Bright Eyes

I saw a Bright Eyes concert yesterday and it was awesome. Most of the songs played were off of their latest album, Cassadaga, but some were older. It was at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, which I expected to be large, but it wasn’t that big at all. Me and Corey stood the whole time, we heard most of the opening band’s performance and then waited on our tippy toes to see Bright Eyes take the stage and when they did the place went wild. There was a video behind the band playing in sync with each song which had hands doing random actions, such as finger painting with food dye, flattening flowers with a rolling pin, and scribbling with coloured pencils and then drawing a heart over the scribbles only to tear it apart and scribble all over again. For someone who has never seen a music video like Bowl of Oranges it would have seemed really weird, but for a fan of them it wasn’t that unexpected, just cool and amusing. Conor Oberst jogged the stage toward the end of each song so even though it was a standing show most people got a good view of him at one point or another.

I need to go to more concerts. 🙂

Feisty Fawn and a LAN

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) was released on April 19th, 2007. As you can probably guess, I’m running it now and it’s good. The first thing noticed is the increased boot speed, it gets faster with each version. I’m finally running 64-bit with no problems, I even have plugins running on a 32-bit firefox thanks to a guide on Ubuntu Forums.

I switched to the Listen music player after I noticed that Rhythmbox had created huge XML files to use as song info databases and it listed a large amount of files to “ignore” that weren’t even in my music directory. It looked was worse than an iTunes database to me. Listen has .db files that are small and non-intrusive. I also like that Listen has Last.fm, Wikipedia, and access to lyrics built into it, I commonly use them when I find a great song.

At the LAN Party we played some Unreal Tournament GOTY, UT2K4, Tremulous, DPBall 2, and World of Padman.

The Setup The Toms
Oh Snap! Smiley
Smiley Spook
Spook typing on a distant computer Crash and a movie, 300

Danger To Teh Motherboard!

The past weekend I had a hardware meltdown, literally. I had recently moved my computer from the floor to up on the desk since I switched to a larger desk, this was neat because I could check the CPU temp right there, USB ports were more easily accessible, and I could actually see through the clear side-panel on my case. Why leave it on the floor when you can see in it?

I had just joined a game of tremulous and I saw a yellow light in my case, I look over at it and there’s a flame at least 5 inches high. I actually managed to exit the game and shut-down my computer from the menu despite freaking out that there was a fire in my computer, which is in my room. After the fire was out the computer still managed to function enough to properly turn off, but I didn’t want to risk anything so I opened it up. The motherboard was burned pretty bad next to where the FireWire was, it was filled with dust puppies, and there were marks from the flame on my PCI card and PCI expansion slots. I ended up picking up a new motherboard which has been working fine so far.

The new motherboard is a Biostar GeForce 6100-M9, I haven’t messed with the onboard video yet, only my GeForce 7900GT, but I plan on testing out the onboard chipset since they took the time to put it in the name of the model. 😛 On the new motherboard I had to disable AMD’s Cool’n’Quiet in the BIOS, I had booted it up and noticed that my CPU was only at 1GHz when it runs 2.2GHz stock, the default settings had Cool’n’Quiet enabled, which underclocked my CPU.

Dust Puppies FireWire
Burns TV-Tuner
Before, old mobo After, new mobo