showcasing pets

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Commodorians Part 4

This was one of the three mega exhibits for the 40th anniversary of the big three appliance computers launched in 1977.   Anthony Becker, Jeffrey Brace, Chris Fala, Todd George (captain), & Bill Winters combined their skills, collection, and love for Commodore equipment to showcase the PET-2001′s family tree.

Commodore launched the Amiga line in 1985, and with it a whole new breed of computer geek was born.  A powerhouse multimedia computer that was outclassing the graphics and sound capabilities of any competing home computers, the Amiga series was sold until the company’s demise in 1994.

Anthony Becker & Bill Winters brought their sizable Amiga collection, spanning the full series starting with the Amiga 1000.  The real sales powerhouses were the Amiga 2000 and its less expensive, less expandable counterpart, the Amiga 500.  The 1200, 3000, 4000, and CD32 rounded out the bunch, showing what was happening in the final days at Commodore.  The CD32 in particular has some amazing games and demos to show the kind of graphics it could produce.

If I asked what machine was considered the heir to the Commodore 64′s throne, what would your answer be?  The C128, with full backwards compatibility and features bursting out of the seams?  The Amiga 500, filling a similar niche as an inexpensive, graphically capable gaming machine?  There was a different heir apparent in the works that never saw full production…

The real gem of this display was the prototype machine from 1990/91: the Commodore 65.  8-bit development was passe, everyone else was focusing on new Amiga machines to fill out the various market niches.  Then some guy in who didn’t really work well with anyone else was working on the Commodore 65. 

It included an internal 1581 3½ floppy drive, a keyboard not all that dissimilar from the C128′s, 128K of RAM stock, expandable to 8MB, 4096 possible colors, a 320x200 256 color mode, and a 1280x400 16 color mode.  It used the CSG 4510 processor, running at 3.54MHz.  This machine never left the prototype stage, but a handful of Commodore 65′s have made their way to collectors over the years.  No software exists for the machine, so it doesn’t have anything to show off besides some disks of unfinished demos, and a rainbow boot screen.

Speaking of the 1581, the exhibit had an impressive drive tower.  Stacked drives included the 1571, 1541-II, 1581, aftermarket Blue Chip drive, and CMD FD-4000.  Commodore fans seem to like making drive towers, and I completely understand this fascination.

While it doesn’t get talked about much, Commodore did make IBM PC compatibles for a few years.  The PC 10-III and the PC 40-III were on display, in full Commodore livery but with x86 compatibility under the hood.  Sadly, neither of these oddities were demonstrated.

Happy Wasteland Designer Showcase is back!

 Designers! We are excited to announce we will be re-launching our settlement design showcase for the new year!

We will be featuring a particular settlement or design feature in order to highlight our community’s creativity and to show some love to some under-represented settlements (we’re looking at you Murkwater)!

*NEW* We are also adding a monthly non-settlement specific theme you can also submit works from, in case you’ve already built something you want to show off.

Showcase submissions and reblogs will be featured in the side bar and reachable by a special tag. They will also be automatically posted instead of queue’d (The queue is at least a week long at any given time)

Participate by tagging us @happywastelanddesigner, sending the post to @wastelandercamo or @percivalhastings, or by using the submit link at the top of the page!

Our current plan for showcases is as follows:

Current Showcase:

Pets and Creatures: Did your Sole Survivor build a little mansion for dogmeat? Is there a house in your settlement that’s sole purpose is to house cats? Or is there some other pet that has it’s own place in your settlement? We’d love to see it, so feel free to share with us!

OR

Hangman’s Alley

February - Winter Abodes

1st-12th Croup Manor

13th - 28th Valentine’s Home Plate: either make a cozy little love nest for your LI, or show our favorite Synth Detective some love by making him his own private oasis

March - Faction Bases

1st - 15th Echo Lake Lumber OR Murkwater Construction Site

16th - 31st  Oberland Station

April - Spring Fling: Gardens and Farms

1st - 15th Kingsport Lighthouse

16th - 30th Longfellow’s Cabin OR Warwick Homestead

May - Defensive Strategies

1st - 15th The Minutemen’s Castle

16th - 31st Tenpines Bluff

(Get it - May Day, they need help? ha. ha? oh well, it’s funny to me)

June - Family Housing and places for kids

1st - 15th Dalton Farm OR Abernathy Farm

16th - 30th Greygarden

July - Markets and Shops

1st - 15th Vault 88 OR Covenant

16th - 31st National Park Visitor’s Center OR Coastal Cottage

August - Dog Days of Summer: Pets and Creatures

1st - 15th NukaWorld Red Rocket OR Red Rocket Truck Stop

16th - 31st Hangman’s Alley

Past Showcases:

Croup Manor

Home Plate

Echo Lake Lumber & Murkwater Construction Site

Oberland Station

Longfellow’s Cabin & Warwick Homestead

Abernathy Farm & Dalton Farm

Graygarden

Vault 88 &  Covenant

National Park Visitor’s Center  &  Coastal Cottage

Nuka World Red Rocket  &   Red Rocket Truck Stop

I hope you’re as excited as we are! Happy Designing and remember - Show us your WIPs!

Let us know if you have any suggestions, comments or concerns! We love to hear from you!

birthday surprise | dan howell

summary: it’s dan’s birthday and you surprise him. slight fluff
warnings: n/a
pov: y/n
a/n: feel free to request & let me know if you liked it.

Oh my god.

I mutter to myself, my teeth chewing on the skin of my bottom lip out of anxiousness and excitement as my eyes flicker towards the numerous amount of animals showcased at the pet shop. I wanted to get them all. For a split second, I debated getting the clown fish that swam inside the tank waiting to be set free, or perhaps the little hamster with it’s tiny feet wanting to get out of it’s cage, maybe even get the kitten that was looked like it was begging for me to take it into it’s arms and leave the pet shop with it. But no, I was here for one reason and that reason being it was my long-term boyfriend’s birthday today and I wanted to surprise him with a cute puppy. Dan and I have been together for a few years now, we’ve already moved in together and I figured that the next step in our relationship was a new addition to the family.

It had been a few minutes and I was currently sat on the floor, trying to choose which one i should get (Which was pretty hard considering the fact that a voice inside me was saying I should just get all of them and run for the door) until one specific puppy tripped on it’s own front legs, which caused it to fall on it’s side caught my attention, it looked at me with it’s eyes and as I helped it up, I knew right then and there that I was the perfect one.

The drive back to our shared flat was fairly quick and fast as I had to make sure that Dan wasn’t awake yet when I got back home. Our new puppy was in it’s cage beside me on the passengers seat while all the other things I bought for him were piled up in the back seat.

With the cage in one hand and all it’s other stuff hanging on my other arm, I tried my very best to unlock the doors to our house as quiet as possible so I wouldn’t wake my sleeping boyfriend up. (Which was harder than it looked) But I managed to walk into our living room without making a sound until the cute little puppy started barking out of nowhere. Panic rushed through my face as I placed a finger on my lips, begging for it to hush down but it didn’t seem to work so instead, I opened the cage to try and pick it up.

Note to self: Never open the cage when your puppy is barking

The little animal sprung out of it’s small space and started running around our huge living room, barking at the unfamiliar place it was in. I chased it around and ran as I saw it go to the kitchen but fell flat on my ass when I bumped into a shirtless torso.

Oh no.

I mentally slap myself in the head as I shyly bring my head up to come face to face with my half-awake boyfriend, his hair still slightly messed up from the night before. Dan was rubbing his eye, a hoarse chuckle falling from his lips as he spoke. “Woah Y/N, are you alright?” He spoke up, giving out a hand for me to take. Dan was supposed to mutter something else to me but was quickly interrupted when he heard a bark from the kitchen, followed by a small animal running towards him and tackling his leg. “Oh, hello.” He starts off, clearly shocked as he slowly bent over to pet the dog. “Who’s puppy is this?” He asks with a raised eyebrow.

“Uh, happy birthday?” I say, sounding more of a question that a statement, feeling my cheeks heat up from the slight embarrassment that I felt due to my plans not working out the way I wanted them to.

Suddenly, Dan’s eyes light up with excitement.  He is now sitting down on the floor, his back leaning against the wall with our new pet on his lap as he baby talks the dog and plays with it. “Thank you so much, love. This is the best gift ever.” He says, slightly scooting closer to me as he gives me a peck on the lips. I smile and lay my chin against his shoulder, grabbing his free hand and lacing our digits together as I reminisce this moment, I can see the dimple that I love poking out his cheek as his eyes twinkle with happiness.

“I love you.” I blurt out of nowhere because I do, in fact, love him with all my heart. Dan gives me a soft smile, his thumb caressing the back of my hand as he replies with an, “I love you too.” and I let out a sigh of relief.

The puppy jumps out of his lap and starts running around the flat. Dan let’s out a small chuckle but I lean in close to his ear, my other hand laid flat against his thigh for a moment before I start making tracing patterns higher and higher before I whisper. “The day’s only just begun, love. Do you wanna find out what your next present is?”

Happy Mother’s Day / Miss Fisher Random Thoughts (275)

Today (May 14) is Mother’s Day. I wish all mothers a wonderful day with your loved ones.

There are several episodes in the three seasons that celebrate the mother-daughter/son relationships (see my Mother’s Day post from last year, link here), and Queen of the Flowers is one of them. I must admit that at the beginning, I did not like the concept of flower maidens (“The festival will culminate in a supper dance hosted by the Town Hall at which these young unfortunates will blossom into flower maidens and demonstrate the grace and poise acquired under Miss Fisher’s expert tutelage”). With their social and financial status, how often would these girls actually get to use the “skills” they acquired? They were merely used as a tool to showcase the mayor’s pet project. Even though Miss Fisher was not aware of the evil mayor’s sinister ulterior motive at first, I still wonder why she agreed to take on the tutor role in the first place.

Of course, as the episode progressed, Miss Fisher did not disappoint. She decided to teach these girls more valuable lessons instead, like self-defense techniques and the courage to demand justice for themselves. She might have claimed that “I don’t do children”, but her influence on these “wayward teenage girls” went far beyond what many mothers (both on the show and in real life) could provide to their children.

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p.s. I once did a post on Miss Fisher and Rose with similar sentiment, in case you missed it (on 15-Aug-2016, link here).

(Posted 14-May-2017)

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Commodorians Part 1

This was one of the three mega exhibits for the 40th anniversary of the big three appliance computers launched in 1977.   Anthony Becker, Jeffrey Brace, Chris Fala, Todd George (captain), & Bill Winters combined their skills, collection, and love for Commodore equipment to showcase the PET-2001′s family tree.

Before Commodore Business Machines was making computers, they were making office equipment, namely typewriters.  They got into the game of manufacturing adding machines, followed by calculators which were constantly decreasing in size while improving their capabilities.  During the calculator wars, Texas Instruments had an upper hand in the market by being a main source of calculator integrated circuits.  In an attempt to subvert TI’s control, Commodore purchased MOS Technology so they could produce their own semiconductors in house. 

It just so happened that MOS had a microprocessor, the now famous 6502, which they were using in the KIM-1 trainer./demonstrator. Commodore continued selling the KIM-1 with their own branding, and one was on display acting as a clock.

However, the 6502 really shined in their first home computer, the PET-2001, available initially in an 8K version and a short lived 4K version.  The PET was unique compared to its contemporary appliance home computers (the Apple II and TRS-80 Model I) in that it included a monitor and tape drive all in the same chassis.  You’ll also note that the case of the 2001 is made from metal, not plastic like the competition.  In true Commodore fashion, this was a money saving move – they re-purposed their file cabinet manufacturing arm to make cases for the PET line resulting in very sturdy cases.  The keyboards were re-purposed from cash registers, resulting in an incredibly clunky and uncomfortable design that didn’t last long. 

I made it a personal mission to sit down at the PET-2001-8, just as I had at my first VCF East a decade ago, and program something.  I tweaked the existing random character generator program on screen to use different PETSCII graphics than the demonstrator they had set up.  This is an early blue bezel model, which makes up for the terrible chiclet keyboard.

The PET-2001 was succeeded by the 4000 and 8000 series machines, boasting larger screen options, a proper full travel QWERTY keyboard, more memory, better external interfaces, and more advanced versions of Microsoft BASIC.  The IEEE-488 interface was fully implemented by this point, and was used with larger storage mediums like the 4040 and 8050 dual floppy drives, and rare CBM D9090 hard disk drive.  The real oddity here is the very late SFD1001 drive, which uses the IEEE-488 parallel interface, but crams it into the case of a later 1541 drive more synonymous with the C64.

Are you a spoonie? Do you have a pet/s?

Are you a spoonie? Do you have a pet/s? Submit a picture of your pet or you with you.

  • Submit a picture with you and your pet’s name.
  • Whatever you want to say about your pet hero.

Lets showcase the pets who help us everyday. They are our heros! They are my motivation to get up in the morning. They makes me smile.

You can also tag #spooniepets and I’ll reblog them.