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  1. Spent the weekend rearranging furniture.  Good news is my SIL can now work from home, which is good because she's got diabetes and high blood pressure, two red flags for complications for the virus infection.  I need a break though.  Been doing 3 people's jobs at work - AT work.. none of that "work from home" stuff for me - and I can't even remember the last time I had a day off.  (Unless you count that couple days a couple/few months back when I had that vertigo episode.)  Weekends are extremely precious to me atm.

  2. The solution to half as many employees?  Just double the number of monitors per employee of course...


    Just infect me with the virus already.  I could use a couple weeks of ”vacation”.

  3. Finally got around to (re)installing the steam client on my linux desktop system. Now all I need is some time to play games. Still haven't quite figured out that one yet.
  4. efaardvark

    Gaming chat

    And speaking of Cities: Skylines, this series ought to be pretty cool...
  5. If you ever feel in need of a smile then all you need to do is google quokka, and click on “images”.  Just look at that face!  :) 

    You're welcome.

  6. The reported numbers of confirmed cases will certainly rise here in the US as testing reveals “new” cases that are really just newly discovered preexisting cases. I hope people don’t freak out as the numbers rise but so far I’m not impressed with the response. Even well-meaning people are doing stupid things because they don’t understand the consequences. The virus is going to do what the virus is going to do. Regardless of human intent, given the chance it will spread.
  7. This is totally me too. I don't do debt either, including credit cards. (Well, I do because you basically have to use cards these days but I pay it ALL off every month.) I even managed to pay cash for my car this last time. Yes, it takes discipline and the willingness to go against a lot of social norms, but in the end not playing by the banksters rules is worth it.
  8. The premise sounds kind of like FF: The Spirits Within..
  9. I’d just add “Another” to ohiotaku’s list. A couple that aren’t what I would call thrillers but might be interesting nevertheless if you’re going there would be Dusk Maiden or Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. They’re a bit lighter than straight up thriller material though. More odd than scary. (Dusk Maiden might even be considered more romcom, though it definitely has it’s darker moments as well, and it is apropos of current world events.. but I don’t want to give out any spoilers.)
  10. efaardvark

    Gaming chat

    While repacking a couple bookshelves I found a 20 year old (©2000) version of SimCity 3000 .. for linux. It is the port done by Loki Games and one of the last versions of SC that I played before I swore off EA titles forever. (Not that EA's ever done anything for linux anyway.) I wonder if it still runs? It says Linux kernel 2.2 or greater, 233Mhz Pentium, 32MB RAM, 4MB GPU, and 450MB of available HD space. I think my system can handle it. Seriously(?) though if I were going to do that then Cities: Skylines is probably the better option.
  11. I've got that on my to-watch list as well, though I likely won't watch it right away because I'm a binger.. bingeer.. bingerer... One who binges.
  12. Queuing up some more reading material, just in case..

    (from Cornell’s arxiv.org database)

    “The Silurian Hypothesis.  If an industrial civilization had existed on Earth many millions of years prior to our own era, what traces would it have left and would they be detectable today? We summarize the likely geological fingerprint of the Anthropocene, and demonstrate that while clear, it will not differ greatly in many respects from other known events in the geological record. We then propose tests that could plausibly distinguish an industrial cause from an otherwise naturally occurring climate event.”

    This ought to be good reading...


  13. Ok, I have no artistic talent of my own, but I know there's a few others here without such a handicap. Now is your time. What is an amabie, you ask? Well, wikipedia says, "... the amabiko is a multi-legged prophesizing creature which prescribes the display of its artistic likeness to defend against sickness or death." Yokai.com - obviously(?) the leading authority on yokai - has this somewhat more useful description, If anyone has some drawing skills and would like to take a crack at illustrating the above description(s) - for fun and (possibly) the aid of humanity - then post your artwork below. I think a bunch of people might benefit from seeing it before this whole thing is over. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amabie http://yokai.com/amabie/ https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/amabie
  14. Some Japanese students had their graduation ceremonies in Minecraft when their school was quarantined & school activities shut down due to the virus... https://soranews24.com/2020/03/15/japanese-students-hold-graduation-ceremony-in-minecraft-amid-school-cancellation/
  15. My brother just sent me this... :)  


    1. efaardvark


      I replied, “toilet paper”.  :D 

    2. Anime loveer

      Anime loveer

      Thats funny :) ill reply the same thing , if it was me

    3. leinwandname


      C'mon, that pauldron is just excessive!

  16. Los Angeles city has shut down bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, and fitness centers.  Grocery stores, pharmacies, and food banks will remain open. Restaurants are allowed to serve take-out, but no dine-in service.

    Santa Monica ordered the temporary closure of its pier.

    Even some Las Vegas casinos are shutting down.

    If nothing else the economic fallout from all this will be significant.


    1. Ohiotaku


      The bars/restaurants & carryout/drive thru situation is the same here. Walmarts & Krogers are shortening their hours of operation so they have more time for restocking & cleaning. Some local communities are recommending 8:00 pm - 5:00 am curfews for nonessential activities.

    2. RuthisianCodex


      Yep, this could get insane.

  17. Floods in Egypt, locusts in Africa, a worldwide plague.... could be.
  18. Unfortunately I have been deemed critical personnel by my boss so I don't get to stay home unless actually sick. With luck I won't have time to watch much anime. That said, I've got Science Types, Koisuru Shouwakusei, Heya Camp, Somali and the Forest Spirit, Dr. Stone, and New Game at the top of my queue, should I get some time to watch.
  19. They say that humans can live to be 120. To me that means middle age is 60 so I figure I've got a few years yet to go. That's my story and I'm sticking to it... for now. I've got 5 years to come up with another one.
  20. One proposed solution: ducks.
  21. I’m generally ok with creepy-crawlies so no real nightmare issues for me. That said, I also believe it is good policy that they not share living spaces with humans. I’m currently also in that part of California that is mostly desert. We don’t have much around here that will swarm in the first place. Stuff that will kill you yes - black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, bears, and mountain lions in my immediate area, plus tiger and great white sharks in the ocean - but no real swarmers. The worst we get is an occasional termite or ant uprising.
  22. [email protected] & this comes up... 


  23. I've seen the first few episodes but I put it off so I could binge the rest. It is on my hot-list so I'll probably get back to it soon. What I saw looked like a lot of fun.

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