Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

After a drawn-out and complicated move, all our stuff is finally here in the new place. Including the gaming desktop.

I do not normally like listening to podcasts when I am gaming. Generally speaking, I prefer to experience the in-game sound and cuesof whatever is happening on-screen. However, I picked up "Everybody's Golf VR" for PSVR and that is just a joy for playing while listening. It's become kind of my new Zen routine after the wife is in bed. I just put in my earbuds from the phone, kick off a podcast, then put on the VR headset and play a round of golf. So much fun, and man, I have a wicked slice. I really need to work on my swing!

Rob Lowe has a podcast called "Literally!"

Mr. Skullhead from Animaniacs

Our dishwasher is an old one that just keeps going. It dates from a time before built in obsolescence and just works. Recently it had been leaking a little. I thought it might be finally on it’s way out but I looked in the area where the door hinged down and quite a bit of gunk had collected. The rubber seals looked fine and I guessed the gunk might just be just displacing them enough to let water out. After quite a bit of time removing said disgusting gunk I waited for the next time I needed to run it aaaaaaand no leaks. The old warhorse, or washinghorse I guess, journeys on.

Every year at OpenNMS we have a dev conference/hackathon, where we all spend a week working on whatever we feel like. It's a chance to do something that interests you specifically, and also to get together with other folks in the community. We pay to fly out all our employees and anyone in the open-source community who has made a significant contribution and have a week of socializing, hacking, and fun. On Friday we all do presentations about what we did.

This year, of course, we couldn't really do that, so we decided to try having it in Minecraft instead. We used Mumble with a plugin that links them together so positional audio works and such. It of course couldn't replace our normal Dev-Jam, but it was a lot of fun.

A coworker made a Minecraft plugin that lets you make a NOC with working metrics and graphs inside Minecraft.

Quick summary:

Full presentation:

My podcast.

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1Dgaf wrote:

My podcast.

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Well done!
Speaking of which, you should probably put a link to it in your signature so folks know where to tune in.

Thanks. From experience, these blips only last a day or two but it's nice to get noticed. Of course thanks toyou for all the support and feedback over the years.

I think I'll go signature free a for a while - it's hot in the UK and I like the breeze.

It's a hot day. About to watch Princess Bride in the backyard on a projector now that it's nearly dark!

You must not have cicadas where you live.

Summer without at least a few cicadas is unnatural.

Cicadas of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.

My 16yo son has discovered GTA San Andreas, and he’s loving it. He’s playing on iPad with a controller and headphones. Totally age appropriate.

Aw sh*t, here we go again...

RawkGWJ wrote:

My 16yo son has discovered GTA San Andreas, and he’s loving it. He’s playing on iPad with a controller and headphones. Totally age appropriate.

What’s the soundtrack like? Has it had some copyright changes? I thought it made vice city much worse when they lost some songs.

Luckily he’s a good kid with a good head on his shoulders. And I get to explain things like who Tommy Chong is and other 1990-esque things. Not that Tommy Chong is a 90s thing per se.

bbk1980 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

My 16yo son has discovered GTA San Andreas, and he’s loving it. He’s playing on iPad with a controller and headphones. Totally age appropriate.

What’s the soundtrack like? Has it had some copyright changes? I thought it made vice city much worse when they lost some songs.

Oh, good call! I didn’t even think about that. I’ve got the box set soundtrack on CD. I should dig it out of whatever storage box it sleeping in.

Does it have the Hot Coffee mod?

Funny, I used the MP3 station the whole game through so my sound track is nothing like the game. Songs come on still that bring me back to san andreas. Never could get past the gang war end. Couldn't go 5 feet without someone killing you, something, or a car blowing up.

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Can't beat a good cast iron pan. Is your stove gas or electric?

The longer you watch, the better it gets. Can you make it to the end?

kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

I have the same problem with monkey butlers.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

Are they all different sizes and shapes? Or did you just need a different one for every day of the week?

Chairman_Mao wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

Are they all different sizes and shapes? Or did you just need a different one for every day of the week?

They were all different shapes and sizes until a couple months ago when I bought a second 10" round pan. I was using the one I had for nearly every meal I made, and it seemed like it would be handy to have a second. (It is.)

Chairman_Mao wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

Are they all different sizes and shapes? Or did you just need a different one for every day of the week?

Yes and yes.

Oh wait, that wasn't a question about monkey butlers.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Are they all different sizes and shapes? Or did you just need a different one for every day of the week?

Things that turn cooking from a chore to a pleasure - or at least, a lot more tolerable - decent cooking equipment and a good set of knives. With those there's not much you can't make or cook without too much hassle, and with about 500% less stress.

My Mother-in-Law (who is much better cook than she thinks she is) regards cooking as a necessity, not something to be enjoyed. After watching her struggle for years when I first met Mrs Sorb with cheap pans, and knives that struggled to cut through butter, I managed to persuade Mrs Sorb to get her mother a decent set of pans for a christmas one year from the both of us. This was something of a leap I can tell you, and I can't say that initially they were well received.

However, 8 years later she now has an Aga range cooker (after an extensive (and expensive!) kitchen remodel) a much better set of knives than I own - I'm a tad jealous about that - and she doesn't find cooking anything like as much as a burden as she used too. She's even been baking with Mini-Sorb a few time to get the most of out her new cooker. When I first met her there is no way she'd ever have contemplated doing that. She acknowledges now that cooking equipment makes a hell of a difference to the experience of cooking. I think I got away with it in the end!

My Father-in-Law however - he's banned from my kitchen after he set fire to the handle on my favourite frying pan. Some people shouldn't be allowed in kitchens. He's one of them.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
kuddles wrote:

I bought a 12" cast iron pan last week and it's already becoming my favourite cooking dish ever!

Careful. I bought one cast iron pan, and now I have seven and don't cook with anything else.

Are they all different sizes and shapes? Or did you just need a different one for every day of the week?

They were all different shapes and sizes until a couple months ago when I bought a second 10" round pan. I was using the one I had for nearly every meal I made, and it seemed like it would be handy to have a second. (It is.)

Sorry I realized my question sounded sarcastic. I'd actually like to know more about the different ways you use each size/shape!

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Sorry I realized my question sounded sarcastic. I'd actually like to know more about the different ways you use each size/shape!

Oh, okay. I have two 10" round pans that I use for basically everything. They're the workhorses of my kitchen. I'll use them for cooking meats and veggies and flat breads, like tortillas and naan. I bake cornbread in them, as well as pan pizzas. They do everything.

I have a small, 6" round pan that I'll use for cooking small things while the other pans are in use which these days is mostly tempering oils for dals and the like. My wife also likes to use it to cook single eggs.

I have a square grill pan that I use for indoor grilling. I don't have an outdoor grill, so this is the next best thing. It works well enough for what I need it to do.

I have a cast iron dutch oven that I use for deep frying, stews, and (mostly) bread baking. I bake a couple loaves of bread each week, and they're just divine coming from the dutch oven.

I also have a large griddle pan and grill pan that's meant to straddle two burners, but I actually mostly use it for baking hand-tossed pizzas on. This is my most recent acquisition. I read a tip somewhere about using a cast iron griddle instead of a baking stone, and the recommendation so far has been spot on. The results are just as good, but the iron is a lot more durable than the baking stone.

And I guess I miscounted, because I had thought my baguette baker was cast iron, but thinking more about it, it's ceramic. Still a wonderful investment for baking authentic baguettes, but not relevant to the topic at hand. I'd also love to get a wok and to replace some of my other bakeware like a muffin pan and a loaf pan.