Heh, I Skipped A Day

Yep, I skipped a day. Not really on purpose, to be honest, but the clock in the other room was apparently 30 minutes slow, so when I left the project that was being worked on to write a post it was already a quarter past, so I went to bed.

This is actually the quietest it’s been all day, I think. Something about kids being excited for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on. Not without it’s casualties, to be sure. Their cousins were over this week and managed to set my lizard free. The chances of me finding and capturing him are slim to none. I’ll just have to assume he can make it on his own.

It’s back to work tomorrow though, at least for a few days. It’ll be nice to get a little routine back in there to set my thoughts in order. I’ve got a few things to cover now, I just have to decide when.

I also have to sort out the details of our wedding anniversary, which is Thursday. Nine years, for the curious. Never really seems like that long, and at the same time, it’s hard to remember anything else.

On that note though, I’m going to round up my things and get to bed. Merry Christmas y’all, and to all a good night.

Stay at Home Day – A Random Update Post

Quite honestly today is one of those days that I commit to actively avoiding a public appearance. I’m not willing to take my chances with the crowds of people willing to engage in the rampant consumerism that is Black Friday.

Of course my alternative, then, is sitting at home converting video and beginning the editing process. Honestly I’m not a huge fan. It’s a little better since the footage I’m going over isn’t actually me. I rather dislike hearing myself in recordings.

I’ve also been arguing with RetroPie. For some dang reason I lose input when I load a proper psx bios file. It takes input just fine when it can’t find one and loads whatever it’s backup option is, it just has compatibility issues. I’ve spent several hours dealing with it yesterday and today to no avail. I did however figure out why the SNES emulator was running slightly slow.

Apparently the charger in the kit I was given is right on the edge of being able to supply the Pi 3 under heavy load and it was tripping the low power alarm. When this happens is disables the arm turbo which impacts emulator performance. For better or worse I found a way to tell it to ignore the low power warning which cleared up the slowdown. I have no idea what the long term effects of that might be.

Having nothing to do with any of that, the lizard on my desk is coming up on the end of his first shedding. The only bit left is peeling off his head now and makes it look like he’s wearing a mask. He also does even less than before. The relatively cool nature of the weather probably isn’t helping.

We’ve got right around four weeks until Christmas and I’m trying to create some kind of vague content plan for that time. All these extra activities have reduced gaming time to the extent that there is noticeably less gaming stuff for me to talk about. On the upside, some of the gaming stuff I do talk about will have some related video content. Among the things I’m considering are a compilation of Christmas Payday 2 missions, at least one post on Secrets of Grindea, possibly a post on Phantasy Star Online 2, and maybe one or two other posts on random things I pick up during the current Steam sale. Picking up a bunch of fairly cheap but interesting fodder on sale really helps keep the Something New posts rolling.

On the note, the last three videos I’m converting are approaching completion, so I need to go have a look. Y’all take care.

 

It’s alive! – A lizard update

Wow am I behind today. I figured I’d do a quick update on that little lizard I… adopted… a while back.

lizard cage

Today I finally managed to get to an actual pet store and pick up some bedding, so he has a proper enclosure, if a little barren. I used a coconut fiber bedding that comes in something resembling a dirt brick. You put it in a bucket or something and add about four liters of water to it and it turns into something resembling soil.

Overall it’s much better than the random leaves he had before because it can hold moisture and release it over time, something that’s somewhat important going into winter when it’s going to be really dry. The light in the picture above is from a work lamp that has a black light in it. It was fairly cool when that picture was taken but since then it’s up to around 27c in there. I also put a cheap aquarium decoration in there for him to hide in, as he tends to do.

I tried to get a decent picture of him, but he resisted my efforts and my phone’s battery gave out before he did.

At the same time I picked up a jar of flightless fruit flies, something I’ve been collecting from the rabbitry to feed him but less likely to escape. They’re supposed to be self sustaining for a couple of weeks at least.

I haven’t named him yet though, just calling him “the lizard.” I’m open to suggestions. Also, I’m totally assuming it’s gender, I have absolutely no idea.