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Celebrity Deathmatch

Posted on 2008.06.09 at 23:30
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Streisand - Guilty Pleasures

Putting the HOME back in Home Office, I finally cleaned out all the clutter, pulled everything out of the office, swung the rack around, replaced my wife's CRT with a 15.5" widescreen LCD, replaced her Mac Mini with the PowerMac G4 (seems 2GB of RAM when paired with dual-500MHz procs outperforms a single 1.42GHz proc when running only 256MB of RAM) and - horror of horrors - hung up some art! This new arrangement - utilizing the bay - has completely freed up my two good walls (those without doors, windows, or...architecture in the way. My office is in a turret.) The first time schpydurx walked into it, he was amazed at how small it was. Thought I'd actually taken the pictures in such a way to minimize its true cavernous nature. As if! Most people try odd angles and wide lenses to make room appear LARGER, not the other way around. And only because you people constantly beg me to upload more pictures of my desk, et al, here are two shots:

And its upgrade time! My wife is finally at the point where she's ready for an iPod, and I want to start her off slowly, with an entry model. Simultaneously, I'm ready to push past the 240-song barrier. Ergo, I'll be purchasing myself a shiny new 2GB Shuffle and relinquishing my 1GB to her. Since her iTunes is set to use my shared library, I'll have to set her up a profile on my XP box (using iTunes with XP is a lot like using Windows and its horrific) and only because I want to be able to differentiate between the two at a glance...*sigh* I'll likely get one in a color. I'm sure going to miss my silver, nondescript iPod.

I have become emotionally attached to Redwoods. This disc has been my co-pilot every day in the car, caused me to seek out and purchase the movie Pleasantville (which I watched on repeat while I was bedridden) and listen to its score daily when I'm NOT in the car. Real Rain being my new favorite track, as the joy, rather than the gravity of what is taking place is experienced on Lover's Lane culminates into what is initially fear at previously nonexistent rain begins to fall from the sky and our protagonist publicly embraces to show its wonder as Newman leads into a thirty-second hint of Murals but with much more feeling. I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Its been near triple-digits here for a couple of weeks, but was in the mid-sixties when I left work this evening; refreshingly cool and invigorating! I drove home with my windows down, drinking in the medicinally cool weather. God, I love Texas.

Finally, would you please let me know which of these you think I should rid myself of? I mocked everyone last time because surely I'm capable of making my own decisions - but now that I'm full up, I beg of you, cull me: http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=ehowton


Here in Sydney it is...
zaitsman at 2008-06-10 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
Macs suck, pal.
ehowton at 2008-06-10 04:41 (UTC) (Link)
Well reasoned. I'll have to give your words some thought. But as a career UNIX administrator, I'm likely going to end up disagreeing with your logic.
photogoot at 2008-06-10 04:59 (UTC) (Link)

My Ax List...

Can't we all just get along?

I mean your a man baby, lets act it!

WTF anyway?

Is this an out of work Porn Star? Lighten up on the mustache friend.

Harry Potter is so last year...

Either black or mirrored, there is just no room for red tinted sunglasses in a man's life. Yellow is only acceptable if you are at the shooting range. ;-)
ehowton at 2008-06-10 05:09 (UTC) (Link)

Re: My Ax List...

I hate you.

I just realized you're probably the wrong person to ask any of these types of questions to. I mean, I'm surprised you knew that my avatar of Dumbledore had anything at all to do with Harry Potter.

This is why I forgive you. You know not what you do. You don't realize that you trampled on Simon of Firefly and Serenity fame, nor that I absolutely fell in love with Stardust which I've chosen to be represented here in Captain Shakespeare (I wonder if you even know the actor's name who played him)!

Perhaps this was a bad idea.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2008-06-10 05:37 (UTC) (Link)
Kroenen - Hellboy is the better pic.
Challenger - how many portraits do you need?
Return of the King - Orlando Bloom? c'mon.
Transformers - please no.
Pilzner Urquell ("Bitburger"!?!?)
Frylock - you don't seem to use it.
Dumbledore - crummy picture.
UK - you don't use it.
German flag - ditto.
Eric Capitol - ya ain't there any more.
Skoal - ick, and bizarre.
Camera Front - stick with Camera Side.
Mr. Incredible - meh.
The Saint - meh.
Cobalt - bleh.
ehowton at 2008-06-10 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Yes, very valid. All of them. And thank you for the feedback on Kroenen. I'd made a handful of them and without the gentle guidance of melancthe I wouldn't have ended up with the Hellboy one.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-06-10 06:07 (UTC) (Link)
Cobalt: Boring.
Blues Brothers: You never use it.
Bloodletting: I don't like the cropping and the colouring. Might be nice with a slightly different look, though.
Delta Flyer: Boring.
Starcraft: I never see you use it.
U-Haul: Boring.
Rave: Boring. Could be more interesting with some tweaking, though?
Contractor: Also boring. Needs interesting colouring or tweaking.
Transformers: Ditto boring. NEEDS MOAR TRANSFORMING.
Retarded: THAT FREAKS ME OUT. Also, if I never see that person's face (or part thereof) again, it'll still be too soon for me.
Kroenen: Not way keen on the cropping, and I don't like the excessive brightness in some parts of it.
ehowton at 2008-06-10 12:10 (UTC) (Link)


Q: How do you make a U-Haul less boring?
A: Make it FLY!

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ehowton at 2008-06-10 12:03 (UTC) (Link)
I have a friend who's wife ran out on him and I mentioned he still had a picture of the two of them as a header image. "I didn't stop loving my wife, dude." He replied.

schpydurx is going through a tough time right now, after having recently succumbed to jealousy and rage. And while that sucks for him, I didn't immediately stop liking him, dude. I'm just giving him a wide berth right now, letting him deal with his issues without tempting any flare-ups.
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galinda822 at 2008-06-10 13:26 (UTC) (Link)
Your office looks very nice! Aren't flat panels nice?!

Avatars to clean out - IMHO:
Eric Bulletooth - you look so mean.
Delta Flyer - when have you used this?
Grizzly - no more scooby for you!
Frylock - freaky.
EMO - freaks me out.
Retarded - freaks EVERYONE out.
Return of the King - you can't see Orlando's face. :(

There's my 2 cents.

Edited at 2008-06-10 01:26 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2008-06-10 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
THANK YOU! I was hoping to get consensus, and it seems to be going that direction. I'm glad you like the office, its turning into a nice place to be.
heybishop at 2008-06-10 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
That's a terrific work space!
ehowton at 2008-06-10 19:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Its a work in progress but I'm very pleased with this iteration.
wardlejew at 2008-06-10 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
Now you need to go wireless. I have wireless keyboard, mouse, and stereo headset. I love it. I can step away from the machine without ripping my ears off.

I am anxiously awaiting Redwoods!!!

It may reach 60 here today. Wind speed is half the temperature too. Tee ball will be fun tonight.

I think you know which images I'd love to see go by the wayside.

ehowton at 2008-06-10 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
Wireless annoys me to no end. I require instant responsiveness when I begin typing - and that requires lots of batteries. I zip-tied all the cables to the desk, it looks nice. Besides, I have to purchase a new Apple keyboard about once a year, and going wireless would greatly increase the cost of that - yikes!

As far as the avatar, yes, I can guess. You and everyone else. I actually forgot that was one there, and now feel like a big dummy. Ah well, live and learn, and thank you for your input!
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photogoot at 2008-06-10 22:29 (UTC) (Link)

There is another option...

Here is a way you can have a silver upgrade and still differentiate between the two.

ehowton at 2008-06-10 22:33 (UTC) (Link)

Re: There is another option...

Had I only a Nano instead of the Shuffle, as pictured in my avatar here. (And I did purchase a silver one. Story on my next entry!)
irulan_amy at 2008-06-11 03:06 (UTC) (Link)
I like the workspace! You guys have sexy monitors.

Icons to cut:
Sarah Conner

Just because. (this is why I lose at all debates by the way). :)
ehowton at 2008-06-11 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
This is good stuff - when I see the same ones over and over I know its time to let them go - thanks! And yeah, moving her to a flat panel = great move!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-06-11 04:55 (UTC) (Link)
Keep the Delta Flyer, Fuck anyone who doesn't like it!!! It's BAD ASS, that's why i have it on my Christmas tree every year.

It's true you don't use Sarah Connor any more.

The Saint can go but keep Mr. Incredible.

The U-haul can definitely go. I never want to see another one of those again.

Frylock, who cares. I've never seen you use it.

Discreet, why has no one called you on this you perv , they must be hypocrites.

I made a Lewboski comment to you the other day and got no response. I was watching it at the time.

Emo is kinda freaky

Why do you need an avatar of the carrot eater, you don't have one of me and don't say Mathasar counts either.

That is all.

End transmission.

ehowton at 2008-06-11 11:35 (UTC) (Link)
Why do you need an avatar of the carrot eater, you don't have one of me and don't say Mathasar counts either.

That's hysterical dude.
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