Friday, October 31, 2008

So, now I'm getting ready to go to the Machinima Fest in the city tomorrow. I'll be taking the train in with Ian Beckman(the guy behind Azerothian Supervillains) who's flying up right now, and crashing in his hotel across the street from the Eyebeam center. None of my films are being shown, but a couple of movies with my work in em have been nominated, so I might get to see something of mine on a big screen again anyways^_^

Can't wait to see who all shows up- I've not met any of these crazy folks offline before, so despite my reservations about the festival itself I'm looking forward to it.

Saturday, October 25, 2008 interview

So today the interview I forgot to mention went up on's blog. Blog

I'm not very good at being interviewed, but Moo did a good job of not letting me make a jackass of myself, so huge thanks to her! It was a lot of fun.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Alienware, part II

So now, the gripping finale! I promised everyone I'd finish it by the time the Dell laptop arrives...

Where we left off...

Well, now that I've installed the replacement RAM in the Alienware(the big spiky heat sinks on them were a bit frightening to install though!) it is pretty awesome.

So, here are some more pictures!

I've gotta say, when this guy turned on it sounded somewhat scary. It made an unholy wail...

And promptly failed to boot.

Turns out that the unholy wail is the Alienware equivalent to bios beeping, and the RAM had loosened in shipping.

That taken care of, a spooky glow suffused the machine- it looks really cool in the dark.

It's a lovely thing and for once I'm glad I don't have a cat- given that a good third of the computer is fans and intakes, I shudder to think how must dust the thing is sucking up even without having a feline sucked in like a pigeon with a jet engine.

And of course, the most important part... The interior!

This is with the original RAM- I'll take a picture of the super saijan gundam spiked replacement RAM sometime soon.
And of course, the dual GeForces SLIed together like a tasty layer cake of hardware acceleration.

A huge thanks to WeGame, and to both Gorndt and Oxhorn for keeping tabs on things, and to Alienware for promptly replacing the bad RAM! Now I need to get a couple games more recent than wow to try out on it(though it is really nice to see the WOTLK beta with max graphics/shadows enabled and still get better frame rates than my old computer with FRAPS running!). My rendering is super fast too, especially with multithreading.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Alienware intermission

I have more pictures, but the computer kinda doesn't work very well, so I'll hold off on more posting until I either have a techno-epiphany or manage to pry answers out of Alienware.

The thing is gorgeous, though. And the only game I've managed to run on it so far(minesweeper) runs like a dream.

Alienware, part I

My WeGame contest prize has arrived! And now, since Baron is demanding that I cater to his voyeuristic urges instead of playing with my new toy, pictures:

Big box, or tiny couch? Or is it a weather balloon...?

They aren't joking about the "heavy" thing, either,
but the bulk was more problematic.

Ok, I have my hat now. What's all that other
junk that came with it, though?

It looks better than the cheesy alien props from the
latest attempt at an Indiana Jones movie...

More later. I need to hook it all up now...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A quick update

A little something Malu05(the creator of that epic machinima tool) asked for...

Still very unfinished, of course.

Not really worth making a whole new post over...