On the computer front the TPM module for the motherboard in the new PC came in and I got it installed, provisioned, and enabled easy enough. And an hour later had Windows 11 running.
Windows 11 is basically the latest attempt by Microsoft to swipe MacOS’ look and feel – and they did a pretty good job this time. Win11 is still a thinly veiled system to aggregate user data for resale, but I think I’ve gotten most of that disabled at this point.
I’ve not found anything that will truly stress the new computer, even SL doesn’t manage to do more than make the fans spin a little faster – but that’s mostly because SL programmatically can’t make use of the power.
In SL I’ve gotten the new homesteads setup and landscaped. “Eponia”, the sim my roommate is using, is a pretty basic forest with a house in one corner. “Vardale”, my sim on the other side of “Unexus”, is a bit more of a set-piece in that it has a story and several easter-eggs relating to it – and a far more detailed and setting-specific house over in one corner. 🙂
I’ve not had the time SL recently to do more than cause mountains, rivers, and forests to appear out of thin air, but I’m still managing to hang out at the various DJ events for a bit – which is always fun. Speaking of which, tonight’s DJ event is 80’s music.
I was briefly on a privately hosted Mattermost server run by an acquaintance, but it’s too isolated and tends to be overly confrontational. So I bailed and I’m back on Discord now, under a new account. This has allowed me to re-connect with a few folks I know while avoiding the dozens and dozens of people who kept me around just to do stuff for them… And the handful of problematic people I was essentially avoiding.
I also fired up a Twitter account that matches the Discord account… Twitter is even more of a cesspool of manufactured outrage and unabashed propaganda than it was when I left years ago, but it’s handy to talk with the Russian-speaking folks I know who don’t exist on anything else. I’m basically there for the DMs and resolutely ignore everything else.
In the really real world the cost of existing continues to rise. My typical weekly grocery run these days is nothing but the absolute basics – three plastic bags usually – and it’s a bit over $50. I’ve been making use of the dollar store for the ‘nice to haves’ because I can get three bags of snacks, cheap frozen meals, and some flavored seltzer for under $20 there – but I’m not sure how long they can keep those prices.
The car is doing great. I don’t do much more than drive it the three miles back and forth to work, but it’s still averaging over 30mpg even with all the stoplights. And that matters when gas is fast approaching $4 a gallon…
Other than that, it’s just a matter of continuing to put one foot in front of the other and continuing to hope that things get better.