Sunday, March 22, 2015

On Remote Controls

Yesterday, I was goofing around with my phone and looking through the Google Play Store.

That's what I do when I'm bored.

Anyway, I found Google Remote Desktop among the other apps I found myself wading through, and I was intrigued.

Fast Forward a bit.

I installed the Chrome app on my desktop (The gargantuan beast I recently unleashed upon this city's power grid) and then put the app on my phone.

Now I am accessing my Windows desktop from my Android phone, miles away at work.

Hype, why is this even important?

Excellent question, other Hype!

I can access the entirety of my desktop from my phone, seeing it exactly as it would appear on my monitor at home.

This means I can play WoW, at least auction house and garrison stuff, on my phone.

the mouse gestures are a little ungainly, and you'll need decent phone signal strength.

but it works. and that's awesome!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reach

Sometimes I'll look at the stats for this little blog of mine and realize that I've been read in every country that has internet access and the tiniest amount of freedom. (Lookin' at you, North Korea)

It amazes me that there are people in every nation in the world that have looked at this blog at least once.

That's humbling.

It also makes me a little curious.  What are their lives like?  What are they doing while they read whatever unimportant shit I've posted?

Hi readers.  How are you?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Big Rig Building

I have named it "The Leviathan".

This is my first PC build using a full-sized ATX case.  It is absolutely enormous.  We're talking about 30" tall, 30" deep, and 12" wide.

It's insane.

I went with an Intel Core i7-5820 processor on a  Gigabyte X99 board that supports DDR4.  Why DDR4?  Because I could.

16Gb of RAM
4Gb GTX 970 graphics card (that thing weighs three pounds alone!)
256GB Samsung SSD for OS and primary software.
1.5TB normal HDDs for media storage and backups.

And somehow, the whole thing is damn near silent.

I am currently installing WoW on it, and while the updater says it's playable, I only went on long enough to see how the graphics look.

Most of the texture packs haven't finished downloading (WoW takes 28Gb now? sheesh), but I got to see Hyperius with a shield that actually reflects light.  Initial run around my garrison with every setting at Ultra maintained 105fps.

Hype is happy.

Hype is likely not going to get any schoolwork done this weekend.  Which is why I'm getting it all done today while all my software installs and updates.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Edumacation Redux

It would seem my previous concerns about the chemistry class were premature.  The initial quiz was difficult, but it also served to highlight exactly where I needed to brush up.

Now I'm holding a solid A in the class and am finding the mechanics of organic chemistry are coming back to me.

We're currently working on benzene and other aromatic compounds, plus doing Carbon-13 and Hydrogen NMR spectroscopy.

It is actually really fun.

Like playing a rogue in early PvP. Just watching all the little problems get solved with precise application of subtlety and stabbing.

Also, within the week, I'll be building a new high-performance rig. I'm looking at 32Gb of RAM and a 4Gb Radeon GPU. Plus other fun things.

Things are coming together nicely.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Edumacation

I don't know if I've mentioned this previously, and right now I can't be bothered to go back and look.  I returned to school this past Fall to continue pursuit of my Chemistry degree.  Last semester was good, and I wound up getting a 4.0 GPA.  That's pretty damn good.

Fast forward to today.  This is the first day of the Spring semester, and 30 minutes into my first class, I felt myself slipping into madness.

It was Organic Chemistry II, which is pretty important for a chemistry major like myself.

It's been about ten years since I took OChem I.  So in preparation for this class, I bought my textbook a month early and have been ramming it into my brain during the holiday break.
And a half an hour into the class, the professor gave us a pop quiz.

And I'm totally fucked.

On the positive side, if he ever puts up a link to his podcasts, I'll be able to essentially relearn everything from OChem 1 and then I should be all set.

Oh, and when I did my transfer back to this school, they told me three of my classes wouldn't transfer.  Fine.  Whatever.  I took two of them last semester and paid the money for them and spent the time working on them.

And then, when I checked my transcript yesterday, I discovered that the classes did transfer, and that I just got royally screwed out of $3,000 and 6 hours of credits I could've spent elsewhere.

Today's been rough.  I still have another eight hours on campus before I'll be done for the day.  Eesh.

Friday, November 21, 2014

What's in a Name?

In my travels through Draenor, I've come across a few names that were familiar.

Not from the lore, mind you, but from the WoW-related blogs.

Take, for example, Cymre Brightblade in Gorgrond.  The name caught my attention, and not just because the NPC had a big blue quest icon over her head.  No, it caught my attention because I read Bubbles of Mischief on occasion.  Generally, I also marvel at the clarity of Cymre's pictures and wish to the Light I had a better graphics card.

Part of me wonders if the NPC is named after the blogger.  I think I'll choose to believe that she is.

Which brings me to my next one.  I was running around in Nagrand, specifically in the Burning Blade training area where you help Landrathor (or whatever his name is) regain his blade, banner, and honor.  There's a rare spawn there named...

Hyperious.

He drops only the Smoldering Heart of Hyperious, but that's okay.  Point is, he's got my name.

I am a rare, giant, burning fire elemental erupting from a lava pit.  And I look awesome!


But Hype, you're a paladin! Why is he a giant fire elemental?!

Well, I'm gonna go with the fact that the raid boss I've killed most often is Ragnaros.  I've been farming him for eternity to get the Eye of Sulfuras and any other fun stuff he might drop.  Plus... I can.  I can farm the mightiest of all fire elementals on a weekly basis.  Because I am a paladin, and he is my bitch.

Anywho.  Fellow bloggers and other readers, have you seen any NPCs that remind of you other bloggers?  If so, let me know!