No Man’s Sky on Nvidia GeForce 765M

The settings have to all be pretty much minimal, but I am getting a very playable environment at 1920×1080.

I have an Asus ROG G750JW laptop with Core i7, 32GB RAM, and of course, the 765M GPU running Win 8.1.

Technically this falls below minimum GPU spec, which is why I’m writing this, I saw this question a lot, and decided to take a gamble and report my findings.  So, is it the ultimate gaming experience?  No.  Is it playable?  Yes, very much so.


Barber Foods Chicken Cordon Bleu New Recipe – Just…. awful.

So a food critic, I am not.  However, this is a situation near and dear to my heart.

For a very long time – decades – I’ve had a soft spot for a frozen food product.  Namely, the Chicken Cordon Bleu pocket from Barber Foods.  It’s not the cheapest around, but the taste really just can’t be beat.  Tried other “chicken pockets” from various stores, Aldi, WalMart, etc and nothing can really match it.

Mi amor

Mi amor

A little while back, when I purchased these, it came with a little tag notifying of some packaging changes, but not to be alarmed.  A little overkill, I thought, but no matter.  When the change did come and the new packaging came out, I was crestfallen:


El Pollo Diablo

See that bit at the top?  New Recipe?  Change can be good, often necessary in nature and in life.  However, these did not need change.  When you’re at the top of the heap and you decide to take some steps, the only place to go is down.  And down it went indeed.

I purchased it, for the last time, to give it a whirl.  Everything about it was wrong.  The seasoning was off to the point of turning my stomach, the chicken was rubbery, the cheese was lacking, the ham was lower quality.

Everything on their social media states that Barber Foods conferred with loyal customers in preparation of this new recipe.  Yet, every comment and customer message I see on their social media are largely saying the same thing: you done fucked up.

I honestly don’t know why this wasn’t at least market tested as a new recipe alongside the old one.  “Southern Style Seasoning” or some such, since it seems like that’s kinda what they were going for.  Instead, they took one of my guiltiest guilty pleasures and replaced it with a poor facsimile – and my oft-purchased treat has not been seen in my freezer since.

Why your hard drive died

Working as a desktop tech in an organization that services not only enterprise systems, but also all the computers that students bring to the campus, I see a lot of hardware failure – the most common of which, by far, is hard drive failure.

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Cooking for Kids

Yesterday was an exhausting day – my wife commissioned me to cook various international foods for her class of 20-some-odd 1st graders.  She is finishing up her practicum teaching at this school and the children have been learning geography and multiculturalism, so it seemed like a good finale to the whole deal.

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Pork Place

More dealings with our favorite porcine friend – while the Cranberry Pork Loin resides in the fridge, waiting for its moment to shine, I made another slow cooker pork recipe – this one was decidedly different.  Hankering for a flavor that I haven’t had since moving here from San Diego, this recipe for Slow Cooker Guisado Verde caught my eye.

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The Loin King

Holy crap – I just came across this recipe: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork.  I modified it just a hair, using spicy brown mustard instead of ground mustard and making the gravy from a butter-based roux instead of a cornstarch/water blend, but on the whole… oh, my lord is it good.

The only problem is, I made it early to have sometime within the next few days, but I have the taste of it saturating my senses right now from my sample tastes.  The pork is so tender and flavorful and the salty/peppery flavor of the browned skin contrasts the sweet fruitiness of the gravy so nicely… it’s going to be a long wait between now and plating.  I think I’ll serve it on top of some Jasmine rice.

For love of the macabre movie

Anyone that knows me even moderately well knows that I am a big movie enthusiast.  I have a dear, deep appreciation for movies across all genres, decades, styles, and languages.  I think I have had a love affair with movies all my life, but I didn’t really grow to appreciate the grander world of cinema until I was in my late teens and discovered independent movies via the Landmark theaters in San Diego.

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To Put Away Childish Things

I’ve long bemoaned the fact that I can never be fortunate enough to have a peaceful bus ride when taking public transportation to and from work – this afternoon was no different.  Two proud and boisterous individuals were attempting to flare their feathers for a girl sitting across from them and engaged in some self-flattering conversation.  One point that was made was something I took great exception to, but kept to myself, determined to write about it later.

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The NES Reborn

A while back, I found some of my old NES game cartridges and wanted to play them, but my Nintendo was nowhere to be seen.  This led me to buy one from  Once received and hooked up, it was like my childhood gaming experience all over again.

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Mike’s Thoughts Redesigned!

Any previous reader of this blog will undoubtedly notice the new design.  I did this for a few reasons, first and foremost being that I felt like I needed a fresh start.  Combined with better readability, better menu options, my foray into posting more of my professional scripting, and me plunking down some cash for a premium theme and the ability to edit the CSS behind it, I feel like every aspect of Mike’s Thoughts is now perfectly tweaked and toggled.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!