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Turning Off Oil Wells

I was just reading an interesting article over on arstechnica “Why it took so long to dial back oil production, despite the glut“. Its mostly about why the oil companies would rather keep extracting oil at a loss than to stop it.

In a lot of cases it is just as simple as turning off the tap at the surface. The issue comes when oil is pumped out of the ground, water also comes with it. The water in this case is just separated and tossed aside as waste. The oil is all they are after.

When they do turn off a well to stop extracting oil, the water and oil build back up in the cracks in the rocks and settle back into a mix.

That mix when they open the well back up could be different than it currently is and have much more water. To the point that the well would never produce enough oil to make a profit again.

It makes sense why they would rather keep going at a loss, than take the chance on the well being useless.

LapDesk Part 2

LapDesk Part 2

So I have been using the DIY Lapdesk off and on for a few weeks now. I actually have grown to really like the thing. I did not spent to much time gaming the past little while, but i have played a few mouse and keyboard heavy games from my sofa.

  • Glass Masquerade
  • Quake Champions
  • Intrude
  • DooM
  • Doom 2
  • Borderlands 2

The main issue was storing the thing.. I would have stored it Vertical if I didn’t always feel like moving the keyboard around. I did think to Velcro the keyboard down, but decided against it.

Feels like I move it around depending on which game a fair amount.

I am normally not a fan of shelves and stuff being out, but I had no other option to store this thing, where it was handy and out of the way.

LapDesk Storage Shelf
DIY Gaming LapDesk

DIY Gaming LapDesk

I give you the Gaming LapDesk

It’s built from plywood, Some Yoga Blocks and an Anti Slip Mat from the $tore. I already had a bunch of sticky Velcro strips, so the investment in this was pretty cheap (Under $30 CAD).

I added a old hub I picked up at a local Thrift Ship for $2. I plug the keyboard and mouse into it. Then twist tie up the cables nice, and add a single longer cable to run to my TV center.

Could have gone wireless, but for cost and not having to deal with batteries I like the wired option.

I picked up the cheapest Logitech keyboard the LCS (Local Computer Shop) had in stock. It feels cheap, but not nearly as cheap as I expected. Will prob look to replace these in the future.

The Anti Slip Mat from the $tore was for inside drawers. It worked amazingly well. I used a ton of white glue to stick it down, put a board on top, and piled some paint cans on top for the night.

The finished thing actually feels pretty nice. I can see where I could improve a Model 2 version of this.. So maybe soon I will make an update.

I can’t take all the credit for this amazingly great creation of fun. I fist saw something close to this via DIY DAVE on YouTube. I ended up using the yoga block idea, but think I might try to make folding legs to store it away better on the next model.

Time to get back to some Borderlands 2. Been starting to play this in co-op with a buddy. Also been working on finishing off some single player fps games.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Developer Diary #1 Thoughts

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Developer Diary #1 Thoughts

I have not completed Monster Hunter World at this point, but that’s how my gaming life goes these days. Play something for a while, burn out on it around 20 hours, and hopefully come back later.

Monster Hunter games I usually get a boost to finish the last off when the next one releases. I can feel that itch starting to grow with the September release of Iceborne DLC on the consoles. I play on Steam, so its release will be a few months after that I think.

My Favorite Features From Developer Diary 1:

  • The ‘View Mode’ thing is pretty sweet as someone who loves to post images of new armor sets.
  • The New Gathering Hub looks great!
  • The Squad Card system looks good, but a little more “into it” than I would ever be.
  • The PlayStation Home type room looks interesting, but not something I would see myself using.