The Misadventures of Quinxy truths, lies, and everything in between!


How to Steam Link your PC’s Desktop

I just got the newly released Steam Link and it seems to work extremely well for games, but what I also wanted to use it for was more broadly streaming anything on my PC to my living room.  And though it's not entirely obvious, it works great for that as well!

So here is how you do it:

  1. Connect the TV via Steam Link as normal
  2. Hit Alt-Esc (or less preferred Alt-Tab) on your TV-connected keyboard (I can't find any way to do it via mouse alone)
  3. Voila*, you should now be at the desktop!

*Seeing a super short, super wide desktop? You are running multiple desktops aren't you?  No problem.  Press Windows-P (on your Link-connected keyboard, or your desktop one) to invoke the projector friendly config, and select "PC Screen Only" (it's the top item, in case you can't read the screen).  Done!

The performance is excellent for desktop as well, though it "feels" less amazing than games, which is either my imagination or something to do with the kind of compression.

Fantastic deal for ~$50.

^ Q



Edwardian Ball 2011 – Los Angeles

Francine and I went to the 2nd annual Edwardian Ball here in Los Angeles. The event is supposed to be a celebration of Edward Gorey (most known for his macabre alphabet book), but it's really just an excuse for people to get dressed up in Edwardian, Victorian, and "Steam Punk" clothing and watch musical acts, aerialists, peculiar little plays, and stare at all the other people in the audience. It was good fun, but I must confess I had expected something a little larger and more interactive. The photos I'd seen online were dominated by the events they've been doing for 11 years in San Francisco, and it just looks bigger and better up there. Ah well.

Being that it was my first year attending and I wasn't quite sure what to expect I decided to attempt to make and wear just one costume element, a top hat welded out of metal rods.  I wanted to explore partially wrapping the frame with material as though the frame was much of what remained as the fabric deteriorated from years of neglect, or fire.  Unfortunately I waited until the afternoon before the event to start making the hat and I only had one small scrap of fabric that vaguely fit the bill.  I was pleased with how much I got done in relatively little time, but the vision is still very much incomplete.

Here are some photos from other people's experience of the Edwardian Balls of the past. I didn't feel like fighting the poor lighting all night...

^ Quinxy