stillonmystring: (brittany bats her pretty eyelashes)
So... I bought a laptop! Really, the thing I wanted it for most was just so that I could work on my writing while away from our desktop computer (because I have officially become too lazy to actually write things out by hand... isn't that so sad?). But I spent quite a bit of time comparing a few different ones before deciding which to buy because I was hoping I might be able to use it to play Sims too. So I was very careful to get one with what I hoped was a compatible video card. Anyway, I got the laptop yesterday and installed the base game last night and it works! And the graphics actually seem just about as good as they are on our desktop which makes me really happy! Since it was only the base game I couldn't transfer over my current Sims yet so I played around in Veronaville and gave a few of the Maxis Sims there makeovers. The guys were all mostly pretty blah, even after making them over. The girls turned out better because makeup can do wonders (especially since it seemed the Maxis idiots decided every female in that neighborhood should have practically non-existent lips, WTF?!?). So here are a couple pictures just to prove that Sims does in fact run on my laptop! Sorry for the somewhat crunchy quality. I had to use the in-game camera.

Juliette Capp:


Hermia Capp:


Tybalt Capp (Okay, at first I looked at him thought, Holy crap, this poor guy has the most unfortunate facial structure EVER. But then I made him over and he suddenly got hot. Like really hot. Hotter than a pixel person should ever be allowed to be. I kind of love him now and want someone to have his babies RIGHT NOW!):



Titania Summerdream (who I think is adorable - that tiny nose!):


Anyway, God, I haven't played the base game in so long that I forgot some of its annoyances: custom content can't be subfoldered (though apparently default replacements can so it took me forever to figure out why they showed up and everything else didn't), when the Sim changes clothes with the closet it just shows one outfit at a time instead of thumbnails of them all, either the Sim calling the taxi or the entire household must leave for a community lot - you can't pick and choose who stays and goes, you go to the neighborhood screen once you leave the family's lot and pick a community lot from there (I remembered this was how it was in the first Sims but I didn't think it ever was in Sims 2)... and many more things I'm sure I can't remember right now.

So now that it works I have to go through a lot of hassle to get everything running perfectly. If I want to play the Alphas on there (which I think I do since I don't want to start even more new families and forget about them) I first have to go through the tedious process of installing every expansion/stuff pack then installing all the patches then transferring all my custom content/Sim information over from this computer. And then hoping that it all works still. My laptop has 2GB of memory and our desktop has 3 so the thing I'm most concerned about is how smoothly it will run. It works fine with just the base game but each expansion makes it more and more of a memory hog, I do believe. But I think it'll be easy enough to add more memory if I need it. It's just the money that's the difficult part.

Speaking of money, what the fuck, this laptop is going to bankrupt me. Seriously. First of all, the laptop itself was a little over $400 which is a really, really good price considering my sister's cost somewhere around twice that. Granted, mine's not the newest, shiniest model and doesn't have all the extras like a webcam and so forth but it's good enough for me. But then there's all the things I want now to go with the laptop. I just bought a new USB flash drive because mine looks like it's going to break soon and only holds like 500MB worth of stuff. I also just bought a cheap little mouse because I cannot seem to get the hang of using the touch pad the way I want to in the Sims. See, since I take so many pictures, I have to be able to get very precise, perfect angles which is very, very difficult with the touch pad. Maybe I'm just missing something obvious but it's easier for me with a mouse. And it was like ten bucks (on sale + promotion code, woohoo!) so no biggie. So I've spent like $450 altogether so far. But then I kind of want a new external hard drive because I think I actually bought mine a few years ago that holds 70GB for the same price or maybe more than you can get a 500GB one for now and I'm getting close to running out of a room. That's not a very necessary purchase right now but I would like to do it at some point. Then there's the memory if I need that. Then... it's really uncomfortable to sit on my bed with a laptop for an extended period of time so I want a desk. GAH. WHEN WILL IT EVER END?!?

Anyway, I'm rambling. I should go. I'm going to go distract myself with getting together all the things I need to install Sims instead of working on my novel. But that's okay. I'm up to 35000-some words now so I think I can slack off a little bit.
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I got my Who Killed Amanda Palmer book today! Finally. I've only had a quick glance through the pictures but it is glorious. And grotesque. It is gloriously grotesque.

I'm seeing the Decemberists tomorrow. I'm not even all that excited about it, strangely. Though I know I will be once I'm actually there. I just hate that it takes so fucking long to get there. And also, the money. I hate money. I just spent almost everything I was trying to save for the concert on food today. Just food! Food can be ridiculously expensive. Also, I need to buy more books because none of the ones I have right now are looking very appealing to me. So I don't think I'm going to be buying anything at the show... unless it's like $5. Oh well. It's the experience that counts, blah blah blah, right?

I've been super busy lately. Which explains why I haven't been posting every other day. This is probably a good thing.

P.S. I watched this movie, Enduring Love, a few days ago because it's got BEN!!11!! in it. But he was only in it for a few minutes. Sadness. He looked adorable though. And it was an okay movie. The book's probably better though. I should read the book.

P.P.S. If all goes as planned, I think I am going to see (500) Days of Summer this weekend! I've been wanting to see it for weeks and it's finally come out as close to here as it's going to. ZOOEY! Also, I actually didn't really know all that much about this movie except that she was in it, so I watched a trailer the other day and ZOMG MY LOVER MATTHEW GRAY GUBLER IS IN IT!!!! How did I not know this? So I pretty much have to see it now.

stillonmystring: (what adorable drunks)
Last time: Avery, Blake and Charlotte headed off to college. There was lots of drama involved. Charlotte hooked up with her creepy old drama professor. Avery beat up on some random girl for no reason. And Blake's girlfriend died! The horror! How in the world will he ever manage to move on?!?

5.6: The Grim Reaper Is Not Amused. )

In non-Sims related news, I just bought, um... seven new books. Eek. I actually narrowed the list down a lot though from the original amount because I told myself I could only spend $20 right now. So I decided on these:

  • Like Life - Lorrie Moore (Love her. I hope I like this better than Birds of America though I'm afraid nothing will ever effect me like Anagrams did; it was just the perfect book at the perfect time type situation.)
  • The Violent Bear It Away - Flannery O'Connor (I thought Wise Blood was amazing and needed more right away... well, I've still got her short stories but that's a huge collection and I wanted to read this first.)
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (I am long overdue for reading this.)
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan (I tried to buy this from Amazon but they apparently ran out of stock permanently and canceled my order so let's try it again, shall we?)
  • Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis (I limited myself to one book of his for now. In case I hate it or something. But I am excited to read it!)
  • The Blindfold - Siri Hustvedt (Total impulse buy. Someone mentioned this book in the same breath as The Secret History - it wasn't even a comparison between the actual books, just between how much the person liked them - but I looked it up on Amazon and the summary literally sent a shiver down my spine. A shiver as in, "OMG, this sounds so perfect! I need it now!" So yeah, I've got high expectations here.)
  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith (It's been on my wishlist for awhile. And it was cheap. So I finally caved in. I feel similarly about this as I do about reading Atonement - I'm kind of weary about whether I'll like them or not but I have a weakness for 20s/30s era stories so I must read them.)

Neko Case and the Decemberists are coming to Michigan this summer and I really want to go. Up until now, I kinda sorta wanted to but was pretty indifferent (I haven't been much in the mood for shows lately; the long traveling really wears on me after awhile) but now I suddenly feel much more passionate about it. They're both pretty expensive - well, more expensive than I'm used to - but I have most of the money right now. I just wish they weren't so damn far away. Neko's actually playing twice and one of them is much closer but it's also more expensive. So I don't know. We shall see.
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Oh God. I am far too obsessed with buying new books. Lately, I've been all burnt out on reading and have only been reading a new book, like, once every two weeks when at the beginning of the year I was reading two or three in one week... yet I just can't help myself from drooling over more books I want to read (even when I still have a bunch of unread ones sitting on my shelf) and adding them like crazy to my Amazon wishlist. Which is currently about fifty books long. Eep. But right now I'm mostly drooling over these; I mean, there are a lot of writers there that I don't really know very well or don't care about but the concept as a whole is just brilliant. I especially want this one and this one, like, right this instant. But that's a shitload of money to spend on authors that I've never actually read anything by no matter how sure I am that I will love them. But the want is so much more overpowering than practicality! Plus, I think I am taking a rather large sum of money out of the bank soon. Which is technically to go towards the Maria Taylor concert I am attending (next Sunday, oh my God!) but I know I'm not going to spend that much there so perhaps I can fulfill these very strong urges as well. I also want this real bad even though I am not familiar with Alice in Wonderland at all. It just looks so nice and definitive. And come on. If you're pretty certain you'll like something, wouldn't you rather buy the fancy, collectable, definitive version if there's one available first instead of buying some less awesome copy and then figuring out it's an amazing book therefore spending more money to replace it with the fancy version? This makes sense, right? I mean, $60-70 is a crazy amount for three books (especially considering the fact that I haven't bought an actual brand new copy of a book in quite a long time), but considering the amount of content in them?... not so crazy anymore and pretty worth it, I think. Though this also looks really good and I still need to get this and also T.S. Eliot, anyone? That also happens to be rather expensive (but sturdy and quite definitive!). Also, this seems good and kind of Special Topics in Calamity Physics-esque (and not in the totally insane plot developments aspect but in the "outsider comes in and changes/ruins everyone's lives" aspect which is a premise I'm very fond of); it looks as though it's rather impossible to get new in the U.S. but relatively cheap to get used. Not to mention the forty-some other books on my list. Argh! Why can I not be rich?!? I would just spend all my money on all books all the time. Seriously. I've gotten crazier about buying books than I am about music now. Probably because you can enjoy music the same whether you pirate it or actually buy it but, for me anyway, reading a book on your computer screen is nowhere close to the same experience you get from actually holding a book in your hands. And this is getting rambly. But if anyone wants to buy things for me?... I'm totally into that. :P

Edit: OMG, this looks pretty brill too. The preview on Amazon was really funny. I hate reading those, though, because then I want to read more and I can't and it drives me crazy! I really need to stop now. I should be in bed. But it is a disease, I'm telling you.

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I just found out a film adaptation is being made of An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, which is a very good book, and this should be exciting news except... it is starring Jessica Alba. This scares me. A lot. I did not picture Jessica Alba while I was reading this book, okay? Hopefully, the movie is alright regardless of her acting... or some miracle happens and she is suddenly an amazing actress. I am just really baffled by this casting choice.

Anyway, guess who went to Barnes & Noble on Saturday? Me! Finally. It kind of pains me to spend such a ridiculous amount of cash on books and CDs when I could get them a lot cheaper used, or hell, even brand new, on Amazon or something but... I just love the feeling of going to the store and seeing all these things and picking them up and evaluating them and deciding to buy them. It's just not the same when you buy stuff online. Anyhow, I spent, like, $100 (shameful! I vow to spend the rest of my Christmas money very thriftily) and this is what I ended up getting:

What $100+ will buy you at B&N... )

Anyway, I really really just want to work on my story right now but I have more important things that I have been putting off for way too long and should probably finish right this moment. I also still have to finish my 2008 albums list - because God knows when I say I'm going to write a "brief paragraph" regarding each that I really mean "a massive, tl;dr paragraph" and it ends up taking way longer than I meant it to. *sigh* I also think I am still changing the order a bit... I don't know why. No matter what I do, I'll never be completely happy but alas... I at least want to be happier with it than I was with my last year's. Anyway. Yeah. Onto important things. Hopefully.

P.S. I never updated with its progress but my Zune does work again, thank God. I can't decide whether the whole situation was insanely hilarious or totally infuriating. But anyway. It was interesting, definitely...
 
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...only when I actually have some though. When I'm broke, I hate money. Yet at the same time still want it. Hmm...

Anyway, the point of this post is "omg look what I bought!!!!11!!!" so I'll get right to that:

EXCITING. )

Yay! And before you tell me how excessive and impulsive all of that No Doubt is, let me tell you that it was super super cheap, okay? I think the other three CDs combined cost more than five ND CDs, so it's not that crazy. I am slightly worried about the quality though because I like things to look nice and new always but that's always my biggest worry with buying things used and it usually turns out okay. Anyway, I got all eight CDs for under $35, awesome! I think my next CD-buying goal is to get all of the albums that will be on my best of '08 list that I don't yet own physical copies of because it makes sense to own things that I consider my favorites. (And P.S. that list will be coming soon-ish as in a month or two and I will probably post it here as well as to my music journal because I'm weird like that.)

And because I have a strange need to fully divulge every detail when it comes to money-spending, I also bought Paste and Venuszine with She & Him on the covers and Bust with Jenny Lewis on the cover - which cost like $15 all together (why do magazines cost so much??)... and two of those magazines I would have no interest in normally... the things I do to satisfy my obsessions.

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