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Posted on 08-18-17 06:19:55 PM Link | Quote
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Do that but with a Game Boy Color and then we'll talk

easy to do, actually.

but also i’m not terribly interested in the Game Boy Color. imo, the color addition is superfluous most of the times, particularly in the case of games where you can play it on either system.

furthermore, the 2-bit coloring of the Game Boy creates a feeling comparable of shooting black + white film vs. color film. the graphics on-screen are thus divorced from life-likeness & become abstract. i think this abstraction is more aesthetically pleasing.

maybe one day, but for now i am happy w/ the Game Boy Pocket.

I didn't feel that the GBC's stuff was excessive or tacked on, but I also grew up with Link's Awakening on both monochrome and color (but several years apart). The Pocket definitely has its charm, but I just like the feel of the curvy Color and its sharp screen more.

A good compromise would be some way to toggle the GBC from running in GBC or GB mode, even for games that ordinarily support GBC. Best of both worlds.
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Posted on 08-19-17 01:37:14 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Originally posted by sofi
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Do that but with a Game Boy Color and then we'll talk

easy to do, actually.

but also i’m not terribly interested in the Game Boy Color. imo, the color addition is superfluous most of the times, particularly in the case of games where you can play it on either system.

furthermore, the 2-bit coloring of the Game Boy creates a feeling comparable of shooting black + white film vs. color film. the graphics on-screen are thus divorced from life-likeness & become abstract. i think this abstraction is more aesthetically pleasing.

maybe one day, but for now i am happy w/ the Game Boy Pocket.

I didn't feel that the GBC's stuff was excessive or tacked on, but I also grew up with Link's Awakening on both monochrome and color (but several years apart). The Pocket definitely has its charm, but I just like the feel of the curvy Color and its sharp screen more.

A good compromise would be some way to toggle the GBC from running in GBC or GB mode, even for games that ordinarily support GBC. Best of both worlds.

to me, playing GBC games felt like i was playing games that had color added artificially later, the way it feels when one looks at a colorized photo.

the screen issue is true, but i forgot that was a thing b/c i got the bivert mod which makes the GBP have a more GBC-like sharp screen.

yeah i think it'd be cool to have a b+w switch. the GBC kind of does, actually, at least for GB games. i think i like the compact size of the GBP more at any rate. altho, it'd be nice to have a backlit GBC some day as well...
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Posted on 08-19-17 03:48:34 PM Link | Quote
It's just one of the standard palettes; I think it's B + left, the logo and background will turn shades of gray if you do it right.

But for me I'll always remember Pokémon Red having that goofy watermelon-like palette
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Posted on 08-19-17 07:07:03 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Xkeeper
It's just one of the standard palettes; I think it's B + left, the logo and background will turn shades of gray if you do it right.

But for me I'll always remember Pokémon Red having that goofy watermelon-like palette

yeah, i was alluding to that!

b+w (or pea soup monochrome) is best imo! every game, a masterpiece of abstract minimalism.
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Posted on 08-21-17 06:29:05 AM Link | Quote
I bought a father's day present for my husband, for his first father's day. It's a book called How to Traumatize your Child: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up Your Kids Deliberately and with Skill.

So much better than fucking up our kid by chance!
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Posted on 08-21-17 11:32:34 AM Link | Quote
That sure is a title.
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Posted on 08-21-17 12:07:17 PM Link | Quote
I got a gift card to a book store a while back, so I got a whole bunch of books. Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

  • Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

  • My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles – Martin Gardner

  • Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum – Leonard Susskind

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! – Mr. Feynman

  • The First Days of School – Harry & Rosemary Wong

  • Theoretical Physics – Georg Joos

  • Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension – Matt Parker

  • What If? – Randall Munroe

So far, I've just about finished reading Hyperbole and a Half, and it's pretty good. There's quite a bit of new content in there, which is nice if you've already read the blog. I definitely recommend it.

I've also read some of Quantum Mechanics, the puzzle book, and House of Leaves. I've really enjoyed them so far, but the first two are pretty mathy, if that's not your thing.

I haven't really read the others yet, but I've heard good things about them, and I'm looking forward to them.
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Posted on 08-21-17 06:25:42 PM Link | Quote
Shut up and buy this cursed coloring book
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Posted on 08-25-17 12:27:08 AM Link | Quote
I picked up a couple of Green Day albums and Dragon Ball Xenoverse on the PS4.

Only spent about $12 on it all total.
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Posted on 08-25-17 05:48:01 PM Link | Quote
I got some cool stuff from a thrift store loot a while ago. All of my good digital cameras are dead (or missing), so have some pictures from my crappiest camera.


Got an extra 3 1/2" floppy drive, a rad film camera, and a copy of Publisher 98 to add to my junk pile. All of this only cost ~$1.50


Also got this old Poweredge for $6. Yet another PIV to add to my collection. Didn't have any RAM or a working video card, but I happened to have spare of both sitting around. I installed Bodhi Linux on it and it works quite well!
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Posted on 08-26-17 03:59:57 AM Link | Quote
That reminds me that I should order some hard drive to send over to my parents' place so the next time I'm over there I can replace that dead hard drive from my old computer.

Hell, anyone got an internal lying about they know they're never gonna use? Looking at something 500GB-1TB, though given the size I want I'd better start looking.
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Posted on 08-29-17 09:13:49 PM Link | Quote
Hrm, I forgot I ordered a copy of Jean Micheal Jarre - Oxygene at the beginning of this month, might as well post a figure of it. Also still using that crappy camera, so lots of glare.


This album is pretty sick.
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Posted on 08-30-17 01:36:02 PM (last edited by sofi at 08-30-17 01:38:19 PM) Link | Quote
removed my old bedroom couch, which was one of the last non-white/non-off-white pieces of furniture in my home.

previously, i had the SOLSTA sofa in dark navy/grey under my STORÅ loft. i found this previous product at a thrift store & it had served me for a good two years. despite the suitable (relative to my aesthetics) shape of the SOLSTA, i identified the following issues w/ it:

  1. form
    the seat was slipping, providing very little support for extended seating;

  2. design
    bad color (apartment is all-white w/ sparing pastels + off-white);¹

  3. function
    unfriendly solution to housing guests if the sofa + bed are occupied

finding a suitable replacement, however, was a challenge. the under-loft area is designed to be secluded, private. it should be an area of intimacy for friends playing video games, watching movies or listening to the Tivoli-docked iPod. thus, the sofa should fit squarely w/in the width of the loft, not jutting out into the rest of the room.

the STORÅ is the largest of IKEA's lofts, on which a full sized mattress can be fitted. the width of the frame comes to 58 ¼″, so the new sofa would have to be around that size (give or take an inch or two).² this eliminates a significant amount of IKEA's loveseat collection, see below:


loveseats from IKEA
too smalltoo bigjust right
IKEA PS 2017, KNOPPARPBEDDINGE LÖVÅS, KARLSTAD, KIVIK, KLIPPAN, HIMMENESOLSTA, KNISLIGNE


in the end, the only option i had was the KNISLIGNE, a $279 59″ sofa that came in only "samsta dark brown" and "samsta dark gray", neither color fitting into my home particularly well. too much money for something that doesn't fit in.



thankfully, the KNISLIGNE has existed in the IKEA catalogues of previous seasons in many variations, including a black pleather one & a light beige, micro-suede variant. after searching for several months, i came across a listing on Facebook Marketplace for the latter for $20.³ the dramatic price reduction came from the presence of a tear in the front of the piece.⁴

there were a few logistical complications w/r/t picking this up (bribing a friend to U-Haul it, coordinating the pick-up, etc.) but late last night, the sofa was successfully reassembled & inserted into its new home. i played some video games (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, in my friend's Switch's inaugural docking) & listened to music. see the photo below for an image of the sofa taken this morning as crepuscular light spilled in through the sheer curtains. great for some tea & curling up w/ a Kindle!



¹ early on, i considered buying a cover from eBay or etsy, but they were out of my price range, did not look good & ultimately meant i'd still be using a couch that was structurally weak.

² the SOLSTA, actually, is only 53 ⅞″. this was fine b/c it generally rested against the legs of the loft. still, people would occasionally bump the soft & throw it off the alignment.

³ incidentally, there was also one for the former, priced at $100.

⁴ this is a non-issue b/c people will generally approach this sofa from the side; there is no room for a frontal approach.
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Posted on 08-31-17 07:10:15 AM Link | Quote
New furniture is always so nice, especially when the old stuff is falling apart. I hope it's nice and comfy!

Well, I got a 3 cup Bialetti moka express pot, so I can make espresso on my stovetop. I used to have one but we replaced our stove (switched to induction) so it wouldn't work any more. The new moka pot will work on an induction hob so I'm all good again. I also bought myself some very nice coffee to put in it. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW'S COFFEEeeeeeee
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Posted on 08-31-17 05:22:18 PM Link | Quote
I bought my first records in a little while, Cage the Elephant's Unpeeled and Queens of the Stone Age's Villains. Both super good new releases!
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