Our 23rd Anniversary Recap

Yesterday was our (hubby and me) 23rd Anniversary. Wow doesn’t time fly by?!!!

We went to Red Hare brewery in the afternoon, our first visit there. It was their 4th Anniversary Celebration.

The image below is part of a mural on one wall inside the brewery, Oktoberfest image.

{I had to vignette it because some person popped into my camera frame as I snapped it.]

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Below are the 4th Anniversary Pint glasses, showing each side,  and inside was Red Hare Brewing Company’s Watership Brown Ale.

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There was a huge crowd there, I mean, tight. It was impossible to get any other pictures without tons of people in them. I tend to take pictures of things, not so much people.

The site was replete with Red Hare images and oh how I love that red rabbit! It’s so perfect, just fits with my personality.

I had Cottontail Pale Ale, Gangway IPA, and Watership Brown Ale.

Hubby had Hasenpfeffer Oktoberfest 2x and Watership Brown Ale.

The IPA wasn’t really my thing, but both the Pale Ale and Brown Ale, were everyday drinking kind of beers. Those I can add to my repertoire happily.

I got a Watership Brown Ale shirt too. You can buy Tees on their website, but in the actual brick store they have ladies v-neck tees … not on website. :)

This is the image on the back of the brown shirt

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A Bomber of  Sticky Stout was part of the ticket, to bring home. It was there on draught but I didn’t get to it, three was enough. (It’s in glass how we got it. I prefer glass over cans, in fact I haven’t drank canned crap on purpose for years. Glass or draught, not little cans ever.)

Afterward we went to Outback Steakhouse, showing below was the Bloomin Onion, after it was attacked, of course. I love this thing. I love the sauce, my husband, isn’t very fond of the appetizer, hates the sauce. Oh well.

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We had dinner, steak, etc. Nothing to write about really. [Steak prices go up and up… it wasn’t as good as it cost. :( ]

Later on we went to theatre and saw The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It was a good movie, stylized nicely, kept me involved, but in the end it was a good movie, just not, you know, the most exciting thing ever to me. It was enjoyable. Go see it if you want, or wait, can’t say it matters to you or not.

I’m also promised a Wii-U, but won’t be getting it until mid-September.

All in all, a really nice day.

Happy Anniversary Frankie!

The Waiting Game

What’s bad about cable internet? It goes out sometimes, and lately it sure has.

This past Wednesday it was out for a while in the afternoon, threatening my Starhawk Community Night play … but it came back and stayed, thankfully.

So last night, I woke up sometime after 2am, no internet. AUGH!

In both “no internet” problems, there were storms around. There are more times than those in which we’ve had “no internet” since we’ve had cable internet but not many, and here we have two very close to one another. We’ve had many, many, many bad thunder storms over the past year+ and haven’t lost internet during them.

In the “old days” we had DSL, invariably our service would degrade to finally nothing, and we’d have to call the phone company to tell them that the switch needed replacement. They would/should have known it without us telling them, but it turned into a nightmare over how long it would take to get it fixed,  they had to do it fairly often, but never learned from it. Well given I don’t really know how much service elsewhere went bad how often, maybe they were replacing switches all the time everywhere.

Cable internet seemed a better solution, and it has been, but downtime is still hard. Fortunately it’s always come back within a time frame acceptable, I just don’t’ want it out when hubby is home working, or when I have an online game night that is important (to me.)

When we have multiple outages it feels like a tedious, when’s the next time gonna hit, waiting game.

 

Android 5.1.1 Security Update

My Nexus 5 was rooted, custom recovery, of course, kept it from updating traditionally when the August 2015 Security Update was downloaded and ready to install.

I ended up using ADB to  FASTBOOT the image to my Nexus 5. The Flash-All Bat file didn’t work, I had to line-by-line fastboot send each part of what was in the IMG file LMY48I –the latest Hammerhead image.

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So I’m not rooted now, but that’s OK. I knew all my photos were in the cloud and all my music is in Google Play Music, I also use Spotify, so that really didn’t matter. Just get the update fully installed, with all the junk removed that I’d collected over the last year or so.  (If I want to ROOT again, I can pretty easily.)

A new phone! Yeah, I still like my Nexus 5!

[I’d love a Sony Z3 though.]

Do not attempt to update your phone, or root it, or anything … unless you first read and understand what it is you want/need to do. Research!

Link: Methods to install Stock ROM on Nexus 5

Link: A very simple ADB to install: ADB Installer v1.4.2

Link: Google Nexus Images Source

I’m not a coder. I’m just a DIY tech savvy user.

Sparkle Unleashed on PSN

I’ve been playing Sparkle Unleashed, mostly on PS4, and when playing there, I stream it to Twitch.

I was a little miffed when I bought the game that all 3 versions: PS4, PS Vita, PS3, share the same trophy list. Sparkle 2, it’s predecessor, had separate trophy lists.

So it goes, I only have to play it fully at one place, or, well only one place can get me the Nightmare trophy, if I ever get there. I could do Survival on my PS Vita, and not on PS4 or whatever. Sparkle on PS3 is really good, but not as good as on PS4. They are the same games, but faster loading, it just feels fluid and crisp on PS4.

Sparkle 2 had maps that I really liked, and maps that I so hated.

Sparkle Unleashed is amazing. Totally different. Same game, yet definitely Unleashed. I have most of my first playthrough on PS4 on my YouTube Channel.

My first playthrough: Sparkle Unleashed Days 1-13

Here’s the Full  Playlist:, which I’ll be adding to as I process through what I streamed to Twitch.

From my YouTube Channel: CrazyMaisy – Sparkle Unleashed Playlist

Get Sparkle Unleashed on PSN, play it on PS4 or PS Vita or PS3 (or all of them. One Trophy list.)  3-way-Cross-Buy.


Buy Sparkle Unleashed on PS4

Sparkle Unleashed

10tons Ltd.
PSN Game | Released Jun 2, 2015

A secluded world of mystery has succumbed to an ominous darkness. You must travel through the fallen lands, light magical braziers and banish the darkness once and for all.

Unlock amazing powerups and use the ones you like the most to overcome increasingly challenging levels, Chained Orbs, Rock Orbs and Survival challenges. Can you carve a path of light through the darkness?

Features:
– Ultra-polished match-three marble shooter gameplay
– An arsenal of 23 amazing powerups to unlock and select
– Cinematic soundtrack by award-winning composer Jonathan Geer
– Free trial: Play the first 23 levels for free, pay once to unlock Full Game
– Full game includes 108 challenging levels, Survival mode and two more difficulty settings

Purchasing this content entitles you to the PS3™ system, PS4™ system, and “PS Vita” system versions!

Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.

1 player
10MB minimum save size
DUALSHOCK®4
1080p HD Video Output


Ladyhawke BD Archive Collection

There is hope for this problem [my Oct. 8, 2014 post: Ladyhawke (1985)]

Earlier this week (5/5/2015) Warner Brothers released Ladyhawke on Blu-ray as part of their Archive Collection. In the US we could only ever buy this movie on DVD or as SD digitally.

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Ladyhawke (1985) Archive Collection BD released May 5, 2015

Now we can actually get a Blu-ray disc of Ladyhawke without having to import one from another region.

Back to the problem: Digital Ladyhawke (1985) is only available as SD. It’s a UV title. My SD copy was obtained via Vudu, Disc to Digital. It’s a horrible SD version.

I wouldn’t be so very upset about it if it was a bigger copy, but it’s just not sufficiently existing with any other content I have on UV/Vudu. The only way to watch it is to fiddle with my TV settings, which I never have to do for other content. It’s a hassle. I tend to watch movies I like a lot. Watching on Big Screen, it’s not big. Watching on Small screen, it’s freaking tiny. I can manipulate it on my TV, at least, but not on my tablet. Plainly speaking: I haven’t watched Ladyhawke in a long time.

I’m hoping with much more hope now that Warner Brothers will put an HD copy of Ladyhawke into the UV locker, and holding out hope that they will replace the SD copy there as well.

Original Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet power adapter EP880 Dead

I have had a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet since December 2014.

I’d been using a charging base with original tablet cord and power adapter since the beginning. This past weekend we went on a trip (via self road travel) — I unplugged my charging devices and brought them with me.

Unpacking in the hotel, I plugged my things in and my tablet … nothing. My Nexus 5 worked fine and my Xperia charged just fine with it’s own cable and my nexus power adapter put into USB on tablet, and the charging base worked like that too. Just nothing would charge with the Sony EP880 power adapter part. I tried everything plugged in with it at that point. (It was purely hooked up to Sony parts and not dirty at all.)

So basically it just up and died, and still won’t pass any (electrical) current.

I ordered EP881 Quick Charger from Sony earlier this week. It arrived today. Guess what? The Power Adapter part is an EP880, just like the stock power adapter in the box for the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet. The only difference is the cable, it’s a charge only cable … pricey, but I could find any other way to get something to charge with that was worthwhile.

Now I’m stuck with leaving that Quick Charger setup in my bedroom, and I won’t move it if I can help it.

I looked all over the web, the only thing I could find was to buy a replacement power adapter and cord via Amazon for $9.99. I didn’t want to buy anything but the power adapter, just have the thing that was supposed to be used with the device. I mean I could use an old HTC one, but I hate the look of it. I like the blocky Sony plugs.

Warranty replacement? I can’t find any such animal.

I’ve never had a device plug die like that. Never. I still can’t believe it. Like it must just magically start working again. Then I’d have my roving plug. I wish it would work, but it probably won’t. It has no parts to replace, it’s as solid as the night in winter is long.

At any rate, I could get it from amazon … but that’s not the point. I have a solution but not the original dead piece actually replaced.

Thinking on it I’d like to get another dock so I can have it by my bed and on my desk. I don’t know if I want to get a DK48, my current dock is a DK36 and it works fine. Sigh, decisions.

 

edit: 4:57pm: My stupid EP880 original adaptor took my blog post as a threat and voila! It’s currently charging my Nexus 5 whereas it wouldn’t do that on Monday, nor my Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet. The thing is crazy. Is it the way of EP880 or is there something wrong with my EP880 … Don’t know.

Carolina Rebellion 2015 This Weekend!

I’m really looking forward to this weekend! We’ll leave this afternoon to travel to the area and chill until it begins on Saturday. I have a the latest and greatest to keep me occupied,  Lucas Davenport series, Gathering Prey.

I have to remember to de-Activate one PS4 and Activate the other before leaving. (I sometimes activate to let others in my family play something digital I bought, for awhile, that’s not my usual PS4, but it’s part of my household.) I’ll bring my PS TV, and my PS Vita, so there’ll be something we can do on the hotel TV.

The sun is finally up, I’ll be packing the minimum that I need, plus a few extra things just in case, but not much, this is a get dressed and hang out all afternoon/evening then crash kind of two-day event, so … the point is, I don’t have to pack just yet, but with the sun up it’s easier and so I’ll probably start that soon.

The weather for this weekend is looking nice. Maybe a shower today up there, but cooler than projected earlier this week. Sunny and mild-ish, compared to over 80 degrees that it could have been. 76 and 78 are the projected high (Fahrenheit) temperatures. That’s more than I can stand for long, usually. Good thing we have VIP tickets (of course, that’s why we buy them. Getting out of the weather, whatever it is, always a welcomed thing when outside for hours and hours and hours and hours.

So of all the bands that’ll be there, my favorite new band to see is Starset. I love their first album, it’s amazing.

Chevelle is next, I’ve seen them twice so far. This will be my first festival viewing, packed warehouse kinds of venues in the past haven’t been the greatest experience. Hoping for a much better time  with them at Carolina Rebellion.

Schedule conflict with We Are Harlot and Chevelle. [edit: it’s been changed, so now it’s not so, hmm.] I can’t get primary attention on both, so Chevelle wins the day, I mean, I love them very much, and Danny Worsnop’s newer group is good, but if it comes to that, I’ll see them somewhere else another time, maybe, it’s not a I have to see them kind of feeling I have about them. I do really like them/him though.

Slipknot will end this thing on Sunday night. That’ll be incredible. I’ve seen Corey Taylor alone, and Stone Sour twice. This will be my first Slipknot concert.

There will be food, people watching and a lot of good, great, and not so much my kind of music for two-days,  my 3rd Carolina Rebellion, with my hubby. I’m very glad that I don’t like everything that’ll be there, that would just be horrible, but there will be much more than I’ve listed that will be great to hear, and maybe I’ll come away with a new appreciation for one or more of them.

PlayStation Music Spotify Basic Info

Spotify Issues

Spotify on PS4 and PS3 is good, but … things are not as they should be.

#1: Scrobbling. Last.fm Scrobbling integration was left out of the PlayStation Music Spotify app. Not cool.

#2: Playlists are not working well in the app alone. Connect via another device make it all a better experience, but not everyone is into using Spotify on another device to control their PlayStation Music.

Without using another device to control the music with Connect, one cannot change the music while playing a Game. One starts music before launching a game, then in the game they can bring up a little control for the Spotify playing, pressing the PS button, but it doesn’t allow changing of albums, or playlists, you are stuck with what you have, skip and pause.

Using another device to control the music is the answer, but so many don’t want that answer, they want only on PS4 controlling it answers.

“Connected” to that problem is making playlists directly on PS4, etc.

Spotify Connect

I’m just glad Connect works right out of the box. They can add beefier features to the app along the way. What if there was no way to control music on another device. The Dark Ages … before I used Spotify. I’m glad Connect was working well by the time I started using Spotify in January 2015.

How to: Use a computer, tablet or phone, start Spotify on that device and go to where it lets you pick where to play the music (depends on what application you are using, current Desktop version has it on the bottom right of the volume control, mouse click the icon there. On Android it’s in settings, that’s all I know natively. I’m an Android/PC user.)

Shuffle

Shuffle works fine when using Connect to play on PlayStation 3 or 4, but if using the app it’s not very good at all. One must choose to scroll manually to the end of their playlist in order for the Shuffle to actually shuffle the entire PlayList. If you don’t, you’ll get an earful of whatever the first 30 or so songs are on that playlist, and for me, it’s too much of the same artists over and over.

I have an Alt Wave 80’s Playlist that has 224 songs, many artists. No fun to listen to unless it’s extremely shuffled. My only choices are 1. Use connect to play the playlist or 2. choose the playlist on PS4 and scroll all the way to the end on the right before starting to play, choosing Shuffle once the first song plays, or just let it go if Shuffle is already on previously.

Yes this needs to be native to the app, that one can shuffle a large playlist without either 1. or 2.

Spotify Free or Spotify Premium

You can have a Free or Premium account in Spotify. You can use PlayStation to upgrade to Premium or use Spotify on the web to upgrade, or any other partner you may have found. Existing Premium or Free, just sign in and link your account to your PSN ID.

I have Premium Spotify via my phone carrier. It was easy to login and link accounts. Once I did that on PS4, I downloaded Spotify on PS3 and didn’t have to login to Spotify even. It was automatic because I am linked.

Download on PS4 and PS3

Download Spotify today on PS4 and/or PS3 and start listening to Music for free, with ads; or with Premium, no adds.

PlayStation Music Spotify will improve, have no doubt about that. Just how fast, and which features will be added, only time will tell.

 

 

PlayStation Gear is Finally Here!

PlayStation Gear. Finally!

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Officially licensed PlayStation stuff. With more coming, sooner than later, they say. It’s a dream come true to finally get official PS gear from an online store you can trust. T-shirts are $20, hoodies $60 … any rock band has t-shirts for less/same/more; hoodies for about the same price. Yes, PlayStation is a rockin brand and so many fans can now wear it, use it, choose it.

Hurry over to the US PlayStation forums if you are a PlayStation MVP, look in the private MVP forums for a code you can use through March 16th.

Thinking, thinking, thinking …