Fascinatin' Rhythm

September 23, 2010

Crash, bang, wallop — what a picture!

Filed under: cars,Driving — Thurulingas @ 10:17 am
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First driving lesson last night, taken my the estimable James (who is very attractive, and a nice guy).  But wow, driving has changed quite a lot.  There are a number of acronyms to learn and make second nature, too: the POM (Prepare, Observe, Move) for moving off from the left; LADA (Look, Assess, Decide, Act) for roundabouts; the classic MSM (Mirrors, Signal, Manouevre); SCALP (Safe, Convenient And Legal Place) for parking or pulling up.  And I’m sure there’ll be a few more introduced in the next lesson 🙂  But I enjoyed it, and didn’t disgrace myself too badly.  James is a laugh, and we got on well.  Looking forward to the next lesson!

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I’m-a living in a box

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 9:45 am
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All the components are here assembled.  All I need now is the courage of my convictions, and a large whiskey, and I’ll be ready to embark on my first ever PC build project.

It’s going to be tough, there’s no getting away from that.  There’ll be laughter, and tears.  There will be crying, and sighing, and anguished noises aplenty.  But I shall come through the other side stronger than before!

Well, OK, perhaps not.  But it’s certainly going to be fun, a challenge, and quite likely to take more time than I’ve anticipated.

Anyway, this is going to be a fairly major project, and I’ll be documenting each step (forwards and backwards) with imagery of all unboxings.  But the final spec is this:

Antec 1200 Full Tower caseCase: Antec 1200 Full Tower

NEC MultiSync EA231WMiMonitor: NEC MultiSync EA231WMi 23-inch

XFX 750W Black Edition PSU (Black)XFX 750W Black Edition PSU (Black)

ASUS 1366 P6X58D-E S/L MotherboardASUS 1366 P6X58D-E S/L Motherboard

Intel I7-930 Bloomfield Quad Core ProcessorIntel i7-930 Bloomfield processor

Corsair 6Gb DDR3 XMS3 Dominator memoryCorsair 6Gb DDR3 XMS3 Dominator memory

OCZ 60Gb Vertex SSD DriveOCZ 60Gb Vertex SSD Drive

SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3 S-ATA/300 1TB INTERNAL HARD DRIVE 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER Samsung Spinpoint F3 SATA/300 1Tb HDD

ASUS XONAR DX PCI EXPRESS 1.0 RETASUS XONAR DX PCI EXPRESS 1.0 RET Sound Card

XFX/ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics CardXFX/ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Card

Thermaltake Frio - CPU Heatsink + FanThermaltake Frio – CPU Heatsink + Fan

Logitech USB MicrophoneLogitech USB Microphone

Logitech Webcam C250Logitech Webcam C250

Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave - with MouseLogitech Cordless Desktop Wave – with Mouse

Logitech X-530 PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System - (5.1)Logitech X-530 PC Multimedia Home Theatre Speaker System – (5.1)

Edimax EW-7128G Wireless LAN PCI Card Edimax EW-7128G Wireless LAN PCI Card

LiteOn 8x Internal Blu-Ray Combo Lightscribe - SATALiteOn 8x Internal Blu-Ray Combo Lightscribe – SATA

So, there you have it.   Build will commence this weekend, after I’ve reviewed the Custom PC build masterclass and made sure I’m ready — and cleared some space!  Each subsequent post will be an unboxing and then an assembly post.  The first step is the assembly of the main components outside of the case: motherboard, processor, memory and PSU, hooked up to a monitor, to check that they’re all functioning before mounting them internally.

Wish me luck!

September 16, 2010

Who’s gonna drive you home tonight?

Filed under: Driving,manchester — Thurulingas @ 3:07 pm
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So, I have arrived in Manchester, the frozen north.  And one of the first things I’ve done is finally sort out driving lessons, and hopefully the test.  All before Christmas, ideally!

Signed up to 12 hours of lessons with BSM, and I’m hopeful that my prior experience will mean I won’t need much more than that.  Fee includes the theory test, but not the practical test, but does include a pass promise such that, should I not pass first time, test fees are refunded.

First lesson is Wednesday next week.  Wish me luck!  And watch out if you’re going to be on the streets of Manchester that evening!

Post title: classic track by the Cars!  Also used in the first Transformers movie to excellent effect 🙂

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