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F@*k!$g Doorbell

I don't have a doorbell on my house. I haven't had a doorbell since I moved in. It looks like they took the doorbell off and covered up the wiring when they did the vinyl siding, and I believe I took out a transformer when I replaced the electrical panel. So there was a doorbell at one point, and the wiring is probably still there. Somewhere. However, there is no easy way to get to that wiring, between the vinyl siding and the now finish ceiling around the electrical panel. I've been looking at that Nest Hello, the smart wi-fi video doorbell, and I thought I wanted one. So, I went out and got one. I think it was on sale for 150 bucks or something like that. And then it sat on my desk for a month and a half before I finally got around to installing it and the Nest thermostat that was sitting next to it. I don't have a Nest thermostat story. That went pretty smoothly and my only issue being that I should have shut off the "learning" function initially; of cours

Rejected Podcast Scraps

I was making another parody/homage intro for the arohenRADIO podcast, but to make it I had to enlist Microsoft David and Microsoft Zira to help Scotty and I out. But then I started to get worried that Microsoft might not appreciate my using their stuff. I'm sure that violates their usage agreement somehow. So I decided to scrap this bit of audio. However, I thought it was amusing enough that I wanted to share it with you in a way that will never be monetized, my blog. Also, this is the first thing I've done with Adobe Audition and I thought it was going pretty well, right up to the point where I lost my nerve. So here is a bit of partially edited tape from the recording booth. It's not finished quality, but it's not terrible either. First, a little background. I'm trying to put three or six podcasts together before I release the next one. That'll give me a little cushion and should cut down on these insanely long delays. But for each episode I'm doing a litt

Outwitting Myself

sometimes you have to fool yourself into being productive

Let's Think About This

be aware of what you share

Office Book Infusion

My wife left me on Thursday and I spent the last few days in a bad way. Well, I imagine that grabbed your attention. Not to worry. Nothing crazy has transpired. Lady Ronn will be back on Monday or Tuesday, I should probably know which, but I have husband ears and such matters require little more than a nod or simple acknowledgement. They don't require actual listening. She is off visiting her mother, and seeing a concert. Whatever. I've been left alone to fend for myself, the pets, and the plants at a time when I don't want to do any of those things. I've been ill, sick, possibly transforming into a being of pure energy. Not summer cold sick. No. This is more like something entered my system, dissolved my internal organs and discharged them at regular 30-minute intervals using a high pressure sulfur gas. It seems to be over now, but it was not great. I did not love it. But, I made it through without suffer to badly from dehydration. Saturday, I did very little, but I di

Get Off The Couch

there are only so many hours in a day

Games, Games, and More Games

In the event that you do not fully understand the magnitude of board games that were on display at last weekend's Doug Con, I present you with this picture collage of what I was faced with when I arrived. We did not play all of these, but we did play some. I even had my first virtual reality experience playing a game where you disarm a bomb. Very cool. But until they can reduce the size and bulk of the headset, I don't think VR is going to catch on. so many board games I came home from Doug Con with a haul of 4 banker's boxes of my old RPG stuff. I knew that I had left stuff in the care of my good buddy, Doug, but I did not realize just how much stuff he had. Hell, some of this stuff I don't even remember having. Where am I going to put all this? I'll probably post more about this stuff as I sort through it. Some of it is kinda cool and nostalgia factor is high. treasure trove of old rpg stuff Mostly, Dungeons & Dragons 1st and 2nd edition stuff, but there is a

Truckcast #127: Doug Con Recap

I said the Truckcast was done, but nothing is ever really over. And so, I've put the wheels back on the van and hit the road with my recorder on... anything for the fans. This past weekend was the world renowned Doug Con and I'm going to take this opportunity to let you in on all of the fun and probably tell you about a few other things as well.

Strange Individual

and that's okay

Doug Con

It is time for the biggest event of the summer, July 4th-7th, somewhere in the metro Detroit area... doug con This is it! The biggest basement board game bash in years. Virtually non-stop gaming. Beer, sandwiches, pizza, or Thai, or maybe burgers... heck, there might be hotdogs. Hell, this thing is going on for 4-days, it might be all of those things. Whatever works. People will be eating and what they'll be eating will be food. I guarantee it. many dice will be rolled Prepare yourself to sleep on a camp mat, bunk bed, or maybe in the free bedroom. First come, first choice. But bring your games... all of them. You're going to need them. Okay, so this thing started yesterday at my buddy Doug's house, but it was the 4th and I spent that here with the fam. Today, I'm stuck at home waiting on delivery of a very expensive motor for my "nuclear pharmacy". I call it that because they make and distribute all the radioactive stuff for treating cancer and what not. Anyw

WorldAnvil Summer Camp 2019

It's like NaNoWriMo but with smaller daily goals and all about the world building. cool idea, maybe I'll give it a shot