Spidey 3

I saw Spiderman 3 this past evening. Really, really corny. Were the first two Spiderman movies this corny? Hope not. The highlights for me was the cameo by Stan Lee and the bit of comedy by Bruce Campbell. Not much else there for me. Oh well.

I was listening to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”. I have no idea who was doing the cover, other than it was a female. All this time I thought the song was a Syd Barret losing his mind song. But I heard the last stanza with fresh ears with this cover.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become
Comfortably numb.

Hmmm, I’m interpreting this as losing your childhood wonder and ease of amusement, and becoming a comfortably numb adult. I can relate, I am finding it really hard to be amused lately.

Adventure 2

I received my copy of Adventure II for the Atari 5200. A homebrew sequel to Adventure for the Atari 2600. Essentially the same game. You are a yellow block on a quest to find the Gold Chalice and return it to the Seashore Kingdom’s Castle. Same dragons to avoid, some new fiends added as well. For instance, there is an evil troll who likes to steal stuff (replaces bat). I’ve only begun playing the game, but looks like a top notch sequel. Much better graphics…the author does make good use of the extra power of the Atari 5200.

Only 250 cartridges were made (I own number 136). There is less than 100 copies of this original build of games left. So if you are the proud owner of an Atari 5200, better snarf one of these games up soon before they are sold out. Here is the forum thread that announced that the game was shipping.

Clarification: More than 250 cartridges will be made. There were only 250 of the boxed limited-edition copies.

Hot Seat

The account of the Meteorologist watching the radar the night Greensburg, KS was obliterated. This is one time you can safely say, the NWS saved some lives.

Test Drive

I took a used VW Beetle TDI out for a test drive today. I have never driven a Beetle and I have never driven a passenger car powered by diesel (a couple of diesel trucks, however). The experience was better than expected, although the beginning of the test drive got off to a rough start. The idle noise from the engine was more than from a gas engine. When I first hit the “gas”, there was a hesitation from the cold engine. But once I got the car warmed up, it was quite perky. When I was on the interstate, I did an uphill acceleration to test its passing ability. Zoomed from 65 to 85 MPH within a few seconds. The 85 mph took me by surprise, the engine was hardly groaning at all.

The reason for the interest is that this sucker gets 40-45 miles per gallon. Do some mods and it is possible to get up to 50 mpg. With all of the extra driving I am doing since moving to the cities, extra mpg has become a priority. Another enticement is that biodiesel fuel is an option.

There is an active online community around the TDI engine, so if I run into problems, I can easily get help. There seems to be extra care needed for these engines. But if you keep up on the routine care, these engines last forever.

One negative is that these vehicles aren’t all that winter friendly. I may just keep the current vehicle as a backup. It is an all-wheel drive Subaru Forester. It loves driving in the winter.

Update: Sold… to someone else. I really should be looking for a TDI wagon.

Ubuntu Linux Now On Dell Computers!

Ubuntu Linux now available on Dell computers, as seen from the viewpoint of a 15 year old female blogger…

Dear Blog,
So,I’m sick as a dog. I went to school today all drowsy and gross looking– it was quite cute. School was alright. Computer class was hil-arious. I went with a bunch of people to go into the lab and play on second life and these weird guys come up and just start playing with us. Alright, whateva’- it’s just a game. Then they keep trying to talk to me and start moving closer. I won’t say the whole conversation but it involved playing sports, watching sports, the devil’s rejects (?), operating systems, Saw, checkers, pouchers, and serial killers. Pretty cute. They wouldn’t leave me alone and after we got done and went back into the class to wait for the bell to ring, they came up to me and didn’t even say anything. They must use Windows Vista or somethin.  I was talking to a couple other people and they were just standing there watching me. I could feel them right near me but they wouldn’t say anything. It was weird. They probably wouldn’t be so creepy if they bought there Dell computer with Ubuntu Linux pre-isntalled.  So now it’s about 6- something. I’m kind of bored, might take a nap. I have that feeling I’m about to sneeze, but it doesn’t happen.  So annoying!

Happy Birthday Matthew Mahogany!