Monthly Archives: October 2007

quake3 stutter on a dual core system

I re-installed quake 3: arena on my system. It’s been a while since I’d played it. I’ve lost a lot of skill that I used to have at the game. I seem to have gained others, but it would take a while, if I wanted to get back to it. Anyway, the point of this post is that on my new system, the game was stuttering every couple seconds. Very regular, predictable.

Turns out, you have to force the game to use just one processor core. You can either set the affinity manually in the process list in task manager, or you can just tell windows to run it as though it were a win95 application (right click on quake3.exe, select properties. Click the compatibility tab, click the check box for “Run this program in compatibility mode” and select Windows 95.) That will ensure that q3a is only allowed to run on one core. Fixed the problem nicely.

record high temp today

According the radio, today’s high temperature will be 90 degrees. That beats the previous record of 89 degrees, set in 1939. Looking forward to tomorrow, with the promise of fall weather returning. (:

I spent the afternoon baking

Above is what it looked like after an hour of making dough, dough rising, and rolling it into cinnamon rolls. Below is after baking and icing:

Can’t wait to eat them!

state run programs, the balm of the masses

The local economic laughinstock is Michigan, whose government is shut down, due to mismanagement and the fact that it’s a welfare state. Well, that, and the UAW, and the aging auto industry that was propping up the state. You know, those sorts of things.

Amazingly, Michigan’s straights are not nearly as dire as Zimbabwe’s at the moment. Apparently, Zimbabwe has been forcing white farmers to hand over their lands and equipment to the state for redistribution to blacks. On the heels of the announcement that this program is complete, they also announced a massive wheat shortage. They also do no have any money available for importing wheat (or electricity, it seems). Perhaps the funniest part about this (if anything about starving citizenry can be funny?) is that marijuana is cheaper than tobacco in Zimbabwe at the moment. This issue is not [just] about race. This is about government’s inability to improve upon market forces.

Anyway, next time you think about how nice it would be if the government would just provide X, remember Michigan. If that’s not enough for you, then remember Zimbabwe. Then provide for your needs yourself.