February 10, 2007

I am l33t as fuck!

My mission for tonight, which if I may say so I discharged with dazzling competence and aplomb, was to figure out on my own how to make the movies on the house's media server play on my computer. Or at least as on-my-own as my usual standard for computer-related puzzles, which is basically "do not give up and let one of your ubergeek friends show you how".

It's part stubbornness, part decent sense (there's nothing to be gained from remaining technologically incompetent except ever-greater unnecessary dependence on other people), and part one of those damn gender problems: almost all of my geek friends are guys. Certainly the first half-dozen names that come to mind when I think of asking for computer help are all male. It's not that I have anything against them -- the reason their names come to mind for help is that they're my friends, after all -- but as much as I don't like cultivating areas of inability, I dislike it even more when those areas represent things I can't get done without playing something as stereotyped as Maiden In Distress to someone else's Rescuing Male. I like to choose the times and places for my kinky role-playing, thank you.

Those times and places generally aren't late Friday night when I'm drinking tea in my pajamas and considering watching The Sword In The Stone before bed -- hence, tonight's successful quest. It took me over an hour of tweaking and reinstalling three different media players before I found one that worked, but eventually I was enjoying the misadventures of Arthur and Merlin with the warm fuzzy feeling of a job well and independently done.

All right, all right. I am not l33t as fuck. I am not l33t at all, and when I successfully resolve some utterly trivial issue like this and report my groundbreaking results to the abovementioned geek friends they either pat me on the head or laugh up their sleeves, which rather defeats the purpose. But she laughs best who works out the punchline herself, even if it takes all night.

Posted by dianna at February 10, 2007 01:26 AM

I, for one, salute your persistence.

Posted by: Ping at February 10, 2007 11:05 AM

SAT analysis of blog title :

Dianna is to l33t as Ice cube is to "______"

Posted by: gene at February 10, 2007 11:18 AM

A Google search for "ice cube" and "as fuck" turns up the following possibilities:

-weak as fuck
-mad as fuck
-crazy as fuck
-cute as fuck
-bad as fuck
-greedy as fuck
-down as fuck
-rough as fuck
-hard as fuck
-funky as fuck
-angry as fuck
-sneaky as fuck

Which one did you have in mind? Me, I like angry as fuck, mostly because it appears in the sentence, "Here, Cube is young, frustrated, and angry as fuck at everyone at once."

Also, I like that the first two people to comment on this are both on my list of people not to ask. I receive your salutation all the more happily because of it.

Posted by: Dianna at February 10, 2007 11:43 AM

I must have watched The Sword in the Stone at least ten times when I was a little kid. I don't recall the exact age, but I'm certain I was a multiple of two and a factor of eight. The pike in the moat and Mim were delightfully frightening at the time.

Posted by: Jacob at February 10, 2007 12:11 PM

Technically I didn't finish watching it last night -- my connection hiccuped just after the squirrel scene and it got caught in a creepy loop of Merlin saying "oh yes, boy" over and over until I forcibly shut down the program. It was way too disturbing for me to contemplate starting it up again, so I went back to reading Holmes and pretended it had never happened.

Posted by: Dianna at February 10, 2007 12:51 PM

My grandma has "Sword in the Stone" tattoos on each ankle. Merlin on one leg, Madam Mim on the other.

Posted by: sean at February 10, 2007 04:19 PM

If you're lying, I'm going to be really, really upset.

Posted by: Dianna at February 10, 2007 04:29 PM

There's even some small star tattoos emanating from Merlin's wand, aimed at Mim.

Posted by: sean at February 10, 2007 06:46 PM

I was thinking of Ice Cube is crazy as fuck.

And if you'd like to hear that line in a different intonation, listen to to Nina Gordon's cover.

Posted by: gene at February 11, 2007 09:02 AM