life

Early Christmas

Somehow my sister convinced my mum to have christmas early, she won't be here christmas day.

I finally got my long lost computer upgrades, and she got her iRiver.
We originally went out and bought an iRiver H10 under mistaken assumptions it would play video. After finding out it won't ever play video (without several hacks the even still only play the video at 1-2fps) we promptly returned it. Turns out the source of the ill-advice was getting a lot of complaints. The guy there literally said, "We only need one more reason and he's gone".
We switched it for the same model as mine, the H320. She probably won't use half of the features but it comes with alot of stuff that was an "optional extra" (ie. more $$) for the H10. It also plays video, which the H10 FISSION MAILED at.

I got my motherboard plugged and my spankin' new video card in shortly after. For some reason I couldn't get any video output on my LCD, but I could on my CRT (after rumaging around for half an hour trying to find my damn DVI > VGA thingo, only to find one in my new video card box (duh Baines)) so that was a little bizarre. Once I got into windows and installed my drivers both monitors popped up. And now one of my hard drives is showing up as "unreadable" which didn't sound good at first, and after a quick google search doesn't look good at all. I'll try it in linux and see if I can restore some old data and back it up before I format it. I feel like I've lost a limb without this damn harddrive. Ironically it had all my backups on it.

I made a new style/skin for the site a few days ago, I hope brian doesn't mind, but I made it look like woot :P
The new style can be accessed from the sidebar under "styles".
I also have a few ideas here infront of me in my art diary inspired by various sites I've been to the past week or so. I still want to do a gothic one but I just can't find any decent examples to inspire me. I task you in finding sexy gothic (the architectural style, not the emo vampires) websites.

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games

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Possibly the most fun game ever. A throwback to the old Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit days, the latest incarnation combines the adrenaline-filled cop chases with the open, free-roam city of Need for Speed Underground 2.
The cops sound and act incredibly realistic. The first time I played it I was blown away by the way the cops interact with each other and work as a team to take you down. Then I skidded into the golf course and cops started spawning in the greens and it was suddenly a whole lot less realistic.

The challenges in the demo are all quite fun. The roadblock challenge is what sold me though. You have to get enough police attention to make them set up a roadblock. You need to bust through Six (6) roadblocks and then evade the cops. You evade the cops by trying to lose them, the inner-city and campus areas are the best for this. You can also trigger things to break, ie. by driving through the supports on the tyre shop, the giant tyre ontop will break off and fall on any oncoming cops. There are several of these triggers all around the city. Once you have evaded the cops they will canvas the area you were last seen in trying to find you, and if they don't they will expand their area. While they are doing this you have a 'cooldown' meter that slowly ticks down. Once it has filled up you have successfully evaded the cops and you either win or lose depending on how many roadblocks you busted through. If you haven't quite finished the challenge and you evade them, you can backtrack to get the cops attention. There are a few hiding spots around the city aswell, they appear as little blue circles on your radar. While you sit in these areas your cooldown meter goes faster.
The evasion challenge is pretty much the same as above but without the roadblock. I suggest this for noobs, the green hatchback you get is fast and agile and more than able to evade the cops in no time at all.
The final challenge in the demo is the tollbooth challenge, it's pretty much a solo sprint from one tollbooth to another with a twist, there are cops. When a cop sees you in this mode you get this wicked blue and white, prince of persia-ery slow down effect. This effect also occurs whenever you use your 'speed-breaker' which is kind of like bullet time for racers.

Ofcourse the 'quick race' mode is still there for you guys that like that kind of thing. The 'story' mode for this one is called "The Blacklist" and isn't availble for play in the demo, unlike the NFSU2 demo which featured part of the story.

You can grab the demo from the usual places, it hits retail on the 16th/17th.

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life

20

Happy birthday to me.
I'm a hundred and three.
Something something I don't like your face.
THE END.

Copyright (c) David Baines 2005 all rights reserved (r) (tm) (sex)

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tv

Serenity

Best movie ever. Hands down, I kid you not.
Name any movie - this is better.

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tutorials

Inking in Flash

tutorial-inkflash

Learn how to ink your image using the line tool in Flash.

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