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  1. Finished the whole The Age of Madness series from Joe Abercrombie.... A Little Hatred - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35606041-a-little-hatred The Trouble with Peace - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40701777-the-trouble-with-peace The Wisdom of Crowds - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40701780-the-wisdom-of-crowds ....and it was OK. I'm not sure I would recommend it. I have plenty of criticisms. Many of the characters did not really interest me partially because I did not feel like they developed much throughout the series despite a lot happening in the wider world. A few of the interesting ideas (wizard) presented in the book did not get developed. Also, while I do think drawing some inspiration from the real world can sometime be a cool way to add a dose of realism, I really did not enjoy that one of the characters borrowed multiple characteristics from current politics even going so far as to say "We need to make the union great again." After that I moved on to Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (part of a series with the same name) which I just finished. It was short and simple but I found it satisfying an would recommend it for some light reading. Felt very "mythical" in the fashion and taken from ancient heroics. I see it has been tagged as "young adult fantasy" which I would disagree with. The main character is a young adult but many of the normal YA tropes are missing. This is supposed to be a series but I might be satisfied with just the first book (bullshit). No idea what I will read next.
  2. Watched the first 2 episodes. It's good. It's anime so you have to give it some freedom to be a little wild. Very grounded in the game world.
  3. Not worth a new thread of its own..... not yet at least..... Current Upgrade Option New Build Option MOBO ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming-ITX/ac B550 or X570 something ~$200 B650 or X670 something ?$?$? GPU Gigabyte GTX 1080 3080 Ti or 3090 Ti 4xxx something, 4080? CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700X (OC @ 3.8GHz) AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($220 @ MC) AMD Ryzen 7 7700X ($399 @ MSRP) RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 @ 3200 Keep? DDR5 something, maybe ~$160-$200 CASE Fractal Design Define Nano S Lian Li O11 Air Mini ? Lian Li O11 Air Mini ? PSU Corsair AX860 Keep? Keep? SSD Samsung Evo 850 1TB Keep? Keep? COOL Corsair H100i + Gentle Typhoon AP-45 Scythe Fuma 2 Scythe Fuma 2 Because of the CPU and memory alone, it's pretty much guaranteed that the middle option would be $300-$400 cheaper. I cannot get away from the fact that if I upgrade the GPU to one of the 3-4 slot monstrosities that I have to upgrade the case. As far as I know, I'm still not CPU or GPU bound in any of my regular tasks right now. The biggest percievable upgrade would come from a new GPU. Future-proofing is all well and good but I stressed it so much on my current build and it ended up not doing me any good.
  4. No spoilers but episode #4 (from last night) felt like a real step up in quality after I found the previous 2 episodes to be kind of average. Still has a lot of skepticism to overcome but now I'm actually a little more interested in where the show is going. EDIT: I meant #4 not #3.
  5. imdb - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1751634/ This is based on a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman in the 90s. I did read that series and enjoyed it. It's much more about mythology and humanity than about any superheroes. I have been enjoying the series so far, which has been pretty faithful to the source material, but the most recent episode I watched (#6) was really a standout highlight so far. The trailer above is misleading because the show, much like the source material, is low on action and high on dialogue. Unless they drive this show off a cliff I already am liking it enough to recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy.
  6. Mezhdunami - Drive Sub Focus - Off The Ground
  7. imdb - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7631058/ The first 2 episodes premiered a couple of days ago. I have watched both of them and I have to say that I think it got off to a real solid start. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of it.
  8. I actually looked myself in the mirror (metaphorically) and asked why I'm considering a new build when my current build is fast enough for everything I currently do. I should just get a new video card (which will require a new case too because cards are fuck huge now) and call it a day.
  9. https://forum.xda-developers.com/f/asus-zenfone-9.12653/ https://us.asus.click/ASUSZenfone9 So it looks like the Asus Zenfone 9 is going to be shipping to people in the US in like late October meaning it's likely going to available right around the same time as the Pixel 7. If Google doesn't knock it out of the park with the Pixel 7 then I think I'm going to make the risky decision on going with a Zenfone which might mean a return to the root'n'rom days.
  10. Very likely the album I have listened to the most often (in its entirety) in my whole life. There was a period of my time when I listened to this like once a week. It's the 25 year anniversary of the release. I always really liked this song.
  11. Finished the season. I know there is another season to go but I really wish they would just end this show here. It was a sad season and there is a bit of closure at the end of this season which is enough for fans to walk away. Everything still feels recycled and ridiculous. I don't even remember what I enjoyed about season 1 anymore.
  12. Finished the seasons. It's only 7 episodes. A few small twists and turns but really nothing too exciting or new to talk about. It's easy to watch and takes itself very seriously.
  13. Skee Mask - Dolan Tours Qrion - Fireworks
  14. I've been following a lot of Zenfone 9 news and discussions. I don't need the very best camera on my phone but it needs to be good. Posts like this concern me with multiple reviews mentioning somewhat blurry photos on anything less than ideal lighting conditions. Could this be fixed with a gcam port? Maybe? Who knows. It feels like the hardware itself should be more can capable. Is this a software issue? ASUS releases bootloader unlock tool, firmware, and kernel sources for the Zenfone 9 is good news because that could really encourage 3rd party software support from groups like LineageOS which could quickly address the somewhat limited software update support Asus has announced. At this point I'm probably going to wait until we get a bit closer to the Pixel 7 launch (first week of October) but I will be seriously considering the Zenfone 9 since there are a lot of things I like about. One of the things about the Pixel 7 that I keep thinking about is that there are zero guarantees that they have been able to address the reception (modem), overheating and poor fingerprint sensor issues from Tensor 1st gen (example).
  15. article - https://frontpagetech.com/2022/08/01/exclusive-pixel-7-and-7-pro-to-launch-october-13th/ Hmm
  16. Currently reading A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie. About half-way into it. I have some mixed feelings about this book. The book starts out with what feels like a crazy pace, introducing many different characters in rapid succession, which left me feeling like I spent 100 pages just trying to keep track of everyone's names. Then there are also parts which had so much back-and-forth dialogue that it felt like I was reading a script. I find myself curious about where some of the plot points are moving the story so I will definitely keep reading but if this starts feeling difficult to read then I might drop the series.
  17. imdb - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5645432/ Watched 3 episodes so far. It's pretty easy to sit through and the premise is OK I guess but the action scenes are kind of sad. You can see some of it in the trailer. They are trying to portray a 72-year old Jeff Bridges as physically dangerous. It's hard to take seriously in a show that is trying to set a very serious tone.
  18. Cautiously optimistic. Disney doesn't get more than that these days.
  19. Take all the plot elements from season 1 and change out all the nouns and you get most of season 4 (minus the filler). Everything feels recycled. What is the point?
  20. FCC leaked Zowie's first wireless mice. Looks like they are first adapting the EC series. Some people are pretty excited. As usual Zowie is incredibly late to the party. https://zowie.benq.com/en-us/mouse.html I would like to see them adapt the ZA series.
  21. Having read the sandman comics I have to say that I will definitely check out the series but that trailer concerns me. Sandman should be slow. Limited action. Dialogue heavy. Playing with big ideas. That trailer almost feels too much like a typical superhero thriller comic book dr strange stuff.
  22. full article - https://www.strongerbyscience.com/research-spotlight-lifting-longevity/ meta-study - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35228201/ The full article and study do bring up some possible caveats but the general message is for anyone focusing purely on the basic health benefits of exercise probably don't need to budget as much time (per week) as they think.
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