sohotrightnow: ([stock] what's going on on this side)
Hello, hello! I had a pleasant weekend and hope you all did too.

Saturday was the returning registration for SDCC. But since Mom had scheduled lunch with Rita and Doug had work, I was in charge of logging us in on three different browsers and trying to get us tickets, which was a bit nerve-wracking. But I prevailed! I managed to get in on one of our accounts (mine, I think, actually) in time to get everything but Preview Night. So that brightened everyone's weekend, even Dad's, since he's always glad for an excuse to spend some time in San Diego, particularly if my aunt and uncle let us use their enormous condo a few blocks from the convention center again.

Sunday, I worked on upgrading my gaming computer, which was a mixed bag. The new processor went in fine, but I was also moving it to a new case, and that was far less successful. Currently nothing happens at all when I plug it in and turn it on -- no fans, no beeps, just absolute silence, as if it's not getting any power. I know for a fact that the power supply and motherboard are fine, because I'd just used the computer Sunday morning. It's possible one of them broke in the few hours between turning it off and moving everything to the new case, but that'd be a hell of a coincidence.

It's slightly more likely that I broke something in the transfer process, but I was careful, and didn't see anything obviously wrong. Cables and connections are always the worst part for me, so that seems like the most likely problem, but I've septuple-checked everything at this point. The next step is to put everything back in the old case so I can more easily match it all up to the photos I took before taking it all apart, to see if the problem still happens there, which might indicate motherboard or power supply failure/damage, but I just didn't have the energy for it by the time I'd finished all the other testing I could think of.

That said, I've been planning to get a new motherboard at some point in the not-too-distant future, since I'm approaching the limits of CPU/hard drive upgrade possibilities with my current one. Since I'm getting a larger-than-expected tax refund (#ThanksObama), and I found out on Friday that I'm getting a pretty great bonus and a 2% pay increase, the new motherboard may be more immediately achievable than I'd anticipated.

I'm surprisingly not-frustrated about the whole thing? It's annoying, particularly as I suspect I just messed up something extremely simple and once I figure it out it will be embarrassing, but one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend afternoon is sitting down to install a new piece of hardware, so it was still a pretty good day by my standards. The most annoying part at this point is just that I wanted to finish my complete replay of the Mass Effect trilogy before Andromeda comes out (A WEEK FROM TOMORROW!!!!!) and that's looking less and less likely.

(I know the whole point of MEA's being set six hundred years in the future and a couple million light-years away is that they can start fresh rather than having to account for each of the several different possible endings for the original trilogy, and that they've stated explicitly that Shepard's story is done, but I needed someplace to channel all my excitement while waiting, and now that I've started I want to finish, dammit!)

Also: ughhhhh stupid time change. Now it's all dark in the morning again and my sleep will be off while I adjust.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] all of a sudden I heard a note)
It occurs to me that I haven't made any posts in two months, and a non-flocked personal post in even longer! Honestly, this is largely because I have been super-boring recently.

BUT JULES, WHEN HAS THAT EVER STOPPED YOU BEFORE? Good question! I think I've matured somewhat. I mean, not a LOT, but somewhat. Also, my schedule is just...not that ridiculous, really -- my work week is pretty normal, about 45 hours a week (and I get overtime \o/), but add another 2+ hours' commute each day, and I'm generally pretty drained by the time I get home. I've been going to the gym more, and now that the pools are open I'm jazzed about getting in some swim time after work. I learned last summer that even a handful of laps could make a huge difference to my post-work mood.

I am occasionally on Tumblr but mostly I go check it every few weeks, fill up my queue, and then forget about it for another few weeks, because I like the pictures I find on Tumblr but so much about its functionality is annoying. My public Twitter is [twitter.com profile] juleshastweets, also, if you feel like chatting during the day, also! But really I have not felt particularly fannish about much of anything for awhile. Or rather...I hadn't felt particularly fannish about much of anything for awhile.







YESSSSSSS. I am currently pretty deeply sunk in Mass Effect. There are a couple of fics I'd like to write, even, but every time I think about writing fic I either get really exhausted (which is what happens to me w/r/t writing in general at the moment, and which is annoying and frustrating and I am trying to figure out a way to work through, because I am fully aware that my writing is not particularly special but it was really fun and satisfying for me and I do miss it) or I just end up deciding to play through again. THAT GAME THO. I seriously wasn't aware that I could still have fannish feels like that. Not exaggerating, I have not felt this kind of visceral fannishness about something in years. I got spoiled for the ending of ME3 and was grateful for it because I legit had to stop playing for about a week to deal with my rage. It's just so great.

My current favorite thing is the Indoctrination Theory, which is one of those things that I think is giving the text waaaaay too much credit but which I love anyway. It's like the Ron-is-Dumbledore theory. Y'all should share your favorite theories of that ilk with me, actually, where you know there's no way they're what's actually there in the text but they're so elegant and weird that you love them anyway and love that someone made the connections and came up with them. I just find them invariably delightful. I am not mocking here, I legit love shit like that and admire people who can think it through, because I do not generally have the patience for that kind of analysis. (Also the Indoctrination Theory DOES make more sense than the actual ending, so.)

N E WAY if there is anything you would like to hear me talk about in particular, as I make more of an effort to post here again, go ahead and let me know! I think there are a bunch of prompts from this meme I still need to fill, also. /o\ Whatever, as long as I get them done within a year of getting the prompts, it counts, right? Right, good, glad we had this conversation.

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