Mar
28
2017
6

OK, this birthday image amuses.

Got sent this via email, and it’s apropos:

Not doing anything special today, because I’m 47 and there’s nothing really associated with that particular number. Schedule also got disrupted twice this week for reasons. Nothing bad, just third-party inconvenient. So, I figure a quiet day and all that.

Mar
27
2017
1

So, the new keyboard is nice.

It’s satisfyingly clicky, at least: I’m not exactly sure if it’s improved my typing speed or anything, but there’s definitely a nostalgia value to it.  Whether or not this gets blown up the second I try to play Mass Effect on it tonight remains to be seen.  Because it’s definitely smaller than my previous keyboard.  I mean, the keys are the same size and everything, but it’s also a bit more compact and this keyboard doesn’t have one of those number pads on it that I never used anyway which is why I didn’t buy a more expensive one. Gonna be interesting to adapt to, maybe.

Moe Lane

PS: Short interruption there because my wife was going to bed.  She also gave me an early birthday present so that I can wear it tomorrow: a Mass Effect N7 t-shirt. I am a fortunate man.

Mar
27
2017
1

Begun the Note 7 Recall War-Hunt It Has.

So, remember the Samsung Note 7? New smartphone, excitingly thin, very popular, had a distressing tendency to ignite.  Samsung has managed to get 90% of the ones that they sold back, but the remainder seem to be owned by people who will give up their Notes when you pry them from their charred, dead fingers. Personally, I’d just reprogram all those rogue Note 7s out there* with a terse IF YOU USE THIS PHONE YOU MAY DIE, BUT MAY NOT SUE US, but I guess that there’s a legal reason why they can’t let evolution do its intricate dance of consequence. Instead

 

Judging from Korean news reports, however, Samsung is ready for the final step. It plans to issue software updates that stop the phone from working altogether.

The big question now is whether the type of people who’ve been determined enough to keep using the phone for so long are also the type of people who’d find a way to block or disable such an update.

(more…)

Mar
27
2017
3

“How to Make a Hydraulic Powered Arm From Cardboard.”

This is a pretty good video, actually. You watch it, and you’re left with the feeling that you kind of understand better how everything works.  We should have gadget classes in high school.  A semester learning how a blender or a piston works would have been a much better bang for my educational buck than some of the stuff that I learned back then…

Mar
27
2017
16

Gonna get me a mechanical keyboard today? Maybe?

It’s an early birthday present — thank God for Amazon gift cards; I’m sure that my family does, when it comes to me — and supposedly said keyboard will arrive tonight. Or I suppose, this afternoon.  I’m not sure how this works; but apparently Amazon thinks that it can same-day it to me for free, and I’m not going to argue with them.

Now, no tell truthful: what I really want is a steampunk mechanical keyboard. Or at least I think that I do.  Buying a thirty-buck mechanical keyboard first and then trying it out seems to be the adult option, here.  I’ve been trying to do more adulting, lately.  It seems to be working out OK so far.

Mar
26
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, Hugh Jackman Tap-Dances the Awesome/A*shole Line edition.

Or possibly both.  You have to be on top of your game AND having a good night to pull this sort of thing off.  It’s not for the inexperienced, or timid.

Mar
24
2017
3

‘Wild Child.’

…Well, back to normal when you factor in that ‘normal’ includes Mass Effect: Andromeda.  This is a monstrously big game. I’m not even a third done.

Wild Child, Enya

Mar
24
2017
6

So. Yes. The bullfighter incident.

I am not going to link to it, because the images are, well.  It involved a bull literally shoving its horn… do I need to finish that sentence?  No, I suspect that I do not.

[pause]

Look, I’m fine with eating meat. And hunting. And even sports hunting, although if you really want to be impressive, go hunt your big game with a knife. But bullfighting? It’s just a bit… lopsided normally, isn’t it? I don’t want to say that the matador had it coming, because it was a horrible injury, but honesty requires me to admit that if I saw the bull trying to make a getaway afterward it might be a while before I reported in to the police.

Moe Lane

Mar
23
2017
4

Oh, Lord, this day.

Started with doctor’s appointment and then there was the shattering of the mercury fluorescent bulb and there went pretty much the day in cleaning and recleaning and taking apart my computer desk layout and putting it back together and then cleaning some more. I’d say ‘thank goodness I’m no longer on medication that keeps me from drinking,’ only I ended up forgetting to go have a beer. So instead I will go to bed.

Normalcy tomorrow. As normal as it ever gets around here, anyway.

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Mar
20
2017
18

Gimme a reality check on this, OK? You’d all watch this, right?

Because I’ve got Iron Fist cheerfully penciled in for watching in my copious free time, I am an enthusiastic cultural appropriator, and I’d STILL watch the heck out of this. Assuming that it didn’t suck, of course. But, yeah, twist my arm and make me watch a drawling Chinese gunslinger sharp-shoot her way across a suitably lawless locale. The horror.  The horror.

Mar
20
2017
4

Webcomics page: updated!

And how very exciting that news is, I’m sure.  Don’t mind me: I had a ridiculously late night last night. Sufficiently so that I’m half-debating not staying up until midnight, when Mass Effect: Andromeda presumably drops.  Yes, I’m that tired.

Mar
20
2017
12

I am running up against a poorly designed ceiling fan design.

Short version: I have a couple of bulbs stuck in my bedroom’s ceiling fan/lamp combo.  The problem is that the bulbs are set in those stupid cone things where you have to remove the bulb first before you can remove the cones.  This is a particular problem because the housings for the light sockets are no longer secured to the lamp itself anymore.  There’s no exposed wiring or fire hazard — I checked that, ya, you betcha — but when you turn the bulb it just twists the socket, so I can’t get the bulb out.  And I am reluctant to take some pliers to the socket housing to keep it stable while I somehow unscrew the bulb with a third hand or something, for obvious reasons.

Suggestions? I can’t be the first person that this has ever happened to.

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