Well, J got his update in more or less on time, so I suppose I should follow suit. I find it interesting that J took the approach that he did… because I’m actually doing a painting right now, and I think we started heading down the same path at the same time. At any rate, mine’s taking forever as well, so maybe next week.
I feel like I’d rather be working on said illustration, than writing this entry, but I feel obliged to write a little bit after not having written shit for the past three weeks. I should probably go on with the codification of the BKS stuff, but I think I’ll leave that for those times where I don’t have anything else to say.
About a week ago, in a spontaneous burst of OCD, I decided to redo the wiring in my room. It’s kind of hard to explain exactly how things changed here without some sort of diagram (that I don’t feel like drawing), but it’s a ton more symmetric now (what, I reorganized just for that? Of course!) and I can move my large, custom table without disconnecting a ton of shit (just one twist tie and one plug now). So yeah. It’s better. I promise (myself).
So I don’t get much use out of that nice Samsung display I mentioned about picking up in d253 in my dorm, and it occurred to me that it would make much more sense to have it as my main monitor at home, attached to Motoko. It’s matte, it’s bigger than my Sony, it’s got a higher resolution, it’s 4:3 and it rotates. I can’t really ask for much more from a display – it pushes more pixels than my dad’s 22″ Dell monitors.
And since I’m going to be home for 2 out of 3 holiday weeks, I might as well keep my Sony monitor around for the time being… and get some proper dual-screen action.
It occurred to me that I love to do these kind of progression comparisons with like art and computers and whatnot, but I’d never done it with my room computer setup before, so I thought I’d give it a go. I dug around in my archives and I actually found at least one picture for every year between now and 2006 – maybe 2005. It’s kind of interesting (at least for me) to see.
So this is my “official” picture for 2009, since it’s more in the middle of the year (and I think most of the others are kind of in the middle of their years). Really, the only difference between this and now are the the multiple monitors and the wiring. Colette and Motoko are pretty much the same, as are the rest of the fleet.
Pushing back to early 2008 (yeah, I know it says 2007; my camera was behind a year for about a year – I was just too lazy to reset it), and things are fairly drastically different. Motoko’s more or less “new” at this time, and I don’t have my TC4200 yet, nor my table, nor my Model M. That Dell tower Flonne is ten years old this year and still getting fairly consistent use in my dad’s office, while Colette is actually running “open bench” to the right, out of the picture.
2007 is so damn long ago that the boxes on the shelves on the right aren’t even arranged the same way. This must be like the earlier half of 2007, as I still have the clear acrylic tower (that I was going to try to mod into a display case) under a cloth on the side. I still have that chunkyass Maxtor external HDD and the Plextor external ODD, which I felt like I sold oh so long ago now.
2006 and I’m still in high school, and I still have my Lego layout set up. I was using the old CpT C as a secondary machine down here when one of the hinges broke, and not being familiar with eBay and all, I wasn’t equipped to fix it. That’s why I’ve got that clunkyass CRT on the table, probably hooked up to the old Dell tower, and a ton of chunkyass periphery to go with it. I bet I actually played Tales of the Abyss on this setup… it may have already been rolled over from 2005.
At this point I kind of run out of pictures for which I know the date on which they were taken. There are pictures, but they’re considered to beof my Lego, and not of the room, so it’s a bit harder to deduce what’s going on.
Here you can just make out the computer on the left, and maybe a couple small details on the room if you squint… This and this show a slightly earlier layout – this must actually be the first layout I set up in the room – it’s actually dated (or at least, implied to be dated) late 2004! The first picture here actually seems to be a “lost” layout – one that I don’t seem to have any pictures of.
What? I can push back further? I can push back to when none of the current furniture existed? Oh, yes, I can. These are actually shots of this room from when I first moved down (holy shit, more than five years ago now!) and started sifting through the mess that was my Lego collection at the time. This was also when I suddenly because a neat-freak and started doing my work early as well. What really triggered this shift, I don’t really know, but we’re going OT; there’s one more set of pictures here, and it’s of the room in which I lived with my brother before NW started.
It’s pretty much a wreck.
Ok, done for today.