Cute pictures of children - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 11th, 2011
08:53 am - Cute pictures of children
Something I've noticed about LJ and my flist - pictures of kids. Now I'm not really a big fan of kids, however other people's kid pics manage to be remarkably cute - probably because I don't have to live with them! Also, they're little people..
Anyway, most of the people who post kid pics on my flist have younguns, like, preschool or early primary age. Hardly any of my friends have teenagers or if they do, they don't post pictures of them. Maybe teenagers aren't cute?
So all that preamble was just to get you to click the cut so that I could brag about my offspring who is not particularly cute as kid-pics go but is feeling quite clever because he pretty much built his own PC this weekend. Here's a pic of what a build looks like in our house:
Personally I think all the power supply cables look like Cthulu rising from the depths. Unfortunately the hard drive he's holding never went in because it's out of his old machine and IDE and um, yeah - we had the same problem with the DVD-rom but never fear! Remember we had a geek just there who happens to have one of everything in his house, and going to get it gave thomasdequinc a chance to wash grist's car as a thank you.
There was only one OMGNO moment when it didn't like the serial keyboard (even though it had a port for one) and I'm slightly weirded out by this case having no speaker, something I failed to check because all cases have speakers, don't they? Which meant when it went *sad beep* instead of *happy beep* there was no beep to be had and we had to figure out what the problem was by a process of elimination. But we did. Ha!
Here is my offspring somewhat later looking, umm.. something. I think it's smug?
As you can see on the screen, by this point Cthulu is back in his box and it's busy formatting the new 1TB hard drive. And everything went very smoothly from there. I was surprised to discover that the old hard drive that had his previous operating system on it booted up and Win7 went "Huh, new motherboard, new CPU, new other hard drive. New video card, new RAM. Oh well, we can do that, lalala" and proceeded to Just.Work. I was expecting to have to install a new operating system because it's essentially a new machine and I thought Win7 only worked on the machine it was installed on, but apparently not. So, um, I have a copy of Win7 left over - hopefully they'll take it back.
And he installed his own CPU, with much "OMG what if I mess it up" from him and much "Just don't touch the pins" from me. Mission accomplished. Kid built his own machine with minimal help from us, and it works. Neato!
Of course now I probably won't see him for several months but oh well, I can't really complain, I spent much of yesterday evening playing Portal. doop de doo...
OK, puzzle time. I saw this sign for the first time on Saturday and am wondering what it stands for. It's obviously a danger warning sign, but to me it looks like starbursts in your heart, which probably would kill you but is kind of a nice thought anyway:
So if you actually do know what it means, please tell me. If you don't, you get points for imaginative/amusing possibilities. One day I'll tally these points and we'll have a winner. The prize is knowing you're not Charlie Sheen.
Finally, today is the one year anniversary of Mum's death. Much has happened in that time. Tonight I'll light a candle for her on the ancestor altar.