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Of course! So obvious, yet full of genius.

megan fox wonder woman


It’s so obvious, yet so genius in every way imaginable – not casting Megan Fox as Wonder Woman for Warner Brother’s seemingly drawn-out series of superheroes (Iron Man, Nick Fury, The Hulk, Superman (?), Batman, etc) would just have been a bad move.

It’s one of those things that make you go “Why didn’t I think of that?”.

I for one look forward to the next couple of installments of superhero movies – and to think it all started with Nick Fury (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) right at the end of Iron Man…

Dear Reader, Meet Protego.

Protego is the name I’ve given to my new Pee Cee. There’s a bit of a story behind this one, so bear with me.

So first up, we have the story of actually buying the thing. Originally, Protego was an server somewhere in Melbourne, when management had an “oh crap, we’re the largest Apple reseller in the world and we have too many PCs on hand” moment. Thus, the PC Clearance Sale was born.

I managed to obtain a copy of this catalogue through the usual official channels (that’s the email system, folks), and at the time, was looking for a cheap gaming machine to get my game on. My Steam account was filled up with games that I couldn’t play because the system requirements were too high for any machine that I had in my possession. Games like TF2, Left 4 Dead, CS:Source, and even Portal struggled on any hardware that I had, and only CS:Source even ran on my paltry GMA 950 MacBook… What I needed was a cheap gaming rig. I wasn’t prepared to fork out hundreds of dollars, though – the PC I bought had to be able to handle the games I wanted to play, while having a lifespan of a couple of years.

In any case, I managed to find a computer that suited me – an ex-server, something with a little grunt behind it, but also plenty of expansion options. If you’re interested, Protego is actually an IBM eServer xSeries server, the 8485 variant of the 206m models. It came with a 3.0GHz Pentium 4 CPU (with Hyper Threading),  2x1GB ECC DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM, as well as 2x80GB SATA HDDs.

Now obviously I’m going to be using a machine like this for gaming, and I don’t think the inbuilt ATi ES1000 graphics with 16MB ram are going to cut it. Luckily for me, an XFX 8400GS (w/ 256MB RAM) was also in the PC Clearance Sale – I managed to nab that as well. I put in my order for all the parts, and I was set. Or so I thought…

Elation turned to disappointment when the machine arrived at my location. I opened it up to find that it only had a physical 8x PCIe slot – not a 16x one, which most graphics cards take. Even more unfortunately, it wasn’t an open-ended slot either – the 8400GS that arrived with it was, unsurprisingly, a physical 16x card. Some research had to be done on my part.

The Problem - that piece of plastic needs to be removed.

The Problem - that piece of plastic needs to be removed. Also, dusty case is dusty.

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Iron Man is AWESOME!

So today I saw the movie Iron Man.

It is, quite simply, the best movie I have seen in at least a year. The last time I saw something this good was such a long time ago that I’m not even aware of what the name of the movie is.

I urge you to see this movie if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s completely awesome.

Other notable movies of late have been:

I’m sure there are more, but these ones have really stuck with me.

Of course, there have also been movies that I thought were going to be good (going purely from the preview) but have been just average when I have actually seen them. The Interpreter comes to mind – if it wasn’t for Nicole Kidman doing a stellar job in this, it would have been a utter bore to watch. Besides, Nicole as a blonde? Haha!!

Anyways, in other news – the end’s not near, it’s here. Year 12 is over, and with it, Calvin.

Never fear, though – freshbytes has all the Calvin goodness you need!

In any case, just keep checking both here and freshbytes for more info as it comes in.

3 weeks to 3 months of holidays. But we’ve gotta get through exams first. Ah, frak.

[Hugely enjoying Battlestar Galactica, as well.]