Friday, August 28, 2020
Random thoughts of the day
- My experiment in international shipping was a success. I received my parcel 18 days after I had ordered something from the USA, from a company that wasn't shipping to Europe. Using an intermediary service to receive my parcel in the USA and forward it to Europe worked. Okay, the shipping costs inside the US, to Europe, additional fee to the forwarding company, and taxes, added up to another $60 for a $60 collection of goods, doubling the cost compared to what I would have paid in a shop. But as I don't travel much this year, this certainly was the better option.
- Although I haven't lived in my native country for nearly quarter a century, I always vote in general elections there. For me a vote is an expression of two things: One is my preference of political party A over political party B. The other is my belief that whatever party wins the election, it will be all right, because that is democracy. Somehow the democracy part has gotten lost in all the coverage I see about the US presidential elections 2020. Both sides claim that if the other side wins, apocalypse looms. It is easy to see where this attitude can lead, and that future isn't pretty: "Vote for us, or we will grab power by other means" is *not* democracy.
- Wasteland 3 has come out today. Wasteland 2 came out in 2015. I bought the director's cut of Wasteland 2 in a Steam sale earlier this year, but haven't been interested enough to actually play it. Why am I interested in Wasteland 3?
- I own two 3D printers. Both haven't been used since the start of the corona pandemic. Social distancing has moved my Dungeons & Dragons game from a physical table to a virtual table, so I have no more need for 3D printed heroes and monsters. And in all my years of 3D printing I haven't found another major application for home 3D printing. I printed a few bits and bobs to use around the house, but not enough to keep my printer running. The only thing on my list of printing projects right now would be to design a kind of "belly stand" for resting my Switch on my belly while the power is plugged in, without the console resting on the power plug. Hardly worth getting the printer up and running again for.