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Car crap

Cornucopia, Hardware

I may be the auto industry’s version of a basic bitch. Rains for one day, i run out and buy new wipers for both cars.

Also, when some poor sap was trying to valet for me the other day, I noticed that my center brake light was out, so I bought a new bulb for that, too. The last lightbulb (on the top right here) lasted 15 years, so if that trend holds true, that photo holds 45 years of lighting right there.  Impressive.  Also impressive is how easy that thing is to change.  I forget sometimes that there are a handful of things in this world designed by humans for humans and it’s always nice to find them.

Anyway, my wipers really needed replacing, so I did it. I feel like I’ve been a little better recently about doing the little things like that when they need doing, because for so long it’s just been me ignoring things while the world slowly cracks apart around my ears.  So I climb out, bit by bit, back into a world where I actually do something about the things that break, about the things I can fix and, more broadly, the things that I want.  Let’s keep it up.

see? like, really, really needed replacing.

Also, my jeep had a dead battery yesterday, so I stuck the charger on it and let electrons trickle in all night. I’m about to go try to start it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good luck. I don’t wanna replace a battery. But thank god for chargers. At least I can get it started (probably) if it’s absolutely necessary.

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I need to be more careful with my things

Hardware, Rants

At some point in the last month or so, I apparently broke the filter on my main lens. Sucks, right? Yeah, we’ll, that filter was stuck today when I discovered it as I went to use my camera. I tried, and it wouldn’t budge. I used grippy rubber, and it just laughed at me. I grunted and screamed, heaved and hung my head. That filter would. Not. Fucking. Move.

More after the jump.

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Destroyer 4.0

Gaming, Hardware

For the first time in years (5+?!) I’m completely rebuilding my computer, and this is that story. I’ve decided to live-blog the process somewhat, because I take pictures with my phone as I go and it’s fun to make the updates while i wait for something or try to come to a decision.  Part way through, it turns from a live-blog to an after-action report written not from my phone, but from the finished computer, so the verb tense situation is all kinds of messy.

Fair Warning: this post is LONG. Click through with care.

After the break, I breakdown the parts and process, as well as the thought process behind this build.  Problems, pictures, commentary, ideas, asides and failures all lie ahead.

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Warcraft Mounts Worksheet

Gaming

mounts_imageI’ve messed with a bunch of ways to display this data, and I think for now, a regular, boring PDF is best.  It’s only the mounts I want (and don’t yet have), so it’s skewed pretty heavily towards flying mounts.  If you think I’m missing stuff (which I am, obvi), let me know and I’ll add it.  If you send me the base mats and such, so much the better!

This data comes from my Warcraft XLS and should be updated on the regular.  If it’s not, let me know and i’ll update it to the latest version.

Download/View here

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Gettin’ Back into Volleyball!

Fitness

In the first half of the 90s I played a lot of volleyball on the sand at the Franklin Mint sand volleyball courts. That was back when the Mint was, as was its namesake, based in Philadelphia.  Nowadays, they’re a shell of their former, volleyball-loving selves, and I digress in the way that all old men do.  Point is, they had great courts and I had a great time playing on them.

vball_glamorNow, 20+ years later, I’m playing whenever I can on the beach in Southern California.  Whenever I can isn’t nearly as often as I’d like, but it’s often enough that I can say that I play again.  It’s fun!  Sometimes I even play well, but not as well as I would if I were in better shape.

I figure it’d be fun to post a couple pics here of the current iteration of the games look like to me. I’ll probably manage to post another photo or two here, and if I can figure out how to refresh this post to the top of the site. Maybe the “Aside” post format will do it for me?

Anyway, after the break are a couple of photos to show off my almost-40 prowess.

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Computer refresh (Destroyer 3.0)

Hardware

Rosewill Thor CaseBelieve it or not, it’s time for Yet Another Computer Refresh and associated post.  These are really nice for me to be able to reference, so I post it for all to see and to judge. I expect to field “Why aren’t you using Intel/Nvidia, you n00b?!?” questions starting anytime now.  since these things tend to be long, I’m going to put the entire post after the fold.  There will be pictures, both ones that I took (dusty computer innards!) and press shots of components I’ve stuffed in here.

To skip the 2.0 history and jump right into this week’s build, click here.

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Welcome Back!

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this is the Firefly base of the site - back when WordPress was just another minor player in the CMS space rather than the only one.

this is the Firefly base of the site – back when WordPress was just another minor player in the CMS space rather than the only one.

And welcome to the new Clapboard.org!

There are so many new things to explore and test, but at the moment, all I care about is that the posts are back, legible and that I can start putting new posts up ASAP.  Later, I’ll worry about what “Formats” are (an Aside? A “Quote” format? – really?) and such.

HTTPS is now enabled by default, too, thanks to Dreamhost and their partnership with LetsEncrypt.  I’m sure there will be a page or two with issues, but I’m working on finding and fixing all the issues as quickly as I can.  I’m happy to report that I’ve been using rel-links since almost the beginning of the site, so there are way fewer problems than there might have been otherwise, even with the very old content.

Anyway, lots of things are a little wonky, and I know older images don’t always work (some of them never will – a handful have been lost in translation over the years), but mostly, I’m happy with how we came over from Joomla (and how Joomla came from Firefly, and how Firefly came from my hand-coded wwweboard script and how THAT came from an all hand-done HTML site).  The Web Board and all its amazing posts is gone (i’m especially sad because I’ll miss having Scott’s brilliant requiem for the house at Browns Terrace.  I’m sure it’s in a SQL dump somewhere – maybe I can dredge that up and make it into its own post.

As always, let me know if there’s anything that’s not working and I’ll do my best to fix it. We’ll be doing some more social media sharing and cross posts, but generally, I expect more of the same drivel over the years.

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2 or 3 NFL things

Eagles Football

Okay, first of all, at least the goddamn Cowboys lost yesterday.

Second, why isn’t there more consternation about the NFL’s changes to their TV contracts?  Maybe everyone lives in their home markets or else subscribes to the Total Access package? I miss being able to flip between games I liked in the morning at home. Now there’s only ever one game on at a time.  Dumb.  Also, give up on the NFL network exclusivity for Thursday Night Football.  Fucking retarded.  It’s like holding games for ransom, and how do you think fans like their games being ransomed off?  Treating fans worse isn’t a way to keep them – just ask the RIAA.

Third, can we just agree, collectively, to never use the “official” name of the team from DC anymore? I don’t care if we agree on an alternate name (that might be best), but just never using the name on TV or in print anymore would end up being the same thing as having that asshat Snyder just agree to change the name, only it would be a “fuck you” to the dude as well because no one cares what he wants.  This isn’t an issue I care particularly about, but since it’s easy to do the right thing, why not just make the switch?  And since he won’t, we can make a painless change to the way we refer to the team and, boom, problem solved.

Fourth, goddamnit, Eagles!  The Cardinals? The fucking Cardinals?  Then again, we’ve never been a strong team this year, so maybe we’ll pay more attention to shoring up our weaknesses now that we have another mark in the L column and get better.  What happened out there? We looked slow and confused all night, and I’m talking about before the snap. Where was our pacing? Our tempo?

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Caloric debt or, why am I so fat?

Fitness

In order to lose weight (and I certainly have belly fat to be losing), you have to operate at a caloric debt.  there’s a lot of science going on that I don’t understand, and a lot of pseudoscience that I’m not qualified to debunk, but at the root, the rule is Lose Weight: Caloric Debt. Build Strength: Exercise.  You can basically never exercise away eating too much, so I’ve just got to stop eating too much. Especially since I don’t exercise much.  I haven’t changed my 12,000 step “goal” on Fitbit, but I also almost never get anywhere close to it (last Monday-Friday: M:4647, T:6107, W:1504, T:13780 F:18.518). Keep in mind on Thursday I played 3 hours of volleyball and on Friday I hiked and was generally active with a couple friends, hiking, hill climbing and wandering around much of the day.  Today I’ve done just north of 3100 steps and it’s not looking like I’ll do many more.  I’m the laziest, is the moral of the story.

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I’m not breaking up with Clapboard

Internets

I didn’t even realize I’d been thinking about it, but I guess I was, over these last, umm… months since my last update.  Well, I’ve decided.  Clapboard lives.  It gets updates again because despite the splintering of my attention into a million pieces, despite the lack of easy options for posting photos and such that benefit Twitter, Facebook and so many others, despite the fact that it just isn’t cool, Clapboard is mine, and that’s good enough for now.

I’m off to look into ways to post things.  Maybe it’s even the right answer to change the underlying software (gasp?!).  Whatever it is, it’ll get some attention from me while I’m doing normal updates again.  My computer works (although I did just realize I lost a few folders of pictures – nothing heartbreaking, but I’m still rattled all the same), my phone works, my camera works… I can update. And I shall.

So hi.

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Cool XKCD gif

Internets

I know this is like trying to draw attention to a rock concert by sitting in the stands and whistling, but I really dig Randall’s work on XKCD from Monday:

http://xkcd.com/1331/

That is all.

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Hosting Details

Internets

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of hosted domains on my VPS, and this is the morning where I finally cull the herd and drop the dozens of addresses no longer using my services, no longer paying JVS, or just that have dropped off the face of the earth.  It’s taking a surprisingly long time.  It’s also bringing up a raft of memories and ghosts of dead projects that’s making me a little sad, even though they weren’t generally my projects in the first place.  Then again, maybe it’s a tribute to the endless creativity of my friends and the people I know that they’re always coming up with new things.

Either way, this has been on my “When I get Home…” list for a long time.  Then back to cataloging wine even though I don’t want to.

final version
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3D Printing Madness

Hardware

Test Prints

Test prints I made, including an oversized clip test

and a successful print with a too-small expansion fastener

final version

and the final version.

still some work to be done, but I think

I’ll redesign the whole thing and try another tack.

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a hike i just did

Fitness

I just did a hike. click on the read more link to see the details, straight from the Endomondo’s mouth.

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Tilt your head 45

Hardware

…and you’re completely invisible to Picasa.

It’s uncanny.

You probably have heard about my current obsession with face tagging on Picasa, and to that end, I’ve been going through all my old folders (yes, all of them), so if you’re in my pictures, there’s a good chance I’ve face tagged you.

Love it.

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Google+

Internets

Okay, so Google has a lot of services and I’m using Google for a lot of my domains.

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hosting fail!

Internets

Yo.

I had another post here about how the site was all-new, but then my hosts had a RAID failure on the MySQL server that held all of my DB info and they lost about 48 hours of Clapboard content.

Casey is a Lion
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this old chestnut

Girls

I lack the skill as a writer and as a navigator of emotional waters to write a real postmortem on six or so years of my life, but it’d be dishonest and unfair not to mark the fact that our relationship has come to an end.