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10:08 pm - "To Colin - Please stop imitating me to get laid. Emo Philips."
...such was the inscription on the CD I bought from Emo Philips on Friday night.

I should back up, since I'm going to briefly outline my weekend. At least, I'm going to try to be brief. Fat chance of it actually happening.

On Friday evening I braved the 40-minute drive downtown (usually it's ten, but (in case you're living in California) it was snowing). lord_alucard had come up to Madison to see A Wake at Broom Street Theatre with koriandrkitten. We had dinner at Gino's where the waitress didn't refill my coffee often enough.

After the meal, I dropped them off at the theatre, and got together with evil_jim and phil_bond at The Comedy Club to see Emo Philips. Jim and I had only found out about the show that day, so we didn't have reservations and had to sit toward the back. No big loss -- we could see the stage well enough, and it was a good show. I don't know Mr. Philips' work very well, other than his small role in the movie UHF, and a few interviews (mostly associated with UHF) which I've seen him give. He's worth checking out and has a great website.

We stuck around after the show and bought CDs from Mr. Philips when came out. He's a friendly guy, and put the right number of Ls in my first name when he autographed my CD (something Frank Cho failed to do after I spelled my name for him twice). After we left the club, Jim, Caleb and I went back to Jim's place and hung out for awhile. I got arrested for hitting a kid.

On Saturday I insta-- wait, that did I just say something about hitting a kid? I'm sorry, that didn't happen. I was distracted by something on the CD I'm listening to. Anyway, on Saturday I installed a new hard drive I'd purchased a couple of weeks ago and just hadn't gotten around to putting in.

It took about four hours.

I'm not sure why it took four hours. Well, partly I decided to blow the as much dust out of my tower as I could and untangle the rat's nest of cords behind it, but most of my time was spent trying to figure out why the computer wouldn't boot from the primary drive with the new one connected as a slave. The solution? Accidentally tell the BIOS that it only holds 120 megabytes. The Mac users on my Friends list (hi to all one of you) will tell me that this would never happen if I had a Mac, but frankly, it should never happen on a PC either. Anyway, my new drive registers as 250 gigs in Windows, but in the BIOS it's set as 120 megs. No, I don't get it either.

Saturday night I met crabmoon and theenigma42 at Broom Street Theatre for the aforementioned play. It's a comedy about how people react to death, and it's fun. You should see it. Admittedly, I'm finding a disparity between what I expect of Broom Street shows and what they actually end up being. I think it's because the first several shows I saw there were serious sensual assaults -- Joel Gersmann and rob_matsushita, mostly. Good stuff (very good stuff), but grueling. Not all (not even most) BST productions are so difficult to sit through. A Wake is fairly innocuous, but it's a pretty enjoyable time.

Anyway, post BST was Denny's and then Rocky Horror where I finally got around to wearing the Infamous Squeeze Me shirt. Some of you have seen the Infamous Squeeze Me shirt, but I haven't worn it for a few years because it makes me uncomfortable. Let me explain.

Some time ago one of my coworkers was discarding her old T-shirts, and she happened upon one featuring a picture of a bottle of Plochman's Mild Yellow Mustard and the words "Squeeze Me." She decided I should have it. I wore it to Rocky Horror a couple of times, and then decided not to wear it out anymore after a visit with my former housemates to East Towne Mall, during which I was attacked by a girl who can't have been older than twelve. It was embarrassing, and I felt involuntarily dirty. The shirt got put away semi-permanently, but I dragged it out at the request of koriandrkitten after I related the "attacked by a twelve-year-old" story. Anyway, Rocky was fun, and the shirt got me squeezed by several cast members.

Come to think of it, being squeezed by cast members -- specifically, the wrong cast members -- was another reason I stopped wearing that shirt Back in the Day. Then again, xmerrie1039x and koriandrkitten and jeklnskinsgrl weren't part of the cast Back in the Day. crabmoon made me promise to let her wear the shirt sometime.

After the -- oh, geez, this post has gotten much longer than I'd expected. Sorry, I'll wrap it up. We'll skip discussion of Sunday, since it was mostly spent watching Eric Idle dressed as a nun. Where was I? Oh yes. After the show we went to Country Kitchen where the staff completely ignored my drink order. This was a blessing since I didn't want anything and had only ordered out of politeness. seanorange had brought his laptop and showed everybody the video of Puppy Star Trek, which is the sort of thing that ruins political campaigns. Otherwise, the evening was a mess of relationship drama, unpleasant confrontations, and waitstaff giving us things for free. This is just how I remember Rocky Horror in 2002. I dunno if that's a good thing, but it felt like home.
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Emo Philips -- E=MO²

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From:xoshua
Date:January 23rd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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actually, i wouldn tell you that. oddly enough, back when i tried using a new HD as a slave (something i know nothing about), i couldn figure it out... so, well, long story short, there's some stuff on a HD in my puter i won't see again until i open it up and DC the newer HD and reconnect the old HD...

yeah.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I hate working with hardware. Actually, hardware is the one thing I really like about the Mac world vs. the PC world. Way the hell back when (let's say 1982 or so), Apple decided to sue anybody making unlicensed Apple hardware. I don't know if they're still doing it, but the upshot of that decision is that most Mac hardware is "official" Mac hardware that works as soon as you plug it in. Except apparently your hard drive.
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From:xoshua
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
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well, it worked fine when i plugged it in without the old hard drive, so maybe i just wasn't slaving the hard drive right... i don't know. otherwise, yeah, it's nice to be able to just put something in and have it work easily.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 23rd, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to be part of an era?

I guess?

~Sean
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From:xoshua
Date:January 23rd, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
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yes. and you don't guess... you know.

aaaaaand... i got nothin.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Well, I don't know if you're part of an era, per se, but suddenly I'm enjoying Rocky Horror more than I had been. I'm just pointing out that the last time I was enjoying things this much, the Rocky Horror social group was in turmoil. It sucked for a lot of people.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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And it wasn't until this last weekend that it really sucked for anyone, so I'd say that was a pretty good streak.

I just wish it didn't have to suck for anyone at all.

You know, after I screw up my courage a bit and memorize (with confidence) some of the zanier callbacks, I might try to infiltrate the local group here and see what kind of hell I can raise (if any). Worth a shot!

~Sean
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From:crabmoon
Date:January 23rd, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
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Tick is very angry that no one told him about Emo Phillips. But I got to hear about it. But I would like to thank you for telling me about A Wake. That's all.
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From:the_tick27
Date:January 23rd, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)

ok ok im better now

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iv taken afuew seconds and read the post and collin sead that jim only hered about it that day so no warning . and i probably would not have gone to madison in that weather any was , and on top of that i worked til 8 any way.

im sry for blowing my top at you lindz and im not really mad at colin jim or that dirty rat basterd cube
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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I'm not sure who "cube" is, but you're right. He/she/it is a total jerk.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 24th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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And a bad film.

(dude, she looks 10 kinds of pissed in that icon!)

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 24th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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Yeah... Surprisingly it has a cult following, but I hated it and am not willing to sit through it again to see if my mind changes.
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From:crabmoon
Date:January 24th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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gggrrrrrr arrrrg! I hate that icon and am 10 kinds of pissed right now.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 24th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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But THESE dials go up to eleven.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 24th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)

Re: ok ok im better now

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Do you understand now why I don't want that icon made?
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you had fun, though. I was glad we got together, and yes, you can wear the shirt sometime soon.
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From:chromwolf
Date:January 23rd, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
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I'd guess it's the whole 13h BIOS extension; think of it as a "patch" for your firmware. Basically, rather than re-writing each and every BIOS ROM (which honestly doesn't strike me as all THAT big a deal, since we're not exactly talking about something you go out and pay $60 to get on 1 DVD versus 6 CD's... It's BIOS, it's dinky), they wanted a more dynamic solution to BIOS's not supporting really large HD sizes. Depending on the HD size, the hardware on the drive itself, the controller on your motherboard (or add-on card, if you happen to have the drive hooked up to one), the creator of the BIOS, and other convoluted factors like that, is why your BIOS reports what it happens to report as the HD size, while Windows handles it just fine. It just so happens that the 13h extension is loaded after POST, is my guess.

You can probably find a better explanation than mine by doing enough searching for "Int 13h" and something like "hd sizes", but not even I cared enough to really look into it, so... :P :)
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From:seanorange
Date:January 23rd, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
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That made my head hurt.

~Sean
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From:chromwolf
Date:January 23rd, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
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HA HAAA!! The day ish mine, Trebek! You'll rue the day you croshed me!
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 23rd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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This is a perfect illustration of why I use an A+ book for reference, but probably won't be taking the test anytime soon. It's great that the world has people like you who are willing to learn and retain all this stuff, but I'm happier pressing buttons until it works.

Interestingly (and totally unrelated), this happened the last time I put in a new hard drive, but for totally different reasons. The new 250GB drive was to replace a 40GB one which I bought a few years ago. The BIOS recognized it, but Windows didn't. I gave up and let one of my roomates (the one who works for Microsoft now) look at it. He spent half an hour figuring out that my MATC-issued copy of Windows XP Professional is preconfigured to recognize only one hard disk, one floppy drive, and one CD-ROM drive. It was easy enough for him to change it once he figured it out, but it required knowledge he wouldn't have had had he not been in the habit of paying for expensive Microsoft seminars in Law Vegas.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 24th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
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He's gonna be at the suburb where I work, specifically at a place that I drive by every day on my way to work.

But St. Charles? WHY!?

~Sean
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:January 24th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
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I'm glad I helped you feel more at home?
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 24th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
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Uh, you don't have to feel glad about that, or at least, not the part that was so lousy for you.

Hey, um, not to offer and then take it back, but FYI, I'm not gonna be able to see a movie on Tuesday. I will explain later, I guess, but I still owe you a movie.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:January 24th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
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Fair enough. Are you busy Wednesday evening? I'm thinking about moving into my new place that night. If you are busy I'll probably end up bumping it to Saturday.

Let me know if either works for you
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 24th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, man. I'm gonna have to disappoint you on this. I'm busy on Wednesday night's and can't get out of it, and I'm not going to be in town this weekend. I know, I know. I'm a jerk.
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From:koriandrkitten
Date:January 24th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
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Meh its all good.
"To Colin - Please stop imitating me to get laid. Emo Philips." - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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