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September 28th, 2005
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Moving update
* Still no net access at home. Darn SBC and their inexplicable lack of DSL within a stone's throw of a college campus!

* I bought We ♥ Katamari this Monday during one of my days off.1 Yay! Katamari!

* ... But I haven't been able to play it yet because I was up for a 22-hour day on Monday getting the old house cleaned. (Weekend? What weekend?)

* I had a very odd and memorable dream shortly after moving into the new place. Which I wrote down. On my computer. Which is at home. With no net connection. I'll upload it in the indefinite future.2

* I haven't had a chance to read LJ for ... um, a while. So if there's anything going on in your life I should know about, please tell me. This whole lack of Internet thing sucks.

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1. It was labeled $29.95 at Fry's. (The game, not the day off.) This is a very good price for a game that only came out a week ago. This is also the first time that I've bought a game within a week of its release since ... uh, maybe ever. What can I say? I ♥ Katamari. I'm as excited about it as I am about "Serenity" coming out this weekend. Eeeeee!

But wait! It gets better! The clerk at Fry's couldn't scan the bar code for some reason, so typed it into the cash register manually. And despite being very clearly labeled $29.95, for some bizarre reason I got charged only $19.95. So this is not only a game I've been greatly looking forward to, it's also a CHARMED game of SUPER DISCOUNT. And yet for two days all I've been able to do is stare at the brightly colored instruction manual and absorb its coolness through osmosis.

2. Yes, I know that I've also said "I'll write up my Baycon experiences" and "I'll get that Terran Mars Project write-up done" and "I'll finish the Midnight Forest story" and for that matter "I'll update the Draconity FAQ".3 But! The work on this one is already done. Once I get Internet back, it's just a copy and paste job. And I've got this post here to remind me. Tags: Note_to_self. ;-)

3. This doesn't even include the list of posts I need to make but haven't ever made any public commitments about. Like the post about the family I helped rescue on Labor Day. But ... uh ... *cough* enough about that for the moment.

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From:xydexx
Date:September 28th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)

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I heard I ♥ Katamari has furries in it... -=)
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From:baxil
Date:September 29th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
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At this rate, I'll probably find out for sure sometime in November. ;-p

The instruction manual's a real hoot, though. It has a fox and a crocodile and a pirate doing conga lines behind the katamari!
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From:jinian
Date:September 28th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
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The price thing isn't all that surprising to me, since Katamari Damacy has always been $20. Some foolish people thought it wouldn't sell otherwise.
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From:baxil
Date:September 29th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
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The main reason I found it noteworthy was that the package was very clearly marked $29.95 in legible text, and the clerk typed the item ID number in straight from that price tag, at which point the computer gave me the lower price.

There weren't any sale notices up on the shelf, and new games don't generally get marked down like that. Obviously, something got mislabeled somewhere along the way.
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From:necama
Date:September 29th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
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You don't game shop much at fry's, do you? They routinely mark down games $10 on the first day of sales.
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From:arethinn
Date:September 28th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Like the post about the family I helped rescue on Labor Day. But ... uh ... *cough* enough about that for the moment.

Oh no you don't. You can't say a thing like that and then not go into details. *pokes the dragon with the dragon-poking stick*
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From:elynne
Date:September 28th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
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*pokes the dragon with the dragon-poking stick*

Everyone should have one of those handy. :D

Also: Terran Mars Project write-up *perk???*
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From:roaminrob
Date:September 29th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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* Still no net access at home. Darn SBC and their inexplicable lack of DSL within a stone's throw of a college campus!

I'm pretty sure we can get you guys piggy-backed off of our wifi. I would guess there's not more than about three miles between us, as the crow flies.

I've got some how-tos and such on building long-distance wifi, including one page that shows a group of hackers getting an unamplified 11Mbit wifi connection over 120 miles (!).

If you guys are willing to give it a shot, then so'm I. If we can get a connection, it would be trivial for me to tweak the firewall to let you in. We've got bandwidth to spare, too. (I made friends with the last DSL tech that was out here, so they quietly upgraded our line.)

I'll probably have some time this weekend.
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From:baxil
Date:September 29th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
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Many thanks for the offer. I don't want to cause you too much trouble, and I'm pretty sure we can get cable modem, but if you're interested in giving it a try anyway and aren't just asking for our sake ...

That sounds like a pretty awesome idea. I'm intrigued.

Immediate question: Would it require wireless cards on all computers trying to access the network, or could we set it up on a router and get my poor ancient desktops online too? (Giving us the possibility of Marathon netgames without all being in the same room ... ;))

Next question: How much equipment would collective-we need to buy? I take it this would involve, at the least, a Fry's run?
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From:roaminrob
Date:September 29th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
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It would be interesting to try. I might end up having to boost the wifi power here, and that would be the hardest part of it.

Probably what you'd want to do is set up your own router there at the house, and then hook an AirPort base station up to the router. Your wireless systems in the house would talk to the AirPort base station, which would uplink to the router, which would hop to the firewall here. It's a bit convoluted, but it solves problems with setting up a combination wired/wireless network, plus the fact that picking up the signal from the store is gonna require some special hardware. You don't want a fatty antenna hooked up to every laptop. ;-)

It might involve a Fry's run, but if it does, it would just be for a cable adapter or two, or stuff like that. I don't think it'll take anything expensive in the least.

The fun part of the project will be building the antenna. We'll either use some Chinese parabolic cookingware, or a Pringles can...

If I have to boost the wifi here, then that might kill the project, depending on your patience and whether we're doing this out of necessity or for the hack of it. (Boo, hiss.)

I want to boost our power here, anyway, and it's already on my to-do list, but it could take me a couple of days to actually do the upgrades, and I have to do some more research first.
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From:baxil
Date:September 29th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
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So, two wireless routers - one for outbound, and one for local? We may have to scrounge up a second one. As a temporary measure, if you just want to come on over and experiment, we can use the wireless router we've got as the outbound connex, and we probably have a spare hub or two we can use for a wired-only house network in the meantime.

Tell you what, let's fiddle around with things on Sunday. If we can get this to be generally reliable, or if setup is less of a pain than we're fearing, we'll run with it. If not, we can back out to cable rather than spend weeks banging our heads against this, and maybe fiddle with it little by little over the long term as a hackery thing.

So far, our biggest plans for this weekend involve sleep, house cleaning, and perhaps a screening of Serenity.
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From:roaminrob
Date:September 29th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
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So, two wireless routers - one for outbound, and one for local?

Yep.

We may have to scrounge up a second one.

You can do it with a 20 dollar PCI card and any computer with a free PCI slot and onboard ethernet. You might have to sacrifice the use of the computer that does it, but just about any ol' piece of junk will do it.

Tell you what, let's fiddle around with things on Sunday.

OK, smells like a plan to me.

'Sides, I'd like to get a wifi connection from the place in North San Juan all the way down the hill to the store (~17 miles), so this would be considered a trial run. ;-)
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From:necama
Date:September 29th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Sweet! Just remember that you are going to practically need line of sight to make this work. Hills would stop this cold.
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From:baxil
Date:September 30th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't be surprised if we have it from his shop to our house. North San Juan, not so much. There's a few ridges and the Yuba River valley in the way.
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