December 30th, 2015


Wiring up the house

The glassfibre modem is at the front of the house. From there, an ethernet cable runs to the router, and our desktop computers are wired to that. Works like a charm, no problems there.
We also have a computer underneath the TV, about ten to fifteen meters away to the back of the house. At first, I had created a cable and looped that through the plinth to where the computer is, but either that cable is of low quality or my plug crimping skills are insufficient, because we've only had really slow connectivity there. Then I plugged in a wireless card and relied on the wifi, but that had spotty reception at best -- not ideal when you're watching streaming video or playing a game online. Then I bought two of those homeplug adapters. That worked, and we had good throughput, but with high throughputs the adapters crashed and needed to be taken out of the socket for a reset. Workable, but certainly not ideal.

So I bought a 20m cat6 ethernet cable, and simply ran a cable through the house. I bought a cable with a brown sleeve, to color-coordinate it with the plinth. It was a bit of a hassle to run the cable behind the bookcases and all, but with the two of us working together we had it done within an hour. I didn't want to run the cable through the plinth, because we have foil pinths that you attach to a slat nailed to the wall with tiny nails. I suspect the first cable fiasco was due to a nail going through the cable, and I didn't want to run that risk again.
So we went for a bit of a ghetto solution: hot glue. A big dab of hot glue on top of the foil plinth and simply press the cable in there when it cools a bit. And since it runs behind bookcases and other things for most of the way anyway, that's just the right solution. And who knows, if we want something else further down the line, it's easy to dissassemble too.
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Bishoujo squad!

Finished series: GATE

We've finished watching GATE. The series starts when a dimensional gate opens on the Ginza and a fantasy army, complete with dragonriders and orc contigents, streams out and starts attacking the shopping public. Lt. Itami, an otaku who was just on his way to the summer Comiket, coordinates the protection of the civilians and gets recognised for this. So when an expedition force of the Self Defense Force enters through the gate to establish a base there (in what has become a 'special administrative region of Japan'), he is sent along and given command over a scouting team.
After some initial battles (hint: knights in armour are no match for tanks) things quiet down a bit and the team gets to do some scouting and makes (friendly) contact with some civilians from the region. Through various adventures, they gain hangers-on in the form of an elf, a priestess of the god of death and a sorcerer apprentice -- things that push Itami's otaku buttons quite a bit... He gets to protect the civilians while demonstrating to the forces of the empire that it's best to be friends with the Japanese army!

It's an interesting mix of harem anime and a rather realistic depiction of what would happen if a modern military expedition would be met with swords. One part is kinda... cutesy, the other part is kinda bloody, which makes for a weird combination. But for me, Lt. Itami makes the series: he's a smart slacker with enough personality to make people work with him. I liked it a lot, though I could have done with depictions of battle that were a little less... gory.
The series ends right in the run-up to another plot, but I'm guessing the second series, which will start next season (this January), will pick right up.