• General,  Hobby

    Tinkering

    Somewhere in the last few days, Plex came across my radar. It took me about a day to have mom’s desktop computer set up as the media server, the hard drives of media plugged into it, and both Raspberry Pi’s loaded up with the RasPlex OS.

    And it’s pretty fucking cool. We have one centralized library, but I can set up sharing libraries within that. Those libraries can be shared or not to various users who are signed into the server. In this case it’s just me and my mom, but it’s handy because I can share all the TV shows with her, except for animated ones or anime, and I can share all the movies, her own library of music (I ripped all her CDs to digital), but not my music, which I know she’d have no interest in.

    So basically, it’s pretty fucking cool. And because both Kodi and Plex have their roots in XBMC, they’re remarkably similar in functionality.

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    FUCK : A Rant

    So on the Twitters, my internet buddy (??) Eddie posted this image, above, and it makes me want to rant about Star Trek and the directions the new shows are taking.

    Star Trek has historically been a family show that’s suitable for all members of the family. Little kids, moms, dads, grandparents, weird Uncle Joey. Suitable for everyone. It was always a little cheesy but it was also always beautifully optimistic. Sometimes bad things happened, but overall the show was honestly pretty uplifting.

    And then Discovery came out and the people were torn between loving it and hating it. I’m a hater. I think that while it’s great they’ve included gay people, they’ve gone out of their way to make the show flashier and more intense in just about every way possible. Dazzling special effects, and crude language are shoved into your face so hard you choke on them.

    People who loved the JJ Abrams interpretation of the more recent Star Trek movies are on board with these new limit-pushing episodes. But for people like me, this isn’t real Star Trek. It’s some flashy, brash imposter who is tarnishing the friendly and welcoming face Star Trek used to have.

    Discovery has featured the word “fuck” and the above snippet in the image implies the newest offering, Picard, will also be less family friendly by way of language and possibly other things. I have nothing against the word “fuck.” I say it all the time. I sometimes curse very colorfully… But Star Trek is not the appropriate place to do this. And I refuse to believe that a man as classy and wonderful as Sir Patrick Stewart believes that this is appropriate for the character a lot of us grew up watching with our families.

  • General

    Toolbox

    I never did tell you about my Christmas haul. I got a couple nice sweaters, some random stuff from my Amazon wishlist, and the highlight was my mom got me some items on my list that will start building up the missing pieces in my room collection.

    She got me a screwdriver and bits set that has like 60 different bits from Phillips to Flathead to about 6 types I didn’t even know existed. And she got me a 3/8th drive ratchet to replace the one that went missing.

    Last night I hopped into the Harbor Freight website and I ordered socket rails in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes, as well as an awl, a level, plastic funnels, a set of drill bits, a set of socket adapters, and 2 inexpensive battery powered lanterns that were on sale so maybe next time there’s a power outage we won’t have to sit in the dark.

    There’s other tools I still need to replace but I will get them a few pieces at a time, and everything I’ll have all the basics again.

    The next things I buy will be the socket sizes I’m missing and I think I need to replace my nut driver but not sure. I would also like a mallet and a few other measuring tools. Power tools would be awesome, but those can come later.

  • General

    Snow!

    In the early morning on the 26th, we got about eight inches of snow. It was expected, but because we don’t get a lot of snow here, we were unprepared for what happened.

    We ended up snowed in for about twenty-four hours, and the power was out for 42 hours. The landline is still out. We already don’t have heat in the house, so really it was just more frivolous creature comforts we were missing, plus lights. The kittens though living in the dark for 2 days was great. I did not.

    We kept small devices charged in my car and I did a lot of reading. Internet was barely strong enough via data connection to chat on messenger. I was almost bored enough to start crocheting a new blanket.

    The worst part of all this was for my aquarium. Without heat, the temp dropped down into the very low 60’s, maybe lower. My fish are tropical, so I wasn’t sure they would survive.

    When the power did come back on, Herman was on her back, barely breathing. I immediately started replacing about 6 gallons of tank water with hot water to raise the temp into the low 70’s over the course of an hour. I also moved Herman into the floating Betta log so she’d hopefully get more oxygen as well as warmer water.

    After raising the temp to about 73°, I let the heater do the rest. Herman stayed in the log for 14 hours, then finally started swimming around the tank. She seems to be okay now.

    I lost one dwarf pencilfish and maybe a danio, but I still have quite a few shrimp, my snails are active, and my super pregnant platy looks even bigger.

    I’ve also ordered mylar blankets and a battery operated air pump in case this happens again.

  • General,  Hobby

    Shramps!

    A couple weeks ago, I met a stranger off of Reddit in a dark parking lot at night too buy a bag of teensy little red shrimp. The little guys are really sensitive, so I spent a couple hours acclimating them to my ‘s water before I released them. I knew I would lose a few, but there’s also a lot of hiding places in the tank so I didn’t think I’d be seeing a lot of them at first.

    This evening I did a water change and afterwards I saw shrimp everywhere. I saw a couple that are definitely female, so I’m hoping pretty soon they will have babies and I’ll see a lot more of the little guys.

    My two platy fry are doing great still, and I have another adult female who is getting bigger by the day, so I’m expecting more fry soon.

    There was another sale at my mom’s work, and she came home with some stuff done other people had requested- and then, the best thing, a Silhouette Cameo 3! I found a place for the machine and I installed the Software, and the designing is pretty much Adobe Illustrator lite, plus a few tricks I remember from when I did vinyl cutting as my job.

    I’m looking forward to trying it out on some vinyl soon!

  • General

    Friday the 13th Flash

    I had errands to run today and thought I would check out some of the special Friday the 13th flash some of the tattoo shops were doing. I went by 3 shops and the first two were not impressive.

    I went to Pokerz first, and the second I walked in the door, they thrust paperwork at me without even asking what I was coming in for.

    I looked at the flash, see a cute design. Says $40. I ask if they can make it bigger, and if that included color or shading. They told me they are only doing tracing jobs today, no changes will be made, and it’s for a plain black outline only. Sorry dudes. A cheap tattoo is rarely a good tattoo, and I want something I’ll actually like. They weren’t willing to do additional work at the regular rate, and they didn’t suggest making an appointment to come back.

    Next I went over to Black Orchid. Tracy raved about them a couple years ago. I didn’t like any of the flash they had up and they completely ignored me. I was there long enough to flip through all the photo books, look at the flash, wall decor, the whole shebang, and no one could even make eye contact. I left.

    After that I went over to Electric Soul and things were off to a better start. I was greeted immediately, and they had flash I actually liked. One of the designs was a simple, traditional styled Death’s Head Moth. They let me know I could feel free to look around and if I had any questions, they would be happy to answer them.

    I had questions. and then this happened.

    He’s a cute little guy!

    Danny did him, and every five minutes one of the guys was asking how I was feeling because apparently this should have been super painful. It stung, but it really wasn’t bad at all. And now I have ideas to build off of this at some future date.

    I still have an appointment for the 27th with Bob to do a praying mantis on my other shin, and I think I’m going to ask him to touch up my thigh piece as well. I like Charles’s work but I had such a bad reaction to the ink he uses not once but twice, that I hesitate to go back to him for touchups.

  • General,  Hobby

    Holidays on the Homestead 2019

    My table at this year’s event

    I know I posted about this last year but I never shared the photo from this year.

    I tried doing things a little different with more knitted hats and rings, because people always asked for those, but unfortunately I only had a few stuffed toys left over from previous years.

    I probably would have done a lot better if I had had more toys, but my rag doll unicorn did find itself a new home.

    Still, it was a great night until we got to the end and I found I had bled through both a super tampon & an overnight pad because my body is a traitorous jerk once a month. Thankfully I was able to pack my stuff up and I slipped out to my car and called Jami to ask her to send my stuff out.

  • General

    I Literally Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

    animals Antelope Valley College aquarium art beauty BIOSCI100 BIOSCI204 books cleaning College of the Canyons conversations cooking crafting craft room doctors dogs donations dreams Education family food friends grades health & fitness HIST120 holidays jewelry language local business MATH060 medication mental health money moving forward music organizing piercings quotes relationships school shopping SPAN101 subscription boxes thrift yarncraft

    These are all topics I’ve talked about on this blog. Some I’ve talked about several times, others considerably less.

    For me this space is just somewhere I can ramble on about whatever thing is on my mind at the time. Sometimes that’s the crazy dream I just had. Sometimes it’s about school. Sometimes it’s about friends or family or occasionally politics.

    Tonight I’m sitting here, making small changes to my sites, watching Tales From the Crypt, and hoping my mom’s new computer gets here soon.

    For the last couple weeks, her computer had been making a lot of noise. At the time I thought it was the fan, but yesterday during an update, it froze up, and upon rebooting, couldn’t find the hard drive. I opened the case today, and Jesus Bob is was unbelievably filthy inside.

    After removing the front part of the case so I could unscrew the hard drive from it.
    The actual hard drive. The dust and dirt was accumulated between the case and the drive.

    I checked the fan, which seemed fine, and then hooked the hard drive up to some jumpers and plugged it in to my laptop. It couldn’t even be seen, which makes me wonder now if all the noise was actually the drive failing, instead of the fan.

    We ordered a new desktop which should be here in Monday, and believe me we will be blowing it out regularly!

    I’m out of school for a couple weeks and it’s so weird. What do I do with this extra time? I cleaned up my mom’s bathroom a bit today, and later I will be cleaning up the desk for the new computer.

    I’m thinking about doing some cross stitch later this evening, and maybe some knitting. I downloaded copies of all the knitting and crochet patterns I’ve bought or been gifted on Ravelry and organized then. I cleaned my computer if temporary files that take up precious space. I updated things.

    I feel like this is what newly retired people feel like.