HotSoup

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    • Building new PC, need tips/help

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      So I've finally gotten fed up with my old old system, which is coming up on its fifth birthday. I need a replacement, but I've never done this sort of thing, so I was hoping for some pointers from people.

      I'm looking to make a rig for both gaming and video editing. I'd like something that would be able to run HL2 at 1024 with mid-high textures and poly definition without slowdown. NO OVERCLOCKING SPECS (yet) PLEASE. That means you, airwaffle. Some of y'all may be confidant enough to tinker, but I am not one of those people, and will need somebody to step me through it IF I decide to do it at all. but for now, I want to go by just the base stats

      BUT, again, cheapest is bestest.

      Thanks so far to Tb0ne, PrincessNybo and Alsace for recommending NewEgg and ZipZoomFly.

      I plan to cannibalize these parts from my old computer:
      - 80 gig harddrive
      - firewire/USB2 card (2/3 ports respectively)
      - ethernet card
      - speaker system
      - webcam
      - external HD (I mean, DUH)

      in terms of what I KNOW i need/am looking for
      - NEW internet HD to compliment the old one
      - video card (best value for punch)
      - video capture card (Chupa pointed out that the firewire port will handle DVs, and DVDs i can just rip)
      - sound card
      - motherboard
      - heatsync/cooling system (either fan or liquid)
      - flatscreen monitor
      - DVD/CD writer
      - new tower

      Ideally, I would spend $1000-1500 but I would be willing to go as high as $2000

      ALso, if anybody knows of a good deal on a tablet, please pass on the info

    • MoCCA for the Soul: Pt 2

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      JEPH JAQUES
      I’m going to break chronologicality here for dramatic purposes. See, as much as being the original reason for my attendance, I really didn’t find Jeph until last. For a guy that writes about an indie music comic like Questionable Content, Jeph is surprisingly, erm, big. I don’t mean like morbidly corpulent or anything, but six-foot-plus and barrel-chested isn’t exactly the poster boy for unknown music. But as different as he looked from my expectations, he was a truly friendly and amicable guy. Despite verbally bumbling over my words, he was very down to earth, and quite humble of his accomplishments. I got him to sketch something for me, and a picture as well, fulfilling my basic quest.

      TOM BELAND
      But the big steal of the weekend for me was getting to meet Tom Beland. A couple years ago I picked up an interesting graphic novel called True Story: Swear to God. It was said to be the autobiographical tale of how the cartoonist met his wife in, of all places, Disneyworld. A charming concept, at the least. But the execution… man, the execution. Funny, heartwarming, touching, everything positive you can say about life, this book- well I guess I’m getting off track.

      I knew True Story was a lesser known book (at least in comparison to, say X-Men), so I grabbed my copy oh a whim, not really expecting Tom to be there. So when I saw him sitting behind a table, I was torn in two directions. See, my body recognized the luck of the situation, and immediately saddled me up to the table and thrust out my hand I in greeting.
      Thirty seconds of stammering later, my brain finally got over the shock of meeting a living hero of mine. We talked about… well to be honest I did most of the gushing about how much I loved his work, and he indulged me. And then he introduced me to Lily, his wife and “costar.†Honestly, it was like meeting Paul and Linda McCartney in the same five minutes. We talked a bit about his work, about he and I dragging people with us to comic conventions (Lily and Tiffany, respectively), and he shared a story about some custom clocks he had designed and made (and then subsequently lost). I bought the latest issues, and asked for a sketch in the book.

      But what I got was akin to getting bumped up to First class from Coach. Tom didn’t do a generic drawing of him and Lily on the inside cover. He created a personalized image of them referencing my utter fanboyish behavior, and then he inked it and colored it. It was more than a sketch, it was a piece of art, made especially for me. A glance at another sketch showed that I wasn’t the only one to get this treatment, but that says something great about Tom. He’s so down to earth and completely modest about his success. Every fan he meets gets top class treatment. If I ever become successful, I hope I’m like Tom.

    • MoCCA for the Soul: PT 1

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      Dateline: June 12th, 2005

      With the recent family… let’s call it ordeal and be charitable about it, I was feeling pretty miserable. I had cancelled all my weekend engagements, took off from work, and surrounded myself with junk food. My mom and my aunt had gone back to Taiwan to take care of things, leaving me pretty much alone to greet a cousin returning from boarding school and a grandma that still couldn’t speak English. Nanna was all about talking about the family situation, which was something I was not up for. I’ve come to terms with it, and while sad, I didn’t feel that clearing my schedule to sit down and rehash it until I cried was best for me.

      So I decided the bet thing for me was to visit my friend Kevin in New York. We’ve been friends a long time, and the recent arrangement of living just a train-ride away mad for even closer bonding. He always knows exactly what I need to get better, whether it’s a kick in the pants, a comforting word or a cheesedog wrapped in bacon.

      The plan was to get together and hit up the MoCCA arts festival, which would be great because it would give me a change to scout out the indie comics scene I know so little about but hunger for dearly, as well as introduce Kevin to this realm of sequential art he is unfamiliar with.

      But Kevin was working that day. His last day coincided with the dress rehearsal for Shakespeare in the Park, the last hurrah for his job as an events planner for his then-current job. Sure, we could reschedule for later in the week, but the Arts Festival wouldn’t be around then.

      I decided that, Kev or no, this should be treated as my only chance to see one of my current favorite cartoonists (more on this later). It’s easier to motivate myself to do some things if I take them to the extreme. On a whim, I invited my cousin Tiffany along, and at roughly 2:00PM, we arrived at the Puck Building.

      My first reaction was complete self-consciousness. I pride myself on being extremely well read comics-wise, straddling the realms of traditional superhero books and the less mainstream. So to be hit with a wall of simultaneously fascinating, refreshing and unfamiliar works was as humbling as it was exciting. Suddenly I was fourteen years old again, walking into my first comic store, trying to convince people that I belonged there. Dorky, I know.

      Originally, I set out to meet the only man I knew for sure would be in attendance. Jeph Jaques, author of Questionable Content, had advertised the event on his site and had been the one to bring it to my attention. So I figured that the exchange between him and I would be the pinnacle of achievement for that night. Fate, however, had already prepared an overdose for me.

      JIM MAHFOOD
      Jim’s work has been a favorite of mine since Clerks: The Comic Book. High contrast, iconic, and literally edgy enough to cut a steel girder, I bought every book that he was involved with. In my personal universe he holds a position on par with Disney, that amazing and eye-opening his work was to me. So to see him sitting down at a table, amicably talking to a fan while sketching was surreal. A long-revered personal artistic legend, in the flesh. For the first few minutes I couldn’t even make eye contact or bring myself to say something to him. I just browsed through the artwork and books that he had on tap. Finally, I blurted something about loving his Clerks work, and just kept on talking. I dunno what I was expecting, but approachable and not full of rage or rhetoric was a surprise. It was a bad idea to judge him by his message-centric Stupid Comics books, since he was just very chill (although I secretly hoped to see him in some sort of culture critical rant of rage). In the end, I got a sweet portrait of myself and a nice little sketch of Smoke Dog for Tiffany. And a picture of us looking like doofs.

      KEAN SOO
      Kean’s work has been sort of an Indie pleasure of mine. Although I had been following his blog wor a while, I really only new him for his Exit Music pieces, One with the Freaks in particular (Note: To appreciate OwtF as I did, open link in new window/tab, wait for music to load, hit play, press down on scroll wheel and set it so that it scrolls down as marginally slow as possible). I had a nice chat about the autobiographical nature of his stuff, and his future work. He’s a great guy and meeting him was a pleasant, unexpected surprise (Also, despite the name, I had no idea beforehand that he was Asian).

      EVAN DORKIN
      Maybe it’s just my sense of humor, but unnecessary over-the-top senseless violence tickles my fancy like the Pillsbury Doughboy’s tummy-poke delight. So to meet a master himself, Evan Dorkin, was a treasured experience. Best known for Milk & Cheese (they bash in your knees!), he also authored the thoroughly enjoyable but short-lived Bill & Ted comic book. This is the man that took lactose intolerance to its natural, brutal conclusion: anthropomorphic, bipedal dairy product twins of carnage. Obviously I had to get a signature and say some words. So I got an issue of Milk & Cheese signed as well as a pair of buttons. I also got to witness the possible conceptual beginnings of a Milk & Cheese flash game, and many, many a loving word about Dorkin’s daughter. After every purchase, in every conversation, he thanked people for helping to put her through college. Which was kinda funny, considering she’s a toddler if eve that old. Busy man that he is, and swiss-cheesed as my head was that day, I forgot to get a picture of him.

    • Casting Call

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      Anybody want to be my Dulcinea?

    • waiting for a dare to be great situation

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      Hear me now
      Oh thou bleak and unbearable world,
      Thou art base and debauched as can be;
      And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled
      Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!

      I am I, Don Quixote,
      The Lord of La Mancha,
      My destiny calls and I go,
      And the wild winds of fortune
      Will carry me onward,
      Oh whithersoever they blow.
      Whithersoever they blow,
      Onward to glory I go!

      Hear me, heathens and wizards
      And serpents of sin!
      All your dastardly doings are past,
      For a holy endeavor is now to begin
      And virtue shall triumph at last!

      I am I, Don Quixote,
      The Lord of la Mancha,
      My destiny calls and I go,
      And the wild winds of fortune
      Will carry me onward,
      Oh whithersoever they blow!

      Whithersoever they blow,
      Onward to glory I go!

    • FUCK YOU GOD

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      THIS WASN'T PART OF THE DEAL

    • While Driving Today

      14 years ago

      HotSoup

      I scratched my upper eyelid.

      it itches like crazy

    • 14 years ago

      HotSoup

      When it comes to sex there are three types of women - cats, buzzards, and pet rocks.

      Cats are picky.
      Buzzards will land on anything.
      And a pet rock never has to be fed al all.

      - P.S. Wall

    • CREATE MY ROOM [MODPOINT PRIZES!]

      in Forums > CREATE MY ROOM [MODPOINT PRIZES!] | Follow this topic

      HotSoup

      Remember when you used to have those old posters, that had those magic stickers you could stick and restick to them? they had like cool superheroes and stuff and you could put them together in scenes and maye your own picture!

      Well like all good things, I eventually STEAL them for my own use!

      as some of you might know, I have moved into a new apartment! But woe is me, I had to shuffle stuff over so quickly that I didn't think as to how I wanted it to set it all up!

      That's where YOU come in!

      Download you very own SoupAptVersion2.0 Coloform and have a blast! Take the furniture pics and compose them together onto the room layout . But to up the ante a little bit, I'm offering prizes!!!

      When you've made your setup, turn it into a pic and upload it for me (and all) to see! If I like the set up enough, I'll not only award you mod points, but will also use it! That's right! You could affect the very way I live!

      The pack has the main room layout, and all the pieces of furnitre that I want to go in. Fr the cool people, there is a photoshop file in there with all the things on seperate layers. Some additional rules.

      - You MUST NOT CHANGE the size of the furniture pieces. I can't change the shape of the REAL furniture, now can I?
      - The Couch is the ONLY optional piece of furniture. everything else MUST go in!
      - Remember to have everything facing the correct way! I don't want to sit looking at the wall!
      - Yes, you CAN turn in more than one entry!

      The sooner you turn in your entry, the more mod points I'll give you!

      Good luck, and godspeed!

      19 replies

    • CREATE MY ROOM [CONTEST FOR MODPOINTS!]

      in Forums > CREATE MY ROOM [CONTEST FOR MODPOINTS!] | Follow this topic

      HotSoup

      Remember when you used to have those old posters, that had those magic stickers you could stick and restick to them? they had like cool superheroes and stuff and you could put them together in scenes and maye your own picture!

      Well like all good things, I eventually STEAL them for my own use!

      as some of you might know, I have moved into a new apartment! But woe is me, I had to shuffle stuff over so quickly that I didn't think as to how I wanted it to set it all up!

      That's where YOU come in!

      Download you very own SoupAptVersion2.0 Coloform and have a blast! Take the furniture pics and compose them together onto the room layout . But to up the ante a little bit, I'm offering prizes!!!

      When you've made your setup, turn it into a pic and upload it for me (and all) to see! If I like the set up enough, I'll not only award you mod points, but will also use it! That's right! You could affect the very way I live!

      The pack has the main room layout, and all the pieces of furnitre that I want to go in. Fr the cool people, there is a photoshop file in there with all the things on seperate layers. Some additional rules.

      - You MUST NOT CHANGE the size of the furniture pieces. I can't change the shape of the REAL furniture, now can I?
      - The Couch is the ONLY optional piece of furniture. everything else MUST go in!
      - Remember to have everything facing the correct way! I don't want to sit looking at the wall!
      - Yes, you CAN turn in more than one entry!

      The sooner you turn in your entry, the more mod points I'll give you!

      Good luck, and godspeed!

      51 replies

  • About Me

  • Comments (69)

    • HotSoup

      14 years ago

      how in the hell am i suppsoed to set up a webcam in a library while I'm working?

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      CITIZENS DEMAND TIME LAPSE VIDEO OF SHELVING TO ABBA

    • SuperKing

      14 years ago

      I love your choice of the word "quartology" when describing the Ender's Game series.

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Too bad I didn't have my webcam with me.

      Oh man, I bet me balancing my laptop with one hand while I take the picture with the other would get me the best looks ever from the baristas.

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      And you still haven't explained the machinations.

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Sign by the register at the coffeeshop I'm currently at:

      Make Soup, Not War!
    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Also, you said "now" twice.

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Machinations whatnow?

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      HOW ABOUT I SEND YOU AN ILL-FITTING SWEATER AND SOME WRISTBANDS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY?

      Make sure to cuff your pants when you wear them.

      And god help you if you don't have exactly two band pins strategically placed on your messenger bag.

    • dan_omac

      14 years ago

      YOU NEED MORE COMMENTS!

    • shadowfaxx49

      14 years ago

      cool pic, i LOVE harvey birdman!

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      I C WUT U DID THEIR ^o^

    • Lixie

      14 years ago

      I like both Battle Royale and American Gods.

    • Innes

      14 years ago

      I love you because I see you put Tenacious D lyrics in your posts, I'd find out more about you but my love is easily scared and I don't want to ruin what you are unaware we have.

    • Cleitus

      14 years ago

      You are my beautiful dancing boy.

    • dan_omac

      14 years ago

      Hey!
      It looks like you're writing a memo...

    • Raxinox

      14 years ago

      sex me.

    • Duffman

      14 years ago

      Be mah furend.

    • Drumharder

      14 years ago

      Sup dude?

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      i keep my change warm, coiled inside my trouser snake

      ... Ow.

    • RDM

      14 years ago

      Soup is my cyber sex slave. I make him masturbate to pictures of me wearing nothing but a yamakah.

    • Becca FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Torturer

      14 years ago

      I'm 5'9".

    • Dear_Maria

      14 years ago

      i take it you like scooter girl and blue monday, ACE!

      lol

    • Dear_Maria

      14 years ago

      i take it you like scooter girl and blue monday, well done

    • Helios

      14 years ago

      First Linux post in your profile!

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      OHSHTI NOW I MUST SPAM TO GET BACK TO +49

    • ScaryThing

      14 years ago

      lol my car needs alot more cleaning up outside of the glove compartment.
      trust me.

    • EatCheese

      14 years ago

      Merry Christmas! If that's your thing.

    • TheCheat

      14 years ago

      Don't worry, I'm going to kick the shit out of that snow. Millions of the pictures will be posted when I get back of how shitless that snow is when I'm done with it. Yeah. >.>

    • Becca FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Torturer

      14 years ago

      Go for it.

    • Grimson

      14 years ago

      I realized I hadn't left a comment here yet
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      hope that clears things up

    • Airwaffle

      14 years ago

      That's a good lyric you've got in your profile. =)

    • Jackomack

      14 years ago

      I like Progs

      Pogs are good too, but so 6th Grade [what year was that? like... 1994?]

      I should go to Prague someday and see the sites

      PROGS R T3H GUD

    • lefty

      14 years ago

      In reply to IDIC:

      it's just a show of how much you like others and they like you, more or less. you don't get anything for being a +40 as opposed to a +5, except bragging rights and run-on sentences.

    • EatCheese

      14 years ago

      Hey! What's causing the jaundice?

    • Kamikaze

      14 years ago

      instead

    • enchanter

      14 years ago

      Oh yeah! I feel great!

      *arm pump*

    • IDIC

      14 years ago

      :O

      You must have an incredible threshold for not sleeping. You're always on.

    • Morrigan

      14 years ago

      Mmm Turkey and Pie is good. I didn't get a chance to gorge my self, i was really sick on thanksgiving. ^^ cool picture.

      ~Natalie~

    • IDIC

      14 years ago

      I'm surprised you Asians... are able to even afford shoes.

      <sniff>

      I guess you guys were the fortunate ones.

    • shade181

      14 years ago

      woho more Ender Game fans...I think

    • ScaryThing

      14 years ago

      haha yeh. west coast customs does some kick freaking ass jobs.

    • ScaryThing

      14 years ago

      you=cool
      asians= cool.
      there for, you+me=cool, though not in a gay way!
      >.>
      <.<

    • TheCheat

      14 years ago

      I love you, just so you know.

    • IDIC

      14 years ago

      You're right!

      Maybe I can start building an immunity to not sleeping.

      I'll start by sleeping 8 hours a night... and then work my way to 7... then 6...

      By the end of the regime... I will be the world's strongest man because I don't need sleep!

      I'll inform you of my progress. :).

    • Swiftmoon

      14 years ago

      Jesus, your writing is great. An entire short story from one sentence. Just three words for you: keep it up.

    • kobayashi3

      14 years ago

      The stories you write in your journal are freakin awesome.That's an awesome talent you have, taking one itty bitty sentence and turning it into a compelling and interesting read.

    • subcypher

      14 years ago

      ...you wouldn't be the HotSoup from Lethal Doses, would you?

    • eponymous FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Huh. Either it's the 3AM talking, or you have good taste in "things."

    • KarbonPhyber

      14 years ago

      thanks a lot! i wasn't even thinking about the sports league logos when i made it, in fact i didn't even notice that until you pointed it out, heh. for me it was just a matter of needing an avatar that is a little different from the usual fare, and i'm hoping i pulled it off

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