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Dr. Doktor versus the Red Tape(worm)
I did 5 laps around the airport trying to avoid parking while picking up aetrix9. I'm fairly certain that I spent more in gas than I would have had I parked. However, I retrieved an Aetrix and we drove the long, dark, northern way home through trees and side roads in Middleton. She was talkative and pleased to be home and lovely. It was good to have her back.

lady_fox's job situation is getting resolved. It is going to be tight for a few months but we can manage easy. I'm quite impressed that she has her two bosses and two doctors pulling for her. So, that will get resolved eventually when the Dr.s conquer the Red Tape(worm). On the bright side, it is the perfect excuse to start learning to cook since groceries are cheaper than restaurants... unless we start shopping at Whole Foods again. :) I think tonight I'll see if I can find used copies of Alton Brown's cookbooks and memorize them.

+blissful+

In other news.
Civ 4 doesn't work on my machine. My life is ruined.
The proof is in the problem: I installed Civ 4 yesterday with no apparent problems besides the Play/Install labels being incorrect. Every time I start the game it doesn’t display. I get the loading screen but after everything loads and it would switch over to the introduction, nothing shows. My screen resolution changes and I can hear choppy music coming from my speakers but that’s it.

Of note: if I hit a key to skip what I assume is the introduction, I get the game cursor and the music levels out. No picture to speak of though.

I refuse to think it’s my set up. I’m running a 2.8GHz Intel with a GeForce FX 5500 and 1 gig of ram. I installed the latest nvidia drivers after installing the game and Directx 9.0 installed before. I checked the support page with no luck and saw nothing in a few forums I checked that matched my problems. They say the game is good, right? Well, the proof has yet to be pudding.

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ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: November 3rd, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The game is supposedly the equivalent of a digital orgasm.

So I hear.

Also, most of alton's recipes can be found online at the food network - which is free.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
His books contain more than just recipe. It is his cooking philosophy. His books are an education in fundamental cooking Zen!
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Talk to me not of digital orgasms! I require solutions to my computer's frigidity, which I think it completely mental. Lord knows my computer's equipment is hot to trot for all the latest 'n greatest.
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: November 3rd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not saying you shouldn't buy the books - spending money on things related to Alton Brown sounds like a wonderful idea. However, why waste time waiting for a book? Cook now!

I think your computer should start putting out. What does it have a CD drive for if not to use it to satisfy you?
abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't understand my personality at all. I don't deviate into new things until I feel I can do it properly. (INTJ all the way.) I'm uncomfortable unless I know waht I'm doing. Recipes are good like that. Learning from them and understanding tastes will lead to be able to just flat out cook from stockpiles of certain foods.

Plus, Fox and I need to reassess food buying now that she doesn't get fed at work for free.
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That's what I'm saying. I treat her nice, buy her pretty things. Least she could do is give it up.

kittydesade From: kittydesade Date: November 3rd, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pig. :)
aetrix9 From: aetrix9 Date: November 4th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that I am a dedicated slave to Harold McGee, I'd more recommend his book as an early treatise on food.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 4th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I learn Mr. McGee well, do you become my slave? I think I could use you better than he can. He is old.
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abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
She'll find something eventually.

Don't forget, there's always bumvertising. I hear with a job like that you can buy the finest, cheapest whiskey every day!
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abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
McDonalds?
abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I keep forgettingto change my icon... Er... you get fish kitty.
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abmann From: abmann Date: November 3rd, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Fish kitty of doom?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 3rd, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is there a chance that the problem lies in your monitor, not in your cpu or video card? There was a problem with the old viewsonic and other monitors not being able to display certain game qualities because the preset game refresh rate ended up being too high. Often times games will come with an imbedded refreshrate and change your OS settings on load-up. There are utilities included with most video card software packages that can "freeze" your settings when a game tries to jack them.

Failing that, it might be a conflict with the way your display system is set up (i.e. are you running mulitiple monitors right now and using some utility like ultramon?).

Failing that, more lube is always the answer.
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