Mar
27
2017
1

‘Goblin Queen.’

(Via Facebook) Take twelve minutes or so and watch this, OK? ‘Goblin Queen’ is fun, and sweet in a very determined way, and I liked the ending. It is worth your attention.

It’s nice that it gets steadily easier and easier to tell stories.

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.

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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
1

Tweet of the Day, God Help Me: I’m Putting Up A TMZ Giraffe Tweet edition.

This was sent to me (I am omitting that person’s name because I am not cruel), and I am slightly horrified to say that I found it enjoyable. There’s not much that can be fairly said to be improved by getting the TMZ treatment, but this story… yeah. It’s a perfect example of our new, shiny media world. It really and truly is.

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Mar
27
2017
17

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
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Mar
26
2017
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So now it is time for the inevitable question…

Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC?

Yeah, yeah, I’m only on Planet #4 and I’m already asking that question.  I’m pretty sure that we’re not going to be getting new companions, if only because there isn’t a space for any in the Squad screen.  Looks like we’re back to a Mass Effect 1 ethos, which is hardly a surprise to anybody who’s played Andromeda for long. The entire dang game is a return to those days of yore, only now with jet-packs and no elevator ride conversations. (more…)

Mar
26
2017
1

So, how was the Power Rangers movie?

I know that some of my readers were looking forward to it, and it hit its numbers. Critics hated it, of course, but you knew going in that that was going to happen. Can I safely expose it to my two grammar school-age kids when it hits video, though? – Because my kids love the Power Rangers, and when they find out about this flick they’re definitely going to want to see it.

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
26
2017
1

Item Seed: The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber.

Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber – Google Docs

 

The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber

 

This device exists in the worlds where the Mad Scientists of the Victorian Era thrived, crowded out all the non-Mad scientists (non-Mad engineers, too), and went on to be the backbone of scientific and technological progress in the Interstellar Era. And, hoo, boy, was there progress. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if there’s no little voice inside anybody’s head that says “Is this wise?” It certainly makes peer review a more… dynamic experience. And quite exciting, at least from outside of the blast radius.

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Mar
26
2017
1

My Patreon microfiction: ‘Situational Horror.’

Well, “Situational Horror” can best be described as ‘experimental,’ which is often author-speak for ‘something you’ve written that you expect to implode.’ Hey. I’m as guilty of that sort of thing as anybody else. Although I didn’t really know that it was going to implode.

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