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Plus I get a "Dad of the Day" award. Impus Minor has the day off, and I just had the nigh-irresistable temptation to go in, shake him awake, and say, "You're going to be late for school!"

But I resisted.

EDIT: And yes, Dad nudity is yet another way in which to torment your kids, and something I *also* did not do today.


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Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

Rock ON, my dude! Keep it up! You can do it, and we believe in you!


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They're Learning!

Student: "Tom Sawyer would totally have been on the Area 51 raid."


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Vanykrye wrote:
Today is my 13th anniversary with Aiymi. She hasn't left me yet. Fool.

Which one of you two?

Congratulation to you Vany,

And to Aiymi: RUN while he is distracted!

:P


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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

*Fistbump*

Keep it going.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Plus I get a "Dad of the Day" award. Impus Minor has the day off, and I just had the nigh-irresistable temptation to go in, shake him awake, and say, "You're going to be late for school!"

But I resisted.

EDIT: And yes, Dad nudity is yet another way in which to torment your kids, and something I *also* did not do today.

it makes the "shaking him awake" part even more traumatizing.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

beats chest, roars approvingly


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Hooray for Autumn!

70s/80s during the day and 50s/60s at night mean that I switched off the danged air conditioner that was killing my wallet. Now I get to watch my electricity bill plummet for a month, right before my natural gas bill skyrockets. Which means I get to use that money to catch up on my water bill.

Being a grown-up stinks sometimes.


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NobodysHome wrote:

GothBard just summarized the world's resistance to Linux beautifully:

"I don't want an operating system where if *you* die in a car crash, *I* can no longer use my computer."

Is this love? Like long term commitment love?


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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

(Does a fairly ridiculous routine involving pompoms, a flaming baton, and sequinned chainsaws. Runs away screaming.)

Hooray N.H.!


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Yeah, so apparently with Windows 10, if you're sitting there trying to get a 3mm mic to work when your laptop has nothing but headphone jacks, and you're moving the mic around between ports and switching between a USB and 3mm adapter, it likes to crash.

A lot.

Because, y'know, moving your audio devices from port to port is obviously a fatal error.

Obviously.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Yeah, so apparently with Windows 10, if you're sitting there trying to get a 3mm mic to work when your laptop has nothing but headphone jacks, and you're moving the mic around between ports and switching between a USB and 3mm adapter, it likes to crash.

A lot.

Because, y'know, moving your audio devices from port to port is obviously a fatal error.

Obviously.

I really want to see this computer. You have so many errors that I have never seen happen in Windows 10. I really want to hand you a laptop I've loaded versus the Thing that Global Megacorp has given you and see if you run into the same problems.


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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Yeah, so apparently with Windows 10, if you're sitting there trying to get a 3mm mic to work when your laptop has nothing but headphone jacks, and you're moving the mic around between ports and switching between a USB and 3mm adapter, it likes to crash.

A lot.

Because, y'know, moving your audio devices from port to port is obviously a fatal error.

Obviously.

I really want to see this computer. You have so many errors that I have never seen happen in Windows 10. I really want to hand you a laptop I've loaded versus the Thing that Global Megacorp has given you and see if you run into the same problems.

So, Shiro confirms the wireless problem: Windows Update always re-enables wireless, and if you're trying to use VPN and your wireless can't connect, VPN won't work.

The audio thing is bizarre, but reproducible.


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Speaking of poorly-behaved software, why, Pandora, why?

I wanted to add some BabyMetal to the mix, so I clicked "Add Variety" to my channel and added BabyMetal.

And so all morning my Pandora station has sounded like an anime marathon.

Because obviouosly, "I want some variety, please add this" means "I want to hear this 100 times in a row".

Obviously.


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You know, people who buy DSLRs or mirrorless cameras should be sat down and explained a few basic things first. So many people buy an expensive camera thinking that’ll take good pictures, leave it on automatic mode, and then just get disappointed that their pictures just aren’t good.

I think the biggest thing is explaining dynamic range, then exposure, then composition. I think even photography classes, in my experience, don’t bring up dynamic range soon enough. Basic principle is, the human eye sees a certain range of light. If you cut light levels up into brackets, with each bracket called a stop, the human eye generally sees 21 stops of light in daylight conditions. My camera has really, really good dynamic range, and it tops out at 14 stops. And you don’t want to push it to 14 stops, because you start running into image quality problems. The hottest mirrorless cameras out there today almost hit 15, and again, you don’t want to push that. I’m probably shooting closer to 9 or 10 for landscapes, and a lot of people are shooting at 7 with perfectly good cameras.

As you can see, the camera just sees much less variation in light level than the human eye. You can, however, dictate what range of light levels you want the camera to see. This is really, really important. Whatever your eye sees, the camera just isn’t going to produce that. What you want to do is focus on what looks good in a picture, not on trying to reproduce an exact scene you just can’t reproduce. Not understanding this is, IMO, where non-photographers buying higher end cameras usually end up so disappointed. Once you understand this fact, you can start learning how to get that good looking light.

For an example, look at this photo I took. Mt Rainier is pretty sharp past those clouds, yes, but what about those trees in the foreground? They’re just black. This is a limitation of dynamic range. If I were working with brighter light, those trees would be green, yes, but the mountain wouldn’t be visible at all. It would just look like more clouds. To see the mountain, we need a dynamic range that clearly separates the clouds and mountain. In fact, the clouds are much darker than they were when I saw them. That’s an effect of the specific range of light values I was working with. Light colors are separated from each other by creating a larger difference in luminescence between each shade than what my eye sees, which makes the detail in the mountain very crisp and clear by creating more contrast. The tradeoff there is that the luminescence hits black eventually, and it does so well before it hits darker colors like the trees, so all of that just turns black. My eye can see both the mountain and green trees, but the camera can only see one or the other.


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My relief is here. Going home. Have a good evening, everyone.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Yeah, so apparently with Windows 10, if you're sitting there trying to get a 3mm mic to work when your laptop has nothing but headphone jacks, and you're moving the mic around between ports and switching between a USB and 3mm adapter, it likes to crash.

A lot.

Because, y'know, moving your audio devices from port to port is obviously a fatal error.

Obviously.

I really want to see this computer. You have so many errors that I have never seen happen in Windows 10. I really want to hand you a laptop I've loaded versus the Thing that Global Megacorp has given you and see if you run into the same problems.

So, Shiro confirms the wireless problem: Windows Update always re-enables wireless, and if you're trying to use VPN and your wireless can't connect, VPN won't work.

The audio thing is bizarre, but reproducible.

Again, I'm not saying it doesn't happen to you. I'm just saying that neither of these things have come up with any Windows 10 computer I've worked on. I want to study the aberration!


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Photography, color, and light

And for those of us who are colorblind...well...this is how Freehold feels about math.

It's fascinating to me and I truly appreciate the explanation, but at the same time all I can ever feel is frustration when Aiymi or Zelda look at me and go "Do you really believe that's blue?" Yes, or I wouldn't have said "Wow, look at that blue house!" Now imagine what something that's not a single block of color will do to me.


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Now, an addendum is that you can generally get a higher dynamic range with a slower shutter speed that gives light more time to get into the lens, with a narrow lens to make sure it’s not too much light. Issue is, that kind of slow shutter can generally mean a tripod, which I didn’t have, and even then, at best you’d get half the range the eye can see.

A different option is high dynamic range photography. You put the camera on a tripod, take the same shot with different dynamic ranges that show different parts of the image well, then combine them in Photoshop. This does work, and can do so well, but there’s a couple limitations. It really only works for stationary subjects, and it can be overdone. The human eye generally sees 21 stops of light in daytime, but that doesn’t mean the human eye is only capable of seeing 21 stops of light. You can produce an image with HDR that has a wider range of light than the human eye is used to seeing, and it’ll look super detailed, but it also won’t look quite real. It’ll look kind of like a super, super high resolution video game model, and have an aura of artificialness to it.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Photography, color, and light

And for those of us who are colorblind...well...this is how Freehold feels about math.

It's fascinating to me and I truly appreciate the explanation, but at the same time all I can ever feel is frustration when Aiymi or Zelda look at me and go "Do you really believe that's blue?" Yes, or I wouldn't have said "Wow, look at that blue house!" Now imagine what something that's not a single block of color will do to me.

Maybe it's white and gold.


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I hate to admit to Scintillatrix that she could be right.


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"So. How are Tom and Huck getting the rock moved?"
"They let Jim out to go get it." beat "Wait, then they put him back? WHY?!"
"Because this is the part of the book that runs on Roger Rabbit logic."
"When does Tom die? He dies, right?"


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I found an image that really illustrates what I meant by doing HDR with more stops of light than the human eye usually sees.

Take a look at this.

It’s so bright and colorful that it’s not easy to look at. I don’t know exactly what the dynamic range of this photo is, but it’s definitely above 21 stops. If you walked into this scene, this is not what you’d see. It wouldn’t be this bright or colorful to the human eye. Yet, despite having a dynamic range above what we typically see, we’re still capable of seeing it. It’s just got this unnatural appearance to it, because it isn’t how we typically see the world.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I found an image that really illustrates what I meant by doing HDR with more stops of light than the human eye usually sees.

Take a look at this.

It’s so bright and colorful that it’s not easy to look at. I don’t know exactly what the dynamic range of this photo is, but it’s definitely above 21 stops. If you walking into this scene, this is not what you’d see. It wouldn’t be this bright or colorful to the human eye. Yet, despite having a dynamic range above what we typically see, we’re still capable of seeing it. It’s just jarring and unnatural.

It looks like a still from animation, not a photograph of a real location.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I found an image that really illustrates what I meant by doing HDR with more stops of light than the human eye usually sees.

Take a look at this.

It’s so bright and colorful that it’s not easy to look at. I don’t know exactly what the dynamic range of this photo is, but it’s definitely above 21 stops. If you walking into this scene, this is not what you’d see. It wouldn’t be this bright or colorful to the human eye. Yet, despite having a dynamic range above what we typically see, we’re still capable of seeing it. It’s just jarring and unnatural.

It looks like a still from animation, not a photograph of a real location.

Largely because it’s a bunch of photographs of the same location, each exposed differently, with the most colorful tones for each area pulled out and combined into one picture intended to be as colorful as possible. The human eye can’t do that, so it looks artificial.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Photography, color, and light

And for those of us who are colorblind...well...this is how Freehold feels about math.

It's fascinating to me and I truly appreciate the explanation, but at the same time all I can ever feel is frustration when Aiymi or Zelda look at me and go "Do you really believe that's blue?" Yes, or I wouldn't have said "Wow, look at that blue house!" Now imagine what something that's not a single block of color will do to me.

I cant quite remember I'd you told me you were colorblind...


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Photography, color, and light

And for those of us who are colorblind...well...this is how Freehold feels about math.

It's fascinating to me and I truly appreciate the explanation, but at the same time all I can ever feel is frustration when Aiymi or Zelda look at me and go "Do you really believe that's blue?" Yes, or I wouldn't have said "Wow, look at that blue house!" Now imagine what something that's not a single block of color will do to me.

I cant quite remember I'd you told me you were colorblind...

I don't remember if it came up in our conversations or not.


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I'm smellstupid.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

I am proud of you, NH. It isn't easy, and sometimes it isn't fun, but I'm sure it's worth it.


Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Yeah, so apparently with Windows 10, if you're sitting there trying to get a 3mm mic to work when your laptop has nothing but headphone jacks, and you're moving the mic around between ports and switching between a USB and 3mm adapter, it likes to crash.

A lot.

Because, y'know, moving your audio devices from port to port is obviously a fatal error.

Obviously.

I really want to see this computer. You have so many errors that I have never seen happen in Windows 10. I really want to hand you a laptop I've loaded versus the Thing that Global Megacorp has given you and see if you run into the same problems.

So, Shiro confirms the wireless problem: Windows Update always re-enables wireless, and if you're trying to use VPN and your wireless can't connect, VPN won't work.

The audio thing is bizarre, but reproducible.

Again, I'm not saying it doesn't happen to you. I'm just saying that neither of these things have come up with any Windows 10 computer I've worked on. I want to study the aberration!

I, on the other hand, have seen multiple problems similar or identical to what he describes. (I definitely don’t see all the same problems, but it’s worth noting that it seems that even some of the things you’ve protested as weird - like updates reverting choices - happen to me.) It’s a Dell, though, I dunno if that has anything to do with it.

I haven’t seen the headphone thing, though, or VPN in specific.


(I don’t have either.)


(I don’t have either.)


That said, I have a host of weird tech issues anyway, soooooo...


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Vanykrye wrote:
Again, I'm not saying it doesn't happen to you. I'm just saying that neither of these things have come up with any Windows 10 computer I've worked on. I want to study the aberration!

So, I'm really curious for you to try this: Before your next Windows update cycle, take a Windows 10 laptop, disable its wireless adapter, hardwire it, and let the update run.

I have 4 different Windows 10 machines (My work, Shiro's home, Impus Minor's laptop, Impus Major's laptop) and all 4 have the exact same behavior: Windows 10 Update runs and re-enables the wireless adapter.

If it's not doing it to your Windows 10 machines, someone in your org might have flipped a switch somewhere to turn that particular feature "off".


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I think I've told this story before, but in my mentoring days I was teaching a new trainer and told him to use a red pen to highlight the point he was making. He grabbed a green pen. I told him, "No, the RED pen!"

After he grabbed THREE DIFFERENT green pens, exasperated, I said, "What are you, colorblind or something?"
And he snapped back, "Yes! I thought you knew that!"

We had a good laugh over it. (I went to high school with the guy, then got him hired, then mentored him, so it wasn't like he didn't know I was going to give him s***.)


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Can the prophecy have come true?! Has the sleeper awakened?!

Is the McRib returned?!?!


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Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

As opposed to otherwise? I fail to see the distinction.


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My IM to GothBard:

And just like Herpes, the McRib is back for a limited time...


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NobodysHome wrote:

My IM to GothBard:

And just like Herpes, the McRib is back for a limited time...

I started wondering if it was Impus Minor or Impus Major (though I would expect Impus Major more of such snark, not that I can say I really know either of them...)

<.<

>.>

That's why—as a father of two IMs—you should rather use PM instead of IM in such context...


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I have no idea whether this is a "best dad" moment or a "worst dad" moment:

Impus Minor: Dad, what do you think of me going into Electrical Engineering?
NobodysHome: Well, it's a fantastic idea, and if you manage to get a degree you'll be employable anywhere in the world and you'll be guaranteed work for life...
...unfortunately, it's one of the hardest majors there is, so you might not make it and you might have to change majors.
IM: I can change majors?
NH: Yep. So what's the worst that can happen? You try, you fail, you have to spend an extra year in school, and at least you know that you tried. Better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all...


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LM, PM!


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NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

20 results, just around Madison.

Which might be one of the reasons Wisconsinites struggle with obesity.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

I got curious. There are *none* in northern California.

L.A. has a bunch.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

I got curious. There are *none* in northern California.

L.A. has a bunch.

Come to Wisconsin we have it all!, abundant McRibs, AND Dairy Queen's with parking in the rear.


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Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

I got curious. There are *none* in northern California.

L.A. has a bunch.

Come to Wisconsin we have it all!, abundant McRibs, AND Dairy Queen's with parking in the rear.

Offensive:
I'm from San Francisco. Taking Dairy Queens in the rear is a way of life around here.

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Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

I got curious. There are *none* in northern California.

L.A. has a bunch.

Come to Wisconsin we have it all!, abundant McRibs, AND Dairy Queen's with parking in the rear.

Are you trying to break Freehold?


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Cap'n Yesterday, FaWtL Tourism wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Why did you make me Google this?

Now Freehold will be insufferable for months.

I already checked.

The closest one to me is 3 hours away.

This will not stand.

I got curious. There are *none* in northern California.

L.A. has a bunch.

Come to Wisconsin we have it all!, abundant McRibs, AND Dairy Queen's with parking in the rear.

Bad Cap'n Yesterday!

No cookies!

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