This Halloween’s costume endeavor was super successful, although super time and labor intensive. After spending several long nights planning, building, breaking and rebuilding Brandy’s contortionist costume we finally ended up with a killer design that worked so well she was even able to dance and sit on bar stools. By the third iteration of the design we figured out a way for her to enter and exit the costume in under 3 minutes which made packing it into the back of our Scion fast and easy.
All in all, our circus sideshow themed costumes were a huge hit and about a hundred or so people took pictures with us throughout the night. We eventually went on to win a total of 3 prizes ($150 cash, $25 Amazon gift card, 2 huge bottles of Grey Goose and some candy) from two venues between the two of us. I love Halloween.
Took another trip to SoCal with my amazing wife to spend the holiday weekend with family and to have another 4.5 hours worth of work done on my TARDIS sleeve. I’ve gotta say that coloring in the Dalek hurt like a mother fucker. Isn’t that appropriate?..
Did you buy one of those aftermarket Microsoft Xbox 360 wireless controller receivers for your PC? Did it come with a worthless CD labeled “PC Driver”? Having trouble getting the damn receiver drivers to work with your Windows Vista, 7 or 8 OS? No problem, just follow these simple steps which, by the way, also work for the Official (expensive) Microsoft version of the receiver hardware (pictured below):
Go to the Device Manager
Look for an “Unidentified/Unknown Device” (Yellow triangle with “!”)
Right click on the device –> click Properties
Driver –> Update driver
Browse my computer –> Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer
All devices –> Microsoft (If MS is not listed its okay)
Choose XBox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows –> Next
When the driver warning pops up say yes or next.
A couple things to note: this method works for all of the Xbox 360 wireless receivers for PC. It doesn’t matter which version you have or who made it. They come in black, white, clear, with markings, without markings, etc… It doesn’t matter.
Also, some people go through hell trying to install it on their own before looking up instructions online. If you’re one of these people, chances are you may have a goofy, nonfunctioning install of the device sitting in your device manager. If this is the case, start by right-clicking the device in Device Manager and selecting “Uninstall” to remove the device from the list. Then unplug the device, reboot your PC and plug it back in before following the directions above.
Lastly, I’ve been told this works with Windows XP as well, but if you’re still using XP you’ve got other issues…
Just did another 5 hour tattoo session with Guf over the weekend to knock out the first bit of color on my TARDIS tattoo. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Next session coming up in 30 days! Can’t wait.
Were you wondering how to change your steam settings to open a game in windowed mode? So was I. Here’s what I found. It’s a 20 second video from Portalzombies on YouTube showing you how to do it (super easy). Basically, you just right click on your game in the Steam Library and choose properties. Then, you click on the “Set Launch Options…” button and type “-windowed” in the field (minus the quotation marks).
-edit: This doesn’t work with Planet Side 2. It crashes the game.
I just went under the needle for the line work and some of the shading shading of my new Doctor Who inspired tattoo. Drawn and tattooed entirely by Guf, owner of Tattoo Royale in San Diego. I traveled 500 miles to get this work done. Totally worth it, can’t wait to get the color work started in a few short weeks!
Need to share this with all of you overclockers out there who are currently pulling out your hair trying to figure out why you’re getting a BSOD from the ALSysIO64.sys driver: Do you have Core Temp installed? Good. Uninstall it. You’re welcome.
My secret Santa bought me this super cool, customizable mug for Christmas from Starbucks. It took me until now (May) to finally whip out the pen it came with and draw on the damn thing but I’m totally stoked on the results. My wife tells me that if I’m inclined to make more of these she’ll sell them on Etsy. Stay tuned 😛
If you’ve ever needed to know how to apply thermal paste here’s a great video from Tek Syndicate which covers all of the popular methods and does a pretty good job of proving why most of them are garbage. I’ve been using the “Pea Method” for years and it hasn’t failed me, but in light of what I’ve just learned I will be promptly switching to the “Metal Method” (as seen on the video at 1:50).
I just finished building a new rig and I’ve gotta say I’m super stoked about it. The goal was to build a machine that could play current FPS titles (Battlefield 3) on “Ultra” video settings without overclocking and while staying roughly around a $1K-ish budget. Additionally, I wanted the machine to run cool and QUIET. That last one I just threw in there is the kicker, actually, because quiet is a bit difficult to achieve on a budget.
Here’s what I built:
MOBO – ASUS M5A99FX Pro 2.0
CPU – AMD FX-8230 8 Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz turbo)
CPU Cooling – Corsair H100i Extreme Liquid CPU Cooler
RAM – Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 8GB
Video – EVGA NVidia GeForce GTX 570 1GB
OS Drive – Samsung 840pro 256GB SSD
HDDs – (Various sizes and speeds)
Disk Drive – ASUS BW-12B1ST Bluray Writer
Case – Corsair C70 “Vengeance” ATX Mid-Tower (Black)
Case Cooling – Corsair stock 120mm fans x6 + 2 on H100i radiator
PSU – Corsair TX750M 750w Modular Power Supply
The first thing I noticed upon firing it up once the OS (Windows 8 pro 64bit) was installed is that the 840pro SSD took my typical few-minute boot-nap and turned it into a six-second party from cold and dead to fully fired up and ready. Awesome. Then I fired up Battlefield 3. Now typically when you play current FPS titles on a AMD FX 8 Core processor it tends to run really hot and if you used the stock fan+heatsink combo you notice that it really screams trying to keep up with all of the heat that the chip is generating. This wasn’t the case with this build since it is liquid cooled. When I fired up BF3 and ran it at max settings there was no change in sound from the PC, just the sounds of battle and flying bullets from the game.
See the next image for a brief summary and conclusion:
A final word for the enthusiasts out there who expend tons of blood, sweat and tears, (not to mention gobs of mullah), this setup is not “top-of-the-line” by any means, nor is it my intension to present it as such. The ultimate goal here was to build a kick-ass machine that can handle all current (and near-future) content like a champ without putting a massive dent in my wallet and blowing out my eardrums with a million decibels worth of fan cooling. Mission accomplished. That being said, if you have the cash with nothing better to spend it on consider the possibilities of building a machine that will cause a brownout in your area when you power it on. Think about how badass your rig will be when it takes a custom cooling loop that only runs on unicorn tears to cool it. That’s right, you’ll be like Conan the destroyer in Lil Wayne’s jeans with women clinging tenaciously to your ankles everywhere you go… Until then, build something awesome that’s within your means, but whatever you do try to do as much of it as you can yourself. It’s so much more rewarding that buying out of the box.
Edit, January 10, 2014:
My buddy just hooked me up with his spare GTX 580 video card last night! Triple screen setup, incoming!