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Journal Journal: digital archiving

So I've been getting more dvd's recently and I'm starting to have a fairly respectible sci-fi collection. I've had a "wanted" list for some time now, and it keeps getting shorter, but now i'm almost to the point of having to get certain titles that I find to be boring (solaris) just for the sake of completeness. Having a complete archive is important to me, but I'm starting to wonder at what point I need to restrain myself. Another issue I have to start thinking about is the dvd end-of-life span; when the market introduces a replacement for dvd with something better. I know guys with awsome VHS collections, and I pity them.

So to that end i've begun to construct my media storage center. I've calculated that I will need about 2,850 gigabytes (2.9Tb) to accomidate my current collection of about 300'ish titles. That is a fairly liberal calculation based on 300 dvd's at 9.5Gb each which i can assure isn't the case. Most dvd's are single sided, and don't even fillup the 4.75Gb allocation. So i'm looking at a bit of space to grow, but the problem is that right now I got this many dvd, but how many will I have a year from now? Probably 400 or more! So I'm still stuck on the storage system. I want to have at least 3Tb when I build-out the hardware, and have the ability to scale up later when I get more dvd's.

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Journal Journal: cycle class

I've enrolled into a motorcycle training class a while ago, and the class is coming up on my schedule soon. I'm excited to learn how to ride bikes without pedals! I'm almost payed up on my Xterra, and I'm starting to shop around for a cheap used motorcycles that I wouldn't mind trashing. Hopefully if everything goes as planned I can be riding my own bike in 3 or 4 months. I want to geek modify the bike as ghetto-akira-fabulous as possible! I will possibly have an integrated 802.11 war-finder, a radio communicator, P.A. system, gps readout, and a compass. The more neo-Tokyo it looks, the better!

Fortunately I got a friend who is going to be in the beginner class with me. I honestly don't know what to expect from the class, hopefully there isn't any degenerated people. When we pass the class test, we are going to get to skip the driving portion of the license exam, and just take a writen test (instead of both). Easy stuff!

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