September 3, 2006

"It is what it is" + CPU giveaway

Here we have what is probably the all-time worst response by a company spokesperson. When asked to comment on Apple's new desktop being $1000 cheaper than a similarly-equipped Dell, Marco Pena, who claims to be Dell's spokesman is quoted thusly: "The initial price of a computer is not the only cost factor involved; the total cost of ownership includes how productive you are with your machine, how easy it is to support, how often it needs to be serviced, how much these services cost, and myriad other factors. We feel that Dell computers represent the best value for customers over the life of their machines."

No, not really. Here's what he really said: "The results were a bit surprising to me, too," he said. "But it is what it is."

IT IS WHAT IT IS? Are you kidding? Seriously, though. It is what it is?

Incredulous, I called Marco myself, to ask him what other responses he'd thought about using but then rejected. After twenty or so minutes of him just saying "Polo," I finally talked him into sending me the following list:
  1. "Price, shmice."
  2. "Well, at least our laptop batteries don't spontan... oh, wait."
  3. "Hah, that's nothing -- you should see how much cheaper Apple's notebooks are than ours!"
  4. "Really, $1000? Oh man, I'm gonna go grab one of those for my home!"
  5. "With people dying every day in Iraq, aren't there more important issues you could be covering?"
  6. "I guess that explains why we've all been ordered to work only two-day weeks."
  7. "Sure, it's cheaper, but it's not going to run your favorite software... What??? Shit, we're boned."
  8. "Damn, now I wish I'd taken that job as Bush's spokesman."
  9. "If you love Apple so much, why don't you marry them?"

In other news, I won an Genuine Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955+ Hyperthreaded Dual-core Virtualizing CPU at Penny Arcade Expo this year, for which I sadly have no use, since I just sold my Gaming PC in favor of a Gaming MacBook Pro. (Which runs Half-life 2 better, thankyouverymuch.)

The CPU is is supposed to be worth, like, $1,000, and it's still sealed in its original box with a giant heat-sink and everything, and I've decided to give it away to some lucky blog reader.

Rather than have you perform some menial task, I've decided to combine my loves (attention-whore and the environment) and give the CPU to the greenest, gamingest reader out there.

Yup, send me tales of how much you love gaming AND how you're working to save the environment. Do you recycle? Love Elder Scrolls? Compost? Shoot zombies? Re-use? Fight aliens on a space station by Muckyfoot? Have a rain barrel? Use a double-barrel shotgun? Donate money to charities?

Sum it up for me, you could have a shiney new CPU for your rig. (If I don't get any compelling entries I reserve the right to give the CPU to, like, my cat.)



Anonymous Chucky said...

I don't game at all. My frivolous computer passion is playing internet backgammon via FIBS.

Thus, I will sell the useless rig on eBay, and donate half the proceeds to Greenpeace.

I think I win.

September 03, 2006 3:34 PM

Anonymous Jordan Brock said...

LIghtning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!


September 03, 2006 3:42 PM

Anonymous Eric said...

I don't really game much, which keeps my processor from having to work really hard, which in turn uses less energy.
Also, I'll donte 60% of my eBay procedes to Greenpeace, so I think I beat chucky. ; )

September 03, 2006 4:06 PM

Blogger Trekkie said...

I recently swapped out every regular lightbulb in my home with compact flourescent lightbulbs to the tune of about $500 in bulbs. I would use the processor to sell on eBay to pay for my new Mac Pro that will be here by 9/5/06

September 03, 2006 4:23 PM

Anonymous junkiesxl said...

My quest on WoW is finding a recycling center for all my gold...

When playing GTA I try to find a recycling center do dispose of my used cars...

My greatest dream came true when Apple announced Xcode finally had garbage collection...

My favorite car in Gran Tourismo runs on pure H2O...

I never use my gun when playing MOH, bullets cause pollution...

I don't trust reclycing companies, I eat my garbage...

I use my computer only in sleep mode...

September 03, 2006 4:34 PM

Anonymous Seth said...

CPU shmeepeeyoo. I like my gas guzzler better. Bringing on the warm weather.

September 03, 2006 4:40 PM

Anonymous Seth said...

"Bring", rather... The toxic exhaust fumes must already be affecting me.

September 03, 2006 4:41 PM

Anonymous said...

I'm unsure if I'm supposed to answer seriously or not, but I figure for the chance of a CPU I'll go with the real answer.

Poor college student so my gaming rig is currently on hold till I can get some cash together. Someday I hope to play Elder Scrolls and Spore (when released).

I'm vegan, and eat mostly locally grown produce. My household does not have a car and so all errands are run on bike.

September 03, 2006 5:01 PM

Anonymous Chucky said...

In addition, I usually drive my Hummer to the Whole Foods store to buy my organic veggies.

But if I were to win the windfall, I promise to use the cash to hire a chauffeur so I no longer have to drive the Hummer myself.

If I'm sitting in the passenger seat instead of the drivers seat, I think that will drastically improve the Hummer's aerodynamics, thus saving barrel upon barrel of gasoline.

September 03, 2006 5:21 PM

Blogger Chris Foresman said...

My current gaming rig is that Atari joystick that plays Combat and Asteroids and like 8 other crappy games.

For then environment: depsite your distaste for the diet, I eat a vegetarian diet that is mostly organic. I also use all natural and biodegradable cleaning products, recycle almost 70% of my waste, and take public transportation or walk whenever possible (including 3 weekly trips to campus).

Plus I post pictures of your perfect posterier in public places. (Say that 5 times really fast ;) That really improves the "environment."

September 03, 2006 5:25 PM

Anonymous nsidney said...

Hmmm... I would say that between the recycling, energy credits, and all-organic food that I'm quite the green gamer ;-).

oh and "An Inconvenient Truth" is like the best movie ever!

i think i win -- and I would donate it to my school anyways haha.

September 03, 2006 5:25 PM

Anonymous nsidney said...

oh ya: i don't drive either... because its bad for the ozone (and im not making it up either).

September 03, 2006 5:27 PM

Blogger Ripsy said...

I am not what you call a hardcore gamer. Although I have played a lot of the games out there, they don't particuarly interest me in the way that the Sims do. As a dedicated Sims fan I often find myself distraught that I can not play all the extensions because of EAs lack of ability to release on the Mac platform. While I am a bigger believer in creating a greener earth, I also believe that my Sims should also have a greener Simworld. They are very efficient beings who carpool and work to make their world a better place. Energy efficiency for Humans and Sims. With a PC I will be able to ensure that the Sims have the same opportunity to improve their world that I do.

September 03, 2006 11:07 PM

Anonymous Vincent Bernardi said...

Well, aside from having invented the "Recycling Center" in Civilization, having been a GrandMaster Bilge Pumper in Puzzle Pirate, and rivalizing in efficiency with lowly-paid foreign WoW scavengers, I actually invented both the concept of game in the late 70's with my clever turning of a potato into a model car with nothing else than my imagination and the concept of ecology in the late 80's when I decided to refill a coke can, only to be thwarted in my attempt by the understanding that I would then have emptied another can with which I also wouldn't know what to do. I sadly never had time to tackle the "How to closeback a coke can" problem. Both these great unpatented ideas were obviously, ignominiously and later on stolen by evil marketing and lobbying types.

Oh, and the CPU would of course go into my growing collection of useless memorabilia having belonged to Sir Wil Shipley. After your knighting, that is.

BTW, any one of you english-speaking gentlemen could tell me how to actually say "thwart" out loud?

September 04, 2006 12:02 AM

Blogger William Henderson said...

if you gave me the pc i would totally recycle it.

September 04, 2006 12:21 AM

Anonymous Gary Patterson said...

I loved the Dell spokesman's response. It's high comedy mixed with a little tragedy. Great stuff!

Do I want that CPU? No, sadly. I've got all the computing equipment I've time for, and more that I don't. My next CPU (when this iBook's extended warranty runs out in Mar-07) will be a Mac Pro, and anything less is just not on. My only thought is that maybe it could be sold on eBay and the proceeds given to a charity. That'd be recycling the computer as a good deal to one person, and maybe a little help to many people.

Keep up the blog, and let us know if that Vista bet was ever taken on!

September 04, 2006 2:42 AM

Blogger mathie said...

I only pick up respwaned items in online FPS games.

September 04, 2006 6:06 AM

Anonymous Joshua Jendza said...

I'm a graduate student in the Animal Science department at a Big 10 university. My masters degree research was targeted at decreasing the environmental impact of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (swine and poultry). We looked at using a phytase enzyme to decrease the amount of water soluble phosphorus (WSP) excreated in the waste of livestock. WSP is the main limiting nutrient in aquatic environments and one of the principal causes of Algae blooms in the event of waste spillage into rivers, lakes, and streams.

Because I'm a graduate student, I need to do lots of animal trials that can occupy vast amounts of time and I used gaming to unwind. My favorite games are Civilization, Warcraft, the Star Wars games, and Deus Ex (the 1st one only, the 2nd one blew big fat moose c@ck).

September 04, 2006 6:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the following article taught me to severely dislike Greenpeace:

September 04, 2006 3:13 PM

Blogger Ben Lachman said...

I think if I never saw a post that ended, started or contained the phrase "I think I win," or some derivative thereof, again I would be a much happier man. I mean, isn't that like saying, "I have the best lame answer," or "I like really ugly floral patterned clothes the most"? Not only is it not true (some 70 year old lady somewhere likes floral patterns at least 10% more than you), but why would you point out something that glaringly obvious? Doesn't everyone think they are going to, or at least should, win something?

On another note, everyone who said anything about selling anything on eBay should go back and work on their reading comprehension skills some more. Hint: If Wil wanted to give you money he probably would just do that.

September 04, 2006 8:34 PM

Blogger Rane Zaines said...

I'll try keep this relatively short...

Gamer notes:
I got giddy when I first saw the E3 movie of Half Life 2. The physics reinvigorated me about the whole FPS genre. I've been waiting a long time to try it out.
I'm embarressed that I have never played MULE.
I quit Everquest because it was sucking up too much of my life.
I'm writing a Z-Machine application to interepret classic Infocom and other Inform games.

Social/Environmental notes:
So far this year I have donated to local food drives, Public Radio, GoodWill. I compost because the idea of taking barren ground and making it lush makes me feel good. I recycle compulsively. I adopted a son which is human recycling of a sort (though since we got him out of it, it's more personal than grandly social.) I've volunteered at an no-kill animal shelter. Environmental issues are key issues for me when I vote.

I guess that's enough.

September 05, 2006 6:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to have a boss that would say "it is what it is" when we would have to work extra hours and crap like that. I didn't work there for very long, of course, but dear lord I hated hearing "it is what it is".

Why not just be honest and say "this sucks, you're boned, deal with it". You're still being an asshole but at least a slightly more honest asshole.

September 05, 2006 7:38 AM

Anonymous Tom Bridge said...

I use Organic Biodiesel to power my computers!

September 05, 2006 8:05 AM

Anonymous Pat Luckow ( said...

I'm an active member of Engineers for a Sustainable World at my University, working on projects to build a bus stop out of sustainable materials and bring wind power to campus. I volunteered this summer with Causapalooza, a side event to Lollapalooza, a large music festival in Chicago. We powered a few lights with solar, and built a bike generator to demonstrate how much power our appliances really require. I'm now applying to grad schools in the hopes of furthering the cause of sustainable energy.

In my free time I play Quinn, and many Blizzard games. Half Life 2 and The Ship aren't as pretty on my Macbook as they could be.

Due to all your hard work on DL, I can spend less time looking for my DVDs and more time saving the world. Or playing Warcraft III.

September 05, 2006 1:46 PM

Anonymous Robert Rezabek said...

Ha, that's all nothing. 1. I have come to the conclusion that downloading games from the internet is ecologically the best way to go, because no packaging and shipping is needed. 2. I never kill the "monsters" only human characters. These so-called "monsters" are mostly endangered species. No sir, I'd never kill such poor creatures. With the humans the case is different: I like to kill them. No, really. Once they start to rot, they give a great fertilizer. The next point is a little difficult to decide: I am European. As we all know, we Europeans are producing less CO2, wasting less energy, living greener lifes, and recycle more of our waste, blah blah blah. At least I do. On the other hand, you'd have to sell this cpu on eBay for me, because I really wouldn't want to be responsible for such a computer thingy to be shipped around the globe. Hey, but the good thing is: Together we would choose an organization to which you'd give the money. (I don't want no stinkin' money.)

3. I wrote this nifty tool that saves you hard disk space by compressing your files, so you no longer need to buy new disks on a weekly basis. Okay, other people call it an archiver, but that's so ... 1998. I called it BetterZip. (There you have it, someone making shameless plugs for his software on your very own blog. But, wait, that's one more point for me: I don't print glossy 4 colour brochures.)

September 05, 2006 2:23 PM

Blogger Brent said...

I'm an addict of the game, Tremulous. If you're not familiar with Tremulous, it's a first-person shooter/real-time strategy game that's FREE, Open-Source, and has up-to-date versions for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux. I'd say that it's pretty difficult to find a game that's tri-partisan and non-commercial. And who can believe that the hardware requirements are such that you can still get 90 frames per second on a MacBook?

I'd like to highlight my greenness from three perspectives. We'll call it self, group, and everyone else. As a floating fish soul on the internet, I individually support the game by playing it 4+ hours a day and downloading it at least three times a week. Why do I download so much? Well, there comes a point where a gamer realizes he is addicted and must return back to the real world. And I mean forcibly must. But you can't just hide it from yourself in some unused directory or leave it compressed and expect to have enough self-control to not play it. No, the only way to stop playing is to delete it. Which, being free, means a redownload time of approx. 10 minutes depending on connection. But you should look at that as 10 golden minutes that you can change your mind to cancel the download and maybe even stop playing forever(but that never happens). I've even asked a well-known freeware developer to make a simple dream app. that assists a gamer in never being able to play a game again, but he declined writing it.

While gaming, I'm always self-less with my teammate brethren whether they be creepy, crawling aliens or grunting humans by constructing a warm home base that's safe for the survival of my respective race. I often wait until I can build no more or until my group is attacked before exacting a wholesome and fair revenge. And even though my skill level has increased from much playtime, I adhere to being independent of clans and colored name types that seek to intimidate the noobs with segregation.

And finally, I am pro-active in spreading the good word about this free, wholesome game to the many thousands of fellow CMF readers out there so that you all can save that money you've been paying for subscription games and use it to support your local eco-friendly public transit system. Or if you haven't been playing games and are open to it, perhaps this encouragement to play Tremulous will help you to develop your hand-eye coordination so that one day you might deftly maneuver a car to save a life. At the least, you can learn to use a jet pack to save your own.

September 05, 2006 7:27 PM

Anonymous Beatfreak said...

I don't game.
As for the green part, I can use an the CPU to put my plants on so they will be in a more sunny area.

September 06, 2006 6:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wil Shipley won a Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955+ Hyperthreaded Dual-core Virtualizing CPU at PAX?!? Wil SHIPLEY?!?!? Are you KIDDING ME?!?!?

there is so much irony here, the only thing i can think to compare would be like Steve Jobs winning a shrinkwrapped copy of Windows Vista.

September 07, 2006 1:19 PM

Blogger Amanda King said...

Well, let me see. I'm a female gamer, despite that many men don't believe we exist. Over the course of the last seven years (I'm currently 23) I've played no less than six games, some for their free trial month, some for longer. Ultima Online for example, I played for four years, earning the title of Legendary Blacksmith (first person on my shard to get the title, I might add). I also played Star Wars Galaxy through it's free month, during which I got to Master Architect then stopped... it got boring. Lineage II and FFXI also never made it past their first month.

I am currently a consistent player of Day of Defeat and Counterstrike: Source. I am a founder (one of an original eight) of a Day of Defeat clan that has been operating for nearly one full year now.

Aside from online games, I also play several PC games such as The Sims and The Sims 2 (I have never missed an expansion pack to date since the original Sims introduction). I also play Black and White 2, which is very entertaining. I thrive on mystery games through, such as Nancy Drew (I have ever game in the series so far), Still Life III, some of the Silent Hill games (I have all 6, but enjoy mostly from part 3 and up), CSI, CSI:Miami, Law and Order, and really any other game that involves crime, detection, mystery, and role play. My most recent PC game of choice was the Indigo Prophecy, which was very involving.

Now... as for what I do for the environment? I use flourescent bulbs in my home whenever possible (usually, they come from IKEA, and are theoried to last 10 years).

A couple of years ago, I was a member of the Citizen Forester's Program with Casey Trees, a nonprofit organization here in Washington, DC. Citizen Forester's are a group of volunteers in Washington who serve the DC community by helping to restore, enhance, and protect our city's tree canopy.

For the last 5 years, I've recycled glass, plastic and newspapers, and also helped organize a recycling system for my last place of employment (a community kitchen).

Also, in my entire adult life, I've worked for nothing but nonprofits. One place, a community kitchen (also mentioned above) was an organization that fed 4,000 homeless and transitionally housed men, women and children in the DC metro area. We received food via "donations" from caterers, hotel restaurants, area restaraunts, etc, which cuts down on the excess food thrown away that ends up in landfills. We also trained homeless men and women for their ServSafe Food Handler's License. Once obtained, we helped them find jobs for no less than $8 an hour, effectively starting them on the road to recovery.

Now, I work for an organization working to legalize medical marijuana and find alternatives to the war on drugs. By doing so, we will be finding alternatives to jailing first-time drug offenders, which will cut down on the $22,000 a year cost of housing an inmate in a prison cell.

Whew. That's about all.

September 07, 2006 2:30 PM

Anonymous Ian Middleton said...

I don't really game very much because I'm still running a pIII 600. But if you choose me to win the PC I will recycle my current pc.


September 08, 2006 8:27 AM

Anonymous Bob said...

I think my cat would appriciate it more... she plays games, well, not computer games but, well you know. On top of that, instead of throwing out her plastic toys, she recycles them to her younger cat pal.

September 08, 2006 9:41 AM

Anonymous Chad said...

Ooh, that's a good one with the fluorescent light bulbs. I recently read that 90 - 95% of the energy spent with incandescent light bulbs is wasted as heat. The remainder is emitted as light. I swapped out three of our most used lights with fluorescent light bulbs, each for around $3-$4 each. Considering that a standard light bulb MIGHT get 1000 hours, these light bulbs have a predicted life span of 7000+ long as they aren't prematurely broken.

It's amazing how much stuff we throw away that can be recycled. Right now, I have my recycle bins next to the trash bins, and two weeks worth of recyclables makes up about one large garbage can. If so, that means that about a third of throwaways can easily be recycled.

Just remarking about games...I don't play games too much any more. I did buy a Nintendo DS so I could play Brain Age, though. The new Super Mario game for the DS is also pretty fun. Those smaller quicky games work better for me, instead of trying to dedicate large amounts of time to playing games any more. I don't play games on the computer too much these days, but I am shooting to get a new iMac hopefully by the time Leopard comes out. Maybe I'll finally finish Doom 3 if I'm playing it on a Mac....hmmm....

September 08, 2006 10:38 AM

Blogger Wil Shipley said...

I should stress this isn't a PC, it's a CPU. A single chip. You still need to buy a compatible motherboard and case and RAM and a disk and graphics card and keyboard and monitor and power supply.

September 08, 2006 11:12 AM

Anonymous cjewel said...

My 11 year old son has suffered with a series of other people's crappy old computers, none of which have ever been able to do anything he wants them to do. We would both be thrilled if he had a computer he could actually do something with. Like game. If he wanted to. At present, he can't game. Or find out if he wants to.

As to the environment, every Sunday evening the two of us roll two large recycling bins down our 1/4 mile dirt road to be picked up in the morning. He gets the lighter one, I take the heavier one containing glass etc. Also I am saving for a hybrid car for after my Saturn dies, hopefully sometime far enough in the future that I can afford to replace it. Thank you for your contest and amusing blog.

September 11, 2006 11:16 AM

Blogger Jeff said...

At the time I was going to respond to this post, there were 34 prior responses. People were basically writing about how they would somehow NOT deserve the CPU hoping to one-up (oh-oh a gaming term... or is that just a single game's term, I dunno') each other.

About half-way down, I started to consider the idea that Wil was only giving away the chip and not a full computer. And then Wil confirmed this fact.

I guess, if you're a gamer, this would matter, as you'd have a machine potentially capable of accepting the chip. But, as someone else pointed out, to a Mac user, this is like handing a steak to a vegan. So I guess I'm curious. What DOES a mac user do with a CPU chip?

September 13, 2006 6:36 AM

Blogger Ripsy said...

Well, if you're like me and you are learning how to build computers, it comes in useful.

September 13, 2006 11:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think this is lame... alot like top model... oh so you want to be the next top model? what kind of charity have you done? related no... stupid yes. just sell it on ebay or something, 95% of the posts still doesn't understand what a CPU is anyway.

September 15, 2006 11:14 AM

Blogger Wil Shipley said...

I apologize that my criteria for giving stuff away don't please you.

September 16, 2006 5:50 AM

Blogger MrLC said...

I use a clothesline to dry my clothes.. I don't use fancy detergents when washing them. I don't use styrofoam.. I pack things I ship inside recycled newspaper. I shred my junk mail and use that for packing mateirial - at least some of the waste they are causing sending it to me gets offset that way. I take scrap steel and make things I need with it. I use my discarded tires to raise potatoes. I don't buy a new car every two years.. I cause less impact to the world that way than by buying a newer more efficient car every year - making them uses resources too.. I walk when I don't need to drive, I take the smaller vehicle when I don't need a truck. My boat has oars, not an outboard. I let the squirrels eat my walnuts. I pick my own apples and bake pies. I feed the birds in the winter. I save my bacon grease, I compost my hamburger grease. I make my kids use an old push mower to mow around the house instead of using a gas engine.

I drink lite beer - I'm less gassy when I do that - thus making me contribute less to greenhouse gasses.

I raise my own chickens for meat and eggs - let them free range so they make the grass grow and they get to live life as chickens scratching the ground instead of caged up. I compost their straw bedding and manure and use that on my garden instead of commercial fertilizer (did I mention I have a garden? No fuel being used growing that food). Man does that chicken crap make stuff grow! Great for the environment? It's certainly better than commercial production on a battery farm. Next year I'm adding pigs and cows to the homestead and am handling it the same way. Raising only what we need not what the land would support.
I feed the deer, I don't pump chemicals in my pond so they can drink the water. I catch and eat fish from that water too. (I don't have to burn gas to cure my primal need to fish)

Every computer I own runs a folding@home client to use the wasted electricity to help cure cancer. If I was to win this CPU I would be using it to fold work units faster and serve files to my Macs instead of playing lots of games. It would NEVER run Windows. BSD Unix all the way!

Gaming? I'm a hardcore Lux player, extreme Lux, baby! (except when I'm playing StarCraft)

Love reading your blog. My code sucks a little less because of you.

September 17, 2006 5:43 PM

Anonymous Trausti Thor Johannsson said...

I recycle all glass, plastic and other food containers.

I drive a disel car that could run bio disel if it was available, but I only spend 4 liters for every 100 KM driven, sometimes even less (1.056 gallons per 62 miles (hope I translated correctly)).

I use the train a lot (electric, and electricity is clean, made from water and water falls), I also use busses a lot and some of them run on hydrogen (which is made with clean water electricity).

I always take batteries and old electric equipment to a special place where they accept them (recycling plant ? ).

I never ever buy bottled water.
I try to eat organic food if it is available.

I use laptops whenever I can instead of desktop machines, they use less electricity.

Only use TFT flat screens.

Yeah, pretty much a decent citizen, I do a lot more but I take them for granted.

Wil, if you decide that I win, I would like it very much if you sold the cpu at ebay and donated the money to Cancer sick children.

September 18, 2006 1:20 PM

Blogger dan said...

serious answer - i ride a bike when needed, but don't commute (home office!), i'm a member/web developer/and donate a lot of time to (see my bio there) and my game rig is an OLD AMD Athlon XP... yes, it's old.

as far as gaming, I would play games on the new system! I've got a decent video card (Nvidia 6600GT) that I could use with it. hook a brother up!

September 19, 2006 5:26 PM

Blogger Cooke Family said...

If you drop trash in a street in a city where nobody, and I mean nobody, recycles, does anybody notice? I've got to be the best recycler in this city! I'd like to be vegetarian, but the sheep need to eat too here. And as for gaming, does occupying all the top 10 scores on Pac the Man (os x) on my own machine count? It better, I'm hard to beat!
Finally,I am sure I'd be a better gamer if we'd upgrade from my wife's Sony Vaio circa 2000. I can't even get C&C 95 to run on it!

September 20, 2006 6:41 PM

Anonymous Viet H said...

What tourney did you win in? Was it by any chance the DoD:S tourney?

September 24, 2006 1:05 AM

Blogger Wil Shipley said...

Actually, I didn't win a tournament -- the guys from Red vs. Blue were sponsored by Intel, and they had two CPUs to give away, and I yelled something they though was funny at one point and they decided to give me a CPU.

I also was one of a handful of people to win the limited edition "On the Rain-soaked Precipice of Darkness" t-shirts, and I don't wear t-shirts, so it's kind of sad that suddenly I got incredibly lucky in ways I don't need.

I need to stress, again, to anyone posting, that this is just a CPU, not a whole system, and it requires you have an (expensive!) motherboard and enclosure and power supply to get anything working.

September 24, 2006 2:03 AM

Blogger Rane Zaines said...

Hmm. If I won, I was planning on simply buying the extras I would need, but if the motherboard/case/powersupply are all expensive, I probably can't swing it, so I'd better back out.

September 25, 2006 5:37 AM

Anonymous dubhead said...



September 26, 2006 10:05 AM

Blogger Max said...

I have been a competative online gamer for over 5 years now, having worked in a lan arcade at age 16.
For over 900 hours (overtime) this fine summer '06, I have fought fire in numerous forests across northern California.

I am a fan of World of Warcraft and enjoy the huge player versus player aspect in addition to the all consuming end game scenarioes. There really isn't a computer game genre that I don't consider myself to be at least proficient at. Everything from first person shooter to real time strategy.

In addition to personally saving the trees from fire, I happen to be a happy recycler in the hippyesque town of Davis.

Fight forest fire all summer, game all winter.

September 27, 2006 6:08 PM

Blogger DanLiebster said...

I hand roll plaster of paris balls to replace the lead slugs munitions in my shotgun.(I'm useing the lead to create a faraday cage around my ops center to keep my hand hidden from zombie intelligence).

The other benefit is that the lime i use with the plaster balls helps decompose the zomnbie bodies after they are carefully placed in tthe compost piles*mixed with last year's fallen oak leaves). The compost is then spread around the great tree of the RedWood Forest.

From menacing zombie to lead-free Tree food in about 2 months time.

September 28, 2006 4:09 AM

Anonymous Richard said...

OK, so I don't game, but I'm a 16 year old student in the UK, who runs a small (really small) website design company alongside my studies (and stuff).

Anyway - long story short, I'd sell the rig on eBay to some happy gamer, and then use the money to print off some media packs to hand out to people to promote my existence, and hopefully someday make it somewhere.

And then perhaps I'll be able to release the next version of my website, which is a lot more cool, I promise :-D

My email -

October 16, 2006 10:37 AM

Anonymous Adam Salter said...

Although the date for this has no doubt passed, it sounds like fun.

In World of Warcraft I don't throw anything away, either disenchanting or passing the items onto guildies - this ensures that there aren't large piles of "throwaway" items cluttering up the cities.

I have an Intel iMac and download most of my games which saves on packaging. I don't eat much (enough) and thereby save food for starving refugees in needy countries.

If I win I'm going to set up the CPU in a superconductor and the energy out will be equal to the energy in, thereby allowing the CPU to calculate the total size of the universe with no net loss in energy (of course the answer will be inaccessible without energy loss, so I think I'll just leave it calculate infinitely).

Finally I sometimes cry at the sad parts in movies, and would probably cry a little more often if I didn't win the CPU, indicating
a) I'm human after all,
b) I ain't too proud to beg.

October 31, 2006 3:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun playing Crysis with your wonderful gaming Mac. What graphics card does your Mac support again? The ancient X1900? LOL.

December 03, 2007 12:02 PM

Blogger Wil Shipley said...

Wait, wait, let me get this straight... Are you implying that the Mac I bought a year ago has a graphics card in it that's a year old?

I AM SHOCKED! SHOCKED! I don't know why that card hasn't upgraded itself magically, the way the ones in Dells do.

I just bought Crysis, so I'll let you know how it plays on my Quad-core machine. Want my theory? I bet if I don't insist on playing at 1600x1200, it'll run pretty well.

And, if not, well, I suppose I'll cry myself to sleep that I can't play ONE game until I upgrade my graphics card. And you can rest smug with the knowledge that your machine is incredibly buggy and unpleasant but man, it sure is fast at it.


December 03, 2007 12:18 PM


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