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Two things to do... [Jul. 29th, 2007|12:34 pm]
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Yesterday, I had two Really Important things to do.

First, I had to cook the roast of corned beef I had. Second, I had to work out.

It didn't quite work out that way.

With a this and a that and a bit of "I don't want to do this right this moment", the roast didn't get put in the smoker - what, you thought I'd use an *oven* when I could smoke it with the last of my hickory? - until 2. And at 6, I thought it still needed to cook some more.

At 8, I took it out and cut off a piece, and *wow*. And then I looked at the consarned thing and thought "oh." I have three pounds of corned beef here! (Well, according to one person I know, I have three pounds of pastrami, which is even better.) I hope I can handle a lot of Rubens... but what a day to smoke a lot of corned bee. I don't have any swiss in the house! (Or sauerkraut. Or Thousand Island. Or rye bread. In fact, I don't even have a house, I have an apartment. In fact... no, never mind.)

Once I was still cooking meat at 6, I knew going to the gym (which closes at 8 on Saturdays) was a lost cause, but I had to do something... so I turned to my stock of computer games.

I'm a hoarder here... I discovered that I still have 3 5.25" floppies with the original Bard's Tale on it. Isn't that ridiculous? I mean, I have it on three different hard drives, why do I need it on floppies?

I spent the night putting all of my game CDs in a binder, discarding old CD cases, and making sure I have copies of all of my activation codes. The lone exception is my new copy of Sacred Gold, which I have in with my game documentation bucket. (See, for a while, I was buying cat litter in huge plastic buckets... these buckets work good for storage.) Pat and I might have to infect introduce someone to that game. I also copied all of my old 3.5 floppies to hard drive... just in case, you know, I need a copy of MS-DOS 6.22, or Windows 3.1 again.

(I might. Bard's Tale sucks if you have a mouse. You can't type the spell codes in, and if your mages have a lot of spells - and they're supposed to! - it takes forever to scroll to the right one. And on Virtual PC, I can probably load up a DOS box without any problems. And may I mention that it can be a bad idea for a gamer/packrat to go through his collection?)

Anyway... my computer gaming stuff has been greatly compactified. My only worries now are losing my Big Book o' Software.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2007-07-29 08:55 pm (UTC)
mmmmm corned beef :)

I went to the (very small) farmer's market here yesterday, came home with things I need for gazpacho, plus a small globe zucchini to stuff (wonder where I got ,b>that</b> idea? :) ), and various other goodies, including a pint of fresh raspberries that got rinsed, put in a bowl, covered with milk, and scarfed down. I think today's also my "I can has cheezburger" day...
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[User Picture]From: claire
2007-07-29 09:26 pm (UTC)
Who needs bread or other stuff when there's corned beef to be eaten?

*is hungry now*
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2007-07-29 09:44 pm (UTC)
You keep learning how to do things like smoke corned beef and you could become awfully useful to have around, you know? (-:

And I think the game compactification definitely counts as "packing." So that's progress, too.
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[User Picture]From: calpatine
2007-07-30 01:35 am (UTC)
You know, I have an old laptop that I use just for old Sierra and Lucasarts games, and it took me FOREVER to find copies of DOS6.2 and WIN3.1 to load on it. At least now I know if the harddrive eats itself again I can just come to you....
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-03 05:12 pm (UTC)

Spell Codes

In the Apple IIgs Bard's Tale, at least, you can mix mouse and keyboard commands. So clicking on "Cast a spell" or clicking on your mage brings up a list of spells that you have to scroll through, but typing "C" during combat or selecting your mage by number while exploring allows you to type in the spell code.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-09-03 06:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Spell Codes

You know, I bet that's the difference, because I've done a bit of fooling around and it's let me type in the spell codes... if you click, it uses the mouse, if you type, you get to type.

(And now I'm flashing back on the old Apple II Bard's Tale character graphics, and remembering how funny some of them were... vector graphic-like stick figures and such, with the kobold/goblin/etc. animation being a stick figure holding a sword that occasionally raised it up then brought it back down, leading to some awfully crude comments about whether it was really a sword....)
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