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Thinking out loud about laptops :servbot_at_work: 

Found an ASUS TUF laptop new/on discount that checks all the boxes, so I pulled the trigger on it rather than waiting for post-COVID computer manufacturing infrastructure to spin back up to meet my incredibly specific needs. It's a gaming laptop with the WASD keyboard keys highlighted, but the backlight is at least multicolor and not Virtual Boy red (which was my main concern)

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Thinking out loud about laptops :servbot_at_work: 

It's also got to last; I lucked out with my 2015 Aspire but also had to replace a few parts over the years. I side-eye Lenovo after the machine I had to send back, and I've heard Dell machines aren't great about this.

Man, if they just had a current-gen Aspire 7 in stock/at MSRP it would suit my needs perfectly

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Thinking out loud about laptops :servbot_at_work: 

It's looking like "what's available at the start of June" is going to be a bunch of models from last year or earlier, because everybody's buying a new computer to work from home and manufacturers aren't running at capacity (which I support, they really shouldn't). My absolute bare-minimum is 9th-gen i5/3rd-gen Ryzen + GeForce 1650 + 10-key input + SATA bay; hopefully the better companies plan to restock or release new models at some point soon

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this would be considered too unsubtle for environmental storytelling in a fps

I think I might want to start a second character in FFXIV as a horrible little gremlin (lalafell), -but- only if any mutuals have an active FC for me to join; otherwise I'll continue soloing as my current character without issue 🔸

Oh hey, it's Tuesday! I'll be resuming my playthrough of Yakuza 0 with a slightly shorter stream at the top of the hour: twitch.tv/lobst 🔸

Anyway, good game, and it's on the list of fighters I'll be sticking with; it feels like a nice re-entry into MLP:FiM's design aesthetic and writing tone for someone like me, who saw an opportunity to stop following the show at the season 3 finale and immediately took it 🔸

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I'm not blameless in this, of course; an hour-plus into Story Mode (starting the snow village dungeon) and I finally start to think "hmm, perhaps I should look into using this 'Magic' mechanic I've heard so much about" 🔸

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I put some time into Them's Fightin' Herds earlier tonight; I'm still relatively unfamiliar with the genre, but it's the first one of these I've played where the lowest-difficulty AI player casually destroys me with relentless blocking and air-juggle combo maneuvers 🔸

I have a Duolingo (LovelyBoost) but it sure as hell isn't my only resource, I prefer things that more explicitly encourage note-taking and self-study; I'm a few chapters into the Tae Kim grammar guide, and I have some textbook scans I've also been reviewing🔸

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Over the last month I've been throwing myself all the way back into studying Japanese using free resources, mostly for the challenge and fun of it. It's been a humbling experience, but also highly enjoyable for me 🔸

Introducing the new Sony Playstation.

Script by @jk
Music from NES Pictionary
Video from my living room and Sony

computer youtubers be like *holding $600 GPU* "yeah it's not the best card but whatever"

I've posted some weird promos that networks have used for Deep Space Nine over the years. This one however ... just watch it. youtube.com/watch?v=S9lKJIPJ-O

THPS1+2 looks great from what little I've seen, -but- I'm still waiting for these PSOne revivals to lead to new original content in a similar style, rather than stopping at the point where a media company sells the childhood of a bunch of '90s kids directly back to them 🔸

True to my exact word (hell yeah for vagueness), I'll be streaming the start of a Yakuza 0 playthrough at 3PM PDT, which I might establish as my new normal depending on how it goes: twitch.tv/lobst 🔸

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