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every form of refuge has its price

hile the nearly two weeks spent at home was nice, and getting to spend so much time with my dear welfy, I'd be lying if I didn't say that I'm glad to have the wheels back on the road. All that time, though, allowed me to work on The Guy RoomTM. It has a long way to go, but Rome wasn't built in a day. We can only hope the decadence and grandeur of The Guy RoomTM can someday give Rome a run for its money.

The basement had begun to collect all manner of clutter from its general state of non-use so I began by sorting, organizing, and finding homes for this stuff. I decided to re-arrange the futon and coffee table and put them on the opposing wall. I also finalized the piecing together of a new PC I had started building, but more on that in a bit. First things first, I got some things hung on the wall, in particular, my Black-Jesus-Hanging-Out-With-Dead-Rappers art that I bought a few weeks ago found a home beside the door leading to the garage.

At the bottom of the steps, greeting all entrants to the Domain of Dudes, is a sign that Welf got for me.

Fubu likes The Guy RoomTM, too. She hangs out with me a lot when I'm down there.

So, another thing I added to the room was a fun kitty toy dipped in catnip oils. She had a blast.

Another thing which I put in my room was the lovely gift I received from yourtourniquet a couple of weeks ago, my Hustler ashtray.

Right now, though, the center-piece of The Guy RoomTM is my new computer. Some of the finest machinery consumer credit can buy!

Actually, it's a generation or two behind leading edge technology which is where I'm most comfortable. I just can't bring myself to pay inflated prices for things which will drop exponentially in a matter of months. So no dual core processor, SATA 3, or PCI-express for me just yet, but it is the closest things to a "gaming rig" I've ever built. In the interest of getting our geek on, here's what's in the box:

939 Slot Motherboard with on-board 5.1 sound, 2xSATA-150, and 4 RAM slots upgradeable to 4GB
AMD Athlon 64 +4000 (2.4 Ghz)
2 GB Dual-channel 128-bit RAM
Radeon 9600 XT 256MB AGP display adapter
160 GB Ultra-133 7200 IDE disk that I'm booting from
Two 300GB SATA-150 disks in a RAID 1 array for fault tolerant storage

I embellished the rig with some updates in peripheral hardware, too, most notably the addition of a 21" refurbished CRT monitor that I picked up for 50 bucks at Tigerdirect.

I also bought a brand new Logitech trackball since mine seems to have disappeared over the years, as well as a wireless Logitech keyboard/optical mouse combo. I also bought a cheap set of 5.1 speakers to take full advantage of the on-board sound.

Not counting the two, 300GB storage drives which I already had, I put the entire thing together, including the case and power supply for right around $500 and so far I've been very pleased with it. I played an old FPS game I had lying around and it ran like a dream. Then like a big idiot, I decided I just HAD to have a dual-boot system for some old programs that like Windows 98 better than XP and spent most of my last, full day at home trying to make this newer computer architecture work with an old OS... one which Microsoft stopped supporting 4 months ago. I'm still getting some blue screen in Win98, but I haven't finished installing all the updates I was able to find, so maybe I'll be able to get it stable once I return home.

For the future: I definitely want to get a monstrous LCD or plasma wide screen which will serve for movie/TV watching in addition to being the primary display for the computer relegating the CRT to a secondary monitor in a dual display. I eventually want to get several more hard drives. I'm leaning toward getting two or three 10,000 RPM SCSI drives for a RAID 0 boot/application volume, since they're like, dirt cheap (although by the time I actually get around to funding this, the SATA3 drives and controllers might be reasonable) and move the 160GB IDE into a new box along with the storage drives (and maybe buy a couple more of those, too, for a RAID 5) and build a dedicated storage machine that's independent from the gaming/media machine. I need a DVD-ROM drive, too. Eventually I'll have to get a real stereo system for music listening; the bargain 5.1's have an ok sound and make the gaming experience a lot richer, but they don't quite cut it for general music listening. I need to get a nice set of speaker cabinets and get my Technics component system out of storage. Especially the turntable. I miss my turntable.

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Maybe I should've peppered it with random Muse publicity photos.



She was definitely being cuter than usual that day. It's why she gets spoiled all the time. I take one look at her and I'm all "awwwwww"... every.single.time.

I like the lifetime rocker sign. So me.

Sadly, with respect to the hearing part, it's so me as well. I don't think it's the loud music that has made my hearing poor, in fact I'm told that the type of hearing loss I have is a genetic pre-disposition (my mom has poor hearing, too).

Fubu is adorable!

And I love the Lifetime Rocker sign. I think I need something like that since Charlie's always having to repeat himself when he talks to me.

She is one cute kitty, that's for sure.

I'm always asking Welf to repeat something if she mutters or speaks to low, because all I hear is "mnnn mffff msss mnnn".

The Rev is playing in Lexington tomorrow night... and I'm outta town. :(

I do not know how I missed this before but let me state for the record now that that painting of black Jesus chillin with the dead rappers is the most fabulous thing I have seen in a long time and I am literally envious of your possessing it. I must come to visit you soon so we can gaze at it while we sip some colt 45's and discuss the deeper more hidden meanings.

That last line made me sound sarcastic but I'm serious. That's flippin awesome.

I don't know about deeper meanings, but maybe you could help me with identities. I'm pretty sure the guy just out of the picture to the left in white is supposed to be Notorious B.I.G, the bald dude Tupac, and the DJ Jam Master Jay.... but I'm not sure about the others. The guy with beard, maybe Marvin Gaye? Also, there's two girls just out of the picture to the right and I can't decide if they're just supposed to be some of Jesus' fly bitches or what? The only dead rap/r&b female artist I can think of that would fit this scene would be Lisa Lopez but it doesn't really look like her.

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I also have a Guy Room that is the basement. I'll take photos one day, when there aren't excessive t-shirts and magazines lying around.

Excessive T-shirts and magazines are wait MAKES a guy room. Mine's just clean at the moment because I had to get it all my shit oragnized so I could work on it. There's no way it'll stay that way. I don't want it to stay that way.

oooh, mr snazzy raid array

god, i would kill for damn near a terabyte

my new monitor is sexier than yours but your video card is slightly better

i'll post actual specs for the beast when i'm not high as all get out

thanks hospital

I got tired of burning everything to ROM and large disks have become so resonably priced that it seemed silly to keep doing it. So last year when I got my "vacation" paycheck, I used a couple hundred of it to buy the 2 300GB drives and that took care of my immediate storage needs with about 70GB to spare. However with another person in the home with storage needs I'm sure I'll have to get another one within the next year and expand the array. I'm nowhere near in need of a terrabyte of storage though, much less a redundant one, which could get pretty pricey. A 300GB drive goes for about $90 right now... you'd need 4 of them to get 0.9TB redundancy at RAID 5.

Under $400, maybe you'd only hafta kill a midget.

nothing says "home" like a cinder block wall. ;)

I plan to cover that wall with as many posters and pictures as I can get my hands on.

We'll not even get started on the wallpaper that's in the stairwell. *shudder*

the ashtray definitely pulls the room together.

Definitely... and it's a perfect match for my BIG ASS ashtray which you can just barely see sitting below the keyboard on the couch. I've always had a thing for clear glass ashtrays.... you couldn't have gotten a more perfect gift. :)

your home cries for donna art. cries, i say.

i had a kitty in chicago who looked just like yours. her name was spider and i'm still sad i had to give her away.

And I definitely want some Donna art, unfortunately, with the THOUSANDS spent on my truck breakdown and the two weeks not generating any income on top of that, I'm not in a position to at the moment.... things are tough all over. You top my list, though, of friends who I want to buy art from. Unfortunately, I had already bought all that computer shit before my truck broke-down, too. I'm kicking myself for that one. That was an extra few hundred bucks that could've helped me through this.

Barring any more unforseen financial crises and once I'm past the Christmas season, I may be shopping for art by the first of the year. We'll see.

People should never have to give away kitties. That's just wrong.

Eh, I'm not a member of the group, but I'm assuming it looks something like this one I found on eBay....

That's a cool sign, but I'm not a big beer person. I'm more apt to have whiskey-related things around.

How do you handle such rampant cuteness as Fubu with her toy?

Honestly...I just about died the other day when Dickens was chasing one of his upstairs. Such intense concentration.

Fubu has this toy mouse that she chases around upstairs. I die from the cuteness every time and just sit on the couch watching her and laughing big hearty belly laughs.

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