Test Streams

So, today, I did the first of a few test streams from my new house. My current computer setup is lacking a fair bit in the performance department. Well, the CPU specifically. Fortunately, though, I’ve found a way to work around it.

In today’s test, I was eventually able to get everything running, including voice chat with a couple people I play Sea of Thieves with. I have one little tweak to make to the audio so that there’s less echo from the group chat, but it’s something that’s easy to handle.

The next big thing is that I’d like to work out a regular schedule for the streams. I’m thinking I’d like to do a three hour stream from 6pm to 9pm (nice). The other options would be to do it early in the morning from 4am to 7am or later in the evening from 8pm to 11pm. I’d love to know anyone’s thoughts on times, really. Keeping in mind that these times are Eastern Time.

For now, please follow my Twitch channel at http://twitch.tv/specialkolin. I would greatly appreciate it. See you all there!

Almost Forgot

Here I am sitting in bed, and it just occurred to me that I hadn’t written anything today. My goal for this year is to write ANYTHING once a day and publish it, of course.

Anyhow, earlier this evening, we cooked sesame beef for the first time. I’m kind of enjoying cooking. Now, I’m enjoying the actual act of preparing and cooking food, not the figuring out what to eat or finding ingredients part. Maybe it’s my creative side that enjoys the making something with my hands, I dunno. Long of the short of it is: I’m stuffed from all the food we made, but it was so worth it.

As a third aside on this post about nothing:

One of my best friends was recently hit by a car and is currently in the ICU, and from what I’ve heard, has about four more surgeries left to go. It’s kind of terrifying to think that this sort of thing happened, but here we are. I’m still short on details on why or how it all happened, but we’re hoping that we’ll be able to visit soon, because while we’re practically brothers, we’re not ACTUALLY brothers, so I can’t get in just yet. Either way, I’m incredibly worried, and I have no idea what’s at the other end of this. I’m just hoping that he’ll be able to get back on his feet again and have a somewhat normal life. I couldn’t imagine having a major disability that would keep me from doing what I love. But, I guess, when you love something. You find a way to make it work.

It’s been on my mind for the past couple days, and I figured it would be better to talk a little about it than to keep it bottled up. I’ve sort of incidentally made my cart have phrase for the SpecialKolin Podcast “drive safe” but that was mostly because I would do a lot of recording in the car, so it seemed fitting. And here, at the end of this post, I mean it. Drive safe. Walk safe. Be safe, please. You are important to someone somewhere, so if you don’t want to be safe for yourself, then please do it for them.

What is Blahg? How blahg?

GOT DAN WHY HAVE I NOT WRITTEN A SINGLE THING ON HERE SINCE BEFORE I LEFT FOR DESERT BUS???

The answer is simple: I’m super forgetful and I have a one-track mind when I’m fairly stressed out.

ANYHOW, back to our normal programming… The house is done! We’ve been working on this whole thing for over a year, now, and FINALLY we’re moved in! Wow, so many things already written in all caps, I’m going to try to stray away from that for the rest of this post.

Now that we’re in the house, I’ve started the process of making the house a little more tech friendly. First up, I’ve finished terminating the ethernet lines, so now we have a nice little patch panel in our master bedroom closet, and a switch on it’s way so every room will have gigabit ethernet. Which will be nice between my streaming office/studio and since we consume streaming content in the living room and bed room. For whatever reason, when wiring the house’s ethernet, our electrician put a drop outside, so with that in mind, I’m thinking of putting a security camera out where it’s at. Up next is connecting up our connected garage door opener. Which would have already come in handy with us leaving the house a couple times and eventually feeling unsure of whether or not we’ve closed the garage door.

On a less technical side, I’m going to need to figure something out with our gutters. I am super inept when it comes to gutters, but I know I don’t need my downspouts dumping water so close to my foundation, so some french drain creation is in my near future.

Also, holy moly do we need some furniture.

On a programming related note: Let’s See a Movie will be making a return now that we’re no longer moving. The SpecialKolin Podcast will be back again, I promise. Also, I’m going to be doing some tech tests for the streaming office, but streams will hopefully resume, as long as those tests work out. Also, I really want to finish writing my Desert Bus 2017 retrospective, soooooo maybe eventually I’ll publish it. God knows I want to. A short version can be found in this tweet from a couple weeks ago.

Desert Bus for Hope 2017

About this time every year, I start going on and on about this thing called Desert Bus for Hope. If you’ve never heard of it, I feel like I’ve failed somewhere along the line, but also it’s essentially a charity drive that benefits the Child’s Play charity. During Desert Bus for Hope, a driver plays the game Desert Bus, a game where you drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time. You drive on a straight road in the desert, there are no other cars, no people, just you and the bus. As you can imagine, this is kinda boring, so during the drive there are live auctions, giveaways, special guests, and of course shenanigans ensue. 2017 marks the eleventh year that Loading Ready Run has been putting on this strange thing they do. Most importantly, this year they needed an extra photographer.

This is where I come in. I’ve been watching and supporting Desert Bus every year for the past seven years or so. So when I heard the call, I put my hand up as quick as possible. Which brings me to where I am now. I’m going to be the second photographer at Desert Bus! I’m very excited especially now that I’ve traveled across the country just to be a part of this amazing thing. Naturally, the proceeds from Desert Bus go straight to Child’s Play, so this position is super volunteer, as in I paid to get out here and for my accommodations. Unfortunately, this means that I’m not going to be able to donate as much as I usually do. So, this year, I’m hoping that all of you can find it in your heart to give a little more. Not just for me, but for the children!

To see me in action, be sure to follow along at http://desertbus.org and their Facebook Page as well.