• 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.

  • General

    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,  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

    I Literally Don’t Know What To Do With Myself

    animals Antelope Valley College aquarium art beauty BIOSCI204 books cleaning College of the Canyons conversations cooking crafting craft room death 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.

  • Dreams

    I Do Not Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

    I just woke up from a terrible dream.

    Me and a couple other people answered an ad online to see a circus. Turns out it was in this old guy’s back yard. Bad things happened, he was holding me captive, there was sexual assault that I couldn’t remember because he was drugging me, and the other two people were in on it.

    Then we ended on a vacation together to this lake, which was ring shaped. I couldn’t leave to go home but I could wander around the lake so I did. My friend Kate was there, but she was severely physically disabled. We had a good time playing in the water.

    Then I was using a boogie board and I somehow shot up into the mud, up into the sky, and across the lake into the marshes on the other side. The water was really murky but really warm. Kate was over there too, and we weren’t exactly sure how to get back to the camps so we asked at a train station ticket booth. Right as we were about to buy tickets, I saw Yuba and Tejon in the street and they got into a big fight. Yuba came to me but Tejon ran off and jumped into the murky water, swimming away.

    It didn’t look right though so I ran after him, and then my mom was there and as I stripped down and jumped into the water, I saw the worst thing. A hippopatomus swimming towards me, with a scared and hurt Tejon in it’s mouth. It spit him out, and then grabbed him, and this time swallowed him. I just stood there, crying.

    Worst fucking dream ever.

  • Dreams

    Sex, Drugs, and Hamsters

    I had two super weird dreams last night.

    The first one, Alix and I went to a bar and some guy swapped out my phone, purse and wallet for one that looked the same but didn’t have any of my stuff in them. We meet up with these Asian people, a 17 year old girl and a 30 year old guy. They wrote love letters to me on my arms, and then we decided to go pick up some heroin and head out to a campsite to get high.

    The girl got the drugs and we all pulled into this weird car where somehow there were 5 of us and 4 of us were in an open compartment in the back, hanging on for dear life. While we were driving we were doing the heroin, which was used by painting it onto your skin and fingernails. High as fuck and we somehow made it to the campsite.

    Once we got there, there were these huge bowl shaped concrete things that were designed for sleeping in. I dove into one with the Asian guy where we had a lot of sex. I don’t remember any details except he had a freakishly thick cock.

    There was a noise outside and he went to investigate, and now I was in a room. A naked man, who was a knight, appeared in the corner, with a long pink feather boa draped around his body.

    The knights took us captive and into their magical kingdom. Somehow I defeated their Queen and became the new Queen, and lived in a house that was medievil stone work on the outside but completely modern inside. I had all the sexy sex with all the knights.

    Sex with the knights was bizarre because as a magical people, their bodies worked a little differently. Along with ejaculating the usual fluids, they also ejaculated tickets that could be traded in for prizes. Kinda weird. Make your man cum, gain prizes!

    Then I had a second dream, which while not so wild, was still weird.

    My dad was excited to show me something. He had bought me 48 hamsters, though the two largest looked like guinea pigs. He said Halo seemed bored with life. I asked if he got them any food and he said they only need to eat when their teeth hurt.

    The hamster pigs were in the feed trailer so I guess they could eat the hay and then I woke up.

  • Hobby

    Holidays on the Homestead

    So tonight was the annual Holidays in the Homestead at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum. I’ve participated as a vendor I think 4 years in a row now, including one year when I was the only vendor who showed up. That was an interesting but pretty profitable night .. Lol.

    Tonight there a a good turnout with 5 vendors and a pretty good turnout of guests. I was really apprehensive about the stock I was bringing because I was going to be focused on things that were new to me  and steering away from jewelry. Turns out that was a good move because 80% of the other vendors’ offerings were jewelry.

    I took several small finished cross stitch designs (3 sold), stuffed toys (I sold 2 or 3 I can’t remember), crocheted flower hair clips (sold 4 pair), cotton face scrubbies (sold 4 or 5 I think), Halloween magnets (I sold most of the bats), $1 bracelets (sold 2), and shockingly I sold 2 of my 3 paintings. I didn’t sell any earrings.

    The stuffed toys I sold pretty cheaply because I’m running out of room to store them. I let the paintings go inexpensively as well simply because they were quick and inexpensive to make.

    I ended up making $85 over the cost of my table, so it was a pretty successful night and fun too.

    There were a few people who wanted things for less then it costs to make them but most people were pretty decent about the prices.

    Afterwards, I put my cash in at the ATM and grabbed a bite to eat  When I got home I paid off a small bill and Monday I’ll see about replacing one of my tires. My mom has informed me she won’t accept any repayment of what I owe her until I get at least one new tire… Lol.