Battles [r]

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Charts [i]

Changing the calendar number from 2021 to 2022 means there's data to be analyzed.

On repeat [r]

Another variant, another Far Cry, another Cowboy Bebop, another L4D, another Nioh, another Mass Effect. Oh yeah, and I mentioned all of them last month. (What I'm saying is my post title is totally on point.)

Pre-omicron [r]

Rewind 19 months:

Lambos or shambos [i]

Big moves this week for the two tickers I've been following most closely. First, some (dark) giggles about a company I don't go near in any sense:

Decisionvirus [s]

Among Us memes are on the decline, but they got a little bump with the votingest election in US history. The lolbaters haven't played it in a couple of months, but we did have a few rousing sessions of griefing and dysfunction.

The four horsemen [s]

You already know about the covid, now you know about the sharks. The (relatively mild) brushfires have given the sunlight a pleasant orange tone.

Go right [s]

Covid continues, but the surge appears to have tailed off some. I guess this is the new normal until one of the many "almost-there" vaccines works out.

Revisiting [s]

Covid time is time to revisit old projects and entertainment.

High/low country [s]

The album isn't new or anything, just decided to use the art.

Choose your home adventure [s]

Having bigger fish to fry, I hadn't really touched the media room in about ten years, aside from swapping some electronics and furniture. It seemed like a modest house project was in order when we hit reopening stage 2.5. The plan centered around repainting a darker, more cinematic color and moving the audio wiring from being exposed to hidden behind moulding.

Opening/closing [s]

From Corona to SpaceX to the Floyd protests, there's a lot going on and I'm just sitting here isolating. If only I had a 5G bioshield I could go ride some flat waves, maybe next birthday. Still, I can't complain about a beer and cheese of the month club and some home office-friendly dinosaur slippers. Thanks, Jes!

Biohazards [s]

The uncertainity of two weeks ago has given way to various stages of compulsory home isolation.

Fourteen days later [s]

Two weeks ago it was uncertain how this covid thing would play out. I don't think much has changed. I get the feeling we'll look back on this as either the biggest overreaction since terrorism or the epic disaster we absolutely could have avoided.

Wild week [i]

The last week of February was one to remember. Or forget.

P-games only [s]

Cattle's xmas Steam gift this year was Pako - Car Chase Simulator. It had me pretty well captivated for my first two-hour session. I think I worked out a little bit of strategy:

It's nicer indoors [s]

Winter has arrived, it's cold and wet. But that's why there's egg nog and 500W graphics cards.

Apexes [s]

Taking a few weeks off for the mcl tear, I did a photo session at volleyball. I started with a post-mounted off-camera speedlight triggered by the on-camera flash. It had the best lighting (side lighting woo), but was hard to keep the flash out of the frame. Probably would have been better to use the 20mm rather than the 50.

New games [r]

The August-September handoff has been hot and muggy - perfect weather for AM runs and surf sessions followed by afternoons in the cave.

Deeper dive [s]

August meant it was time again for the annual Vegas trip. The Silverton was a pretty chill spot that was convenient for us, but there was good and bad. I killed it at craps, and Matt at the giant Wheel of Fortune machine. As usual, pai gow was a slow, losing battle. Corey and I posted up at a roulette table while we were waiting for the crowd to thin out elsewhere. Three times we caught the dealer (wheeler?) clearing his chips off a square Corey had won - pretty darn sketchy. For the re...

Sweltering [s]

July is beach month, we did some vball at dog beach where Lana and Kaf and Herman got some swimming in.

Beating the heat [s]

The Women's World Cup and Gold Cup have offered some exciting and anxiety-inducing soccer.

Back to it [s]

After travel and catching up, things are getting back to normal.

Some improvements [m]

A couple small changes that are fairly evident below: I created an about page and a list of lists.

Bouncing around [s]

Last month's journeys were followed by an early March trip out to the east coast, so suffice it to say I've been happy to spend some time in the man cave.

Entertainment [s]

2019 has been all work and all play.

Looking back/forward [s]

A year after going tankless it was time to flush the heat exchanger. At Ted's recommendation, Pops originally installed it with isolation valves, so hooking it up to a pump would be a wrench-free affair.

Masks [s]

Jes and I went up to Seattle/Burien to see Jon/Tori's new place and new pup. Jes went up early, I joined on Friday and we took Pepper to the shore.

Drafted [s]

First and foremost: Tori and Jon got a pup.

Tactics [s]

Brutal heat has meant lots of tabletop and video gaming between surf and pool sessions.

Dialogue [m]

Sometimes there are fun conversations I think about transcribing, so I added support in my web tools. This, of course, meant partly manifesting a longstanding desire to create avatars for everyone mentioned herein. The second part is ongoing, the first part took an hour or two at the keyboard.

Deep dive [i]

A little while back I ran into this Reddit post about using neural networks to redraw an image in an iconic art style. Okay, so, a computationally-intensive Instagram filter. Not really my thing but at the same time kind of cool. As it turns out, this dude implemented the thing using a Java deep learning library called DL4J. So a cheesy graphics tool as a way to get acquainted with a neural framework, why not?