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  • Favourite Anime
    Lots. Off the top of my head (and in no particular order)...

    Ghost in the Shell
    プラネテス (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ)
    Any "real" science fiction actually
    Angel Beats!
    Clannad: After Story
    Your Lie In April
    Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    Spice and Wolf
    FLCL (original)
    Any Miyazaki/Ghibli
  • Favourite Genres
    Slice of Life
    Space Opera
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    Someplace between Santa Monica and Sedna.
  • Occupation
    Data systems engineer
  • Interests
    reading (SF), electronics, science, engineering, space, computer programming.. and of course anime.
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  • Favorite Video Game/Series
    Kerbal Space Program. Anything that you can craft or build in actually... Minecraft, Valheim, Cities: Skyline, Stardew Valley, Terraria, etc.....
  • Favorite Game Consoles
    PC Master Race - May our frame rates be high and our temperatures low.

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  1. Thanks. Ayreon has some good stuff. I think their "Universal Migrator" album is awesome for instance. (I've always been a bit of a fan of themed albums, whether it be Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall or Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle Earth or what have you.)
  2. I love to build new systems and upgrade old systems. (Though with prices as they’ve been for the past couple years I’ve had to exercise restraint and only go for the upgrades that are actually necessary. It’s been tough. ) I’m still using an older AMD 2700X-based system with an ancient - in computer years - RX 480 GPU but I’ve been keeping up with prices and tech with an eye towards building a brand new system, once the prices for GPUs and DDR5 bits come down a skoshi.
  3. Welcome! I’m often a bit of a lurker myself but don’t be afraid to join in. People here are pretty chill… more of the laugh with than at type(s).
  4. Here in the S. California desert I’m good for anything up to the high 80s as long as I have at least a fan and plenty of something cold to drink but I definitely prefer cooler temps as well, especially if there’s anything resembling humidity in the air. That’s going a bit too far in the other direction. Cold and wet is pretty much my definition of hell.
  5. \me "was obliterated by a sonically-charged shriek".
  6. Lucassen strike again. Pink Beetles in a Purple Zeppelin
  7. What would the Terminator be called in his retirement? The Exterminator. The pan-duh is a very condescending bear. Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? It’s fine, he woke up. and of course... Why are elevator jokes so good? They work on many levels. (But that one's so old it farts dust.)
  8. Welcome! Hope you have fun here!
  9. Propagules are also apparently considered flowers by bees...
  10. Experimented a bit with the new mangrove trees. The propagules can be planted like normal saplings on the tops of dirt or mud, but also up to several blocks underwater. When grown the trees will provide wood and leaves as usual, but also more propagules on the underside of the leaves. Bonemeal can also be applied to the underside of the leaves to create more propagules. The bottom of the tree will have 4 branches of roots connected to the trunk proper. Full-grown trees come with vines hanging from the leaves (like jungle and swamp trees) and moss carpets on some of the horizontal root surfaces. Where the roots enter the dirt there will be a block of rooted earth. The wood blocks of the trunk and branches above look similar to jungle wood but inside are a vivid red color. The wood of course can be made into doors and the doors look kind of upscale... a bit like dark oak doors only reddish and not as ominous-looking. Kind of a surprising amount of stuff going on there for a single new tree type. From growing a single propagule - obtainable from the wandering trader - one can directly get mangrove leaves, vines, more propagules, mangrove wood, moss carpets, mangrove roots, and rooted earth blocks. Rooted earth blocks can also get you hanging roots by bonemealing a block that has space below it. Previously you could only get moss carpet and hanging roots from lush caves, so that's kind of handy if you're like me and have an older world with some of the newer biomes a fair distance away.
  11. Chicken and cheese on a torte bun and with a drop or three of Tapatío to make things interesting. And a couple apple cinnamon cookies with a cup of tea for dessert. (Once the Tapatío burn fades a bit.)
  12. Since I went and installed Iris/Sodium I thought I'd revisit some shaders. I do seem to get a significant speed boost from some of the shaders that I had trouble with before. For instance, I'm able to run Sonic Ether's most recent SEUS PTGI shader that (sort of) does ray tracing even on non-RTX cards like my Radeon RX480. It doesn't run it fast but at ~20fps it is barely playable.. at least more so than the single digits I was getting in previous versions with optifine. That's low enough that I'd be worried about lags during critical moments in mob brawls but it sure does make things look nice while just walking around. I'll have to check SEUS with the new optifine when it comes out for 1.19 as well. If I can get to 30 fps somehow then I may switch from Sildurs. For now though I think I'll stick with Sildurs. It looks pretty good and I can get to 40fps even on my old card so that's gonna be my default combo until either I can get some better hardware or some better software comes along. Speaking of Sildur's, I don't think I've posted any Nether pics using that and my preferred texture pack so thought I'd post some Nether pics using that combo.
  13. Agree. That should have been in there somewhere.
  14. Decided to try iris while waiting for optifine. I had issues with it once before but that was a while ago and it seems to be playing well with others now. Found a bunch of diamonds while working on my spawner project... ... and was visited by a wandering trader who was selling propagules so I thought I'd check out the mangrove tree. Shape-wise it is a lot more random than the other tree types. I kind of like it.
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