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By the way, I'm posting over at Pixelfed now as well. I'm strongly considering deleting or at least locking down my Instagram account; I'm sick of Facebook as a company, sick of the increasingly terrible ads, and sick of the proliferation of crappy graphics with overlaid text versus the original intent of just *photos* of what people were up to/taking photos of.

You can follow me via the magic of the fediverse right here: @cassidyjames

Like, if it’s this good in a freebie game included with the console, it makes me giddy to imagine how all the AAA exclusive studios are going to push it. And while things like motion controls can seem gimmicky, the haptics and triggers constantly affect how the game *feels*.

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Astro’s Playroom is a free game that comes with PS5, and it feels like something you would pay $20–50 to Nintendo for on Switch. And it’s just… there! And it perfectly demoes how bonkers good it is, and all the precise nuance there is to both the haptics and the triggers.

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The DualSense haptics and triggers have ruined every other controller for me, and it isn’t even close. It’s next-level wildly good. I didn’t think that would be the defining characteristic of “next gen” to me, but graphics have hit diminishing returns—inputs apparently haven’t.

Sometimes working at home with a toddler means taking a break from programming to read a book. ♥️

It’s kind of fun when algorithmic radio stations just go down a rabbit hole that I end up loving. I started listening to am obscure and light-hearted pop-punk banger album today, and now I’m raging to some increasingly hardcore anti-government and anti-religion punk rock. 😅

(They have also been declining GrubHub and other merchants, so it sounds like they are just crumbling and don’t really know why.)

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Simple says they noticed an increase in fraudulent transactions with Square Cash and so their fraud system is apparently blocking all Square Cash transactions. The problem is, it apparently is blocking all *Square* transactions. Either way, it’s boneheaded and unacceptable.

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lol so much for Simple being a bank replacement—I guess things are tanking real fast since they were bought out and are being shut down. This just accelerated my inevitable replacing of Simple with an alternative.

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Simple support just told be that their debit cards are no longer compatible with Square merchants. That’s like 90% of the small businesses I buy things from. Their solution is to ask if the merchant is using Square, and if so use “a different debit card.”

Vocabulary has exploded recently. I’m considering making it a web page. 😂

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Today toddler decided not to nap because there was no pacifier. Better than not sleeping at night, and hopefully it means a more tired toddler so sleeping well, but… 😬

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Price is negotiable, especially if you’re willing to meet close by (like the location picked on Swappa). I’ve documented my escapades on social media, but basically: I’ve carefully opened and cleaned it a couple of times, & it runs like new. twitter.com/CassidyJames/statu

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Excited to do this comparison with Stadia and PS5, now! Only problem: I bought the latest season on Stadia because it runs so much better than PS4… and seasons are idiotically not cross-buy yet.

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We’re selling our gently-used and well-taken-care-of PS4 locally to someone in the Denver, CO area. Since the PS5 can play PS4 games, there’s no real reason to let this collect dust (which we’d clean out, as usual!). Comes w/Spider-Man and 2 controllers. swappa.com/listing/view/LVCI96

Tonight as we were doing our (now slightly modified) bedtime routine, we got to the part where we used to give the toddler the pacifier. “All gone!” as they point to the former storage spot. “All gone, momma!” pointing to momma’s empty hand. 😭 This kid is so smart and cute!

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Update: last night went surprisingly well, actually?? Toddler did not want to go to sleep without it, but after an hour of rocking her and soothing her, we put her in the crib and she fell asleep almost immediately. Slept all night. 😮

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PS5 has a hidden web browser. You can now get to it quickly by sending someone a message to PS5.chat. More to come.

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