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#movies #horror

Stitches Released: 2012 Directed by: Connor McMahon

I watched this movie about two or three weeks ago with a friend. We happened across it while browsing through Shudder's selections and based on the description alone, we knew it was something we had to watch:

Years after a prank on young Tommy's birthday left hired clown Stitches dead, Tommy's childhood friends gather to plan the birthday party to end all parties. But when the degenerate jester arrives to seek vengeance on the teens who caused his untimely end, Tommy and his friends are on the run. But Stitches has some scary new tricks up his sleeve. Who'll wind up getting the last laugh?

I'm going to tell you right now, it's not a good movie. It's a really, really bad movie, but so bad it's actually good for a laugh. It's extraordinarily cheesy, but it's definitely a fun watch. Without giving too much away, here are a couple of the things that really got my friend and I rolling:

  • A clown cult. “Ha ha ha”. No, I'm not kidding.
  • The puns. Oh, the puns.
  • The setup for the final tagline

As long as you leave your expectations of a good scary movie at the door, I think you'll have a fun time with this one.

Xanny says: check it out.

After some back and forth with tooling, I'm back here (and staying this time) on write.as. I just want somewhere I can open up a browser (or app on my iPad once I pick that up) and I can start writing and additionally upload some images. This is the perfect place for that, and I'll most likely be doing the one-time purchase of snap.as galleries so I can start showing off my photography work here as well. Now I can stop worrying about tooling and focus on getting some thoughts out.

I want to start writing about horror movies I've watched as well as other things I've been getting into. Stay tuned, more is coming! This week is a busy one, though, as I'm prepping for a convention.

#tech

One of the downsides of my move meant that I was losing ATT Fiber, and my only option for internet at a decent speed was Xfinity. I haven't been an Xfinity customer for well over 15+ years, so it's interesting to see how things have changed since then. Going into my new place, I was originally going to put the Xfinity-provided gateway into bridge mode and use the Ubiquity Dream Machine I had bought but never used. Initially to get internet going at my apartment, though, I just set up the gateway as normal and connected to it.

At that point, I found out it had WIFI 6 support, which my recently rehabbed desktop also supported. My main concern with having the desktop being wireless, though, was whether or not it would be fast enough to support streaming to Twitch. I got a chance to test that out this past Thursday and I found that it works great! A few of my followers even commented that the stream seemed even better than before, which floored me. This is great news for me, though, since now I won't have to figure out how to route an ethernet cable across the entire apartment.

The gateway is pretty limited, though. I can't change the assigned DNS servers, so once I get a a Pi-Hole configured, I would have to manually change over every device by hand, which I'd rather not do. I had a Dream Machine, but since I need the speed of WiFi 6, it's not going to be a good fit. In the end, I opted to go with an ASUS RT-AX86U after some research and recommendations. Thus far, it's working out pretty well and I'm happy with it.

#life

Over the weekend I completed my move to a new place. I'm not going to go into reasons why, but just know that it went well with the help of some amazing friends. I'm about 2 minutes from my previous location, and it's not too bad so far. Personal finance is one of the things I promised myself I'd focus on this year, and this move is definitely going to force my hand as far as making and sticking to a budget goes. That's just scratching the surface of what I want to get a handle on.

Right now, though, I'm waiting to get my first month in the new place complete so I can get an idea of what the bills will look like from month to month. I no longer have fiber internet and I'm back with Xfinity, but it seems their new gateway + my rebuilt machine with WI-FI 6 will be enough such that I won't have to string network cables all over the place. Tomorrow will be the first stream to test that out.

More fun ahead! Stick around.

#life

It's been a while since I've posted, and honestly it's because life has been a series of curveballs lately, and I'm finally getting a chance to come up for air. I'm hoping I can return to a weekly post schedule, but we'll see. Things are going to continue to get interesting in the coming weeks, and it's looking like a move is in my future, so I'm trying to prep for that, too.

#programming

So it's been a while since I've actually written any code, either for fun or at work. I miss it, and of course there's the whole “use it or lose it” that happens with things you learn and don't utilize. For work, Python is my main focus and 99% of the Python written is mostly command line stuff. I've written a Flask webapp or two, but that was years ago at this point. I think in order to keep my skills sharp I'll probably find some online courses to take, or some problems to solve. Exercism comes to mind first, as it was something I was looking at for Go development as well. Work also allows me to take online courses during the workday as well, so that's an option too. It's just a matter of finding things that will engage me and keep me writing code.

As for as coding for fun goes, I've got a few different things to look at. First, I need to brush up on C for Arduino, or I could go the route of just doing MicroPython. I think MicroPython would make more sense since I already have a history with it. I'm still interested in Go, so I may start back down that road as well. It's just a matter of getting set up and actually writing code. Stay tuned, I'm sure I'll write about it more as I work on getting back on track.

#life

At first glance, my handle: 'Xanny' would seem to be a drug reference, slang for Xanax. Most people don't seem to think anything of it, but those that do make a big stink out of it for some reason. It's weird. The name just kinda came to me, and I had zero clue of the slang term that it was. But, I digress.

I've had this name for the past 14 years or so, and with it I've gone through a slew of domain names. It finally occurred to me, though, that I should just get a domain name that matches my other social media (Twitter, mostly. I'm not using Instagram much anymore), and thus justxanny.com was born. All of my other domains, with the exception of the domain I use for my email, will be set to redirect here and allowed to expire. As I work on moving in here at Write.as, I'll work on going through old posts and getting them set up here too.