Summary for the week ending Aug 5, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending August 5th, 2018.

Oh, wow. It’s been a week of technical difficulties, and it isn’t over yet. My machine has been crashing. Not just crashing, but randomly and intermittently snapping off. Completely powered off without warning or shutdown process. I’ve been trying to diagnose what’s going on, and I keep eliminating things that could be the cause, trying everything from adding a UPS to OS version to startup applications and so on, and am left scratching my head a bit. Right now I’m suspicious of the power supply and the graphics card. I’d definitely think it was the power supply, except, and this has me a bit baffled, the machine does not seem to crash when in safe mode; so perhaps this has something to do with the graphics card, which wouldn’t be used the same way in safe mode?

Ugh! It’s a mystery, and not the fun kind!

While in a bit of despair about the potential cost of repair or replacement, neither of which I can afford; I discovered that I have 1 week left of my extended AppleCare coverage! Wow, that’s a bright spot in troubling time, that is. So, I’ve been talking with AppleCare about what to do. It’s not fixed, but, you know, there’s at least some hope now.

With that said, somehow I managed to do a bunch of streaming in spite of the crashes, though I have not been scheduling posts to the Odd Order blog, as I just haven’t been thinking about that much whilst everything else is going on.

Welp. These days have been a snafu, perhaps even a fiasco, but at least it isn’t yet the fubar I feared it was.

Still, all is not well. I’m not sure I’ll be able to stream at all this week, and for as long as my main machine is down I am pretty much out of luck for doing much work. I’m limping along as I am able.

Wish me luck on getting all this resolved!

In other news, Gen Con happened in my extended neck of the woods. It was only a few hours away, but I just couldn’t make it happen. Maybe next year? I don’t know, but it would be awesome to go, to be sure!

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Summary for the week ending Jul 29, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 29, 2018.

I have to admit it. I’m pretty demoralized about this project right now. I’ve been doing other things instead, for the most part. I participated in my 20th episode of the Spelljammer campaign, which means there’s now around 2 whole days of roleplaying game actual play in that playlist. Pretty cool, even still.

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Summary for the week ending Jul 22, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 22, 2018.

This last week I was on the struggle-bus trying to figure out technical issues. First, my machine kept powering down randomly. I thought I’d detected some patterns, but kept ruling things out. Not OS version, not current application, not a startup application, or anything else. Burn the candle at both ends and when the flame goes out somewhere in the middle then there is the fault. I ended up thinking that I might have a power issue, either in the power supply or in the actual supply from the wall. Strange to hope that there’s something wrong with the house wiring or the power to the neighborhood, but in many ways those faults would be better than having to replace the power supply in my machine; an out-of-warranty iMac all-in-one, with the nearest service center several towns away. So, I ordered a new UPS. To be fair, either way, I figured, I’ve been needing one anyway. There’s lots of thunderstorms here too, so I need one even more than I have before. Well, I’ve been running on the UPS for several days and, crossing my fingers, I have not yet had another power down issue. Solved? I don’t know, but I’m hoping.

O HAI UPS plz gib TEH POWER!

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Then, on Saturday, the Murphy corollary that covers streamers and technology kicked in, and for some reason I couldn’t get audio to route from the Discord app to OBS anymore even though I’d not changed any settings … other than restoring the OS from backup, re-upgrading, and doing all kinds of things like that … um. Yeah. Anyhow: What. the. hell. So, for the Spelljammer game I had to resort to using Discord in a browser, which meant that push-to-talk on worked when the browser tab with Discord in it had focus. Oy! I survived, for the most part, but of course there were times I didn’t manage to get the focus correct and audio levels were not ideal. Oh, well. It’s not like that sort of thing is unexpected. Seriously. Streaming is the most technical-fault producing activity I’ve ever engaged in. The gremlins love to play tricks on streamers.

Anyhow, my machine was turned off for most of the week, as I just didn’t want to have something else go wrong, or for one of the power down events to damage something more than was already wrong.

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Summary for the week ending Jul 15, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 15, 2018.

Getting back to streaming has taken a hit. The weather has been super hot, so my machine has been over-heating; and it recently started to simply, randomly shutdown. Not reliable enough to use for anything. I’m currently on the struggle bus with my laptop for even doing this update. I’m not sure what to do. But, I’ll try a few things and hope for the best. If my machine is kaput, then I’m done streaming until I can come up with another machine, and that’s going to be painful to have to do, and take some time to accomplish. I’m in a bit of a funk, to be honest. Oh, well.

Hey, but, at least one of my fan theories was vindicated this weekend!

Don’t forget that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

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Summary for the week ending Jul 8, 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending July 8, 2018.

Slowly getting back into the swing of things. I’m starting to try out streaming at noon US/Central, and finding which days I am able to stream then. I’ll keep working on finding the right schedule.

I played D&D and a tabletop board game this week. It was fun to set things back up to stream my IRL tabletop as I played a game. I’ve got a few ideas for how to do that better, but I’m thinking that might become a thing I do more. We’ll see!

Don’t forget that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

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Summary for the month of June 2018

Here’s a summary of activity for the month of June, 2018, and a few days on either side.

Huzzah! Time to come back from my June hiatus whilst I moved across country, and here’s what’s gone on since I last posted a summary.

I made it. I survived the move. I’m in the new place. However, I’m still not unpacked and I’ve only gotten a temporary streaming space set up because I’m not sure where everything goes yet.

I bought an Nvidia Shield TV. I thought I’d be super tricky and smart, but I got tricked and out-smarted.

Unboxing an Nvidia Shield TV #nvidia #nvidiashield @nvidia

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My plan to use an Nvidia Shield TV to play and stream games I can’t from my Mac got totally rekt. The brand new update, that just started to roll out to everyone removed the main feature that I bought it for. Here’s the FAQ on the new update: “What happened to the NVIDIA Share feature (Hold of Home button)? We are working on new game sharing features. In the meantime, we have removed this legacy feature”. What. The. Hell.

So now I’m in UPS hell trying to return it. (UPS didn’t even bother knocking when they came to pick it up, and the nearest drop off place that can take it is over 30 miles away from here.)

I might consider buying it again if they add that feature back, but, seriously, why would I trust that they’d keep that feature if they simply remove key line items from what the product is supposed to do?! Ugh. So, no. Do not recommend.

I guess I have to come to grips with the idea that I have no choice but to get a real Win/PC so I can stream some things. But I baulk. I might try going with an Elgato HD 60 S and make do with both my iMac and MacBook, but, really, I’m just trying so very hard to avoid having to buy a machine I can’t afford. Oh, woe!

When I got to my new town I started to explore everything. There’s not much. It’s a small town. But, there’s a Goodwill, and when I went in they had a huge stack of unopened tabletop board games, like, real games, perhaps inventory from a game shop that closed recently? So, I picked up a bunch and I’ve been posting pictures of them.

Also, a crowdfunding effort that I supported back in 2015 finally delivered. Of course, it delivered the exact time I was moving across country, so there was a whole adventure trying to figure out what address to use and how and when to update that in their system. But, a game I spent over $100 on, and had, frankly, given up on ever getting; and, had soured me on supporting any big dollar crowdfunding efforts at all; finally showed up. Of course, the game can be purchased for around $50 now, so I’m not sure, after all this time, what the hell I paid double for this for, but it’s done. Over.

One big thing that I need to mention is that I’ve announced the call for submissions to the Odd Order anthology album for 2018, which is themed BIT NIBBLE BYTE!

Okay, that’s a whole lot of stuff that happened whilst I was away on hiatus, huh?! I’m sure I’ve forgotten some other stuff that’s happened. I’m in the process of finding my new streaming schedule. But, I should be back to doing weekly activity summaries now!

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