Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Passing Thoughts: BIMF

Someday someone needs to create a build tool called BIMF: Build It Mother Fucker.

Bonus points if you get Samuel L. Jackson to provide voice over for your error messages 🤣

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The scale of getting things done:

  1. Urgent and important.
  2. Urgent but not important.
  3. Not urgent but important.
  4. Not urgent and not important.
Or for a visual que let's borrow one from Wikipedia:



While it took me a long time to learn about the connection to president Eisenhower, I've generally found this decision matrix a pretty good way for classifying things. It works really well. Because urgency controls attention, and importance determines making sure it happens, which leads to much doing.

And then there's what I call The Class 5 Full Roaming Vapor--something that is not urgent, but is important, and that makes you feel like having a shot of whiskey in the mean time. These kinds of things: you can kinda picture smack dab in the middle of the chart, lol.
There are times when I get up, and think it’s almost sad to disturb such a comfortable goonie bird with fur.



Basically spent the night with Willow where my leg goes, Corky by my opposite hip, and Misty in her spot to my left. Which she had to vacate as part of getting up. But comfortable Willow was moving for no body, lol.


And then there are times when I think I ought to dispense treats after breakfast: less I someday meet my death at their paws, lol.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

Most people don’t go to such an extent to avoid the big tech companies, even for an experiment it is a bit super thorough. But makes a solid point.

Critics of the big tech companies are often told, “If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.” My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that. It’s not just the products and services branded with the big tech giant’s name. It’s that these companies control a thicket of more obscure products and services that are hard to untangle from tools we rely on for everything we do, from work to getting from point A to point B.”

Perhaps the question we really should be asking ourselves is whether or not these companies are a necessary evil.

Would such services exist, or be anywhere near as good without the help of such companies? Miss Hill points out the dominance of Google Maps and the interaction with things like Uber, and I think that’s kind of key. We had GPS navigation long before we had Google Maps and smart phones, but which would you rather use? Part of what made Google Maps what it is today is the insane investment: sending people and hardware off into the wild blue yonder to build a better dataset than simply importing maps and satellite photos could. Who the hell has that much money? Well, Google did. Some clown in their parents garage might be able to kick start the next Apple or Amazon, but they’re not going to be able to afford to run Google Streetview without monopolistic funding.

As things worked out, I’d say Amazon turned out to be a pretty great idea. But twenty six years ago: we’d probably forgive you for thinking Bezos was crazy instead of anticipating he would become several times richer than God, building one of the world’s most well known enterprises along the way.

See, we build our success upon the success of others—and our success is often in enabling others to succeed. The question is can we do that without the ginormous bankrolls and the infrastructure that entails.

I’d like to think we have yet to see the last great American tech company. But without a governmental strongarm, I don’t think we will ever see these empires displaced. Not until landmark paradigm shifts cause them to exit a market, or for profitability sake they choose to exit or destroy one. You’re not going to beat Google Maps unless they’re incompetent and you’re hyper lucky and clever at just the right time: or they choose to shutter the entire operation. That’s just how it works at scale.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that we should refer to them as monopolies. But are they ones we need, or are they ones we can ill afford? As someone who long resisted Google and Facebook, I find that a very intriguing question.
Microsoft pauses Surface Neo development — Surface Duo to arrive on time

This kind of makes me sad. Because while I’ve had nearly zero fucks to give about foldable phones, I’d really like to see more devices like the Surface Duo.
ARM-Based 12-inch MacBook Specs Include A14X Bionic SoC, up to 16GB RAM, 20-Hour Battery Life & More

To me it would make sense if the first Macintosh to sport Apple’s ARM system on a chip was the basic MacBook. It’s entry level enough to support up selling more powerful machines, and down low enough to write it off if the horse power cells to wow everyone’s eyes out of their sockets.

“Looking at these rumored specs, it honestly looks like Apple wants to repurpose the discontinued 12-inch MacBook to sport its own A14X Bionic SoC. Since the A14X Bionic is expected to be made on the 5nm process and not have a ridiculously high TDP, the 12-inch MacBook’s chassis should be sufficient to cool the chip“

Which would also be inline with modern Apple and Samsung devices. Not to mention, if it’s not busted: why fix it?


Friday, July 31, 2020

It’s probably telling that with my laptop less than three meters away, and my tablet’s keyboard/mouse more like seven meters away; I opted to go with the tablet approach.

For sitting on my couch: tablets are generally an ideal formfactor. For being at a desk often the lure of a large keyboard and an even larger display is hard to pass out. But there are times where I’d rather be at my couch just like there are times I would rather be at my desk.

Generally, I’ve found that my laptop and desktop aren’t devices I reach for as often for their form factor as I do for the ease of using an X-Terminal, or simply doing things on it through a glorified X-Terminal and associated trappings. Or for very specialized tasks: because good luck cramming a massive GTX into a tablet, lol.
Shaping the future of design

Every now and then, I look at a piece of software, and I remember the future is nigh.
It must be exhausting being so comfy.


The hole working-from-home thing — Apple

I never really thought that there would basically be a commercial for working from home, nor did I expect I’d enjoy it so much. Good on you Apple, for getting humor and reality with advertising your products.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search - There’s a temporary workaround

Considering how much of Edge is Google, and both companies histories, I do find this kind of amusing. Given the isolation it almost makes me wonder if some Googly interface somewhere has changed its response in a funny way, or if a Microsoft change relative to Chromium induces a crashola.

In any case, looks like people using Edge should stop sending their address bar inputs to Google ala Chrome.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Apple Watch continues to help save lives in a variety of ways

While I’d doubt a wristwatch will ever replace a hospital for something like an electrocardiogram: I’d like to think that as far as canaries go an Apple Watch is better than feeding it to the cat.

Coming from a family tree where hearts are among leading cause of death, the health features are about the only aspect of the device I find intriguing. But then in lays the real problem: even if you could convince me to pay that much for a watch the fact remains that I do not want an iPhone to go with it.
For me one of the best parts about making fried rice is whatever you want, or whatever you have, or both, can be easily fit into the equation.



For Willow the disappointing part is this doesn’t mean it’s for dogs, lol.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Can’t say that I have any recollection of eating tortellini before tonight.


But there’s only two things that really need to be known. Firstly: unless it’s filled with rat poison: anything that looks lie a dumping is likely tasty; and seondly: I love pasta 😀.



Willow of course agrees with my method of covering them in cheese, applying suave and cheese, mixing them up, and then applying more cheese ^_^.
A friend mentioned second guessing themselves, so I offered this in response:


If I was better at drawing, I’d probably make another one for my “Amok time” method of solving problems I don’t now the solutions too, lol.
How Willow spent most of the afternoon:


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Generally, I’ve never had high hopes for Netflix films. Just that they would be entertaining. And then there’s The Old Guard. Now that was a good action flick.

Given the context, I also love how Copley’s wall. Tracking the people they’ve crossed paths with and the impact made by those saved.
Catching up on where I left off with Re:ZERO, the The Self-Proclaimed Knight and the Greatest Knight worked out as an excellent return point. Perfect for wrapping up the first season in the hopes of catching up to season two before it finishes.

While my opinion of Subaru is a bit mixed, the combination with Julius makes a fine battle against Sloth. Two people who hate each other greatly yet are friends enough to work together the way they do: it’s a superb kind of crazy for their personalities. I kind of felt like applauding Subaru’s crackpot plan for finishing Sloth, after how carefully and painfully orchestrated his campaign went.

Not to mention the aftermath with oh shit, magic stones and the big bad doesn’t want to stay dead. The final episode for season one: “That's All This Story Is About” also rocks because that really is what it’s all about.

As a protagonist, I feel Natsuki Subaru somehow manages to channel both the worst and best qualities as the story evolves around him. Yes, sometimes you’ll want to throw a book at his head, and sometimes you’ll want to shout his awesomeness. It’s kind of amazing how one character can be both in one story.

But in the end, Subaru’s reason why is all that really matters 😀.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

My mother had a habit of watching The Devil's Advocate whenever it was on television, and was perhaps her favorite Al Pacino flick. Put Al in a movie and she would probably watch it: but The Devil's Advocate was one she enjoyed. Personally, I had always tended to skip it; citing that it's not my kind of subject matter. As a kid, I'd usually opt to be elsewhere and over the years have probably seen only bits and pieces in passing.

Seeing it pop up on Netflix: I finally opted to watch it. If I've ever seen the whole film straight through: it's probably been around twenty years. I have to admit it's easier to notice how great the film's execution is than as a kid.

I rather love how Al's character of Milton is so utterly insidious. As he warns Kevin, "He's the one you never see coming". Because that's how things go to hell. How the notion of free will and temptation fit into the story is surprisingly well crafted. The ending is also pretty damned spectacular.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Me: “Things I can blame on genetics: dunking a donut in my coffee.”
Willow: “What about the lack of sharing, human?”
Me: “Ummm, the baker?”
Misty: “Bastard....”
Corky: snorts

And may the coffee flow. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Here’s a Downside of the Death of Loading Screens You Might Not Have Considered

While I personally enjoy the way Resident Evil did doors, because it creates a feeling of never exactly knowing what’s on the other side waiting to bite your face off, I think for most games we just won’t miss loading screens.

Generally the most consistent use for a loading screen I’ve seen? Time to go to the bathroom or the kitchen, lol.

Monday, July 6, 2020

It's pretty much a given that Willow aims to be comfortable.



And then there's the point that Willow finds taking over my the bed more comfortable. Which between how early I fall asleep these days, and the comfort of dogs, is usually how I decide what room to be in by now, lol.
For Corky's sake: I kind of hope that I taste good or at least sweat gravy.




Passing thought: omnitasking

A thought reoccurring to me often of late: is how many updates I’ve been meaning to write here in my journal, and filed under “Do that later.”

The answer is of course: too many.

My time has been pretty much a simple cycle of work, taking care home, or trying to garner enough downtime to recover from the formers. On the positive side, I’m not dead yet.
Details you might have missed in the 1993 movie 'Jurassic Park'

I have to admit, I never thought about the Nedry parts with the Goonies.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The positive side of my day can be summarized as a series of meals, and dogs staring.



Having a coupon, I decided to splurge on breakfast from Burger King. It’s amazing how happy a little bit of hash brown will make a dog, lol.


Dinner was pasta, and I was much stared at. Sadly unlike breakfast there was no sharing.



Reactions to pasta didn’t stop Willow from being comfy but alert. Also helps that they got meat and gravy treaty goodness after dinner.


After a while, I wondered if Misty licking her chops was due to me thinking about cake, or it almost being time for her medication; which means peanut butter.


The decision to have some cake later lead to a hole being stared into my head.



Needless to say: I had to give everyone a dog treat to purchase some forgiveness, just to be sure I’m not found dead with teeth marks by morning.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

https://apple.news/AUdqVI1ptTSyB8heNLTXRfQ

Sometimes science is grisly, like an autopsy. But we should probably count ourselves lucky we live in a world where such things can be done, and studied instead of being left to scratch our ass about how an illness affects the living.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Probably the most cooking effort I’ve put in since the stew-periment.


Seasoned and baked some broccoli and carrots, while I then chopped and sautéed onion and pepper. Mix in some leftover chicken, rice, and more seasoning. Finished with mixing in the baked yummies and finished.

Fried rice is a great use of fresh, and leftover foods. Because the results are delicious and basically defined by what’s available, lol.




Post dinner beard inspection is also mandatory according to Willow.
Pretty much as soon I start cooking, Corky hides behind the toilet and Misty often aims for her perch:



There’s really not a good reason for this, especially with how lax my cooking has been and how rarely I fry foods.
How the doggos spent the afternoon:



Friday, June 26, 2020

Welcome to Applebee’s! Can I Get You Started With Some Disinfectant? Chain restaurants are rethinking food for diners who fear the virus — and one another.

While some of this is a bit much, I’m glad that people are at least taking this seriously. Dining environments are often filled under the concept of “Generally considered safe” than “Swimming in disinfectants”.

I’d like to think if you can pass the inspections from the board of public health, you’re going to generate safe food. Relative to your staff’s health. But common areas like tables, chairs, booths, and other customer touch heavy areas can’t be held to same standards as your kitchen service; least not in practical terms. But a little bit of calculated effort can go a long way to avoid and limit stupid.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This Was Apple's Most Significant WWDC Announcement. Why It's Bad News for Google and Facebook Developers will have to disclose exactly what information their apps collect about users. 


An interesting idea but I doubt much will truly change.

In my Android → iPad conversion I came to the conclusion that Android made it easier for me to know what data I am sharing with applications; iOS makes it more clear that I am sharing data. But in practice people aren’t going to stop using their services just because of data collection. At best, we can hope users read the privacy policies, and that the platform gods police bad actors on their store fronts.

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Next Phase: Apple Lays Out Plans To Transition Macs from x86 to Apple SoCs

Kind of happy to see this. While I don’t envision Apple ever releasing a Mac that both appeals to me, and falls within my price range, I do very much want to see more “Conventional” computers with ARM processors.

Based on my iPad Pro, and nearly a decade of working Android tablets to death, I think the crossover point works. High end ARM SoCs are up to snuff for missions like the MacBook Air and iMac. For the general computing tasks the problem is more that ARM based PCs aren’t really a thing you can go out and buy. Not so much a lack of horse power. The processors kickass at this point.

Rather the main use case I see for x86 in Apple’s world: is for devices like the Mac Pro. Where uncompromising horse power should be what comes along with that absurd price tag. For regular people, we just want our computers to do our job promptly.

And I’m pretty sure that even the basic iPad far out sells the Mac Pro, lol. For better or worse the demand for Uber powerful computers often go hand in hand with the software packages for highly specific and very resource intensive business tasks. Not Joe Blow checking his email or doing office files.
What would make you buy a new Amazon Kindle?

This is something I put a bit of thought into with my recent decision to get a modern Kindle. Chiefly it was driven by two facts about my old HDX7: it’s so old, I can’t remember what year the lock screen adds last refreshed never mind how many years “Yeah, that’s not supported anymore. Please use a browser instead.” has been the answer to various functions.

Secondly of course is the fact that my HDX was mostly used for reading, not for apps. Getting an e-Ink model was a natural choice versus another Fire series. For the most part, I think there’s only two things I could see that would make me upgrade before my Kindle is likewise old as heck.

1/ USB-C because the only other devices I typically charge that still use USB Micro-B are things like headphones and speakers. Devices that aren’t likely to retire until they break, no longer hold a suitable charge, or become a source of pain over the aging Bluetooth standards. So things that will probably die by the time USB connectors other than Type-C have gone the way of the floppy diskette.

2/ Tremendous boost in US performance. Because tasks like looking up words or shifting through annotations ain’t very fast on the Kindle 10 by any means. But when you consider that it’s hard to make the device any cheaper, and the SoC has enough oomph not to worry about ebooks exceeding its capabilities: it’s hard to complain about showing some patience for infrequently used interfaces to finally open.

Let’s say I’m not expecting to buy a new Kindle in a very long time unless I run out of Micro USB charging cables, lol

Friday, June 19, 2020

Covid Will Have Larger Impact on Commercial Than Residential Real Estate, Says New York Architect

I’m kind of interested to see what new buildings will look like in a few decades, both given the pandemic and the rise of technology.

Can’t say I expect people’s homes to change too wildly. Apartment corridors, stairwells, and elevators might change a bit, but I expect most people will carry on and slowly adapt fancy technology as prices drop.

Public and professional spaces on the other hand are a bit different. Your home is mostly your own and people who frequently have half the neighborhood for guests aren’t the norm; for better or worse. But where you work, travel, and conduct necessary business and the trappings are able to change.

For some reason I find myself remembering the tag office where I used to live. We’d all be packed in line like sardines unless you hit just the right off peak. At that time renewing online, or going to a self service kiosk wasn’t a thing. Hell, their computers looked kike leftover 486 machines in the era of Pentiums.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

This is the first time I’ve made a meatloaf in years.


My mother used to make meatloaf fairly often, but left to my own devices I haven’t made one in so long that I can’t remember what year it was, lol. Growing up in a household devoid of brown gravy, she never missed an opportunity for food that could be smothered in it; not that pasta sauce and meatloaf isn’t delicious, it very much is, lol. I don’t really do brown gravy, but opted to buy a few packets planning ahead for tonight’s meatloaf.

The pair of potatoes that didn’t make it into this weekend’s vegetable soup got baked, mashed, and turned into pure deliciousness. I forgot how much work it is to mash potatoes, and just how incredibly worth the effort it is! That I’ve switched from cooking with milk to using half & half hasn’t hurt any. Licking the potato masher was enough to prove my efforts were successful 😁.

Because I’m weird: the side is roasted brussle sprouts. My mother would usually make green beans out of a can, or in later years some mixture of green, white, and red vegetables cooked until soft, mushy, and seasoned Italian style. The latter was always far better than the former, and probably played a large part in why veggies are a focus of many meals around here. You can bet my habits of roasting sprouts and carrots share seasoning characteristics with my mother’s cooking, lol.


Also I think it’s time for Willow’s nails to have a trim.

To compensate for the time spent in the kitchen, I gave the hungry minions a regular treat before I started cooking. Then some of their meat and gravy goodies after dinner; usually they have to wait until after dinner for their weekday treats.
TIL: xfce4-terminal has a drop-down mode.

And it's actually pretty nice and simple compared to some I've seen over the years.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020.

A subject that I find interesting: because the “Fattening of the modern web” was what principally drove me to requiring more system memory. I found that one of my machines would constantly thrash shortly after a web browser entered the picture; didn’t matter if it was Firefox, Chrome, or Opera (which was truly different back then).  I think that machine has 5 GB installed because the 3 GB I had enough parts to reach just couldn’t cut it, so I had to buy a 2 GB stick for the fourth slot. Once I got past the third gigabyte the thrashing went away, and performance remained stable while having a browser open.

Today my main PCs have 12 and 16 GB of memory installed l and I envision their successor as needing 16 GB base with provisions to be upgraded to at least 32 GB. Because I strongly question if anything less will last another 5-10 years.

Why have I arrived at this? Because modern computing uses lots of memory. I’ve owned computers with less memory than some web pages require in file sizes never mind the amount of memory to render them in a contemporary manor. The rise of container and virtualization technologies adds to this, not just the hailstorm of things like JavaScriot, style sheets, and images all over.

For many years now: I’ve viewed 4 GB as adequate for tasks like Chromebooks, and general productivity. But that time is coming to pass us by as software continues to gobble bytes like candy.

On my 12 GB system: often enough the memory utilization hovers too close to half for me to view 4 GB as comfortable anymore. The machine’s main purpose being Direct 3D games, I’m less concerned because while games are active they will be the main focus for resource allocation.

On my 16 GB system where buffer caching and containers typically consume any memory I’m not throwing directly at development tasks, I’ve often felt the desire for double the memory capacity. Because of how often I find myself thinking: nest not try building two of these projects at once 😅.

For the most part I think we’re headed for another leap in memory. In the sense of how we went from diddly squat to over ten megs, and how we transitioned from tend to hundreds of megs of system memory. He’ll, I remember when a shit ton of memory was still measured in kilobytes....

Saturday, June 13, 2020

While I don’t think I will ever make a truly good soup, I was glad that there was plenty of flavor. Plus pretty much everything is a cheese delivery vehicle 😉.


Willow’s perspective was more about whether or not sharing was to be involved.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Reflects on RE 1998 and 2019 map design

One of my various wonders about RE2 was just how much its maps differ from the original, a game I didn't see anywhere near as much of as the PlayStation releases of Resident Evil. Little to my surprise looks like there's a website out there with detailed maps and item info for like every RE game ever.

Including maps for the original Resident Evil 2 from 1998 and the 2019 remake. It's an interesting look back actually.

One of the things I rather like about RE2 is the map design. We're still off in crazy territory in terms of things like the statue puzzle, and any sense that the RPD was once a museum. But it's a pretty straight forward design: a balance between simplicity, and the need for content.

The 1998 design feels more like the layout for a real building. Some of the layout changes for 2019 are neat: such as joining the Records Room with a separate Supply Room that links it to both the Operations Room, and the West Central Passage leading to the Dark Room by the west stairs. It was even done in a way that offers different keys for Leon and Claire. But the 2019 building feels less natural in many places.

Combined with the "Trick" to the Operations Room I think this does works kind of well. The 1998 design basically gives you a set of winding corridors to the west stairs and the Dark Room at its base. In the 2019 design this is more literally a winding corridor that discourages you from ever lingering there. Barricades and destruction reek of the place being overrun by zombies, and we see some of that action in the RE3 remake. Because of the barricades and damage: you've got to break into the operations room, go damn it the Supply Room door is chained shut, and huff your arse through a window into the West Central Passage.

This puts a lot of pressure on you the get the frigg out of there, and combined with the Supply / Records rooms vs how the old File Storage and Evidence Rooms were laid out: give you escape vectors. Something that matters when not only are the undead out to eat your brains, but Mr.X would like to punch your lights out. For better or worse as much as this layout change improves the run for your life factor: the West Central Passage is the place you go to die. It's far more complex layout makes it easier to get turned around between the multitude of monsters out to get you by the later phases of the game. But as a consolation we get the Safety Deposit Room. A place you'll either go to escape having your eyes scratched out, or risk getting chomped just to raid for supplies. Feel free to curse the puzzle loving bastards who hid the replacement caps for the keypad, lol.

The east side is also a growth in complexity but still pretty faithful. The second floor follows this trend mainly gaining more rooms, and the third floor goes from being diddly squat to something more in line with the rest of the station. The basement may as well be starting from scratch, but areas like the cell block  and kennels are much more believable in their scope.

The Sewer system likewise feels more like a started over from scratch, and in the remake was probably the area I spent the most grokking at the map trying to navigate. Where as in the RPD, I mostly was preoccupied with where key items could be found. The lab areas seem more faithful, but are also a spot where the 2019 game becomes unnaturally simple and direct to the point.

Actually, if I was smart, I'd probably find myself a cheap copy of the original game and pop the disc into my PlayStation 2.
Bruce Campbell Reveals Evil Dead 4 Title, Evil Dead Now

“It’s okay to pass it along to another idiot to try and stop evil from destroying the world. One idiot tried ⁠— he did pretty good”

Considering the caliber of idiot Ash Williams is: I think that’s a rather fair statement....lol. I’m curious to see what kind of idiot ends up filling his shoes.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Resident Evil 3 is somewhat different ground for me, as far as the remakes go.

The HD/Remaster of the first game kind of retained the feel of the original, but because it was based on the GameCube version instead of the original PlayStation: it's not my childhood. Or should we say the main thing that irked me about the game was virtually all my vague-memories of where the key items are, and the various puzzles, were rendered useless. As a kid, my brother bought Resident Evil when it first came out.

Needless to say I remember when the the Dual Shock and Director's Cut editions were released as well, lol. More than a bit of my childhood went to watching my older brother play video games, and getting to try them as well.

Resident Evil 2 is a more stable territory for a remake of sorts. I watched my brother play part of the game's RPD portion, and got filled in by a friend about the rest of the story with the Birkins and such. But I never played it much myself. So I kind of approached the remake with more open eyes, and a curiosity for how it turned out. Was glad for the modernized action, but it still retaining the strong emphasis on survival/horror that Resident Evil spawned as a genre. Not to mention the obtuse puzzles and hidden items, lol.

I enjoyed the RE2 remake enough to create pretty extensive notes. Largely built from wandering around trying to remember where an item was and which you need to acquire in order to reach that key item.

So we can say that I didn't care for the first but loved the second remake. Enter Resident Evil 3!

When Resident Evil 3 came out I was already done. My brother was hyped at the demo but I didn't get involved, and he having moved out by then, I didn't watch either. Most of what I remember about the game comes from thumbing through his strategy guide like twenty years ago. Seems like the greater focus on action was retained. Having not played the original beyond the demo disc, I don't know if the "I'm too busy running from freaking zombies to be worried about puzzles" style aligns that well but it creates a very different experience from RE2 despite much the same technology and mechanics. I was really shocked when I found the use for the jewels hidden around the city was more like cash for a vending machine than a key plot device.

Must say that I loved the weird assed door comments when Carlos first sees one of the RPD special key doors. Whoever designed the Racoon City Police Department with the puzzle defense in depth would probably have gotten along with the security group at the Spencer mansion from the original game. Encountering the violating effects of the spiders at the power substation, also made me reflect upon both the super sized sewer mutants in RE2, and on how Jill's original campaign was crafted. I remember well that Chris was stronger, sturdier in a fight but Jill began with useful tools and received more help (and occasional sabotage) along the way.

I kind of wonder if some of RE3's campaign reflects upon how she was designed to be the "Easier" route in the mansion, and jack things up because only a Bad Ass Jill Valentine could survive Racoon City. And with my luck by the time I reach the hospital phase it'll either be knee deep in the dead, or designed by the bastard that did the Chess plug puzzle in RE2.

Actually reading the note about the portable generators in the city was kind of nice. Seems the electrician's guild is less full of pricks than the engineering company that did the sewers in RE2. Yes, I really hated the fuse puzzle. RE3's giant battery packs the size of a cordless phone are practical for the sewer's electronic security system. The magic fuses shaped like chess plugs however is just far too damned much work to be practical, on top of it being a bad idea for maintenance. But video game puzzles don't have to reflect real life, lol.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

There may be times when Willow is trying to psychicly tell me it is time for another walk.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sometimes, I really have to wonder about my inability to stay up late.

On one hand it rather feels like payback for dipping both ends of the candle in napalm when I was younger. Yeah, staying up to 4~7 in the morning and being awake at 9~10 in the morning doesn’t happen anymore. At this point, I don’t even want to be that kind of exhausted.

On the other hand it’s probably due to my life being more orderly and organized at this point. When I was young, I basically had to study after everyone else was asleep, and pretty much everything was open to interruptions. Now things tend to occur around the same time frames, and interruptions are usually called e-mail or the like.

Actually, I kind of like order over chaos. And now my mind is remembering the base objective every mission in SWAT 3’s campaign: “To bring order to chaos.” On the positive side, today I actually had coffee ^_^.
A weekend in photos.








And I’m pretty sure that Misty knew I was thinking about chocolate...