So I haven't posted to LJ in awhile because I've had so many other things going on and blogging just doesn't have the thrill it had. Maybe it's because of the lack of feedback? I often placed onus on this same issue when it came to my writing.
So while I'm warming this seat, I might as well discuss some things about what's been going on, miniscule that these things are.
I feel like ever since I left Burlington, I no longer feel a need to use my camera. It's not just that I don't take photos anymore these days, it's that I can't justify the trip to Burlington to do all this as well. I don't feel like it's opened any significant doors for me over here and I am wondering if I should cover anymore bands these days. I can probably catch up with some musicians that come up here that I know, but for the most part my gear is getting older than ever and we haven't hiked in months which is driving me crazy because I always used to feel like we should be hiking. It's a sign of our terrible slide, in my opinion. I don't feel ready to sell my gear unless I know it would go to someone who could make good use of it, but I feel like for the most part maybe the photography should take a hiatus.
Thanksgiving was me making lots of food for two people. Stuffing,
two cornish hens (large turkey seemed like overkill for us), soy-braised brussel sprouts, wild rice stuffing, colcannon, and escargot that I wanted Michelle to try. We didn't finish any of it; even a half a cornish hen was a lot of food. Most of it is going with us to NJ, along with creme brulee and an acorn squash soup.
I was okay with eating cookies and ice cream for dessert, but Michelle wanted something substantial, so I made cupcakes. I beat egg whites before adding it into the mix because I was inspired from old memories of Good Eats. The result is something really fluffy but really egg-flavored. I also couldn't find cupcake cups, so I made them out of parchment paper and it honestly couldn't feel more hipster in the process.
Just had a review where I was vouched to be blissfully mediocre. Woo me.
We're leaving early today. Don't know much else to say.
Okay, off I go. More updates with time. Hope everyone had a good thanksgiving.
Also, Steam and XMas is a terrible combination.
The HTC isn't totally s-hitcanned. At work, I found a configuration that allows it to charge reliably. It involves defying some gravity, but the LG G5 came in.
I bought USB-C cords for it.
The USB-C cords don't include chargers.
Nope, they're not compatible either. I looked deeper into it and it's because the chargers aren't configured properly for it.
I'm stumped too. Some of the configurations I see use it switched to a micro-USB. I am utterly confused. Still, USB-C is nice, and fast charge is fast.
Michelle called it an iPhone Plus and I feel like it is too because the latest Android setup is too uncomfortably close to iOS for me. So just to screw with the identity further, I installed Cortana.
Work has been calm.
I cat sat for a friend which mostly involved replacing food and cleaning clumps out of litter boxes while trying not to vomit and create more clumps every time I dug out some big ol' pockets of pirate booty.
I'd say the cat was fun to play with, but she was mostly scared of me and hid underneath the bed while we stayed there. Sad. But then again, when we came back to check on her, she left paw prints on the sofa from her litter box use. Dirt bag kitty.
My phone is a brick.
I originally bought an HTC M8 awhile back as my first "not a Droid" phone. I missed physical keyboards. In fact, I still miss them to this day, but the processing power inside the phone is nice and the size profile is decent and it kept a damn charge.
The only problem is that the charge port is fragile. After less than a year, the HTC M8 charge port started to become looser and looser until it became a yoga practice of sort just to get a charge without it taking more energy to show the phone is charging.
So I figured I got a dud since it was a used phone. Seven months ago I got a new model, used it successfully, and then after six months when I finally finished paying it off, its port got harder to charge and now it refuses to charge at all.
I just ordered an LG G5. I have yet to see any complaints about it, but it uses USB-C, which is pretty much Lightning and pretty stupid proof, so I'm going to see if that prevents this issue from happening.
I was thinking of getting a Samsung S7 too, but the bandwagon for Samsung makes me somewhat loathe to think about it. Wireless charging would have been nice, though. The things like beveled screen though? I can live with or without (though more the latter since I would worry about cracking the screen more easily).
So in the meantime I'll be a weekend without a phone. Liberating I guess. Actually, it's not so much liberating as "god damn it, I can't keep track of anything now!"
My middle finger can go-to quote Taco-"To the cloud!"
I'm getting more accustomed to my work to the point where I'm listening to a lot of different podcasts during some of the more redundant aspects of my job.
I have mostly tapped out RadioLab and TAL and Serial, so I ended up graduating into Snap Judgment and Invisibilia as well.
I still listen to The Best Show and Seven Second Delay (although it tends to be hit and miss, with more hits than misses) and then got into How Did This Get Made. This was a gateway into Mike Detective and Two Dope Queens and Criminal. Somewhere along the way, it exploded.
-This American Life
-How Did This Get Made?
-Our Fair City*
-Radiolab & More Perfect
-The Once & Future Nerd**
-The Best Show
-Seven Second Delay
-Star Trek Outpost**
-Adam Ruins Everything
Wish there was more:
-2 Dope Queens
-You Must Remember This
So for the most part, my podcast is a mess of comedy, drama, and lots and lots and lots of information.
There's a good number of ones that don't hit daily rotation but I do catch up on once in awhile, like Flash Forward or Hello From The Magic Tavern.
Truth be told, I also listen to this stuff while we travel, but the serial plays tend to be played while I'm at work. I've been looking for more like that since it helps the day pass by more quickly while I'm waiting for things to come in (plus Michelle doesn't really get my sense of humor most of the time anyway, which I understand since very few people do).
I may have a problem.
*I'm sad that I'm on the second to last/latest season for these because they're so great in terms of production and storyline.
**Although both started off as stiff, the acting for both is really starting to pay off as well. I should point out as well that I'm not even a Trekker, but I'm loving it so far.