Mar
17
2017
3

Computer issues today.

The darn thing seems to be having this issue where it sometimes runs the fan fairly loudly, then shuts down the computer, if I’m playing either Fallout 4 or Conan Exiles (I assume that overheating the graphics card is the problem).  I think that it may be solvable by simply moving the computer tower: I’ve got the unit under the table, and I think that the waste heat is building up and causing the problem. Which would be spiff, because all the other alternatives are expensive.

But that’s been my day.

Mar
16
2017
19

All right. Time to update the webcomics page this weekend.

You can safely assume that, of the ones listed here from last year, Freefall, Daughter of the Lilies (hoo, yeah), and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal are up on the list. Maybe Questionable Content, as it’s behaved itself since the Incident. Still haven’t decided. Oh, and Sword Interval and Miss Melee.  Sing out if there are others.

Mar
15
2017
3

So, they’re building life-size AT-ATs for Disneyland.

Because of course they are.

More here. They might be planning something broadly similar for Disney World, which is infinitely easier for my family to get to than Disneyland is and also has the advantage of not being in California.  Not that I’d take my kids to the lands ruled by the House of Mouse for a couple of years yet, but this will take a little time to put together anyway…

Mar
15
2017
2

Beware the Ides of March.

…Oddly enough, there is a surprising lack of alternate history novels and short stories that play with the consequences of Julius Caesar not being assassinated.  Probably because said assassination is widely deemed to have resulted in the eventual formation of the Roman Empire, and most people who do Roman-themed alternate history prefer to have the legions conquer the Mississippi valley or face off against the Chinese or whatnot. Not all, of course; but most.

I guess that the assumption is that the Republic would have lasted longer, at least under that name. Would Caesar’s successor have returned the government back to a state where the Senate had actual power? SM Stirling argued something similar in passing in one of his kinda-non-alternate history novels, but I’m not entirely certain.

Still: you see somebo… ah, that joke isn’t funny anymore.

Mar
14
2017
17

Check me, here: this is a major ergonomic FAIL, right?

Because it looks like you literally cannot charge this wireless mouse while you’re using it.

So what exactly is the victory condition, here?  What is the problem with leaving the mouse plugged into the charger? – Or is it just that nobody at Apple remembers how to do this stuff, now that the Toymaker is gone?

Mar
13
2017
9

Snow’s finally coming down…

…schools are closed, wife will be telecommuting tomorrow, and the cat is visibly congratulating itself for moving in several years ago.  All of which means: I get to sleep in tomorrow! …Heck, the kids might even let me get an extra half hour!

I will admit: snow is pretty when you don’t have to go out into it.  Although whether I feel the same way after I shovel the walk tomorrow is another story.  Fortunately, the tendonitis seems well and truly on the wane.

Good night, folks.

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Mar
13
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, This Is A Perception Check Crit For SOMEBODY edition.

Either a critical success on the part of the bear’s, or a critical failure on the people’s. Not sure which.  Also: you can almost see the bear’s How are these creatures the apex predators? thought bubble as he watches… well. Watch for yourself:

Mar
12
2017
1

Take a look at my hilariously wrong March Madness picks.

Chosen with a variety of methods, mostly involving occult mythology. conspiracy theory, and at least one fond recollection of Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John series, which by GOD you should read before you die.  I mean, seriously.  Those stories are what literacy is for.

Mar
12
2017
1

Sesame Street karaokes Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s ‘The Crossroads.’

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I’ve never heard this song before. I am old, after all. But on a technical level they did a really nice job syncing up all the clips. I respect that kind of skill.

Mar
12
2017
2

Comes now the Time of the White-Sky-Ice-Water DOOOOOOOOM…

…otherwise known as a ‘Winter Storm Warning for Baltimore/Washington.’  This sort of thing is easily the best entertainment for anybody in this region who isn’t from this region; the locals reliably freak out over anything that isn’t a dusting.  Although, to be fair: six to ten inches is a major snowfall where I come from, too*. And to be doubly fair: they don’t get snow too often in lower Maryland.

So: shopping tomorrow morning, King Kong for lunch, then sit out the next two days in comfort and suchlike.  Maybe I’ll make some cocoa. And hope that the tendonitis is even better still by Tuesday.

Moe Lane

*The people from North Dakota may start laughing now, of course.

Mar
11
2017
--

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time starts tomorrow.

Because, sure, why not? Let’s get it all out of the way. Toss in the snowstorm looming for Tuesday and the emerald horror that is St. Patrick’s Day, and we got a heck of a week scheduled…

Mar
11
2017
2

Sorry, brick wall today.

Wife’s getting over a cold, the kids are bouncing off of the walls, and I can’t think straight for more than five minutes at a time. And it’s cold.  I had just gotten used to it being Spring.

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