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A few notes [Jan. 24th, 2005|05:08 pm]
Darth Paradox
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet]

  • Scatterplot updated again this morning. That's my 10th on-time update in a row, kicking off week 4 of buffered comics. I feel pretty good. Buffer stands at 2 at the moment, but will hit 3 by the end of the evening.

  • Anyone going to Genericon? It'll be a good time. Those of you in the New England area with a weekend to burn and an interest in webcomics and gaming and anime, I'm looking at you.

  • Alienware tech support update: After getting them to finally send us a new CPU on Friday, yesterday we noticed that there was an unaccounted-for $600 charge on our bank account. Upon making some phone calls today, we found that the charge was made by Alienware - freezing the money as insurance against our not returning the defective CPU. A charge, incidentally, that we did not authorize (though we did authorize them keeping our credit card number for such a purpose). We haven't even gotten the CPU yet. Also, since we've got a debit account as opposed to a credit account, that wasn't just a credit card charge - it was actual money being taken out of our account. We needed that for rent. Shelly's on the phone with them right now, bitching them out for the third or fourth time in the past four days. Edit: They just hung up on her. Fuckwits.

  • Today I found out that the person I'm working with for my networking projects is also the person who's grading the other half of the papers for EECS 376. Small world? I'd thought the CS department was pretty large, anyway.

  • That is all.
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From: coldacid
2005-01-24 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'll know better than to look at Alienware for anything. Custom-built systems from friends, on the other hand...

BTW, you're going to Genericon, eh? Will you also be able to make it for AN2005?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-01-24 03:15 pm (UTC)
Nope. It's the weekend before our wedding... Last Toronto con we're attending (for a while, anyway) is Ad Astra (sf lit).
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From: coldacid
2005-01-26 11:05 am (UTC)
I should go to Ad Astra one of these days, I guess... Do they offer anything like writing courses or stuff there?

Anyway, shame that I'll be missing you in T.O. this year (since I can only afford AN at this point), but here's to a great May marrage!
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[User Picture]From: pk2317
2005-01-24 03:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know how effective it will be, but try talking to your bank/credit union about the Alienware mess. If you didn't authorize that, they shouldn't be allowed to do it, and certainly not without giving you notification of such.
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[User Picture]From: carn_carby
2005-01-24 03:28 pm (UTC)
Jesus, $600?! You should go kick their asses. >
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[User Picture]From: carn_carby
2005-01-24 03:29 pm (UTC)
Also, I read the updated Scatterplot last night. It made me giggle!
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[User Picture]From: mizufae
2005-01-24 05:23 pm (UTC)
ooooh, genericon. but it was SO LAME when i went. maybe cuz i went with my brother. but still. so. lame. but seeing you would be swell. it is being considered.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-01-24 06:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not the most exciting convention, but there's usually some nifty webcomics stuff.
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[User Picture]From: granulac
2005-01-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not completely positive I'm going yet... it depends largely on whether or not Nick can make it. And how the weather is.

Incidentally, have you heard from the con staff at all about webcomic events? I know nothing of when/what events are happening. :|
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-01-25 07:28 pm (UTC)
I posted about this to the Genericon board. The webmaster says he has a schedule and will have it up soon. I'll keep people informed on my journal...

Anyway, even if there aren't (for some stupid reason) any webcomics events, we'll make some ourselves. It'll happen.
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[User Picture]From: mizufae
2005-01-24 11:39 pm (UTC)
aaaaargh, Genericon is so *soon*! and we dont have a car up here in boston. if we had a car, and/or it wasnt this weekend, i would probably go. so, either come and pick me and ian up, or.... have fun without us. *weeping*
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-01-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah... thing is, we live 10 hours away from Genericon as it is. So, um... there there?
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[User Picture]From: kazriko
2005-01-25 01:35 pm (UTC)
$600... For a processor...

You know you spend too much on computers when. :)

My last CPU was $60 retail boxed, my next one will probably be $190 or so. But then, I usually go for the 2-3 steps-below-best mark.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-01-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, we didn't have a choice on what they're charging us. Apparently the proc retails for around $200 these days, which is one among many things that makes this whole ordeal so fucking stupid.
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[User Picture]From: kazriko
2005-01-25 07:46 pm (UTC)
Note to self: Never, EVER recommend alienware to anyone I like.
Recommend them to enemies and annoyances.
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