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a shocking revelationApr 1, 2021
On this lovely day, I would like to announce that I was Scott the Woz all along.
I have kept my second identity as Scott Wozniak a secret for such a long time, and have fooled many a person, but I feel it's finally time that I come to terms with my second identity and truly tell you.
I am so sorry to everyone I fooled. Here is my apology video.
Of the USA, ISPs, and the growing necessity for cheaper, faster internetJul 30, 2020
According to Ookla's Speedtest.net, the average U.S. citizen gets around 22mbps download and 10mbps upload from their internet service provider.
In a world where high-speed internet access is quickly becoming essential, both for work and for education, that is depressing and disgusting for the prices ISPs are charging, especially in rural areas.
I say that from having lived most of my life on a connection 82% worse than most of the U.S.: 4 down, 1 up, over DSL, for $65/month.
You heard me right.
A little backstory: I live in rural Oklahoma. For decades (and basically the entirety of my life up to just last year), the only source for internet we have had out here with no data caps was the local phone company, delivered over DSL. Satellite internet like HughesNet was available in our area, and they constantly push advertising both via snail mail and over satellite TV making them a rather well-known name, but far too often such providers horribly overprice their plans for what you're actually getting. For example, HughesNet offers 25 down, 3 up, with a 30GB data limit, delivered over satellite, for $100/month. It's not a hard data limit, but once you exceed it, your connection gets temporarily dropped to damn-near unusable speeds - one of my relatives can back this up from their experience with HughesNet. In comparison, fiber providers in much more densely-populated areas offer unlimited gigabit speeds for much the same price, often even less. In our area, data limits don't sit well with anyone. This conundrum left us all with one choice and one choice only: the local phone company, over DSL. This, in effect, gave them a monopoly over the area for many years. The price and speed? 4 down, 1 up, over DSL, for $65/month.
See these guys? Fuck these guys.
We paid $65 for this shit.
(Test done over WiFi.)
Fast-forward to just last year. Our local electric cooperative, along with those of many other areas, began building out fiber internet across their service area and right at the end of December managed to get their first subscriber online. It made me hopeful that high-speed internet in our area wasn't just a pipe dream and after all these years could actually, finally be feasible. COVID-19-related delays aside, they continued building out their new service and this year we were able to place an order. We paid our installation fee and it was installed just three weeks later - yesterday, in fact. The price and speed? Gigabit down, gigabit up, over fiber optic, for $85/month. Immediately after the installation was finished, I ran a speedtest, and...
Now that's more like it!
I literally only wrote this blog post to show off.
(Test done over WiFi, which is why I'm not getting the full gigabit.)
I couldn't believe it.
After years of battling to stream fucking YouTube videos at decent resolutions, my struggles were finally over. We had achieved speeds above 20mbps, with no data caps, in rural Oklahoma.
But then I read the rating, and I had a realization.
"Faster than 99% of US"
That's just pitiful.
If COVID-19 has proven absolutely anything (well, anything other than that the people running this country are absolute morons, but we already knew that), it's proven that high-speed internet is more of a necessity than we ever could have imagined. People are now using the internet for work, education, entertainment, keeping up with friends and family and relatives, and so much more that it's impossible to list everything here. And yet the majority of the US still pays almost a hundred dollars a month to shitty monopolistic corporations for slow bandwidth with absurdly-low data caps for a service that can more and more be considered essential. I'm privileged to have access to unlimited gigabit speeds over fiber, and I understand that (Remember, I've lived my entire life with shitty speeds over DSL). I understand that fiber optics are fragile and aren't exactly feasible to build out everywhere. It's a miracle we even got them at all in Oklahoma. I'm not saying that absolutely all of the USA needs to be covered in fiber optics (although it wouldn't hurt if more areas had access to them), I'm saying that more people should have access to unlimited high-speed (ACTUAL high-speed, not the bullshit high-speed that phone companies and satellite ISPs provide) internet for a much lower price.
Then again, maybe I'm asking way too much from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Ciel's Christmas Haul of 2019 (Spoiler: It's Decent™)Dec 27, 2019
Hello Internet, welcome to Ciel Theory
I typically have a pretty lengthy Christmas wishlist. This year, that wasn't the case. I really had only 3 things on my wishlist.
My older brother got an Xbox One which has been downloading games the past few days and has made my internet slow to a goddamn snail's pace, my younger brother got a Smart TV and Super Mario Maker 2, and I got a Chromebook and A Hat in Time on the Nintendo Switch. The entire family got a big fucking ping-pong table to share.
On my wishlist, I had A Hat in Time on Switch, Super Mario Maker 2, and a Chromebook. I got them all, which is the first year that's really happened. I shit on my parents more than they deserve.
If you're curious, the specific Chromebook I got was the (Acer did not sponsor this blog in any way shape or form, thanks a fuckin lot to everyone over at) Acer Chromebook Spin 15. I'm pretty pleased with it thus far, I haven't really experienced any lag at all when it comes to everyday computing tasks. (I used to get a fuckton of lag spikes on the old piece of shit I used to use during day-to-day browsing with just Discord and Firefox open, for comparison.) The only honest complaint I really have with it is that using the on-screen keyboard in tablet mode can be really awkward, but considering it's a laptop, I'd say that's really a rather minor complaint.
Now I don't know what to ask for on my birthday. Maybe I'll just ask for a hug.
I don't know what else to write here. I really only typed this because I was bored.
[insert witty blog ending here]
What's this? An AMA perhaps?Sep 8, 2019
ask me stuff i guess, try not to make it too personal
you can also submit questions to my curiouscat dot meMr. Looigi likes this.
face revealApr 1, 2019It's time that you all learned the truth... This is what I really look like.
I know, it's shocking. Truly, nobody could imagine that I would look anything like this.
Feel free to ask me (sks316) thingsFeb 15, 2019
May as well, I've got nothing better to do. Just, please, try not to make it too personal.
I also have a page on Curious Cat if you'd prefer to ask anonymously.
It's that time of the year again...Feb 3, 2019
Another year has passed since I was brought into this world. Let us celebrate my creation.
Happy birthday to me!
I got a New3DS yesterday as an early present, and am hoping to get a Raspberry Pi later today.
If you feel the need to get me anything, you can buy me something from my Bandcamp wishlist and send it to sks316 at mail.com. (Bet you were wishing you could copy-paste that email, huh? Well, life isn't always easy.) You can also contact me via Discord if you have another gift in mind.
sks316's AMA I guessAug 17, 2018
So there's a new blog trend that raped my notifications today, figured I may as well hop on the bandwagon. You can ask me questions here or on my Curious Cat profile. I can't guarantee an answer, especially if the question is too personal, but I'll try my best!
Time for a name change.Aug 15, 2018
Hey there. You may remember my previous blog post where I came out as trans. Ever since I made that post, I've had a number of people ask me what name I would be going by, but I still hadn't figured out if I wanted to change my name or not. Thus, I would still be going by "Austin" for the time being. I've done quite a bit of thinking, and I have come to the decision that I would like to change my name.
I would like to change my name from Austin to Ciel (pronounced see-EL). I like the name Ciel, as I feel that it fits who I am and I think the name sounds nice. I like this name, and I am sure that it is the name I would like to go by for the rest of my life. If you're willing to call me Ciel instead of Austin, I would greatly appreciate it.
Ciel (formerly Austin)
Coming out...Jul 30, 2018
I've been thinking about this for some time now, and some of you may have speculated about this after I made a certain blog post. I've been afraid to make this announcement, mainly because I'm afraid of how people will react, but I guess I should just come out and say it. I am transgender. To some of you, this may come as a shock. Others, however, may not be as surprised. I may have exhibited some trans traits over time that you could have noticed. I've been researching this subject over the past year, and I felt it was finally time to come out. If you're still reading, thank you. You have no idea how much it means to know that someone cares enough to read this paragraph that probably has a few typos and grammatical errors that I missed while proofreading it.
Austin (sks316) <3
TL;DR: I'm transgender.
I'm making a bet. See you at E3.May 15, 2018
E3 is right around the corner, and more Pokémon leaks have surfaced. Because of this, I believe Pokémon Switch, whatever it may be, will be revealed at E3, and as such, I am making a bet: If Pokémon Switch is not revealed at E3, I will lick a Nintendo Switch cartridge, delete one of my Pokémon save files and set my avatar across all media (yes, that also means GBAtemp) to Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony IN THAT ORDER until it is announced. The image I set it to is entirely up to me. The Rainbow Dash part doesn't really bother me in any way, as I am a brony, as stated in my previous blog, however the rest of it greatly upsets me. I am a good sport though, and so if I lose, I will admit defeat. I started this bet an hour ago in the RiiConnect24 Discord server, and it just continued to grow, and I intend to hold myself to it. So, let's see what happens.
Surprisingly enough, I am a brony, and have been for quite some time.May 10, 2018
Some of you may have seen me hinting about this on Discord quite some time ago, or you may have not known about this at all, but I feel that it needs to be said and confirmed: I am a brony. If you somehow don't know what a brony is, allow me to sum it up for you: A brony is an older fan of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This may seem strange, and that's because it is. I'm assuming nobody expected this from me, and, to be honest, when I became one a few years ago when my brother introduced me to the series, I didn't expect it either. This fandom is quite unique, and I was amazed when I found an entire online fanbase and even IRL conventions based around the show, as I thought nobody of my age and gender enjoyed something like this. Sure, the brony fandom has had its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, it's an amazingly large fandom filled with equally nice people. If you want to unfollow me or even block me after hearing this, I'm perfectly fine with that, and if you don't believe me, notify me of something I can do to prove this. If you'd like to learn more about what a "brony" is, I recommend watching "The Brony Chronicles", a documentary by community member and YouTuber Saberspark. The first part has been embedded below.
It you'd rather have text material to read and learn about this fandom, I recommend the website Whatisabrony.com by community member and YouTuber LittleshyFiM.
Now if you don't mind, I'm a little behind on the latest episodes of the series.
(Any and all comments antagonizing me or hating me for enjoying MLP and essentially just being me can and will be deleted. This is your only warning. Thank you for understanding.)
New profile pic time!Apr 24, 2018
I felt like the old profile pic was getting a little, well, old, so I decided it was time to change things up! This is my new profile pic:
In case you couldn't tell, it's Mega Mewtwo Y. I personally think it looks good. Over the next few minutes, I will be updating my social media and other profiles to reflect this change.
While it is a very minor change in my opinion, our very own @bennyman123abc didn't seem to like it that well...
However, I like it, so it's staying. What's your opinion on it? Leave it in the comments! (All negative and insulting comments WILL be deleted. This is your only warning.)
Also, Net Neutrality ended yesterday. That's a thing that happened, and nobody seemed to care...
END OF BLOG OKAY BYE
I played the Wii U again after some time, and things felt really different.Apr 8, 2018
So I went back to the Wii U after not playing it for quite some time (because of the Switch, obviously), and WOW, things have changed. For one, it's only after you've played on the Nintendo Switch for a while that you feel how strange the Wii U GamePad actually feels in your hands. It actually took me a while to get it to feel comfortable in my hands, which I don't remember having to do before getting the Switch.
The games and Wara Wara Plaza also feel really empty because of the Miiverse shutdown, which really makes me sad. The games where I felt this the most were Super Mario Maker and Mario & Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. It really shows how much of the Wii U was dedicated to social interaction through Miiverse.
The Nintendo eShop hasn't changed much, which doesn't really surprise me too much since nearly everyone who used to develop for the Wii U has shifted their focus to the Nintendo Switch and other consoles. What I WAS surprised to see, however, was games being released on the Wii U eShop in 2018. It shows that Nintendo still hasn't stopped supporting the Wii U, though they aren't releasing first-party titles for it anymore. It just felt strange to see a new game being published for the Wii U in 2018, but then again Just Dance 2018 got released on the Nintendo Wii, so we really shouldn't be surprised. Going back to the Wii U was honestly a fun, but also a strange experience for me.
The Wii U has quite a few games that I would love to see on the Switch, such as Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Maker, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, among other amazing titles. These games are one of the primary reasons I played my Wii U again after so long. I'll definitely be keeping my Wii U so I can keep playing these titles, unlike others who are throwing theirs out, reselling them, or trading them in in favor of the Switch.
Announcing the latest in innovative cryptocurrency: Mewcoin (MEW)!Apr 2, 2018Announcing the latest in innovative cryptocurrency: Mewcoin (MEW)! Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Etherium (ETH), etc. have become huge jokes and the laughingstock of the internet as of late, and they have also become one of the primary targets for scams and ponzi schemes *cough* Bitconnect *cough*. This has given a bad name to the cryptocurrency scene as a whole. Mewcoin, however, wishes to change that. Mewcoin is fueled entirely through community interaction and participation (more on that later!). Mewcoin is by far the most secure cryptocurrency in the world, as all of your data is encrypted and stored on our secure servers, each of which we make regular backups of so you don't have to worry about losing your Mewcoins. Mewcoin is cross-platform, and is available on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, ToasterOS, and any other OS available! As a limited time offer, for early adopters of Mewcoin, we will be giving the first 1,000 users who sign up and use promo code GBAtemp 1,000 Mewcoins, no questions asked!
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No one's around to help.Jan 25, 2018
I was recently browsing Discord, as I usually do, and someone sent this.
It's categorized as music according to YouTube, so I decided I'd give it a listen, and now I have it playing on loop in a Chrome tab, and have had it on loop for an hour or so. I think something's seriously wrong with me, help me.Stealphie likes this.