Teh Squeaky Wheel
Awake at 1:30. I guess I will go to church this morning.
Spent some time letting my mind wander.
Did a little dreadlock maintenance.
I’ve been keeping up on it the last couple of months so it’s pretty easy. Been rather lazy with the color matching, though. Still kinda wish I’d just started it out grey, but at the time, I was streaming every day, and the clincher was that on camera, the grey/white-ish beard kinda fades right into my skin color and doesn’t provide any contrast.
The grey dreads themselves don’t have that same problem, really,
In retrospect, I could have just kept coloring my beard and left the rest of my hair grey. Once it’s dreaded, it looks pretty dark--on camera, for example.
But… well… today, I just hit it with the dark brown spray. When it comes to the spray colors, I’ve tried them all. Ironically the cheap Dark Brown from Clairol is the one that Harper isn’t allergic to. It usually doesn’t work out that way, but this time it did.
Pros and cons of this are as follows:
Pro: Looks pretty good with very little effort
Con: Only lasts a few days. Also comes off on your fingers and everywhere
else, so kind of a mess.
Still working on the curvy dot com thing, of course. I’ve been trying to reach Jeremy Hambly @thequartering who’s day job is in internet marketing, but he’s proving very difficult to reach.
And so far, the six degrees of separation technique is not working.
today, I thought I’d investigate the voice dot com sale, to see how they facilitated it. The wayback machine might help.
A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, dv8 (and Harper!!)!
Today should be 10-12 degrees cooler than yesterday, which will be a goodness.
dv8 -- I could never put that much effort into my hair, no matter how good it might look. Kudos to you for sticking with it.
It’s more of a thing I do when I’m sitting around. Everyone has downtime, watching TV/videos, etc. Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, and all that : )
Although, I’ll give ya this: Most of the “work” was in thinking, and how my thinking evolved over time, producing better techniques, the evolution of the kinds of tools that I use.
My main PC is a Gateway I bought in 2011 and modified when I got it. I have gone through it several times and moved it to a larger case a while back. It worked well but has always had a few issues and lately it has been showing signs the motherboard is just getting too old. Can’t really complain as it is 11 years old.
I was planning to just buy a new PC as I needed to upgrade hardware for Windows 11 later anyway, but I guess I am behind the times, as usual. None of the machines I am seeing seem to have accommodation for the 5 1/2″ DVD drives any more. The few that have even one use the thin laptop type. I use my DVD burners almost ever day, sometimes for many hours at a time. I like to have two in my PCs. I like old type with powered trays and more power. This made me start looking to build again. A lot has changed since my last build and I got behind, so I have been trying to learn more about what is current. I placed an order last night (this morning) for about a thousand dollars worth of parts. I will use drives I already have, other than the boot drive. I have a 500GB SSD I was going to use but I decided the new M2 drives are worth going with. I will again use my old Antec Sonata case I bought in 2006. I have built several PCs in this case. Each time I look at cases I find the best one is the newest version of this one, and it offers nothing to make changing worth while. So once more in the breech.
Should be an interesting build, I hope it goes well. I decided to go with an 11th generation CPU, an i7-11700. 8 cores and hyper threading, and integrated graphics. It supports Win 11 when the time comes, as does the motherboard. I already ordered the TPM module it should need. It should be a very quiet machine but very fast.
good on you for the M2 thing. My Mobo has that socket, but so far, I haven’t bothered with them, even though they are many times faster.
When I first looked at them they still used the SATA interface so they were faster but not enough to get my interest. Now the Gen 4 types connect to the CPU through PCIe and as you say, they are many times faster. I bought a WD black gen4 1TB drive rated for 7 GB speeds. Should be interesting to see the boot speeds and such. I like the reduced connections and no cables as well, less to become problems. The MB I got extends the MB’s heat sink over the M2 drives to help avoid heat throttling.
I have been a fan of big Zalman CPU coolers for some time but it looks like they are getting away from the newer generation Intel CPUs so I went with Noctua, made in Austria. With almost everything passive cooled it should be a quiet box, but still fast and powerful.
My first build to this case in 2006, I think.
The little door over the DVD drives is long gone, I never liked those.
Fatwa can’t get to the site again, but said , “…aside from a little intermittent queasiness Brenda’s doing okay again this morning.”
Recently, Elena and I were watching the new Spider Man movie. One scene caught my eye and I had to go back and pause it. Someone reached for some chemical containers on a shelf, and the brand logo caught my eye.
The brands I most used as a chemist were Fisher, Sigma, and Aldrich. The Aldrich catalog always had a print of a painting by a Dutch or Flemish artist with chemistry or alchemy as the subject matter. For a few dollars you could get an 11 x 17 print, suitable for framing. BTW, that’s a dangerous method of storing chemicals. Some of them are incompatible. Fisher even makes it easy for you by putting colored labels on the bottles. Of course out here in CA, we need to put rope or some other sort of restraint parallel to the shelves to prevent the bottles from falling off during an earthquake.
I thought you would probably know them. I was too small to buy from them so I bought from Cenco. I knew them from school and a local hobby shop carried their line. I worked three or four yard jobs on weekends and hit the hobby shop early. I had a good set up. By the time I took HS chemistry, third year course but I took it in second year because I had good science grades going in to HS, I had kind of moved on to subatomic physics, but I had covered enough to make my chemistry A easy.
I was hard into chemistry in Jr High School/early High School. My Uncle worked as a chemist for Union Carbide and he gave me a huge catalog for Fisher Scientific Co. It was a great reference for me, introducing me to many things to follow up on. I learned a lot from it. It sure brought back memories.