oblivion

Sucks.

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Anime

From The Ship. Sun. Boom! Wonderful! Dept.

Episode One. No, not that Episode One. This Episode One.

Forums here. Or comment here. I'll be interested to know what the more polyglot of my readership think of the translation, which is not mine, but one I found several years ago.* I tidied it up, fixed the grammatical errors and some inconsistencies (the spelling wasn't too bad), and retimed everything, because the timing was kind of poopy. A tenth of a second makes a big difference, and some of the titles were off by a second or more. Um, anyway, the translation, from my limited Japanese, seems reasonable except for the opening song, which doesn't sound right to me. I have an alternate translation of the song - actually, two alternate translations - and also the transliterated Japanese lyrics, so I'll post those over at the Language Lab tomorrow.

Ooh, And It Makes Me Wonder...

One thing of interest - I'm not sure quite what to make of it - between 1997 and 1998, fifteen groups set out to fansub the original Dirty Pair TV series. Only one (Fuzzy Productions) completed the job, and they have vanished from the face of the net.** Makes me wonder if there is some kind of curse on Dirty Pair fansubs.

If you suddenly find one day that the whole of mu.nu has disappeared leaving nothing but a smoking crater and a mile-high stack of damage claims, at least you'll know why.

*Here, as it turns out.

** I actually found a copy of the Fuzzy Production version. It's a completely different translation to the one I'm using, which might be useful for cross-checking. Unfortunately, it looks like a sixth-generation tape run through a budget 1998-era video-capture card and then later transcoded from MPEG-1 to DIVX with the quality slider set to "crap". In fact, it probably is a sixth-generation tape etc etc.

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Friday, April 14

Geek

From The Hug Him And Squeeze Him And Call Him George Dept.

Xbox 360. Mine mine mine mine mine! more...

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Thursday, April 13

Geek

More! More! I'm Still Not Satisfied!

Need... Faster... Notebook...

Video editing on a Celeron M 1.4 is not a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, my choices are basically (a) a Pentium 4 notebook which weighs twice as much and has a 15-minute battery life, (b) a Pentium M or Core notebook which is 50% faster, tops, or (c) wait until there's a low-power version of Conroe.

Or (d), of course: Wait 'til I get home and run the job there. A Northwood Pentium 4 2.6 may be a long way from the latest and greatest, but it does chew through the video at a healthy pace.

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