A day of cards
Posted on December 13th, 2016
Very little actually got done today. One of the main reasons for this was some doubt about how I'm rewriting the reviews for GMG, but I figure I'll work through that sooner or later.

The only real progress I made was some work on a new model for Delilah's tumblr, and some plans for the future of all three pony tumblrs.

The rest of the day was taken up with Microsoft Solitaire Collection, which now features competitive events. Yesterday's event was the first one I competed in, and I came in 2nd place for my group. You see, instead of having everyone compete with everyone else, players are gathered into groups of 100 and you only compete within your group.

Today's event was fairly easy, and the last time I checked, I was in the 1st place spot with a huge lead on the average player. My time was only 37 minutes, while the average for this event is closer to 90 minutes. The event continues through the night, so the results will be in tomorrow morning, and perhaps I'll be dethroned by then.

Tomorrow I'll see about updating my tumblrs, and maybe fix the kink in the plans for GMG.

Link of the day: 8 REAL Ouija Board Horror Stories That Will TERRIFY You

Beyond Science takes a break from talking about random interesting things and gives up several reasons to burn things related to spirits with holy fire.
Moving things around
Posted on December 12th, 2016
The main goal for the day was to get more of the old reviews copied over to the new format. This turns out to be rather slow going, as I need to research some extra details before I can create the new entries.

So far, so good. 15 of the 93 reviews have been transferred. This is only a partial rewrite, as there's still more to do, but first things first. Rewriting them in parts is easier than completely rewriting them one by one.

Still, that took a good chunk of the day. The evening was taken up with playing an Event in Microsoft's Solitaire Collection. These events are basically tournaments where you complete challenges and compete with other players. The results of this first Event will be available tomorrow, so I don't yet know how well I did. That said, I did earn a number of awards based on my performance, so it's possible I did fairly well.

Ultimately though, I'm paying for staying up so late last night, so I'm heading to bed early.

Link of the day: Extreme forging

I was under the impression that new metalworking was done with molds. Instead, it seems we're just blacksmiths using bigger hammers. Either way, it's worth watching.
Lovely bunch of coconuts
Posted on December 12th, 2016
Today went a bit different than expected. Most of it was centered around our plans to go through the neighborhood, looking at the Christmas displays people have set up, but that's also where things went off the rails slightly.

The plan had been to look at the pretty lights, stop at Subway, and go home to watch a movie. Instead, we decided to stop at the grocery store on the way home from Subway to pick up a few random things as there's a big storm on the way.

Tonight's dinner was Subway's new Reuben sub, and it was delicious. I stuck to the suggested list of ingredients except I also added jalapenos for an extra kick. Then while they were finishing up dad's order, I slipped to the corner store and picked up some Surge, chips and jerky to go with dinner.

It was my turn to pick the movie, so I decided to go with one we'd been talking about recently -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

After the movie I mostly went between some games and transliterating over some of the reviews from GMG. I had to fix some bugs in the tool I made the other day, but over all it's a good start. None of them are completely finished, but the process has officially begun.

Link of the day: 10 Realities Of Life On Mars

Life on Mars is going to be a lot less glamorous than science fiction would lead us to believe.
Preparing to transition
Posted on December 10th, 2016
When I first got up this morning, I felt like the tin man from the Wizard of Oz. All rust and no working joints.

I expect the day to see no progress at all, but then I remembered the little detail from last night. So, at lunch I tossed in a handful of chips and a can of Coke to get some extra calories. Things more or less worked out, as I didn't end up falling asleep standing up during the day.

Perhaps this is just a case of questionable blood sugar, rather than anything we can't easily fix.

Most of the afternoon was spent putting together a new tool to help with God Minded Gaming. This one just produces a template for a review, though the form helps compile some of the information easier. With this script, rewriting the many reviews ought to be a little easier.

The evening was spent watching the Muppet Christmas Carol while we finished off the pot roast.

Link of the day: Your little pets

This short and silly animation explores what life would be like if our favorite ponies were household pets (and behaved a bit like cats).
Randomized plans
Posted on December 10th, 2016
Lately I've been having trouble with my already weird sleeping patterns. In this case, I haven't been able to sleep for long periods, and when I rouse up, I can't get back to sleep. This has made things be rather hit and miss, as I'm spending a lot of the day either very tired or just waking up.

My initial plan for today was to get Delilah updated. This didn't happen, as I just couldn't make it work. Instead, I did a lot of work on God Minded Gaming's revamp, queued updates for both Cast Mine Thrive and God Minded Gaming's tumblr, and played a few random games.

During the portion of the night I was up, my blood sugar crashed. While eating the sandwich I'd fixed, it occurred to me that problems with blood sugar levels can screw with sleeping patterns. Notably, low blood sugar levels can trigger bad nightmares, and I had a very horrific one the other day that resulted in me being up for several hours.

It's an interesting thought, but it raises the question of why my blood sugar isn't holding.
Didn't quite go as planned
Posted on December 8th, 2016
Today wasn't exactly productive when it came to projects. I had intended on making an update for Delilah, but didn't manage to get very far with it.

The last few days have been plagued by problems sleeping, so it's not a real surprise that I'm finding myself tired a lot. Last night's sleep was interrupted by a horrid nightmare, and after waking from that, I stayed awake for a few hours just relaxing on the computer to shake it off. Fortunately I fell asleep again once I returned to bed.

Shortly after lunch we changed plans and headed out to the grocery store to get prescriptions filled and pick up a few random things that we'd forgotten to get earlier. We also picked up dinner (spare ribs and scalloped potatoes), because why not?

I had planned on working on things after dinner, but now I'm fighting to stay awake. Hopefully I can sort some things out tomorrow.

Link of the day: Perpetual motion machines

These devices are always fun to watch, but they aren't very practical as they end up being closed systems. You can't get the energy out of them to do anything.
Long overdue catch up
Posted on December 7th, 2016
Sometimes things get busy and you lose track of other things that you should be doing. One of the reasons I've kept this blog was that it helps us keep track of how things have changed over time, and in some cases it's proven useful at just keeping us from getting too bogged down in things. So, I need to get back to regular posting here.

It's been three months since the last entry, so it's not surprising that many things have changed since then. Pony-wise, I've managed to make relatively steady progress on all three of my pony tumblrs, thus there isn't much to report there.

On the other hand, the Treasure Chest project ended up being a bit of a failure. Nobody took interest in it, and after troubles with the camera and falling out regarding the details behind the scenes, I decided it was best to let it quietly die.

With regards to Drawn By His Light and God Minded Gaming, things are moving forwards. The former saw some important changes during November, while the latter encountered something else important. The short version of the story is that I became suspicious that I was showing favoritism or otherwise not truly evaluating the games properly, and when I asked some friends for feedback, they agreed. Thus, I'm giving the site a massive overhaul to either clean up various pages or completely restructure the way reviews are handled. This has been moving along quickly, and I may finish by the end of December.

In other news, I've been in need of a new tablet as my Kindle has been showing its age. Specifically, the touch screen isn't very sensitive anymore, making it hard to operate. A little over a week ago we were out shopping when I got lucky and acquired a new Windows 10 tablet for only $97. This tiny machine turned out to be a full-fledged miniature computer, complete with its own carrying case and teeny keyboard accessory. From the looks of things, I'll be able to get some mileage out of it, though I need to expand its storage with a micro SD card before I can do much more experimenting with it. Its hard drive is very small, and barely has room for the operating system, let alone many programs.

Ultimately, while I haven't been posting many entries, we've been quite busy in the last few months.
Bloody movies
Posted on September 27th, 2016
Every so often, I need to get my blood tested to make sure everything is on the up and up. That was the plan for this morning. We ended up getting a somewhat late start, and there were some complications at the hospital. Firstly, they had an unusual amount of trouble drawing the samples. They could tell where the vein was, but it took a lot of prodding to get any blood from it.

Secondly, this is a fasting blood draw, so no food between midnight and the time it's drawn. Combined with the local trauma of poking around for the vein, this caused a very sudden and very hard crash while we were still at the hospital. After some juice and cold rags, I was stable enough to leave. We stopped at a local Walgreens to pick up a snack to level the blood sugar out.

Most of the remainder of my day was spent going between different games and some work on Delilah's model. However, in the end I didn't like the result, and tossed it. Later in the day I assembled the next update for that Tumblr, and since it was so late I scheduled it for tomorrow morning.

Our other major plan for the day was to have a pizza movie night. I went with salad, cheesy bread and a root beer rather than pizza. In my opinion, this is frequently a better option, though I did debate about getting some of their pasta dishes before ordering.

The movie tonight was The Peanuts Movie. More than a few of the jokes were copied straight from the classic episodes or comics, so there's a lot of old mixed in with the new. Odds are though that today's kids won't know all of the old jokes, so this refreshes them for a new generation. Personally, I preferred the adventures of the WWI Flying Ace over Charlie Brown's misadventures, but that's nothing new.

Link of the day: Something special for the apiphobiacs in the audience

Patch notes for Earth v. 2.016 are in. "I think I made the bees too hardcore", notes God
Another late entry
Posted on September 24th, 2016
Been a while, hasn't it?

This seems to be how things are going these days: I end up spending the day busy doing things, and then don't have the stamina to write about it. Then again, there's rarely anything earth-shattering to write about, so maybe quality should win over quantity.

Most of the past few weeks have been focused on either writing stuff for Drawn By His Light or working on some code ideas for GMG. The latter never really panned out until just the other day.

Perhaps the biggest news on the horizon is that Cast Mine Thrive's current arc, the story about my Agrarian Skies playthrough, is nearly at its end. Fortunately, I've already been preparing for this, though I'm still thinking of taking a break from it for a bit to let other things catch up.

The immediate plans are largely more of the same, but I'm hoping to get my ask blogs updated next week. In addition, there's a tweak or two I want to make with Delilah's model. Who knows, I may also get some other stuff running again.

Link of the day: Ants react to burgers

Ants can be fascinating creatures. Which burger franchise do you think they'd like best?
The pen is mightier than the polearm
Posted on September 9th, 2016
I think most of the day ended up being spent playing Mount and Blade. Not exactly the most productive way of going about it, but I did manage to get a few other things worked on in the meantime.

Specifically, I finally finished revamping the character references for Delilah's tumblr. The new pages are cleaner, cover the same material in less space, and just generally look nicer.

Otherwise, I drafted the next batch of updates for Cast Mine Thrive and the Treasure Chest. I had originally planned to finish up some reviews for GMG, but didn't have the time for it. And honestly, I didn't have the focus for it either.

Tomorrow I'll be doing a lot of proofreading, and maybe get some updates out. GMG has a lot more work going into its next update than just those reviews though, so it may take a little while longer.

Link of the day: GradeAUnderA discusses Phobias

Are phobias really irrational? This guy certainly doesn't think so!

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