March 21, 2005

More server news, and another batch of anime, straight from the oven.

     I know recently these entries have been getting to be a repetitive cycle of anime and computers, but that's the way it's been recently. I have a total of three computers that all needed SERIOUS work before being in up and running condition, and I have well over a hundred episodes of unwatched anime in my house. So until all of that is done, that's the kind of things you'll be hearing about.
     Right now I'm installing Fedora Core linux onto the Server computer I talked about a few days ago. It took a while to find all the BIOS flashes and get the machine up. It took even longer to get the second processor installed. The problem was that, for the most part, this server isn't supported well on the Dell website, and so the downloads for it were hard to find and badly documented. The second processor needed power for the fan on the heatsink, and so for now it is hack-rigged to the main fan power supply. The third problem was the driver for the RAID backbone on the server. Fedora Core 3 uses a new megaraid_mbox which doesn't support my PERC II board. So I had to scrounge around the net for a few days to find the proper driver. It was hidden on a linux site, but fortunately it was also very easy to use, and worked like a charm. Who knows how it'll turn out! The only part that will be public though will be the IRC server.
     The anime on the other hand, has been quite good. I watched Eppisode 11 of Air (made by one of my favorite studios), which has slowly gotten less and less followable, until now it's just plain madness. And by madness, I mean that the plot has become rather... bizzarre. The main character has gone from being a shy girl... to a girl who's "other self" is in the sky... to a 5 year old... Yes, it's insane... but a good insane... The other show I'm watching is FMA (Full Metal Alchemist for those of you who don't know it). The only thing that's bothered me about this series is that it is SO SICK AND SAD. There is practically no happincess in it whatsoever. All the plotlines have all involved alchemists bringing back horrible masses of flesh that they hoped would be human or killing other people. It's all very depressing and horribly violent. I think it's all meant to be some overarching lesson about the power of god and how humans aren't meant to interefere combined with the fact that humans are corrupted by power. It's all been very good despite it's horrible pain and suffering, and I find that I'm enjoying it immensly... Wow... that sounded bad...

Posted by Kickmyassman at March 21, 2005 11:40 PM

The reason that i like FMA is because of the attractive visuals, and the somewhat interesting plot. However, i find that the character development is somewhat lacking, as the main characters are frustrated by the exact same thing and react the exact same way every single time that it happens. "Oh my god i cant believe that we came so close to finding the philosopher's stone, and then we didnt. Darn." Just gets kinda repetetive and also, eventually the jokes about his height get REALLY FREAKING ANNOYING! But apart from crappy (main) characters and overused punchlines, its pretty damn good.

Posted by: Ben at March 22, 2005 10:01 AM

     I'm not sure how altered the American version was. I'm watching the straight up Japanese style one. So far (I'm on episode 13ish) the philosopher's stone has been an over-arching plot, but they really haven't cared about getting it so much as watching the horrible pain and suffering it causes for others. They go for it... kind of forget about it, then save the town and say: "Where should we go look next?" I kind of like the short jokes though! But they can get on your nerves if used more than once an episode.

Posted by: kit at March 22, 2005 11:45 AM

No, its the same thing in american version. Most episodes its just a catylyst for the plot of the episode, but sometimes its the main shtick. I love how you describe how they just go around watching other people suffer. it makes it seem like they're going around going "I say al, why that person looks like hes in horrible pain" "I say!" "Perhaps it has to do with the philosophers stone?" "yes, yes, perhaps perhaps" which isnt really what they're going like at all. They're NICE TO PEOPLE! (kind of sickeningly so) tahts why scar is such a breath of fresh air, because all he does is go around and blow peoples limbs apart. (And their brains... TEHEHEHE)

Posted by: Ben at March 22, 2005 07:35 PM

     Well... true, they are good people. They just sort of seem to bring death and destruction wherever they go.

Posted by: kit at March 22, 2005 10:48 PM

Ahem, login information?

Posted by: Mitch at March 28, 2005 09:54 PM

Max is forcing me to install Gentoo. Please hold...

Posted by: kit at March 29, 2005 10:48 PM
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