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It’s Always the Engineers Fault

In 1938 the city of Tacoma Washington hired a man by the name of Clark Eldridge to build a suspension bridge across the Tacoma Narrows over Puget Sound to Gig Harbor.  The city, however, balked at Eldridge’s initial design.  Its estimated price of 11 million was too costly and its aesthetics paled in comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge, which this bridge would rival.  As a result, Eldridge’s design was handed off to Leon Moisseiff, an east coast engineer and a co-designer of the Golden Gate bridge.  Moisseiff had made quite a name for himself during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and was given a great deal of credit for its aesthetic appeal.  In a few months Moisseiff produced a revised design, based on Eldridge’s design, but 3 million dollars cheaper and just as importantly, much easier on the eyes.  The city went with Moisseiff’s model and on July 1st 1940 the bridge was completed and opened to the public.

Let’s take a step back before we continue.  During construction of the bridge, the workers noticed that the bridge had a propensity to hop and sway in the wind.  Eldridge’s original design included 25 foot trusses under the bridge to provide strength and to counter the wind.  Moisseiff replaced these trusses with 8 foot girders, which eliminated the ugly look of the trusses and reduced the price significantly.  Moisseiff argued that the “main cables would be sufficiently stiff to absorb enough static wind pressure to stabilize the structure”.  Despite these assurances, the bridge quickly garnered the nickname “Galloping Gerdy” in recognition of the way it moved in the wind.  Many pedestrians would pay the 10 cent pedestrian toll to walk across the bridge just to have the carnival ride experience the bridge offered.

All the fun and games came to an end just four months later on a windy November day when Galloping Gerdy caught a stiff breeze and bucked like an unbroke stallion and crashed into Puget Sound.  “The bridge and Moisseiff’s reputation as an engineer were both a total loss.”   Moisseiff died a broken man three years later.

In February 2020 President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban agreeing to withdraw U.S military forces from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban agreeing to prevent extremist activity in the country, prisoner swaps, and discussions with the Afghan government to develop a power sharing agreement.  In April 2021, just weeks before the agreed upon date, newly elected President Joe Biden announced that his administration was not going to adhere to the agreement indicating that “withdrawal of US forces should be absolute, rather than provisional on conditions inside Afghanistan”.  Reports from the intelligence community warned that the decision risked retaliation by the Taliban and they were likely to make gains on the battlefield as a result of the cancellation of the agreement.  At the time of the announcement President Biden said “It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline . . . just in terms of tactical reasons, it’s hard to get those troops out.  And if we leave, we’re going to do so in a safe and orderly way.”

As concerns about the progress of the troop withdrawal began to leak, President Biden took to the podium to offer assurances.  “There will be no circumstance where you will see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States.”

On Friday, August 6th 2021 the Taliban began an offensive against the Afghan Government forces.  By Tuesday, more than half the country had been overrun.  By the following Sunday, American citizens were being evacuated by helicopter from the roof of the U.S embassy.

Two days later, President Biden finally made an appearance to address the situation in Afghanistan.  “The buck stops with me.”  He said, as he pointed out that no one told him that the Tacoma bridge was hopping and swaying before he squarely blamed the collapse on his predecessor Clark Eldridge.

 

Social Media vs Business Messaging

I don’t have a personal Twitter account.  I did at one time but I cancelled it after the mass wave of censorship that took place earlier this year.  I know that most people still use Twitter.  They think that Twitter, facebook, Youtube and the like are Social Media platforms.  I disagree.  They are messaging platforms.  If you have a business and you need to share a business message, those platforms are the way to go.  They still have a long reach and are able to put your product in front of many current or potential customers and can be an effective advertising platform.

Unfortunately, many people still believe that these platforms can also be used to have topical discussions of a personal nature.  They can and are, of course, being used in that regard everyday, but only if the topic and the opinions shared don’t conflict with the messages those businesses (Twitter, etc.) want to be shared.  You see, these platforms themselves are in the business of sharing a liberal, politically left leaning message.  In that regard, if your message contributes to or at least doesn’t undermine the goals of their business, then that discussion will be allowed to continue.  If a message, in any way, conflicts with their business message – that is the advancement of the political left, then it will be prohibited, banned, removed, or whatever term applies.

No, the official, written goals and mission statements of these media platforms don’t include something along the lines of “to advance a politically left message”.  It doesn’t have to.  It’s obvious in the way these platforms are administered.  Take for example, just yesterday.  A congress person was banned from Twitter for criticizing the effectiveness of the Covid Vaccines despite there being credible evidence supporting her concerns.  In the mean-time, a sitting president was banned from Twitter for encouraging peaceful protests while the Taliban still have an active account, even after they implemented a real armed insurrection and overthrew a legitimate government.

There are still many “right” leaning political voices on facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, ostensibly to continue to share their message with the masses and to hopefully win a few over to their side.  I follow some of them, but only if they also share ALL of their content and more on free speech platforms like Bitchute, Odysee, Gab, Gettr, or even Telegram.  If they don’t have active channels on those platforms – meaning additional content from the big three, I don’t follow them.  Why?  Because then I know that they are, in fact, willingly aiding those platforms in advancing their political message.

My reasoning is this:  In order to post on Twitter, facebook or Youtube you must comply with their terms of service, which are designed to target politically right leaning messages.  In other words you must self censor or your post will be removed.  If you self censor in order to comply, then your message is helping to advance the political left message, or at least not causing it any real harm. If you aren’t also posting more in-depth, challenging, and opinionated messages on the free speech platforms, then it’s obvious that you’re really just in it for the money, and you’ll say whatever it takes to keep the money coming in.

Don’t misunderstand, I have no problem with anyone posting their politically left leaning messages on any platform.  My only issue is that some of these platforms don’t allow alternate points of view.  I also don’t approve of the disingenuousness of the “influencers” on these platforms who portray themselves as conservatives, Trump Republicans, or even libertarians, when in fact they are nothing more than bought and paid for minions of these platforms who are allowed to create some harmless controversy in order to give the appearance of free speech.  It brings in the viewer and creates more ad revenue.  There is nothing wrong with using these platforms to support your business.  What is wrong is using these platforms to misrepresent who you are in order to support your business.

Another Covid Conspiracy

The problem with calling “vaccine hesitant” people antivaxxers is that most of them aren’t really antivaxxers along the lines of Rob Schneider, et al.  Most of the Covid antivaxxers are hesitant because they have yet to be convinced of two things.  First, the necessity of receiving the vaccine and second the safety of the vaccine once it is received.

The vaccine pushers have been out in force shouting to anyone within range that the virus is deadly and the vaccine is safe. The problem with this position is that it sounds very much like propaganda and very little like the honest truth.

Many people – exactly 10.98% of the country if the CDC is to be believed –  have contracted the virus as of this writing.  Of those who have, 1.6% have died.  (CDC data is here.  Population Data is here.)  Mathematically, that means you have a 99.998% chance of surviving Covid.  To put those numbers in perspective, as an American male I have an 11.6% chance of developing prostate cancer and a 2.4% chance of dying from it.  I am more likely to contract and die from prostate cancer (as my father did) than I am to contract and die from Covid.  Yet not only am I free from prostate cancer propaganda, I am free to wander among the general populace without carrying proof that I have recently been tested and proven to be prostate cancer free.  To my knowledge, despite the greater health risks, no government agency or business entity has restricted my access or mobility to ensure that I am taking proper precautions to prevent prostate cancer.

Despite the mathematical evidence of its lack of necessity, we are still being pushed to get the vaccine.  After all, better safe than sorry, right?  If you could get a vaccine that would reduce your chance of contracting and dying from prostate cancer, you would take it, right?  Well, the problem is that besides the numbers not supporting the urgency, there are some respected voices raising concerns about the safety of the vaccine, or coming out against it altogether.  Dr. Mike Yeadon, ex-vice president of Pfizer, has been one of those voices.  Considering his credentials, he should be allowed to make his case to the public via legacy and social media.  Instead, however, he has been banned from every platform and relegated to alternative sources such as podcasts on Bitchute.  If you haven’t seen any of his arguments against the vaccine, you can see a good one here.

Why would a scientist with a respected background like Dr. Yeadon not be given equal time in the vaccine discussion?  Is he crazy?  Are his credentials false?  Does he have a history of falling victim to scams and conspiracy theories?  The Center for Countering Digital Hate in the UK said “Yeadon’s background gives his dangerous and harmful messages false credibility”.  In other words, questioning the safety and efficacy of a vaccine, regardless of how qualified you may be to discuss the issue, is now considered digital hate.  They go on to say that his concerns have been debunked, but they don’t say how it was debunked, just who said it was debunked.

To be clear, everyone including Yeadon himself, admit that Yeadon has always pushed vaccines.  Early in 2020 he even asked people to be patient with the development of the Covid vaccine and urged people to take it.  “When a fellow Twitter user said vaccines “harm many, many people,” Yeadon replied: “Ok, please refuse it, but do not impede its flow to neutrals or those keen to get it, thanks.””  That attitude is what we would expect in a free society.  You’re free to take the vaccine or not.  Just don’t interfere with the choices other people make.

It wasn’t until he learned that the mRNA vaccines were going to be used did he suddenly change his opinions on the use of Covid vaccines. Again, like many people, Yeadon isn’t an antivaxxer, he’s just anti this vaccine – the Covid mRNA vaccine.  And according to him, for good reason.

What do elections and pandemics have in common?

I woke up this morning with an epiphany.

This has been “Their” plan since Trump won in 2016. “They” have been working with the Chinese Government through Fauci’s people to create a virus that could be released in 2020 to create the conditions necessary to invoke the fear they needed to implement their election fraud scheme. Unfortunately for “their” plan, the Chinese people had a social uprising before zero hour, which forced the Chinese Government to release the bug early so they could use it as an excuse to lock down their population, allowing them time to crack down on the freedom protestors. We’ve all seen the Covid victims being dragged out of their homes and locked in “paddy wagons” for their own safety.  A few weeks later, when all of the Covid victims/freedom protestors had been “quarantined”, life returned to normal in China.

When Pelosi learned that Trump was going to close the borders to China as a result of the new “virus”, she panicked because she didn’t want him to get in front of the virus before it could spread.  She countered by calling him a xenophobe and then by telling everyone to go to China Town and hug people. She needed the virus – Covid and other flu variants – to spread as quickly as possible so they could get the case numbers up to create the fear. “They” had to play it down at first to prevent people from getting too cautious about it. Preventative action in the early stages would have derailed the entire plan.

“They” pushed Covid testing in the early stages not to find out how the virus was spreading, but to point to the number of cases to drive the fear.  We’ve since learned that the tests were inaccurate.  Any flu variant detected was reported as Covid.  There was probably a lot of false positives included as well, meaning no flu was present at all.  Remember Elon Musk?  He was positive in one nostril and negative in the other.

“They” knew all along that the Covid tests were not accurate. This was intentional. It helped escalate the numbers to induce a pandemic, which allowed “them” to put their election fraud plans in place. Mail in ballots, drop boxes, and the elimination of signature verification allowed them to mass produce the fraud that has been going on for decades. “They” may have been surprised at the speed in which the vaccines were produced- all at Trump’s urging, but “they” were also angered by Trump’s attacks on the pharmaceutical industry and the way he forced them to lower prices on certain drugs, causing a hit on big pharma’s bottom line. “They” then partnered with big pharma to restore their profits by forcing everyone to get the jab, paid for by the U.S taxpayer. “They” want everyone to get the jab, even those who have tested positive, for two reasons. 1. “They” knew the Covid test was fake – producing a high percentage of false positives. Which means the natural immunity so many people believe they have doesn’t really exist. Covid is real. It was created in China to kill people, and it’s still out there. Just like the regular flu, the best way to keep it at bay is to get vaccinated. The Covid vaccine, however, isn’t a real Covid vaccine. It’s a flu vaccine that’s been modified to also provide some protections against Covid. This allowed them to produce it quickly and cheaply. It’s probably not as effective as a regular flu vaccine, but it will get better as they improve on it from one season to the next. Since they don’t really know who had Covid and who had the flu because the tests were flawed, the vaccine will appear effective because it will reduce the incidence of the regular flu. The breakthrough illnesses we’re seeing right now are from people contracting real Covid – which the vaccine isn’t terribly effective against. Since fewer people will contract the real flu, which they would otherwise classify as Covid, the number of “cases” will go down significantly, making it appear as if they have made progress against the pandemic.

2. Many well placed politicians, business people and bureaucrats are in the pockets of big pharma. When big pharma hits the jackpot, so do they. We already know that big pharma reported tens of billions of dollars in profits as a result of the vaccine. That means their salesmen – the aforementioned politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats – got their commissions as well.  To keep the bonanza rolling, it’s important for the breakthrough cases to be talked about and politicized. People have to stay afraid so “They” can maintain the election practices that are most susceptible to fraud. This will also allow them to continue to push the vaccine, which is essentially bonus money for Big Pharma and their lackeys.

In summary, “They” have been planning Trump’s downfall since the 2016 election.  The pandemic was just one of many plays in their play book.  When Trump proved impervious to every other means of defeating him, they played the pandemic card.  The strategy was two fold.  First, a deadly pandemic during an election year was sure, they hoped, to drive his approval ratings down. Second, it would allow them to create as Biden put it – “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American Politics”. “They” knew from the outset that the Covid tests were going to report false positives, but they needed as many cases as possible to create the pandemic fear. That’s why they encouraged everyone to get tested. More cases, more fear. With the fear in place they were able to implement their election fraud scheme to steal the election.  After it was stolen, they had to pay off everyone who helped with the scam via money laundered through big pharma. Everyone who gets the jab is contributing to the financial well being of the thieves who stole the election.  The powerful got rich, and the rich got powerful.

 

Release the Kraken

Please forgive me, for I have sinned.  It has been three years and two days since my last post.

I suppose I could bore you with the details of how I started and nearly finished my doctorate, got promoted to Deputy Director, got completely disillusioned, retired from both and bought a business selling supplies at dog shows.  But that is boring stuff compared to what’s happened in 2020.

My cat died.  That started everything off.  Then there was a pandemic, causing a violent societal reaction that resulted in an economic collapse, which fostered protests, riots and looting.  It’s been a heck of year, and it’s only half over.

I miss the cat.

I heard stories of murder hornets and I wondered how we would deal with them.  If this were a Japanese B movie (starring hornets?), Godzilla would come traipsing out of the ocean, stumble upon the hornets and light them up with his breath weapon.  Yes, that is how we could handle the murder hornets.  However, you know if Godzilla made an appearance, the murder hornets couldn’t keep it interesting.  No, he would have to face a real foe.

Release the Kraken!

Actually, the Kraken wouldn’t be much of an issue.  After all, it’s just a giant squid like thing.  Stay off the beach and you’ll be fine.  I’m seeing how the Kraken isn’t worthy of making an appearance in 2020.  So, let’s make a call to  . . . Cthulhu!

Cthulhu Vs. Godzilla.  Coming to a neighborhood near you.  Winter 2020.

The money pit

I first went to see Tom Hanks in the Money Pit while I was stationed overseas. My buddy and I had heard good things about it, so we decided to take it in at the post movie theater. To this day I can’t remember laughing that much for so long. My buddy Jeff actually memorized the banana fana song (the name game). “Two weeks! Two weeks! You sound like a parrot!” Good times!

At the time, as a young man who had never really owned anything of consequence, I didn’t understand what Walter Fielding was going through in that movie. Fast forward thirty years, and having owned a home for the past 20, I really thought that now, I could finally relate. That is until we bought the trailer.

To be clear, the comparison between the condition of Walter Fielding’s home and my trailer are slim, at best. My trailer was in a liveable condition when we got. It just had a few . . . issues.

For starters, the decals had baked in the sun for so long they were barely identifiable. They looked more like damage than decals. My brother Larry and I spent many days and quite a bit of time and money scrapping and rubbing off the decals. Of all of the repairs I’ve made to the trailer, this one was the most time consuming and labor intensive. It was also the least necessary. Which explains why it was the first thing I did.

For the sake of my sanity, I didn’t record the time or expense of the other repairs I made. For simplicity, let me list them here for you:

  • Removed decals
  • Repaired leaky sink
  • Repaired leaky shower
  • Repaired leaky hot water tank
  • Repaired bent window frame
  • Repaired broken arm on bedroom slide out
  • Replaced broken TV in bedroom
  • Installed TV arm mount
  • Replaced broken DVD player
  • Replaced broken awning arm
  • Cleaned and scrubbed awning
  • Replaced roof vent cover
  • Repaired broken locks on storage cabinets
  • Repaired numerous window shades
  • Replaced shower head and faucet
  • Removed broken stationary lamp
  • Replaced mattress for sofa bed
  • Replaced five tires
  • Repaired spare tire holder
  • Repaired broken jack motor
  • Repaired some trim around windows and the slideouts
  • Re-installed the sheet metal around the king pin
  • Replaced two deep cycle batteries
  • Installed power inverter
  • Installed 2 -100 watt solar panels
  • Installed battery/solar panel power meter
  • Replaced all lights with LED lights

In addition to the above, we also purchased a tripod king pin support, two 2,000 watt generators (because one wouldn’t run the AC), chock blocks, leveling blocks, propane tanks, a pop up canopy, and untold items to help with cleaning and storage. 

We have taken the truck and trailer out five times now, and the last excursion was the only one not to have any major incidents. 

The first time out our jack motor broke. 

The second time out the jack motor broke again and we also had a flat tire. 

The third time out we became infested with ticks and we forgot to bring just about everything we needed.  To add injury to insult, we got stuck in the mud trying to park the trailer and we nearly killed Larry when the tire caught a brick and flung it at him.  Thank goodness his leg jumped up and took the worst of it.  The doctors think he’ll learn how to walk normal again, and real soon. 

The fourth time out the trailer rolled over the chock blocks and nearly gave Bonnie a heart attack.  Although it only moved six inches, it was enough to prompt a visit to Amazon to buy some uncrushable chocks. 

The last trip out was . . . uneventful.  Finally.  We have one more shakedown trip to make before we take the rig up to the sequoias in August.  I can hardly wait.

So, in reality, I don’t think that Walter Fielding and I have that much in common.  I think I can more closely relate to Mr. Blanding when he built his dream house in the country.  I think I look more like Cary Grant, too. 

 

We’re (not) going to live in a trailer!

While at Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house, Bonnie and I noticed that they were selling their truck and trailer. These friends of ours had been light duty campers since they retired. However, they had not gone camping in over a year, and they had finally come to the conclusion that they just weren’t that much into it anymore.

One of the good things about Bonnie is that if you put a few glasses of wine in her, she really enjoys buying things. I refer you to our entertainment center, also known as the monstrosity. So, as the evening wore on and the wine flowed freely, I began to prod Bonnie with the thought of purchasing the truck and trailer. Although I had enough money to purchase the truck, I was a bit short on the trailer. Bonnie, on the other hand, has a mattress or two that are busting at the seams.

Surprisingly, Bonnie was very much in favor of making the purchase. And this wasn’t the wine talking. No, we have talked about this for a while. It’s part of our retirement plan. What really pushed us into a buying frenzy was the fact that our friends offered to sell us the truck and trailer for about half of what it was worth. Half! After walking through it and noticing how well kept it was, we couldn’t pass it up.

So, without further ado, here she is:

Truck and Trailer

The truck is a 1996 Ford F250, with a 7.5 L 460cc engine. The previous owner had a banks power kit installed on it, which is supposed to add another 15 -20 hp. The truck is in good condition with only 69,200 original miles on it. Other than towing the trailer around three or four times a year, they never really used it. The only thing I don’t like about it is the tow mirrors. Or lack of tow mirrors. Otherwise, the truck is in excellent condition and runs great!

The trailer is a 2008 Jayco Eagle 299RLS. The interior is in excellent condition. It actually looks new. The outside is a little worse for wear. It has sat in the sun for most of it’s existence, so the stickers are baked off and the finish is fading. The only major problem is that one of the awning arms is bent (He backed it into a fence!). The awning still works, but it has to be manually guided in and out. It also needs a new battery. The current battery is 8 years old (it may be the original) and it won’t hold a charge anymore.

Here we are inside the trailer:

Arlene, Mark, Greg, and Larry standing in the trailer

Here is the floor plan:

Jayco Eagle 299RLS floor plan

Other than a clothes washer, the trailer has everything we need. It even has a satellite dish! Although I could easily take up full time residence in it, Bonnie constantly reminds me: “We’re not going to live in the trailer”. (Let me get you a glass of wine while we talk about it)

We are planning on taking our first camping trip to Lake Perris in January. We have another planned in February, and a third at Rancho Jurupa in March. We might squeeze in one or two more before we make a planned run for the Sequoias this summer.

Butter Beer is a real thing

This morning, as I drove around town looking for a recycling center that was open, I found myself reflecting on what turned out to be a reasonably successful vacation. I have been off work for 12 days on what the hipsters call a “staycation”. I call it saving on motel bills while not working. Although we didn’t “go” anywhere, we actually went to quite a few places.

Looking back on it, this didn’t start the way I had hoped. Our first trip was to the Disney Halloween event. Every year we talk about going and this year I finally broke down and paid the extra $50 for each ticket. Essentially, it’s Disneyland with a special parade and fireworks show. They also have trick or treating and some Halloween themed characters wandering around. We did see some interesting costumes, but we didn’t participate in the trick or treating. Instead, we waited in line for two hours (with delays) to see a parade that may have lasted all of five minutes. I remember thinking – I waited two hours for this? Immediately after the “parade” we shuffled into an area that reminded me of the cattle trucks the army packed my buddies and I into when we have to move from point A to point B quickly. If you’ve never seen or experienced transport by cattle truck, imagine those college fraternities that try to pack all of their members into a VW or a phone booth – except wearing full battle gear and staying that way for an hour or two while you get dragged over what passes for a bumpy road. Anyway, we – along with every other person in Anaheim, stood shoulder to should for about 30 minutes only to hear that the show was delayed. 15 minutes later it was canceled. Why? Inclement weather. I suppose the weather was inclement somewhere, but if you asked anyone who was packed with me, it wasn’t Anaheim. On the bright side, at least we had a chance to get to know (too well) a dozen or so people we never would have chose to stand so close to while enjoying beautiful weather.

Oh, right after the canceled show, a crazy old lady in an electric wheel chair ran me over. Yep, she ran me down without so much as a How do you do. I can now cross that off my bucket list.

After the Disney debacle, things got better. We took a trip to the Richard M. Nixon library. It’s not too far and it was surprisingly fun. I’ve only been to one other presidential library – Reagan’s – and I have to say Nixon’s library was a head and shoulder above it.

Next we went to Knott’s Scary Farm. I have lowered my expectations for Knott’s over the past few years because it has really declined. Although this year wasn’t comparable to the Scary farm in its heyday, I can say that it was a lot of fun AND we had the privilege to see Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. All in all it was a good time.

Our next trip was to the Huntington Library. It is always a good place to visit. This was our first trip in two years, and they have made some major improvements. If I lived closer I would try to visit it more often. There is so much to see there.

Finally, we made the lengthy trip out to Universal Studios. This was my first visit so I didn’t know what to expect. First, I can tell you that butter beer is a real thing. You can buy it there at the Harry Potter exhibit. You can also buy just about anything you have read about or seen in a Harry Potter movie. The little village – Hogsmeade I think it’s called – is phenomenal. It is exactly like what you see in the movies. Oh, and the best part about it is the 3D ride in the castle. By far the best ride I’ve ever been on. This alone, was worth the trip.

Universal also has other stuff, Jurassic Park, tours, Simpsons, etc. All good stuff, but it all pales compared to what you’ll find in Harry Potter land. I’ll know I’ll be going back.

By the way, if you want to buy a magic wand, they cost $52. The butter beer is only $6, but plan on sharing it with your friends. It’s a mix of butterscotch and cream soda. It’s so sweet, you’re only going to want to take two or three drinks. Potent stuff.

So, as I sit here enjoying a bottle of butter beer on my last day of vacation I have to say, I had a good time and I’m looking forward to the next.

By the way, all recycling centers are closed on Sundays. That’s inconvenient.

Water Cooler

Today was the day I was supposed to install three water coolers in my computer.  I bought one for the CPU and the GPU, and I also bought a used GPU and water cooler from Ebay.  I was going to be styling with dual R9 290s and an I7 6700 – all water cooled.

Well, things never turn out the way you plan.  Although I bought the smallest water coolers I could find – Corsair H55 – I can only fit two of them in my case.  Just barely.  I actually had to take power tools to it to make the second radiator and fan fit.  I connected both of them to my GPUs (which bake with the heat of the sun) and I’m in the process of installing new drivers right now.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to monitor the temperatures anymore, because I had to plug multiple fans into the same motherboard plug.  I won’t need any tools to figure out if it works.  Honestly, the noise and the heat blowing off the fan of that R9 290 was amazing.  I should easily be able to tell if it is working.  I hope.

So, if anyone needs a water cooler, let me know.

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First Doom Play-through

I was messing around with some video recording software, and I stumbled across something called OBS studio.  It can record your screen and video from a web cam. I decided to try it out while I played Doom.  This is the first attempt at recording audio and video from both the PC and the webcam, so it’s not the best mix.  Also, the webcam picture is a little oversized.  I figured out why it keeps doing that after this video was recorded.

Background on the video.  I really didn’t expect to keep this video.  I thought I was just testing the software, but I miraculously defeated the boss monster that has been kicking my butt!!!

If you listen closely, you will be able to hear Michalina whispering in the background.