Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The 17 Conspiracy

After a close but rough game 5 in the Celtics vs Lakers in the NBA Finals, the game shifts back to Boston for a crucial and deciding game 6. The game took place on June 17, 2008, the day of my nephew's birthday. But I suppose that's stretching it when it comes to things related to the number 17.

Celebrity spotting at the Garden was extremely disappointing. The only one who was mentioned was Bill Belichick. Of course, ol' Bill Russell was there along with John Havlicek. Game 6, let the game begins...

By half-time, the score was 58-35 in Celtics' favor. Both teams are known to have major scoring surges. So I expected Lakers to start something soon. It never came. The gap kept getting bigger. Eventually it wasn't a game. It was a blowout. A rout. The Lakers were beaten so bad, it was beyond humiliating. And finally the game ended. The Celtics are champions. In total, this will be the 17th time. There's the number again. But wait, let's go back a bit.

John Havlicek was at the Garden that night. He's a Celtics great and his jersey number was retired. Yep, it was number 17.

So if we take 17 and add 17, what do we get? 34. Celtic's own Paul Pierce wears the number 34 jersey.

All in all, the number 17 seem quite special that day. But I finally get to see Celtics back on top of the world once again. Woohoo!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Quad Damage

After a week off from the 'net, I come back lagging behind in a lot of things. Several of my RSS feeds that I subscribe to don't keep track of entries that are more tha a week old or beyond a certain number of entries. In that respect, I ended up going to Google Reader to catch up. A few of them were handy while I had to manually backtrack at the site itself just to see what I missed.

After all it's said and done, it was time to check on what email I got. One of them is a notification from ZipZoomFly telling me that a product I was looking at is now in stock. After a quick check, I placed an order with them, as they had the parts I wanted for a tad less than what I would be paying for over at Newegg. On its way are an Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 processor and a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R motherboard. At long last I will finally be able to make the transition to a 45nm Intel-based platform.

I have waited for months for this to finally come to fruition. Ever since seeing the early benchmark numbers, I find that it would be the best CPU architecture for the time being, at least until Intel's next generation of processors (Nehalem) are released.

At the moment, I am moving files around and making backups. The RAID-0 drive that was originally set up to be a game drive ended up being filled too easily by a variety of items, some of which needed to be deleted or offloaded somewhere and somehow. Soon, when the parts arrive, I will be able to make the transition and be on my way. In the mean time, I debate and contemplate on how to name the "My Computer" icon. I had it set to "Sonic Convoy" after the combined Galaxy Convoy and Sonic Bomber characters in Transformers: Galaxy Force. But I wonder if naming it "Quad Damage" will be appropriate when the time comes...