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"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cheeseburger rage.

So I like cheeseburgers, don't you? Most people do. I, however, like them simple. I eat out maybe once a month, but when I do I really don't enjoy getting the wrong thing.

I like a cheeseburger that's just a cheeseburger. I don't like pickles, lettuce, onions, any of that stuff. Just cheese. Simple, right? Apparently not. In the past getting one like that was sometimes difficult. Sometimes I would get onions or other crap and it really annoyed me, especially when they attempted to "fix" things by simply scraping them off the burger and giving it back.

We finally found a way to describe what we wanted that got the job done most of the time. You tell them you want "A cheese burger with JUST meat, cheese, ketchup and bread" and that seems to do the job most of  the time. It's a little long to say, but it works.

I suggest we have a universal term for such a burger. I propose we call it a "Vanilla Cheeseburger." This would be the term used at any place that serves burgers that means "meat, cheese, ketchup and bread only."

What do you think?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Is it offensive if...

Is it offensive if you speak Pig Latin to a Muslim?

Is it offensive (if you're not black, obviously) if you go black everything-but-face? I mean, what if you painted your entire body black BUT your face? Would that be offensive?

If you've had your legs amputated for some reason, would it be offensive if you went to an anime convention and cosplayed as an Iraq vet?

Is it offensive if, in a class talking about the holocaust, I remark "Those Jews did NAZI that coming!" ??

Is it offensive if I go to a funeral wearing a shirt that says "You can't spell FUNERAL without FUN!" ? Even if I'm wearing clown shoes or something else silly?

Is it offensive if I show up at the Wal-Mart checkout line with bibles, matches, gasoline, party hats and pizza the day before Easter?

These are  few things I've been wondering lately. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A word with our foreign friends...

I mean no offense to any non-Americans out there, but these are a few things I'm sick of hearing from people in other countries...

1. You type the date wrong!

Yes, in America we type month/day/year instead of day/month/year like in other countries. I'm aware that this is wrong. Every country has some things that are quirky about them, this is hardly a significant one.

2. Game prices in my country are way higher than in America! That's bullshit!

I hear this one at least once a day. Seriously. Yes, I'm aware of this. We all are. You really don't have to keep telling us. I think it's bullshit as well, but this doesn't happen for the reason you think it does.

The reason a game that might sell for, say, $60 here in the U.S. and $90 in Australia isn't because the game publishers can't work out exchange rates. It's because people in Australia are used to paying $90 so they have no reason to lower it. Greed? Yep. That's exactly it. Take this issue up with the game companies, please stop repeating it on forums and content aggregation sites.

3. That video isn't available in my country!

Here's another one I hear almost every single day on the internet. Usually when a youtube video or something similar is posted somewhere. Yes, we know. This is due to legal and licensing bullshit, not because youtube or insert your video site here hates your country. Please stop telling us this.

That being said, I don't wish to bash anyone or any country because of these annoyances, just pointing them out. I'm sure Americans have things they repeat over and over that people from other countries are sick of hearing, what are they? Leave a comment and let me know.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Corsair H100 Initial Thoughts.

Update 1: 8/20/11

My H100 is still running like a champ, I just wanted to give a small update. I've since overclocked the 1090t to 4.1ghz at a voltage of 4.45. It's perfectly stable and the temps might touch 50c while running Prime95 if it's warm in the room. I attempted 4.2ghz but it seems I've hit the ceiling of this particular chips overclocking potential as it won't run stable at that speed, even at a voltage of 1.50. The cooler still gets a 5/5 from me and I very highly recommend it so far.

My real plan for this cooler is the Bulldozer chip I plan to purchase when they're available, hopefully around Sept 19th if what I'm hearing is correct. I hadn't really planned on overclocking this chip any more but with all this extra thermal headroom, I couldn't resist. If anything changes I'll update this post again.

End update 1.

So I recently got my Corsair H100 liquid CPU cooler in and I thought I would give my initial thoughts on it. Why? Because. What? Exactly.

The H100 is the newest and beefiest of the Corsair liquid cooling units. The units are all pre-filled and maintenance free for their lifetime. Much unlike the bigger, more expensive water cooling systems you would buy and put together yourself. It sports a full size 240mm rad. It comes with two 120mm fans which seem to be very nice and push a lot of air. It only comes with the screws to mount the two 120mm fans, but it supports adding another two for a push-pull configuration. The fans plug into the water block/pump combo that you attach to the CPU mounting bracket and it has room for four fans in it. This allows you to control the fan speed of up to four fans via a button on the pump itself. It has three profiles, low, medium and high. It shows the current profile via three lights on the unit itself. It also has support for something called Corsair Link, with another light on the unit to display when that is working.

It has full support for AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+ AMD processors, along with LGA 775, 1155, 1156 and 1366 support for Intel processors. It comes pre-installed with the Intel bracket although I removed it and installed the included AMD one. It should be noted, especially because I haven't seen ANYWHERE else that I've looked mention this, that if you have an AMD CPU you will not have to remove the mounting bracket or plate from the back of the motherboard. The unit includes the bits to install it onto the existing bracket for any modern AMD socket type. You will have to do this for an Intel socket however, but it includes everything you need to do so. I'm not the best reviewer so I won't say too much else right now, other than my initial experience with it.

So how is it? Fan-fucking-tastic so far. I had some help holding the radiator in place while I screwed it in to the top of my Cooler Master HAF X case. Other than that the installation went very smoothly and quicker than I thought, perhaps because I didn't have to fiddle with the back of the motherboard as I expected I would have to. It blocks NO memory slots, which is a big plus as I find the whole idea of a CPU cooler blocking anything important to be ridiculous.

What about temps? I don't have anything scientific for you but there are a million reviews on the internet for that. But just based on my experience, here's what I've noticed... Before I was using a 92mm HDT (heatpipe direct touch) cooler from Xigmatek. I have an AMD 1090t 6 core CPU overclocked to 4ghz at 1.425000 volts. Operation would be great but running Prime95, although stable, got the CPU a little too hot after a while. The temps would rise to around 63c after about 20 minutes and I would end the program for fear of heat damage. After install the H100, I ran Prime95 again with the same settings and the H100 set to the third setting on the pump, maximum, the temps topped out running for around 20 minutes at 43-44c. About 20c cooler. Holy shit. That's hardly a scientific test, but damn, it's impressive.

What's even better is that I don't even think the fans had ramped up all the way with the temps only briefly touching 44c. I suspect this thing could handle a lot more. At about $109.99 on Newegg, I would very highly recommend the H100. The only way you could match or beat this with an air cooler is with something huge like the Noctua NH-D14 which would prevent the installation of RAM with tall heat spreaders. So, at this point, I'd say solid 5/5. If this changes, I'll let you know. But for now I'm extremely satisfied. If the H100 is too large for your case, then I would also recommend the Corsair H80 as it would have performance almost as good as the H100 and would fit in most cases with a 120mm fan slot. If you have any questions, let me know. Here are the relevant links.

Corsair H100 on Newegg.

Corsair H80 on Amazon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wonderings.

Is it appropriate to compliment someone on an exceptionally well done crucifixion by saying nailed it?

How awesome would it be to play Toss Across with the unit on the sidewalk while throwing the bean bags from the top of a skyscraper?

If someone tells you their mom had a stroke, should you ask if it was a stroke of genius or a "stroke, stroke"? I mean, at least try to be optimistic.

Wouldn't it be awesome if someone dressed up like Bugs Bunny and just wandered aimlessly around Albuquerque for hours? Maybe asked for directions a bunch of times? I think it would.

Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don't. I'm undecided on whether or not it's butter and worry about this constantly. I plan on telling this to a psychiatrist in the hopes that I'll be prescribed skittles. Do you think it would work?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Letter to Congress.

Dear Congresses.

I've been watching TV and have noticed lately a lot of troubles with your debt patio. Fox news has assured me that the liberals won't stop arguing about death panels and tax increases on the homeless and get things done, so I have an idea.

I have a pet monkey who I like to call "The Congressman" who I think would be a fine addition to your surplus deck discussions. The Congressman displays many of the same traits that you do, he sits around all day screaming at people and throwing his shit.

Once I came home and The Congressman was sitting in the sink screaming and throwing his shit, and I thought "holy shit, why is an actual elected official here in my house practicing politicing?"

It really had me fooled. It was at that moment that I realized he could be essential in the budget shortcake debates. I think he has negotiating skills far beyond what a typical congress person has displayed so far and could be a real player in our government. I'm sure he would fit in right away with everyone else there.

Pictures and audio recordings of his screeches can be provided if necessary. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why use Macs?

I never got the fascination with Macintosh computers. I really don't understand why you would choose to use one.

Yes, I know, they have a greatly reduced chance to catch a virus. They look nice, easy to use, etc. That's all well and good but I see nothing that you can do with a Mac that you can't with either Linux or Windows running a decent virus scanner.

With Windows or Linux, you get the option of buying a computer of your choice or even building your own. A common response to such ideas is that you can use bootcamp, a feature of modern Macs that allows you to install Windows and select it when you boot your system. Fine so... why not just run Windows on a pc? If you don't mind having to reboot to play your games, just run Linux and dual boot it with Windows.

I don't *hate* Macs, I just see no reason for them to exist. Windows is fully featured and runs pretty much everything. Linux is incredibly secure, extremely customizable and very easy to use depending on the distribution you install. I would highly recommend Ubuntu. My mother and grandmother had absolutely no issues using Ubuntu on a daily basis and this was many versions ago. It's likely to be far better now.

Adding the fact that a Mac will cost more than a similarly configured PC, I just don't get it.