No, it offends me as a comedian!

I just ordered the Playstation VR  headset.  I’ve decided not to wait until after Christmas.  I have my Samsung VR that works with my Galaxy Edge 7.  It’s astonishingly awesome, considering it was free, so I know I’ll love a more powerful option.  I’m psyching myself up to do some serious rearranging in my apartment.  I do this to optimize my activity areas.  I like to have a spot for each activity, and prefer for that spot to be neat, and aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional.  Presently, the activities I’m optimizing for include gaming, creating music/sounds, working jigsaw puzzles, and artwork.

On top of that, I like having plenty of space to play with my cat.  We have a cut-throat serious game of tag going on, and I’d like to play without sacrificing anymore toe bones.  That means I’ll need to stop storing my guitars and amps along the wall in the hallway.  It was never really a good idea.  It does encourage me to practice, but my secret inner desire to be a rock star will probably suffice.  My problem is too much stuff.  Still.  I need to begin round two, and get rid of anything I like, but don’t use enough to justify owning.  It’s hard.  It means I need to stop with the collecting.  I love my designer vinyl collection.  It makes me smile often.  They’re art to me.  However, I have too many.  I need to choose 3 favorites, and give the rest away.  I’m thinking about hiring a photography enthusiast to photograph the items I give away, so that on some level, I’ll still have them.

Photography doesn’t interest me enough to RTFM, and learn how to do it well.  It’s just like drones.  I wanted to acquire the hobby of drone flying, but not so much that I’m willing to put in the time and study necessary to get the damn thing to even lift off.   I won’t have any trouble giving my mini drone away.  Or my DSLR camera, and the 1 lens I purchased.  I won’t even need photos of those.  That made me laugh.  It’ll be pretty easy to give away a bunch of console games, too.  I suppose I should give away one of my PS3’s, as well.  I do like owning a PS2, PS3, and PS4, though.  There are certain games on each that I enjoy.  I’m about 50% certain I’ll never turn my Wii on again.  I guess that should go, too.  No.  I’m keeping it until Nintendo’s new console is released.

Nintendo Switch

I’m all over that innovative victory.  Well done, Nintendo.  The risk will pay off when we all forgive you for the Wii U.  I’m going to get a developer version, and port a game I’ve been working on that will shine on this format.  It’s a dream for those of us who make games that are foremost disability friendly.  I’ll be skinning it on day one, though, because it’s fugly.  But that’s not even close to a deal breaker on a gaming console.  They’re all fugly.  Well, the Playstation 4 Pro is handsome.  And the Star Wars Xbox 360 droid version was spiffy.  But prior to that, much fugliness.  It looks like the designer(s) heard me bitch about having to constantly clean fingerprints off my touchscreens, and agreed.  It also leaves room for a more colorful Special Edition or 10.  But I’ll just skin it, because I have yet to encounter a special edition console that turned out to be anything more than paint and a larger hard drive.

I’m watching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, as I type this.  I love Queen Amidala.  She possesses the ideal character, in my opinion.  Brave, smart, capable, and empathetic to her people, she makes an excellent leader.  It makes Jar Jar Binks less annoying, when I focus on what she exemplifies.  Honestly, the kid playing Anakin Skywalker was the least bearable aspect of this installment.  His inability to act convincingly is forgivable in such a young actor.  I’m just spoiled by memories of Dakota Fanning and Elijah Blue killing it as child actors.  I read a few novels about the sith that were extremely disturbing, and make this horn-headed monster with a double lightsaber far more sinister than f/x can accomplish.  I know we all possess the capacity for good and evil, I just don’t like reading about those who choose to be so one-sided, they’re unrecognizable as human.

I can’t wear that puffy shirt on TV!

I got my replacement keycaps to fix my keyboard.  It’s amazing what a difference those little raised nubs on the home keys can make.  I saw a 30k piece jigsaw puzzle today.  It was on sale for $389.  I thought about it for a second, then passed.  I figure for me to do a 30k piece puzzle, there would have to be a prize for completing it.  Like two GTX 1080 Founders Edition gaming video cards with 8GB of RAM each, and a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX with tempered glass case in black.  I’d do a 30k jigsaw puzzle in a few weeks if that was the prize.

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Obviously, I’m researching for my next gaming PC build.  I’m not playing any PC games that my current build can’t handle, but that will probably change soon.  In the meantime, I’m having fun using online configurators at various gaming computer companies.  So far, the most expensive configuration was over $10k.  But it was massive overkill for World of Warcraft.  Especially after the latest update.  I finished reading The Neutronium Alchemist, by Peter F. Hamilton.  It’s book 2 out of a 3 book series.  It ended abruptly during a major crisis, but at least the protagonist wasn’t literally falling over a cliff this time.  It always makes me laugh when he does this.  I’m reading Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire presently.  It’s the second and final book of a modern day fantasy about fairy tales.  I’m enjoying them a lot.

I’m over my recent hormonal crash for the most part.  Spending some time in the Star Wars universe was just what I needed.  Unfortunately, I broke my lightsaber while demonstrating my Jedi skills in front of a mirror.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to fix it, though.   If I ruined it, I’m going to get the Mace Windu purple one.  I think I might be over Pokémon Go.  When I realized someone was sitting in their parked car at 11:30 PM, in anticipation of anyone defeating his Pokémon at a gym in the park across the street, it occurred to me that it’s potentially dangerous.  Yay for the formerly sedentary types who are finally getting some exercise.  Yay for the advancements in augmented reality.  But don’t risk your well being over a game.  If you die over Pokèmon Go, it was probably astonishing you survived this long, anyway.

Nerdish

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I love computers.  I may even go so far as to admit to possibly being obsessed with them.  I purchased my first computer with my own money when I was twelve.  I earned money with my brother by doing a paper route, shoveling snow, and raking leaves.  Later, I would “babysit” neighborhood kids while their moms took a nap.  In actuality, I just played with the kids for a few hours and got paid, which I thought was awesome.

My first computer was a Commodore 64, or C64.  I would spend hours programming it in BASIC.  I subscribed to magazines that highlighted new software, and each issue would have a few pages of code you could copy and it would do something silly like create an ASCII graphic or flashing colored text.  I would spend hours in my room typing away.  My mom never really bugged me about it.  I started my physical training for the Army soon after, which meant going on 3 mile runs with my brother Kevin everyday after school.  Kevin went into the Air Force.  I had access to computers in the Army too.

The Army had access to things that weren’t yet available to civilians.  I took them for granted at the time, because it never occurred to me that it was exclusive access.  I remember some of the software programs before Microsoft Office came out.  I remember old brands that no longer exist or at least don’t produce computers anymore.  Like Packard Bell and Micron.

I have several computers presently.  A mac mini, a macbook pro retina, my custom gaming PC that I built, my Alienware gaming laptop, my Lenovo linux laptop, and my new Toshiba chrome laptop. Also, two raspberry pi’s and an arduino.  So I guess nine.  I think I may have a problem. But seriously, I use all of them.  My thing is that each has it’s purpose, and I don’t like using the same machine to do multiple tasks.  It’s not that I don’t know how to partition a drive and put multiple OS’s on it.  I choose not to do so.

Computers are so cheap these days.  The hardware is useful for years, but I’m an upgrader when possible.  I hate that Apple has started soldering their ram and hard drives to the motherboards in an effort to keep us from upgrading them, and thus forcing us to buy them more often.  I have a love hate relationship with Apple.  I love some of their hardware, and I like OSX.  But I find them underpowered, and overpriced.  I like the mini because it’s so small and adorable.  It’s enough for Photoshop and Logic.  I use my Mac’s for creative endeavors.

My PC’s are about gaming.  I play Warcraft daily for the most part.  I take breaks sometimes.  I don’t do raids or dungeons anymore.  They scare me.  I know it’s cartoony and fake, but the dungeons and raids make me super anxious.  So I farm mats, help kids level, and fly around looking at stuff.  I’m not a hardcore gamer by any stretch.  I also play The Sims 2, 3, and I’ll probably buy 4 soon.  I build houses.  I don’t ever go out of build mode.  I know that’s not the point of the game, but that’s how I play it.

After one of my sims died from drowning because I forgot to put a ladder in the pool, I was so over creating them.  That kinda freaked me out.  EA is sadistic.  So is Blizzard.  Sometimes when I look around too much, I see a lot of really disturbing stuff in WoW.  So I just stick to places that are pretty scenery and I fish a lot.  That’s what’s fun to me.  A few times, I’ve buckled under guild pressure and done a raid or dungeon here and there.  But it wasn’t fun to me.

I like my guild though.  There are other aspies in it, and even though there are over 600 people, I have the highest 2 gear scores from my hunter and my pally.  When you consider I don’t do dungeons or raids, that’s pretty impressive.  Not that I need 700 gear scores to fish. I hate PvP too.  Player versus player.  The Horde on the server I play on are vile.  They do stuff like spit on your corpse after they kill you.  They camp out at the cemetery and kill you again when you respawn, which pisses me off big time.  I end up running my ghost to a different cemetery to revive.  Such a waste of time.

I would feel badly about the number of computers I have, but I always give them away when I move on to something else.  I teach elderly people how to use computers, printers, and digital cameras.  I’m super patient with them, because I know they didn’t have computers in their schooling.  One woman I taught, her son is someone I went to school with.  He’s a computer security specialist at a major bank now, and would yell at her if she didn’t catch on fast enough.

I always knew he was a dick, but dang.  No way to treat your mom!  So I taught her a lot of stuff. Then I gave her a netbook and a laptop.  She had a Gateway desktop.  It was ancient.  She got broadband, and now she’s savvy.  She builds websites and does digital photography on her bus trips to casinos.  I went on one with her to Deadwood a few summers ago.  I was the youngest person on the bus by a lot. Deadwood is not exactly a destination I would have chosen.  I don’t gamble, so I ended up hiking to Calamity Jane’s grave and reading.  All the old people were getting drunk from free booze while playing slots.

It was only 3 days but those were 3 very long days.  She learned fast, and all I had to do was make cheat sheets out of 3×5 notecards.  She told me her son came to visit and wanted to go online while there.  He asked for her password, and when she told him, he was impressed.  I taught her not to use words or numbers that were associated with her in any way.  She had a super strong wifi password because she lived in an apartment complex.  We all know about borrowing Wifi in apartment complexes.  I didn’t want her getting a visit by the FBI because of something a wardriver or neighbor did on her wifi.

The last time I saw her, she told me that she taught someone else what I taught her.  She took the 3×5 cards I made her to Kinkos and made copies for her friends.  I thought that was funny.  I go to the VA with a laptop and my tools once in a while and do free tech support for vets.  Some of the stuff they come to me with is a trip.  I have to admit, some forms of ignorance are surprisingly creative.  Removing a coax cable from an ethernet port was pretty funny.  He jammed it in there with a purpose.

I’m going to take my chromebook on vacation with me.  I should have a break from tech, but not this time.  I have books to read so I probably won’t use it much, anyway.  We’ll see.