Thursday, August 22, 2019

Android's iconic dessert names are going away, starting with Android 10

Part of me is a little sad and disappointed at this news. I had kinda hoped they would make it to Zebra Cake or something like that. But really I'm surprised they've made it this far.

Of course, this doesn't mean the build numbers and the version numbers will converts. Just that you'll be less likely to wonder if the folks behind Android are less likely to develop diabetes....

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The way a box full of crap in the closet works:


  1. Didn't I have Zeonic Front for the PlayStation 2?
  2. Gah, to much crap to check huge box without taking the shit off the lid.
  3. Take all the stuff out of closet.
  4. Drag box out to living room.
  5. Sneeze. A few times.
  6. Rummage through everything three times.
  7. Huh, not here!? Where else would I have kept it.
  8. You know what? Screw this.
  9. Find somewhere less troublesome to store this crap.
And if I had just went with the emulator approach I'd probably be done by now, versus trying to find the actual disc for my PlayStation 2.

On the flip side my overflow area for books has enough room to hold the remains of my PC floppy and 'D-ROM, PlayStation, and PlayStation 2 game collections.

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet

Settling in to watch this now that it's pretty much complete, and in a way it is both very nice and refreshing. On one hand it isn't the '70s no more but familiar faces and styles abound.

Watching the opening episode, it's especially curious to see that old man Zabi may have been a competent old bastard during his rise to power. Likewise, I'm reminded of how dangerous and insidious Kycilia was and what a gorilla Dozle was.

By far though, I think the most interesting thing is seeing Ramba Ral so young and full of piss and vinegar. It's quite the contrast from the old war horse of '79.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Willow was greatly displeased that I made something with fish but didn't share any.



When I made extra onigiri, I had planned to save some rather than eating them all. Instead it became a rather large lunch.



But Willow forgave me after being given dog treats, as compensation for the lack of getting to steal my lunch.
Every now and then my Google News feed shows me entries from local sources, including one that tends to have a "What's going on this weekend" with events in the county. Usually the things listed tend to lean in the direction of live music and cold beer or family friendly movie viewings. Seeing a blurb that "The Heiress" is supposed to be running at New Dawn Theater Company Duluth was a surprise.

Reminds me that I've always had a soft spot for that story. Over the years of watching TCM with my mother, I was introduced to quite a few good films. The '40s and '90s adaptations of Washington Square included.

In fact, if memory serves when I learned of Project Gutenberg, I think the first books I downloaded were probably The Count of Monte Cristo and Washington Square. Because I'm odd, and many of the other books I wanted to search for at that time probably originated in latin 😲.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Goodereader: E Ink Launches JustPrintIt for ePaper IDs, gift cards and loyalty cards.

Part of me is tempted to scratch my head in curious wonderment; part of me wonders if the world will be a little more sci-fi like than expected, by the time old age takes me to the bone yard.

Some moron at the big G might call this new layout tablet optimized if they're not allowed to question orders from their marketing overlords.

Me? I'd say why the !@#$ are you wasting nearly 2" of my screen real estate to highlight the sections for movies and books? I don't even want to look at my phone's layout after seeing this redesign on my tablet, for fear of what else might be found.

I was really on the wall when hamburger design took over the mobile world but quickly came to like it, when it was done well. Interfaces like this however are just wasteful(tm). But it gives you plenty of space to write out Games, Apps, Movies & TV, and Books in something like 120 languages.

Willow practically out like a light from the comfy; Misty more debating if that's food or a camera in my hand, before going back to sleep.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


It was difficult to have the heart to reclaim my reserved spot. Willow was so comfy and tired. Of course, nods of agreement from the peanut gallery....



Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Why the F-117 Nighthawk Is Such a Badass Plane

These days the younger, less deranged but designs are more the rage. But I remember a time when the Nighthawk was still revolutionary and fascinating. Perhaps it still is when it comes to sneakiness.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Willow apparently forgives me for not being consistently smart.



Earning my duntz cap award for the year, I'm not sure what bothered me more. That most of my first aid kit is probably dated between 1980 and 1990 or that I was out of all purpose flour.


Couple minutes after reaching into a nearly entry can and thinking "Gee, I should know better", my one for the year was achieved. Always reach for a spoon or something instead. Fortunately dinner was not bloodied in the process and the wound settled down by the time I finished eating and changed the bandaid.

Also note to self: don't bother checking that first aid case unless you need a dressing big enough to wrap in duct tape. On the flip side, if more than Neosporin and a bandaid is required it'd probably be time for a medic.

In my case trying to stop the bleeding was making me wish for a stypic powder. Which I suppose in this day and age has been replaced by Neosporin and the like unless you've got fur or feathers.

Now if only knowing better didn't mean I sometimes so stupid things 😂.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

When I walk outside in the lovely 50% humidity and think about how nice a walk in the sun feels, sometimes I just blame home.

Georgia experiences it's worst summer weather around this time of year. By contrast where I grew up, I sometimes wonder if hell would have been a milder climate at any point on the calendar. It's been at least twenty years since my family left south Florida but the side effects related to near constant spirit crushing humidity and temperatures suitable for frying an egg on your forehead, probably last a lifetime.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


MSPoweruser: Dell may be working on a Surface Studio-like monitor.

While it will probably be well beyond what I'd be willing to pay, I kinda want to see this and more displays like it.

All-in-One PCs are an interesting concept but for my use cases they've traditionally been too limiting even when you pay the big buckaroos. Advancements in laptop hardware and a thing called Thunderbolt give me a little hope that might change someday.

But I'd much rather have a display that could function as both a typical monitor and suddenly become like a drawing board, that can be connected to whatever device can drive a touchscreen monitor. Because a really great display tends to last until it gives up the ghost. The same is not always true of computers.

Comfort loves company?
In Battlestar Galactica '04 there is a reoccurring greeting between Adama and Starbuck that goes something like this:

What do you hear?
Just the rain.
Then grab your gun and bring in the cat.

Watching s04e13 The Oath, when Galactica defends into mutiny there's a scene where Kara saves Apollo's ass, showing up with a pistol in each hand as he's being led away by a hit squad.

I may have recalled this greeting and pictured Lee with whiskers....lol

More reason to want to be reincarnated as a dog, lol.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I remember coming across various wallpaper worthy images from Is This A Zombie? and adding them to my collection.


Seeing my desktop select this one of Eu out of its random rotation of wallpapers, I was rather surprised how well this one works on a 1080p display.

These days most of the wallpapers I've collected over the past eon, I see on my tablet screen. Because that's the computer I use most often. At work, usually SFW stills are statically set. At home though, I still keep my PC's set to a random rotation.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Catching up on my backlog of Fruits Basket, I'm kind of glad to see episodes 16 and 17 tell some of Uotani's story.

Uotani is a very nice supporting character. Despite the gruff personality that comes with her rendition as a delinquent, there's also a kindness that balances the character out well. Long before this part, you can see how Uo and Tohru could end up great friends. As usual, Tohru's late mother is a source of wisdom.

Most often the strength of a story rests upon it's characters, and I'd say the characters make this series far more than the concept.

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Here Are The Meals That Best Represent Each State In America, According To Locals

For the places I've called home and neighboring states, I'd say this sounds about right. For the rest it sounds like reasons to gain a few pounds 😂.

Friday, August 2, 2019


Comicbook.com: Marvel Comics: Who is Death's Head?

Surprising thing to come across, scrolling through my Google News feed. Don't recall Death's Head seeing a lot of exposure here in the United States, but when I was a kid I found the series quite entertaining and hard to come by. We never got to read many issues, and I'm a little surprised anyone remembers the character at this point. I at least enjoyed the character ^_^, although more so 'II and his sidekick Tuck I suppose.

In fact, somewhere in my closet is a small cache of DH/DHII comics from my childhood neatly tucked away for easy reach. Where most of my other comics from back there are stuffed in a box in a dusty corner, lol.
CNN: Libraries are fighting to preserve your right to borrow e-books.

Generally my habits with e-books lean towards purchases more so than lending: but even so, I find the option of checking out an electronic copy useful once in awhile. In my neck of the woods that usually takes the form of OverDrive.

I imagine that as time goes on the issue will only get worse.

E-books are not going away, and most of us don't want public libraries to go away either. Eventually, I expect the amount of books only available in digital form will go up over the decades not down. Authors and publishers still need to make coin but I don't think that being a dick about it will help anyone, least of all in the long run: the one being a dick.

Google’s new Android phone feature may help save your life

It's kind of sad this has taken so long. Features like these might not be popular on the mind of mostly healthy, mostly young engineers who probably won't see an ambulance ride for most of their lives if at all--but it's damned nice use of technology.

We all have location and voice synthesis services in our pocket. Why not make use of it?

That fact that in my country, the cost of an ambulance or a serious hospital stay would probably give you a heart attack, is a different problem 😜😂
Every now and then, I'll stuff a few frozen pancakes in the toaster to make a quick breakfast. Usually followed by coating them in peanut butter and creating a sandwich. Today, since I skipped the PB, I opted to give the peanut gallery a taste.


Which was welcomed by the peanut gallery but I was reproached for it being the last of the pancake, lol. I will skip sharing the stare I am now getting from Willow....