The site was up and down last week because of my move from Bluehost to Media Temple. More details on ChickenBall Design.
In other news, I’ve finally accumulated my buffer enough that I can stop living paycheck to paycheck! YNAB rules! Well, the YNAB rules are pretty cool, but I meant that YNAB is the best. Sorry, pun intended. Unfortunately, I’ve more than killed any semblance of a life I may have had by working hard enough to earn enough money to do so. The extra money also helps for… you know, comics. Who cares about a social life? A life without reward is no life at all. NO LIFE AT ALL!!
When I was going to sit down and write this entry last weekend, I got waylaid by my friend, Noreen, who wanted help buying a new laptop. I like shopping for new gadgets and toys, even if they aren’t for me. I guess it’s all about the adventure than the end result for me. That, and I like helping my friends if I can. I sure as heck can’t help save their lives or be a wingman, but I can certainly help pick out a good computer worth every bang for the buck. So, we go to Staples and they only had Windows 7 laptops, which was perfect, because Vista was a steaming ball of horse manure encased in stained glass. Metaphorically speaking, of course. If I was speaking literally, then maybe Vista would have sold better because, let’s face it: stained glass is colorful and neat-o. That’s right, I said neat-o. I grew up in the eighties, what more do you want from me?
Anyway, I digress (the first of many times this post, perhaps). We checked out one of the first laptops available. A Toshiba Satellite with Core i5, 4 GB DDR3, 320 GB HDD. Nice specs! Nice design! Overpriced. Next up, we saw a decent Acer Aspire with Core2Duo, 3 GB DDR3, 320 GB HDD. After that, we saw nothing else but HP. Boycott HP. Their printers are good, but I would rather break a stained glass ball of horse manure on my head than accept an HP computer as a gift, let alone purchase one. Needless to say, we went with the modest Acer Aspire. Yay!
A few add-ons like a new laptop cooler mat and external hard drive (darn my innate RadioShack training), and we were off to the races! Except, not really. It slipped my mind that Noreen would have wanted her laptop setup. I spent most of Saturday and some of Sunday morning helping out with that. I’m a great friend, right?? I sacrificed video gaming for helping out a friend.
As an aside, I may have played my video games with a bit too much vigor later on this week, but I’m jumping ahead of myself.
Saturday night was spent at James G’s place playing Magic: The Gathering. It was my first time playing in years… maybe since high school? Anyway, it’s been too long, yet I managed to open a can of humble whoop-ass. Mind you, it’s Magic. I can’t exactly brag about such a geeky hobby anyway. It’d be like saying, “Yeah, I buttered some toast at my soup kitchen community service job like a pro. Like. A. Pro.” Not that I’m insulting Magic; far from it. However, Magic doesn’t exactly bring a crowd to their feet like the Olympics. There – I mentioned the Olympics. Am I good or what?
On Sunday afternoon, I played Warhammer 40,000 with Colin the Cripple. His Tyranids defeated my Necrons like a bundle of dynamite would take out Chinese coal miners, but not by much. Mid-game, however, my throat started feeling hoarse (whinny?) and I was coughing like an angry asthmatic (sorry, Ian). By Monday morning, I had caught a slight cold because I was only coughing. Then, the fever and aches came. I was down for the count by the end of the day, yet I somehow managed to work on twice the tickets at work than Adam did. I wonder why?
I took the day off on Tuesday to recover. I was back on my feet in no time and back to work on Wednesday. Then today came and my cold gained superpowers and beat the living tar out of me, adding sneezing, nasal congestion, and nosebleeds to my woes. Hooray for death!
Don’t worry, I’m not going to die (probably), but I sure wish I could.
EDIT: This entry was supposed to be posted last week, but the cold got worse!! The next entry will explain it all.