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achilles last won the day on January 25 2013

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  1. So, made a bit of a leap a few days ago. I've been itching to make everything work with voice control, well at least the basics. So, instead of using four different remotes just to start up "theatre mode", and the same number of remotes to shut it down, at the least, I'd like to make Siri my bitch and get her to work this sh*t on her own. This itch actually started because the Sony projector remote is gigantic and not in a useful way. It just sits there, on my table, occupying immense space, and the only button I use on it is the power button. Ugh. I'd still probably not hate it if the size was purposeful. It's not. That expressway of a remote is mostly empty space. Sony, YUDOTHIS. I know creating this workflow isn't new, or groundbreaking in the least, but it was tricky for a few reasons. The devices I needed to work together: My projector, the pre-amp, my lights, and drapes. Also the AC as and when needed. The tricky part: 1. My projector does not offer app control, IP, trigger, and weirdly, does not seem to work with CEC. It also refuses to work with my Marantz remote's TV control panel. If only this would've worked, I may not have done all of the following, but it did not, and I did, and it's actually much better this way. 2. Marantz does not offer voice control using Siri 3. My curtain motor does not offer app control, and moreover, works on RF I'd thought of getting a IR/RF blaster earlier and configure it to work, but there was no app that was good enough as an interface, which would mean I'd stop using it even if I did take the pain to set it up. And until recently, none of them offered iOS Shortcuts support and Siri integration. That changed a few days ago. I opened the App Store and Apple had featured AnyMote, an IR app that offered shortcuts support and Siri control. Downloaded it and it said to support AnyMote, Broadlink and one other IR blaster. Checked Amazon and Broadlink was available. Hmm. This could work. So, I ordered the Broadlink blaster, got it, and started to configure it. I thought this would be easy and quick. (Narrator's voice: It was neither easy, nor quick). I thought it would be easy because three of the four things I wanted to integrate are popular, and from fairly prominent brands. And the one thing that wasn't, the curtain motor, it would be easy to make the app learn because it was only three simple functions: open, close, and stop. I thought it would be quick because I foresaw no complications. LOL. However, as I got into it, the AnyMote app turned out to be a total a**hole. It would crash randomly, the UI was at best okay, it would refuse to learn anything from the blaster, and worst of all, the database of fed remotes were either outdated, did not work, or jumbled with different labels for different functions. For eg: the latest set for a Marantz processor was the SR 7001! So I spent a lot, lot of time having configured remotes to my liking, and having set "scenes" which I could add to shortcuts and Siri. I figured that once I set everything up via Siri, I wouldn't have to open the app again and I wanted to never have to open it again. But this "featured" f**king app couldn't even run a shortcut! If the app was open when I asked Siri to run a command, it would crash. If it wasn't open, it would ask to be opened and Siri would ask me to unlock my phone to run a motherf**king voice command. I was ready, and willing to launch a physical attack on the App Store for featuring this mess, and on the developers for this hate crime of an app. Still, I did set it up, and it ran about 50% of the time, and I hoped it would improve. However, it could not run IF commands, which meant my curtains would be left out in the cold. So I thought of getting cute. The blaster could run RF commands and the broad link app, as a*s-y as it is to use, did work perfectly. It learned the remotes instantly, the commands were there but it did not have shortcuts or Siri support. But it did feature IFTTT support. So, I set up a web trigger with IFTTT and Broadlink and mapped the open and close commands with those web triggers. And I could reach those triggers using Safari. Which meant, I could use the Shortcuts app to follow the AnyMote shortcut with the appropriate web trigger using Safari and everything should theoretically work. (Narrator's voice: it did not work)(Narrator 2's voice: haha). It didn't work because of AnyMote's shitty, and frankly absurd requirement of opening the app to run a shortcut. Which meant any shortcut that I'd set up to follow AnyMote wouldn't work. At this point, I thought, f**k it, I already have the blaster and the Broadlink app works so I'd just see if instead of voice, I use the app and it makes my life easier. At the very least, I could work the projector and get that Godzilla remote off my table. But: the broad link app did not support Hue which meant I'd have to shuffle apps and Siri to set the scene. f**kTHIS.gif. Anyway, as I set up "scenes" in the Broadlink app I noticed a slightly obscure "Add To Siri" button. Holy mother of god. This was only available in one page of the app, below the "scenes" tab, and after you'd set up a scene, and there was no mention of it anywhere in the App Store app page, or the web. In fact, there's a dedicated top level "voice control" tab in the app which lists three options: IFTTT, Alexa, and some Chinese thing which I don't know about. JESUSf**kIGNCHRIST why. This thing though, works with Siri, works perfectly with shortcuts app, and I can create and add any other shortcuts and combine them in any way. Which means now, everything works. When I say "TV time": The PJ switches on The pre/pro switches on The pre-pro switches to Apple TV input The curtains close The lights become what I want them to become When I say "Done for the day": The PJ switches off The pre/pro switches off The lights go where I want them to go Depending on the time and sunset/sunrise: the curtains will either remain closed, or open A rainbow erupts in my room every time this works as it should. Which is nearly every single goddamn time. Oh, man. Some notes: This would've been very, very, very, very, very easy if I used Alexa. f**k Alexa. Shame on Apple for featuring AnyMote. This is still IR control, and is uni-directional, unlike IP control. With IFTTT and Shortcuts you can create some truly amazing things for your home, if you invest in devices. My AC still doesn't work. It is an extremely obscure Daikin cassette AC with a particularly idiotic remote feature: the on-off triggers aren't the same command, are sequential, and from the same button. What this means is: if the AC is on, I press the power button and somehow the AC can't catch it, the next command from the remote will be "On" instead of a simple trigger which will switch the AC off. The app and the blaster can't quite catch this idiotic thing but for now, I'm not going to bother. Will take this battle on when I take it on. Phew.
  2. Okay, so it’s NG+ Sigrun that can’t keep calm. I’ve figured every move except one where she launches off like her a*s was shooting burnt jet fuel and stomps on Kratos, which would be fine if she’d do it once, or twice. She does that sh*t five times. Five goddamn stomps in one move. What’s more, she launches very randomly, chaining that move after any move before that. The stab, the scythe, the fire balls, the ice crystals, the winged sweep, whatever. I haven’t been able to figure the dodge timing for these stomps. And they lose me the match. Five stomps. Ugh. But then I equipped the witch time Talisman. Just a few tries with that talisman so far but I think I’ll have bested her by tonight. Hopefully.
  3. ^Rian Johnson? Will surely give it a look then. Watched Good Newwz last night with the fam. Went in fearing it’d be another stupid thing like Housefull or the like but what a fun little movie! All the actors have done well including AK who’s back to his Khakee and Bhagam Bhaag form. Many genuine-LOL scenes, decent music, fun characters and a semi-delicate subject threaded well. Really, the worst thing about it is the title with that idiotic spelling and maybe an out of place song.
  4. This bitch Sigrun is making me appreciate the nuances of the combat system. Dammit man I’m a god. And she’s whooping my a*s. I’m ready to move on from this game now. Besting her will be the perfect send off. Also, I think she, and maybe all Valkyries scale up to the level Kratos is. I’m almost level 11 and the moves, combos, and chain attacks she’s making while fighting me aren’t there in videos even at the “give me GOW” difficulty. Four hours last evening and I managed to see her purple eyes only twice. I’ll probably have some PTSD by the time I see this through. Pray for me lads :p
  5. Yeah, I see what you mean, but I really didn’t like it that much the first time. I guess I was still hungover from the original games and their style. Plus like I mentioned, I wasn’t getting enough time to play. I took more than a month to finish it. But this game bro. This game. I didn’t really want to play it again but I just put it in to see what the new system brings to this quality of game AV ( ). The journey has been truly epic. I keep wanting to play more. That did not happen during my first play through. I mean, in the last three days I put in fifteen hours! Also big lesson: do not start a game like this if you’re short on time.
  6. no Breda Breda Breda. This one deserves to be savoured esé. 1 a day.
  7. So I'm playing this again, and I can't quite see why, but it feels way more fun than it did the first time I played it. I'm able to grasp the combat a lot better, the story is making sense, the area, map, and flow aren't a blur too. Maybe because I'm doing game+? Or maybe I'm not fighting against time, and am not sleep deprived like I was the first time. The camera while in combat is still idiotic, the lock on isn't great, and the RPG elements still make no goddamn sense. But by Zeus the sound, effects, and that atmospheric touch is just awesome. Worthy speakers take this game to a whole new level.
  8. Bruh, the Rumble was freaking epic! I haven't watched WWE in 2 years, ever since WM 34. I gave up on it, and I had no clue about what was happening, the storylines, or anything. This show brought it, brought it, and killed it. The pre-fight videos were enough of a preamble to generate interest in the matches and gave enough of a look into why that match was going to take place. WWE has always been excellent with those. Every single performance was worthy. And since I didn't know anything except for what the videos showed me, I didn't know who was likely to win. That made the matches so, so much fun for me, it was incredible. I don't remember having this much fun from a WWE PPV like.. ever. Standouts: Bryan V Fiend Wyatt, and Men's RR. I think Becky missed a few steps towards the end of her match but it was still pretty damn good. If you haven't been following WWE, trust me, DVR it and watch it when you have an evening free (because it's a long show), get buzzed, and just enjoy.
  9. Bruh, if you want to see clutch, watch this match in its entirety, without skipping a minute. As good as Thiem was playing, and Rafa was far from his optimum level, and yet, if just a few key points would've gone another way, Rafa would've had this in the bag in three sets. That damn net cord Some of the shots that Thiem hit were truly jaw-dropping. The forehands DTL off of Rafa's grunt filled semi-hammers and those goddamn backhands off of Rafa's bludgeon forehands. Man. Still, the difference maker was his defence today. Some of the balls that Thiem got back into play, nearly neutralising Rafa's near winners got him into the semis. Well done Thiem. Now this open is set-up quite well, with "next-gen" on one side, and Grandads on the other. Yet, this remains Novak's play ground. Take a set off of him here, and you have my attention. If Roger doesn't pull out tomorrow, maybe he can do that. Though unlikely.
  10. That's quite a set-up! Step 1: get a nice, big, swampy rug. Rhythmik makes good subs. Do they have an official presence in India? Where is your place? Looking at your set-up, maybe you don't even need a sub. Can you share clearer pictures of the fabric panel? How'd you get it made? You could use something like bass trap diffusers. They keep the bass from spreading out, and help in directing it to where you sit. Usually used in room corners.
  11. Watched Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood last night. Before I started the movie, I didn't know what the movie references, albeit vaguely, very well, i.e, Charles Manson, the family, and Sharon Tate. I knew there was a gruesome murder, and Manson was behind it. No specifics. I didn't know Manson wasn't a musician. Or that Tate was 8-½ months pregnant. Whoosh. The movie itself is more a reimagined timeline, and a day and a bit in the lives of three characters. There's really nothing special going on for most of the 3 hours of the movie, till you reach the end sequence, and bits from earlier kind of complement it, which enhance this acid trip of a finish. Even though those little bits help in enhancing the third act, the first two are quite unremarkable. The third act blew me away. It was Tarantino in form, making the bit gruesome, scary, gory, funny, and impactful at the same time. I literally went "holy fvcking sh*t", and "what the fvck", and laughing, and feeling strange about laughing at what I saw, right when I saw what I saw. This is not a movie that I could've watched on a laptop, or even in the living room on the big TV. I would've been distracted too easily, and probably would've gotten bored and switched mid way, because, really, nothing much is happening for most of the movie, kind of like Godfather 2. But I didn't like GF2. I liked this. I watched it in a near perfect room set-up specifically to enhance (the experience of) watching movies like this. When I paused to get up to pee, I saw that I'd watched 2 hours of it, where I was thinking I was only an hour in. In every place where there's mention of cast, Leo's name comes up first. That's a thing because of the name that follows his: Brad Pitt. As insanely talented as Leo is, and he doesn't miss a step here (Dalton, his character, literally gets a "this is the best acting I've ever seen from anyone" in the movie), I thought Pitt outshone him here. That's partly because I think Cliff Booth, his character was better written for Pitt. Margot Robbie really doesn't have much to do here, but she'll be fine. Pacino has one scene. A good scene. The cars, and their burbling engine sounds are great. The world (re)created is funky. Female foot shots are many in number. The characters and their lives are kind of okay. This turned out to be a good one time watch, and made me look up the facts about the Tate murders, the reality of which hit me harder than the movie. PS: when I opened up the box and saw the disc, I thought I'd been played
  12. Ugh. No. It shouldn't matter. I don't want to see "boot" screens. It should sleep, and wake up like the Switch, my phone, or any other modern computing device, right in the game. In less than one goddamn second. I don't want to see the parade of game publisher logos before a game starts more than once, which is the first time. No, 'rest' mode doesn't work well enough. It needs to have a battery so nothing changes if there's a temporary power cut. Also, it's slow. Whoever of Xbox or PS gets this right will get my money.
  13. ^Neither for Indian catalogs. It’s available to rent on Apple TV app.
  14. Oops. I missed this post. What's your complete set-up? Post pics please. Yeah, my room is bare and hard walled, so the sound is better low-er, compared to an open space like a living room.
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