Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Misty: must be comfortable.
Willow: must be watchful.

Every now and then I do remind Willow that she is not allowed to eat the neighbors.
Willow’s response to dinner is sometimes to inspect my beard for crumbs.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Catching up on some of my backlog, I’m not sure if it’s sad, or not, that I kinda hope that Isekai Quartet gets milked for every season it’s worth as an idea—but I’m really glad that there is a third season planned 😆.
Needless to say: Willow is out right comfortable, and Misty is perturbed that I’ve returned bearing coffee instead of snacks.

I’m pretty sure that Misty’s face could raise money for charity, if you bribed her with the right food offerings...

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Check out what I'm watching on Crunchyroll! http://www.crunchyroll.com/my-next-life-as-a-villainess-all-routes-lead-to-doom/episode-1-i-recalled-the-memories-of-my-past-life-794619

Okay, I figured it would probably be amusing, and I was right, lol.

Particularly like the planning committee inside her head, and how the princes proposal kind of ends up with her going “Oh, shoot!” at failing to dodge such a clear doom flag. Once Keith shows up, amusement continues, and her efforts seem more successful.

Because who doesn’t want to be the villainess in an otome game, who either ends up exiled or killed in every boy’s route? 😄.
It can be a happy family that naps together, or maybe it’s a sign that dogs are more comfortable than humans?

Reasons to love tablets += 1

In my efforts to avoid wrist pain, I’m reminded of one of the great things about tablets: it’s not a keyboard. Also it’s one hand friendly.

Every now and then, I tend to get wrist pain like inflammation near the tunnel zone. In my experience, not pissing it off further, it usually tends to subside within a week or so. Faster if ibuprofen or naproxen is available.

Probably a good thing that most of my home computing tends to route through my tablet, or a TV.
“Why are you going to make coffee instead of bringing us another treat? Bad, human!”

Willow spent most of my haircut sitting by the door, wondering about my mental health.

Me: I'm just glad for shorter hair.

Misty doesn't care, and is saddened to see a camera instead of food in hand.

Corky knows where the warm nappy spot is.

And Willow remains unconvinced that becoming a shorter haired gorilla is a good thing.

As for me, I think it's time to make some coffee. Everyone has had a post-haircut threat but me, and some kind of lunch is probably past due. But in any case coffee is making my mouth water...hehe.
As someone that tends to skip breakfast, or turn it into a granola bar to go, this is one of my concepts for a large breakfast.

The five frozen sausage are quartered, and meant to be shared with the hounds. Roughly a 2 for them, 3 for me kind of arrangement. The toasted waffle (often, toasted bread) for belly filler. And 3 eggs scrambled for yum. In this case with soy sauce, salt, brown sugar, and some cheddar mixed in.

Of course after breakfast: the doggos require proper treats to follow up their share, lol.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Not sure where the phrase, “It’s nine o’clock: do you know where your children are?”, and the like came from, but it’s still a pretty safe bet my doggos are comfortable.

Also that they are far more comfortable than I ever will be, lol.

Modular Computer: iPad Pro as a Tablet, Laptop, and Desktop Workstation BY FEDERICO VITICCI.

Most websites covering news about software and tech for nerds, are pretty meh at best. One of the reasons I like dropping by Mac Stories is because it takes a short at doing things decently. It's probably the only one focused on Apple that I don't roll my eyes at, but then again I'm not part of various the fruit cults.

Also Federico is probably a worse tablet whore than I am, and after nearly a decade of using tablets: I don't personally know anyone who uses their tablet more than I do, lol. Thus, I am more likely to find interesting stuff on Mac Stories.

Coming from the land of Android tablets, the bane of my modularity has long been the laptop issue. Handling tablet and desk mode has been straight forward for the most part, but accessories pretty much suck unless you buy some form of iPad. Meanwhile pretty much everyone seems to make something for the iPad with a keyboard to go.

iPadOS bringing a desktop style mouse experience, and discarding the Android like one, makes me more tempted to try docking Nerine instead of relying on Stark and Centauri for desk duty. Much as its many Android forbears have over the past decade.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Alligators and ear worms

Thanks to my choice in feeds, and Google’s sans of seeding radio, I’ve had this song stuck in my head.

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans
We fired our guns and the British kep a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
We looked down a river
And we see'd the British come
And there must have been a hundred of'em
Beatin' on the drums
They stepped so high
And they made their bugles ring
We stood by our cotton bales
And didn't say a thing
We fired our guns and the British kep a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets
'Till we looked 'em in the eyes
We held our fire
'Till we see'd their faces well
Then we opened up our squirrel guns
And really gave 'em - well we
Fired our guns and the British kep a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
Yeah, they ran through the briars
And they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes
Where the rabbit couldn't go
They ran so fast
That the hounds couldn't catch 'em
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind
We fired our guns and the British kep a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
Yeah, they ran through the briars
And they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes
Where the rabbit couldn't go
They ran so fast
That the hounds couldn't catch 'em
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
Sound off, three-four
Sound off, three-four
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Johnny Horton
Battle of New Orleans lyrics © Emi Catalog Partnership

And some random chuckles involving alligators and cannon balls....

Monday, March 30, 2020

Signs of too much software:

Of reasons why I think there’s too much software installed += 1.

When I start debating between creating groupings by the suite (Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc) versus by the function (Documents, Communication, etc). So far, I’m still leaning towards the latter which is loosely how my iPad’s screens are organized.
RetroCrush: Free Anime Streaming Service to Showcase Classic Series and Movies

Interesting prospect. Especially with how hard older series can be to come by, between streaming services that usually cater to the past decade.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

I was like “You look so comfortable!” as I walked past, and Corky’s head shot up as if to say he’s doing nothing wrong, lol.

Earlier it had been occupied by a pair of cozy goonie birds.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Rules of Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Meals

Rather handy, and comprehensive right up. If you ever wanted to freeze yumnums for later: start with the above link.
The main reason that I’ll take a picture of dinner is to capture the dogs reaction.

And sometimes I get a few good snapshots.

To this I will also add that spinach, mushrooms, and Alfredo works better than anticipated.
Not sure if I should describe them as still comfy, or more comfy, lol.

Pretty sure that Willow, Misty, and even Corky are smarter than all of us. Or at least they're smartly more comfortable than all of us, lol.

Somehow in revisiting Resident Evil 2 (2019), I can't help but think Claire's route is better. Also that I missed the A-rank score by about 20 minutes.

Of the choice between Leon and Claire: you get largely the same story but many differences. Early portions mirror each other such as the gas station and the fire escape. Some are branching points like penetrating the watch room or the chief's office. Things also take different paths towards the end with Leon getting embedded in the Umbrella mystery, and Claire in the quest to shave Sherry.

But somehow, I think the scene at the end of the sewer segment captures it best:

Leon's time is mostly spent being a rookie man of mystery focused on Racoon City. And perhaps nearly getting eaten because he's more interested in flirting with the pretty girls than fleeing zombies. At best it can lead to Umbrella being exposed but it's all rather fleeting. But it's more exploratory than passionate.

Claire's a mission about Sherry. While there's much less intrigue without Ada, I feel the focus on the Birkin family makes a far more personal connection. We all know that Racoon City is doomed, 'cuz that's just how these things go. Plus let's be honest: the original game ended with a get to da choppa / nuclear kabluuy kind of end to the Spencer mansion. There's no way you're saving Racoon City, and no point in trying. But Sherry—that's a difference you can make in how the disaster plays out.

There's also how the two characters are introduced. Leon is driving into the city because things have gone dark, and he's supposed to be starting work at the police station. Claire shows up headed there in search of her brother, one of the original game's S.T.A.R.s team protagonists. You could say these kind of metrics largely keep rolling through how their stories diverge.

 So in the end, I reckon the question of which character's story should you take, is the question: are you curious or do you care? Personally I feel that Claire's route makes for a better game, and Leon's for a better novelization.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Odds are, if I was a decade younger, I’d sit on my arse and catch up on the video games before bed. But since the systematic approach to replacing my blood stream with pure filtered coffee doesn’t really scale, I think it’s time for z’s.

It’s quite possible that my rate of yawning is exceeding the glare rate of dogs accustomed to how early I doze off.
Fruits Basket Season 2 Joins Crunchyroll's Spring 2020 Anime Lineup.

Yay, season two hits this April! Two series I’ve been waiting to see return to the crunchy waves are Fruits Basket, and a certain reincarnated slime. Sounds like good things are coming.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Passing thought: we've increasingly lived in a world of long file names since the 1990s, yet out of convenience: we still tend to create three character file extensions whenever we pull new ones out of thin air.

One almost has to wonder if three is especially magical, or if humanity is that lazy. I would like to think it's just enough bytes to convey the majority of information, and still appease every lazy git alive. Because no one likes file names, or file extensions the length of a sentence 😣.
How to Customize the Look of Your Cursor in iPadOS 13.4.

This was something I had hoped would be possible after messing with the new mouse support. The default cursor is rather too damned tiny for my tastes, which I assume is an artifact of designers with 20/10 eyesight or a Mac thing. But it’s waaay smaller than I’d expect, coming from Linux and NT machines.

A little bit of tweaking later, and it’s quite nice 🙂.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Misty: “I wanted another snack, but all I got was this human chair”

now that she’s laid down: I’m not going to think about whether or not the follow up looks I’m getting could be called pouting, or not. The above photos are close enough, lol

Monday, March 23, 2020

Things that defy explanation: reading about rationing various countries experienced in WWII, and finding yourself in tears for a moment.

The diary of Tanya Savicheva, a girl of 11, her notes about starvation and deaths of her sister, then grandmother, then brother, then uncle, then another uncle, then mother. The last three notes say "Savichevs died", "Everyone died" and "Only Tanya is left." She died of progressive dystrophy shortly after the siege.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

On one hand, I should probably be glad that the dogs like me.

On the other, given I sometimes need to move a comfortable dog in the name of taking a leak, I’m probably going to hell, or where ever those guilty of disturbing a dog’s comfort wind up.

After disturbing the comfort of dog, and a change of venue as I get ready for bed, this is indicative of the stares I’m getting.
"You gave me half a treat. Where's the rest, human?"

Which reminds me her stash of bribes, I mean pretzel sticks, needs to be refilled.
This is how Willow looks when her expression is: "I was comfortable before being glomped on by a human who should have brought treats".

Or at least, that's how I imagine she would define my sitting on the bed, and paying attention to them after her nap, but not bringing treats until after (>_>).
Not sure what percentage of furry lovable critters could be defined as having a good home, but I would still suggest a cat or dog as a better reincarnation option than coming back around as a human, lol.

Willow has adapted a status of contently comfortable, and napping is awesome.

The comfortable ones. Remind me again, why I had to have opposable thumbs instead of paws?

It’s probably a good thing that the dogs like sitting with me. But some members of the tribe are less inclined to rest if they don’t have their first choice of spot, lol.

 Corky took the opportunity for a nappy spot, and often takes my pillow while I’m getting ready for bed.

When Misty jumped into bed, she was perturbed at not being able to take her preferred spot.

Eventually, the great Corkaboo relented under Granny’s gaze, lol.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A CORONAVIRUS AMA 31 questions and answers about COVID-19 My thoughts on what to do now and other topics. By Bill Gates| March 19, 2020 13 minute read

As usual: Bill Gates, and Reddit, generates something worth reading.
One of the better aspects of having gone grocery shopping a weeek or two before people lost their minds to covid19: being well stocked on pasta, and related yummies.

Misty, and the rest of the peanut gallery of course wish there was more sharing involved. Or something like that.

Needless to say, they will thrilled when meat and gravy treats followed dinner, lol.
Think I’m proclaiming it a new rule around here: no skipping the coffee unless you want to take an afternoon nap.

This shall be recorded next to “The more coffee: the better”.
Taking a quick stab at the Resident Evil 3 Demo, I’m kind of thrilled to see that it remains the kind of awesome that the remake of Resident Evil 2 was in terms of game play, mechanics, and general design flow.

Combined with the release of Doom Eternal, of course, I am rather tempted. And know the virtues of hiding my wallet....lol

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Comfortable dogs being comfortable.

Amusing time telling fruits

Top bar: 09:06
Clock over the Notification Center: 09:06
Widget on the home screen: 09:00

Sometimes I find it amusing how my iPad tells time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Xbox’s plugs and ports, a visual history.

Nice little view, IMHO.

I pretty much ignored the original Xbox. At the time, I had a Play Station 2 and a PC. By the time the Xbox 360 came out: I had already converted to PC games. So the first iteration of Xbox One was the first time that I actually used one.
Gabe Newell Opens Up About Valve's Past, Present, and (Unexpected) Future – IGN First

Watcher later list += 1.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Microsoft unveils full Xbox Series X specs with 1TB expansion cards.

So in short they’ve addressed my two real wishes on the hardware front, and jacked up the horse power for tomorrow’s video games.

One of the things I dislike about the original Xbox Ome controller is that it uses MicroUSB, and I’ve largely migrated to USB-C over a slow process of attrition. My controller is one of the few things I still use that calls for a Micro-B connection.

Something I’ve coped with is the storage situation. 500 GB of doesn’t totally suck 2.5” SATA drive is able to deliver load times that aren’t overly comical, but is quite a bit too small when major games are often 30~60 GB each. A decent 1 TB drive on the USB-A ports has made a world of difference.

Beyond that I’ve been pretty happy with how the original hardware platform worked out.
The other night, getting to ready for bed, I was treated by a comfortable Corkaboo.

Corky usually prefers lounging on the bed, or on the floor near my computer. Somehow, that makes me wonder how much idle heat my PC reflects off the wall, lol.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Step one: phone hijacks SMS sending to Android Messages, and disables function in Hangouts.
Step two: tablet can only sync my sent messages. Not getting incoming at all.
Step three: re-enable SMS / set default on my phone.
Step four: archive threads because now they’re two on my phone , and the other only gets a copy of mine.
Step five: send a new message from tablet.

Step six: remember that over the past decade, Google has gone from being one of my favorite tech companies to quite possibly the one that pisses me off the absolute most often. I really miss the days when their betas were more reliable than what the rest of us called release quality. Sigh.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thumbing through my Hulu backlog, I’m surprised to come across Absolute Duo—and find it a rather excellent series.

It’s a nice mixture of ecchi humor, brutal seriousness, and cute jokes. So pretty much it’s exactly the kind of action anime that I would enjoy, lol.
There are times when I wonder if Willow’s natural state is comfortable.

Actually, I’m pretty sure that an alignment chart for Willow would be something like: “Comfy - Hungry”, lol.

Plans for my day off

My mission plan:

  1. Sit on couch.
  2. Slurp coffee.
  3. Be glared at by dogs.

Assorted dog pictures follow.

Corky trying to eat my hand.

Willow wondering why Pocky is only for humans.

Misty having a pre coffee nap.

Earlier: Misty in the blankets, and Willow keeping watch.
Minecraft with ray tracing: Everything you need to know

This reminds me: I haven’t really played Minecraft is quite a few years. Part of me thinks that should be rectified. Part of me remembers how absorbed I was on first playing it....lol.
Apple News Spotlight; Special Coverage: Coronavirus

I’ll give the fruit company this much, nice job putting together such a spotlight in their news aggregator.
Exploring around the Xbox (beta) app for a long while, I found it curious how scroll performance eventually tanked. By the time it became barf worthy, I noticed that one of the processes in its group was marked as around 2 GB. It also persists across coding and opening the GUI.

Exiting the system tray reduced it to about 2~3 something MB for the process group in taskmgr. Playing around, it looks like shifting between the list of games in category view and opening them for the detailed store view causes memory to go up, and be largely hung onto after returning to the list.

Ahh, the joys of memory leaks: and the reminder that even Microsoft ships more than a few bugs. For the Xbox used for Game Pass, at least is flagged as beta quality. Even if it looks like a resource sucking monster compared to something like Valve’s Steam client.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Users tell us what keeps the XPS 15 from being the perfect laptop — Engadget.

I find it interesting that the leading complaints here can be summarized as what happens when you buy a 15” laptop, lol.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cursors on the iPad - MacStories

This transform ability has been a large part of why tablets became my primary computing platform. Android since Honeycomb, and iOS since iPadOS increasingly so, handle the whole mouse / monitor / keyboard thing pretty well.

Whether I’ve wanted a device docked that can be my work terminal, or to lean back on the couch, tablets have served me well. Aptly these are both environments where I’ll probably yell at you if you take away my keyboard, or force me to use a conventional laptop, lol.

Much of my advanced computer use revolves around an X-Terminal, so it’s been pretty easy to delegate other tasks like email and notes taking. Where as at home, I’m more likely to be focused on reading and messaging. Tasks that tend to benefit from either a keyboard centric use case with a big assed screen, or from a portable touch screen device.
I don’t really remember the 2010 Census, but I do find it a touch amusing that in 2020: we basically get a web link, and a UUID.

Somehow that seems like great progress, but still amounts to several sheets of paper in the mail just to serve notification.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Over the course of my life, I’ve mostly determined that a few things are relatively true about e-mail:

  1. Email is either the best or worst invention, probably both if you grew up with paper.
  2. All mail user agents pretty much suck.
  3. All standard protocols for dealing with mail are ancient.
Point one is something that I’ve concluded since the ‘90s. Point two is mostly internal bias. Point three should probably be considered fact at this point.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

An experiment in laz^H^H^Hstubbornness with clocks

Sometime after getting a smart phone in 2010, I eventually changed from having my 90 decibel alarm clock to having one of my always on devices handle the job. Today that equates to my tablet and a triple alarm system: one to make sure the other two wake me up, one to wake me up, and one to make sure I don't go back to sleep. As a consequence for a very long time now: I've been down to just having to change my stove top clock, and the clock on my car head unit.

At the last time change I decided to skip updating the clock on top of the stove, and let it keep until today's time change. Because I'm frakkin' tired of setting clocks twice a year, even if I'm down to so few clocks.

The real question is whether or not my brain will quickly adjust to reading stove time as actual observed time, or continue to automatically subtract an hour. Yeah, fun.
My Decade with the iPad: Upping the Ante

For me it was the Asus Eee PAD Transformer, the original model TF101. My Linux powered netbook had fairly limited battery life compared to the bottomless battery life of a docked TF101, and the desktop struggled under loads that Android breezed through on even less powerful hardware. On the flip side even the lowly netbook could compile code far faster, but couldn’t handle the rising UI load of modern web pages and desktop applications.

Or as I like to remember those days, if all I did was type notes into a vtty, my netbook would often be dead during one flight, and was mostly dead weight on longer trips. That experience traveling lead me to consider a rooted Android just for the battery life. The TF101 was kind of special in that it had a good battery life, and that it had a slightly smaller one in its clamshell keyboard.

The tablet with the keyboard dock had enough juice to take three planes, and fall asleep watching Netflix before needing to charge. After that travel experience, I went on to using Android pretty extensively as laptop and desktop replacements until last year.

Beefy endurance compared to Intel brought me into the platform for getting stuff done. Having an excellent lean back on the couch experience kept me using it.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Having finished The Outer Worlds, I'm reminded of the last time I enjoyed an RPG that much. It was probably Dragon Age: Origins. Which are very different genres: Outer Worlds is a science fiction shooter set in a caricature world; Origins was a sword and spell tactical game set in a fantasy world.

There's two really specific ways the games connect in my mind, aside from the level of fun.

One of the things I rather enjoyed is the open ended way of conversing. In both OW and DA, you can pretty much respond to given situation how you want. Will your interactions be kind hearted, greedy, or antagonistic? It's up to you. While some games insert hilarious options, The Outer Worlds, like Dragon Age: Origins: is very consistent in this execution of choice. Down to the point that it may as well be a running gag being able to introduce yourself as the former captain of The Unreliable instead of yourself. Plus there's the case of choices that actually make a difference, and party interaction.

Another is the Not Another Sandbox Thing. I really enjoyed the Elder Scroll games, for an example. But the 2000s will probably be best remembered as the era of sandbox games, and when shooters traded the dozen guns in your back pocket for MMO-like skill attributes. But I don't really like "Open world" sandboxes as a game design. I find that they often cause a lose of focus, and in many games not made by Really Big Makers Of Games, it often feels more like a copout rather than a benefit. In fact even when it's made by big fish it still feels that way quite often. By contrast, Outer Worlds and Dragon Age: Origins are more like a series of small contained environments. You get the open-world aspects of being able to choose where you go, and how you go questing. But you're not dumped in a sandbox and left to wander around. I find this lends a greater focus to problem solving, and questing.

Pretty tersely: The Outer Worlds is probably the best modern RPG game that I've played in quite a while.
Moronic: thinking about snacks, and forgetting that I bought a box of Pocky on sale.

Scathingly brilliant: remembering I also have a thing of salted edamame in the freezer...
Corky managed this on his lonesome, lol