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NAS for me

This is my NAS planned for the summer.     PCPartPicker part list: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LF4Pm8
Price breakdown by merchant: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/LF4Pm8/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel - Xeon E3-1220 V6 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($256.99 @ PC-Canada) 
CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-L9i 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler  ($49.95 @ Amazon Canada) 
Motherboard: ASRock - E3C232D4U-V1L Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 
Memory: Kingston - ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($126.99 @ PC-Canada) 
Storage: Kingston - SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($174.53 @ Amazon Canada) 
Storage: Western Digital - Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($158.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Western Digital - Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($158.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Western Digital - Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($158.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Storage: Western Digital - Red 4TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($158.99 @ Newegg Canada) 
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce 210 1GB Video Card  ($47.50 @ Vuugo) 
Case: Antec - Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case  ($78.50 @ Vuugo) 
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($171.99 @ PC-Canada) 
Other: SIIG SC-SA0R11-S1 PCI-Express 2.0 x2 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 4-Port Hybrid  ($101.97 @ Amazon Canada) 
Total: $1644.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-25 23:40 EST-0500  

Being Delirious

Being Delirious

 

Does this work?

Case:
Cougar MG110   GPU:
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GTX 1070 AERO ITX 8G OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card   Motherboard:
MSI A68HM-E33 V2 FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard   RAM:
G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS   Sound Card:
Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 7.1 Channels 32-bit 384 KHz Sound Card   CPU:
Intel Core i7-7820X Skylake-X 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 2066 140W BX80673I77820X Desktop Processor   SSD:
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E500B/AM   Disc Drive:
Pioneer BDR-XS06 External Slim Blu-Ray 6X USB 3.0 Writer Drive   Internal Power Cable:
SilverStone All Black Sleeved 1-to-2 Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01)   SATA/eSATA Cables:
18": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-BK 18" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable 36": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-36 36" 90 Degree(Right Angle) SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable

TheChosenOne113

TheChosenOne113

 

First Build

At the beginning of the month I decided I needed to actually build my fist gaming PC. Previously I was using a terrible laptop.    All I want to do with this blog post is get some thoughts on my config.   CPU: Ryzen 7 1800x GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 RAM: Basilisx Elite 8 Gb (2x4) Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Case: NZXT S340 PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Fully Modular Wireless NIC: Edimax - EW-7822PIC CPU Cooler: Deepcool Captain 240 EX Storage:      Boot Drive: Intel - 530 Series 80GB      Games Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB x2      Main Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB      Archive/Backups: Western Digital - Red 3TB x2

DeathFromAbove98

DeathFromAbove98

 

This blog is about My new pc called NightWalker, the first modded pc I have built.

A little bit about myself. My name is Shaun my nickname is Witchart. I am 44 years of age and I have been using witchart as my nickname for over 30 years. Do you remember CB radios?. Well, witchart was my handle and I still use it today.   Over the last 20 years, I have built hundreds of Pc's for friends and family also myself but they have always been your cheap office type and sometimes a cheap gaming pcs. Nothing that looked really good and defiantly no water cooling or RGB.   NightWalker   I decided to build Nightwalker after hearing about the new Xbox X coming out. I was impressed with the specs and thought yes I want one. I have never owned a console before it just seems so powerful I thought it would beat most PC's (I had not looked into the latest gaming tech for PC's for over 10 years) I was really out of the loop, I delved into the Net and started to do some research. Within 10 minutes I knew I wasn't going to buy an Xbox, no it was going to cost me a lot more money but I was thunderstruck to see what was out there and how gaming on the pc was thriving.   After a little discussion with the wife, That's all I am saying. Research started. My first port of call was YouTube I was looking at other peoples personal builds to help inspire me. Wile, I was churning through YouTube I came across a vid titled 4 gamers one pc, I thought that sounds mad had to watch it. I thought it was cool. That was the first vid I watched from LinusTEch tips. I don't miss a vid now.   After a few weeks of research, I was finally was happy with My parts list. And decided to dig deep into my pockets and start spending. I managed to save around £300 pound just by shopping around and also managed to get a coupon from MSI for 30% off any graphics card.   Parts list   Case Thermaltake core p5.   Wasn't sure what colour to go for, I decided the snow addition would be cool I didn't order this online I went to my local pc tech store. Unfortunately, they had just sold the last one. I wasn't waiting until they had replenished their stock so I purchased the black one instead. Which I regret now. I feel a paint job coming on in the near future but for now it I'll do.   PSU Fractal design 550w.   550w PSU should do nicely for my system the only reason I decided on the Fractal design PSU is that I already had the Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO cooler.   Motherboard MSI X370 Gaming pro Carbon   Trust me I found choosing the motherboard to be the hardest choice I had to make. It was between three Mboard and the Carbon one because I found it on Scan.com for £120 really good deal back then.   CPU Ryzen 5 1600x   I Think the last time I built an Amd Machines it was a K6-2. I was really impressed with what I had learnt about the Ryzen CPU family. NightWalker is not just for playing games I spend Loads of time in Photoshop and other CPU demanding applications, so going for a CPU that has 6 cores 12 thread for just under £220 Yes I did it, I was the proud owner of a 1600x Get in.   Memory Adata XPG 4gig x 2 3000mhz   Idiot Idiot idiot I did not buy XPG 3000mhz no I got 2400mhz I must have pressed on the wrong link once again Idiot, At the moment I have overclocked it to 2666 which seems to be ok but will be upgrading to 16 gigs I will then sell on my 24000mhz ram on eBay.   Cooling Kelvin S36 AIO.   I really liked the idea of water cooling Nightwalker, well the CPU at least and I like overkill so Kelvin S36 AIO was my choice I liked the look of it and I also know its not the best but it would be good enough for my Ryzen and also you can add to it, cool That didn't take me long sins it would not fit in my Core P5 without been at least extended, so some soft tubing and red cooling fluid was needed.   Graphics card Msi GTX 1070 Armor   The sweet spot well for me at least, money was an issue but also with a coupon from MSI giving 30% off any Graphics card of there's that is. The only one I really liked the look of and would fit in this build was The armor and sins you can get a GTX 1050 up to 1080 TI in that style I thought 1070 would be quick and smooth enough for the price. I was going to get 1060 before I got the coupon from MSI.   Storage Adata 256gig SSD and a 4TB Seagate HD   These drive were not new I pillaged them out of another computer I had knocking around but will be buying m.2 sometime in the future.   To help brighten Nightwalker up RGBRGBRGBRGB may be a little rgb I think you get the message. I also thought it would be good to have some black light thrown in for good measures as well. 8 Cold cathode UV 100mm tubes YES. I didn't really like the look of the cables that come with the Fractal design PSU so I went online and got some white extensions, they look so much better.   I think its time to show you how She (always she just like My car) is getting on. Not finished yet I will be adding a hard tube loop after Christmas whooo cant wait.   I nearly forgot to mention some little cheap toys crawling all over her just for fun.

Witchart

Witchart

 

What Peanuts VHS Tapes I Need to Get My Hands On

Guess this oughta exist. Counting Paramount tapes only, no specific variant within that realm.   Regular Holiday Specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas - ✓ (1995 print in cardboard sleeve and 1998 print) It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2000 reprint of 1997 tape) A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - ✗ Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - ✗ It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2001 reprint of 1994? tape) Happy New Year, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1996 reprint of 1994 tape; from this point on the tape came in a clamshell)   Series of Releases: Snoopy Double Feature:  You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Reunion - ✓ (original Paramount Communications tape, 1994 print) He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown - ✗ You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown - ✗ What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown and It's Magic, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1998 print) There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown and Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown - ✗ Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown - ✗ Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown - ✗ You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown - ✗ The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show: Volume 1 - ✓ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown and Linus' Security Blanket episodes] (original Paramount Communications tape, 1994 print) Volume 2 - ✗ [Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes] Volume 3 - ✓ [Snoopy: Man's Best Friend and The Lost Ballpark episodes] (2003 reprint of 1994 tape; missing slip cover) Volume 4 - ✗ [Snoopy: Team Manager and Lucy Loves Schroeder episodes] Volume 5 - ✗ [Snoopy the Psychiatrist and Lucy vs. the World episodes] Volume 6 - ✗ [Snoopy's Football Career and Chaos in the Classroom episodes] Volume 7 - ✗ [It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the Giant episodes] Volume 8 - ✗ [Snoopy's Brother Spike and Snoopy's Robot episodes] Volume 9 - ✗ [Peppermint Patty's School Days and Sally's Sweet Babboo episodes] Volumes 1 and 2 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown, Linus' Security Blanket, Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes; rental exclusive?] This is America, Charlie Brown: Volume 1: The Great Inventors - ✗ Volume 2: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk - ✗ Volume 3: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad - ✗ Volume 4: The Mayflower Voyagers - ✗ Volume 5: The NASA Space Station - ✓ (2000 reprint) Volume 6: The Birth of the Constitution - ✗ Volume 7: The Smithsonian and the Presidency - ✗ Volume 8: The Music and Heroes of America - ✗   Initial Paramount Releases: It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown - ✓ It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown - ✓ (English and Spanish clamshell covers, Spanish cover includes English tape) A Charlie Brown Valentine - ✗ Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown - ✗ I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown - ✗   Movies: A Boy Named Charlie Brown - ✗ Snoopy Come Home - ✗ (Fox print; I need the Paramount print) Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1999 reprint of 1994? tape) Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) - ✓ (however, I would like to get a later print; this is the 1985 Gulf and Western print)   Other Paramount Tapes: Empty until further notice.   One-off Specials and Musicals: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - ✗ Snoopy the Musical - ✗ The Big Stuffed Dog - ✗ It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown - ✗ You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown - ✗   Edit log: December 10th, 2017 - Added episodes for Volume 8 of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show December 11th - Added another Snoopy Double Feature tape (Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown) December 11th R2 - Added yet another Snoopy Double Feature tape (You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown) July 4th, 2018 - Got my hands on The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Vol. 1, edited info for Happy New Year, Charlie Brown December 2nd, 2018 - Added year for the first 2017 edit and added the 1995 print of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the This is America, Charlie Brown: The NASA Space Station tape

handymanshandle

handymanshandle

 

My Dedicated Server Specs

Purchased OVH Australian Server when I started my business.   CPU:  Intel  Xeon E3-1245v5 - 4c/8t - 3.5GHz /3.9GHz RAM:  32GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz Disks:  SoftRAID  2x2TB    It's great to have an affordable on-shore server now but it kind of sucks knowing for the same price I could get the same server but with unlimited bandwidth and with 64 gigs of RAM.   I really do hate Australia's internet. D:

mcarter92

mcarter92

 

Project Dolly: A look into cloning Windows (Conclusions)

It's earlier than I'd said I would report this but for reasons I'm choosing to wrap up this experiment.   In day-to-day usage, I still haven't ran into any problems. Granted I did not play any games on the laptop, but I did run 3DMark after the cloning. However supposedly people do have issues regardless if they game or not. I also may not have been exactly representative of the use case, since I didn't clone after say a year of use. Though I can't think of anything that would cause issues since the only thing that should grow barring the installation of other programs is the Users folder and possibly ProgramData.   There was one other problem I forgot to mention in my last entry since it slipped my mind: the hard drive was offline when I first booted into the SSD. This means Windows knows the drive existed, but it didn't mount it. i.e., it wasn't accessible. I found an article explaining why this was though: http://www.multibooters.com/tutorials/resolve-a-disk-signature-collision.html. Windows has what is called disk signatures, which originally was meant to help the OS configure a software RAID setup. The disk signatures are supposed to be unique, but sometimes cloning software will copy this over. When that happens, Windows will take the other drive(s) with the same signature offline. You can put them back online, however, Windows will reassign a new signature to that drive. However, this is only a problem for that disk. So if you planned on booting into it again, you'll have issues.   The article claims that cloning tools used to either give you a choice in the matter of keeping or assigning new disk signatures. But now they automatically assign new signatures and change the configurations so Windows doesn't freak out.   So yes, there is some grain of truth that if you clone, Windows will run into issues because it's expecting one set of disk signatures and you've changed them. However, this appears to be a combination of the cloning tool and what the user did. Like for example in my case, since Samsung's cloning tool copied the hard drive basically verbatim, if I accessed the SSD right after cloning the hard drive (which is very likely if the person wants to do a soft verification of the clone), it would've changed the disk signature and I would've had issues. But since I booted into the SSD instead, I changed nothing. I'd imagine since few people know about disk signatures and if this was the root cause of their problems, this is why they think the act of cloning itself causes issues.   I used to clone via creating a bootloader partition, cloning C:\ onto the new drive with Partition Wizard (or Magic, I forget which), then making a bootloader on the drive. So disk signatures weren't really an issue for me with this method. However this hasn't been working for some reason or another and I don't really have a reason to clone drives these days so I never figured out why.   My conclusions on the matter: Cloning is more or less a safe thing to do. You should use the tool from manufacturer of the drive you're cloning tool if they have one. If the manufacturer does not have a tool, get a program that is advertised to do so like Macrium Reflect or Arconis True Image. After cloning do not try to access the drive. Do a verification by booting into it. If you do not see the original drive after booting into the new one, do not try to access it until you're satisfied with the cloned drive.

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

Project Dolly: A look into cloning Windows (Preliminary Results)

A couple of days ago, I decided to examine if cloning Windows was as bad as everyone says it would be, in that you'll run in to problems and other issues. So I'm using my laptop as a test bed for this project to see if anything really happens if you clone Windows.     When I started this project, I installed Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update to the laptop's SSHD, then installed programs that I would've used in a normal setting, and imported the settings of two of them (Visual Studio Code and Firefox). I also ran a 3DMark test suite and used the laptop as I normally would outside of gaming for a day. Today, I did the cloning process, which is cloning the SSHD contents onto the SSD. Since I have a Samsung SSD, I used Samsung's Disk Migration utility.   So here's the immediate results of the project so far: When on the SSHD Power on to login screen was 18.8 seconds. Reboot time from when the screen blacked out to login time was 26.8 seconds, with a BIOS time of 5.8 seconds. Superfetch was enabled The drive was being indexed The partition was 4K aligned (this is important) When on the SSD: Boot time was about 12.28 to 12.98 seconds with a BIOS time of 5.8 seconds Superfetch was enabled The drive was being indexed The partition was 4K aligned Trim was enabled and Windows knew it was an SSD in disk defragmenter 3DMark and CrystalDiskMark runs showed no anomalies, indicating that no system software got buggered. So far the only "issue" was after booting into the SSD for the first time after the cloning, Task Manager appeared to take longer to load. I did also notice one other thing while I was on the SSHD, it's actually not that bad to use. Perhaps it already cached the important things that I use but it wasn't really that bad compared to using an SSD. Load times were barely longer if I noticed and the system was still running mostly buttery smooth. Heck, most of the time when I logged in, it was practically instant (i.e., no "loading" or spinning circle)   I've already set myself on the path of no return by cleaning the SSHD. From here until the end of the month or so I'll be monitoring for issues that crop up.

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

Project Dolly: A look into cloning Windows (Planning)

I'll admit something. If there's one topic I typically stay away from because it seems like everyone has a consensus on the subject, it's cloning Windows installations from an HDD to an SSD. The consensus is it's always better to just reinstall the OS. While there are some practical reasons, the most common ones I've heard to avoid cloning is because you'll encounter a plethora of issues. I've found this puzzling considering: I've cloned multiple times with no ill effect I don't understand how there could be system software issues if the only thing that's changed is the hard drive. That's like saying if you upgrade your video card, reinstall Windows otherwise it'll freak out that it has a new video card. And as far as I understand about modern computer architectures, storage drives are basically virtualized and abstracted to the point where a storage drive is a storage drive. Well, the software still has to know how to talk to it, but as far its concerned, from an operational point of view there is no difference between a Samsung SSD, a Hitachi HDD, or a CF card talking over a SATA converter.   So I'm going to do a cloning project with my secondary computer, my Dell Inspiron 15 7559. It has a Samsung EVO 850 M.2 SSD and a Seagate SSHD. The plan is going to be like so: Install Windows on the HDD Make note of storage related services that Windows enabled. Notably check to see if Superfetch is enabled and if the drive is marked for defrag scheduling Install all of the drivers and programs I normally would've used on it. If I have importable settings from my primary computer, like from Firefox, then I'll import those. I'll install a few games on it. It won't be used much for gaming though when/if I do game on it. Give it a day or so to "settle" after running a few tests. Use Samsung's software to clone the HDD install over to the SSD Verify the SSD boot works, then wipe the HDD Check to see if the following has changed Superfetch (should be disabled) Defrag schedule (drive should not be available or is unchecked) TRIM is enabled If the above has not changed, continue on anyway, but make note of it Use the laptop for a few weeks Will mostly be doing light loads and maybe the occasional gaming if it's not too hard on the poor 960M Will also monitor any issues that come up After that, check to see if the following has been set Superfetch (should be disabled) Defrag schedule (drive should not be available or is unchecked) TRIM is enabled Note that even if these aren't enabled, that doesn't really affect anything since you can enable these settings. I was thinking about working with the laptop with just the HDD for more time, like a few weeks, but I don't want to stretch this project out too much.  

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

October 9, 2013 (P13)

The first thing we had to do was get Frank's scary dog out of the RV. So, we did the classic cartoon "give a dog a bone" routine and Cujo became Scooby Doo just like that.   Frank's RV was pretty much what I expected—drug dealer trash chic. But it wasn't as serial killer as I feared. We ransacked the place and found what Chloe didn't want us to find...   I'm sorry Chloe had to see the pictures of Rachel posing for Frank, even if she did care about him. To her it's just another betrayal, just another loved one dumping on her. Everybody she ever loved she lost one way or another. Only I came back from the past... for what? To make Chloe's life more painful? I just wish I could use my rewind power to go all the way back to the days when we were covered in pancake flour... Life was simple...

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P12)

Despite David's evidence and the bracelet, Chloe refused to believe Rachel was involved with Frank. This is a part of Chloe I don't much like: she gets so damn petulant if she doesn't get her way. Or if she hears something she doesn't like. Serious denial. I get why, but that doesn't make dealing with it any easier. So I threw my hands up and suggested we check out Frank's RV.   I knew that would piss Chloe off and she would do anything to find out what kind of relationship he had with Rachel.   But first we had to get the damn keys to the RV. Which meant going into the Two Whales Diner and bouncing like a rewind pinball between Frank, Nathan Prescott, and Officer Berry—and fucking with all of them. I'm still dizzy thinking about how I pulled it off. Yay for Max.   Sometimes I feel like I'm just cheating at life...

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P11)

Which was a perfect cue for Chloe to bounce into the room and start shit with Joyce. This gave me cruel cover so I could sneak into the garage and finally unlock David Madsen's X-treme Files..."   So today I finally found out what was in David's secret files... and I admit, I expected it to be worse. I'm relieved that it wasn't, so maybe I'm going easier on him than I should. No surprise that he had detailed files on Kate AND Rachel listing their whereabouts along with surveillance pics. David isn't off my shit-list yet, but he's a damn good investigator, I'll give him that. It's clear that Frank and Rachel had some kind of relationship... and I don't think Chloe is going to be very happy to hear that. She needs to start waking up. We all do.   When David came home, things escalated quickly. He looked more upset than usual, but shrugged when he saw me wearing Rachel's clothes. He was so on edge... Maybe I'll never get to see the David that Joyce loves so much. She and Chloe really let him have it, though. This was the first time I saw them bond since we were kids...   Suddenly, I couldn't take it anymore either and I kind of blew up. It was like a torrent that felt AWESOME. I've been wanting to rip into David like that myself for a long time. I figured worst case scenario, hello rewind power! But I wanted Joyce to know the depth of his weird paranoia. She looked so sad and angry when I told her about the photos of Rachel and Kate, not to mention the home surveillance. Joyce kicked his ass out of the house. To Chloe's glee.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P10)

When I went down to breakfast, Joyce actually called me "Rachel" which just seems so wrong considering how beautiful she is and how boring I am. I guess my new outfit really is working its magic. I ended up helping Joyce make breakfast just like when I was a kid on a sleepover. It's odd how quickly you can fall back into an old routine.   So I must have set off Joyce's "nostalgia mode" since she busted out ye olde photo album. I'm one of the few people who loves checking out old pictures. What was that Alfred Hitchcock line about film being "pieces of time"? Like Mr. Jefferson said, so are photographs.   I do think she wanted me to see her new husband in a better light. When David was happy or laughing with Joyce in a picture, I wanted to say, "And who is that?" Plus, I'm sure it's no accident that there was a photo of Rachel wearing the exact same clothes I had on. She truly is stunning. And somehow looked more punk rock than Chloe.   The truly heartbreaking image was the last photo William Price ever took: Chloe and I making pancakes in the kitchen. Joyce really misses that joyful optimistic girl... I know she's still there... when Chloe smiled at me this morning, I saw her. The picture seemed to sum up everything we had as children and lost as adults... whatever being an "adult" means.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P9)

Even though my body smelled like I had been doused in chlorine, it was so nice to crash in Chloe's room for the first time in five years and wake up next to her like our old sleepovers... For some reason, it reminded me of the time we were going to TP one of the neighbor's houses and we even snuck out but got chicken and ran back home, laughing all the way...   I remember waking up the next day and Joyce was making one of her delish breakfasts downstairs and Chloe smiled at me like we were in the most secret club in the world (or at least Arcadia Bay) we were pirates, damn it! After our academic espionage last night, I felt the same way... it's just that now the stakes are much higher and much more dangerous.   I even ended up in some of Rachel Amber's clothes since mine were trashed. A band tee and ripped jeans. So not me. But I haven't found my style yet, so why not have some fun experimenting with a new outfit? Speaking of experiments, Chloe dared me to kiss her...   So I did. She probably thought I'd wuss out. Why? It wasn't that big a deal. Though it was cute the way she was kind of embarrassed after and said she would tell Warren.   Besides, I think Chloe sees Rachel Amber in her future...

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P8)

I love that Chloe brings out the "just don't give a fuck" side of me. Even if that hasn't always served her well. She deserved a moment of not giving a shit. Me too. Just two friends goofing around in the pool. I fear those youthful shenanigans might soon be a thing of our past... God, I'm starting to sound like one of the teachers at Blackwell...   Chloe and I had a nice chat about our lives since I left... We talked about dumb boys and girls and why they're trouble... especially for me. I feel like a groupie when I talk to Chloe about our life experience... she has me so beat. I take pictures, she takes action.   Speaking of action, we had to seriously bounce when security showed up. Duh. How quiet could we be in the swimming pool? Plus after leaving a trail of our Blackwell handiwork...   It was so intense and exciting to get past the security guards. They had serious spotlight power so it wasn't exactly easy to stealth our way past, especially as we had to bail in Chloe's junker... but like I said, intense and exciting. Hella like Chloe Price.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P7)

While we didn't find The Proof, we found Nathan's file had a weird drawing in it that just said, "Rachel in the dark room" over and over. So that's a major clue that Nathan is involved in this somehow. Or he's just insane. But his note also referenced "David M." which means that we absolutely have to find a way into David's secret bunker files. For a good cause.   But Chloe just can't help herself and she actually took five grand in cash marked "handicapped fund" ('cause that's gotta be legit, amirite?)—I can't think of a faster route to karma hell, but it would clear Chloe's debt to Frank... I'll find a way to make it up to the fund... after all, saving a life is priority. As is my habit with Chloe. No matter what, our fates seem bound together, for better or worse. Usually worse.   Despite all the "usual" breaking in and blowing up office hijinks, Chloe decided what we needed more than anything was to take a night swim in the Otter's lair. I was so giddy and rebellious that I was like, oh yes, WE SHALL SWIM. We didn't completely skinny-dip but close enough to get in big trouble no matter what. I don't know why we were so careless after being so careful...

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P6)

So cool to stalk the halls when it's dark and quiet. Even with so many terrible things happening all around us, it felt like Chloe and I were walking towards the center of a great cosmic mystery, something bigger than any of us...   But we kinda suck as master spies since we didn't have a key for the Principal's office. No worries with my rewind power at hand. And of course Doctor Warren Graham. He came through with a bitchin' mini-bomb made of sodium whatthefuckever. I probably learned more putting those ingredients together than the entire semester so far. Sorry, Ms. Grant, Warren is the star student here. He tries so hard to help... maybe too much, but what's wrong with that these days? I'm so grateful he's on my team.   Talk about being in the sancto sanctorum (thanks Latin class I barely passed!) of Blackwell... I did feel freaking weird about being in the Principal's office after midnight, going through his files and laptop with Chloe. She was waaaay too into it. Technically, we could be arrested and thrown in jail. Yikes. I just pretended that we were on a very special episode of "The Wizards of Waverly Place," you know, just a couple of "wacky Sherlocks" investigating the school for a good cause... Yeah, that helped."

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P5)

Even more so when we went to the front of the building and spied on Victoria talking smack about me (shocked!) and worse, actually trying to blackmail Mr. Jefferson to pick her photo for the "Everyday Heroes" contest. She is freaking unreal...   I give Mr. Jefferson major respect for telling her to get lost, even though she deserved to be expelled for pulling that crap. This is her priority after what happened with Kate? I just don't understand Victoria, no matter how I try. She's already rich, pretty, and a good photographer. Why try so hard and hurt so many to manipulate everything already in your favor?   I just hope that's not what I'm doing with my rewind power...   Yes, there's something incredibly AWESOME about breaking into your own school at the witching hour. Although Chloe was technically right: how can we break in with a key? Never mind that it was a stolen key from the school's head of security...   Anyway. The Blackwell Ninjas strike again!  

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P4)

Day-um, that was too close. I was doing so well until I got outside and of course, it was Principal Wells of all people blocking the way. The one person I least wanted to see. I wasn't ninja enough for him so yeah, he busted me. But, I finally got to see that the gossip was true for a change.   Principal Wells was shitfaced. He didn't even try to hide it. In fact, he was a lot cooler drunk than sober. I can see why he's so confused, dealing with Kate's family, and the Prescotts, and David Madsen. He still acts suspicious and gives me way too much "'tude" as he would say (nobody says that seriously!), but I can see that he's under a lot of pressure. So much that he's so wasted he can't even use his keys at midnight.   Sure he was in my way, but he was no match for my rewind power. After all, I had to go and meet Chloe... Bad Max.   Even though I thought I was in "full ninja mode," Chloe still scared the shit out of me, which pissed me off considering what I've been going through. Sometimes she's so damn insensitive to other people's feelings.   She wants all my attention for her and finding Rachel and she gets all butthurt if I don't have time for her. Obviously I have time in hand. But I can't stay mad at her for long and she was so damn excited about having the keys to the main building. And honestly? I was pretty amped up too.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P3)

It's funny that even though I think I can just rewind myself out of trouble, I'm in more trouble now than ever before in my life. If this was a Twilight Zone story I'd be getting set up for some serious irony. Like I'm going to rewind myself out of existence or something...   Can I honestly say I'll have this ability for the rest of my life? Are the tornado, the snow, and that eclipse just hallucinations or are they genuine prophecy? More importantly, is this a curse or blessing? Chloe is alive and by my side and that has to be a miracle... which means there must be a way to stop my vision from coming true... Right?   So, yes, I broke curfew to hook up with Chloe. She said she had something to show me... Looks like it's time for some serious detective work. Enter The Blackwell Ninjas!   As I stealthily made my way out of the hall, I passed by Kate's door and saw all the nice messages from other students. Too bad most of Blackwell didn't care when they passed around the video and bullied her to that roof. Everybody always cares when it's too late... At least Kate will see that people are on her side... finally. I hope I can visit her when all this blows over... Maybe that's not a good choice of words.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P2)

I think the whole town of Arcadia Bay is connected to this crazy shit. I can already see the story on the National Geographic Channel: "Mystic, Scientific, or Apocalyptic? The Arcadia Bay Tornado."   Speaking of fear, I still think about Kate and the sadness in her eyes on that roof. I'm so grateful she's alive. I love seeing the students at Blackwell show their support for her with gifts and flowers. Finally.   My homework is seriously piling up. It's hard to focus on tests or essays while my friends suffer, nature shits, and we track down Rachel Amber. Along with my ability to rewind time and visions of an apocalyptic storm, how can I think about giving Mr. Jefferson a photo for the contest with all this shit going on? But I should, if only to keep myself grounded...   Leave it to Chloe to make me sneak out past curfew and demand I meet her in front of the main building in the dead of night. I knew Chloe would be all over investigating the campus after what happened to Kate here... This just makes Chloe more desperate to find out what happened to Rachel... if anything.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

October 9, 2013 (P1)

"Dear Diary... I have the power to rewind time and I ended up on a rooftop trying to stop my friend from jumping off while trying to prevent the possible destruction of my hometown..." I fell asleep at my desk and woke up reaching out to rewind... or grab Kate...   I remember when my journal entries were about which anime character I wanted to be. Or my dreams of being a respected globe-hopping photographer. Or what me and Chloe would be doing when we were finally adults... at least we know how that turned out so far.   Chloe is determined to get to the bottom of what's going on. So I've been playing "What Would Chloe Do?"-which means blowing off my Blackwell homework to research everything I can find on Kate Marsh, Rachel Amber, and the esteemed Prescotts. It would be too easy peasy if they were all connected but at this point, I think the whole town of Arcadia Bay is connected to this crazy shit. I can already see the story on the National Geographic Channel: "Mystic, Scientific or Apocalyptic? The Arcadia Bay Tornado."

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

 

HELLO WORLD. October 8 (P10)

Then I heard Chloe SCREAMING for help. And I was shittin' kittens.   Her foot was stuck in the damn rail and naturally the train was comin' round the mountain.   I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with a drastic (if not destructive) solution to saving Chloe—ONCE AGAIN—but just in case this journal ever falls into the wrong hands, it's going to remain our BFF secret. So there.   Our morning adventure over, Chloe dropped me off back at my campus. She was so sweet and said that this had been the best week of her life... despite everything.   That made me feel so AWESOME! Chloe really sees us like we're taking over the world... but what if I hadn't had been able to use my rewind power to get her off of the tracks? Chloe might have to lower her expectations... and so will I.

Max Caulfield

Max Caulfield

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