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  1. $141 looks to be the current MSRP for the bundle deal of the game + all DLC but I keep an eye out for the occasional Steam sales. Patient gamers can sometimes get 50% or more off. Is there such a thing as a patient gamer?
  2. Two things.. first is an item I found at the company store. They haven't had much stock and have been keeping reduced hours since the covid thing started but I managed to find them open and this t-shirt on the rack Thursday.. The other item is a new "Pangolin" from System76. I've been needing a new laptop to replace my 2013-vintage MB Air and they just recently got some more stock in so I bought myself a birthday present. Yes, I'm going to do something about that desktop wallpaper. It just came Thursday & I haven't yet got a round tuit. (Not that I dislike Pop!_OS so far but we can do better.)
  3. That's one I've had my eye on for a while. It is nominally Windows-only but the protondb says it is "gold" so it should be playable just fine on my linux system(s). Except that the anti-cheat borks multiplayer on public servers that have it enabled which for me removes a lot of the attraction. Probably for the best as I wouldn't have much time for it anyway. It is kind of expensive too .. well over $100US if you go for all the DLC. ($150 for the "complete" edition from the Steam store! )
  4. “Seems there’s still no cure for the common birthday.”

    (John Glenn, not me.)

  5. UPS delivered my pangolin today!! So of course the first thing I had to test on it was Kerbal Space Program. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to play but this laptop is definitely a keeper. My old MacBook Air struggled even in the VAB and actual game play was more like a slideshow. Even to get that much the fans came on full-speed and the machine got so hot I was honestly afraid to run it that way for more than a few minutes. This new one stays (almost) silent, gave me frame rates mostly in the 30s and 40s, often higher, and doesn't get nearly so warm. The one problem is the speakers. They're on the bottom so they sound like . Speaker placement and acoustics on laptops (even my old MBA) is always problematic so this was not unexpected and definitely not a show-stopper, but I can already tell that I'll be using a headset or earbuds a lot with this one for sure. No problems so far getting everything downloaded and configured. The linux distro is of course System76's Ubuntu-derived Pop!_OS, which was pre-installed and so recent as to not even need any updating or patches. Even the gfx driver was already installed. (Ryzen 5700U APU using the open-source AMDGPU driver so really no surprise there.) Setting up the basics like email took about 5 minutes. Steam was another 90 seconds from the "Pop Shop" software installer. Ditto for discord and a couple other must-haves. Downloading KSP via Steam took a few minutes just due to the size of the DL but everything installed smoothly and quickly and I was gaming within 10 minutes of opening the box. So nice when things work as expected. This weekend I hope to have enough time to try a few more games. If so then Minecraft and Valheim are next for sure. Maybe I'll even finally fire up the Subnautica that's been sitting untouched in my Steam library since I bought it months ago.
  6. My Pangolin shipped!   :)

     

  7. “Earlier in the year, the Northwest experienced a historic heat wave, which set all-time temperature records and contributed to hundreds of deaths. This week's heat wave, focused instead on the Southwest, won't be as extraordinary, as wildfire smoke can block some of the hot sun, but it can still be dangerous.”

    IOW, the sun would have made it super hot, but it won’t get that bad because the smoke from the wildfires will block some of it.  Kind of a good news / bad news thing going on there.

    For the record, it was already over 90F on the patio here by 9:30am today.. and that’s on the shady side of the house!

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    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/extreme-heat-and-smoke-could-exacerbate-wildfire-plight-on-labor-day-weekend/1012482

  8. Usagi Drow - About a sub-sect of Spider Queen worshipers with a Furry bent.
  9. Got the 2nd season of The Witcher on the to-watch list.
  10. I don't think it could be my main computer but it certainly is intriguing. As a portable gaming system it looks awesome. My last portable is/was an old(!) NIntendo 3DS & I've thought of replacing it with a switch several times but never pulled the trigger. If I had more time for games I would probably get a Steam Deck at this point but I just don't. (I have 2 games sitting untouched in my steam library that I've been trying to find time to play for several months now as it is. ) I have a coworker who just bought an M1 Air and loves it. He almost got me to buy one too as an upgrade to my old MB Air. They're nice systems but I've kind of moved away from Apple since I bought my MBA. When I set up my current desktop - an AMD 2700X-based "PC" system - I put linux on it so I decided my next laptop needs to be linux as well. I've always been a unix guy anyway. (Or at least since the '90s when Commodore went out of business.)
  11. Anyone here tried Amazon's New World (beta) yet?
  12. Went back today and it turns out I lied. You can buy one! Or at least order one anyway. So I did. I hope this works out. The last time I bought a new laptop was my old 2013-vintage MacBook Air so I'm looking forward to having something a bit more modern to work with.
  13. Looks like System76's "pangolin" laptop has been updated. It now has either a 6/12 core Ryzen 5 5500U or an 8/16 core Ryzen 7 5700U mobile APU in place of the "old" 4000-series CPUs. And a bump in the base price from $900 (iirc) to $1200 unfortunately. (Not that it matters since you still can't buy one anyway.) I think the keyboard might have been updated as well. I didn't save the old specs and I'm too lazy to go dig in the archive but I don't recall it being multicolor.
  14. Alright, who's the asshole who turned gravity up today?

  15. “Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac” vs “black flag sticker…”.  A bit weird to parse since caddys aren’t exactly the status symbol they once were but I guess the point is there’s sellouts in every generation.

  16. When Tesla's AI research is making people like Lex Fridman and James Douma laugh and shake their heads in amazement you know the company is onto something.
     
  17. I did find this review about the dead-tree version. Not the anime info I was looking for but cool nevertheless..
  18. Thanks for checking. I did find pieces of it on YouTube. Not the whole thing though. I try to keep them as a last resort but in this case I might have to go for an “alternate” site.
  19. I am searching for “Buki yo Saraba (Farewell to Arms)”. It is one of the shorts in the “Short Peace” collection. I saw it once upon a time but I’d like to revisit it and I’m not finding it streaming anywhere on crunchy or Netflix, the only two (legal) sites I have access to at the moment. Anyone know where I can find this one? TIA…
  20. So Tesla announced they're getting into making 'bots.  I just want to know, does it do laundry and wash dishes?  :D 

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    2. Ohayotaku

      Ohayotaku

      I’ll wait till they look like this before I get hyped

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    3. Ohayotaku

      Ohayotaku

      Then again … 

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      It loses something in translation 😕

    4. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Or maybe…

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      Collect all six!  :D 

       

  21. Just finished bokumachi. (aka Erased.) Had it in my queue for quite a while now but just recently rediscovered it. Glad I did.
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