May
26
2017
6

Ohhhhhhhhhh crud: the Kinder Egg is coming to America.

My kids are going to pop their tabs, or whatever the heck the phrase is today. However, they’re not Kinder Surprise Eggs; they’re Kinder Joy Eggs. What’s the difference?

The difference with the Kinder Joy egg is that it comes with two individually wrapped halves. One half has the surprise toy inside, the other has tiny wafer balls, chocolate cream, and a tiny scoop. So basically, your kids are still going to love them. And you no longer have to feel like a criminal smuggling contraband into your home if you stumble upon one.

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May
26
2017
3

Quote of the Day, Pork Roll edition.

I don’t know if this quote is true, and I choose not to find out. It sounds like something Sinatra might say, and that’s good enough for me. Hoboken, like the rest of New Jersey, puts its hooks in a man.

“What’s pork roll?”
“May god have mercy on your poor soul.”
-Frank Sinatra—Hoboken, N.J.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s just not the same when you make it yourself, somehow.

May
25
2017
5

Regretfully…

…I have nothing really to talk about except the computer, because that’s what I spent most of the day dealing with.  Games do boot up MUCH faster on the SSHD; startlingly so, in fact. Conan Exiles used to take forever to load itself, and now it doesn’t.  I do have one wrinkle: my old hard drive needs to be connected to a power source, but I’m not sure if I have enough oomph in the magic thinky box to power it normally, or whether I need to put in another new esoteric energy crystal.

…Yes, that’s the level of my knowledge.  And I’d ask my computer guy, except that I did ask my computer guy, and… look. The dude is fast, cheap, doesn’t screw around, and does a thorough job.  What he may not be all that great at is English as a second language, all right? Or maybe I’m not great at explaining what esoteric stuff I need done.  You can’t have everything. I have double the hard drive space, and faster load times.  I’m coming out ahead on this one as it is.

May
25
2017
0

Well, the hard drive’s replaced/cloned.

And the secondary hard drive’s installed, but it needs to be powered up.  Something funky about that which I didn’t quite catch.  I think that it’s running more quickly now, but I haven’t tested it with any games yet.  Probably my next step, here.

May
25
2017
0

All right, let’s try this again.

Off to get the computer upgraded.  I may be a while. Or not; you know how computers are.

May
24
2017
3

Full solar eclipse in USA this August.

August 21st, to be precise.  The arc of totality for this one starts in the center of South Carolina and will go all the way across the country to south of Portland, Oregon: if you’re in that arc, you’ll get a total solar eclipse.  If you’re not, but you’re still in the USA, you should get at least a 50% eclipse (NASA maps here) – which are interesting, too.  We’re going to get close to 80% eclipse where I live; assuming that the sun’s actually out that day, I figure that I’m going to go take a gander and bring the kids out with me, too.

May
24
2017
3

Joerg Sprave is INSANE.

You’ll never look at fidget spinners the same way again. I mean, Joerg Sprave himself kind of thinks that he’s out on the edge on this one.  But when life gives you a fidget spinner and you’re Joerg, you make it into a super-sharp mini-Krull Glaive. Because that’s the kind of huy he is.

LET HIM SHOW YOU ITS FEATURES! (more…)

May
23
2017
0

RIP, Roger Moore.

Roger Moore had an underappreciated talent for comedy; I remember his turn on The Muppet Show fondly. My prayers and good wishes to his family and loved ones.

May
23
2017
4

Having successfully convinced myself *not* to try to install the new SSHD myself…

…I’m off to drop off the computer this morning. I just have no idea how long it’s going to take to get ‘er, as it is said, done.  I suspect that cloning the drive may take more than five minutes.  Then again, what’s really needed here is that the hard drive get installed properly: I could probably clone it myself, at leisure.  I will talk to my computer dude.

But if I’m quiet for today and hopefully not tomorrow, that’s why.

May
22
2017
0

Early night tonight.

The news in Manchester, coupled with my general exhaustion today, conspire to put me to bed early. And offering up a few prayers for the slain, and those working to save the hurt.  And even a prayer or two for the souls of the people who ordered that atrocity*, because hellfire is Eternal and they will have a limited window of time for repentance.

Moe Lane

*Christianity is hard, sometimes.

May
22
2017
5

So, I need a “The Hand in Yellow” iconography check.

Does this say “Get your oil changed at Midas” to you?

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May
22
2017
7

Got a SSHD: now trying to figure out best use for it.

Actually, since I have to be up, I might as well note that I picked this up and it should be arriving later Monday (I also grabbed a Monoprice 18-Inch SATA III 6.0 Gbps Cable, because apparently everybody who buys the drive also buys one).

I bought it after consulting with my father-in-law, who does hardware/IT/troubleshooting stuff these days; the solid state hybrid drive is probably going to be my best option while SSDs are so expensive. I figure that I’ll keep my existing drive in the machine and put everything on it that I don’t need constantly, and use the SSHD for my main drive. Or is that dumb?

Also: swapping out memory and the video card wasn’t anything like a chore, really. But I should probably take my computer down to the shop to fiddle with the hard drives, right?

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