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Computerlopnik:  It's alive! Computerlopnik:  It's alive!

The CPU cooler showed up today, which means I could finish* the build. My PC now has a radiator.

Computerlopnik: waiting on a CPU cooler. Computerlopnik: waiting on a CPU cooler.

Amazon brought me boxes today. I’m just waiting on the CPU cooler to show up tomorrow to see if I end up with a functioning computer out of this project.

Computerlopnik: The good Swedes Computerlopnik: The good Swedes

For those following my computerlopnik escapades of the last week, the new case came today. Amazon sent me a Fractal Design Define R6, with the USB-C front port and tempered glass side panel so I can enjoy staring at my future machine. I’m pretty sure I’ll have a use for a front USB-C port in the future, and I’m a…

Computerlopnik: (Update:  sent it on the water cooling) I guess I'm doing a new build

Update: I poked around online looking at all the various cpu cooling options and ended up sending it with a EVGA CLC 280mm AIO. Budget wise, this means an nvme drive will have to be a future upgrade. A 280mm AIO is overkill for my current 65 watt TDP Ryzen 7 1700 that I’ll be swapping into the new build, but I’ll…

New GPU, who dis?   New GPU, who dis?  

I got home from work today and was greeted by Amazon’s erection on a box. Inside revealed my new GPU in the form of a Sapphire Nitro+ RX590. Modern hardware is marvelous thing. Unplugged the old GPU, plugged in the new GPU, booted up and the thing just plain works even on whatever default driver windows 10 used until…

Status: we're going to need a bigger firepit. Status: we're going to need a bigger firepit.

On Monday this past week a friend brought over his chainsaw and we cut down the three dead trees next to the house in the backyard. They weren’t huge, but at 30-40 feet tall the weren’t small either. It was a successful endeavor in that we got all three trees down without dropping any on the house or two walls that…

Tech upgrade: ethernet over powerline adapter Tech upgrade: ethernet over powerline adapter

I decided to pickup an ethernet over powerline adapter this morning and see what I might gain over running my PC via wifi. My Netgear AC1750 router ain’t bad, but it is also setup on the other side of the house with a couple of walls between it and my PC in the spare bedroom. The placement makes sense in that most of…

Daytona status: Daytona status:

Doggo has claimed my arm. Shelby is going to be disappointed when I move at some point. Doggos had an eventful day in going to the doggie country club for a spa day in the form of baths and nail trims.

DIPL, 1602 edition. DIPL, 1602 edition.

I saw this car in the parking lot this afternoon at the post office. I need to meet the person who drives it, as he also works for the university and daily drives it. It isn’t the prettiest, and it isn’t the smoothest running old car out there, but it seems like I need to know this person anyway.  Maybe he’d be…

A frosty Miata upon its sleigh awaits the journey home. A frosty Miata upon its sleigh awaits the journey home.

This morning I’m taking my Dad’s car back up north. No snow this time, which will make for a less interesting drive, but there should be some freezing fog further North. I imagine the truck will welcome stretching its legs, as I don’t think it’s gone over 30mph this past week.

Slightly Svended Slightly Svended

My dad’s car is now done (which is good, because I go back to work tomorrow). It just has to go back to Albuquerque next weekend.

A new to me beer, with some funny spelling on the can. A new to me beer, with some funny spelling on the can.

My cousin-in-law gave me a variety pack of European beers for Christmas, many of which I’ve not had before. This is one of them. It’s a bit on the malty side for my preferences, but it is indeed flavorful. ESBs aren’t my beer of choice, but I’d have this one again. It does get extra points for Crimean War references.

Better than average Rockauto magnet Better than average Rockauto magnet

A Rockauto box showed up for the Mustang. It contained a way better than average magnet. This one I’ll actually keep.

What's Oppo drinking tonight? What's Oppo drinking tonight?

Marble is one of the great breweries of New Mexico. I found this guy and five of his friends at Spec’s in El Paso, and I felt I had to repatriate them back to New Mexico.

All this work for three seals All this work for three seals

I worked on this Miata a bit this morning.  So far, all this work equates to the cam and crank seals being replaced, but atleast pretty much everything from here is on the putting things back together side of the job.  First, lunch.

A little light wrenching this afternoon. A little light wrenching this afternoon.

I’ve got my Dad’s Miata down here for a timing belt service/tune up/svending for the next week or two. The racecar gets some fellow red company in the garage. His 05 Miata has finally hit 61k, which is another way of saying his commute is 3 miles round-trip (and he only works 3 days per week/semi-retired) and their…

Doggo votes for snow. Doggo votes for snow.

We got a little bit of snow today in Southern New Mexico. Ellie votes for snow, and she’ll even play fetch with snow balls.

A Brave New World A Brave New World

The ITA household has entered a brave new world wherein periodic charging the doggos’ collars is now a thing. On the plus side, I can now actually see the dogs in the backyard when we go out before bedtime.

PC wheel status:  I'm going to need a cockpit setup. PC wheel status:  I'm going to need a cockpit setup.

Santa brought me a Thrustmaster TX, and today I finally got chance to set it up. Initial testing is highly positive, although after messing around with a Xbox one controller for so long I’m basically learning to drive all over again.

Sometimes it snows in the desert. Sometimes it snows in the desert.

We got a dusting of snow in Las Cruces last night. The German Shepherd loves the snow. The lab/pitbull mix is curled up on the couch hoping it goes away soon.

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