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January 02, 2006

In other thoughts, distractions [updated]

Now that I have just ordered up ADSL for my dear relatives fine residence so that I can indulge myself in work and the like, I thought I might turn some thoughts to various subsidiary issues. Such as wireless routers and other distractions. It should be healthier than contemplating the two fine dark Indian girls who just walked into the cafe. I believe I should be unable to seduce anyone (never mind the JV thing) when I am barely able to speak properly without groaning. Unless they have a strange thing for cancer patients (which I suppose can't be excluded but requires more effort than I probably capable of at present).

Now then, leaving aside my obession with the Indian girls, with respect to wireless routers, does anyone have any wisdom here?

Let me, to save you any wasted electrons, note that this is a piece of equipement I will abandon when I fuck off, and my wireless needs are largely confined to emailing excel files. Wisdom with respect to good money for performance trade offs with an eye to cheapness is welcome. Else, you can post what you want and I will gleefully (to the extent I am presently capable of glee) ignore you.

Then, the other thought was finding some online hobby for when I break down and take the narcotics. I have found already that trying to work on the narcotics is not terribly sucessful. Perhaps there is something else I can do, besides blither on here. Perhaps some online gaming or something. Except online games that do not require hand-eye coord nor special equipment nor massive connexions. I recall when I was in college there were text based games. I suppose those don't exist any more, eh? Pity, I had an obsession with one once, unsurprisingly a socio-economic simulation involving cornering wheat markets, buying off officials and the like in pre-revolutionary France. (It was, I may add, a teaching device for French classes, worked brilliantly).

I would also like to note how shameful it is that a constantly nauseated, pain-wracked chemo patient is posting just about as often as the rest of you contemptible gits. Lazy bastards, the lot of you.

There, a little bit of abuse always makes me feel more cheery.

Ah well, perhaps I shall go back creepily scoping out the dark chicas. What could make their post-New Years more enjoyable? Pity I lack any kind of strength at all.

ah yes, further thoughts. Can someone explain the buying of online music to me. It rather appears places like iTunes and the like require subs and speical software, which is irritating and an inconvenience.

Posted by The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 07:30 PM
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Perhaps some online gaming or something. Except online games that do not require hand-eye coord nor special equipment nor massive connexions.

It's not really an online game but have you tried playing Civilization? I suspect it'd be right up your street.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 2, 2006 07:54 PM

Yes, although I would suspect several game generations ago. I did like that.

But I have no desire to load some massive amount of game rubbish onto my fine laptop.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 07:58 PM

I cannot recommend a USR 9106 (US Robotics) more highly. It is effectively two devices in one: ADSL modem and wireless router.

It comes preinstalled with a massive long list of ISP settings, and happily the UAE monopoly state telco was among them, meaning it could configure itself without me having to tap endless little numbers in.

Can someone explain the buying of online music to me.

Google Limewire.

I recall when I was in college there were text based games.

I used to play a text-based MUD, but it's pretty much a graveyard now. Most of those games are more about fighting monsters and going on quests and netsexing than ordering French peasants around.

The problem with today's online games is that they end up spilling over into reality, necessitating the purchasing of thousands of (real life) dollars worth of game "gold coins" via eBay and the like, so you can kit your virtual house out impressively enough to oneupman your geeky fellow e-gamers. And then you have to end up hiring a cyber-farm of bounty hunters in mainland China to help fund your quest for cyber-dominance.

Posted by: secretdubai at January 2, 2006 08:00 PM

I'm sorry, this is right up my alley and I have all sorts of suggestions but I'm laughing too hard at the moment.

$20 says you have a shitty video card anyway, which means you're not going to be playing any shooters or high-poly games...but that's fine.

I'll get back to you, still laughing.

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 08:01 PM

Okay, my first recommendation is a text-based medieval conquest/diplomacy game called Utopia (similar to the wheat speculation thing, but more about kingdom vs. kingdom and province vs. province).

I played it a few years back and smashed many kingdoms using diplomacy, threats and very little violence. Hopefully the rules and mechanics haven't changed much.

Utopia guide/rules: http://games.swirve.com/utopia/help/

Main page: http://games.swirve.com/utopia/

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 08:12 PM

Of course I have a shitty vid card, I've got a business laptop dearie.

I don't like shooter games nor other rubbish.

So laugh away. I am trying to think of ways to spend time on narcotics.

Hmm, the hot Indian girls just moved over next to me. Perhaps I can distract myself. Bit scummy but might distract me from the pain.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 08:13 PM

Well, try not to leer.

What is your laptop model?

Better yet, how much RAM do you have and how much memory does your video card have? Can find these out by going to Control Panel > System (RAM is on the General tab, Vid card is on the Hardware tab under Device Manager > Display Adapter)

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 08:17 PM

But I have no desire to load some massive amount of game rubbish onto my fine laptop.

Heh. I think I have some bad news for you . . .

Here's an option you might not have considered, a free demo forex trading account. You're not trading real money, of course -- and fake money is the only thing I'd ever dream of trading in this market.

For bonus points, you can do your trading in Arabic. I don't know if you can buy Iraqi dinar forwards, though.

http://www.fxcm.com/open-free-100k.jsp

TS

Posted by: Anonymous at January 2, 2006 08:20 PM

"Okay, my first recommendation is a text-based medieval conquest/diplomacy game called Utopia (similar to the wheat speculation thing, but more about kingdom vs. kingdom and province vs. province).. . . I played it a few years back and smashed many kingdoms using diplomacy, threats and very little violence."

Where were women like you when I was in college in the days or yore? {Weeping}, why is youth....wasted on the young.

Posted by: matthew hogan at January 2, 2006 08:32 PM

Getting into idiotic relationships with drunken fratboys, I suppose.

I'm odd, as you may have guessed. When all the other girls were fantasizing about Brad Pitt and George Clooney, I was daydreaming about Marcus Aurelius.

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 08:38 PM

I have an amazing 512 mb RAM (ha) and the vid card is ATI mobility radeon 7500. I don't see the mem on this via that tab, too lazy to look, but sure it is pitiful. Which is fine by me.

Ah yes, the laptop is an IBM T41.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 08:40 PM

Actually, that's not as bad as I thought. Will do a bit of digging, the Anon who recommended Civ to you was on the right track.

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 08:42 PM

Trading, I like that. Are there any international equities trading games? I know the US ones, but they're boring.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 08:48 PM

I hope we all realize that the forces of Dr. No are using this info to track and stalk the L via Dr. No's not so subtle female Indian hit team pair, Ms. Tan Duri and Madras Sass.

"When all the other girls were fantasizing about Brad Pitt and George Clooney, I was daydreaming about Marcus Aurelius."

In my day, Marcus Aurelius was still alive, but the hip girls went for his son Commodus and the whole gladiator shtick. Still the more thoughtful girls were the Stoic groupies, and more pliable as such, since they were already primed to handle suffering. Best recovery line: "Sorry I didn't follow up on last night, I was meditating."


Posted by: matthew hogan at January 2, 2006 08:56 PM

Well, afraid these chicas are right out. High school. Well, my excuse is that I haven't my glasses with me. Nice studious girls. Pity.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 2, 2006 09:02 PM

Well, moving away from hot Indian girls for a moment, I'm fairly sure your laptop could handle Civilization III. Civ IV, only a few months old, is much better but has much higher system requirements.

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 09:09 PM

Still the more thoughtful girls were the Stoic groupies, and more pliable as such, since they were already primed to handle suffering.

You know, being able to crack Stoic jokes is a rare talent.

Posted by: eerie at January 2, 2006 09:14 PM

i also cast my vote for civilization.

other, slightly more coordination-required games that you might take perverse pleasure in include any of the command and conquer games. as i recall, the latest was C&C: Generals where you get to choose between the americans, the chinese, and the terrorists. i, naturally, always choose the terrorists. of course, in the end the game just comes down to a war of resources. not too much strategy involved really.

E: talk nerdy to me

and

where are the girls like you in college right now? oh wait... the last girl i dated was into games etc... she turned out to be a real whack-job although the 1/2 lebanese side of her was pretty hot. so i suppose it's just a matter of finding techologically saavy females who aren't lunatics. of course then all of the other requirements, as we discussed last night, come into play. but i digress.

L: pick up one of the civilization games. you'll have fun anhilating different "races" (do they still call it that?).

Posted by: drdougfir at January 2, 2006 10:54 PM

being able to crack Stoic jokes is a rare talent

There are probably sound reasons why it's rare. Certainly no comedy club bookings have come in, but I attribute that to the fact that such places attract epicures. And it's not all that difficult, though, just skim Wikipedia.

L: pick up one of the civilization games. you'll have fun anhilating different "races" (do they still call it that?).

Apparently, not in Turkey.

Posted by: matthew hogan at January 2, 2006 11:32 PM

Europa Universalis II ( must patch ), the best historical simulator/strategy game bar none. The biggest con to it is that the learning curve is very steep.

Posted by: Tamerlane at January 3, 2006 02:45 AM

Here's one for all you quantum mechanics fans out there:

Mrs. Schrodinger:

"Erwin, what the hell did you do to the cat? The poor thing looks half-dead!"

Posted by: The Dark Avenger at January 3, 2006 02:47 AM

re: schrodinger's cat

baaaad!

Posted by: drdougfir at January 3, 2006 02:59 AM

Oh Civilisation (Sid Meier) is great fun - you can probably get the original PC versions off an abandonware site, like The Underdogs.

I'll have a root around and post back if I can find anything.

Posted by: secretdubai at January 3, 2006 07:33 AM

Mrs. Schrodinger:

"Erwin, what the hell did you do to the cat? The poor thing looks half-dead!"

Mrs S: "Erwin, Ewwin, dammit, where are you, are you reading porno again?"

"Action at a distance, baby."

Posted by: matthew hogan at January 3, 2006 04:22 PM

Posted by: Eva Luna at January 3, 2006 04:40 PM

Of course, techincally, the "half dead" business is more correct than not.....

Bad joke....

Posted by: kao_hsien_chih at January 6, 2006 03:24 AM

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