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And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife...

Posted on 2008.02.07 at 01:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Dead Can Dance - Aion
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And you may ask yourself, "Well...how did I get here?"

I drink a very specific brand of beer. Pilsner Urquel. So does my wife. She also drinks my Scotch and smokes my cigars! Yes, I'm lucky to have a woman who, in a lot of ways, is just like me. But since she's started blogging, and become active on the forum, she's been hogging my computer! Hrm, maybe I could get her to start troubleshooting them as well? So something had to give, despite the fact there was nothing more to give. We were using drax0r's iBook, and last week I brought my uber-laptop home, but I usually leave it at work during the week. So...I pulled the new, yet-to-be-rebuilt mini from my KVM and plugged her in. Its like she's on crack.

Yeah its tight quarters, but at least we're together in the evenings.

My boy bought close to $200 of the 600+ piece LEGO sets on clearance with his birthday money. We stayed up way past his bedtime putting some new stuff together. He doesn't need me anymore - following the directions he's been able to get stuff together all on his own these last few weeks. He likes me there nonetheless, so I sit and build boring things like fantastical troop transports and cargo aircraft. They do seems to come in handy when we its the good guys against the bad guys, and there's always a good vs. evil struggle in every game we play. Since he was a toddler, I told him evil never triumphs over good. Now that he's older, and wants to win, I get to be the bad guy (or, since today we were playing with Star Wars LEGOS) he explained I would be on the Dark Side.

That's me boy.

When he was but a baby, celtmanx gave him a toddler's X-Wing fighter play set and Millennium Falcon. He loves those toys. And just about every hour of every day, he has some ethical/semantical/hierarchical question concerning the Star Wars universe. And while I appreciate the insight, its hard to explain to an eight-year old that when governments become tyrannical, they're no longer the "good guys" and those who would be known today as "terrorists" are worth rooting for.

Where did all this get so fucked up?


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-02-07 07:01 (UTC) (Link)
Good God man! Do you ever do anything besides post on LJ?
ehowton at 2008-02-07 07:05 (UTC) (Link)
I generally don't post more than once a day, nor less than once a week. Thank you for the opportunity to articulate my blogging pattern?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-02-07 07:05 (UTC) (Link)
and those who would be known today as "terrorists" are worth rooting for.
Please tell me that there's a word missing from that sentance or that you aren't referring to suicide bombers in the Middle East or we're through.
ehowton at 2008-02-07 07:09 (UTC) (Link)
You're going to be knifed in the back someday very soon. I'm going to give you a choice I want you to think very hard about. Either sit down, and watch all six episodes of Star Wars, or keep your fucking mouth shut.

Is that clear?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-02-07 07:19 (UTC) (Link)
I've used up all of my avatar space. Can you help me out?
ehowton at 2008-02-07 07:23 (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely! I have a short list of the ones I think you should delete.
Nick Dangerous
nickdangerous at 2008-02-07 12:46 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but who gets the bigger monitor? ;)
ehowton at 2008-02-07 15:04 (UTC) (Link)
The NEC FE2111SB MultiSyncis the pinnacle of the CRT 'flat aperture grill' deisgn. They're still setting records for refresh and clarity (engineers & gamers still prefer them over LCD) and its whopping 1920x1440 resolution @ 76MHz remains sharp, clear, and fast throughout. It has multiple "Bright Modes" for movie watching and the best white-balance on the market still today. It shows up in Maximum PC's "Best Of" category year after year. It was $600 dollars when purchased in 2005 and still retails for $200 today.

And I'd trade it today for a $100 HP 19" Flat Panel Display!
mr_dowg at 2008-02-07 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
I remember a time when we had two computers that close together. it was always funny seeing us both sitting that close together.....side by side.....and we would still message each other on yahoo messenger, lol. I guess we have just upgraded to sitting next to each other in our comfy chairs with laptops :D

I think that it is great that G knows so much about Star Wars.....but....I can definitely understand how it would be hard to explain to an 8 y.o. the complexities of the Rebel Alliance vs the Imperial Army and how the "terrorists" can actually be the good guys in that aspect.
ehowton at 2008-02-07 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
drax0r have spent a large portion of our 8-years together that close. Its a gift...and a curse.
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ehowton at 2008-02-07 20:14 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and now you can build bio-diesel machines. Perhaps my son will follow a similar path and become an engineer of sorts?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-02-07 23:39 (UTC) (Link)
Do you want to borrow my Devlin 650 for Lady Howton?
ehowton at 2008-02-07 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what that means.
irulan_amy at 2008-02-08 04:02 (UTC) (Link)
I love the side by side computers.

Aahh, how I miss my bucket of Legos. I never built complex things, but I sure had fun. And my grandma always built stuff with me.

You are the Dark Side. ;)

Also - is Star Wars Legos fun? The games look way cute.
ehowton at 2008-02-10 05:11 (UTC) (Link)

Here's a shot I took with my new camera "Super Macro" mode. We have a lot of fun with them - but I didn't know much about the game; he played it a lot in STL at his friends house but got them himself for his birthday earlier this month. So...to answer your question I watched him play. I want one too! It looked sooooo cool. You're a little lego guy (like in the picture) running around trying to complete tasks. Every so often you find a pile of lego bricks and have to use "The Force" to assemble them, oh and the music! Scenes and tracks straight from the movies. It looked like a lot of fun.
galinda822 at 2008-02-09 00:53 (UTC) (Link)
Does anyone remember Lincoln Logs?

That's what my brother and I got instead of Legos. But than again, I'm not even sure Legos were around when we were kids.

Hmmm! Feeling really old now.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-02-09 04:22 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I used to build bases with them for my Rebel Alliance Star Wars troops!!!
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