Wednesday, March 31, 2004


Well, after a fews days of tribulations, I'm back to my regular routine of AudioBlogging. Enjoy. ;)

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.31.2004

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Better, Stronger, Faster...

Well, maybe not stronger or faster, but my computer is definately better in the sense that XP has been reinstalled and works now. I pulled all the files I needed off the previous installation (which turned out to be a lot less than I expected) and completely formatted my XP partition. Sometimes it's good just to nuke everything and start from scratch. XP starts up a LOT faster now without all the junk coming up at the beginning. But, the only slightly annoying step of installation is the fact that I'm having to download about 45 Windows updates and patches, including Service Pack 1, from scratch. Needless to say...it's taking a while.

In other news, this morning went very smoothly. The drive down to Dave's place and back to get my books was not as long as I had expected (though I did doze most of the way). And as a result, Spanish went great.

In the evening, we continued my driver's ed by introducing me to the (dun dun dun...) standard transmission Toyota 4Runner (the car I'll most likely be driving around until I get one of my own). I have to say, after driving in an automatic, adjusting to a stick-shift is like having to re-learn all the basics in a different way. Stuff that was really simple to do in an automatic takes an almost ballet-esqe level of coreography to pull off. I killed the engine a fair share of times getting used to that *&^$ clutch... And I still don't have it down.

Ah well...

Anyways, I should have everything installed tomorrow and will then resume bringing you the AudioBlogs you love so much. Bear with me!
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Monday, March 29, 2004

Home, Sweet Home

Yes indeed, hard to believe it's been 5 days already since I was in this bed last. It feels great compared to the air mattress I was on at Dave's. And it's very nice to be home with my folks again.

But with all comings home from a certain stay away somewhere comes the inevitable leaving-something-behind scenario. This time around it happened to be the one thing that I can't go without tomorrow: my spanish textbook and work. While I'm still kicking myself for forgetting it, we have arranged for Dave to leave it on the front porch, where we'll pick it up early tomorrow morning. (Meh, I didn't need those extra 2 hours of sleep, anyway...)

But there is some good news. Among the messages on the answering machine here at home was one from Logitech Customer Support. Now if I haven't mentioned it before, my two Logitech Wireless Controllers for my Xbox went on the fritz a couple of months ago, and became unusable. So I called customer support and they agreed to send me two replacements, free of charge. Well, the controllers went on back order, and I didn't hear anything until now. The lady on the message informed that the model of wireless controller I had on back order...had been discontinued. Wonderful. But just before my shoulders could sag, she continued with her message, saying that the discontinuation was to make room for a brand new model of Xbox wireless controller that will ship in May...and I'm pencilled in for two of them. w00t. But that's not all. She went on to apologize for me having to wait so long, and that in consolation for my trouble, they were sending me two "Thunderpad" corded controllers as a gift. Talk about patience rewarded!

In my book, Logitech has the best customer service in the world. They are totally number one.
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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Silent Smith Strikes Back

Well, I remembered today that I had my Windows 98 installation on there to fall back on, so I booted that up. However, upon running a spyware and virus check, I found out I had 126 instances of spyware and 5 files infected by 4 different viruses. Yeah. Needless to say I did a thorough house cleaning, and now it's up and running just fine. Sara has been rather "attached" to it today, though, which is why I'm writing this from my laptop. heh

Anyway, today we watched three more movies after I woke up around 11:30. First was Spiderman, which I found to be nice as far as story and action, but weak as far as acting. Second was Chain Reaction, an action/intrigue flick from the early nineties with Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freedman. Even though it dealt with secret goverment stuff and had good action, it felt sort of generic. And lastly came Zoolander, a comedy from not too long ago with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (yep, same duo that's in the Starsky and Hutch remake). Overall it was a wacky and sometimes bizarre comedy with a fair amount of good jokes. Passable.

Oh, and for lunch I had hot dogs with pico de gallo on top. I'm telling you, it's almost heavenly. Try it. ;)

Well, I just felt I should share this with you. It's around 11 now, and the Women's NCAA game between Baylor and Tennessee just wrapped up in a heartbreaking way. Tennessee and their legendary coach were the favorites to advance, but Baylor played them very hard the whole game and stayed slightly ahead until the final minute when Tennessee tied the game. Then, coming out of a timeout with less than 10 seconds to go and the game still tied , Baylor turned the ball over on a bad pass and the Tennessee player drove down the court. Virtually unchallenged, she went to make a simple lay-up to end the game...and missed. With less than 1 second to go, the ball came down and players from both teams went for the rebound. As the buzzer sounded, a referee blew his whistle. A foul on Baylor. After carefully reviewing the play on a monitor, the referees decided the foul was legit, and had been called with 3 tenths of a second left on the clock. Tennessee made both their foul shots, sealing the victory, since 3 tenths of a second might as well be nothing.

Needless to say, it's horrible for a game to finish in such a manner. The commentators were adament that the call should not have been made, and the game should have been decided in overtime. I agree, it's horrible to lose a game because of a call. I almost believe that the Tennessee player should have intentionally missed the foul shots, just so there wouldn't have been controversy. It would have been the sportsmanlike thing to do. But instead, Tennessee moves on, while Baylor goes home. All because of a fluke call.

I never thought Women's basketball could be so interesting.
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Saturday, March 27, 2004

One of the Worst Days of My Life

Well, first let me apologize for not posting an AudioBlog tonight. For reasons I'm still not sure of, my computer had a bizarre cataclysm today resulting in a system file becoming corrupted. It will now no longer boot into Windows XP. The task of fixing it is one I'm not looking forward to with any eagerness, as you can imagine.

So, this means I won't be able to post an AudioBlog until Monday evening at the earliest, and that would be from Sara's computer (if she'll let me).

There is a bright side to all of this, though. Since I recently installed a new 80gb Hard Drive in my system and have been storing all my data on that, there has been no crucial data loss in this incident. When I hook up the new XP installation, all my files will still be there as I left them. Thank goodness.

I will be coming to you as much as I can via my laptop. Feel free to send me a comforting word via AIM if you'd like. :)
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Friday, March 26, 2004

Hey, if you listen really closely to this entry, you can hear Sarah (Myst) playing guitar in the background.

Valor's AudioBlog LIVE! from Dave's Place on 3.26.2004

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog LIVE! from Dave's Place on 3.25.2004

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog LIVE! From Dave's Place on 3.24.2004

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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.23.2004

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Monday, March 22, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.22.2004

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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.21.2004

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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.20.2004

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Friday, March 19, 2004

Okay, from now on I'm just going to post a link to the latest AudioBlog recording. No more text than that.

Valor's AudioBlog for 3.19.2004

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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Now Coming to You Through the Powerful Medium of Sound...

Yes, that's right folks, I've started by blog back up again in the form of an Audio Blog. Everything I want to say here is now conveyed in a nice little MP3 file, the link to which is right below. Have fun listening to (and making fun of) my voice. ;)

AudioBlog Entry for 3-18-2004 (2mb MP3)

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