I find myself suffering again from one of my many character flaws that’s plagued me my entire life: Indecision. I’m still thinking about the D&D campaign I’ve discussed before on this site. It was primarily brought about by my waning interest in reading and learning about the Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign setting — the book had been sitting on my floor for a while, and every time I’ve tried to get back into it I’ve failed. This doesn’t give me much hope for the setting as a whole, as if there’s one person in a D&D group who needs to be invested heavily in liking the setting it’s the DM.
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So Sun finally got back to me about the Try and Buy thing. Long story short, they wanted to authorize a roughly $5,000 — the price of the Ultra 40 I was looking to test drive — charge against my credit card in order for me to get the system. I don’t have that kind of credit just hanging around, so I’m unable to participate in the program. This is unfortunate, and does tend to unfairly punish individuals who aren’t as likely to have that much available credit, unlike businesses, but I can understand why they do it that way. Sun is a business, and they need to protect their assets. Oh well.
I’ve developed an interest in MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, and have decided that I want to build myself an arcade cabinet in which I will house a dedicated emulation machine, acting like arcade games and consoles of yesteryear (and, in most cases, yestermillennium). In the course of trying to design a cabinet, I came across one of the coolest tools I’ve used in a long time: SketchUp.
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