Month: November 2018

Snow!

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Snowmageddon!  Ok, not really.

We’ve all heard about global warming, and how weather patterns are going to be changing from now on.  Well, they have been changing for many years, though sometimes it’s hard to see when you’re in the midst of it.  Now, I’m not advocating because it snowed yesterday and this morning (as well as 11 inches last week) to say that we’re in the midst of some ‘snowpacalypse’, but….you have to admit, there have been a lot of odd weather patterns we’ve been seeing around the world for the last few years.

Of course, the current US Administration is in deep climate denial, even going so far as to insist that the recent rash of forest fires in California have -nothing- to do with climate change.  The current US President seems to think that what’s happening around the globe is ‘normal’, and can’t possibly be anything other than what has always happened, and will happen in the future with the climate.  Except that there’s never been a time in the history of the planet where the dominant species has effected the global climate the way humans have.  Certainly dinosaurs were never so evolved that they were burning fossil fuels at such a rate as to effect global weather patterns.  Or at least I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Honestly though, the snow is kind of screwing up my fall clean-up.  I was supposed to have the leaves raked and on the curb by now.  Little hard to do so when they’re buried under 5-6 inches of hard packed snow.  Not even sure that the village I live in is going to be collecting leaves when the snow melts.  Generally they stop around Thanksgiving, and that’s in 3 days.  The weather report is saying that the cold weather is going to stick around at least for another week.  So that’s going to put a crimp in that leaf plan.  I do have a back-up plan in case the village stops collecting leaves.  Though it’s going to cost me some cash.  But it can’t be helped.

Getting back to the topic.  We’ve been undergoing a bit of a cold snap to go along with the unexpected snow.  At least we’ve made some changes to the house in the summertime, so now it’s a little more efficient.  So hopefully over the course of the heating season we’re not going to be using quite as much NG as last year.  It will be interesting to see what the difference is if the temperatures are similar.

Finally my repaired snowblower worked like a champ in the heavy snow.  11 inches of the white stuff was chopped up and blown into the next yard like the machine wasn’t really 28 years old.   Of course, I had completely forgotten I had drained the gas tank, and spent about 3 minutes yanking on the starter cord without any luck.  Once I remembered and filled the tank with fresh fuel, I was in business.  I even managed to assist the new tenant across the street unbury his vehicle.  HE doesn’t have a garage…I do!  Which I’m VERY thankful of.  Constantly unburying the car is something that I don’t miss at all.  Just let the snow, ice, freezing rain, whatever happen and drive the dry car out of the garage.  That’s how you do it!

Anyway, I said my piece.  It’s nice when it snows.  Just have to wonder if we’re going to end up with more of it over the coming years, because of something happening that we’re affecting.  Food for thought.

 

 

 

Here we go again (computer rant)

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Ugh, here we go again with computer problems. Everything has been going ok on thedesktop6 computer front over the last several weeks, so I suppose its high time for a computer problem to rear its ugly head again. I came downstairs Wednesday morning and tried to rouse my computer from its slumber (I’ve been putting it in ‘Sleep Mode’ instead of shutting it off when I’m done with it each time. I didn’t think this was going to cause a problem) and it started like it normally does, only to shut down after about 15 seconds. Upon rebooting, it did the same thing. “Oh great” I’m thinking to myself, “now what“? After letting it do this for a few minutes, I shut it down completely and let it sit for about 10 minutes, thinking that perhaps it needed to ‘cool off’ and I’d try it again. Welp, no difference, same result. It doesn’t even get to the point where I can actively access the BIOS, it reboots endlessly. I am working from my laptop again, trying to troubleshoot the problem remotely.

So far, according to various sources, it could be a number of things. Bad RAM (memory), although I think this highly unlikely because the memory has been in the tower since I built it. A bad or overworked power supply. Again, I don’t think this is the problem, simply because the power supply is a replacement, still practically new, and if anything it’s OVER powered, not under. Someone else with a similar problem suggested it might be a lack of thermal grease on the CPU, but since I purchased a new cooling fan for the CPU/motherboard, it came with its own thermal grease smeared on the underside of the heat sink. The other possibility is that the motherboard itself is shot. This might be possible, since it’s at least 5 years old, and it was present when the original power supply blew.

In the last 24 hours, I’ve tried several fixes, but nothing seems to work. I’ve gone so far as to disconnect all of the components that draw power, but when I go to turn on the computer, the same result. I really have a hard time believing that this is due to the power supply failing. I’d really rather not go to the expense of buying another PS, only to discover it was the motherboard all along.

Update: After a couple of frustrating days, I finally fixed the damn thing.  I was about to the point where I was going to purchase a new power supply, and hold onto the ‘old’ one when I found an obscure post from 2005 on a board that I frequent.  The person had the same exact problem that I did, and explained how he managed to fix it.  He removed the memory DIMMs (sticks) from their sockets and replaced them.  Just to be certain they were stuck in.  Once I did that and powered on the tower, it stayed running.  Crossing my fingers, I shut it off at the power button, put everything back together and carted it back to where my computer desk was.  Re-connected all the peripherals and voila!  It works.

Once I had it running, I made sure to back up the hard drive again, since it hasn’t been backing itself up over the last several days.  Made sure my email downloaded so it’s not cluttering up either the cloud or the mail server, and reveled in the wonder of being able to see on my 27″ monitor again.  Definitely not certain how long this is going to work, but it’s working for NOW.  A fact to which I’m grateful.  Now, on to other problems.

Toy Whore/Hoard

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I actually think I have too many BDSM toys.  And there’s two sad things to add to that statement.  Not only do I probably have too many, I want more.  I continually scour places that advertise items that people no longer want, or think about what I could do with items that could be converted into play things.  Like old chain for example.  Since I’m unable to play with my girl due to distance, I spend time keeping my interest piqued by watching old BDSM videos (from Insex and other venues), looking at pictures and thinking about old play scenes of my own from the past.  I marvel and covet what I see, and consider how I could be getting items from scrap yards, antique stores and junkyards to convert into toys, for the eventuality of having someone to play with.  I even have haunted Etsy and eBay over the past few days to browse for older chain, instead of going the route of purchasing new chain and rusting it.  It would actually probably be cheaper to do it that way, but I don’t think you get the same patina from rusting the stuff that you find in hardware stores these days..a lot of it comes from China, and the metallurgical make-up is completely different from domestic (US) steel from the past.

I’ve often also thought about divesting myself of some of the toys that I have had for a long time.  Many years ago, when I was going through a medical restraint phase, I purchased FOUR identical sets of Human Restraints.  The types that are used in hospitals, or mental health facilities.  These are the extremely sturdy leather restraints with locks.  I still have them, they’re brand new and haven’t even been removed from the boxes they were shipped in.  My justification was, they price was way too good to pass up.  Coupled with the fact that you normally can’t get these without either a prescription (unlikely!) or be ordering them from official letterhead from an institution (impossible!).  Yes there are places that make similar ones, or knockoff varieties, but getting the real thing instead?  That’s a coup.  But still, I have four sets of something that I’ve never used, and essentially, that’s THREE sets I probably will never use. prangers2 The same goes for my prangers.  I have two of them (because a seller on Fetlife was offering the two as a set, not individually) but really, probably only need one at any time.   Don’t get me started on my flogger collection.  I really went overboard on that one.  Someone on Fetlife was selling their collection due to having the need for money, and naturally I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  So I blew my toy budget for the year on making myself the proud owner of that, and now they sit mostly in my clothes closet, or hung up in my armoire, waiting to be used.  I’ve already had one horsehair flogger disintegrate due to lack of use (that majorly sucked!) and I have to be certain that other toys don’t go the same route, because of lack of playtime.  Further, my spanking horse is in the basement, getting more and more dusty with every passing month.  The last time I had a repairman in the house, he saw the horse and asked me if it was a piece of exercise equipment.  Rather than tell him exactly what it’s use was, I just nodded and didn’t say any more.

I suppose it’s just fitting that Amazon has now gotten into the business as well.  While I was doing research looking for pictures, I stumbled upon their toy listings.  Oy.