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i'm ready for my close up mr demille
Location: Cannonsburg, KY

Had a good time at the homestead, although it felt like I tdidn't do much but tinker with the computer for two days. I had become resolved to the fact that I needed to do a reinstall of my OS and decided to finally try something other than my trusted Windows 98. My thoughts on this have always been, why fix something that ain't broke? I didn't see any real need to change to something new when what I had worked just fine, although I must admit I do like NTFS from my limited experience with Windows NT in the past, so I had always toyed with the idea of switching to Windows 2000 at some point in the future. I'm told Windows XP also support NTFS but what little experience I've had messing with XP has left a bad tate in my mouth, so this wasn't an option.

So I went with Windows 2000. I spent a good deal of the time home getting it all tweaked and apparently I still have a ways to go because I'm still not all set up to my liking. The other thin I had to do this weekend was burn a disc for my mom for a friend of hers back in Virginia. She bought him a portable mp3 player like mine. ACtually, there's a little more story to this. I picked up the player for her in New Jesery because they didn't have any of the "cheap" models at the Best Buy in Lexington. So while I was in Jersey last week I bought her one of the $30 models like my little blue friend. While I was at the store, I made the most outrageous impulse buy. I bought a nice, I mean nice pair of Sony headphones. Price tag $100. You should've seen me picking them up, then putting htem back down and trying to walk away from them. I'm not good at buying expensive things for myself because I tend to be very rough on things. I generally prefer to buy things where the value of it is that it is easily replaced. Break it? Fuck it, buy another one. At $100 these headphones are not easily replaced, but god do they sound good. Crystal clear high end, full, booming bass. I've been finding things to listen to just to hear what they sound like with the headphones. It's been so long since I've owned a decent set of headphones that I've forgotten what it was like.

So anyway, I got this player for my mom for her friend with the intention of burning the Beatles catalogue to one disc for him. Alas, my burner decides to go kaput on me, so I have to do a lot of this on my dad's computer. But I finally got everything taken care of. I also bought a new burner last night. 52x-24x-52x.... can we say sweet? I'm such a geek.

They shootin' hoops.... yeah, yeah, yeah they playin' basketball! - G Love and Special Sauce

Kentucky basketball is here peeps. Ya'll just have to deal. The pre-season rankings have Kentucky anywhere from 4 at the highest I've seen (a coaches poll) to the higher 'teens. This is due largely in part to the big question mark of their inside game. The two big guys, while 7+ feet tall are inexperienced. It'll probably be at least another year until we reap their benefits. And talk about a tough pre-conference schedule! Indiana, Michigan St. North Carolina, UCLA and of course, Louisivlle - all top 25 teams pre-season. Not that Kentucky ever shys away from a tough schedule, they regularly play one of the toughest in the nation, but whew. With this team, it could prove trying. The conference schedule is tough, too. The SEC will be tough his year and for once in a long time it looks like another team could possibly dominate the conference. Florida is ranked as a top 5 team on many pre-season lists and Mississippi St. and Georgia make the top 25's quite a bit. Don't discount Georgia after their debacle last year with their coaching staff: they replaced Harrick with Western Kentucky coach Dennis Felton who did an amazing job at Western, including a stunning defeat of Kentucky at Rupp Arena two years ago. Did I say at Rupp areana?!?!

I could fake to left or penetrate like Mike, yeah 360 degrees in the air as Dominique might...

I get like this every fall. I'm an alum of the school, I live in central Kentucky. I'm doomed. Unless you are from here, you just don't understand the mentality. Basketball is like religion and the Kentucky basketball program is a God among mortals. They're the winningest team in history (although, with North Carolina only 28 games behind us, the addition of Roy Williams as head coach will have us looking over our backs, now). Seven national titles, which is surpassed only by UCLA's astounding record (but we'll catch it eventually). It's safe to say that the national title is deemed a birthright by many of the Big Blue Nation. A lot of schools are happy to make it to the NCAA tournament. In Kentucky we plan on winning it, every year. Not making it there is not even an option. Here's an interesting factoid, UK has had only one losing season in the past 75 years - and that coach "resigned" after the season (Oklahoma State's Eddie Sutton). Even Pitino's first season in probation posted an admirable 14-14.

I could pass like Magic, yeah, I could shoot like the Byrd. AFter a Dr. J dunk that court-side drunk said "Good Lord!"

I'm a bit more realistic than that, though. While you can never really tell the way things will go this early in a season - I just don't think Kentucky has the expereince to make a run for the national title this year. Last year was the year, when it seemed we were unstoppable there towards the end of the season. And while I typically don't like prognostications, I will make one myself. My prediction for Final Four: Duke, Michigan St., UConn, and Missouri. Of course, in March when I'm wrong about this, I won't remind you. If I'm right, I'll be reminding you. ;-)

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It seems I'm only only Kentuckian calling for Tubby Smith's head on a platter. His teams have suffered from chemistry problems, shooting problems, now inside presence problems. His recruiting is a nightmare. We haven't had a McDonald's All-American in God knows how long. He won his national title with Pitino's team and Pitino's players who shrugged off Tubby's direction in the national title game in order to win.

I contend that going undefeated in the SEC last year was a total fluke. I want Tubby gone. We'll never see a national title under this coach. Billy Donovan or Rick Majerus (although, he's claiming that he'll quit and become a commentator...if he doesn't drop dead of a heart attack first, he'd be perfect)...those are my guys. I just want Tubby to go to the NBA so we can get a coach who doesn't think that bulging eyeballs are a motivational tactic.

That said... um...GO CATS!

i think Tubby is sound a sound coach... probably the best game coach there is... and he's above average on teaching fundamentals... my issue with him in the past has been that he seems to not have had a very tight reign on his kids... but the past couple of seasons he seems to be tightening his grip... we're seeing more discipline in terms of game suspensions, etc.... so, i'm still giving him the benefit of the soubt on that... other than that, i think he's a fine coach, probably one of the best coaching the game....

as for the inside presence this season... there's not much that could be done about Marquis Estill bolting for the NBA early... we lost a helluva player in that... can you imagine if estill had returned for his senior year giving those two big 7 foot sophomore a chance to really develop? now, they're gonna be thrown in the deep end...

both 2K and XP are not only NTFS-capable, they're NTFS-centric. aside from much better partition integrity/reliability, you certainly can't use most of the file-security features without NTFS. (by the by, one of two things probably spelled the "bad taste in your mouth" from XP... either you didn't change from the incredibly dorky stock theme, menu fades and all, or you had less than 256MB of RAM installed. it's actually quite a bit better than 2K once you take care of those two items, particularly where audio and games are concerned.)

if you think those sony phones sound good now, try 'em on some device with a really decent headphone amp circuit, like a well-built receiver/integrated amp or a mixing console. there is really no better bang-for-the-buck hifi investment than a good pair of phones. seriously.

who made your blue friend?

yeah themain issuei hadwith XP was that it was a resources hog... and themachine i experienced it on wasn't exactly a screamin' eagle... my machine would handle XP just fine i'm sure.... so far i like 2k just fine... it wasa littel buggy at first until i got the latest service pack applied, now it seemsto be working just fine... ionly haveone issuewith it, anytime i do a considerableamount of reading from the CD-ROm drives,it eatsup proceessor resources like crazy... i experience this when doing a major copy from CD-ROM to hard drive and also, when playing video CD-ROM, the video is all choppy,but when i play video from the hard drive it'sjust fine... i'm guessing it'ssome sort of buffering problem, but due to my relative newness to the OS, i'm dumbfounded and where to begin tweaking.... any thoughts?

my blue friend is made by Audiophase... i don't really know anything about them other than they were the cheapest thing on the shelf at Best Buy.... ($29.99).... as for sound, i'm sure i don't have the refined hearing for tone as you.... just having a nice, full bass sound is a joy in itself... :)

plus just about everything i have in mp3 is encoded at 128kbps anyway ;-)

i'm only semi-geek and i don't have any really good suggestions for you on the CDROM thing. XP does the same thing on all the machines i own-- totally chokes for the first twenty seconds after i put a disc in. but it's usually semi-OK once the disc is loaded and/or if i'm ripping audio, etc. there's prolly some setting in the control panel that eases the ATAPI burden on the processor... you might check the various forums like ars technica's to see if anyone else has asked this question.

all portables except the very nicest use a $.05 IC to drive the phones. the MP3 decoder might make a difference in quality, but i've heard pretty good decoding results out of $25 wal-mart portables. my main objection is that they all read discs stupidly. either they read directories totally out of alphabetical order and/or they put way too much blank space between songs. i've been through five different MP3-playing models this year-- including two panasonics. none have quite met my "rigorous standards." if only iPods weren't hard-drive based.

this audiopahse is good about disc reading... it reads in alphabtical order, with the exception of folder/file names with different case... for instance, my first "test" burn to see what it would do with different things i threw at it... i had a buncha folders that began with a capital letter and one that did not... it placed the folder that began with a lower case "m" after all the folders beginning with upper case names... as for spacing between tracks, the only noticeable lag is in when it chagnes from one directory to another.... songs that are in the same directory (like a full album) play roughly equivalent to listening to a disc in a CD player.... all in all i'm rather content with it.....

Isn't it good to just understand the obsession? I mean, don't you feel just a little for the poor, unfortunate ones that don't know what it means to bleed blue?

Go cats.

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