OK, so this is how it works. If you're really, mind-numbingly bored, here are 36 questions for your consumption, in haphazardly written English with weird capitalization. I didn't write these, nor did I take the time to correct them for proper grammar and spelling; I am, after all, not that bored. You may comment to this post with your answers. If you're still bored after that (god, you must lead the worst life ever), make a post of your own with these questions.
The original instructions: (I EXPLICITLY DISCLAIM ANY ENDORSEMENT OF THE SAID INSTRUCTIONS.)
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IF YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I want to know 36 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine ... You're on my list, so I want to know you better!
BE HONEST! COPY FROM HERE THEN SEND DIRECTLY TO ME IN A COMMENT THEN, REPOST THE EMPTY QUESTIONS.
So I haven't posted in more than a month. I apologise profusely for this; I have just come back from Boston, where for no adequate reason it's actually warmer than Toronto is, and it's made all the hotter for the reason I'm about to explain. (Or you will have already known if you read the title.)
For those of you unfamiliar with the MIT Mystery Hunt, it's a 48-(more or less)-hour continuous nerd
orgyfest, where hordes of people with bad haircuts (for some, none at all) and far too much useless knowledge come together to gorge on pretzels, grape Kool-Aid and puzzles.
We got second this year. We last obtained this rank in 2006, when The Midnight Bombers What Bomb at Midnight snatched away our coin; Codex came in third. The top three teams were identical this year, except the puzzles were much, much harder. I was afraid that we wouldn't even be able to unlock all the puzzles when the hunt ended, so it was quite the surprise when I heard that we had, in fact, got second place.
List of favourite (and not-so-favourite) puzzles, in no particular order: (I'll put the links up when the puzzles are made public.)
... turned into an abject nightmare.
My intentions at the start were innocuous enough: I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. With the herd of OSX worshippers prancing around the EngSci computer lab, I was not going to get an objective opinion easily (no offence to you all); my only remaining option was to actually install Leopard by myself.
But of course I wasn't about to buy a Mac. Oh no of course not. So how was I going to install it?
Reddit comes to the rescue - some helpful souls have posted instructions on exactly how to get Leopard up and running on your computer. It involves a modified Leopard install image, a SSE2-capable CPU, and luck.
It seemed, at least in the beginning, that luck was on my side. I successfully got Leopard to boot up, and I'll be candid and say that it was breathtaking. At least in the eyecandy department, Apple is leaps and bounds above Microsoft. Everything's ... beautiful.
Until I realised that I was running at 1024x768 resolution on my 1280x1024 monitor and the blurriness was making my eyes water.
And that there was no sound.
So I did what any sane person would do: I haxxored the kernel extensions according to a guide.
That failed miserably. Next time I booted, there was a kernel panic and I couldn't even get the bootloader to show. Leopard, in going down, took XP with it. Great.
I had no XP install media to repair the partition with... and no easily accessible Linux LiveCD.
... I had to install Vista.
An hour and much frustration later (UAC needs to go and suck something), I finally have Vista up and running; I run the boot editor and try to load the XP partition...
No go. When I try to boot to the XP partition the computer simply restarts. No gripe about missing ntldr; nothing.
So now I'm stuck in Vista, never envisioned when I started installing OSX believing that it would work. I guess that's karma for you.
Literally. At least they're over now.