April 18th, 2006

Brad @ Burning Man

Quicktakes: Machinma, Baby's First Grimoirum, Triple Boot

I see your "The Internet is for Porn" WoW machinma, and raise you one. I wondered why, considering how much more flexible in costuming and setting it is, we haven't seen more machinma coming out of City of Heroes or City of Villains instead of places like Halo or World of Warcraft. Sure, thanks to annual bribes contests, there are some, but not a lot that would be worth showing anybody but another player. I've mostly concluded that unlike the other games, it's harder to get bored in CoX; our players are too busy playing the game to sit and painstakingly make movies or music videos. But the delay before the next major software version hits the test server keeps dragging on, and on, and on, and so someone who was, I presume, looking for an outlet for their frustration, produced ... Bobbo Number Five.

(And I'm one of the people champing at the bit to get my hands on "issue" 7. Masterminds now can have a new type of minion: your own biker gang. Now if they would just ship the bloody thing! Gaaaarrrrrrhhhh...)

Awww, isn't it so c-u-u-u-u-u-te! Right up until the whole house explodes. I don't think it's worth what it (quite legitimately, judging by the looks of it) will cost, but part of me really, really wants ToyVault.com's Necronomicon Book Plush. If nothing else, I want it for the same reason I used to keep the not-particularly-good Pop-Up Kama Sutra on my library shelves ... for the sheer entertainment value of watching people when they see that such a thing exists and I have one.

I'm not sure why, but I'm impressed. Once Apple ported the Macintosh OS to (mostly) Intel-standard hardware, it was inevitable that you could buy a Macintosh and dual-boot it between Windows XP and MacOS X. And Apple now offers a free beta test utility called Boot Camp, to hack their own boot loader so that you can hold down the Option key while starting, or use a Startup Device control panel in either OS, to reboot back and forth between them. It turns out that it needs a very picky boot loader to run, though, which complicated the heck out of the inevitable hack to rig one for triple boot, so that you can select between Windows XP, MacOS X, and Linux. And while it's a sloppy hack and looks like a bear to install, people have managed it.

Now, for all that I used to be a hardcore Macintosh fanatic myself back in the MacOS 7 days, I can't wrap my head around what either Linux or MacOS offers me right now that's worth paying too much for too little hardware and then waiting while the computer reboots to use it. Yeah, I miss Kalendar from the KOffice suite, but not enough to reboot my PC every time I want to check my calendar, which is why I haven't bothered to rig this machine for dual-boot. I hear that there are still things that MacOS does better than a Windows PC with current patches and a copy of Firefox, for all that nobody's shown me one in many years. But hey, if you're in that niche market that needs to have Linux, MacOS, and Windows XP on the same box, now you're in luck.