PC 2012 – The Idea

May 16, 2012

So my primary desktop has been flakey lately, blue screening occasionally, and not handling games well. I’ve also been really upset at how LOUD it is. Even just using a web browser is an exercise in listening to the cpu fan change speeds constantly. I decided to start prep work on a new PC with the goal to have it finished before 3 day weekend in the end of May.

Primary goals of the new system:
1.) Quiet
2.) Powerful enough to be a 3 year gaming computer
3.) Low power
4.) A decent development machine (any gaming pc will basically also qualify here, except 3 monitor support would be a nice perk)

My current system was supposed to be quiet, and it wasn’t bad at the beginning, but it’s never been great. I would love for it to be flat out silent when not gaming. So I put some time in getting up to speed on current hardware and this is what I’ve come up with:

The SSD I’ve had for a month and a half and just never installed. Got it on sale, no real thought put into it. There is some method to the madness behind the rest of the products.

One of the first things that may jump out at you is there is no mechanical harddrive at all. That is on purpose. I have a home server that stores the majority of my large files. While I may put a low rpm large capacity drive in the computer someday, I wanted to try it this way first.

I’ll be posting later on some of the reasoning behind more of the parts, and the effectiveness of the build itself after I’ve had a chance to put it all together.


March 10, 2012

If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a website designed to crowdsource funding for creative projects. I’ve seen a few projects that have seemed interesting on Kickstarter, but I finally pulled the trigger on one.

While I did grow up playing point and click adventure games, that’s not a big reason for my choice. I’m much more interested in the documentary. I don’t necessarily have high hopes that it will really show the parts I’m interested in, but I think it’s worth taking a chance on. And the game will be a nice side bonus. Plus I want to encourage the crowdsource funding of game dev.

2011 Recap

January 11, 2012

End of year update!

First some stats:
2011 weight (stable, but still 10lbs higher than I want it to be, anytime it’s in the 170′s I’m happy with it though.) Down 7lbs on the year (but I’m up a little now.)
2011 weight

Lifetime weight (for comparison, since I started caring.)
life time weight

I’ve been bad about not running with my ipod much since April (sorry Sonja!). I did a 5 mile leg of the marathon relay in June, and a couple 5ks here in Sioux Falls in Sept/Oct. I think I’d like to work up to a 10k by summer and possibly a 1/2 marathon by year’s end. This is kind of a big change in mindset for me, as I found little use for things over 5k before, but 5k’s are becoming something you just do, so it’s probably time for tougher goals, and I don’t really want running faster to be one of them as I only really enjoy doing official races with friends.

I don’t have the #’s in a spreadsheet yet, but basically, in 2010 I could maybe do 1, at one point in 2011 I could do 40 in a single set (160 a day). I’m back down closer to 20 right now, but that’s ok because:

In December my motivation to run was lagging so I decided to finally start going to the gym with Seth. I don’t really care to share my weights on major machines right now. Suffice to say I was stronger in college and I wasn’t really a tough guy then. Good progress so far though. Benchpress up 10lbs, Squats up 20, Offsetting my pullups by 10-20 less. Major goals are Benchpress own weight, Legpress 3x own weight. Squat 1.5x own weight. 15 legit pullups (currently not really able to do even one).

Moved into the dev department, though I keep all my prior responsibilities (should avoid all major new projects in the area though I hope). Working in Silverlight/WCF now which is a nice change of pace from classic asp/vb6.

Broke the screen back in November. Looking forward to whatever gorilla glass replacement gets unveiled at CES this week.

Hello World only. :( I need to work on this one.

Minimal progress. Another area needing attention and $$.

Fixed the critical issues, but at the end of the day I’m still driving a 13 year old car. I have no desire to get a better one for myself, but I could see wanting something nicer for others. I really struggle with that though, since the easiest way to meet financial goals is to not spend money and this is big one. :/

Shorn bald, since June.

Working on it. :/

Halloween 2011

November 3, 2011

Dread Pirate Roberts or bald Zorro?

The world may never know, but Jeff’s Pee Wee Herman did win us some drinks…

Lawson Wedding

September 13, 2011

Lori and Travis had their big day. Everyone had a lot of fun. True to form, I was an usher (seems like I’m always an usher). Though that was hardly needed since 4 ushers was a bit overkill for the little church.

Good times. Congrats!


July 31, 2011

Went to SDCC 2011 with Mike, Sonja, and as a last minute thing, Opello.

Frontier screwed us big time on the way out, we got to stay overnight in the Denver airport freezing to death (from the dried sweat of being stuck in Sioux Falls for 2 extra hours in the not nearly airconditioned enough 100+ degree heat).

Went to the zoo.

Stood in a line.
Stood in a line.
Stood in a line.
Stood in a line.
Stood in a line.

Met Zach Levi. (Stood in a shorter line.)

I think we all had a fun time, but everyone was a little on edge from the bad flights/no sleep. Oh well, lesson learned, pack a coat even when it’s 100 degrees outside and 1 travel day is not enough :/


June 15, 2011

Went to deadwood. Ran in the marathon relay with Sharla, Kristine, Andrea, etc… Lost $4 gambling. Almost lost my ID to a bouncer. Sonja hi-fived a lizard. Got to hang out with Bobby. Etc…

It was a good weekend.

Well that didn’t take long

March 4, 2011

Or at least it didn’t take infinity, which was how long I figured it would take. All it took was a horribly debilitating neck injury apparently.



Unfortunately all that great progress (of attempting to get back to what I could run a year ago…) has not been consistently reflected in my diet… pizza and cookies do not a lean dan make. There has even been some fast food.

Oh well, I’ll get there eventually.

2010 in review.

January 3, 2011

Finally some follow through on the big goal established in 2009 (lose weight and get back into shape). I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m much happier with where I am at. I recorded a low of 185.2 (currently up from there, but still under 190).

weight 2010

nike running 2010

Combined with the ~80ish miles of run/walk I had before my nike+ (which was my awesome birthday present from Mike and Sonja), I ended up with around 275miles in 2010. I’ve already set the 2011 goal at 365 miles, no walking. We’ll see how that goes.

I plan to do monthly running challenges with the stakes of a lunch meal bought by the loser with Sonja in 2011 (which I have not told her, we’ll see how that goes over…) The trial run of that motivation in December seemed to help. Nike says I won, but she insists she has 22+ unsynced miles and won. I suppose I’ll trust her this time. If anyone else wants in, just friend me on nike+ (zombiefooddan).

Fast food was almost completely eliminated in 2010. I did probably eat that junk 1-2 times a month, but all in all much better. Now if only I could kick this pizza addiction. I have a couple friends on the celiac diet, but eliminating grains is not really something that appeals to me. Too much love for french toast.

I acquired a new phone in the fall. A Droid X. I like it. The latest updates to navigation and maps have been big improvements (a.k.a. they are usable now). It’s a bit of a step up from my Razr. Though honestly my only issues with the Razr were texting was a pain and being 4 years old it’s 3rd battery wasn’t the greatest anymore. (I picked up 2 razr batteries on the extreme cheap a few years ago. Occasionally it’s useful to have one of the the most popular phones in the world.)

Razrdroid x

Work was… interesting and at times frustrating this year. I don’t like to blog about it, maybe I’ll recap it some in the future. I’ll be on my 3rd boss in 3 years as of tomorrow. Hopefully that goes well. Looking to not have a repeat of 2009 and 2010 where I have a combined ~650 hours of uncompensated overtime to help them meet project time-lines that I never seem to get to have realistic input on. I love the people I work with and what I do but sometimes I really hate how I end up having to do it. I am gaining an appreciation for good project managers at least.

So that’s 2010. Lighter. More runny. A little passive aggressive.

See you in 2011.

Last day of November Vacation

November 30, 2010

It was almost 2 weeks long, but not very relaxing at all. Between work and work related activities I spent pretty much every day obsessing over work anyway. Lots of stuff I can’t actually talk about here for one reason or another. I’m pretty sure I’ll never feel comfortable writing about my time in corporate America.

My car battery died and has been replaced. My house has been cleaned some. I winterized the lawn mower and have the snowblower ready to go. (Which is good because it is snowing and drifting as I write this.)

I grew a Novembeard during vacation. It’s pretty scraggly, so it probably won’t survive to see Christmas.

Here is a random video I meant to share last year. Not my pets. I don’t have pets. At this point in my life I’m pretty sure getting a pet would just make me a crazy cat lady.
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