Weekend social 19/08/2011

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

27 comments on “Weekend social 19/08/2011”

  1. aerobubble 1

    I don’t get it. Libraries are supposed to be pretty quiet. A loud penetrating groan of a
    car can be heard passing by. Thank you ACT/NAT for protecting the rights of car owners
    and not home, businesses, and even libraries from their presense. Ban japanese built up cars.

    • +1 – and whilst you are at it bring in a proper emissions test to stop dirty diesels spewing out black smoke.

      • Vicky32 1.1.1

        and whilst you are at it bring in a proper emissions test to stop dirty diesels spewing out black smoke.

        Seconded! I sometimes feel I am choking to death walking along Carrington Road, home of two schools, and two ADHD facilities…

  2. Deadly_NZ 2

    work out where in the garden what veggies go where, so all sorted for the planting. Then watch some sci fi, and play with my son, he’s growing so fast. He is 3 months old, and surprising me everyday. But nice surprises. And if i got anytime left, I’ll see if i now have all the bits to build me a media centre, The video card arrives on Sat, so I hope it’s just the assembly, and software installation now,

    • Cin77 2.1

      Babies are so awesome at that age! The first year is amazing to see, their achievements seem to grow exponentially… first off a little bundle that doesn’t seem to do much to a veritable hurricane of activity that can destroy a room in 2 seconds flat. I wish my girl was that size again!

      • Deadly_NZ 2.1.1

        Well i am not up to the where’s baby game yet, but when he figures out his arms and legs then it will be all on. but one handed typing is becoming all the rage here as he is interested in everything, and is sitting in my lap watching what’s going on intently. But it seems I have lots of things to look forward to. lol. But I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

    • lprent 2.2

      linux? Try minidlna. Now that really is great. When I wake up and have problems going to sleep, I hook my iPad into the wifi and then access minidlna on my media center (the server) and watch babylon5 (good for heading to sleep) in a nice warm bed in the middle of the night with headphones.

      Lyn doesn’t even wake up. Better than freezing my arse off going downstairs (waking Lyn up) firing up the tv and watching it while the heater tries valiantly to warm up the room.

      • Adele 2.2.1

        I am a sci-fi geek, I even have visions of Maaori in space (and no, not lost). Whakapapa is encompassing of space, the universe, and of Atua – i.e. stars are our whanau. I further envision a space waka with some very cool graphics spliced through – powered by a holden trans-warp core.

        Babylon 5 is one of my favourite series alongside Star Trek, new generation and post. On that note, having read the instructions for transforming minidlna into a Windows environment, I would rather be assimilated by Borg than attempt to comprehend what it all actually means 🙂

        • Deadly_NZ 2.2.1.1

          or Stargate sg1, Voyager, Farscape, or Enterprise.But i do have ALL of Bab 5 and Stargate SG1. so plenty to watch.

          • Vicky32 2.2.1.1.1

            I have embarked on my two-yearly re-watching of all 5 years of B5, and am currently halfway through season 3 right now. I have to ration myself, I can watch 4 eps in  a row – although I still have Survivors season 2 to re-watch.. and one day soon, Torchwood Miracle Day!

            • Deadly_NZ 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Do you have the complete thing?? movies and the crusade series I do and as the discs are so bloody fragile I ripped them all of the discs and converted them to Avi takes nearly 60 gigs of drive space. Now i will do my SG1 as well.
              Now there’s a really good programme Torchwood, Miracle day is different, not only the fact that the BBC is not making this one, the Syfy channel is. It’s only up to episode 7 of what looks like 10, In the US. And they are just starting it on prime soon, but I cannot wait a week for each episode. So i’ll d/load the whole thing and then shut the curtains, turn up the sound system and hibernate for a day,

              • prism

                Babylon 5 was the only tv program I would plan my day around. Somehow the fantastic aspects of it became riveting and the underlying menace of the Shadows etc and then inter-species communication and community all were fascinating viewing. I liked the economic government cost cutting bit where Earth management made them pay rent for their room on the spaceship.

              • Vicky32

                Now there’s a really good programme Torchwood, Miracle day is different, not only the fact that the BBC is not making this one, the Syfy channel is. It’s only up to episode 7 of what looks like 10, In the US. And they are just starting it on prime soon, but I cannot wait a week for each episode. So i’ll d/load the whole thing and then shut the curtains, turn up the sound system and hibernate for a day,

                I do, I have all 5 years of B5, all the movie, and of course, Crusade… My son is watching Miracle Day (streaming it) and can’t resist giving me spoilers (though he’d wig out if our positions were reversed and I did the same!)

        • millsy 2.2.1.2

          Star Trek: TOS – IMO the best and only TRUE Star Trek 🙂

          A lot of the gadgets envisaged in that show have now made their way into the real world, in various forms…

          • Colonial Viper 2.2.1.2.1

            Battlestar Galactica!!! (the reimagining FTW!!!)

            A ragtag group of humans, led to destruction by their political and industrial elites, trying to outrun and outsmart the legacy that they have created.

            Are we worthy of survival?

      • Deadly_NZ 2.2.2

        I was just tossing up between Ubuntu, Minidlna or maybe even Win 7 ultimate, it’s mainly to run the main lounge TV, and feed the rest of the rooms wirelessly. And the new Win 7 is not that bad compared to other versions of Windows..

        • Reality Bytes 2.2.2.1

          Running a Ubuntu media server here on a fanless D525MW intel atom m/b (micro/nano) using a $9 USB stick as the OS drive 🙂

          Running off an old but remarkably whisper quiet power-supply from a dead pc.

        • millsy 2.2.2.2

          Cant beat good ol’ Windows XP for reliability…

          • Deadly_NZ 2.2.2.2.1

            True but 7 is way better on multi core machines. However the cpu i am going to use is an Athalon 2400+ with about 2 gigs ram and a couple of terrabytes of drive space just waiting for my 9600 pro all in wonder video card. But all the other machines are all running 7 as well And 7 plays nice with other 7 machines, but not that nice with XP.

  3. millsy 3

    Fair enough, good to have the same OS across the board.

    A couple of Terabytes..

    Just think, 20 years ago that would probably have been all the hard drive space in all the world combined…now we can just order up a 2TB hard drive for a couple of hundred dollars from the (whatever store you prefer).

    • mik e 3.1

      Ubuntu is free and way less susceptible to viruses trojan horses etc also it uses less RAM and storage easy and free to upgrade

  4. Deadly_NZ 4

    Yes I remember those days. How did we manage with such slooooooooooooooooooooow computers? My first PC was an 8088 with 640k of ram with 384k of extended ram a Hercules video card and green monitor and it ran twin 5 1/4 floppies and wonder of wonder it had a full height 10 Megabyte drive in it. And it cost me about 2k second hand.

    • Reality Bytes 4.1

      I had something similar spec to that too.

      Computer software was coded better back then, out of necessity, and compromises had to be made of course. Pretty amazing that they tended to have less than 1 Megabyte of memory, and still managed to do fairly impressive stuff, I remembered the XT seemed like a powerhouse monster compared to my commodore 64, c64 with it’s 64k of memory lol. And these days 1 Gigabyte seems very small 🙂

      When I eventually upgraded to a 386 DX40 with a massive 4Mb of memory, and a 80Mb Harddrive (I think), I was blown away by the likes of Doom, remember playing that over a 9600baud dial-up modem with mates…

      Back then Windows 3.1 was just a novelty program, and not used that much, I ran lots of stuff straight out of a text batch command menu thing under DOS 6

  5. Bored 5

    Quiet planting in the company of the chickens. I was relieved to see that the snow storm has not dented progress, the broad beans have popped their heads through.

    • My broad beans are in flower a few bumble bees around so here’s hoping.
      Row of early potatos jus showing so out with the weed cloth. We had a good frost last night so it may keep,the bugs down. confirmation meeting at Tokoroa Sunday so hope weather holds out and the road looneys are else where .

    • My broad beans are in flower a few bumble bees around so here’s hoping.
      Row of early potatos jus showing so out with the weed cloth. We had a good frost last night so it may keep,the bugs down. confirmation meeting at Tokoroa Sunday so hope weather holds out and the road looneys are else where .

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