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AlexReynard

Computer News & Assorted Tidbits

*Computer News
Some of you may have wondered why I kinda stopped replying to comments here for quite a while. Well, about a month ago my computer started acting odd. This progressed into full-blown fuckuppery, to the point where it kept crashing and I could barely get it booted up. A friend and I messed around with it for a whole day, concluded it was probably file system corruption, and we eventually decided the simplest fix was just to reformat the whole shmeer. So in the meantime, I'd be running the computer off a flash drave with the OS on it. Kind of like having an artificial heart, on the outside of your body. :/ This was only supposed to last a few days, but then I found that I couldn't reinstall the OS on the computer, no matter what tactic I tried. The flash drive setup worked okay for a surprisingly long time, and during that period I kinda took a sabbatical from most of the stuff I usually do, including replying here. Sorry 'bout that. Anyway, the good news is that eventually the computer failed completely. Why's that good? Because I took it into Micro Center and they diagnosed it as a bad hard drive. They swapped out a new (bigger!) one for less money than I'd expected and they did it in just about 24 hours! Woo! So yeah, I finally got my groove back and I've been rebuilding from my backups since then.


*Cloud Atlas
Saw Cloud Atlas recently. Need to see it again. This is, honestly, one of the best movies I've ever seen. A project this audacious and complicated shouldn't work, and for some people it doesn't, but for me it hit like a supernova of thought and emotion. There's six interconnected stories, all taking place at different points in humanity's history. A lawyer on a ship meets an escaping slave. A gay composer partners with an aging maestro to create their masterpiece. A crusading journalist investigates shady doings at a nuclear power plant. A publisher is trapped in a situation born from his own greed. A cloned waitress is enlightened to the horrors of the corporatocracy. A member of the last group of technology-using humans seeks help from a small tribal village. Every segment of the film has jaw-dropping visuals, characters I loved, and themes that sparked my thoughts for hours. This is a movie to be discussed for hours after you see it. It is not for people who don't like to be challenged by their entertainment. This is like sparring with a brilliant opponent to the limits of your mental abilities and feeling exhausted and utterly fulfilled by the end of it.


*Wreck-It Ralph
Another movie I saw recently, and while it really can't be compared to something like Cloud Atlas, I think I enjoyed it nearly as much. It is incredibly fun and imaginative. The jokes are genuinely funny. The color palette and car scenes in the Sugar Rush segment felt like watching Speed Racer for the first time again. There's about eighty-bazillion references to video games and they're all handled well; you don't need to know the source to find them funny, or else they flit by subtly in the background. Also, Vanellope Von Shweetz made little cartoon hearts pop out of my head. I just wanna snuggle her! She reminds me a lot of some of my own characters.


*Some Observations
Here's some stuff I thought and wrote down while I was in computer limbo:

Pretty much any time there's a topic where you're not allowed to voice a certain opinion because you'll be called a monster by a certain group of people, that's the opinion I'm interested in exploring. If your beliefs prove themselves, then there's no reason to bully people who disagree.

You cannot simultaneously think of a group of people as both 'oppressors' and 'human beings'.

Comedy and dignity should be mortal enemies.

I definitely believe in the idea "Anything that can be destroyed by the truth should be." If someone has a solid theory, I should be able to hammer at it all day without making a dent. Someone who has genuine faith in their belief doesn't fear anyone questioning it. But if instead they rush in to try to stop me from swinging, that says to me they're worried about it shattering.
So I swing harder.


*Stealth Pornucopia
Also, just so you know, my YouTube channel featuring hidden yiffy bits in pop culture is still going strong (miraculously enough)! Go check it out here! Feel free to make suggestions for stuff you'd like to see!
And be sure to check out the favorites too for tons more clips!
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Added: 5 years, 10 months ago
 
justacritic
5 years, 10 months ago
Oh so that's what happened, I was worried about your erratic appearances nice to know things might get better for you
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
Actually, I was kidnapped to Bolivia by a band of crossdressing Jai Alai players. I spent three weeks polishing their odoriferous toenails.
justacritic
5 years, 10 months ago
If you developed something for toe nails you are going to make the puppies cry.
Beo
Beo
5 years, 10 months ago
When I think 'human beings' I think 'oppressors'
OsirisPM
5 years, 10 months ago
Are you an oppressor?
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
Well that's an awfully sour view of things.
chaosblackwing
5 years, 10 months ago
Hope you had most of your stuff backed up elsewhere, and the HD crashing didn't end up losing you too much. Sucks you had to swap out HD's, though at least with current prices it shouldn't have set you back too much, which is good.

In any case, good to have you back in the madhouse.

Interesting observations, seems like the first and last are follow-ups on each other, both covering the idea that a true idea will hold up to any attack, it's the not-so-true ones that falter when attacked/observed.

Still can't believe you named the youtube channel that...(well I can, I just can't believe it's still up with a name like that).
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
>Hope you had most of your stuff backed up elsewhere, and the HD crashing didn't end up losing you too much.

Oh yeah. I have an external hard drive and I back up my shit every single day.

>Sucks you had to swap out HD's, though at least with current prices it shouldn't have set you back too much, which is good.

$65. Not too shabby. :)

>Interesting observations, seems like the first and last are follow-ups on each other, both covering the idea that a true idea will hold up to any attack, it's the not-so-true ones that falter when attacked/observed.

That's part of it, but it's really about the people who feel a need to hysterically protect their beliefs from questioning. I'm sick of them. I'm sick of playing along with them when they act all offended and victimized by the existence of opposing arguments. Playing the victim doesn't mean you are one, and I'm not going to legitimize the behavior of people who won't argue like adults.

>Still can't believe you named the youtube channel that...(well I can, I just can't believe it's still up with a name like that).

YouTube's surprisingly tolerant of naughtiness. There's lots of no-titty porn clips there (bondage, hypnosis, etc.) and even some surprisingly filthy arthouse movies. So far, the only problem I've had is with copyright concerns.
chaosblackwing
5 years, 10 months ago
>Oh yeah. I have an external hard drive and I back up my shit every single day.

Every day? Good ghandi, I only back up my archives on a monthly basis.

>$65. Not too shabby. :)

That's not bad at all. New HD, or used?

>That's part of it, but it's really about the people who feel a need to hysterically protect their beliefs from questioning. I'm sick of them. I'm sick of playing along with them when they act all offended and victimized by the existence of opposing arguments. Playing the victim doesn't mean you are one, and I'm not going to legitimize the behavior of people who won't argue like adults.

Yeah, I can certainly understand that. The funniest part of course is that people who act like that, don't come across as passionate or whathaveyou, they come across as defensive most of the time, which doesn't exactly help their case.

>YouTube's surprisingly tolerant of naughtiness. There's lots of no-titty porn clips there (bondage, hypnosis, etc.) and even some surprisingly filthy arthouse movies. So far, the only problem I've had is with copyright concerns.

One would hope it's due to someone making the smart decision to only take down obvious porn stuff, given so much stuff can be completely harmless and downright family friendly to some, while getting a wicked reaction from others.
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
>Every day? Good ghandi, I only back up my archives on a monthly basis.

It helps that I have a really nice program caleld SyncSyncSync that automatically backs up any new files I've added or ones I've removed.

>That's not bad at all. New HD, or used?

New, and twice the size of my old one!

>One would hope it's due to someone making the smart decision to only take down obvious porn stuff, given so much stuff can be completely harmless and downright family friendly to some, while getting a wicked reaction from others.

I think it's a bit more likely that, given the sheer volume of stuff uploaded to YouTube every second of every day, they have to get reeeeeally selective of what they'll actually pay attention to policing.
chaosblackwing
5 years, 10 months ago
>It helps that I have a really nice program caleld SyncSyncSync that automatically backs up any new files I've added or ones I've removed.

Handy. I use the manual method myself, which takes a while given the folder sizes, but is thankfully easy enough, just copy/paste and then go do something else while it copies over.

>New, and twice the size of my old one!

Awesome, was your old one just really small, or did you manage to score a really sweet deal on this one?

>I think it's a bit more likely that, given the sheer volume of stuff uploaded to YouTube every second of every day, they have to get reeeeeally selective of what they'll actually pay attention to policing.

Good point, that is probably the reason. Especially as I think the rate is something like over 24 hours worth of content uploaded per hour, and rising. With that much stuff you would have to be pretty picky on what you'd pay attention to policing.
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
>Awesome, was your old one just really small, or did you manage to score a really sweet deal on this one?

The latter. ^__^

>Good point, that is probably the reason. Especially as I think the rate is something like over 24 hours worth of content uploaded per hour, and rising. With that much stuff you would have to be pretty picky on what you'd pay attention to policing.

Ha ha! I've heard it's closer to 24 hours of video every *second*.
chaosblackwing
5 years, 10 months ago
>The latter. ^__^

Nice. Well, have fun filling it so full of naughty stories and pics it's mere presence is enough to cause door-to-door preachers to self-combust.

>Ha ha! I've heard it's closer to 24 hours of video every *second*.

I'd have to doubt that one, if for not other reason than a rate like that would be burning the servers out on a regular basis. That kind of traffic would do a real number on any computer. Other than the hardware problems though, wouldn't surprise me if the rate was getting close to that though, with how popular the service is.

Unrelated, have you checked your PM's here lately? I has a potential loot-related question I sent your way, wondering if you'd read it.
DJPoopypants
5 years, 10 months ago
I saw Wreck it Ralph last night and I agree that it was really good! Vanellope I knew would become a very appeal-filled character. I thought her voice was perfect, and didn't know it was Sarah Silverman until the credits, despite thinking "She kind of looks like a little girl Sarah Silverman..." during it, hehe. Also, I feel dumb I didn't get the villain twist before it came, but I guess that's what good twists SHOULD do! I don't see movies often but I'm glad I saw this one. I expected to go in a slightly different direction, maybe focusing more on the contrast between retro/modern games and outdated/new mindsets but I'm glad they stuck to a "you have to be you" story, pretty solidly I'd think.

Anyway I am even more entertained by stealth porn. I love looking through the videos, makes me wish I had a YT account again. If I had any suggestions, I would want to suggest cartoon scenes of characters being desperate to go to the bathroom! That seems tame enough to get on there. I'd love to know if you know of any I don't know, but if it'd help for me to pinpoint and search for the scenes myself I'd gladly sit down and do it at some point! Keep that channel going strong C:
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
>Vanellope I knew would become a very appeal-filled character.

She reminds me of the type of character I tend to write. :)

>Also, I feel dumb I didn't get the villain twist before it came, but I guess that's what good twists SHOULD do!

I guessed it, but only because of the voice. If they'd left that out, I think it would have blindsided me awesomely.

>If I had any suggestions, I would want to suggest cartoon scenes of characters being desperate to go to the bathroom! That seems tame enough to get on there. I'd love to know if you know of any I don't know, but if it'd help for me to pinpoint and search for the scenes myself I'd gladly sit down and do it at some point!

I can't think of any needing-to-pee scenes, but I always welcome suggestions. Just name whatever it's from and which episode and I can probably track it down. It helps if the needing-to-pee is the focus of the scene, not just something happening peripherally.
LoZeed
5 years, 10 months ago
Thumb drives are a lifesaver, I keep my most important stuff in em.
The old coffeemaker's still got a few years left in it.
tiac
5 years, 10 months ago
" I definitely believe in the idea "Anything that can be destroyed by the truth should be." If someone has a solid theory, I should be able to hammer at it all day without making a dent. Someone who has genuine faith in their belief doesn't fear anyone questioning it. But if instead they rush in to try to stop me from swinging, that says to me they're worried about it shattering.
So I swing harder.

Recently, I found myself thinking "that idea is wrong, but it's also pretty deep-seated in my brain. I don't have the energy/will to get rid of it right now, I suppose I'll just let the knowledge of it's wrongness slowly erode it." Reading this made me realize that there should be someone to go to to help you talk yourself into doing/believing the right thing. You spend a decent amount of time doing it for people who don't ask, would you do it for someone who did. (if this is incoherent blame lack of sleep.)
AlexReynard
5 years, 10 months ago
An interesting challenge! Lay it on me; give me your belief and I'll see what I can do with it.
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