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  1. Is it just me or is ARM becoming the next PowerPC? Not that that's a bad thing necessarily. RISC has a lot going for it. As far as "Yeti" and Google's rumored streaming games service.. I'm not a fan of streaming everything over the 'net. I'm not a big fan of "cloud" services in general. I'm not a fan of movie/game/etc rentals on a captive platform. I'm not anti-console, though do think the industry's current implementation leaves a lot to be desired. Call me old-school, but I want to own my entertainment. I've never bought into the Kindle or Alexa or Facebook games. From what I can tell this seems to be driven by Google wanting a piece of that action. I'm interested in hearing what Google has to say, but they're for sure going to have to convince me. (That includes explaining why I want to give the world's biggest advertiser a permanent presence in my home and control over my gaming life.) Certain "features" - such as a closed platform or microtransactions - would pretty much make any system/service a non-starter for me. I also would not look favorably on a system or model that requires being online to play.
  2. I've liked it so far, though IMHO it seems to lack direction. New characters come and go, sub-plots present and resolve themselves, but even after so many episodes I still don't really have a sense of where the writers are/were going with the overall story. At one point it brought to mind a game called The Settlers that I used to play. It kind of has that feel of one of those that will be popular and go on forever yet never really gets anywhere and after a while starts to seem repetitive. If all it is is a series of boss battles then I may wind up dropping it. The next season will be key. I had that sense as well.
  3. Today was sunny, with scattered butterflies!
  4. Watching someone else play KSP while I drink coffee & try to wake up. Don't know if I'll get to my own game this weekend. Right now my brain is too caffeine-deficient for playing something like KSP and there's sun and a butterfly migration going on outside that's making it hard to focus on the computer.
  5. I've had to deal with this for a long time. I have a number of friends, but over the years pretty much all of them have moved away as the rising cost of living in S. Calif. forced them to relocate. Several family members as well. My neighbor of 15 years retired and moved to Oregon a couple years ago. My last remaining high school friend in the area finally threw in the towel and moved to Arizona just last year. Fortunately communications technology has allowed us to keep in touch and made that process less painful than it might have been in past eras, but Discord and email can only do so much. It is getting harder and harder to meet new people too. Everyone seems too busy trying to make ends meet to take time out for socializing. I know I'm guilty of that. And even when I'm not too busy, I'm too tired.
  6. Still no free time, but at least taxes are finally done.  Hopefully I'll have an hour or two this weekend for some games or anime.  Been so busy I haven't even had time to stop at the library* & replenish my reading stack either.

     

    (*yes, libraries still exist!)

     

  7. Hi! Welcome! 54 here. I don't worry about the age thing anymore.
  8. Got my first tank of gas for the new car.  Still had a third of a tank so I didn't really need to but I'm going to "Lost Wages" (Las Vegas) for my brother's wedding next week and I thought it would be a good idea to familiarize myself with the process and top off the tank before the trip.  :) Car said 1,225 miles and ~181mpg on what I'd used so far (=since October).  Topping it off took 7 gallons.. $23 at California gasoline prices.  Sweet.

     

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  9. I think that's called "discord". Seriously though, while I would kind of be interested in an AF chatbox, honestly I doubt I'd use it much. I don't even use discord much, and I have that on both my phone and on my desktop. (I usually do have discord running in the background, but it is always buried under approximately 37,864 windows. Give or take. ) Every day or so I dig it out and look at it or post something to it, but at that point I might as well just be hitting a URL and using a web-based forum like AF. The only time I really use discord in real-time mode is when I use it as a TeamSpeak replacement while actively gaming. Not exactly the typical chatbox usage mode. There was some talk a while back about getting AF users on a discord channel somewhere. I don't think it went anywhere though. There's also a few existing anime-themed discord channels (not AF-related) already out there too. I've tried a couple but never found one I liked. And like I said I don't do the realtime chat thing much anyway. (I'd be interested in hearing from people on their experiences if they've tried that sort of thing themselves though. Anyone found a server they like?)
  10. I thought of going with something like that myself. I still get things like holodecks and/or the Matrix in mine though. I'm good. 👍
  11. I'd be interested in your opinion of it once you've played with it a bit. Been thinking of getting one myself. Anyone else here have one & care to share thoughts/opinions?
  12. Good to know. I also am sometimes offline for extended periods, then swoop thru and post/react in batch mode. 50 should be plenty however. (For me anyway.. I never even hit 20 yet.)
  13. My body is still in hibernation mode. I usually feel like I could sleep from about November/December to April. Once the weather warms up a little I'll probably do some hiking, but for now I just want to sleep until Spring gets here.
  14. The only giant fish I remember offhand was in Angel Beats, but that one doesn't fit with the rest of your description.. https://www.google.com/search?q=angel+beats+giant+fish&prmd=ivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&biw=320&bih=460
  15. Blizzard has apparently (re)released the original, 1996 version of Diablo. Via GOG of all places. For anyone not familiar with GOG (Good Old Games), they're a place to (legally) purchase unrestricted games. None of the games on GOG have DRM or require "activation" or online connection to a mothership or any of that sort of nonsense to play. You buy it, you download it, and you play it. "You bought it, you own it" is their motto. Anyone who's familiar with Blizzard, on the other hand, knows they don't do non-DRM. (Diablo is, currently, the only Blizzard title on GOG.) Ok, so 1996 was a while ago. This is no doubt a last-gasp attempt to get some money from the title. Still, to me it seems quite odd to see a Blizzard title on GOG.. https://www.gog.com/game/diablo (also https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/original-diablo-is-now-on-sale-for-10-drm-free-but-not-on-blizzards-app/ )
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      You need a squirrel huntin' cat. Ours got 3 of them after the hurricane. I was like "we're keeping that cat...forever..."  He gets the good food when he comes around. Lol...not really incentivising the hunt I suppose 😅

  17. Years ago I watched a number of episodes of Asura Cryin' but never finished it, so I thought I'd go back and do so.
  18. Right now rain and a thunderstorm are keeping me from getting any sleep. Guess I'll try watching some anime.
  19. The art seems to be alive and well with newer games as well. My favorite line, "Some of those holes must be the guys that went before us." That's so Kerbal!
  20. Some days it is hard to include /everyone/, but that's a nice default. 👍🌈
  21. Well, it takes a certain amount of time to watch either way. In that sense it is kind of the case of 6 of one vs a half dozen of the other. If you have time, you have time. If you don't then you don't. What I've found though is that I often wind up effectively watch a lot of episodes twice, once when it comes out, then once again before next week's episode as a refresh. So what I (usually) do instead is wait for the season to be over, then pick a good time to binge the whole thing at once. I've got a Crunchy queue a mile long that I can always pick from if I have an afternoon/evening free. That's more my style. Arranging my viewing schedule around the episode release dates seems to just complicate my life. Also, this way I don't have to deal with cliffhangers. There are dangers doing it this way too however. When bingeing it is very easy to "just one more episode" until the sun comes up for instance. (I have the same problem with books.) There have been lapses of course. I waited, but then "accidentally" watched all the episodes to date of TenSura, and I just could not resist watching every episode of The Magician's Bride as it came out. But usually I find the most effective use of time is to wait at least until the season is over, then binge.
  22. I think one of the biggest time-savers that I've managed so far was to NOT watch TV! I dropped my old-school TV habit well over a decade ago, well before "cable cutting" was a thing. I used to waste so much time in front of the TV just channel-surfing. I'd get home from that long commute and spend /another/ couple hours/day in front of the TV. Including the 20 or so minutes/hour of commercials! OMG.. I cringe now just thinking of it. I still watch video of course, but now I pretty much only stream stuff, only when it is compatible with my schedule, and I don't watch anything with commercials in it. Anime I'll binge from Crunchy or one of the other streaming sites. At this point even most of my DVD library I've ripped and put on my Plex server. Not watching TV gave me a huge chunk of time to spend on other things. I agree that commutes are a killer. For a while in my very early career I had about a 50 mile commute. One way! That's at least 90 minutes on the road every day on the freeways around here. If there was an accident or something it could easily be double that. The job itself was ok, but I quit because of the commute. That was just too much wasted time. Wasted time driving of course, but also wasted time working the extra hours to pay for the gas and car maintenance. My next job was about 2/3rd of the distance, but it was also shift work, 4 days on, 4 days off, and 12 hour shifts. Still not ideal, but that worked out much better because I was only commuting the shorter distance half my days instead of 5/7ths, and often not during the crazy-traffic "rush" hour. The 12 hour shifts were tougher because if you're working 12 then you only have 12 to eat, sh-t, shower, shave, etc. before you have to be back on the job. There was NO time to do anything else. On the other hand, the 4 days off were wonderful. Usually I had to spend the first day off taking care of everything that happened during the previous 4 work days, but that still basically gives you a 3-day weekend every "week"/cycle. If you have to commute a long way then that's probably the least-painful way to deal with it. (Assuming it is an option.) These days I'm back on a regular 8 hour, 5 day schedule, but my commute is only about 6 miles and I'm spending a LOT less time on the road. I spend less time commuting per week than I used to spend on the road per DAY. Just in terms of commute time that's given me back over 6 hours per week - nearly an hour every day - that I can do other things with. It also has other benefits. I can literally be walking into my office at work 20 minutes after waking up. (Not my usual mode, but it has happened. There'll always be that middle-of-the-night panic call that just can't be dealt with by logging in from home.) I can also do things like run home for/during my lunch break. I do actually prefer working at work however. Less distractions for one thing, and I find it easier to keep in touch/tune, both with my co-workers and with the "office vibe".
  23. So I realized something. My recovery pod. You know, the one I didn't test? Yeah, about that.. I, um, kinda... forgottheparachutes. I was also worried that it would tumble on reentry, but at least that's fixable by piloting. (BTW, did I mention it has no pilot, just a robot/drone core? Yeah.) Forgetting the parachutes however, well, you can't fix stupid! So I built a new recovery pod and am sending it up to bring the tourists back, this time with Valentina as a proper pilot and a with a delivery of fuel to replace what the lander used. Val seems happy about it, though maybe it is just because she knows that Jeb is on the station too. (Personally, I think Jeb and Val have a thing going.)
  24. It is never pleasant to have family die. Still, 100 is a nice run. If I make it to 100 I'll count that a win. My grandmother on my mom's side made it to 93, in spite of not taking very good care of herself. My mom is nearly 80 and still goes to the gym several times a week. I'm hoping I got some of those genes! I wish I had video of great/grand/parents & other family members. I am jealous. That would be awesome! I'd even (try to) learn another language just to be able to understand it, if necessary. I do have pictures but often the people in them are dressed and posed for a special occasion, especially the REAL old ones, so you don't really see their normal selves. Video can be much better at conveying what people are actually like.
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