I’ve played thousands of hours with Kenny, but he’d been missing on the server for a while. I took some time off myself, but jumped on for some Lazytown scrim and found out he had died a month or so ago. It didn’t take too much digging to figure out what happened.
Tonight was strange – catching up with old clan mates, playing Lazytown. Talking about the old pre-Q servers, Q, MAD, FSE. Mach4. Some FSE (or maybe MAD) members got married after grinding Lazy for nights on end. Watching those videos is to watch Kenny playing with the same people I’ve been playing with since TF2 came out, and for me, to wonder where all those names have gone.
When I switched to OS X all around, it was because my long-in-the-tooth gaming rig was giving up the ghost and Windows 8 sucked. I bought a top of the line MBP a few weeks ago, hoping the 755m GPU would get me some nice FPS – no dice. When I installed Windows 8 on the same hardware, I got over 10x the FPS.
In fact, I found the FPS on my year-old MBA with an anemic Intel 5000 “GPU” gets the same frame rates under OS X as the MBP with a much better CPU/GPU combo. I ended up returning the MBP because I only bought it to support the DK2, and it couldn’t do that without Windows 8.
I found a gaming rig on amazon for under a third of the price of the MBP which should run decade old games just fine. We’ll see on Tuesday, when it shows up. I was considering a Surface Pro 3, but looking at the specs I saw it had the exact same CPU and “GPU” as my year-old Macbook Air. No thanks.
I think the Convergent S220 was the first Unix-ish machine I used. Same place had a IBM Series 1 running a homegrown Unix-alike; it was the front-end for AMEX validation at the time. I had a 286 laptop running Coherent in 89 or 90; it came with a manual that was worth the full price of admission alone. I contacted the author of the manual in the mid-late 90s and told him how great it was; he seemed chuffed.
I see ICTT is still using the logo Ken Jones drew up in 86 or 87, at least as the favicon.ico.
White rock, a common gravel used for driveways in the midwest, is made from quartz, not limestone as I said earlier. Actually, I found places selling both limestone and quartz as white rock, but the samples of quartzite gravels I found had blue components, which is what I remember seeing when I grew up.
After looking at Joe’s renovations earlier today, I think instead of seeding the new driveway, a couple – four yards of aggregate should be dumped at the top of the grade and smoothed out. I know, sending coal to Newcastle, but it’s probably cheaper to import proper rocks than to make them on site.
Had once-every-two-years eye exam, found out I’m a quarter diopter worse in each eye. Begged for contacts to use with the DK2; optometrist said “you’ll hate them”, and by golly, he’s right.
Ran up to a saddle overlooking Lost Lake and Keechelus Lake on Monday – it was a nice trip. If I’d planned better (at all), I would have taken a camera.
Once you pass Ellensburg on I90, to the south, there is a complex of white barns. It used to have plastic banners in Japanese and Korean that seemed to change pretty frequently on the ends of the barns; I planned on stopping while en route to Boomershoot this year to get pictures, but the banners were gone. Always wanted a translation.
Yesterday, I noticed that they had been replaced with digital sign boards, but I didn’t notice until I was past the exit, so I couldn’t get pictures. There’s a lot of Japanese going by on the signs, though.
90% of the timothy grown around Ellensburg is exported to Japan for race horses and dairy cattle. I read this was due to a good hay salesman convincing Japanese farmers that greener is better, and of course his timothy was the greenest.
Along the same lines, I was reading a thread that asked if the IJN was a peer, superior, or inferior to the USN in WW2. Apparently, the IJN was a near peer or peer at the start of the war, but couldn’t keep up after Midway. One thing mentioned a couple times was the IJN modeled itself on the British Royal Navy, to the extent that they had bricks fired in Britain imported to build the schools in which to train sailors and officers.