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NullSpaceOddity

nsoddity@hubz.secretlair.me

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Had a small window of time to revisit The Division on the Xbox One.   It appears that some of my gripes about the game have been addressed.  I had been "stuck".  Main story completed.  Not really receiving any upgrade drops in the world, but yet the elite daily missions were frustratingly difficult.  Enemies with the yellow health bar were incredibly hard to dispatch, and would always lead to me quitting, and saying "F-this game!".

Ubisoft appears to have re-balanced the health and armor of enemies.  I was able to run to a supply drop, and defeat everything without dying once.  Something I had not been able to do previously.   AND during my playtime I picked up two additional exotic upgrades, so they must have tweaked the droprate of gear.

This makes it much easier for solo players to feel like they are progressing.  When the game first came out, I was working nights.  I had three other friends who either were unemployed, or working days.  And they would all do group stuff during the evenings while I was at work.
NIN - Less Than video

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
The new Nine Inch Nails song is doing it for me today.



Nine Inch Nails – LESS THAN
by Nine Inch Nails on YouTube
Zombies and Draug, oh my!

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
My daughter and I have been adventuring in Kingsmouth.  I was a Grandmaster member in the original Secret World, and have really missed the game.  The first three zones are some of my favorite out of any RPG.

My daughter has caught on quickly.  She really enjoys hunting lore, and collecting stuff.
Somehow, her gear is much higher quality than mine.  She claims she hasn't been playing when I'm at work, but... yeah ;)

Have been popping into Anarchy Online as well to see if I could pick up a few of the 16th anniversary items on an alt.
The game is pretty much dead except for the hardcore.  Most characters I see are AFK, and rampant hacking and item duplication has destroyed the economy there.

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#TSW #funcom #secretworldlegends #SWL
When Japanese Beetles attack

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
It's that time of the year when the Japanese beetles have returned.
You can see evidence of their handiwork towards the top of my Linden tree.

As of yet, I haven't found a safe and sane way to control them.  Soapy water works well on most insects.  However, it is a bit more difficult to do this on a 40-50 ft tree vs a rose bush.  

There are pesticides that the tree can absorb, but every one I have found is also toxic to honey bees.  It is no coincidence that in the last few years, I have seen fewer and fewer honey bees, and more Japanese beetles.  Last year, I only saw four or five honey bees.  This year: zero.  Between the city government spraying for the beetles, and homeowners, they have all but wiped them out within the limits of the town I live in.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
As the weather has gotten warmer, the intermittent "no crank" issue has started to appear again on my SAAB.
Pretty sure its the Neutral Safety Switch.  So I pulled out my wrenches and was going to attempt a rebuild on the switch, as several other SAAB owners have done.  

Unfortunately, on the last few years on my body style they decided to weld the battery tray to the frame instead of bolting it like the earlier years.  This makes getting to the bolts holding the switch extremely tough.

Will attempt it again once I invest in a few universal joint socket adapters, and a shallow 17MM socket.
Maria Karlsen
  
Good luck with it!
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
2nd viewing of Rogue One over the weekend.  It's dreadfully boring.  Someone should do a fan edit, where they summarize the first 3/4 of the movie in a Star Wars style title crawl.  Then jump right to the last half hour of the movie.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Summer heat is here.

Silver lining:  Once the room hits about 80+ F, I automatically wake up.  So I don't have to feel bad about sleeping in late.
Hubzilla included in FreedomBone

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Saw a post on Adam Curry's blog about the FreedomBone project.

I was pleasantly surprised to see #Hubzilla on the list of installable apps.
Jake Moomaw
  
@Bob Mottram runs the FreedomBone project, and he used to be quite active in these parts.  I haven't seen him here in about a year, but he's a great guy and I do miss him.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Latest Humble Indie Bundle looks good.  I've been wanting Kentucky Route Zero for awhile.
Ziggurat and Beholder look interesting as well.


https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Iris opened today after a good rain storm.

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#photo #nature #flower
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
LOL

Seth Morabito on Twitter

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“DAMMIT, here too?!”


#wannacry #c64 #humor
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Dog Lovers+
So here is my doggo.  He only uses this face when you have food.

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Coffee Time: Papau New Guinea Bauka Blue

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Back in March, I had picked up a 1lb bag of Papua New Guinea Bauka Blue to try something new.

Finished roasting the last bit of it Sunday.  For the low price I had paid, this batch was pretty impressive IMO.  
One of the notable strong points being that the aroma is quite strong.  I do enjoy smelling my coffee in the morning as well as drinking it.  
I am in no way a coffee expert, but the description supplied by Sweet Maria's was fairly accurate.  Cocoa?  Yes.  Brown and date sugars? Sure.  Peet? It's there.  

Most of my tests were done at Full City+.  Lighter roasts were okay, but didn't have the same aroma, nor sweetness.

I will have to try some more in the future.  For now, it appears that the remaining New Guinea beans have been sold.

#coffee
Open Source NAS Board

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
An interesting little toy.  MIPS board with six 2.5" SATA slots, created to be used for personal NAS storage.


Open source NAS, offered as a device or bare PCB, runs Linux on MIPS

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The "GnuBee Personal Cloud 1" open-source NAS device, featuring dual GbE ports and up to six internal 2.5-inch SSDs and/or HDDs, has funded at Crowd Supply.


#linux #nas
My Facebook stats experiment: It begins

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Started the Facebook statistics project I had considered in February.

I had put it off for awhile, because Facebook doesn't easily allow searching your feed by date :P
NullSpaceOddity
  
An observation:  Probably 90% of the content of the newsfeed are likes and comments from others, and not actually a post or share.  That explains why its such a river of shit.
NullSpaceOddity
  
Another observation:  This is much more time consuming than originally anticipated.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Started digging into Hubzilla themeing today.  It only served as a reminder that I am woefully out of practice in web programming.

I guess I will start off slow with a few color changes, and see where it goes from there.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
My new bit of knowledge for the day: One serving of Peeps consists of five chicks.  
Five?!? Madness!
All your data are belong to us

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Spent some time moving and formatting my notebooks from OneNote to Laverna this morning.
I appreciate that it uses markdown for formatting.  It made importing to Hubzilla wikis super easy (copy/paste).

Although OneNote's full desktop application has an export function, the Win10 app and web versions do not.  Because we can't have you using another service, can we? Ugh.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
I'm a sucker for clean design, so I really dig this case. Considering a small form factor for my next PC build.
I no longer need a huge tower with blinkenlights, and numerous drives.


GHOST S1

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After months in the lab we are finally ready to launch an SFF PC Case that doesn't let performance, design, and flexibility contradict.
The first problem with Bitcoin...

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
My VPS service provider accepts Bitcoin as a payment option.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to see how a crypto-currency transaction worked in the real word.

First step was to obtain some Bitcoin.  I chose Coinbase, as it seems mostly legit.
To add funds to my wallet, I had three options - Bank account transfer,  Credit card, or Paypal.

I would feel pretty uncomfortable knowing that my bank could be drained on a hack, so this option is out.  Plus, bank transfers take days to complete.

Tried to make a go of the credit card option.  However, the system kept rejecting my address during verification.  It locked me out for 24 hours.  After that time period was up, I attempted again with the same result.

And option three (Paypal) requires you to submit a bunch of ID material.  Again:  No.

Will make a mental note to attempt this again someday.