Entries from November 2006 ↓

From jwz, and probably of interest to Jon: HBO i…

From jwz, and probably of interest to Jon:

HBO is developing a one-hour series based on the popular 1990s Vertigo comic series Preacher. Mark Steven Johnson, who directed the comic-book adaptations Daredevil and the upcoming Ghost Rider for the big screen, is writing the pilot. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards) is set to direct.

Why buying a game doesn’t always pay

I bought Neverwinter Nights 2 yesterday, as something to entertain me when my brain is fried from PhD stuff. Now, I could have downloaded a torrent and all, but I ended up buying it because I want to support more story-based rpg’s.

Unfortunately NWN2 has been released with whole lot of bugs (the game version says 0.95? At the LEAST call it 1.00 even if it isn’t really ready for release) – meaning patch-tastic fun for everyone. But the particular bug I have is particularly annoying – the installer finishes copying all the files, but when attempting to verify the .NET 2.0 framework, my computer bluescreens and reboots. I had almost forgotten that bluescreens existed, thanks for reminding me Windows! Luckily I can play the game afterwards, but the installation didn’t set up the registry properly, so patches refuse to install (“Please reinstall your game”).

I have suspicions that this is to do with me running Windows XP x64 edition. There is mention that the retail version doesn’t come with an 32 bit .NET installer, so I had downloaded the x64 version from M$ and that allowed me to play the game. Before that, the executable would just crash. I’m also assuming that because .NET is required, it’ll be unlikely that NWN2 will ever grace Linux.

The other bug I ran into was “Insufficient disk space to save game” – particularly great if you’ve spent 5 hours playing and then try and save over the save slot you’re using. Because, the wonderful programmers decided to delete the existing game in the save slot before the new save has completely successfully. And BTW, I did have over a gig free for saving, while the save games are only 5-10 meg.

So, that’ll teach me for spending money on a computer game, what a stupid idea THAT was. Instead of a relaxing day escaping recent personal sorrows, I instead get pissed off and frustrated with Atari.

(I hear that x64 isn’t officially supported by NWN2, but really, get with the times. That goes the same for hardware manufacturers – 64 bits drivers please, which would be easy enough if you wrote them half-decent.)

3 items of note

  1. My shoulder twitches. I’m not sure if I find this better or worse than when my eyelid twitched.
  2. I need a new place to live. If anyone knows someone looking for a flatmate in Christchurch then let me know.
  3. I need everyone’s street address. By everyone I mean the friends that I know, not the internet in general. So send them to my email address – which you should already have. I have plans – happy plans – that I can’t carry out without your addresses.

Plus, although MySpace is a generally shoddy website, it does actually have something going for it. Namely, being able to hook up with independent electronica artists, tell them your a budding DJ, post them some of your mixes, and then they send you their latest tracks to mix. I’m also suprised that some of the bigger names also actually take the time to respond personally, as opposed to employing some monkey that replies… hang on, it could have been a monkey, but at least they make the effort to pretend they are the artist.

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