Sunday, February 07, 2016

The 5-Bullet Weekly Wrap-Up

Artwork is "Sleeping Beauty" by Exidium Corp - via ArtStation.

I've been reading and following Tim Ferriss for a number of years now, and I'd figured that I'd leverage his idea of the "5-Bullet Friday" and do some weekly wrap-ups.

Robots and Murder
What I'm reading - "Robots and Murder: The Caves of Steel/ The Naked Sun/ Robots of Dawn"
I've finished rereading "The Caves of Steel" and am halfway through the 2nd Robot novel. As always I loving the literary style taken by Asimov and his strong dialogues. But I can't deny that the little (and sometimes major) technology fumbles aren't pulling me out of the story from time to time. Still, I'm enjoying the story and the concept of AI and humanoid robots.

Dual Universe
What I'm listening to - "The Dual Universe Soundtracks from Maxime Ferrieu"
I've been following Novaquark and their Dual Universe game development for a little over two years now. In their most recent newsletter, they mention the release of six new tracks. I've got to say I'm loving the ambiance and galactic breadth of the track - perfect for immersing yourself in a good sci-fi novel.

LG LCD Monitor
What I've recently purchased - "LG Black 27" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor"
It's been quite sometime since I've wanted to upgrade my current monitor. So at the end of 2015, I made the move and purchased the gorgeous 27MP77HM LG 27" monitor and haven't looked back! The previous 23" monitor I had for the last, what 4 or 5 years, now seems tiny in comparison. And the new monitor allows me to plug in both my PC and my Xbox360. Call me a happy camper!

What I've got my eye on - "G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2"
So now that I've got a bit more real estate in terms of visuals, my next upgrade to my old 7 year old PC gaming rig, is upgrading my RAM from 8GB to the maximum allowed by my mobo, a whopping 16GB of RAM, thus DOUBLING what I currently have. The only issue, the price: a big fat $470! Ouch.

My most popular tweet over the last week - "The one about activating my EVERSPACE Forum account"

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Weekly | Monthly | Yearly Wrap-up :: W52 - 2015

Well, though we are technically in the new year, this IS the end of the last week of 2015, the end of the month and year. As such, it's an opportunity for me to review things and get the house in order as we set forth into 2016.

Let's run the number for this blog, even though some of them are pretty shameful:

  • 7 posts in 2015
  • 3 failed attempts to restart this blog over the last 2 years
  • 1 EVE Blog Banter Participation
  • 1 Weekly Wrap-Up (2 if you include this one)
  • 521 pageviews - 344 visitors
    • food for thought: to put things in perspective my last active year - 2011 - this blog had 152k pageviews. 
Yeah, this stinks!

On  the positive sides of thing, I've been focusing most of my activity on Twitter, where a lot of the conversation is taking place these times. And here, the numbers are much more interesting:

  • December 2015: 109k impressions - 231 tweets - 1,676 profile visits
  • November 2015: 70.3 impressions - 120 tweets - 1,131 profile visits
But I'm finding more and more the need to go beyond the simple 140 character limit of Twitter and use a platform such as this blog to elaborate on various topics, aggregate interesting content, share and review films and books, and write about other matters. 

As such, I'm setting a goal - it's that time of year isn't it! - for January and promise to do my darn best to post once a day. I started writing this post on January 2nd at 11:47pm and though I'll be posting it a little past midnight, it still counts!

What I've got in the works:
  • Gaming goals for the year
  • Book reading goals and monthly review
  • Teaching MiniMe (who's now in first grade) and his older sister all about PC Gaming - and writing about it
  • Writing about my passion for "The Art of" books, and the Concept Artists behind them
  • Movie, Book and Game Reviews
  • Cleaning up the mess I made by letting go and having to register and use instead (will need to go through every post on this blog and manually update any reference pointing to .com and switch it to .ca - Go me!!)
  • Coming up  with a new Blog Banter
  • Writing about the slow and painful upgrade of this 6 year old gaming PC
  • And much much more...

Expect the regular weekly wrap-up to be back next week-end.

See ya tomorrow you ol' farts!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up :: W44-2015

Concept art taken from the upcoming game "Dreadnought".
There use to be a time, what seems like ages ago, when I used to publish these Speedlinking articles listing all the EVE Online news. So I thought that I'd start doing that again, listing all the interesting bits of info tweeted of the course of the week, movies and trailers I've seen, and stuff I'm reading.

What I'm watching:

What I'm reading:


Concept Art:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

EVE Blog Banter 68: If I show you my rig, will you show me yours?

They say "Better late than never..." Well that's all fine and dandy, but it makes for a shitty first impression. Or in this case, for a shitty re-introduction. I wanted to jump back into the  EVE Blog Banters, my child of yesteryears, who's all grown up and soon turning six, with a BANG! But the Blog Father is bit rusty, and three days late will have to do!

Enough ramblings (damn, I AM getting old!).

Just like an old rust bucket of a space freighter, my current rig is a patchwork of parts scavenge here and there. There used to be a time when she was the pride of my geek gene. Built by yours truly way back in August of 2009, she was made up of an old Antec Plus 1080AMG File Server Case and the following components:

  • Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc SATA 3.5IN HDD
  • Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 ATX AM2+/AM3 AMD770 PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 MoBo
  • XFX Radeon HD 4870 750MHZ 1GB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDCP Graphics Card
  • G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ PC2-6400 4GB Dual Channel RAM
  • Corsair VX450 450W ATX 12V 33A 24PIN ATX Power Supply
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64BIT OEM DVD with Win7 Upgrade Offer

Over the years when moved on from Vista to Win7, and recently to Win10 (very happy with that last OS by the way), the GPU card was upgraded to a 1535MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 (NVIDIA) and the RAM was doubled to 8Gb. 

As the keyboard and mouse combo, I'm using Logitech's G110 and G500, respectively. Both feel comfortable and I love the customs combos. A Plantronics GameCom 780 headphones envelopes me in a full 3D sound experience!

Finally, the display is a decent 23" LG W2361 monitor, which no longer feels appropriate. I'm currently eyeing an  LG 25UM57-P Black 25" 5ms (see below) - now THAT would be sweet!
She (continuing the ship analogy here folks, bare with me) still runs all the games I play at a decent level, with a good balance in terms of visuals/performance.

But I'm itching to build a new one, though I'm not sure the Secretary/Minister of Finance would approved. She (the wife here, not the rig - please stay focused) might prefer a few more incremental upgrades before going with the completely new rig.

As such, what would you recommend I upgrade first? CPU? RAM? GPU? That new 25" monitor. I'd love to know your advice!

EVE Blog Banter #68 Contributors:

  1. My Cat's Bed aka Eve Online PC! - Sand, Cider and Spaceships
  2. @tgl3 cannot be arse to blog but Tweeted a photo :S
  3. Go Fund Me - Eveoganda
  4. Get yer rigs oot - Notes from New Eden
  5. My Rig - Morphisat's Blog
  6. Its not Much, But its Mine - Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah
  7. Rig Check - The Ancient Gaming Noob
  8. Show me yours and I'll show you mine - Absence of Substance
  9. Flying the Deadly Skies on Ductape and a Prayer - A CARBON Based Life
  10. If I show you my rig, will you show me yours? - CrazyKinux's Musing
  11. Back In The Saddle? - Diaries of a Space Noob

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