I’m trying to back up all my photos. Really should print them out occasionally, but it’s hard to do so as a perpetual expat. It’s a shame that I don’t have a whole lot of them. I know there’s developed film photos from high school and before, but it’s almost like I didn’t exist between the years 2004-2014. Ten years!
Here’s a photo I found from when I was waitressing in Los Angeles. This was in 2013. I clearly remember how much I HATED how I looked – I thought I needed to look more polished for the dining room, etc. Looking back, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was spec (restaurant’s dress specifications)! It’s never enough, you know. Youth is wasted on the young!
I’m not sure, but I think this is my fourth custom build. In the background, you can see a bit of my old, massive ATX case, and big Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler. I’m working on my ridiculously overpriced (because it was in mint condition and out of production) mini-ITX LGA 1150 Z board. My i5-4670K does everything I want at the moment, so no point in paying $$$ for even more overpriced parts.
Rant incoming: Cryptomining has pushed up GPU and RAM prices to a ridiculous level. Walk around somewhere like Yongsan’s Sunin Plaza, especially the ground floor, and you’ll see rack upon rack of furiously spinning GPUs. And although it’s obviously for mining crypto, the shops will pretend that it’s totally not for mining. Yeah, like what else could it possibly be for, an entire wall of hot GPUs spinning nonstop? Are you running an animation studio? Not even Pixar renders 24/7, so what’s this? Okay, I’ll shut up now.
Back to my computer. Anyway, it’s now in the much smaller Silverstone SG13 case! The idea is that I’ll only need to bubble-wrap this and take it with me in a suitcase. In contrast, I had to disassemble my entire ATX in order to bring it from California to South Korea, and then I also had to buy a new case in South Korea.
Me: I’m thinking of getting an iPod.
Rick: If you touch Apple, I’ll have to disown you as a friend.