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Status Updates posted by OJTheAviator

  1. I've just discovered an amazing parody of Apple from 12 years ago!


  2. I hope this doesn't count as political. The politics is literally background to the real comedy. And now, for the most 2021 screenshot of the year so far:

  3. Dancing birds


    Also, nice sky!



    Needless to say, I've been taking lots of pictures. Apologies for not reading notifications recently, the forum break has been nice so far but I may become active again at some point! Who knows though.

    1. Schnoz


      Love the sky picture! Sometimes it's just a good thing to take time off from  talking  with random internet strangers once in a while. 

  4. I'm not dead, just busy. I did make a neat render I wanted to share:

    1. Schnoz


      Looks really nice! I just have two suggestions.  The  light source seems a bit on the bright side, and the waves could be slowed down. Otherwise, I like this render.

  5. I need to study but I'm absorbed by the saying "righty tighty, lefty loosey". It is nonsensical! If the top of the turning thing is going left, the bottom is going right, and if the bottom is going left, the top is going right! There is no relative translation between the two parts!! One could use the right hand rule, that makes sense. But 'left' and 'right' don't describe rotation!!!

    1. Schnoz


      Sounds like a 3 am thought!

    2. Windows7ge


      Want me to add a layer onto the confusion?


      Left hand threaded screws. Screws that tighten when rotated counter-clockwise. :3


  6. Hot take: Hexagons are the bestagons.

    Some of you will probably get it

  7. More rendering! And it loops!

    This was inspired by the wireframe trench in Star Wars (1977), eventually I want to build this into some sort of race with wireframe spaceships, that'd be pretty neat. Generally wanting to flesh it out while keeping the aesthetic.

  8. I did some spooky rendering yesterday:


  9. Image overload. To be clear, I didn't do this thinking it looks good, just interesting. Almost comic-book like.


  10. I saw a beautiful Corvette the other day. Lucky I had my camera on me...


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    2. Techstorm970


      @Silentprototipe  I mean, I'd be proud of that thing, as well...

    3. Bombastinator


      Very very stock.  That’s someone’s pride and joy.  That or they’ve got 12 other cars just as nice.

    4. Silentprototipe


      @Techstorm970 Considering its a relatively mint C2 I guess he does have a right to :P 

  11. I found how they make egg cartons! They just tell the cardboard to form itself into z=sin(x)sin(y)
    3D plot


    I just randomly happened upon this shape when doing some Calc 3 homework, completely unintentionally, when I thought "EGG CARTON" and distracted myself from immanently due homework.

  12. I'm not dead. Also, holy crap. Apple just released the iPhone I've been dreaming about for months -- an updated iPhone with the 4s' design! This looks as good as iPhone's aesthetic peak a decade ago... with what looks like some of the best tech out there. I'm no iPhone fanboy -- far from it -- but I'm feeling a little less loyal to my Samsung Galaxy S8 right now.

    1. PCGuy_5960


      If I can find it for a discount, I would definitely consider buying a 12 mini.

  13. Well, my new Nikon D610 is serving me well. No tech photos yet, but I do have some birds and butterflies and scenery!



    Another field






















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    2. DildorTheDecent
    3. FakeNSA



      And yeah, feel free to post all that in the parrot thread should you desire.

    4. OJTheAviator




      With my birds not being parrots, RGB, or animated (harassing a tv presenter), I feel these photos would look as out of place as wearing pajamas to a formal dinner😂


      Edit: seems as though I may have misjudged the parrot thread! I may post after all

  14. New camera! More features! Video! Time lapse!

    Perhaps I'll post photos and other stuff soon.

  15. I made a mistake. If people have suggestions or know people who might, I'd appreciate input.


  16. Heavenly Bovine, that's a lot of notifications!


    I guess some have more, but I've got more than I'm used to, that's for sure

    1. soldier_ph


      Average for me is 58 to 64 every day when I come on for the first day plus 20 to 30 more through out my day. Then also 1 to 2 PMs I'm active in, not to mention all the chatting via Discord. Then I'm also active on Reddit and Twitter.

  17. I've finally gotten around to taking photos of my laptop...




    It's got a pen, housed in the side. Contacts charge it whenever it's docked, so I don't have to worry about replacing batteries.



    It folds all the way around. After all, it is named a "Yoga". Writing on the screen is very good. It's fairly responsive, nice feel.



    While it's a Yoga, it's also a Thinkpad, as evidenced by the nice Thinkpad logo.



    In addition, I can tell it's a Thinkpad by the piece of evidence that is the Trackpoint. I don't use it often, but I kinda like it there.



    IO wise, not too shabby. On the left: USB C (non Thunderbolt unfortunately), USB C with Thinkpad dock connector (the dock connector supports Ethernet), USB A, and 3.5mm jack. On the right: power button, micro SD, USB A, full size HDMI, and Kensington lock. The only real downside would be a lack of Thunderbolt, but with all the other IO, I don't really feel a need for it. Plus, it has Intel's Wi-Fi 6 AX201 2x2 AX inside, so I get nearly 600 Mb/s on WiFi.





    And lastly, what may be my favorite photo. This photo of a current laptop was taken on a DSLR from about 2005, on a lens from (likely) the '70s. I don't know the details of this lens, but it was my Grandpa's lens from his film SLR. Anyway, for me it sort of spans time in a way most photos don't.



    1. soldier_ph


      Nice laptop you got there. I've always been a fan of Thinkpads in particular since we used them a lot in school. I too am gonna get a brand new Laptop soon, it's the XMG Schenker Core 15 AMD with a 4800H, RTX 2060 Refresh, 16GB of Crucial 3200MHz RAM, 2TB Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD and 144Hz IPS 15.5" Display.

    2. OJTheAviator


      @Pascal... That XMG looks pretty awesome!

  18. People are sick trying to scam grandparents. My grandma emailed about this Microsoft alert... On her Chomebook. Luckily, she didn't click anything, just restarted it, but still messed up they target these sorts of people. Now I have to go over to block this site and keep it from beeping at her.



    1. dizmo


      They're not really targeting old people with those. They're targeting anyone stupid enough to fall for it.

    2. OJTheAviator


      Fair, but I think the elderly are disproportionately effected. They didn't grow up using this tech, and often have poorer eyesight so have trouble seeing details that help clue people onto scams. Sure, it's a Chomebook and the warning is Microsoft, but I think plenty of non tech people--many of whole who have grown up with these companies--would need a few minutes for that to jump out at them.

    3. Bombastinator


      Old people are often technologically behind, are sometimes mentally compromised, and tend to have bank accounts.  Perfect victims.  What’s that phrase “heroin to school kids?”

  19. I'm now working with a json file that is about half a gigabyte in size. The computer is really chugging.


    Firefox alone is using over 9 GB of RAM


  20. Well, I've been using my new laptop so much over the last few hours that I haven't had the chance to take good photos yet. TLDR (too lazy, didn't record), it's amazing. The keyboard is fantastic, as expected. The trackpad is as good as anything else I've used, though not incredible. The screen is sharp and bright, though the bezels do exist. The thing is built like a tank. No real flex anywhere. The touchscreen is good, tablet mode is nice. I've done a little note-taking with it now, and it's pretty good. The stylus is fantastic in my opinion, and docks into the chassis, so it's no bother when I don't need it. It's got Windows Hello facial recognition and a fingerprint scanner. I haven't had the chance to use facial unlock yet, but the fingerprint scanner is a nice touch (pun intended) to unlock quickly. In other words, I'm very happy.

  21. I'm at work, so I can't get pictures yet, but...



    The laptop has finally made it.


    Side note, notepad++ gets suprisingly buggy and slow when working with a single line of text 20 million characters long.

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    2. OJTheAviator


      Bonus points if anyone can guess the airline from the potato quality.

    3. DildorTheDecent


      Ryan Air pilots: "What a smooth landing"

  22. https://apnews.com/fbcec393dc652a9ccdb2cc8aacb15895

    Deceased cat gets voter registration application in mail


    — In a presidential election year, there's always a push to get people registered to vote.  For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting.  Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago.  “A great cat, indoor and outdoor, loved his family, loved his neighborhood. He was 18 and a half when he passed away,” Carol Tims told WAGA-TV.  The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail.  “There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register. I’m not sure if they’re trying to register dogs, mice, snakes,” Carol Tims said.  The Secretary of State’s Office said the application did not come from its office and that third-party groups often use mailing lists to get names and addresses.  “Third-party groups all over the country are targeting Georgia to help register qualified individuals," the Secretary of State's Office said in a statement. "This group makes you wonder what these out-of-town activists are really doing. Make no mistake about it, this office is dedicated to investigating all types of fraud.”  The Secretary of State’s Office said it's quite sure that even if Cody were still alive and showed up at the polls, he wouldn’t be allowed to vote since he does not have a license or state ID.  If you’re wondering how Cody would have voted if he could go to the polls. His owner said he was a DemoCAT.