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[Sep. 19th, 2005|02:28 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
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Settling in to the new apartment slowly but surely. On the upside, the home theater works great. Still need to find out how to switch between the digital inputs (only one that works is hooked up to the DVD player at the moment), the "high-end in disguise" DVD player I bought still displays some macroblocking, and the TV seems to overcompress large color gradients resulting in color banding, but it's still pretty damn neat. Kitchen is coming together nicely, took down the laundry room door to facillitate using the built-in shelving there as a pantry. Got a neato new dishrack, put away all the cookware, and have managed to crank out more than one home-cooked meal so far. Grill works pretty well too, but the electric ignitor is worthless as I had expected.
The downside, however, is pretty fucking down. First and foremost, I HAVE NO CABLEMODEM. The jackass installer who came out the day after I moved in made the cable box display anything other than "invalid" on the diags menu and left me sitting at my computer trying to download this mysterious software that will stop the DNS server from resolving all my requests to the server that the software's on. Turns out the connection is spotty, which results in me not being able to download said software and make things not suck, and the fucktard left without making it work. Same goes for all the digital channels as well as a lot of the channels that I thought were analog. So, I'm stuck with no internet access and shitty cable until Comcast can send someone out that knows his ass from a QAM tuner. Have seen two dumbasses so far, a "specialist" is supposed to be stopping by today. I'm not paying a damn thing until it works, and I'm not paying for any of this tomfoolery before that point. In fact, I'd better be compensated for my patience with their bumbling.
Other downsides include a broken phone jack in the living room, broken blinds in the bedroom (which makes getting ready for a shower interesting), wall switches that operate the least convenient outlet possible in the room (only one switched outlet in the living room, and it's the one that I've got all the home theater stuff plugged in to). Other than that, it's a great place. Getting maintenance out today to have them mark the studs in the geek room so that I can put up massive shelving and we can unpack all the collectibles. Already put up my cels, filled about 6'x8' worth of one wall with most of them. The really nice Belldandy cel and the Jiji cel go elsewhere. Then there's just a few boxes of miscellany to go through for anything important and the rest goes in the storage room.
Still waiting on the sectional and bed frame, albeit it should be about a week max for both of them at this point. Sitting on the director chair in the living room is uncomfortable, and laying a foot off the ground to sleep is a bit awkward, but we'll make do. Been playing Disgaea again while we're without viable entertainment, got Laharl up to level 1088 and dealing 10k of damage per hit. Planning on completing the game by beating Prinny Baal with just Laharl. My phone works and it's on the same number, so that's how to get a hold of me if you've been wondering where I am.
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[User Picture]From: etcet
2005-09-19 07:49 pm (UTC)
don't suppose i could ping you for a tracking #?

*twitches, rubs arm*

and, yes - asshat cable installers are teh suck. my internet jones couldn't deal with something like that, either.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-19 07:56 pm (UTC)
I was planning on sending it to you as soon as I got access, but I forgot to grab the sheet on my way out to work this morning. I shipped them out Friday morning FedEx ground. It cost a LOT more than the estimate, $171 to be exact. I ate the cost.
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[User Picture]From: etcet
2005-09-19 07:59 pm (UTC)
ouch. how much was that? i have no qualms making up most of the difference, condering the deal-ness of the whole thing.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-19 08:19 pm (UTC)
It was $171 total for shipping I should say, so a difference of +$111. They should be at your door at the end of the day tomorrow at the latest, FedEx.com says 3 business days transit time. I'll bring the tracking number to work where I can email it to you tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: etcet
2005-09-19 08:49 pm (UTC)
i'll shoot you a chunk of the balance, mang.

and i'll keep an eye out for the hang tag.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-19 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hey you... what's up with the TV?
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-19 09:01 pm (UTC)
$50 and it's yours, it's just sitting at the old apartment. You can have the stand it's on, too.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-19 11:07 pm (UTC)
I just want the TV...and maybe a little help carrying it up the stairs. Anytime this week, but not this weekend..next weekend's okay too, and so's most the week.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-19 11:41 pm (UTC)
Any day after 7PM would be fine, shoot me an email when you want to come.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-20 04:47 am (UTC)
Uhm.. Not this Friday, but next? I have class from 5:45-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and till 10 on Monday and Wednesdays.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-20 01:29 pm (UTC)
That's cutting it awful close, that's the day I have to give the keys to the old place back.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-20 03:05 pm (UTC)
I wish you were on AIM so we could talk about this.

The reason why I said not this weekend is that I'm going to Virginia on Friday...

So.. I dunno. I don't know if you want me showing up at 8:30, which is when I would be able to be there on Thursday night, and I really would need help carrying it up a flight of stairs. :/

Wimpy me.
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-20 03:24 pm (UTC)
Crap, Friday's out because I was just reminded there's a pirate/ninja party at a friend's place that night.... Some Thursday/Tuesday it is, I guess.

Let me know when you want to... :/
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-20 03:48 pm (UTC)
Tuesday would be better, how's a week from today?
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-20 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'll still be getting out of class at 7, which means I'd be getting to my car at 7:30, and your place at 8:30.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2005-09-20 05:09 pm (UTC)
Fine by me!
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[User Picture]From: clawsoftiamat
2005-09-21 12:57 am (UTC)
Actually, just realized I have a test that day, so I may be out much earlier. Woot! We'll see.
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[User Picture]From: love_your_ego
2005-09-19 08:28 pm (UTC)
All in all things seem okay...I mean, you could be living with your parents :-P

Seriously though, comcast sucks ass and I hope they get you working soon.
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