That panic attack when your home entertainment stack and core network stack go out with some magic smoke.
Anti-climax, it seems that it was just the APC power supply/battery backup that went. Swapped in a surge protector without battery backup for now.
I was in the middle of a Bojack Horseman episode, so was already feeling anxious when it happened and now I'm just bundle of raw nerves.
Sea of Thieves (+)
Bound the Shovel to Right Thumbstick click, really adds to my Gold Hoarding speed run game. (Right stick click defaults to spyglass, which when I most feel a need for a shortcut to the spyglass, I'm often carrying an Eye of Reach and Double Y is just fine.) (Other shortcuts currently: Banana on D-Pad Left and Bucket on D-Pad Right.)
Decided to pull the trigger and finish my blog post about some concerns I've been having about AI for some time now:
I feel like it says so much that the Immutable.JS docs are auto-built from their .d.ts Typescript definition despite the project development focus on Flow+JS. With that recent article making the rounds about Typescript at Google, I feel like there's an interesting article or three that Facebook folks could write on the subject.
(Literal) Poop Cult
Friend of a friend was harassed by a literal Shit Cult Leader, and I made the mistake of watching a takedown video about that Shit Cult and their horrors against science. I think I want to get off this planet right now. Holy shit.🤢 Video ended with evidence of child endangerment / abuse. How are these folks not in jail already? 🤬
Dongle Life aka Hardware doesn't need to be that Hard
> With the garage door, you can insert an Xbox controller dongle to play Xbox games seamlessly
So Acer, you realize it's cheap enough to just license the thing and build it in without requiring a dongle? Or that Bluetooth controllers exist if you want to be cheap about it? Dongle garage, lol
> Expedia Group is an American global travel technology company. Its websites, which are primarily travel fare aggregators and travel metasearch engines, include Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, CarRentals.com, CheapTickets (Expedia's only provider of event tickets), trivago, Venere.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, and HomeAway.
Note to self: Don't forget the next time that trivago talks shit about Travelocity that they are the same company.
Impostor Syndrome and Sci-Fi
A recent Ann Leckie blog post reminded me of that time I discovered C. J. Cherryh because of short stories I was writing in HS and how impostor syndrome lead me to write a dumb apology email to C. J. Cherryh, but I got a great response back.
That also got me thinking that it still amazes me, and makes me happy that one of the other writers I "published" back then in HS is a proper published author now.
I still feel every bit the impostor today, but I've got stories.
Terrible Zork-like Voice Acting
Rabbit holed to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmEeOB7qZg4
Like every other word in the first 15 minutes is "Envoy", and whoever was directing that voice work had everyone saying "In-voy" rather than "On-voy", and its so bad.
Sea of Thieves solo grinding realization
Just remembered on the Xbox I could background Groove while I play. I should make a playlist of all the Monkey Island soundtracks and Sea Shanties scattered through my OneDrive. Makes it tougher to hear the jerks, but at this point my solo grind is mostly "Riddles for Riddles' sake" anyway.
Thought the work MBP I only sometimes use was broken again because it wasn't responding to touch. It just don't know why it irks me so much that I can't just tap the glossy icons, but it does, every time. Apple's stance here that laptops don't need touch is silly. [Goes back to touching random things on this Dell laptop over here.]
Professional software developer. Unsuccessful nonfailure writer and game designer.
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.