Clean Up Your Room Day Shortbread

I almost shared a picture of my cubicle, but your eyes aren't ready.

PC hardware and computing

  1. SilverStone Primera PM02 review @ bit-tech
  2. AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition review @ Hexus
  3. ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 3 (2018) review @ HotHardware
  4. Gigabyte X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi review @ KitGuru
  5. Corsair Carbide 275R mid-tower case review @ Legit Reviews
  6. ROCCAT Kone AIMO review @ TechPowerUp
  7. The MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC review @ AnandTech
  8. Corsair K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard and lapboard combo review @ PC Perspective

Games, culture, and VR

  1. How to take SpyParty from a 1000-hour to a 5000-hour game @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Valve will soon let you stream Steam games to phones and tablets @ Ars Technica (I snagged a Playstation Vita for testing game streaming as part of my upcoming router review, it's actually pretty sweet for playing Rocket League, so this news is promising)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Broken screen becomes polarizing art lamp @ HackADay
  2. Gorgeous NickelBot serves up lasered wooden nickels @ HackADay
  3. DJI's new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has infrared sensors and is 60% quieter @ New Atlas (I'm growing more tempted to get a better quadcopter, but nothing this high-end)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. NASA chief on Moon return: “This will not be Lucy and the football again” @ Ars Technica
  2. Notepad gets a major upgrade, now does Unix line endings @ Ars Technica
  3. Cave fish inspires better sharing of bandwidth @ New Atlas
  4. A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next @ Slashdot (would you rather extend your pet's lifespan, or just clone and repeat?)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. I dubiously tried 6 “healthy” mac & cheese brands to find the best @ bonappetit.com
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • albundy
    • 1 year ago

    nothing there to clean up. that’s normal, dude!

    • Jigar
    • 1 year ago

    I bet that picture is much much cleaner than my bedroom.

    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]NASA chief on Moon return: "This will not be Lucy and the football again" [/quote<] That's almost literally what Lucy said every single time.

    • nanoflower
    • 1 year ago

    I found the reverse aging story interesting but who knows if such techniques will work on larger animals such as dogs or people. Would be great if it did as it could extend life span by quite a number of years. Though I suspect you would still have to worry about things like cancer and other serious diseases.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    “Well, then, son, you’ve got a condition.”

      • CuttinHobo
      • 1 year ago

      “Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

    • uni-mitation
    • 1 year ago

    Colton, thanks for sharing that picture with us. Also, for those that have shared their own instances of messiness. Mental health disorders & diseases are hard to pick up from personal quirks and personalities of people. I think the correct way to address these issues is not to judge people but to try to understand and possibly see their messy rooms as possible symptoms of something bigger.

    When a person suffers from a mental disease, it is really short-sighted, and not very productive to blame that person for the things they do. A person that is clinically depressed is not someone that simply “does not have the willpower”, but sometimes a chemical imbalance in their brain that affects the way how our brain work. I am not a trained medical professional, nor do I attempt to diagnose anyone of any mental illness. It is incredibly unethical for a doctor to do so over the web without a proper opportunity to carry his/her examination, and properly run its diagnostic tests. My intention is to bring awareness to mental health issues. To try to look for red-flags, and listen to your guts. I had the opportunity to deal with loved ones that have suffered, and continue to suffer from mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and developmental cognitive disabilities. It has made a better person for I have been exposed to things that a child growing up would rather not experience.

    Think about it, and think what you can do for someone that finds himself/herself in this spot unable to help herself/himself. Be open-minded, and be accepting of mental illnesses as part of the human condition. Never delude yourself into thinking that you can never fall prey to a mental illness. If you have a brain, then there is always a possibility that you may develop any of these symptoms. Take care of your mental health as you take care of your dental hygiene. Help your fellow man.

    uni-mitation

    P.S- To anyone (in general) that might think they might need help for a loved one or close friend, or for himself/herself: Always know that there are resources for you, and don’t ever feel ashamed or a burden for seeking them. You are taking the first step and most important factor in possibly having a better outcome for all involved. Always seek help from your family & close friends, and [url=https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help<] professional help [/url<]. This is a problem that may be made better by all us if we do just a tiny bit from our parts. Thank you.

      • Captain Ned
      • 1 year ago

      Dude, my daughter’s just lazy.

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        I am lazy myself. The post was not aimed at anyone in particular. Mental health awareness is something that society always benefits from. If at least one lurker reads this post and something good comes of it even if we never find out, then at least I feel I have done my bit. Please don’t take it the wrong way.

        uni-mitation

      • Aquilino
      • 1 year ago

      “When a person suffers from a mental disease, it is really short-sighted, and not very productive to blame that person for the things they do.”

      People just won’t stop finding ways to defend Donald Trump.

        • trackerben
        • 1 year ago

        Oh, please.

      • Growler
      • 1 year ago

      When I was in college, I once had to go into another student’s apartment, and it was disgustingly filthy. Every horizontal surface had garbage on it. There was a small path through the living room to the bedroom, and only a couple of spots to sit down on. Most of the garbage was fast food or microwaveable junk remnants.

      I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Thanks, uni-mitation. That is a great post. The stigma associated with mental illness is not helpful for those who live with it. Telling an I’ll person to toughen up isn’t helpful

      I’ve been interested in adverse childhood experiences after having many friends who didn’t have a safe environment growing up. Their experiences affect them the rest of their lives in impactful ways from their trauma.

      Thank you again for that post. The more people are educated about mental illness, hopefully the sooner we can begin to help and care for those who need a support system, instead of blaming them for their condition.

      +1

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Looking back on my first college, I think I got depressed. I realized after two years that I didn’t want to be a music teacher, and so I signed up for a C++ class and some other MIS-type classes like statistics and discrete math. But I wasn’t really ready for any of those. I had barely passed calculus my first semester (got a C on the final and that brought my high-60s D to low-70s C territory). No way was I prepared for any of this math and so I didn’t get it and fell behind really quickly. My 3.5 GPA tumbled down quickly and I dropped out after 3 semesters of flailing about.

      But what I did in the meantime is why I think I was depressed. At the same time as my academic career died a flailing death, I had happened to move into the single-occupancy dorms. I got left behind in my classes so quickly that I just said “F it” and quit going to class. I holed up in my room alone, only leaving to eat, and played video games. Ignored everything. I did have a couple classes I enjoyed so I went to those, but within a year my GPA was down in the low 2.x range.

      I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and but I knew working in the restaurant where I worked summer and winter breaks wasn’t going to cut it. So I enrolled at the junior college in IT classes. Some of those were fun and I did well in those, and some of those were less fun so I did poorly. After a year of that, I met my wife and quit school. Restaurant closed a few months after we got married, and I figured I’d hit rock bottom. No marketable skills and no ambition.

      I mean, my life turned out OK. I never considered some of those very “final” decisions that the severely depressed sometimes make. Without my wife, who knows? From early 1998 when I decided not to pursue music ed to mid-2002 when I got hired on at STI (now owned by PowerSchool, but I was gone long before that) things were pretty bad.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        I had a similar experience my first year of college where I took on too many courses I wasn’t prepared to take. After a tough semester I thought things and too the time to understand what I failed to do and made the corrections. I have an accounting degree and can sit for the CPA exam, but I prefer computers and technology, so IT and eventually programming are my goals and passion.

    • Captain Ned
    • 1 year ago

    Amateurs, all of you. No images allowed in front page posts, but here’s a link to a picture I just took of my college-age daughter’s room. That door in the back corner leads to the attic stairs and also contains my book collection. I haven’t been able to get in there for a year or so. At no point in the room is the actual floor visible.

    [url<]https://www.dropbox.com/s/b0tceks6ejws8h3/Midden.jpg?dl=0[/url<]

      • leor
      • 1 year ago

      Girls tend to be neater than guys, but when girls go messy, guys got nothing on them!

        • jihadjoe
        • 1 year ago

        Have you seen the inside of a girl’s car?

          • Captain Ned
          • 1 year ago

          I should have taken pictures last weekend.

      • windwalker
      • 1 year ago

      How does that smell?

      • ludi
      • 1 year ago

      My sister once shared a college house with four other roommates who were like that.

      Some of it was incredibly stupid stuff, like someone knocks over a potted plant, doesn’t bother to pick it up before heading out to class (not bright, but understandable), then continues to not do anything about it in the afternoon before leaving for the weekend (hey genius, that’s how you lose your security deposit to a carpet stain).

      Drove her nuts, and made it nearly impossible to host anyone or anything. She had once been a bit messy herself, but that experience cured it forever.

    • thedosbox
    • 1 year ago

    I clicked on this with a faint sense of dread – I was afraid it was going to be a picture of a used litter tray and a kitty with the “who, me?” expression.

    This is one occasion where I’m fine with the lack of cat.

      • Wirko
      • 1 year ago

      I can’t say with any certainty that there’s no cat in the picture.

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Colton, is that picture a cry for help?

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      Nope, [url=https://pixabay.com/en/chaos-clutter-a-mess-things-stuff-227971/<]stock photo[/url<]! I'm actually a bit of my neat freak - except for my cubicle, but that's not a mess, it's just my projects. 😉

        • Kretschmer
        • 1 year ago

        I totally understand. How does anyone get anything done without carefully-arranged piles of papers?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    I printed the [url=https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/clean-up-your-room-day<]Time and Date listing[/url<] for today and hung it on my daughter's bedroom door. I'll let you know what she thinks when she gets home. Thanks, Colton!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      She was unimpressed, but she picked it up anyway.

      • Captain Ned
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve stayed out of the roughly 8 year war between my wife and my daughter over the status of her room and simoly refuse to take sides. The wife grew up in a large family of modest means, meaning shared bedrooms and no room for sprawl. The daughter hasn’t, thus the sprawl.

      I just close her door. It’s the quickest and easiest solution.

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