the time that we kill keeps us alive

Original Content! By me! Review of The Sky Crawlers at The Solitary Bee.

This is one of my favourite films, and probably the only “auteur” film I actually like; I hope the fanboy doesn’t show too much.

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I’m a magician, Spencer, a furious magician

MEANWHILE IN THE L4D EXPERT LOBBY

(0v0) Brosencrantz: I NEED YOUR TEETH FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE
(0v0) Brosencrantz: YOU’VE ALREADY GOT ENOUGH APPLESAUCE
(0v0) Brosencrantz: THERE’S PLENTY OF APPLESAUCE ON YOUR PLATE
(0v0) Havokroft: I NEED YOUR TEETH FOR MY LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
(0v0) Havokroft: I LOVE YOU, SPENCER
(0v0) Default joined.
(0v0) Havokroft: I’M GOING TO SPANK YOU SILLY
(0v0) Havokroft: oh hi
(0v0) Havokroft: we were just…ah
(0v0) Havokroft: >_>
(0v0) Default: you don’t need to explain
(0v0) Brosencrantz: I’M GOING TO CUT INTEREST RATES IN HALF
(0v0) Brosencrantz: BUT I NEED YOUR TEETH

the hummel has landed

Mr Reeve has launched his new reviews-and-commentary-of-fun-stuff blog, The Solitary Bee. In his own words: Welcome to The Solitary Bee. This is a blog where I and a few others will be banging on about stuff we like, and, occasionally, stuff we don’t…

It’s currently starring, besides Reevian pieces, my Robin Hood review (slightly edited for swearing) and some proper OC should be joining it shortly. Also (as I should probably have guessed) he likes John Wyndham as much as me! /o/ \o\

http://the-solitary-bee.blogspot.com

tactile response

My new mouse arrived today!

It’s a Logitech G500, like the G9 I played with at Tom’s ages ago but with Advanced Ergonomics ™ that allow it to actually fit the human hand. This device – at the lower end of gaming mice, price-wise (£30-something) – is more gimmicky and overengineered than a WW2 superweapon. I love it.

Hilariously, it claims to have a “gaming grade laser”, and has a host of complex software features allowing you to twiddle your DPI from 1 to 5700 or something insane. It also has a set of programmable buttons, an adjustable scrollwheel and weights. The cord is actually the most surprising bit. It’s actually a cord – got a fabric exterior and bends properly, offering no resistance to your mouse-moving unlike plastic wires. If it didn’t have a USB plug at one end and £30 of laser and pretentiousness at the other I’d think it was a drawstring off someone’s hoodie.

The scrollwheel is genius – it’s got a little button which switches it from resistant, ratchety clicks for precise weapons selectin’ to frictionless smoothness for, I dunno, seamlessly synergising your paradigms on giant web pages. Besides scrolling, the scrollwheel is capable of three kinds of click.

But the weights! The weights are the most operator bit of all. They’re tiny weighted cylinders, like watch batteries, six each of 4.5 and 1.7g which come in a padded tin. You load them into this little magazine with six holes, like a flat square revolver cylinder, and slot it into the base of your mouse – and then, when you press the button I will emphatically not call a mag-release, it ejects. It actually ejects. My mouse has a spring-loaded ejection port.

The mouse is the second purchase in as many months aimed at improving my now-creaking desktop, after a nice 2gb stick of now-insanely-expensive DDR2 RAM. I’ve long gone for the cheapest possible hardware, to semi-satisfactory results, and am now realising that there is actually a reason this high end stuff exists and costs what it does. My rather expensive gaming headset is glorious, and this mouse (which I will take out for a spin after writing this) is incredibly sensitive and has none of the horrors of its £5 predecessor.

But because everything is old and creaky, everything needs a replacement. I definitely need a new graphics card (£100-150 at the level I’m looking at). And possibly, by extension, a new CPU (£60-70). And possibly, by extension, a new motherboard (£?). And possibly, by extension, a new load of DDR3 RAM (£80-90 for 4gb). And I sort of fancy a better-res monitor (£150+), possibly as a straight replacement but possibly for a fancy dual-screen setup so I can multitask while I multitask. By the time I’m done with all that I may as well have bought a completely new system from the ground up, given the only things that don’t need replacing are the case, PSU and HDDs. And if I’m doing that I may as well give it an Aperture Science casemod and a liquid nitrogen cooling system.

Because the thing about a system like mine is that it was bought so cheaply so long ago that individual new components will be held back by the old ones. But at the moment it’s really hard to justify the expense, given that I’m a shit-poor student, can’t find a job, and can anyway run everything I currently play (the cream of 2007’s offerings…) at reasonable settings.

We shall see…

drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was dry

Back in Bromingham for a couple of days, for the faculty’s Airpower Day School with Bill. Oh, and… results. I was, in case nobody had guessed, pretty worried.

20cr Making of the Contemporary World/Late Modern (panic attack in exam and near-complete lack of connection with subject matter): 24 in exam, 54 in essays, final mark 34.
20cr Analysing Everday Texts (MOMD, didn’t really like the subject, severe difficulties with essays and getting required texts): 57 final mark.
20cr Practising History (first essay the worst I’d done for Stuart, second essay written in the small hours without having actually read the books): 67 in first essay, 68 in second.
40cr War, Armed Forces & Society (great subject, reasonably satisfied with essay, less so with exam): 76 essay, 63 exam, final mark 70.
20cr Making of the Modern World/Early Modern (favourite subject, good tutors, had fun): 70 essay, 71 exam, final mark 71.

Final year mark: 61%. Upshot: 2.1 despite fucking up most things it was possible to fuck up.

I am feeling pretty optimistic about the second year.