September 11th, 2005

女暗部 - Kesshin

More villainy and beer theft.

 

So Jan disappeared sometime yesterday, leaving his dirty dishes behind as usual. He came back around 3:30 AM, I was still awake. Through the door of my room, he told me he was having several people over for a nachspiel and that it was okay with Harriet (which I seriously doubt).

My beer in the fridge? Did not survive.

It is impossible to get beer on a sunday, and no beer is sold tomorrow as it's election day. I bought that beer specifically to drink tomorrow, because I remember wanting beer after I had voted last time there was an election, and not being able to. I thought I'd say "screw you" to inconvenient rules, and drink beer on the election day.

I should have just gotten out of bed right there and then and removed my beer, but I was dead tired.

So I talked to the dregs downstairs, Jan and a friend, and demanded my beer. They thought it possible and said they'd get me a replacement for the pint can of Lysholmer Double Ice (common beer), but of course they can't do anything about that Russian beer I got at Vinmonopolet until Tuesday at the earliest, I guess.

I'm betting I never see any beer at all, at least not by the time I want it.

If only everyone was asleep and sprawled all over the place, I could take incriminating photos.

Jan and his friend are both visibly stoned; instead of trying to shift the blame onto me for leaving my beer in the fridge, he's all "chill, we'll work it out" - ha. He should smoke less tobacco and more weed.

Don't tell anyone, but I have one bottle of beer I didn't put in the fridge. Something Belgian (I think) that I've never tried before. So there! I am going to drink beer on the election day. Going to hide it behind all my food in the fridge once the villain of the story leaves.

Oh yeah, and they were loud, playing their techno/trance music completely devoid of any melody, the kind you have to be stoned to enjoy (at least that's my assumption. I've never been stoned). I had to use my earplugs, but I could still hear some, not to mention feel the vibrations.

Did manage to fall asleep at one point, because I dreamt I went downstairs to check on my beer, and saw my can opened (and in the villain's hand), but in my dream my Russian beer had proven too exotic for them and had been spared.

Could I report them to the police for theft? Do they even care about petty theft of two beers?

ETA: Incriminating photos. ^_^
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Type dirty to me

It's never easy.

 

So I want to start playing FFXI. Lorelai can't handle it (doesn't even meet the minimum requirement), so I've installed windows (2000) on Matsuri, my dear 1.7GHz P4.

Oh boy, the issues I've had so far. Had to change the NIC because I'd get an error during the driver installation for the gigabit card that worked just fine under linux. So I exchanged it for my spare card. Had  to download the drivers. Getting the correct video card drivers was a pain as well, but I've got them now. Things are looking okay.

But I can't get the onboard sound to work. It's enabled in bios, but seems to require drivers that apparently do not exist on the internet.
I tried running the FFXI benchmark and it didn't even start. I hope that's because I have no audio device, and not some flaw on my video card's side.

I'm also running on an hour or so of sleep, and no food save a couple of bananas.
女暗部 - bewilderment / distress

well, so much for that dream.

 

FFXI benchmark ran once I had installed the latest DirectX version. I had expected Matsuri to score better..

LorelaiMatsuri
Low-res642844
Hi-res624633


So no go.
And I still can't get the onboard sound to work on Matsuri. May have to buy a sound card.
More ram will certainly help, but ram isn't cheap.
I'm a bit loath to invest (money I don't have at that) in upgrades.. The CPU can't be upgraded without a new motherboard, and a new motherboard means I have to buy DDR-ram, which I'd love to buy but really, I can't afford it.

Oh yeah, and I installed Morrowind on Matsuri - it complained that it couldn't play sound and just quit, so I didn't even get to see how well (or badly) the game runs.

I want to build a new computer.