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Lirion

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Whisper Mod | components & preliminary overclocks

Our NZXT Whisper is fully assembled and has all its components (for the time being).  Here’s our hardware so far:

Preliminary overclocks:

  • CPU: 4.1 GHz on stock cooler
  • Graphics card: 925MHz core clock, 850MHz shader clock, 1900MHz on memory

Wolfram|Alpha Knitting Widgets

I made up some widgets for knitters on Wolfram|Alpha.  I also posted them on my W|A as a knitting tool how-to, and they can be added to your iGoogle homepage as well. (hover over the plus sign and click “embed this widget”).




June 14th Update

I’ve been pretty busy making things the last few days, so I thought I’d condense it all down into one post.

Knitting

I got a bag of assorted yarn at the thrift shop the other day, and when I got home the U-Nitt needles I ordered had arrived.  The size 1 and 2 needles feel pretty flimsy, but the 3 and ups are sturdy enough and the texture is decent, and it’s a good price to have all general sizes on hand.

It’s been fun knitting with smaller needles for the first time, and I can see how some people get so addicted to knitting for dolls (though keeping tension consistent at these gauges is a lot harder).  I haven’t been knitting very much since I’ve had other projects (and work), but I slightly modified the popular Lati Yellow Dress pattern into a heavy shirt/short-sleeved jacket for Littlefee and other 30 cm dolls.  I used Schachenmayr Nomotta Viola yarn on US size 2 needles.
Blue LTF Short-Sleeved Jacket

I’m currently working on a doll vest pattern and should have that and pictures soon.

In somewhat unrelated news, my friend brought over her new kitten, and she got into my yarn stash.  It was adorable.

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Digital Dolls

I haven’t done much pixel dolling, but I was recently inspired and made two dolls of my character Naia.  She’s a warrior from a race of elves called the Zhoke (the less politically correct term is “Shadow Elves”), and I drew her in her daily wear as well as full armor.

                   

Bases by DHF (site closed)

Whisper Mod

Our Whisper is mostly painted now, partially put back together and has a motherboard!  We’re going with a black and purple theme using Valspar paints, and the motherboard is an EVGA P55 FTW Edition.  I’ll do a full post with more details once we get a little more done.

paint finish
paint finish


NZXT Whisper First Impressions

Our NZXT Whisper came yesterday (thank you rush processing!) and we wasted very little time getting it out and into its component pieces.  Here’s what we think of the case so far: Continue reading


Whisper Mod Intro

We (being myself and my boyfriend, TJ) just ordered the case for my first computer build.  We’ve been planning to do this together for a while now, and it’s exciting to finally be getting started on it.  After looking at several cases, weighing style, price, and functionality, and discussing the look and theme we would have, we decided on the NZXT Whisper.  It’s ultra-quiet, large enough to use as a server case if we choose to re-purpose it in the future, good quality and not too expensive, and has a clean, sleek look.

photo by NZXT

We’re waiting until we have the case in-hand to decide on our theme, which will determine a lot of what we will do, but here’s a preliminary list of  what we’ll be doing to it, in no particular order:

  • replace stock fans and add 3-4 additional cooling fans
  • paint inside and outside of case
  • potentially replace soundproof foam
  • cut out side window
  • remove extra drive cages
  • replace perforated front bezel (depending on construction)
  • potentially reshape the door
  • replace front LEDs, add internal lighting

Wolfram|Alpha as a knitting tool

For those unfamiliar with the site, Wolfram|Alpha is a “computational knowledge engine.”  At its core, it’s a solid calculator capable of complex functions, but it is also a database of facts and figures about about everything (it seems) the developers could think of, and can save you a lot of time and energy while knitting (or doing anything else that involves math).  I realize there are sites out there specifically for knitting calculations, but I personally prefer having everything I need in one place (especially when that one place is a browser toolbar).

Stitches can be substituted with rows in any of these examples (as long as you stay consistent within an equation), and inches with centimeters or any other units, I just stuck with these ones to keep things streamlined.  If you have any questions or aren’t sure how to do a calculation, feel free to post a comment and I will answer to the best of my ability. Continue reading