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Erik Collett
Exacerbating the fun.
Exacerbating the fun.


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Microsoft and the Reboot Culture

"Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

We chuckle and laugh. It's funny 'cause it's true. Ultimately, we've been acclimatized to "Reboot Culture" with Tech. We don't expect much because we rely so much on Microsoft that the stupid way that they do things has gotten us to the point where we expect instability.

Seriously. Look at it all again and imagine again how this would work ... or, more importantly, how it should work.

We should not need to "clear any memory leaks by rebooting", we should rely on organizations that are capable of programming and proper QA to give us products that don't rely on the worst level of getting things done.

Just watch this video... and, yes, it political, but it also applies to the Tech industries reliance on the unreliable as status quo.

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60-days of Writing

It's interesting, when I read books, I start writing. This time, I listened to "The Expanse" series end to end and started chomping through "The Dresden Files". It's funny, because it again fueled that, "Oh, hey, I could do this!"

This is a little different, though, because I had the content of an active role playing game to work material from. Unfortunately, my schedule changed enough that made it so I couldn't participate anymore.

So, I'm going it alone. Thinking of a premise, a feeling, or a situation then following it to some sort of conclusion. Some will be good and, I guarantee, some will be bad.

But the crazy part, is the catharsis that goes along with it. I am amazed at how vibrant I feel when I write. And my own stories benefit greatly from that experience.

This ends up being my own, personal Nanowrimo! Wee!

I'm particularly proud of this bit of unplanned random over the last two days.

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Oh man. The stories this ship could, and may, tell. :D

I'm hitting overages with my Internet Bandwidth. Normally this wouldn't be concerning, but there shouldn't be nearly that much data flowing in and especially out of my house.

I need to snoop traffic, in a major way, and see where I'm hemorrhaging data. Any thoughts on the best approach to this? My router is dumb... and completely useless in this pursuit.

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Corporations for Trump!

I'm on the street of NYC from my recent travels and I saw this little tribute. I was a tad flummoxed, knowing how much New York really dislikes this man. But then I spied the sponsor. (Circled on the photo.)

It's telling it wasn't even from a Republican or community source, but entirely a business who is profiting directly from Trump's push back to the stone age.

(Oh, and check the guy on the far left. Awesome!)

Welcome to Savage Rifts

I just ran my first Savage Rifts RPG game and setting. Well, technically, I've run two games in this little environment I've patch together, but this is the first time I've actually sort of GOTTEN it.

Keep in mind, this is all self-taught within a group who hasn't really been exposed to the Savage Worlds system. I knew I'd love it and it's somewhat fanciful abstractness, but I knew I had a long road to unlearning the hardened D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder leanings that I've grown so used to.

The simplicity of characters is key, in all this. It seems that most of that simplicity is defeated in the conversion to Savage Rifts, unfortunately. The classic SDC and MDC that we had in Rifts as well as the massive damage potential, make Rifts a surprisingly tough game to balance. I can see how they did with the conversion by bumping up armor, toughness, and damage to accommodate.

I definitely enjoyed the experience, but I think that part of the magic of simplicity fades with the heavy punch of Rifts. Still, the fanciful environments that I normally see in the world I can bypass and use my own edgy approach to a post-apocalyptic world.

The most fun I had was writing a sort of overview or synopsis of what was going on in the environment and letting things run with it. The players could turn left at any time and, while they would miss generated content, I do have the freedom to pull things together on the fly. I could still make it interesting and engaging, even if they didn't follow the overall scope of my little story.

I think that's the real joy of using the Savage Worlds system. It's highly adaptable and can be a lot of punchy fun following a loose environment based story. The abstraction makes all the action more cinematic, but survival still can depend on a couple of rolls, but it doesn't mean you're completely out. Soaking, in particular, can make you pull back and reconsider when you've really stuck your foot in it. Bennies are contained luck, and burning through them too soon in a session could mean you're probably being a bit too aggressive in your playing. :D

But, again, that's entirely up to you!

Thanks to the crew (Joe, Dan, Matt, Ben) for coming over and letting me experiment on them! I think I've finally got it!

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I'm a sucker for new ways to interact with my PC. Well, here's the latest.

If I may geek a moment. Upgrading my crappy little home lab with the latest versions of vSphere ESXi using vCenter Server 6.5's built in Update Manager... It made my little nerd heart throb with joy.

I'd highly recommend it. You can let your host servers sit on whatever they're running, if you're worried. But upgrading the vCenter Server to 6.5 should be a top priority. It'll make everything else that much easier.

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Today, this happened.

I should probably round up the troops.


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Wow... Just, wow. Someone's gotta be feeling duped now.
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