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Hmm, it's a sign that we're getting silly amounts of rain when we get… - John C. Kirk

Jan. 1st, 2003

09:08 pm

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Hmm, it's a sign that we're getting silly amounts of rain when we get frogs hopping around outside our back door. Well, actually just the one frog so far (or possibly a toad), but even so...

Link of the day (courtesy of Neil Gaiman's blog) - The Diary of Samuel Pepys as a blog. So, starting today, each entry is exactly 343 years after the original entry :) I figure this is a pretty good way to read Literature - in handy bite-size chunks.

And I've started some revision today, by reading through one of my textbooks. Odd thing - this is the first time I've read this textbook, but because I already know the subject, it's taking me longer to read than if it was all new to me. The thing is, when I read paragraphs that say "an object is an instance of a class", my immediate reaction is "yes, yes, blah blah blah", and I'm tempted to skim over it all. However, they may be the odd piece of new information in there that I don't already know, so I'm forcing myself to read it all. This means that I'm reading slower than usual, because I'm fighting my instincts to speed up, and wind up overcompensating a bit. Also, my mind tends to wander when I got bored, and so when I look at it again and think "where was I?", it all looks familiar to me, so I probably wind up re-reading sections to be on the safe side. Ah well, I've got the exams in two weeks, so I guess it's worth making the effort. As you can tell, I'm not exactly panicking here :)

On the games front, Civ3 has suddenly stopped working, ever since I installed SP3 for Windows 2000 at the weekend, and all the other patches from the "Windows Update" site. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the game, and got the latest driver for my graphics card, but no luck. When I run it, nothing happens - if I go to Task Manager, it doesn't show up as an application, but there is a process for "Civilization3.exe" which sits there with 2 seconds of elapsed time. So, if anyone else has encountered this, or has any suggestions, please let me know.

On a related note, I have some gaming hardware that is up for grabs - free to a good home, just P&P if necessary (i.e. if you're outside London). I upgraded to a new joystick a while back , so I'm no longer using my original joystick - a Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro. I also have a CH Virtual Pilot Pro and CH Pro Pedals, which I haven't used in the last 5 years, so I'm unlikely to start using now... These all use MIDI cables, which is the main reason I bought a new joystick (force feedback jobby), since that's USB, so I don't have to unplug my MIDI keyboard to play games. I tried the old joystick with a MIDI/USB converter cable, but it didn't work, so be aware that you'll need a free socket (typically on your soundcard). The flight yoke and pedals work together, to share a socket. If nobody wants these, I'll stick them on Ebay, but I'll give my loyal readers first crack :)