April 14th, 2006


eBay squee

Put two pairs of hard drives and my old laptop on eBay yesterday. Someone in NJ just did the buy-it-now thing on the laptop for $400, which is great because (a) it's a good machine for that price and (b) Gateway would only give me $250 on a trade-in. Meanwhile, I took the new laptop to work, and got some compliments on it. It's pretty thin for a 15+" screen machine, nice display too. And way fast. I can't wait for Microsoft Vista to be supported on it since it has a 64-bit CPU.

Tonight I added my old ASUS P4C800 motherboard to the listings, complete with 3.2GHz Pentium 4 and 1GB of RAM. I figure it will nab me about $200 if I'm lucky. But components usually don't sell as well as full-blown computers these days. On the other hand, they are a lot easier to ship.

And in other news, tonight I went online at bbb.org and filed a complaint against ASUS, which refused to repair another motherboard under warranty. They wanted to charge $40 to fix a bent CPU socket pin, as if they never ship any bent pins from the factory. A bent CPU socket pin would certainly account for the intermittent won't-boot-up problem I was having with that board. I bought a replacement at Fry's, and it works fine - same make & model, but no bent pins.

Now that I've gotten off my butt to do some eBaying, a quick excavation of my closet reveals six display and/or capture cards I've been meaning to sell. One is seriously used, the others either didn't work with the software I wanted to use, or lacked some feature I had expected them to have. And one I'd bought to use with Windows x64, but they didn't have drivers for it. I have since reverted to Windows XP Pro, but like the card I bought for x64 better.

Went to the local sushi place for lunch today. Not worth reviewing, except for the name: Java Sushi, and the waitress whose shift was over just after my meal was delivered. She led with her tits. Which is somewhat amusing because she didn't have much in that department. Watching her rush out the door to hop into her vehicle, she definitely looked very good from the other side.
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Mindless entertainment tonight was the smash hit Hairspray which I think I Netflixed because of its diverse cast.

Ricki Lake
Jerry Stiller
Sonny Bono
Deborah Harry
Leslie Ann Powers
Pia Zadora

I enjoyed it, as mindless entertainment. There was some very good dancing in there, and some real stupid choreography mixed in with the good stuff. The casting is a mixture of excellent and "what were they thinking?". For example, Ricki Lake as the best white dancer in Baltimore? Gag me. On the other hand, Divine is perfect as the 2-ton mother of Ricki's character, and she is also amazing as the 2-ton owner of the TV station. Pia Zadora is sexy and a hoot as a beatnik chick, and Deborah Harry plays the mother of the debutante as badly as a director could ever ask for. Sonny Bono played (badly) her husband. Jerry Stiller plays Divine's. I thought Leslie Ann Powers was someone else, but according to IMDB, this was her only movie. In fact, I find nothing at all about her on the web, except for this movie. Hmmm.


The Peace Corps has announced temporary suspension of its program in the nation of Chad, due to some serious civil war activity.

I guess that makes it a hanging Chad.