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Who Needs a Laptop?

Posted on September 25, 2005 by under Toys.    

File this under neat gadgets and gizmos. Who needs a laptop when you can browse the web using your PSP?

Brian is totally thrilled because now he can play Ogame anywhere he goes. If I have ever given the impression that I didn’t think PSPs were cool before, I hereby rescind my stance. The whole idea of the web on your PSP rocks! It will totally phase out magazine racks in bathrooms the world over!

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Just Follow Instructions

Posted on September 25, 2005 by under Life.    

Okay, I just have to get this off my chest because this incident makes me proud to be a woman. Guys are just stupid, stupid, stupid. They would be smart if they just learned to follow instructions. Anyway, so the router dies and I’m mad because this means we have to spend money to buy a replacement. I send Brian to the store to buy a router. I tell him specifically, I want a Linksys router. I want the exact same one that we have. I know I’m being too specific, but I’m familiar with setting up this one (as far as port forwarding for the live cam goes and I don’t want to mess with learning how to set it up on a different router). It will be far more convenient for me if he gets the same one, so that is why I asked for it specifically. He said he could get it from Wal-Mart. It was late, around midnight, and I figured that it’s a pretty simple task so I left it up to him. Fast forward to this morning. I wake up a little before nine o’clock. I go, “How did it go last night?” He goes, “I just went to bed, I can’t get it to work. We’ll call dad later.” This baffles me because this shit is plug and play. It’s so simple, Logan could do it! So since he wants to get some more sleep I go, “Is the shit plugged in? If so, I’m going to go work on it.” So I go to office and start checking it out. Guess what. He bought a hub. I sent him to the store to get a router and he comes home with a freaking hub! Okay, so granted he got the Linksys part right, but it’s a freaking hub! I said I wanted a router dammit! I return to the bedroom fuming. I’m thinking no wonder he spent several hours trying to get it to work and still couldn’t. “What possessed you to buy a hub? You need to go back to the store and exchange it for a router!” I demanded. “Okay, but I just got to bed. I’ve only had three hours of sleep. Wake me up in a little bit.” I’m upset, but there is no point arguing with someone who isn’t even awake so I let him be. Deep down, though, I’m thinking it’s not my fault you spent all night trying to get the stupid hub to work. It wasn’t my idea to buy a hub. Had you bought a router, the shit would’ve worked and you wouldn’t have had to stay up. It’s not my fault you didn’t get any sleep. I felt that he should go to the store get the stupid hub exchanged pronto, but the guy is asleep. What can you do? So I went to the family room, blogged through my phone (which I love by the way) and masturbated. Yeah, sexual gratification is my solution to everything. I’m so glad I’m not a drug addict. I’d be so cracked out all the time. At least if you’re high on orgasms it doesn’t show up on urine or blood tests. It’s all natural. But I digress… Shall we continue? Around noon I returned to the bedroom to wake Brian up. “Okay, time to go to the store,” I tell him. Still disoriented he goes, “What? What’s happening?” I tell him again what he needs to do and he replies, “Okay, give me a minute to wake up.” A few minutes later, after much pouting and whining from me, he reluctantly gets dressed. Fast forward to him returning from the store with a router. It looks identical to the one we had before. So far so good. I read the box for confirmation, “Cable/DSL Router.” Eureka! We’re in business! We go to the office, plug the shit in. Immediately it starts working. Beautiful! He’s got internet. I’ve got internet. He tried accessing the Excel checkbook register which is on my computer and he was able to open it without any problems. Home network is back. Everything seemed to be working again. There was only one last thing: the live cam. Went to the port forwarding section. I found my bookmark no longer worked, it’s now forwarding.htm instead of forwarding.html, but everything else still pretty much looked or warked the same way. See, this is why it’s important to stick with the things that you are familiar with. Who wants to waste their time configuring shit? Anyway, the live cam didn’t work right away. I actually had to go to the Dynamic DNS website to modify my IP address because it had changed in the interim. Our high-speed internet provider doesn’t assign static IP addresses unless you’ve got a business account. I don’t really need a business account as long as I’ve got Dynamic DNS. After that, everything worked. All of that took about five minutes. No one had to stay up late. No one had to call tech support. No one had to spend five hours jacking with the stupid equipment. So let this be a lesson learned to all you men out there: Just follow the god damn instructions!

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Ogame Players on Flickr

Posted on September 24, 2005 by under Games.    

Just when I decide to quit playing Ogame, I find other players on Flickr. Mostly foreign folks. I don’t know of anyone else that plays Ogame locally other than the guys at Cable Mafia, the alliance I first started out with. They took really good care of me when I was first starting out.

I left the alliance before I hit 60000 points but I was quickly rising in the ranks. I started out a henchman, then became a hitman and then Attila promoted me to snitch. It was fun to watch others advance within the alliance and also in the game. The camaraderie was out of this world. I thought so, anyway.

Brian thought otherwise and decided to split. He formed his own alliance, Mercenenary Inc, which I joined within hours of its formation. You gotta support your husband, you know?

At first it was a fledgling alliance that just consisted of Brian, his dad and myself. Soon others joined. We had a total of 14 people when I left.

Anyway, I was Brian’s biggest hitter at around 60000 plus points. He was next with half the points I had. I think what devastated him most about my decision to quit playing Ogame is now the alliance has dropped significantly in the rankings.

Brian is convinced that I will eventually return to the game. I’m prety sure I’m done, though. I’m ready to move on to the next thing.

The only sad thing is now I’m finding other players on Flickr, who I had no idea existed until now. We could’ve started an Ogame Flickr group or something. Granted most of them are not American but diversity is what it’s all about. You have to allign yourself with other alliances (though, surprisingly, there are lots of people in the top ten that are not members of any alliance). You have to team up to succeed. It could’ve been really huge!

It’s too late now, though. I’ve already declared my resignation. Bummer, huh?

P.S. I just found out that there are lots of bloggers playing Ogame, also. Thanks to the new Blogger search feature. I haven’t tried Technorati yet, but I’m sure there are many other players out there in the blogosphere.

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Trip to the Zoo

Posted on September 24, 2005 by under Life.    

We went to the zoo today and took 150 pictures!  I would’ve taken more but the camera ran out of battery.  I really need to invest in a backup battery, but then the beauty of my little SD10 is that it’s little and I can take it with me anywhere without taking up too much room.  If I get a backup battery, then I’ll actually need to find a purse or another pocket (at least) to put it in.

Anyway, I’ll spare you the 150 pictures.  Some of them are kind of boring anyway.  I posted a good selection on Flickr.  Just follow this link if you want to see them.

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Protected: Lack of Endurance

Posted on September 24, 2005 by under Sex.    

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