I mentioned the upload issue to Pixy and supposedly it should be fixed by now.
Posted by: Mauser at Mon Dec 26 21:59:53 2022 (BzEjn)
Just as a FYI, I'm out of the CCU. I have some massive infections, a surgical procedure on Tursday. Not in any pain, feel pretty good honestly.
According to a doctor, I was close to have serious life-threatening issues, but that's been handled... 6 units of blood about 12 big bags of saline, and at least a month of antibiotics are in my future. But I'm alive.
I still can't Pond though.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Mon Dec 26 22:38:19 2022 (eDgJX)
Same same, except that they hired more people at work and some of them have actually managed not to get fired for getting late points.
(Honestly, most department managers just wipe away all points, because they want to keep people. Our manager apparently can't remember to do this. So we're always hiring, even after we find somebody.)
My boss tried to get me to come into work today, instead of taking my day off. I declined, partly for logistics reasons, but mostly because I'm freaking tired.
Right now, it is a balmy 27 degrees F. So much better than Winter Storm BRRRR.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Dec 27 15:02:26 2022 (sF8WE)
In celebration of having written a long post that did not evaporate when I hit publish, I'm going south for a few days to visit my 80 year old parents who have no computer and no internet beyond the potential for dial-up offered by their land line.
Blogging will resume this weekend and the next stream on the Twitch channel will be Friday night.
We'll begin by watching some silent DINOSAUR movies! The short surviving clip from The Ghost of Slumber Mountain ( 1918 )...(the very first live-action film featuring dinosaurs!) will be followed by the classic 1925 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World!
Since those films together are less than 2 hours long, and our Friday streams are scheduled to be at least 4 hours, we will follow the thunder lizards with a few hours of adventuring in Eorzea with the superbly entertaining MMORPG Final Fantasy 14 Online.
Come by and join us for the fun this Friday, August 5th, at 9:00PM EDT / 1:00AM UTC at twitch.tv/brickmuppet !
Next Monday at 6:00pm EDT / 10:00pm UTC we will continue last night's fighting and grilling with the quirky Metroidvania cooking game Dungeon Munchies.
There are other games in prospect, pending the arrival of some equipment so stay tuned!
While the channel still isn't monetized and thus we can't use our emotes in the channel just yet, we are prepared for that eventual contingency as the channel has just acquired a fully operational...wiggly!
To Whom it May Concern
I am flattered and humbled that you like my writing style and are pleased with "much good informations" the blog supplies you with. However, I am not in the market for solar panels, wooden decks, Bangalore whores, or bulk quantities of frozen chicken feet.
While suffering from COVID, we here at Brickmuppet Blog endured some power failures, internet connectivity issues, and what I assume was a drop bear infestation. However, Wednesday, both power and internet were working and I did a short, unscripted test stream.
There is still an awful lot of scuff, particularly audio issues at the beginning, and the stream was completely unscripted (being just a test) but this was the first stream where stuff mostly worked.
He still can't get his PNG to work right, Steam is not linking up to his Twitch, at all, he hasn't received his HDMI capture equipment yet and there is a reverb in his headphones that causes him to sound like a drunk cretin at points.
Despite that, I finally got my streaming software (OBS) to work with my Mac to the point that I could do a 'Just Chatting' stream. One of my plans for the channel is to at least once a week do some silent movies, 'cause if it's pre-1928, it's usually DMCA free. (There are exceptions but those are fairly easy to find). There is a big enough backlog of decent silents to last at least two years.
I had 5 people in chat at one point, at least one of whom was not a bot.
"It's a small victory, but I'll take it."
Actual premier with Obligatory Power-Point is set for June 11. If the vidya gaming setup still isn't working by then we'll do a just chatting/movie stream anyway.
I'm a rich white guy, so I switched to all-electric garden tools. I am not sure I agree with electric cars, but electric law mower is 100 times better than the gasoline-powered one, especially if you have 2 batteries that can be swapped.
Pete, do the batteries for the lawn mower come with a warrantee? I've had some bad luck with tool batteries forgetting how to hold a charge, and those things are expensive. Might just be the brand (Ryobi), but I'm wary of electrics as a result.
Posted by: jabrwok at Sun Jun 20 14:16:08 2021 (T4WaI)
After my second string trimmer refused to start and stay running after a winter int he garage, I've kinda given up on them. "Use fuel without Ethanol" the manual says, to absolve them of any guilt. As if you can get any. E10 is a reality everywhere, design for it!
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jun 20 19:57:42 2021 (Ix1l6)
Mauser, I've been told you can get gas without ethanol, but it's boutique pricing.
The ethanol, I'm given to understand, basically varnishes surfaces in the carburetor and that somehow keeps the engine from starting. You can supposedly devarnish the surface but it seems like it's less work--but more expensive--to replace the carb.
The people I've seen talking about it were using slightly bigger stuff like lawnmowers and chainsaws. I don't know how directly this would apply to a string trimmer, but I've also only ever used electric string trimmers.
Posted by: Rick C at Mon Jun 21 08:35:04 2021 (eqaFC)
All batteries lose capacity and eventually die. But indeed I found that lawnmower battery (I have Ego) gets old a little quicker than a cellphone. My main Ego battery lost about 40-50% over a period of 3 years. I have a 5-year-old iPad that still has 70%. My current cellphone still lasts 2-3 days, while before it lasted a week or almost that long. It is about as old as my lawnmower battery too, so the same rate of aging. BUT. I only mow the grass once every two-three weeks. And I keep the battery in garage, where the temperature swings are not as extreme. So it seems like the battery management controller built into the lawnmower battery is not as good as one in the cellphone. It is also possible that its thermal environment is not conductive to long life.
Yeah, it's too late for my two dead trimmers. (Hmmm, I'd have to get the pure gas, and them mix in crappy 2-cycle oil). Although I've had thoughts about grabbing one of my 1 hp electric motors from my BattleBots days and hooking it up. The one issue being the lack of a speed controller meaning that it will try to go from 0 to 5000 rpm in an instant.
I've heard another part of the problem is the fuel pick-up tubing swells up in the ethanol.
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jun 24 00:49:08 2021 (Ix1l6)
In the case of my gas mower, ethanol made my fuel tank crack into two halves by eating the glue. However, the seam line was horizontal. So everything worked fine as long as I didn't fill it more than halfway. It kept it like that for about 10 years. I bought it in 2003, California went from MTBE to Ethanol some time later, and I switched to an electric mower in 2018.
While one can access the blog via T-Mobile if parental filters are off, if they are on, those filters HAVE started blocking this blog. There's no way to confirm why this is, but, as this is not a particularly lewd blog, if there is a reason other than wacky algorithms, it may well be content related.
Blogging Best Practices
One of the best secrets of the big-brained-pro-bloggers is to actually make sure one's post published on the date it was supposed to and isn't still in "draft" 5 days later for some reason.
...is a heck of a road trip but, to my astonishment not a great deal of trouble with regard to Mac operating systems.
I've judiciously avoided MAC updates after the Catalina fiasco last year, but now, as I try to get my Twitch channel up and running and do video editing, I find I need the latest OS to run the associated software.
Despite my trepidation, the update went quite smoothly. I purchased my iMac in August of 2019 and went from Mojave to the new Big Sur with no real problem.
In stark contrast to the Catalina fiasco, almost everything works.
There is an intermittent bug with the Apple Mail application not wanting to autoload occasionally. This affects me not at all, as I hardly use that app ever, linking directly into my mail accounts. On the rare occasions that it doesn't load it can be manually started.
Some older applications no longer work. I'll need to get updates for them no doubt.
The most relevant issue for me is that video files of most types no longer display thumbnails when browsing through finder. VLC works fine, but .WEBMs don't.
That's it. That's the extent of the bugs so far.
Internet works fine.
The new OS is not turning my spreadsheets into pixel salads, or locking my computer up and slowing everything down a crawl.
The interface changes seem to be an actual improvement as well.
I'm not seeing any real problems aside from the most minor issues. The Big Sur upgrade seems to be a throwback those halcyon days of yesteryear when Apple was a hardware company that produced rock solid software for its products rather than a malware company that diffidently produces some widgets.
It's been a whole week, and I'm honestly still waiting for the hammer to fall.
All That and a Bowl of Grits
On my iMac, for browsers, I've got Safari, Opera, New Moon (A mysterious Macintosh fork of Pale Moon), Epic, and Vivaldi. All have good and bad points. Now I've loaded Brave and it is better than the lot of them. It's closest to Epic in concept and execution, being a "privacy browser" based on Chrome, but it seems rather more polished and is independently verified to be about as private as advertised. I'm not sure, but I assume given that last fact that Brave would also get maximum utility out of one's VPN.
Anyway, I'm very pleased with it. The only thing it lacks is a cute personification avatar. But we can rest assured that when it comes, it'll likely be a catgirl.
My curiosity has out argued my skepticism so I've tentatively activated the Brave Rewards option and will keep you appraised.
State of the Blog
Christmas is over and my holiday in the land of no internet has passed as well so the months long dry spell is coming to an end.
One of my New Years resolutions is to do more of the long-form posts, more media reviews and stuff. I also got two Bitchute Channels, currently only one is activated and consists of a few migrated videos and travel movies. Eventually, I'd like to do a channel complementing the blog but I need more equipment for that.
I've re-discovered that I'm not interested in microblogging.
Anyway, here's some imaginary 2-d lady summing up the last two months of the blog's output.
Turbo-Encabulators Are GO!!!
Tesla Coils are at Maximum Pneumatic Pressure!
Hydrophone Arrays are emitting in the infrared!
Magic smoke containment fields are polarized! The vampires have been provided with their offerings!
The flywheels are engaged and our datalink is now interfacing with the planetary tube network!
"It's more technically accurate to just say we're back up and running.".