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Tidal Forces on Planet Amarenthine by mbaldelli
Tidal Forces on Planet Amarenthine
Mandelbulb 3D, Post Gamma Correction & Saturation 

More box and more wave.  Originally I was going to process this piece more to the left, but when I saw the line through the center of it and seeing I've done something similar before, I decided to move off of center.  

If you want to see what it looked like, the code is in the Special Instructions section of the IPTC info.
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Entry 10/23/2014 06:01:47 AM - Mentat 770

So last night was the first night since I've been here that I had to shut the windows in the house.  I think it's safe now to open a couple of windows as last night there was a hell of a lot of wind and rain.  Surprisingly also there was thunder & lightning.  It's been a long while since we've had thunderstorms in the autumn.  And... Opening the windows right now, there's still a hell of a lot of wind out there.  Sure it comes and it goes, but when it's here it's pretty damned gusty.  Hopefully it won't be raining as it was last night and through the morning.  Because I don't want to have to rush over here to shut the windows again.

I talked with my mother last night as she got home a bit later than I expected and during my usual exercise routine -- namely the 2 mile (3.21 km) walk.  I saw the lights on in the house and no car in the driveway so I ventured up to make sure it wasn't as worse as my imagination can be.  She was there, hobbling around the house.  She told me that the PICC line was removed and the clot that they found during yesterday's visits and to the hospital were the cause of the clotting around the area of the PICC line in her arm...

She said she was fine and that tomorrow (today) I need to be over at around 8 AM so that we can get around to doing my favorite part of her fall cleaning spree:  ironing and hanging up the curtains around the house.  Yay....  fun times and all that.  At least I did the vacuuming yesterday while she was at her first appointment.  So that's pretty much out of the way.   Well, until the Monster Child sheds himself another Chihuahua...  Or my mother sees a rogue lint ball rolling around the house and she thinks the whole house is positively filthy.  Whichever comes first.

[Last Edited: 10/23/2014 10:05:07 AM]

Getting over here for 8 in the morning and according to what she's telling me, the punch biopsy (at least that's what she calls it) that they were supposed to do to determine the mass in her right breast has been canceled because she's currently on some sort of oral immunosuppressant that will interfere with the biopsy results.  So right now she's woken up and going through the various calls to doctors, clinics and hospitals that she has appointments with to cancel and reschedule...  Heh, the funny part of this is that this is absolutely normal on my mother's side of the family.  Routine doctor's appointments until retirement and then it's the metric shit-tons of them shortly after that for the gaggle of problems that crop up for being old.  And yes, this is something I definitely look forward to.  Joys, eh?

At least the good thing is that I don't have to worry about starting the fall curtain change.  That's going to wait until the weather and the wind calm down.  After all, it's more than a little difficult to be cleaning the windows while we have strong gusts and the occasional rains.  And given that the NOAA reports severe wind advisories through to 11 PM, it looks like it's going to be here for a while even if looking out the window at the moment it seems relatively calm.

Heh, sitting here at the moment she really hasn't stopped.  The biopsy appointment got rescheduled again for the morning tomorrow (at a slightly respectable time) which means she'll be there for a couple of hours.  Though during it her husband began working her nerves with his anger.  Of course the reason for his anger is because the man's having problems processing all this scares with the blood clot, the endless batteries of visits and runs to the hospital,  the scare of the biopsy and the possibility the mass might be malignant.

In a way I've been fortunate.  On the one side I've spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals when I was a child and again later on after the car accident that such visits don't always end in terrible news and worst case scenarios.  More often times than naught, the doctors and staff often approach things with the attitude of a worst case while trying to prove there's nothing to worry about.  On the other side, having spent so much time in the mid-80s through mid-90s and watching so many of my friends and supporting friends with their lovers in the hospitals succumbing to complications to AIDS I've learned to simply accept and support with compassion, understanding and sometimes even just listening.   After all, what's the point of anger, rage or frustration?  It's not going to change the inevitability of the situation.   I believe that's the closest to Divine Apathy that I can come.

So I reaffirmed with her the reason for his anger and frustration and told her I could have a word with him about this anger issue of this...  Of course,  she vehemently forbade knowing that my words would be more forceful than she would want.  And they would be rather forceful because of the unfinished business from almost a month ago.  But I'll abide for a while longer as the rancor's not bad -- and I've found that I don't obsess about it half as much as I might have more than 18 months ago.

And that's about it for the time being.  I decided on posting this because of the potential for bomb dropping from yesterday's entry.  Off to take care of things with my mother and getting the Monster Child for the morning walk.  Until the next time.

  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Reading: The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Watching: FunForLouis's recent Vlogcast
  • Eating: English Muffins
  • Drinking: Water
Entry 10/22/2014 06:43:43 AM - Mentat 769

     The interesting thing about starting the slow cooker the first thing in the morning is that there's no casualties or catastrophes while I cook.  Everything gets down without too much mess, spill and most of all: bloodshed. I seem to take my time, get everything prepared and of course Moe loves it as he tends to run around the house more than getting up under me curious as to what it is I'm doing.  I did this last week when I made the Sausage Stew and while I only began shedding tears after cooking (because I did the stupid thing of rubbing my eyes after preparing and didn't wash my hands), there again was no scares from Moe and no bloodshed.  All in all, I'm definitely going to keep to this schedule for the safety of it all.  

     This is going to be an early morning for me.  My mother's off to the doctor's early this morning and now I need to get ready to watch the Monster Child until she gets home.  

     Heh, I get my cuppa in this morning and instead of finding myself happy, chipper and percolated -- I find myself crotchety, curmudgeonly and just brimming with vitriol.   I admit it's because of the shows that I had been watching last night during quiet time with Moe in the crook of my arm.  I mean I know I went into the shows that I was watching fully knowing that they had an entertainment half-life...  Hell most of the shows that I've been watching have been touched by who I like to call the Abrams' Ass-Licking Crack Monkeys:  Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman...  So really, I should know what I'm in for given my experience with them having their hand on shows like Alias, Fringe, Lost (though truth be told, I avoided that one like the plague because it just wasn't my cuppa from start to finish)...  Yet here I am feeling like the older 'man' in the YouTube video EA in a Nutshell exclaiming "why does this keep happening?!"  I mean sure, on the one side it's not as though I've actually invested the time; I binged on one, and the other I gave the first five episode to get a feeling of it.  

     Sitting here thinking about it, I can only attribute it to the shock to just how unoriginal the episodes turned out to be.  With Scorpion I now know what it feels like to be either a doctor or nurse watching shows like Bones or Grey's Anatomy in that the medical jargon is just over-glorified technobabble.   In this case the whole part of the "enabled" or otherwise known as the ultra-intelligent...  Only problem with this is that the actors and the writers aren't that intelligent and are trying too hard to work with the stereotypes of that intelligence.  Basically they're the nerd kids that had always been picked on in the schoolyard and keep to that mentality even as adults.  That and they hobbled the characters way too much -- leaving even the one with the ability to read people through body language and nuance -- a bunch of dysfunctional messes that can only be held together by Walter O'Brien.  What's so uninspiring about this is also that it's supposed to be based on the true-life person Walter O'Brien leaving the show feeling like a fantasy world much like Temperance Brennan in Bones.  

     In The Blacklist nothing like getting slammed in the brains with a MacGuffin while watching the recent episode called The Front that comes right out of the J.J. Abrams play book from a 2001 episode of Alias.  400 year old manufactured virus that was created by opposing forces for germ warfare...  ugh, I couldn't listen and watch anymore after that.  Hell, I'm giving up on the show after horrendously over-used plot device...

     People wonder why I haven't owned a television since 2004.  This is why.  It's easier to watch it in binge without commercials and give up the show when it's reached the end of its entertainment value.  Treat it like a mindless diversion when Moe has decided that I had been away from the house long enough and with the colder weather on it's way in, sitting with me in quiet contentment.  Heh, I love my cat, though it's not possible that I can do much else with him when he's sitting in the crook of my arm between me and the keyboard.  

     On the other hand, I know that there are no original stories, plots or writing ideas left in the world,  yet why is it with television recycles and regurgitates them  faster than you can say, "*sigh* really?"  It raises the questions, 1. are producers that scared of taking chances?  and 2. are they truly the uninspired and unoriginal hacks that everyone in the entertainment industry accuse them of being?  

      I understand time constraints...  You're running a series on network (or even cable) television that spans 22 - 26 episodes a season (year) hoping it to be some sort of breakaway hit that will last 5 - 7 seasons (and sometimes even more).   I know that there are also certain constraints about what can and can't be shown on television (which I see is still eroding slowly) as well as the routine requirement for one (or more) PSA-like episodes...  But do these writers and producers need to stick to the same predictable plots and performing the same things over and over not entirely unlike the old travelling swindler selling snake oil to cure everything one ails from?

     It makes me wonder whether or not certain cable television shows as well as the BBC have it right in that (other than perhaps soap operas), they cut down the the season to 8 - 13 episodes instead of the full year.  I'm not even going to waste my time trying to figure out or even offer advice or suggestions on how to handle all the schmoozing (or what I'm more prone to call ass-kissing or ass-licking depending on the veracity of it) that seems to go on within Hollywood.  I see enough of this in my local politics and there it needs to definitely stop.  

     Ultimately I know the only possible way of controlling such entertainment is to vote with my remote:  change the channel, stop watching it, sometimes even writing the network if necessary...  And while I've done that, it makes me misanthropic wondering how my peers and others that watch television can put up with watching such shite and call it entertaining?    I'm going to chalk it up to one of those mysteries of the universe I might never truly fathom (even if I sometimes understand).  

     In other news, I just received a call from my mother after her doctor's visit and then the hospital for another mammogram and now she's off to Miriam Hospital for some sort of emergency surgery because of a blood clot.  I didn't ask the details, though I suspect it might have to do with the occasional swelling she had in her left arm from the PICC line.  So I wished her good luck and will check with her again later on after the surgery when she's conscious and talking to find out the details.  

     And that's about it for the time being.  As the Monster Child went out early, I'm sure that the excitement he's currently demonstrating is because he's both bored and the fact that he had gone out earlier than usual this morning.  I'm off for that, have lunch and continue to watch the dog.  Until the next time. 
  • Mood: Disgust
  • Listening to: Something Random on my iPod
  • Reading: The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Drinking: Coke
Undulation by mbaldelli
Undulation

Mandelbulb 3D, Un-Retouched 

And with a little box, I've added a whole lot of Amazing Wave and this is the result.  Welcome to a lot of warping and some weirder shading.  I thought about adding a little bit more shadow, but doing that would make the depths too dark. 

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A (not so) Couch Potato Review of Maleficent (2014)
 
    Truth be told, I find myself moderately leery of Hollywood's -- hell the entertainment industry's --  attraction to retellings.  On the one side; I readily admit that I'm not a fan of twisting the black and white I've come to accept of heroes and villains.  Call me old-fashioned, but a villain is a villain in a story for a reason.  Just as a hero is the hero.  A moral and a lesson to be learned of story in its telling and perhaps retelling.  And remembering the original Sleeping Beauty and how the wicked step-mother was truly evil, I came into this story trying to calm my anal-retentiveness anticipating full well that this was one of those "the villain's not so bad really" sort of retellings that would probably leave me disgusted in much the same way as watching the reimagining of Hercules (with the chalk licking Kellan Lutz) or I, Frankenstein the moment my brains were turned back on.
    I found myself sufficiently wrong and perhaps even entertained with the 97 minute story.  It's redemption from my outpouring of  vitriol came during one scene where Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie) attempted to revoke the curse bestowed upon Aurora (played by Elle Fanning) while she was sleeping the first time.  As a fan of human interests and the qualities of humanity ranging from evil selfishness, and hurt through to good, selflessness and healing.  Since my time of watching Babylon 5 I know that regardless of the cast of characters being aliens, faeries humans and even robots and artificial life forms stories are to be told about the best and worse of the human condition.  That no one person (or being) can be truly and whole benevolent or malevolent.  That through time, like a pendulum, the character can swing from one side of the fulcrum to the other.  And most importantly regardless of the character, the struggles between the devils and angels of their own consciousness are what truly matter.  Especially with the main character(s) of the story as it's their story that we're watching.  Hands down this story had those necessary elements…  Elements that I can relate to:  innocence, infatuation, attraction, betrayal, anger, viciousness, love (though not in the way one typically expects in movies), caring, redemption and healing.  
    However, this story wasn't without faults and failings.  Some amusingly so, others pretty two-dimensional leaving me flat.  The first was that Stefan (played by Sharlto Copley) was two-dimensional in his villainy with this retelling.  It was hard to really get to understand his motivations as he came off on the wrong side of selfishness and status climbing.  Further, his drive -- more like tobogganing down an icy hill --  into madness was also trite and formula. The trio of fairies that were charged with watching Aurora -- Flittle, Knotgrass and Thistlewit (played by Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple respectively) -- were supposed to be comic relief, weren't remotely funny even in a 3 Stooges sort of way.  Amusingly Prince Philip (played by Brenton Thwaites) was more marginalized and even unimportant to the ongoing story.  In fact, seeing Thwaites at the end of the film, I couldn't help but think, "you're supposed to be a big name with teens aren't you?  Pity I haven't a clue who you are…"  
    Props go to the costume and CGI departments that did remarkably well keeping the original elements of the story true to form:  Maleficent's horns for her headdress, the dragon that showed up toward the end (even if who it was, wasn't exactly expected), the costumes worn by Jolie through the course of the film, even the eyes of Maleficent herself.  While I recall them being more catlike in the original animation; the translation of them to this film enhanced the other worldliness of the character herself.  It was enough for me to forgive the change from Sorceress to Faerie within the film.  
 
Bottom Line:  If you're a man that came to this movie because of the epic war scenes shown in the teasers, you're in for a whole lot of disappointment.  This is unequivocally a chick-film from beginning to middle to end; where women are truly selfless and men are ultimately selfish.  Yes, that's a spoiler, as close to a spoiler as I'm willing to give for this story.  But if you're like me and either swap the genders as I retell it in my head or completely ignore them (depending on my mood), you'll find this story entertaining for the facets of human nature that it portrays.  It's one of the handful of such stories I would recommend even if you've previously seen Sleeping Beauty and don't mind the story growing up with a different generation.  

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Entry 10/23/2014 06:01:47 AM - Mentat 770

So last night was the first night since I've been here that I had to shut the windows in the house.  I think it's safe now to open a couple of windows as last night there was a hell of a lot of wind and rain.  Surprisingly also there was thunder & lightning.  It's been a long while since we've had thunderstorms in the autumn.  And... Opening the windows right now, there's still a hell of a lot of wind out there.  Sure it comes and it goes, but when it's here it's pretty damned gusty.  Hopefully it won't be raining as it was last night and through the morning.  Because I don't want to have to rush over here to shut the windows again.

I talked with my mother last night as she got home a bit later than I expected and during my usual exercise routine -- namely the 2 mile (3.21 km) walk.  I saw the lights on in the house and no car in the driveway so I ventured up to make sure it wasn't as worse as my imagination can be.  She was there, hobbling around the house.  She told me that the PICC line was removed and the clot that they found during yesterday's visits and to the hospital were the cause of the clotting around the area of the PICC line in her arm...

She said she was fine and that tomorrow (today) I need to be over at around 8 AM so that we can get around to doing my favorite part of her fall cleaning spree:  ironing and hanging up the curtains around the house.  Yay....  fun times and all that.  At least I did the vacuuming yesterday while she was at her first appointment.  So that's pretty much out of the way.   Well, until the Monster Child sheds himself another Chihuahua...  Or my mother sees a rogue lint ball rolling around the house and she thinks the whole house is positively filthy.  Whichever comes first.

[Last Edited: 10/23/2014 10:05:07 AM]

Getting over here for 8 in the morning and according to what she's telling me, the punch biopsy (at least that's what she calls it) that they were supposed to do to determine the mass in her right breast has been canceled because she's currently on some sort of oral immunosuppressant that will interfere with the biopsy results.  So right now she's woken up and going through the various calls to doctors, clinics and hospitals that she has appointments with to cancel and reschedule...  Heh, the funny part of this is that this is absolutely normal on my mother's side of the family.  Routine doctor's appointments until retirement and then it's the metric shit-tons of them shortly after that for the gaggle of problems that crop up for being old.  And yes, this is something I definitely look forward to.  Joys, eh?

At least the good thing is that I don't have to worry about starting the fall curtain change.  That's going to wait until the weather and the wind calm down.  After all, it's more than a little difficult to be cleaning the windows while we have strong gusts and the occasional rains.  And given that the NOAA reports severe wind advisories through to 11 PM, it looks like it's going to be here for a while even if looking out the window at the moment it seems relatively calm.

Heh, sitting here at the moment she really hasn't stopped.  The biopsy appointment got rescheduled again for the morning tomorrow (at a slightly respectable time) which means she'll be there for a couple of hours.  Though during it her husband began working her nerves with his anger.  Of course the reason for his anger is because the man's having problems processing all this scares with the blood clot, the endless batteries of visits and runs to the hospital,  the scare of the biopsy and the possibility the mass might be malignant.

In a way I've been fortunate.  On the one side I've spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals when I was a child and again later on after the car accident that such visits don't always end in terrible news and worst case scenarios.  More often times than naught, the doctors and staff often approach things with the attitude of a worst case while trying to prove there's nothing to worry about.  On the other side, having spent so much time in the mid-80s through mid-90s and watching so many of my friends and supporting friends with their lovers in the hospitals succumbing to complications to AIDS I've learned to simply accept and support with compassion, understanding and sometimes even just listening.   After all, what's the point of anger, rage or frustration?  It's not going to change the inevitability of the situation.   I believe that's the closest to Divine Apathy that I can come.

So I reaffirmed with her the reason for his anger and frustration and told her I could have a word with him about this anger issue of this...  Of course,  she vehemently forbade knowing that my words would be more forceful than she would want.  And they would be rather forceful because of the unfinished business from almost a month ago.  But I'll abide for a while longer as the rancor's not bad -- and I've found that I don't obsess about it half as much as I might have more than 18 months ago.

And that's about it for the time being.  I decided on posting this because of the potential for bomb dropping from yesterday's entry.  Off to take care of things with my mother and getting the Monster Child for the morning walk.  Until the next time.

  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Reading: The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Watching: FunForLouis's recent Vlogcast
  • Eating: English Muffins
  • Drinking: Water

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Wretched-Bones Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You were 100% correct, I contacted the Acer engineers, who replicated the same problem on a few of their A10 Richland's, both Mobile and Desktop.


They tested the temps physically and they are right where they should be. Most software is falsely recognizing  GPU and CPU as separate chip but listing the temps together on the CPU meter.  

Thanks for your input Michael . :handshake:
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
you're welcome...  The reason why I caught it as I did was the board temperatures...  the temps are normally taken near enough to the processor (but not so near as to give false positives).  when I saw the board temp as low as I did, I figured the processor was running cooler than reported in the print-screen. 

You know once the Acer tech's report more on how the processors work, you'll be seeing improvements on the programs that are falsely reporting. 

Happy computing.  :w00t:
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Wretched-Bones Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I hope so it seems AMD is pushing a new line of low to the high-end APU's this year. The APU cell like architecture needs to be recognized in software. 
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
I'm of the school of "wait and see".  I'm reminded of the Cyrix chip when this sort of thing is going to be pushed.  Good for the start, but can be buried under when you least expect it.  It's not that I'm hopeful, but truthfully Intel is as dirty a player as Steve Jobs was in his day.
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Wretched-Bones Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorite Michael. 

I got it pretty cheap it is usually $100+ but I got it for about $58.  
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
:XD:  Keep in mind I'm only :+fav:'ing it because it's coffee...  Not Keurig
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Wretched-Bones Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some day Keurig WILL RULE THE WORLD Laugh ! 

I had a espresso/ coffee machine from CBTL that took its own kind of pods made in Italy but its being fazed out in favor of the company making K-cups for 
Keurig. It made a nice cup with the creamy froth from high pressure and good temperature.  I will miss it but I am in a rush in the mornings and at least this machine is reliable and I can get my fix with one push of a button while I get ready.

Depending on the brand and roast the coffee isn't that bad. I like the Gevalia 100% Colombian and Green Mountain
Special Reserve Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee myself with 100% Kona being a close third. 

What is your favorite kind of coffee 
Michael?     And for the love of God don't say Maxwell house! 
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Gevalia actually...  before they became so commercial.  I usually gravitated towards the dark roasts as they rarely needed sugar and/or milk/creamer they were that smooth and sweet. I used to grind the beans myself.  Since then though, it's a toss-up.  When I have the money I try different sorts at local Coffee Houses or at Whole Foods, depending on the amount of energy I have to walk about the city.  

Maxwell House is just a filler if I can't get anything better..  Remember, I'm a coffee whore.  :D 
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blessed-saen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
thanks for the fav. :)
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