Brad Wardell's views about technology, politics, religion, world affairs, and all sorts of politically incorrect topics.
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February 19, 2013 by Draginol
So I have a 20KW solar array. Love it.  But it has one big problem for me that is surprisingly hard/expensive to solve: If the grid power goes off, so does the solar array.

That’s because the solar array feeds into the grid with me taking what I need first.  But if the grid isn’t up, the solar array has to shut down because it is no longer connected to the “circuit”.  Besides that, you wouldn’t want to run your house where the power could go on and off randomly based on cloud...
February 18, 2013 by Draginol
My dog Bailey turns 2 years old this week!


Bailey when we brought her home


Bailey recently


Do you have a pet? What do they look like?
February 18, 2013 by Draginol
I was reading a forum discussion regarding a car shop owner who lost his temper with a customer and berated them (hurled a bunch of profanity at them). The customer filed a suit against them for emotional distress. I couldn’t find a link to verify if this is even a real lawsuit but the discussion itself was illuminating.

One of the participants said that they hope that the car shop owner “gets taken to the cleaners”.

Really? This is the society these people want to see? Someone being ...
February 18, 2013 by Draginol
I sometimes wonder how many misunderstandings occur online due to people who don’t speak English as their native language interpreting dry humor as literal statements. 

I recently saw on a forum a discussion that quoted banter back and forth between myself and our PR rep. It goes something like this:

PR Rep: Got a 4.5 out of 5 on Game X!

Me: Oh no! That’ll wreck the Metacritic score – we want it to end up at 79. High enough for sales but low enough so we don’t have to g...
January 10, 2013 by Draginol
This morning I brought my dog Bailey to work.  As I was talking on the phone while she scampered around, she went out on the “frozen” pond. Moments later, I heard a crash and looked up and saw that she had fallen in.  For a moment, she struggled to get out of the water back onto the ice but then slipped and fell further and got stuck under the ice.

Without thinking (and now I understand better how people end up getting themselves killed when this happens on lakes), I jumped ...
November 27, 2012 by Draginol
GameSpy’s Katie Williams has a terrific blog on the real misogyny that exists in the game industry.

You can read it here:

In the article she writes:

I’ve been watching the #1reasonwhy hashtag on Twitter with an anxious kind of understanding. Like, part of me wants to jump right in and post a dozen of my own experiences, but I’ve also learned what happens if you say that shit publicly: you’re berated, blam...
November 25, 2012 by Draginol
As a side-hobby, I run the Facebook Entlebucher page. Entlebuchers are an amazing breed of dog.  They’re closely related to the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Swiss Mountain dog.  What sets them apart is size, life span, and hair length.  Entlebuchers are about 50 pounds, they have short hair and live around 14 years. 

Personality wise, Entlebuchers (pronounced Ent-Lee-Booker or Ent-Lees) are velcro dogs. That is, they want to always be with you.  There is a saying...
November 22, 2012 by Draginol
Stupid Thanksgiving sale. 

It’s too late for me.  Save yourselves!
November 21, 2012 by Draginol
We’re babysitting Paul (Mormegil) and Kristin’s (Kristin was my partner on PowerUser.TV) dog.

She seems to be surviving:

November 21, 2012 by Draginol
My wife is addicted to Christmas.  And so this year we decided to line the trees up the drive way with Christmas lights.
November 18, 2012 by Draginol
I’ve been watching the fall-out from the destruction of Hostess.

I’m not going to get into the “blame” game other than to say it’s kind of dumb for people who go on strike to be shocked that they lose their jobs.

What I will get into is the never-ending stupidity of complaining about CEO pay.  Americans have no problem with paying athletes and entertainers tens of millions of dollars annually. But they rage about people getting paid a couple million for running a multi-billion dol...
November 15, 2012 by Draginol
The Genius at Oatmeal does it again. Here is a tiny snippet:

Read the whole thing.

And now a message to the hateful, degenerate scum of the Internet:


Dear soul sucking trolls,

If you’ve publicly posted that you won’t buy stuff from my company because you don’t like me then I say to you: Thank you. The last thing I want are horrible stupid people benefiting from my work.  I realize that things I post, e...
November 7, 2012 by Draginol
You can see the full results here:

Here is what I found interesting:

Obama won the youth vote 60% to 37%.

Romney won the retired vote 56% to 44%.


Obama won the high school graduates (and dominates those who didn’t finish high school) and also won decisively amongst those who pursued postgraduate degrees.

Romney won the college graduate vote.


Here is the ...
November 5, 2012 by Draginol
Despite only a handful of reviews (average review score 4/5), it is in the top list of games being played by Steam even though the people most likely to buy this type of game got it for free as a non-Steam game (so it won’t count). 

I think it’s safe to say that Fallen Enchantress is the start of a beautiful new fantasy game world.
November 2, 2012 by Draginol
If you have Windows 8 and want the Start menu back, the single best way is to use Start8.