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Best of 2021: a metal playlist

I will update this playlist throughout the year. Stay tuned for updates—almost weekly.

Apple Music – Playlist – Best of 2021: The best metalcore, thrash, Swedish, melodic death metal, and more from 2021.

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Do you fountain pen?

I love fountain pens.

I have been on the quest to find the perfect keyboard as of late, but I have been on a longer quest to find the perfect fountain pen since 2010.

I have written about fountain pens previously on my former blog.

Interestingly enough, my taste in keyboards and fountain pens are similar. I have ultimately settled on acrylic for both.

I started with blue fountain pens and then switched to silver, black, and white. I started with medium nibs but found that I really enjoyed fine or extra fine more. I even tried demonstrators to be able to see the ink levels.

In the end, I settled on the Opus 88 Holiday Jazz acrylic demonstrator. It’s got a massive reservoir to fill with ink. It is an eyedropper filler pen. So far, the first ink I put in it has lasted over 9 weeks and I’m only about half-empty. I use this pen every day to take notes. I love that it is acrylic and frosted, so it goes with any color ink that I want; I also love that it is a demonstrator, so I can always see my ink levels clear as day.

The nib is fine, and it does not currently produce a wet line. It’s perfect for notes because it dries quickly enough as a result.

Right now, it is inked with Monteverde Mandarin Orange in honor of my soon-to-be move to Tennessee. It’s dark enough to be legible but it is unmistakably orange.

The pen is a screw cap, so it secures well. It is also postable, meaning I can rest the cap on the back of the pen when writing. It has a blind cap as well for improving ink flow as well as unsealing the reservoir to allow the ink to enter the section and feed; it’s a nice feature to have to help prevent burping.

Sometimes, the pen does dry up even with the blind cap open. I find it usually does that when I have the cap off or posted but I am not writing. It’s best to get this ink flowing and continue writing or screw the cap back on to seal it when not actually writing. If it does dry up, I find it easiest just to put the nip perpendicular to the paper and start tapping down repeatedly to encourage ink to flow into the section and feed.

Overall, it’s a great pen. It writes smooth. It has a nice, balanced weight and touch to it. And I love the color and how I can see the ink through it. I highly recommend this pen!

How about you? Are you into fountain pens? Which ones are your favorites?

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 resumes tonight, 8pm Pacific. Be there or be square!

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My Tennessee themed Polaris

Anyone know why sky blue is a thing in Tennessee? What’s the history? And is orange the popular state color simply because of the university?

Asking for a friend.

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An update on Polaris and QMK RGB Matrix and layer indication

Yeah, this keyboard is still every bit as amazing and impressive now as I originally thought.

I did make some optimizations to the RGB Matrix though. I need to document it down here so I don’t forget.

First of all, review the QMK RGB Matrix docs.

Second, I set layer 0 (case 0) in the keymap.c to not have a color. This way, I can modify the config.h file with my default defines.

Third, I modified the config.h with my default defines thusly:

  • #define RGB_MATRIX_STARTUP_MODE RGB_MATRIX_SOLID_COLOR
  • #define RGB_MATRIX_STARTUP_HUE 169
  • #define RGB_MATRIX_STARTUP_SAT 255
  • #define RGB_MATRIX_STARTUP_SPD 127
  • #define RGB_MATRIX_STARTUP_VAL RGB_MATRIX_MAXIMUM_BRIGHTNESS

What these defines do precisely is simple. First, it establishes the default matrix pattern that I want when it first boots up—the single color. Second, it sets the hue value to blue (169). Third, it sets the saturation to full (255). Fourth, it sets the speed to 127. Last, it sets the brightness to maximum. In this way, I get whatever pattern I want to set to be my default layer color/pattern. Then, when I press my layer keys, they set the colors I wanted per the matrix index. It’s perfect!

Also, there are a bunch of additional defines for disabling unwanted, unnecessary RGB Matrix patterns. Remember, there are something like 32 patterns, and they take up value space. I had to disable several just before I could compile successfully due to file size limitations! In the end, I only kept a few: alpha mods; raindrops; and jellybean raindrops. I used the disable defines for the rest to reduce the size of the firmware.

How about you? What QMK RGB Matrix patterns are you using? And how are you doing layer indication?

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June 2021 Newsletter

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Over 200 subs on YouTube!

You all are great! Thank you for the support! I am so thankful for the channel’s growth over the last 9 months! We have gone from about 15 subs to over 200 in that amount of time! Woot! To infinity and beyond!

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Gonna get my June newsletter out late. Vacation time!

Be patient. It is coming!

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How to Beat Bozak Horde

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