Honestly I’m not surprised that of the various LA-area cons it’s them that wants to jump the gun. (As the article points out, there’s no provision in the state’s reopening plan to re-allow conventions even in the least-restricted tier. Which LA County definitely isn’t in now, and I wouldn’t count on it getting there by December.) They’ve always struck me as kinda snake-oily.
Interesting point about Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda: for the most part, MS doesn’t care what hardware you run their stuff on, they just want you to buy the software. So it’s less likely to be about trying to gain Xbox exclusives and more likely to be about getting more games for Game Pass.
And that’s why, for instance, you can run Gmail on anything, MS Office on almost anything, but the main Apple program that runs on other operating systems is designed primarily to hook you up with an iPhone (previously an iPod).
It’s an older post and predates the rise of smart speakers, but it still fits remarkably well. Remember how the Echo originally was mostly a way to place orders through Amazon?
Coin shortage update: Bank is back to rationing quarters, only exchanging one roll at a time. Landlord is *finally* looking at switching the laundry room to a card system.
A coin shortage seems oddly specific, and the first time I encountered the limit, I wondered if people were deliberately hoarding them. Then I saw an article pointing out that it’s simpler than that: people just aren’t out spending cash, so coins aren’t circulating and aren’t making it back to banks.
I assume the laundry machine service charges more to rent the debit card systems. Every big apartment complex I’ve lived in used one, but the small building I live in now has been quarter-based since we moved in.
Back to the coin thing, though: I was reading that some restaurants are doing things like offering a free bag of chips or a free soda instead of change when people pay cash, because it’s easier to restock chips than coins.
And yeah, at a high level, you need different strategies to resolve an actual shortage of something vs. a distribution issue. But down at the “I need clean clothes” level it doesn’t make a lot of difference.
Try out snapshots in Minecraft Java Edition:
– change the version in the launcher
Go back to stable:
Try out betas in Minecraft Windows 10 Edition:
– Log in as someone Microsoft knows is an adult
– Sign up for Xbox Insider
– Sign up for the Minecraft beta
– Update your MS apps
Go back to stable:
– Leave the beta
– Back up your save files, are buried deep in a hidden folder with cryptic names
– Uninstall Minecraft from EVERY LOGIN on the computer
– Reinstall Minecraft
– Restore your saves
As near as I can tell, the Microsoft Store will only download the application if it’s newer than a version that’s already on the computer. So if the beta is newer than the stable release, and the beta still exists somewhere on the computer, it’ll just use that one instead of re-downloading it.
replying to brion:
No kidding! I haven’t dug into the inner workings of the windows app store, but it really seems like something that came out of the mobile/console ecosystems. Plus it’s never clear how much is installed per-system or per-user, as this beta fiasco showed!
I’m just glad I’d already found out that uninstalling the app deletes all your worlds before having to uninstall it on the kiddo’s login.
Come to think of it, it’s inexcusable that there is literally no way to reinstall a borked copy of the game and keep your potentially *years* of progress on a world without manually digging into $homedir\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\ and making a copy of your saved games before you uninstall it.
Something like “Saved Games” for saved games would be nice!
The main answer didn’t help, but further down in the thread, it turns out there is a ResetOneDriveApp.command or ResetOneDriveAppStandalone.command hidden in the Contents/Resources folder of the OneDrive app package, which you can find by right-clicking on the app and choosing Show Package Contents.
It completely resets the OneDrive config, so you need to set up sync with the account that *does* still exist, but that’s both easy and fast.
Thinking about individualism in its healthy & unhealthy varieties.
Healthy: *If* you can take care of something yourself, do it, so you don’t have to rely on someone else to do those things.
Example: I’ll make my own masks out of material I already have.
Unhealthy: Don’t ask for, accept, or offer help, because if you or the other person can’t do it on their own, they’re less worthy a person.
Example: Why the fuck should I wear a mask to help someone else?
I think it was the early 1980s Flash Gordon movie that opened with the villain hitting buttons on a dashboard that were each labeled with a different disaster, like someone hitting a sound effects board except it was things like earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
I kinda feel like “Murder Hornets” is another button on that patch board.
With more symptoms being added to the list, I’m beginning to think I should have gone in for a flu test when I had the flu at the beginning of March. At the time, chills, muscle aches & headache (and lack of coughing) seemed like a clear “not covid” indicator, and I figured as long as it didn’t get bad enough to see a doctor, I’d stick with home care.
Probably wouldn’t have been able to get a covid test even then, but at least I’d know for sure whether it was the flu.
This was a week before CA started locking things down, so I’d been out during the week leading up to it, but as soon as symptoms appeared, I isolated myself. I mean, I didn’t want to give anyone the flu either.
But yeah, it made for a weird week to be home sick with something else & read about Italy’s cases exploding & WHO declaring a pandemic and watch as CA started shutting things down.
I got sick in what used to be “normal” & recovered in pandemic lockdown.
This is fascinating: A college theater production of a rarely-performed classical Greek tragedy was interrupted by the pandemic.
It’s been transformed into a one-night only automated performance featuring video clips of the actors (each sheltering in place at home), collected by TikTok and iMovie and assembled by the director to be shown in an empty theater.
No one on stage. No one in the audience. A tragic story no one will see.
#iNaturalist‘s City Nature Challenge for 2020 is underway! Join the project to photograph the wild animals, plants, fungi and other lifeforms you can see around your home or neighborhood (depending on how far you can roam in your area) this weekend.
(And yes, you can obscure the location info. When I’m at or near home, I mark a wide circle around a major intersection AND choose the “obscured” option which further hides it from anyone but project admins)
This bike path was closed in response to too many people going outdoors to the same places, creating the crowds that the closures of bars, restaurants and retail stores were trying to avoid in an effort to slow the virus spread.
It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to keep six feet apart along most of it. It runs through a fairly wide greenbelt under those transmission towers. Only two short sections have fences along the sides (as seen here) to block off a landscaping project. Which is probably on hold now.
Earlier in the week, a lot of people in the LA area tried to go hiking, or to the beach, or otherwise outdoors to the *same places*. Which ended up creating the crowds that the shutdown was supposed to prevent. 🤦♂️
So cities, counties and the state have closed a bunch more parks, beaches, hiking trails and bike paths. It’s still OK to walk in your neighborhood as long as you keep your distance, but destination-based going outdoors is mostly off the table now.
There’s a large botanical garden up in the hills that’s still open – for now. They’ve instituted an appointment system to limit the number of people inside at a time. I’m debating trying to go this weekend while it’s still possible.
Last time I went for a photo walk or a hike in anything resembling more nature than a patch of weeds in someone’s lawn was March 8. It feels like a year ago.
On the plus side: still employed, didn’t give anyone else the flu, and don’t seem to have caught covid19 (yet).
Finally recovered enough from the flu to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (while that’s still an option).
I think this first bird (possibly a goldfinch?) was trying to practice social distancing, though the crow in the third photo seems to be doing a better job. The house finch was such a bright red that I thought it had to be another kind of bird until I looked at the photos.
Mixed messages over whether just going out for a walk/hike/bike ride violates the current order or not.
“Californians can still go hiking and biking outdoors without violating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “safer at home” order issued Thursday, state officials say. Though many activities have been curtailed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, going outdoors isn’t one of them.”
The giant botanic gardens I like hiking in sent out an email that they’re coordinating with county health & they’re open, but you have to prepay online so there’s no physical exchange of cards or cash at the gate.