I Did an Art!

I bought a HUION 580 8x5 graphics tablet off Amazon for $50 the other day on a whim because I've been needing to draw technical diagrams lately and using a mouse is a pain. Since I got this tablet now, I decided I should maybe start learning to draw a bit, too! Today I streamed my first attempt at drawing for a few friends. I used QuickPoses.com to cycle through new poses every 60 seconds, giving just enough time to quickly sketch out the basic human form without any detail. To be honest, I am somewhat impressed with the results. While my sketched are garbage, then went from "complete garbage" to "slightly better than complete garbage" over the course of an hour. Here is a full set of my sketches for today, let me know where you think the beginning is, and where the end is. ;)

If you'd like to watch me sketch some time, tune in to my new art stream!

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NVIDIA Drivers

Last night, for some reason that I am still not sure of, My NVIDIA drivers crapped out on me. I restarted my computer for a kernel update and when I tried to log back in, I got a very unpleasant error message telling me that everything was fire. I tried updating my drivers via sudo dnf reinstall akmod-nvidia but that didn't seem to do much. After several hours of tinkering around, uninstalling drivers, reinstalling drivers, swapping out kernels, I decided to completely remove both NVIDIA and Nouveau drivers from my system and try installing the ones from the NVIDIA website as opposed to the version that comes in rpmfusion. And that worked... flawlessly. It fixed a bunch of other issues I was having, too.

So just a heads up, if you're running a GTX 550 Ti and having trouble with the 358.16 driver, try reverting to the 352.79 driver!

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I've been away from web development for several years now but I've recently wanted to take another look at it, maybe do some freelance work, etc. I've been looking around at different tools lately and found a really awesome framework called Lapis. Lapis allows you to write rich web applications using Lua, a language I both know very well, and enjoy to use. Lapis sits on top of OpenResty, a customized nginx package that enables direct Lua scripting on the web. Lapis has a lot of really great built-in tools including a Lua-scriptable templating engine, built-in input verification, database models for both PostgreSQL and MySQL, and so much more. But not too much more. Lapis sticks with Lua's principles and only includes the tools that are required and nothing else.

Using Lua is great, and using Lua and Lapis to write web applications is a real treat compared to other tools I've used in the past. Over the past two and a half weeks I've been teaching myself the Lapis API with help from Leafo (the author of Lapis). In that short amount of time, I went form knowing nothing about Lapis to releasing the first version of my new web application: Lapis-chan.

Lapis-chan is an image board web application similar 4chan or other *chans. My first version has lots of neat features including draw boards, tripcodes, announcements, static pages, and more. I plan to continue developing Lapis-chan and continue learning while also looking for clients.

If you want to check out Lapis-chan in action, I

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Final Straw

I've had it. I've finally had it. Windows has infuriated me for the last time. I am currently near the first release of a project I've been working on for the past two weeks and in the middle of getting help with an issue, Windows popped up to tell me that it wanted to restart to install updates. I was busy so I went to reschedule. I set my new time and instinctively clicked the button below. Now, normally there would be a "Save settings" button, or just no button. Not on Windows! Windows has a "Restart now" button. And you better believe that there is no turning back once you hit it.

With my PC out of commission for what was apparently Windows reinstalling itself, I decided to play on my 3DS. An hour later, I can finally use my PC. But there is a problem. A bunch of my settings have been refreshed. Microsoft bloat that I uninstalled has been reinstalled. Everything is awful.

So that's it. I'm done. It's time to try out new options. I've decided to re-purpose one of my hard disks and try running Linux as my daily driver for a few weeks to see if I can adjust. My friend suggested I install Fedora, the same distro I use for my arcade machine. I want to try and write a few posts about my experience in switching to Linux and perhaps it will be of some use to somebody. Otherwise, these posts will be something for me to vent

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