Thanks to MacOS–though it was really an OS X feature–being able to repartition on the fly, my big clone/Time Machine/scratch partition project took all of fifteen minutes. Maybe. I wasn’t at the computer while it was repartitioning the external disk. And now the Time Machine backup is done, the clone(s) are done….

So I think the big QNAP-to-Synology, 6TB-to-19TB file transfer is done. It’s sturdy, it’s dependable, but it’s not entirely exciting. It’s not supposed to be exciting, of course. Data storage is just data storage.

Though I am giving myself a “look through the smaller QNAP NAS” to see what’s on there, as I now have plenty of room to move it onto the Synology

Synology DS918+, sixteen days later

For the past couple weeks, I’ve been the happy owner of a Synology DS918+. I’d had a QNAP 4-bay, bought because it was cheaper than a Synology, and it served me fairly well. No data loss, better AFP support than my 2-bay QNAP. When the 4-bay started restarting on its own every 1 to 3 days, I decided I didn’t trust it anymore. It’s long out of warranty so there’d only be so much support I could get.

So a Synology DS 918+. + for the Intel processor, which hopefully would drive Plex on its own. Technically it does drive Plex, it just can’t handle a ginormous library, which is fine. It’s got tons of space (19 tb–I also didn’t realize a QNAP didn’t expand storage a la Drobos when I got it because I was being cheap–with 7 tb still available).

There’s so much space I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. One thought was using it for Time Machine. The Synology has data protection while the Time Capsule does not. But Time Machine on Synology is a sparsebundle, which just means the same problem–sparsebundle Time Machines are icky bad.

This morning’s thought was to move my “Scratch” drive–which isn’t really a scratch drive since it’s got my Photos library, which I’d rather not get erased (as well as some other things)–to the Synology. But since I use the USB3 scratch drive direct from my Mac, it’d probably be a little faster (though maybe not) to have it attached. Also I’m not entirely convinced the Photos Library is going to work on the Synology….

So the new thought is to partition the external, which is a 2tb RAID 1, into three parts. A clone, Time Machine, and scratch space. But not a real scratch space, I don’t think.

Unfortunately, I had this idea after I left the house this morning so there’s nothing I can be doing to set it up now. If I’d been smart, I’d been superdupering the scratch data off the 2 TB drive so I could get the drive reformatted.

My blog archiving is a hidden shame–zine’ing the Sum Up posts is fine, but the blog archiving… I try not to talk about it. It scratches a zine itch I’ve had since middle school and a collection compulsion I’ve had since… I don’t know… Star Wars figures (at age 5).

But today I archived a post with a comment from a friend who passed away (very unexpectedly) a few years ago.

I’ve been trying to avoid the sad since.

currently feeling dumb for not being able to get visualeditor for mediawiki working on an ubuntu instance. lol. oddly that sentence actually makes sense

Does anyone have a wiki farm they recommend? Paid’s okay though free’d be great. I could just do my own but I’m being lazy.

I wanted to be done drafting a couple posts by the end of the month. I just finished. I’m a little surprised I got it done.

I paper edit the sum up posts for stop button and I always forget to put page numbers on them. I’ve missed the revision process. There’s just not time with the rest.

I got the PS4 in December 2006 because I was planning on intellectually disconnecting with the world. Didn’t work out. But I have started playing the PS4 regularly. Obvious stuff like Injustice 2 and Mad Max. (Obvious for me, i.e. DC Comics and Mad Max open world). Plus the Assassin’s Creed London and Watch Dogs (history interest and nostalgia for Chicago). I’m waiting for Spider-Man. And that Old West open world. But I got Horizon Zero Dawn this year looking for a distraction. I knew about it, but future sci-fi as fantasy thing? Eh. Then it was on sale. And it’s a good game. I just finished it. I’ll bet the story stuff is pretty good too. I skip that. Lol. But the voice acting is pretty awesome; well, Lance Reddick’s beyond awesome and everything else is fine. “Lead” Ashly Burch is likable. It got me thinking about how important voice acting could be in video games. I’d never really thought about it because the visual technology is all about CGI-realism. So why not just have computer generated voices. Because computers can’t act. It’s because the writing is fine. It’s long-winded but it’s more than competent enough. The dialogue’s a lot better than every soap opera. It’s as good as a tolerable prime time TV show. I’d never discounted artistry in video games–in fact, I loved it when Ebert lost fans for his comments (just out of pettiness, I probably mostly agreed with him back then). But there’s a potential to them I guess I’ve always ignored. Given the size and popularity of the industry, it’s probably a good place to create right now. So now I don’t just have to feel bad I can’t draw (that one is a fine motor issue so not entirely my fault) but also code (that one is because I summarily eschewed the idea in 2000, stupidly not realizing a college minor should be functional). But fun stuff. And apparently engaging enough I gave it almost 2,000 words.

The James Dean thing. I just watched GIANT for a blogathon (post up Sunday). I’d never seen it. I’ve seen REBEL and EAST OF EDEN (EDEN ride or die). I didn’t get around to seeing them until I was at least twenty. I didn’t know GIANT had Dean in old age makeup. Dean acting in old age makeup is better than old age makeup acting in an Orson Welles forties picture. It could have validated and maybe even excelled the subcategory. It’s one of those holy shit things.

918 words about writing I wrote instead of getting ready for bed

One of the anti-panic attack mindfulness things I liked when panic attacks were frequent was the “force yourself to do something you’ve been avoiding.” It’s great for getting laundry done. Right now I’m applying it to creative projects. I’d been dreading covering the second half of Eleanor Parker’s career in sum up posts for Stop Button. There’s a lot to write about and nothing to be exuberantly positive about. Sure, Sound of Music was a huge hit, but it didn’t mean squat for Parker’s subsequent roles. Not in any positive way. But then I’ve got this other project on the horizon and I’m committing to it and getting the Parker posts done is something I wanted to do. So I’m rushing through them. The fun thing about actually editing? My drafting can be rough. I forget how much I like editing. Next project is going to have lots of it. And I just came up with the title for the next project. Holy shit it’s good.

I’m having a depression-y panic attack. Or was. It’s mostly passed. Not sure what brought it on–other than it being like winter out for a day.

How hasn’t HIGHLANDER gotten a multimedia relaunch? How hard can it be to get it out there. It’s an ingenious franchise idea. (Even if I do hate all of them and am mortified to have been a fan in my teens. lol)

This issue (5) has the editor talking about how the Brothers would like negative feedback. I’ve read it at least six times this week—the issue—it’s impeccable. Jaw dropping impeccable. I probably should’ve been paying more attention to the letter pages. Lol. might be a new thing.

now that I’m thoroughly depressed with reality, time to play the teenage mutant ninja turtles in injustice and be depressed with nostalgia as it relates to video games


I’ve been rereading Love and Rockets. Not just rereading it but rereading my reread. Instead of going through the current collections, I’ve been doing the old ones. Not just the Locas and Palomar stories, collected multiple places, but all the other stuff. The weird stuff. Stuff like BEM. And Rocky and Fumble. The stuff that didn’t “gel”.

I’m on the fifth issue. It’s good every time. No matter which issue, though the short ones are better for time commitment. They’re all so damn good.

VLC 3.0: Ho hum

VLC hit 3.0. With a possibly new icon? The pre-3 desktop app’s been a disaster lately. It crashes a third of the time and another third of the time it has an error report saying it crashed (when it hadn’t). The worst part is there isn’t an any more reliable 3rd party player on MacOS I’ve found. On the PC side, I’ve been using mpv. Which can be used on the mac (command line) but I don’t live in the terminal as much on the MacBook Air, regardless of having it plugged into a monitor.

Guided reading on LOVE AND ROCKETS #4 would probably be amazing. At least for Jaime. His panels need to be read at at least newspaper strip “size.” So reading across panel to panel, no carriage returns. VR headset comic book reading should be a thing.

Doing laundry: one of the wife’s tank top type things is hand wash only. Yet the sweater is machine cold. 🤪 I’d be good with a laundry disruption.

I miss when VLC was the best app I used. Now it’s buggier than hell.

Decided not to wait until its warmer for the days’ run. Three degrees isn’t going to make this any better.