Here’s a drawing: “Chibi”

Andy Bartlett; 3/8/2009

I did this back in March; it’s just a down-and-dirty sketch I did with an 0.5mm mechanical pencil. I used to draw all the time; I really should find the time to do more of it. This was really fun, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

This is Chibi; lead singer for a Toronto-based band called “The Birthday Massacre.” They rock. \m/

Adventures in Printing

So, here’s how my day went at work with our office printer:

This morning, two print jobs sent to the printer, no problem.

After lunch, nothing. Everything got piled up in the printer’s queue because my computer couldn’t complete a connection to the printer. I deleted the printer out of my system preferences, and attempted to add it back from scratch. Only my computer couldn’t see it.

So I went to HP’s web site and downloaded their driver software for the printer. It came on a disk image, but the application on the image wouldn’t open, but instead triggered an Automator action, because of how HP named the app. I deleted a bunch of extraneous numbers and crap, which MacOS was treating as a file extension, and finally got the app to install.

Now, the HP printer utility still couldn’t see my printer. I finally was able to get the HP printer utility to find it, but even though that utility can see it, my printer and fax control panel in system preferences can’t find it.

This has been going on for over an hour. I’m done. Tomorrow’s a great day to start four consecutive days of being off.

Reflecting on the price of storage

I was shopping on eBay over the weekend for a new internal hard drive for my rapidly aging PowerMac G5. It’s got two drives in it now – the 150-gig drive that came with the computer when I bought it in November of 2003, and a 320-gig drive I bought to replace it as the computer’s main drive a couple of years ago. I’ve been looking for something to replace the 150-gig drive with, since I’ve discovered the miracle of streaming ripped DVDs to my Playstation 3 downstairs and video files do enjoy their space…

So I was poking around on eBay to see what I could find, and I ran across a 1.5-terabyte drive for $140. The size and the price made me reflect on the time I bought a new hard drive for my ZEOS-made 486 back in college, and I was floored at the thought of what 1.5 terabytes of hard drive space would have set me back not even 15 years ago now.

I recall gleefully going into Circuit City in Topeka, Kan., and plopping down $220 for a 1.2-gigabyte drive, thinking that beast was the biggest hard drive I’d ever need. That comes out to about $183 a gigabyte; at that rate the drive I almost bought on eBay this weekend would’ve cost me $275,000 (two hundred and seventy five thousand dollars) in 1997.

Technology and progress are amazing things, and the speed at which computers have progressed in the last decade has been astonishing. It’s even more amazing that my damn near six-year-old G5 is even still useful. I love that machine.

Fun at home with my new PlayStation 3

My awesome wife hooked me up with a PlayStation 3 for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and so far I’m totally loving it. Highlights:

• watching Melissa gun her way through Resident Evil 5 has been a lot of fun. She beat the single-player campaign on weaksauce mode the night before last, and is now replaying it on normal difficulty; I’m co-piloting her attempts to complete Trophy achievements for collecting all the game’s hidden treasures and badges.

• I’ve been playing Resistance: Fall of Man, which I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. It’s a pretty old game, I know; it was a Greatest Hits pack-in with the PS3. It took me awhile to regain my console shooter chops, which atrophied pretty solidly during a four-plus year World of Warcraft addiction; I’m still not completely back yet, but it’s been a few stages since I’ve managed to get myself killed. The setting and the storyline are well-done, and so far I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent with it.

• LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is awesome. Same-screen co-op games are pretty rare, and Mel and I have enjoyed playing this together. Also, it’s easy enough that Helen can actually play too, which has been pretty fun. This is a game Megan will love once she gets back up here.

• Video streaming! Oh, I’m loving this feature so far… I have been ripping DVDs onto the old-school PowerMac G5 in my upstairs office at home and streaming the video to the PS3 down in the living room with MediaLink. It’s incredibly easy to set up, and works extremely well. My computer’s going to be pretty busy over the next few days ripping our DVD collection, and I’m now officially on the hunt for bigger hard drives. The 150-gig drive I’m using for this now ain’t gonna cut it for long…

Coming up next – Killzone 2, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Grand Theft Auto 4, not necessarily in that order. Also have an eye open for a Final Fantasy XIII release date; I skipped 12 (again, due to that pesky WoW addiction), and am excited to pick that series back up again.

Second trailer for “G.I. Joe” has posted the second trailer for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra;” this one comes from France, and is the first new Joe trailer since the Super Bowl.

This actually looks kinda fun. I still will have a hard time buying into it as G.I. Joe, but it looks like it’ll just be two hours of fighting and explosions. Perfect.

Still surprisingly absent? Cobra Commander.