All Geek to Me

May 18, 2009

Fifty and Beyond

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 4:52 am

It has been several weeks since I posted about my adventures in Lord of the Rings Online. I have still been playing and progressing, just not been writing about it. This is a catchup post for the last month or so.

My dwarf is now level 53. He has acquired a pony which allows him to ride across Middle Earth more rapidly. He has seen The Fellowship of the Ring depart from Rivendell. He has then followed their path clearing up signs of their passage; it is not all heroic activities. He helped a group of dwarves who had launched an expedition to enter Moria; driving the lurker in the water away so that Durin’s gate is now safe to approach. He was told the story of Moria’s fall, which involved me playing the part of a dwarf present when the Balrog was woken. Fortunately, I was not expected to fight this monster, just escape.

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I have also found Bill the Pony, left outside Moria by the Fellowship. I helped the pony by fending off wolf attacks until it was safely on the road back to Bree.

My dwarf has yet to really explore Moria, as he has been finishing up quests elsewhere in the vast land of Middle Earth. However, I did peek inside the great halls

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May 13, 2009

To Boldly Go

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:31 am

Forty years after the original show finished, thirty years after it first appeared in the cinemas, and four years after the last TV show ended – Star Trek is back. The new movie tells the story of how Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew met.  We saw the film in Imax at the local cinema. It was a thoroughly enjoyable film in its own right, and with enough references to satisfy a Trek fan. It does break the odd numbered rule of Trek films; it is the eleventh and so should be terrible, but I can forgive it that transgression of Star Trek tradition.

The cast convinced as younger versions of those well known characters. Simon Pegg even seems to be doing a Scottish accent almost as terrible as the original Scotty. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, has his recreation of the role held up for especially close examination as Leonard Nimoy appears in the movie as Spock returned from the future. 

I hope George Lucas watches this film and  sees how to make a prequel without ruining the franchise. I look forward to further movies in this newly restarted series.

May 11, 2009

Size Matters

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:23 am

My wife was down in Southern California over the last weekend, to attend a funeral and to take her mother out for Brunch on Mother’s Day.  She rang to say that she had seen a great HP PC monitor in Best Buy and that I should go to our local store and see if they had the same deal. I drove the ten minutes to our nearest Best Buy. I did find the screen at first, but on asking in store I was shown that the HP screens were not in the same place as those by other manufacturers. The screen was indeed a great combination of quality display, size, and price. I took the last unit and for some odd reason the price rung up at the till was $30 less than the already good price on the sticker, so under $300 for a 24 inch Widescreen monitor with a 1920×1200 resolution . The screen will also rotate to portrait mode.

The only problem was that when I arrived home I realised that the only cable that came with the unit was a VGA cable. The graphics card on my PC has two DVI outputs. There were no DVI inputs on the new screen, so I could not use the cable from my old screen. I had to drive back to the store and buy a DVI to HDMI cable. The staff were actually helpful, suggesting that option over a VGA to DVI cable and showing me the near hidden cables that were half the price of their prominently displayed premium brands. Once that issue was resolved, I was able to connect it, reset my default resolution for Windows and I now have a lot more screen real estate.

May 4, 2009

Star Wars Day

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 9:07 am

Today is Star Wars day.
May the Fourth be with you.

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