3:15 am, Friday, September 14th, 2007

I bought into the Peggle hype. (If you’re not familiar, it’s kind of like pachinko or Plinko from The Price is Right.) You can download the game for free here. Fun and addictive; it’s the new Bejeweled. Check it out — I managed to totally clear stage 1-4:

Peggle 1-4 totally cleared

You know MSNBC put Peggle in their “Top 5 Adddicting Games” list? They also had Doom, World of Warcraft, Everquest, and Tetris. I think my list would go: World of Warcraft, Armadillo Run, Alpha Centauri, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Lumines.

We made a ton of stew last night. Because we overestimated the amount of meat and veggies necessary, we ended up having to make a second big pot (luckily, I had a quart of vegetable broth in the pantry for the second batch). Both stews came out very thick. Ingredients: Cabbage, corn, tomatoes, barley, stew beef, carrots, green beans, onions, celery, red potatoes, orangetti squash, and various seasonings. We put a lot of the best batch in the big Mason jar I got from my mom so we can take it up to Spokane tomorrow to share with Brett’s parents.

Super thick stew

I have a PowerColor Radeon X800GTO (256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16) video card in my primary system and I absolutely loathe it. It’s caused me more problems than just about any other component and it’s not even defective (not by the manufacturer’s standards, anyway). I’ve tried tons of different drivers, dozens of settings combinations, reseated the card twice, researched the problem on AnandTech and other such forums, talked to my very video card-savvy IM buddies… and nothing’s worked — I still have display problems with the thing. Sometimes when I start up the system, or anytime I exit (or alt-tab from) a fullscreen game, or under some other conditions, my screen will begin flipping between its normal display and black. Every couple seconds. The only way to fix it is to restart. (And it’s not the monitor — I don’t have this trouble when I connect it to my laptop.)

Anyway, this vexation will cease very soon. I’ve finally purchased a new video card! It’s been surprisingly hard to find one that benchmarks better than my current card for around $100 (even though this X800GTO is more than a year old). But the PNY GeForce 7900GS meets my (apparently narrow) criteria. Goodbye, crappy ATI Catalyst control center!

Unbelievably tasty discovery of the week: The Häagen-Dazs Pomegranate & Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. They’re kind of expensive at $5.19 for a box of three, but they’re incredible. The ice cream is tart, but not too tart — matches the chocolate perfectly.

Okay, off to bed. Worked out tonight (Thurs. 9/13).

6 Responses to “#904”

  1. Krunk:

    Congrats on your new videos card. I’m not sure why it was that difficult to find a better video card for less than $100. I have the ASUS Radeon X1600 Pro Silent 256MB and it’s currently only ~$75 shipped on NewEgg and has worked great for me.

    The 7900 is of course better, but I would’ve thought the 7600 or 7800 would also have been better and cheaper.

  2. Chuk:

    I’m a big nVidia fan. We picked up an 8800GTS last month for like $200 off (it was still around $200) — first time we’ve really had a video card close to the top of the line. I’m loving it.

  3. hjo3:

    Re: Krunk: Oh, doh, I forgot to mention I needed one with two DVI ports. *That’s* what made it hard. :P

    Re: Chuk: 8800GTS? Nice! Except for a GeForce 4 Ti4600 I used back in 2002, I’ve always been very pro-ATI. But I hate Catalyst so much it’s enough to drive me to nVidia.

  4. UngsungBlog: A (Fantasy) Sports Blog » Another Costco Trip, And Grocery Store Ridiculousness-es:

    [...] – Damn you, Hank!  Why oh why did he have to talk about the game Peggle?  I’m freaking addicted to the damn game now, so much so that I nearly purchased the game a night ago! [...]

  5. Krunk4Ever! » Blog Archive » Gaming Addiction:

    [...] Near the end of the article, he talks about the game Peggle which Hjo3 and Ungsunghero introduced to me recently. That game is addictive, but thank god that it cost $20 for the full version, so I stopped after the 1st 3 stages. And that’s not all. I have bailed out on important social events because I was “busy,” only to spend that entire time trying to beat Peggle. [...]

  6. Xuyen Nguyen:

    Dear Peggle Enthusiast,

    We’ve come across your love of Peggle on the internet and we’d like to thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with the world. It’s exciting to see your positive reaction to our favorite peg-popping pastime!

    In return for blogging about Peggle, we thought you’d be the perfect candidate to join our new invite-only blogger notification group. Joining this select group will allow you access to exclusive content concerning Peggle and the rest of our games before anyone else! This group is just beginning to grow, and we’d really like for you to be one of the inaugural members! To further demonstrate our appreciation for your efforts, we’d like to make sure you’re getting your Peggle fix in every way possible. We’ve created a special code for you to download the full version of Peggle Extreme for free! This Extreme version of Peggle delivers the same fast paced puzzle action as its counterpart, with the addition of imagery and sounds from the shooter/adventure game Half-Life 2: Episode 2; no actual blood or acts of violence are depicted, however. If this Pegglesome itch is already satisfied, we also have new versions of Peggle for your Mac or iPod- just let us know which one you’d prefer and we’ll send it along ( you can always gift your free copy to someone else…:).

    Again, thank you for your enthusiastic support and please let us know (by responding to this comment) if you’d like to join our blogger group!


    Xuyen Nguyen
    Community Relations Specialist