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WIFI doesn’t work, but some wireless solutions work less than others.  After years of searching, I’ve been using an ASUS AC87 wireless access point (what other people for inexplicable reasons call “a router”, even if you’re just running it as a bridge), and it’s almost worked, most of the time.

That is, even with a WIFI repeater, I’ve never been able to watch video over sshfs in the kitchen.

But behold!

_1320015See?!  Star Trek: The Next Generation!  From Bluray!  Over sshfs!  Over WIFI!  In the kitchen!

And while I could occasionally watch video in the kitchen on that small laptop (while doing the dishes), the bandwidth was never sufficient for Blueray, and often would just drop completely on lower bandwidth items, too.

_1320016Because I’ve got a new WIFI access point.  It’s a (as you can see in this blur-o-vision) Linksys EA9500, and has something that seems like a sarcastic amount of antennas.  The amount and size both seem humorous, but if it works, it works…

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Just look at that downtrodden ASUS access point, with only four (only 4!) puny (tiny!) antennas!  No wonder I couldn’t watch Bluray over sshfs over WIFI in the kitchen!

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What with all these cocktails, I was getting tired of carrying bags of ice cubes from the store.  So I bought an ice cube machine today:  Logik L12IM14E.

It’s not connected to the water mains, so it can be placed anywhere, but it’s on the kitchen counter for now.  And it’s kinda noisy.  I guess it’s a compressor and a fan in there, so the noise is quite nice and steady, but it’s still more than what you’d want to have around you in the kitchen for hours.

I think it took about an hour and a half to fill the basket with frozen…  shapes. The ice cubes, as you can see, aren’t very cubic.

_1310601And as you can see from the milky look, they’re full of air bubbles.

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I popped the finished basket of ice…  bullets…  into the freezer, which made them even cloudier.  And they froze into a solid block.

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I put the block into a plastic bag and bashed it against the cutting board a few (OK, many) times, and they came unstuck, and you can see the final result above.

Not very impressive, but they taste OK.  The amount of air bubbles means that they’ll melt faster, and break up more when shaking.

Rating: Perhaps usable.

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I got some of these Duralex Provence glasses last year because they’re the prettiest glasses ever:

_1310594But I was putting some of them away just now, and I er dropped one of them onto another a stack of them:

_1310593_1310592The glass broke and totally disintegrated!  Into a gazillion teensy bits!

I’ve never seen a glass break like that.  Half of the … glass dust ended up in the bottom glass, but the rest is all over the floor and the work areas.

I’ll have to vacuum the entire kitchen when I wake up tomorrow.

But they’re still very pretty.  And are supposed to last forever if they don’t explode.

I Bought Something

After watching Prisoner Queen the other month, I started thinking about maybe perhaps watching Prisoner: Cell Block H again.

In like, 20 years or so. When I’m feeling poorly. And I’ve gotten old timers’ disease.

So I started idly looking for it… Didn’t seem to be any active torrents going for the whole series… And then I googled for DVD sets…

*gasp*

Epic unboxing sequence:

Yes! It’s a suitcase! Metal-ish! (I think it’s mostly plastic with metal detailing.) With 174 DVDs inside! Of an Australian soap opera from the 80s!

It’s the stupidest thing I’ve bought in my entire life.

But on the other hand: In 1995 I thought that, surely, all films ever would be available for streaming from the interwebs by 2016. This hasn’t happened. So perhaps it would be completely impossible to get hold of this series in 2037, when I plan on watching this series again?

You never know! I’m safe! Hah!