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I'm going to go to Furvana this September in Ocean Shores, WA.

I haven't been to a furry con in over half a decade, and getting a proper vacation under my belt β€” a Β«get out of the town I live in and go see a new placeΒ» level of vacation is becoming more and more important to my mental well-being. As in it's self-care important.

As it stands, buying my train tickets (about $120-ish?), setting aside the $10 needed for the city bus round trip (three buses from Olympia to Ocean Shores, $1 a pop), making the second payment for the Airbnb ($110-ish), and buying con admission (up to $175, depending on level) are on the list of Things To Doβ„’.

I also need to budget food into this whole thing, and pay more attention to the current budget in the months leading up to this.

It's doable. I'll likely be consuming more Saturo to at least get balanced nutrition (at $2 a bottle) while really minimizing some of my other expenses.

That said, if you'd like to help, feel free: buymeacoff.ee/Xial :)

Speaking of Infomercial Grade products... (booty spritzers) 

Silly Infomercial knockoff products (shitpost?) 

re: Public spaces and photography, reasonable expectations (language). 

re: Public spaces and photography, reasonable expectations (language). 

Public spaces and photography, reasonable expectations (language). 

By Crimboween, I would like to have two newer computers. One should be a Raspberry Pi 4, 4 GB model, because the bulk of what I do at home outside of work is social crap. Toots, Telegrams, Discords, and even an IRC.

The other should be a newer desktop, so that I can play Forza Horizon 4 again.

So, I've had that Hasselblad True Zoom mod for my phone for about a week now.

There are quirks that I don't like about it: for something as thick as that mod, I'm actually surprised that it does NOT have a secondary battery built into it. Even an extra 1000 mAh would be a welcome addition on my Moto Z3, since I feel it gets a little greedy on the battery.
You can't launch the camera with any power source connected via USB, either, so using an external pack and shooting isn't feasible.

Those quirks aside, I think it takes really damn nice pictures, especially when you consider that it's just attached to a cellphone playing dress-up with new hats.

As such, here's a couple of examples that were passed through RawTherapee to get the bits of tuning I wanted. :)

(And yes, that was the 'too expensive' camera mod I was talking about. I'm super excited. I need good pictures of my better half, and if I can get someone to take photos of us together out at the con, I'd be 900% excited.)

... Ahahahaahahaahahaa!! I just snagged a used Hasselblad True Zoom mod for my phone on Fleabay for $33 shipped!

Person selling it was just not a fan of how Mods work and how the buttons handle on it, so they're just selling it super cheap.

I'll TAKE THAT!

It's less than a month to my vacation. I am very excited by this prospect. I haven't had a proper vacation since some time before I left Florida 4.5 years ago.

I got an Airbnb registered months ago. My better half has a flight scheduled to come in to Seatac that week. I'll pick them up, and we'll drive out to the coast.

Many excites!

Now if I could acquire a couple of the Motorola Moto Mods for my phone for the trip, that'd be even better. I want that really nice camera mod that's just too expensive to justify long term acquisition of. That's something I'd rent for a week or two, if I could.

Man. If I had the funding to make something like this happen...

I'd love to just have a big garage-like space with all sorts of tools for people to come in and work with. A place to store projects in progress instead of having to figure out how the hell to get all of those parts back home when you're building that sick electric vehicle or whatever, but you're not done.

I mean, for $100 a month to access space, storage, and tools, it would also encourage you to work dilligently to finish said projects, as well. That way, you're not sitting on your heels, doing jack all.

A proper charter would need to be written up, with a solid rulebase to make it work, as well.

Rule 0, the one above all others: I'm not your madamsir, your dadmom, your personal butler to handle all of your oopsie-woopsie fuqi-wuckis. Clean up after yourself, put tools back, and don't steal my stuff. Do that, and we're cool.

My brain is very much in scatter mode. I should likely go crawl into bed and sleep.

Won't happen in a timely manner.

A flavorful take on the Internet of Shit, wi-fi lightbulb edition. 

I sort of wish I had access to a local collective of folks to share tools and skills. We could all build electric vehicles of all sorts. Bicycle/Tricycle form factor, fiberglas or carbon fiber fairings and bodywork, LEDs all over.

I'd want to figure out street legality as well, but shit, that'd be fun.

I want to take the day off, go to my doctor or urgent care. My left shoulder hurts badly, and my pain pills do little for it.

Can't do that today, though. My people need me.

Time to slather on the Tiger Balm, grit my teeth, and cycle to work because I'm running behind. That or a taxi for a one mile hop, ugh.

Farmer's Market and a touch of USPol (-) 

I was prepared to write this long, scathing diatribe about how a cellphone that I purchased years ago doesn't give me root access to allow me to uninstall garbage I don't need.

... and then I remembered adb shell kind of gives me that when I look hard enough.

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