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Root Board Game: Player Guide

Apr 26, 2020

I love the board game Root. It’s my favorite board game of all time. I love the RPG, too. I’ve been been working on making a one page player guide I use when I teach the game. You should buy the game, then use my player guide for when you want to help teach the game faster.


  • v1.1.0 [2020-04-26]
    • First public release

Windows 10 ISO to USB drive on Linux

Apr 22, 2020

I’m building a streaming/gaming PC and got Windows 10 Home because some games are just not fans of Wine yet. :( Making a USB flash drive to install Windows 10 from, however, was tricky, and it was all due to the size of the installer file Windows 10 uses, install.wim. In recent Windows 10 ISOs it’s larger than 4GB, so it won’t fit onto a FAT32 filesystem. FAT32 filesystems are easily booted and read by most motherboards, and in order to use these larger ISOs, there’s an NTFS shim you can install.

With my combo of an older MSI motherboard, using WoeUSB with that shim from the Rufus project, and the ISO for Windows 10 1909, and a perfectly acceptable 16 GB USB flash drive that I’ve used for countless Linux installs, I could make the installer boot, but it would fail on install.wim with no details as to what’s going on except for error code 0x8007000D. This was with both Legacy Boot and Secure Boot enabled, and the file size on the USB drive matched the file size in the mounted ISO.

I forgot how much fun it is to work with Windows.

After trying to use either WoeUSB’s GUI or command line with the 1909 ISO, I decided to hunt down an older ISO where install.wim is smaller than 4GB. I ended up getting the 1709 ISO from this site so I could build the USB drive using a FAT32 filesystem. It installed from there, and after logging in Windows Update seems happy and it activated and everything, so I guess it’s safe and OK? Microsoft only offers the absolute latest ISO on their site, or I could’ve ordered Windows on a USB drive, but I’ve been burning Linux images for years now with no problems, so how hard could this have been?

I’m also wondering why Microsoft can’t, like, make install.wim smaller. Does it all need to be in one big file? (no). Is this a way to get folks to upgrade to newer computers that can better handle the NTFS boot process? (probably). Would the Microsoft media manager tool have magically worked right, despite this being, like, a solved problem technically? (also probably) Do they just have a ton of old USB drives from conferences they’re trying to unload on us who want to build after-market PCs to legally install Windows on? (this is the likeliest scenario)

Resurrecting hugo-sandstorm

Apr 10, 2020

Update: I am now maintaining hugo-sandstorm and new releases will come out shortly after releases of Hugo come out. It also comes with a pretty functional administrative interface if you need to crank out a blog post on the go. This site, and my webcomic sites, are also running on the new app. Give static publishing on an awesome self-hosted app server a try!

I use Hugo on Sandstorm to publish all of my sites, since it’s super-simple, pretty flexible, doesn’t require a database, and plays nice with Webpack so I can get styles and code and stuff. The existing Hugo app for Sandstorm is super out-of-date, so I’m working on updating the app for modern Hugo and NodeJS.

I have the forked repo up on GitHub and I’m going to move all of my sites over to it to stress-test it, and once that’s good, I’m going to see if I can restore the administrative interface and get a new version published. I really like both Sandstorm and static publishing, and I want to see both get better and be able to take advantage of the newer tools out there.

Plus, finding Hugo 0.20-specific docs is basically impossible now, so it saves us all a lot of time searching.

That Animal Crossing: New Horizons Life

Apr 01, 2020

(this post is continually updates as I play more and figure stuff out in Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

Life on PompanoCay goes like this:

  • Make money by DIY and selling Hot Items to Timmy and Tommy.
  • Keep 100,000 bells in the bank at all times.
    • Mortgage is 0% interest and deposits are 0.5% interest when the balance is over 100,000 bells, so it only makes sense to pay off the mortgage from deposits, not your pocket.
  • Sweep everything but 20,000 bells in to savings every evening, so that you can buy cool stuff from the Nook Stop first thing.
  • Group and arrange trees for easy wood/fruit/stick gathering on only two landmasses. All others are decorative (unless you’re desperate).
  • Bluebear is the best, and so is everyone else.
  • No matter on what island you are, you’re still a kid and a squid.

Rabbit with 1000 Repos: Work From Home Comics

Mar 31, 2020

I haven’t talked much about it yet but I started a new comic project based on experiences at Abstractions last year. Right now I’m doing a series of comics about my own work from home tips, tricks, and anti-patterns. Follow it on Instagram and, eventually, go to the main site when I actually have real content up there.