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Great Moments in Bachelorhood

One of the best parts about living alone is that you're the only one who has to deal with the results of your experiments. So, for example, if you're making popcorn and realise that you need to get rid of a small block of cheese (too small to put on, say, a sandwich), you can throw the cheese in with the margarine you're melting to put on the popcorn. What's the worst that could happen, hm?

I failed to anticipate differential melting points. My 11th grade chem teacher would be so ashamed of me. The butter and, apparently, the mozzarella cheese in the block of marble happily dissolved into a bubbling, seething mess that drizzled happily onto my popcorn. The cheddar, on the other hand, was left as this weird, flash-fried, crispy orange lattice structure. It all actually tasted pretty nice, it was just peculiar.

This has been a good weekend, all told. Relaxing and comfortable. I now have three to four weeks before the end of term, wherein I will have three papers to write and four final exams to prepare for. I can do this. This is plenty of time even for me. I'm not worried about school at all.

Now all I need to worry about is money, health, and remaining sane as opposed to a nervous wreck. One down, three to go. Because Oblivion continues to eat my soul, I'll leave you all with this bit of food for thought, from the Elder Scrolls universe:. The writer is a Daedra - the closest conventional analog would be a demon.

MAN'S MYSTERY

Man is mortal, and doomed to death and failure and loss.
This lies beyond our comprehension - why do you not despair?

-Spirit of the Daedra, courtesy of The Imperial Library.

-D.

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fairyrune
Mar. 27th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Next time, grate the cheese, and sprinkle it over the hot popcorn.
paleshadow
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
If only I remembered where I (or, more accurately, my mother and her ex-boyfriend) put my cheese grater. Bah! Moving sucks. :)

Still, thanks for the advice!

-D.
chantillary
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oblivion AI
So, Chigbo, you ever feel like this in Oblivion?

After fireballing the Emperor a few too many times in the intro/tutorial section I can agree totally with it.

What i would really like is some way to remap the keys used so I could have pretty much everything needed just within my reach. Say, like on the numeric keypad. Cause it really slows my gameplay down trying to walk (finger on the W key) and cast (finger on the C key) at the same time. The ability to remap the 1, 2, and 3 keys (which I use for weapon swapping) to the /, *, and - keys on the keypad would make my life incomparably easier. I could then use the mouse as a left handed looking device with the R and LMBs swapped. :)

Maybe I'll take a look at the TES4 construction Kit to see if there's something in there that can be used for re-keymapping. :)

William
paleshadow
Mar. 27th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
Lord, I feel like that all the time. I'm sometimes glad the ally AI is so suicidal, because the longer they're alive, the longer they're in my way and forcing my mage to either close to melee or give up carefulness and just fry the lot of them.

As for the control difficulty - isn't there a keymapping page in the configuration, and doesn't it work for you? I mapped my middle-mouse button to cast spells in order to solve the same difficulty you talk about, so I can now move with the keyboard, and aim and fight with the mouse.

-D.
chantillary
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
Could be there. I'll have to look for it, given that I've got an 8 button mouse.

I didn't muck about with many of the settings mainly because my CPU is so far below spec (I'd need a mobo and CPU upgrade just to make it to the appropriate minimum specs). :)
paleshadow
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
And you were chiding _me_. :P At least I meet minimum system requirements.

-D.
bob13
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
Whaddya mean, "below spec"? The minreq is a 2Ghz P4, and IIRC you're a Sempron 2800+ or better?
Now, maybe we need to upgrade your weak-ass video card, but that's another discussion entirely...
chantillary
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
yeah. And a Sempron 2800+ runs at 1.6Ghz, not at 2.8Ghz

And an ATI Radeon 9550 256Mb ain't all that week a video card. At least I can manage to log onto WoW and play for more than a half hour before my system overheats. :P

BTW, would you happen to have a VGA F2F connector laying about? I want to hook up my 17" CRT again, but the cabling's not quite long enough to easily reach (and since I've got that spare M2M cable from buying my flatscreen monitor, I thought...).
bob13
Mar. 28th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Oblivion AI
Bahhhhh... the /clock speed/ on a 2800+ may be 1.6Ghz, but it's processing instructions with the same power as an Intel P4 2.8Ghz... hence the 2800+ moniker. Remove a little marketing FUD, and you can safely assume your system will perform the same as or better than a 2.5Ghz P4.

Come on, it harkens back to the old Cyrix days. :)

And I'm cleaning out, giving away, tossing, and otherwise thinning my huge piles of computer stuff... so if I come across one I'm not using, I'll set it aside for you.
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