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  1. Just tried the Voxlands demo on Steam. Had to run it under proton on my linux box but it seemed pretty solid for a demo. Played a couple of levels and a bit of the crafting tutorial. Looks promising. Definitely be interested in seeing how the full game turns out.
  2. This isn't exactly about my recent gaming activities. I've been too busy to play (or post much) lately but I have to comment on that SLIM landing. It was so Kerbal! I don't know how many times I've gone for a landing in KSP where something happens and the lander I'm piloting winds up on its side or top - usually after rolling/sliding down the slope of a crater - instead of upright on its landing gear as designed. SLIM is real life imitating typical KSP game play. The KSP load screen even reflects this (pretty much central) aspect of game play. In KSP things often don't go exactly according to plan. If you're lucky and things don't simply blow up then you can wind up in some pretty silly situations. Compare.. (screenshot from my computer) .. with.. (Pic from JAXA site.) Too perfect! Well not really, but you get the idea. Been there, done that. In game at least. So here's to JAXA successfully completing the mission. Even if not exactly according to plan.
  3. They finally sentenced the guy who set fire to Kyoto Studios. Sentenced to death! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-68090388
  4. Looks like the tip of one of Ingenuity's rotors touched the ground as it was trying to land. These rotors need to rotate at almost 3,000rpm to keep the vehicle aloft in the extremely thin Martian air. They also need to be extremely light because they had to be launched from Earth and every ounce adds to the cost of the launch. Accordingly they're made of carbon fiber. As you might expect, when such a rotor contacts the ground at that speed the result is severe damage to the rotor and the loss of the ability to fly.
  5. Threshold - Don't Look Down Another for the "election season" playlist.
  6. Thought I'd go for the next season of "The Faraway Paladin". I've seen the first season but wanted to wait until the second ended before starting it & I'm just now getting to it. Going off on a tangent re: translations..
  7. IDK why I didn't think of Marmalade Boy myself. It is also on crunchy BTW.
  8. My brother says it is 17 degrees in Wisconsin. It got down to -5 overnight. (That's in F. -8 and -21, respectively, in C.)
  9. Ran into another annoying Canonical misfeature. Lately every time an update comes along I get an advertisement for Canonical's "Ubuntu Pro". UP is Canonical's paid enterprise offering so why it is showing up here on my desktop at home I don't know. I mean, obviously they want some money from you so that's why, but a personal desktop user is hardly going to pay for an enterprise-level account. (And why would they? Windows Pro Anyone?) Canonical does have a fee-free version of UP, but even that requires a Ubuntu account .. which at the least is another username + password to manage and remember. And of course to create the account they want information about you. No technical reason of course, just Canonical trying to follow in MSFT's footsteps. Apparently it can't be disabled without compromising your system either. My next system is definitely not going to be Ubuntu!
  10. Sounds a lot like My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex. According to MAL that’s from 2022 however so It’s probably not the one you’re looking for. You might want to check it out tho if you can’t find the one you’re looking for as it seems similar. I believe I’ve seen it on Crunchy recently. edit: yep, it’s on crunchy
  11. efaardvark

    WiFi Names

    Mine are typically boring, like the "den wifi" that I'm using for - wait for it - the access point in the den. I've seen some funny ones though. If I were going to pick a funny one it would probably be something like "Extremely Slow Wi-Fi You Don’t Want to Use", "Not the Wi-Fi You’re Looking For", or "Nacho Wi-Fi". Or maybe something like "Not an FBI Surveillance Van", "The Wi-Fi That Shall Not Be Spoken", "Wi Fi Fo Fum", or "The Web of Lies". BTW these are all ones I've seen, not my own originals. Well, except for the den one. (Which probably isn't original either come to think of it.)
  12. I almost have to LOL whenever someone uses the term "based" these days.  It's one of those overused words or phrases that swaps its slang meaning between generations.  To my generation (graduated HS in the early 80s) the term "based" came from the term used for someone who was addicted to freebasing cocaine. These were typically wild, irrational people who would do anything for another hit and were typically about a half step from killing themselves with their addiction.  🤣  

    1. Animedragon


      I often have trouble understanding what teenagers are saying because they use words to mean different things to the meaning they had when I was their age.  When I was a teenager saying someone was "sick" or "wicked" was a derogative insult or a negative comment about their attitude, now I'm led to believe it's a compliment.

  13. Saboton - 1916 (working on my election year playlist)
  14. I really haven't been keeping up either. I lost a lot of interest when GPU prices hit 4 digits. Prior to covid I was probably averaging about a 4 year cycle on builds if you include upgrades. (IOW ~4 years to replace everything even if piece-by-piece.) My timing was lucky enough that I'd done my last major build just about a year before the lockdowns. Then I was so busy during and prices so high - if parts were even available - that I simply stopped paying attention. The only thing I've bought in the last 5 years or so was a new GFX card when my old RX480 finally died. The replacement was a 6600XT too. Not exactly a top-tier item. Only lately have I had some spare time to start thinking in any seriousness about a new build but I'm finding prices are still quite the show-stopper.
  15. Getting back into KSP(1) Just took another set of Minmus tourists up to the orbital station where they transfer to the vehicle that will do the flyby or landing on the Mün or Minmus. I call it Tourist Trap station.
  16. I do play games on occasion. Not into gathering or gambling but I do have Cities: Skyline in my steam library and I was a fan of SimCity from the earliest releases on the Commodore Amiga until EA made me swear off. Lately I've been mostly into Minecraft with my brother and his family but most recently I've been getting back to Kerbal Space Program. Still on KSP1.. not impressed with the latest release of early-access KSP2.
  17. Had to go out to Studio City a while back & on the way back I saw the Warner Bros. tower.  Which of course made me think of the Animaniacs:D   I had to look it up but that was early 90s!  30 years ago!  Now I feel old.  🙀


    1. Animedragon


      Things like that get you don't they.  I had a Christmas card from some friends with their Christmas letter and in it they said that in 2023 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that made me feel old as I was an usher at the wedding.

  18. It's "california freezing" weather, which is to say upper 30s to lower 40s (F) overnight. The bigger issue is a wind warning for this evening through Thursday, with gusting winds on Thursday getting to over 80 mph. Not sustained but that's basically category 1 hurricane level. People unlucky enough to be in one of the canyon areas that can channel the winds will see even higher gusts. (That would be me.) The high winds and maybe even snow flurries mean near zero visibility on the "grapevine" freeway to the north and the 14 freeway to the east of Los Angeles. (North and a bit west of me.) Don't know what all that wind will do to the wind chill but I'm getting cold just thinking about it. Time to dig through the closet for the heavy jacket for sure.
  19. Anyone have or building an AM5-based system? I'm starting to get the BYO system bug again and I'd like to hear of anyone's experiences. Prices are still quite high but my old Ryzen 2700X-based system from pre-covid days is looking a bit dated at this point so I'm looking into what what sort of trouble I'd be getting into if I wanted to upgrade. I've done some initial investigation and came up with a pcpartpicker list. Like I said prices are still a bit unreasonable but this is the sort of system I'd be interested in if prices were to come down to something a bit more tolerable: CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core ***CPU Cooler: Corsair H100x Liquid CPU Cooler Motherboard: ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara EATX AM5 Motherboard Memory: 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory Storage: 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 3.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ***I also have a 6T Synology NAS which has all my data on it which I netmount so the above is just for system data and maybe a "hot" project or 2 for performance reasons. Video Card: Radeon RX 7900 XT 20 GB ***Case: Silent ATX Mid Tower ***Power Supply: 800W Fully Modular Monitor: 34.0" 3440 x 1440 100 Hz Curved Monitor Items marked with "***" are ones I'll probably re-use what's on my current system. OS would likely be Linux. Ubuntu is what I'm currently using but I've also used Manjaro and SuSE in the past, as well as a couple BSD. Any sort of *ixian OS would be compatible with work & personal preferences.
  20. Hey! I resemble that remark!* I can read on my cell ok but typing with my big fingers on this tiny keyboard is a challenge. I tell myself to remember to respond properly when I get home on my real computer + keyboard but the reality is that by the end of the workday I'm usually too preoccupied with higher priorities to remember and/or too tired to actually do the deed, especially for the sort of lengthy replies that would require a keyboard. I agree. I've done the discord thing occasionally too. (At least for other forums. I think the old AF channel is defunct at this point.) I actually prefer it in some respects. My "problem" with something like discord is that it is too easy for me to sucked into the realtime chattiness and spend more time on it than I really ought to. Forums also tend to have a higher signal-to-noise ration so I don't avoid them so much. As a consequence I think I actually pay more attention to what's posted to a forum than I do to discord-style chat rooms, even when I don't post or respond quite so much.
  21. I agree. It is easy to get caught up in trying to meet other peoples' expectations. Other people aren't always considerate of your particular circumstances or abilities, and often they're more about getting you to do what they want you to do than motivating you to do better at what you want to do. I don't usually make NY resolutions but my overall philosophy or goal is to just to always do better than I did last time at everything I do. It's a simple, realistic goal, you can't cheat (or at least you know when you're cheating), and it still provides motivation in a positive direction so you don't slack off. Over the years I've also found that by simply using myself as a yardstick I ultimately tend to wind up well ahead of the crowd in areas I care about, which provides more positive reinforcement. It's a lot less stressful than trying to live up to unrealistic goals such as beating out the other 7 billion humans to be "the best" at something.
  22. Mesas are also right up there!
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