In which I am a capitalist - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 4th, 2011
09:09 am - In which I am a capitalist
tieke! tieke! I have unitards for you! Two of them! Chocolate brown ones with non-baggy knees! And they fit me *cough* snugly so they'll fit you and everything!
Now that I seem to have the hang of plain ones, for my next trick I want to experiment with two things - creating patterns using different colour fabrics that will still look nice while being stretched in funny ways, and doing the same thing using well-placed holes. I'm a bit nervous about holes because I know tissu works on friction and the last thing anyone needs is their holes migrating and turning their arty and graceful tissu into impromptu burlesque. But one can but try, right?
The settlement on Mum's house went through without a hitch, and remarkably my calculations on how much I'd end up with were pretty much bang on. Today, grist and I are going into the bank to get a divorce* after which I pay the deposit on the apartment, bung the rest of my apartment-committed money in an account to earn interest until settlement date, and start figuring out the Things I Said I'd Do If I Ever Have Money. The list so far:
- Pay dumb stupid IRD bill - which incidentally they admitted they made a mistake on and are supposedly fixing.
Get eyes lasered.
Buy Youth Of Today enough clothes to last him till next time I have money. Also, shoes. It appears his feet have stopped growing at size 12. I am relieved.
Upgrade Youth Of Today's computer for the last time (actually the only time - he's been coping on ones made from spare parts since he arrived). If he wants an upgrade after this he can pay for his own.
Put some aside for the trip to Hong Kong, for which I'm having to take a week of unpaid leave.
By my calculations that should leave me with enough for moving and to consider getting a heat pump installed in said apartment. Because we likes it warm..
It's not a huge amount of money by any stretch of the imagination. By John 'I insist I am one of you despite my $150million in the bank' Key's standards it's chump change. But for me it's kind of like Christmas, only better because I get to choose the presents - and it's an opportunity the likes of which I've never had before. I am both excited because OMG a useful amount of money, and nervous because OMG I'm not used to handling useful amounts of money and I don't want to fuck it up.
* Since we have the same surname and a joint bank account, officials automatically assume we are married. Lends a whole new meaning to brotherly love...
Anyway, enough about that. Yesterday the Youth Of Today and I spent some time putting together a build for a nice desktop that should see him right for the next 2-3 years until hologram games come out and suddenly it's not whizzy enough any more. Instead of posting the specs here, I've sent them to someone to confirm we haven't messed up compatibility. I fear doing that sort of thing here because lots of geeks read this and it's likely I'd get multiple conflicting recommendations for things other than what we've chosen, which with the addition of our n00bness and lack of understanding of what the letters and numbers mean, could put us back to square one in terms of progress. However I do have a question and it's a pretty n00b one.
We have a wireless network set up in our house, it's neato! However the wireless card in Youth Of Today's old box has driver location issues (ie he's been unable to find drivers to make it work with Win7) and is generally old and, well, old - so we've had an unsightly cable running across the floor for ages. We would like this to stop.
Looking around the internet it appears that wireless cards are like everything else - you can get one for $20 or you can pay exorbitant prices for one. Thing is, I know nothing about such things. I know I'd like it to be internal (ie not a USB one with an aerial on it that sticks out the side because in combo with a teenager that's asking for trouble). But that's about all I know. So, if you understand what I'm after and could point me in the direction of a list of them from which we could choose one in our price range, that would be awesome. And I would grovel and admit my ignorance. And not ask any more n00b questions till next time.
The new owner of Mum's house let me off the hook for the weeding so I got to spend time sewing and weaving yesterday. Saturday was all about getting stuff in my hair - sawdust, paint and finishing compound dust to be precise. I don't recommend these things as hair products unless you're going for the Great Unwashed Chic look. Oh, and I lifted heavy things and didn't run over Happy with a wheelbarrow full of stones. You'll thank me later.