New Year, New Experiences
Posted on January 1st, 2017
Today didn't exactly begin as expected. I had intended to get up early, but by this I meant 8 AM or so. I actually woke up around 2 AM and ended up starting my day.

The big event of the day, and the reason for me getting up early, was that I'd decided to risk attending the local Kingdom Hall. The main issue was, as it's pretty much always been, the fact that I'm basically athropophobic (ie, afraid of other people). Over the past year, I've been hosting a bible study with members of this congregation, and slowly I've met a lot of the people that attend this specific Kingdom Hall. The more I thought about it, the more this seemed like a safe exposure -- it's a lot of people, and thus a lot of input in a short time, but not many of them will be strangers.

The services at the Kingdom Halls are split into two parts. First is a lecture, then it's a bible study from one of the study workbooks. The lecture today was from a guest speaker, and was on a unique topic: which of our senses is the most dangerous? (Answer: sight)

Definitely some food for thought there.

Speaking of food, after the service, the Witnesses that brought me there asked if there was anywhere else I needed to go, so I suggested running a quick errand. There were some groceries we needed, and while I didn't remember the entire list, I was able to get the important things and save us a trip.

Other than this, the majority of the day was spent quietly working on earning achievements in some of the games I have. Long story short, I've decided to take some time and really finish some of the games in my library. Since I have hundreds of games, this isn't going to be too easily done, but I made good progress, earning twelve achievements across three games.

Link of the day: Gossamer summarizes anthropophobia

Introverts and anthropophobics will relate to this scene from the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons.
Small catching up
Posted on December 31st, 2016
I hadn't intended to leave this blog inactive once again, it just sort of happened that way.

Most of the week was spent quietly playing Minecraft rather than being productive; sometimes you just need a break.

The biggest news, pardon the pun, is that I've managed to gain back the weight I lost over the summer. This is most likely the result of too many treats and goodies, as this is typically the problem. I did change the lunch menu to sandwich and soup instead of salads, but I don't think that had much of an impact in comparison.

Other news involves planning for the future of my tumblrs and a fair amount of researching for another project that may happen in the next month or so. So while tangible results didn't really happen, some progress was slowly made over the last week.

The main plan for next week is that I'm going to see about creating a hybrid version of GMG's scripts. This would allow me to upload the new changes and create new reviews while I continue to repair the older content.

Link of the day: 107 facts about the Grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a popular movie, but how well do you know it? Here's a 15 minute countdown of random trivia for the curious.
And it goes live
Posted on December 24th, 2016
Most of the day revolved around the Christmas surprise, and by the late afternoon, it was completed and was posted to DA. It's a 29 question quiz about the birth of Christ.

Now that this surprisingly detailed project is out of the way, I can take a little break before getting back to working on the re-writes of the reviews for GMG.

Link of the day: Every Disney Sexual Reference

Here's a nine minute video that will wreck your childhood. Evidently there are a lot of little surprises in Disney movies.
Elf at work
Posted on December 22nd, 2016
The majority of the day was spent working on the Christmas surprise project. A good portion of that was just getting things into some sort of rhythm, so it's going faster now that the templates have been developed.

At this rate, it won't be hard to finish it by Sunday.

In other news, there's a couple of big sales going on, and to be honest, I just couldn't get worked up for 'em today. I'll check later on, but I don't expect to spend a fortune.

Link of the day: HTTP status dogs

This is a silly website that provides a picture of a dog to describe every HTTP status.
Rough patch
Posted on December 22nd, 2016
Yesterday wasn't a particularly good day for anyone in this household. It started off with a simple trip to drop off mom's car for some repairs, and ended with a movie night. Most of the day was a battle in some way.

In particular, the movie was ruined for me because I spent most of it fighting with the tablet. Ultimately, the tablet ended up being bricked by Windows 10's infamous update feature. The hard drive is too small for the new update, so it would be partially downloaded, then present the error message, deleted, and then Windows would stupidly see there was free space on the drive and repeat the procedure.

Meanwhile, the tablet couldn't be used for anything because of the sheer strain of the Windows update process. I eventually gave up, attempted to factory restore the tablet, and this failed, turning the device into a paperweight. Needless to say, I wasn't very happy about this. After popping it open and cutting the tablet's hard drive and RAM into bits with a wire cutter, I threw the mess into the garbage and went to bed.

On the positive side, I can reuse the keyboard, SD card and some of the cables with anything that I get later on, though that's not much comfort.

Things went better today, though it's still going fairly roughly as everyone's still reeling from yesterday. Most of my activity was centered around either getting the Christmas surprise further along or continuing work on the review editing. Currently, 21 of the 93 reviews have been revised, and I've found at least one review that somehow managed to be posted, but not listed, on the site.

Link of the day: You can't use your iPad for everything

Modern inconveniences at their best, folks!
Massive shopping
Posted on December 20th, 2016
A good portion of the day was taken up with a long shopping trip. It took about three hours to gather everything and return home. Of course, by "everything" I also mean we picked up lunch and dinner for today.

Most of the afternoon was spent investigating an idea I had for a new Tumblr. Not exactly the most productive way of going about things, but it's fun to think about what could be sometimes. After dinner I worked on a few reviews, but ultimately just ended up getting really tired quickly. A full stomach makes for a happy heart and all of that.

So, I laid down for a nap and was asleep almost immediately. Three hours later I got back up and resumed doing stuff on the computer. The next few hours were largely taken up with work on the Christmas surprise I mentioned the other day, but after that I shifted to more work on reviews and some general web browsing.

We'll see if this new Tumblr idea goes anywhere. For now, it's just an idea based around using a new art medium for Tumblr.

Link of the day: iDIOTs

Smartphones and tablets are wonderful things, but sometimes the people that use them can be amazingly stupid.
One small snack for man
Posted on December 18th, 2016
This was an example of a rather quiet day. While I had gone to bed early, I woke up again during the night and then had trouble getting back to sleep. I eventually did, and still managed to get enough sleep for one night, but it left me a bit sluggish today.

The majority of my day was spent watching stuff on YouTube -- mostly Thoughty2 -- and playing CMS2015 a bit more. During the afternoon I started putting together a little surprise I thought about last night, so hopefully by the end of the week I'll have uploaded something nice on DA for everyone.

Right before dinner, something special I'd ordered on Amazon arrived. This was a silly little novelty treat, but since I used to get a package or two while out on school field trips, I figured one package wouldn't hurt. After all, no stores here carry it, and the museum that did closed its doors a few years ago. I got to enjoy some Astronaut Ice Cream once again. It's clearly an acquired taste, but I do like it.

For now though, it's time to call it a day. This looks like it'll be a buys week, and I might need to rest up a little to be ready for it.

Link of the day: Everything will kill you

Nothing like a happy little song to remind you of just how fragile life is. Surprisingly, it's actually kind of funny.
When things slide...
Posted on December 16th, 2016
Today definitely didn't go as planned, and for once this wasn't because there was something better to do. Instead, I spent most of the afternoon feeling kind of sick. It wasn't a type of sick that could be nailed down either, so the best I could do would be to wait it out and see if I felt better after dinner. To that end, I simply played Minecraft while watching the Game Theory channel on YouTube.

When we were setting things up for dinner, I discovered that I never took my medications this morning. That would probably explain the strange symptoms. Over the course of the evening I began to feel better, so that's probably exactly what happened.

During dinner I realized that there was a way to automate most of the work of transliterating the reviews on GMG, and so I spent the evening coding up a solution and making it work. It's a bit of a kludge job, but for what it does it suffices.

Link of the day: Bla Bla Bla

Gigi D'Agostino produced some rather odd music back in the day, and this is one of the more memorable tracks. It's rather catchy for nonsense.
All in the cards
Posted on December 15th, 2016
Today seems like it was over quickly, though we actually did a lot of things. For me, it began with a quick run through of the next solitaire event. It was rather short, but since I had some trouble with some of the latter challenges, I was slowed down a bit and didn't get a good enough time to show. But, I'll settle for anywhere in the top 50.

This was quickly followed by lunch and a movie. The movie of the day was Shaun the Sheep's We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas.

During the afternoon, I completed and posted a short update for Delilah. This was originally going to be a bigger update, but I felt it needed to be split up to work best.

The rest of the day revolved around getting reviews redone for GMG. Tomorrow I'll do a few more, and see about getting PonAI updated.

Link of the day: 8 Terrible Christmas Gifts

With Christmas coming up, people might need some ideas for what to give family and friends. Here's a handy bit of advice: don't buy any of these if you want to talk to them again.
Let the rookie win
Posted on December 14th, 2016
Last night I mentioned the current event going on with Microsoft Solitaire, and that I was ahead by a fairly good amount. Ultimately, I came in 1st Place, as nobody was able to complete the challenges fast enough to overtake my lead.

Another event began today, and after looking it over I noticed that every challenge is rated Easy. I decided not to participate this round, hence the title for this entry.

There are a lot of people playing, and it's obvious that there is a large range of skill levels among the players. I kind of hope there will be a tier ranking system in the future -- skilled player against skilled player, newbie against newbie -- because right now the beginners don't have much of a chance. To put things in perspective, the top times for this challenge were under an hour, but the average player took an hour and a half or longer. Some players took four hours to finish. That's not really a fair spread.

But, card games only accounted for a few minutes at the beginning of my day. The rest of the morning actually involved a long trip out to the local parks to get photos of the new snowfall and the frozen rivers. After that, we stopped by Subway to pick up lunch.

During lunch we watched both a slideshow of the pictures we had taken and a Christmas concert that our DVR recorded. After I'd finished eating, I started working on moving files on my tablet. The main focus was just moving apps off of the internal hard drive and onto the new micro SD card, which should help with performance issues. Unfortunately, something is wrong with one of the programs I moved, so I'll have to try uninstalling/reinstalling it again.

What little of the day remained after that was spent working on touching up reviews and moving things along for GMG. I was going to work on a pony blog today, but simply ran out of time.

Link of the day: Boomer in the ball pit

Even kittens like to play in a pool of plastic balls.

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