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status: homeless; have gaming laptop, have car, unemployed

This is my blog page; some of my ramblings will be here. Feel free to bookmark whichever page you would visit most. The most important PC tech ramblings will appear on my PC page, but there may be a more in depth story here in my blog.


July 22, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 287: Rambling on why - Link
In this podcast I ramble a bit about why I am playing Secret World Legends despite its shortcomings, and ponder on if I should stop or not. And I ramble about the asshats in Heroes of the Storm, how I don't like PvP, and ramble about why I may still be playing. In the second section I am sad about how two new shows I've been watching, Killjoys and Blood Drive, are behind pay walls.
July 18, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 10 (week 472) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 10 is up.

The week is extra hard as I watch gas slowly dwindle away to nothing, and am forced to deal with changes in my routine after the (hopefully temporary) loss of being able to help my professor with film classes.

July 11, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 10 (week 471) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 10 is up.

The registration is paid and that is no longer a worry. But with everyone moving on in life as the school year comes to a close for most I feel sad reflecting upon my own life, as it feels like it is either unmoving or continuing to slowly fall apart around me as time wears down the few things I do have left.

July 8, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 286: Not so Secret World Legends - Link
In this podcast I discuss my top 5 points about the re-launch of The Secret World as the new free to play version Secret World Legends. There are good and bad points about the game, most of which I suspect are unchanged from the original launch. It's a solid free to play offering, horribly plagued by a terrible cash shop pricing structure.
July 4, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 10 (week 470) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 and start of year 10 is up.

Year 9 comes to a close, and Year 10 begins, almost without my even noticing. Things close as they do every day, and this year seemingly nothing comes to mind to reflect upon for the close or open of the years. Maybe there have been too many now.

June 29, '17 - Thursday - System recommendation updates - systems link
Intel's new socket x299 is launching and with that come new hardware recommendations. It should be noted if you are currently on a socket 1151 (the most recent generation) this is more of a sideways step than a step up. You shouldn't need to change over if that's the case, as gains would be extremely minimal. If, however, you are on an older socket I would recommend you consider moving up to x299. But, since it's a bit bleeding edge currently, waiting until later in the year, probably closer to October, would be a good time to upgrade. But be mindful that starting in November we will probably see shortages as the year-end system building frenzy begins.
June 27, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 469) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

I try to remain hopeful, as I am very close to having enough to pay the registration. I download a game which has been re-designed in the hopes of doing something different, yet it feels the same as I remember it feeling five years ago, and so that seems disappointing. But sadness becomes harder to fight off as more and more I know are moving on in their lives, while I must remain, facing the added sadness of the end of yet another fail year coming to a close.

June 24, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 285: Preview of things to come; E3 2017 - Link
In this podcast I talk about BioWare's new IP Anthem, which I'm super excited for. But in the next coming months we have Dishonored 2 and XCOM 2's expansions coming out. And in the next week we should see Intel's new X299 chipset, giving us more CPU cores, and much more ram on motherboards.
June 20, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 468) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

I get another donation and have enough to do smog. I pass without any real issues, and a great weight is lifted from me. I continue to hang on, as I still don't have enough for registration, but with only needing about $50 more I'm hopeful that will come in time, as I still have about a month before it's due. Things continue to be extremely sad overall, but I try to hang on and focus on the few happy things I have.

June 13, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 467) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Time passes one day at a time, adding up to weeks, and months, and years. And as we come closer to the end of this month, a sad anniversary of the ninth year of being homeless comes to a close, as well as the third year of being unemployed. It becomes tougher to stay happy and not focus on the sad things.

June 10, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 284: Puzzling robots - Link
In this podcast I talk about Star Wars Puzzle Droids. This is a fairly typical match three style game, but there are a lot of interesting animations and Star Wars flavor going on in the background of the game. While the special moves stand out a bit from the competition, in the time I've played so far it doesn't really break the mold from what you expect of this kind of game. But, it's free to play, so if you are interested feel free to give it a try.
June 6, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 466) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things are continuing to be extremely sad and stressful. I still don't know how I'll have enough for smog or car registration due in just over a month. I try to hold on and hope that more help will come, but that seems to be all I can do.

May 30, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 465) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

The warm weather turns back to cold. Stress and worry begin to take a toll on my back and shoulders. I grow more and more worried about the car costs coming due soon. The sad reality of things cause me to spend a night crying. But with news of a few fun games coming soon, and knowing the warm weather should return soon, I try to remain hopeful for the future.

May 27, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 283: Steambot - Link
In this podcast I talk about SteamWorld Heist, a turn based randomly generated strategy game. And I ramble a little bit about why I was hesitant about playing Destiny 2, and why I've come to the conclusion that I would very much like to play.
May 23, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 464) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Help comes and I am again saved. The cold is finally gone and the warm and hot weather returns. News of a game sequel gives me something to look forward to, though if my system could run it, and if I would get the money to afford it, remain out of my control. But for the moment hope is renewed.

May 16, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 463) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Stress and worry begin to take a toll, as I get a bit sick one day, and have a lot of neck and shoulder pain from the muscles locking up.

May 13, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 282: Free things, meh - Link
In this podcast I talk about two free to play mobile games. The first is Bomb Hunters which is basically a new school hybrid of Frogger and Bomber Man. You go through randomly generated levels trying to defuse the bombs before they go off. The second game is Shop Heroes, which requires you to be online. This is an odd resource management game in that you play as a shop keep trying to gear up adventurers. With your earnings you upgrade the town to unlock more heroes and more crafts.
May 9, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 462) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things seem more bleak than ever as the last of my money is put into the gas tank, and what is there will only last a few weeks. I feel as if what little I have left will soon be gone.

May 2, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 461) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things seem extra sad as my money continues to near zero. But the weather begins to warm up, so at least maybe I won't be cold for a few months.

April 29, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 281: For the swarm... for now - Link
In this podcast I talk about getting back into Heroes of the Storm, and give a sad life update.
April 25, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 460) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week seems extra sad, as I feel extra alone, worry about money more than ever, and a few things come up that make me feel broken hearted.

April 18, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 459) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I am very sad as sad things seem to be closing in. I try to hang on to hope, but it is becoming more difficult.

April 15, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 280: Card Thief - Link
In this podcast I talk about Card Thief; a super cute and very addictive stealth solitaire game. You guide a thief through various castles in an attempt to grab the treasure and escape without being caught. Strategy and planning play a big part in your sneaky fun times.
April 11, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 458) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I finally have the money back my insurance company took, but what there is doesn't last long, as one bill and school parking take up the bulk of it. Again I am very worried about how quickly what I have left will disappear to nothing.

April 6, '17 - Thursday - System recommendation updates - systems link
Change of AMD stuff to accommodate AM4 and Ryzen. Additions of M.2 drives, though they are too expensive outside of a few systems recommendations. Intel motherboard changes to accommodate the M.2 stuff.
April 4, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 457) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I am super sick, possibly from stress and worry about the money my car insurance company is continuing to hold. But some help comes, and I get a bit of wiggle room and can hopefully hang on.

April 1, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 279: Among the stars - Link
In this podcast I talk about Mass Effect: Andromeda. I like the overall story and game play quite a bit. I talk about the new MMO style crafting elements, the changes to the skill and class system, and the various mini game types. The UI seems ok, but problematic at times, as the radar doesn't indicate range well, and crafting or merchant windows could be a lot clearer. The character animations feel flat compared to the voice acting, but I'm willing to forgive it due to being a new game engine and there being so much to animate. I have found a few annoying bugs, one which was game crippling in that I had to replay about 5 hours of game play, but most are fairly minor. The multiplayer component seems like it's underdeveloped, and pretty much a straight port of ME3 multiplayer. It seems like they could have done more. But overall I enjoy Andromeda quite a bit.
March 28, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 456) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I am having a ton of fun in my game, but the overcharge on my account is still causing me great stress and worry. And as seemingly all things in my life, there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I still can't help but wonder if I'd have been better off living small and not trying to change my life with my grandma's death benefits.

March 21, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 455) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week there are happy days, as I discover my beloved game can run just fine on the auto-detected lowest settings, and seems ok-ish to run at the much better looking medium settings. Though I still worry quite a lot as I have almost no money at all, and due to a bank error and a double charge I am currently even overdrawn. Things still seem very bleak, but at least I have my muchly beloved game to look forward to all-be-it at lowered settings.

March 18, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 278: Peek at Andromeda - Link
In this podcast I talk a bit about Mass Effect: Andromeda, as I paid the little bit extra for the subscriber benefits so I could get an early peek at the game and hopefully calm my fears about being able to run it ok. As I'd hoped, even though I am below minimum specs I can run it ok, and so this week I talk about my 6 hour peek at the game so far.
March 14, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 454) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I am still very sad about all the things. But I have to try and accept what is, is, and that I can't go back and take a different path. I continue to try to focus on what I do have, and help continues to come, until I have an opportunity to find my forever better days.

March 7, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 453) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I realize I am most sad about how the money was lost. Not necessarily by my choices, but because I tried to create opportunity and change, and that has led nowhere. And in doing so I have lost the opportunity for prolonging my small life as it was.

March 4, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 277: Mass Update - Link
In this podcast I talk about how I'm looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda and sad life updates about how I'm still concerned if I'll be able to run it ok.
February 28, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 452) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Fear and sadness consume me this week as the specs for the beloved game I've been waiting years for are much higher than what my system rates at. While I spent my inheritance in a way which was hopeful for the future, I regret not making the big purchase of a new laptop and fearing that nothing would change. But I continue to hold on to hope, as the two most recent games I've gotten have similar minimum specs and I was able to play them at lower settings.

February 21, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 451) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

More regrets about the money being lost so quickly. And another panic attack from a glimpse into the void of death, which thankfully seems to only strengthen my bond and resolve of who I am.

February 18, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 276: Humble home for khajiit - Link
In this podcast I talk about some mobile games. Pixel Craft - Space Shooter is a fun free to play somewhat randomized arcade space shooter, and Mobius Final Fantasy is an odd mix of cards and combat.
February 14, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 450) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I throw up and feel the worst I've felt in a long time. But after, I start to recover from my cold, and the weather turns to sunny warm days and I start to feel better. I continue to try to hold on to hope, but with rapidly dwindling money I start to worry all the time again.

February 7, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 449) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This fail week I am really horribly sick. Much of the time my brain is mush and I can't focus on anything. And, as my money runs out, I become increasingly focused on death from my scare, and worried that as my money dwindles to nothing, my life will be tied to that.

February 4, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 275: Long war is longer the second time - Link
In this podcast I talk about how the Long War 2 mod changes much of the core of the base game for XCOM 2. There are new classes, a new way to start the mission which adds a new strategic layer, how rebel bases now impact the strategic layer, and how everything makes it feel like a very different game.
January 31, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 448) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

I feel pretty terrible this week, and though the days are warming, with cold nights it may be difficult to recover quickly.

January 24, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 447) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things continue to be extremely cold. I am still shaken by thoughts of death. But I try to hang on, and my mood lightens a little, and I begin to have fun with my games again.

January 21, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 274: Sad life little gaming ponderings - Link
In this podcast I talk about how I haven't been doing much gaming the last few weeks. Due to a sudden panic and fear of death, as well as my constant homeless life worries, I have been shaken. I ponder how this has affected how much I play games lately, and my desire overall in recent times to play.
January 17, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 446) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

The winter grows colder, and with it come sad and lonely thoughts. It becomes harder to focus on happy things as my money dwindles, and I have constant reminders that I am an outsider left out in the cold alone.

January 10, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 445) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

The long winter break comes to an end, and with the start of this new quarter I remain hopeful that I can hang on.

January 7, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 273: Space forever - Link
In this podcast I talk about Everspace, a space flight sim shooter game by Rockfish games. This is in early access for PC, so I haven't looked at it too much as I don't want to spoil it for myself, but it is very similar to the old arcade style space flight sim shooters of the old Wing Commander series, without the heavy story commitment. It's a quick to pick up and play randomized arcade action game which is really beautiful and super fun. Customization comes in the form of upgrading your pilot, the ship, and unlocking new ships.
January 3, '17 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 444) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Happy Xmas presents warm the heart, but cold weather, missing a home, and an extreme fear of death chill it.

December 27, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 443) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Another sad Xmas time comes to pass. But I continue to try and stay warm inside from a few nice surprises and well wishing, and hope for better days for myself and all the others who are having tough times.

December 21, '16 - Wednesday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 272: A list, checked twice - Link
In this podcast I talk about what shows I'm watching regularly, as well as what I'm catching up on during break. Since I have no new game stuff, I thought maybe that could give you some entertainment ideas for your own holidays.
December 20, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 442) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Times grow extremely cold. And with the quarter ending, things seem very sad very quickly. But I try to hang on to thoughts of good things until better days come along.

December 13, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 441) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things this week seem sad. With the quarter closing, and the year closing, along with the cold weather constantly biting at me, it seems I am constantly reminded of my sad life, what I don't have, what I miss, what little I have left I may lose, and how I may never have those things ever again.

December 10, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 271: Pre-Xmas check-in - Link
In this podcast I talk about how I'm feeling lately, and hope others are doing well.
December 6, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 440) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Things are getting colder, and it's getting tougher to stay positive with the holidays coming up.

November 29, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 439) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I feel better about where the accident money is going. Turkey day comes and goes, but is extra difficult this year, rainy, and very cold.

November 26, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 270: Dishonored 2 - Link
In this podcast I talk about Dishonored 2 in a less formal way than even my non-formal way. It has the same great play from the first game, with some improvements. This is the closest game to the Thief series so far.
November 22, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 438) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week there is a very scary crash, and times grow lonelier and colder as we enter the holidays.

November 15, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 437) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

Feeling strange most of the fail week, I am probably fighting off a cold.

November 12, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 269: Tablet play time, the second - Link
In this podcast I talk about some final thoughts for Deus Ex Go, reasons why I am not playing Magic: the Gathering - Puzzle Quest, reasons why I've currently set aside Pathfinder Adventures, and a new game I've found PinOut!.
November 9, '16 - Thursday - System recommendation updates - systems link
Minor tweaks, only a few changes likely due to supply and demand price spikes during the holidays.
November 8, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 436) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

In the early part of the week my mind wanders to the ticking clock that is my money and time at school, and I grow deeply sad.

November 1, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 435) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

As the holidays approach the sadness of all the things I'm missing in a home, with family, and friends, becomes harder to put out of my mind.

October 29, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 268: Tablet play time - Link
In this podcast I talk about Deus Ex Go, which is a straight up puzzle game, Dungelot 2, which is a very simplistic and somewhat repetitive Minesweeper-like game, and Zootopia Crime Files, which was disappointingly heavily real world time limited by many resources.
October 25, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 434) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

I confirm the friend wants me to edit her stuff, and decide to get my tablet in advance. I start setting things up and settling in to what will hopefully be a positive step forward.

October 18, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 433) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

A visit from a super fluffy nice doggy cheers me up. And news of doing an editing job opens the possibility for maybe having enough money to consider getting my tablet.

October 15, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 267: Tablet Wishlist ideas - Link
In this podcast I talk about some games on my wishlist that I'd be checking out and playing if I had a tablet. Maybe it will give those of you with tablets some ideas.
October 11, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 432) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

This week I decide to get the tablet I've been wanting so much lately, but very shortly after my purchase I begin to have a bit of a panic attack and cancel the order. But maybe it was for the best, as I discover my budget was off, and it seems I will certainly not be able to afford it.

October 4, '16 - Tuesday - Epic Fail book 9 (week 431) - Link
The next week of Epic Fail year 9 is up.

The first week of school ends and things seem ok, but I have been very very tired with losing a lot of sleep lately. And, with the recent loss of a big chunk of money I begin to worry about my money sooner than expected even though it should carry me through the end of 2017.

October 1, '16 - Saturday - rabb1t's ramblings podcast 266: Driving in the wastelands - Link
In this podcast I take an early look at the Mad Max game which, while most closely tied to the recent Fury Road movie, is set in the general Mad Max universe. I don't normally like open world games, but I like Mad Max quite a lot. There's driving, but it's not a pain like in most open world games. There are different locations to visit and take over, and they are quite varied and different from one another. And there is an over arching story which ties it all together. There is also a lot of lore, and for those who are fans of the Mad Max universe the lore seems like it fits right in.

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