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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 :)

Domain musings, name-expensives, and porkbuns. 

Looking a lot more like I'm moving my domains from Namecheap to Porkbun.

Price increases to maintain infrastructure are one thing, but this feels less like an infrastructure cost bump and more like a novelty domain cash grab.

The latest move? lick.blue -- it's become a somewhat integral part of my identity now, and $17 a year to keep my dot-blue? Ouch. It actually becomes cheaper to take a damned dot-com over that, and that makes no sense.

Meanwhile, I keep wanting to ramp down my .us domain usage, and I have just one left. I might just migrate almost all of that email usage into my japocon.top domain, as it's paid for the next few years at a fantastic rate through Porkbun.

Also, .us is bad: You cannot use a service to anonymize your information, and ICANN demands real info when setting things up. So yeah, you can see where I live from a simple whois, with a little too much fidelity.

(these bricks will be flammable, and are for burning as heat. Why throw away all those Damnazon and Wallymart boxes, when they give you free fuel for heating with most purchases?)

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I sort of want to build my own hydraulic press with a bottle jack. Seems to be straight forward enough. All I want it for is to compress moulds filled with paper/cardboard pulp for brick making.

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Those of you who get the joke, yeah, that's about how I feel...

But what boggles me is just how much Mario Kart 8 Deluxe costs. $60 new? Yikes. Does Nintendo never run sales on older games or something?

I bought a Tendo Swish.

And now I have a friend trying to make me buy Smash for the Switch. I don't like Smash.

I am going to have a busy, busy day tomorrow-today. Work, therapy, and washing a blanket for my first acupuncture session. Blanket spent too much time in the closet, so has that stuffy smell.

... I want a pair of gloves that can livestream video from the palms of my hands if I hold my hands up. Don't care about my phone's data plan, just blast that shit straight to the internet from both cameras.

Sexual Kinks and Mastodon lament :boost_ok:​ 

It's safe to say there's not an instance that focuses on pumping and saline use, which makes me kinda sad.

I need to figure out what the hell Scaleway is going to do to my costs as they're doing away with capping; If it doesn't really affect me much, maybe spin up a machine and try to get something established on it for pumpers and saline users.

Fetlife, as a social network, is extra stagnant on it, with little to no relevant posts in MONTHS, despite there being a boom in pump tube acquisitions in just this year alone.
And then there's PumpPig, which lacks the social aspect, and is just for hooking up.

But to wit PumpToys has been backordered or sold out of any tube I'd be interested in (I like big ones).

The only other tube I would buy for pumping is fucking $350 with shipping. A bit much!

But I'd bet there's a community of pumpers that have old tubes they've outgrown and would trade at a decent value to newer pumpers that are looking for the right hardware. They don't have to be furries. They just have to be pumpers or saline users.

I have a purchasing decision to make.
I returned my Saris cycling trainer because it wasn't what I needed. For $288, the features it offered could be found in other trainers half its price OR LOWER.
(Read: it was supposed to offer speed/cadence with the sensor, but it isn't calibratable, and results in me looking like I'm doing 20+ mph in Rouvy.)

So now I have a credit in my Damnazon account for this thing to burn off.
I could do at least one of the things on the poll with the balance.

I've put off the CPU purchase for several months, but right now I'm running on a Ryzen 3 3200G. Purchasing the 5 3600 would have its benefits, and I could then take the 3 3200G and put it on another motherboard I have, buy a stick of RAM and a solid state drive, and have a spare computer for the living room to potentially play Stepmania and other games on.

The drawing tablet would be really nice to have, but it would be questionable how much use I'd get from it.

The cycling trainer could still be useful in getting me to possibly exercise again, though acquisition of a proper exercise bike is also plausible. It would mean I wouldn't have to lug my real bike in and out of the house.

:boost_ok:​ I'm just looking for a lot of thoughts on this.

Thanks! :)

Hi.

Can I have a basket full of French fries that are coated in, like, seasoned salt, garlic, pepper, and maybe cheese, please?

Huh... Something's busted with my blog's activitypub module, it seems. My blog entries on @xial after the first of the year never made it here, so it seems, and that's kind of disappointing.

What's worse is I only JUST noticed this problem.

In October.

And have no idea how to fix this.

This said, a trailer would be ridiculously helpful for me, so that I could take these bags of recycling to the recycling center and get my deposit back. Ten cents a container is worth it when you have probably 170 containers to pitch back. The trailer would be the safer way to haul three bags at once.

I think I understand why bicycle trailers are so frequently stolen now. No one wants to pay $120 for the least expensive model.

I would need donor bicycles to craft something of my own, recycling some of the frame metal, and I still don't know how to weld, lol.

Let's see if I can get more water down my throat today.

And lest y'all forget: Y'all thirsty, drink some dang water.

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