Talking points Feb. 3

Malwarebytes, another disappointing event

Saturday Jan. 27th, turned out to be quite the ordeal for a large number of PC users.

Malwarebytes pushed out a protection update that caused connection issues. Amongst problems with the web protection aspect, Malwarebytes caused a huge spike in memory usage, so much so the computers crashed.

I am personally a premium user of MBAM, and felt this thing hard. My computer started randomly spiking and crashing and kept on doing so for a couple of hours. I managed to finally get MBAM uninstalled and re-installed and I guess that happened around the time MBAM pushed out another protection update, which resolved the issue.
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Content creation

Good afternoon (or morning) and a very Happy New Year!
Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days. I dug out my Wacom tablet and have been practicing drawing again, which I’ve always wanted to learn and be proficient doing. This quill was just something I threw together while doodling… I only wish I had the mental “stamina” to keep drawing, instead of opting to watch videos, streams and what-not… Laziness I guess…


The first couple of days back drawing, I spent with Pokémon. They’re fun to draw and also somewhat simple in their design (at least some of them).

As far as content creation (YouTube) and streaming (twitch), I’ve been dormant for a very long time, but I’m planning on making a return shortly. This week I purchased an Elgato Stream Deck Controller and have been playing with that as well. Man, that thing is a game changer! One thing I need to update before I can make a decent video, is lighting. I’m looking to LED lights, but I won’t purchase video lights. Something else though.

Once the lights are in house, I’ll try to make a video on the deck because it’s just that great. I’ve been creating profiles and scenes in OBS Studio, getting ready to make some content again! HellYeah!!


A weekend where I actually played some poker!! Who would have guessed. These days I’m focusing on playing Sit ‘n Go’s on PokerStars as well as quite a few Spin and Go’s. As written, hyper is new to me, but I sure do like them.

I have an account on PartyPoker as well, but I’ve never deposited there, I only got one or two cash-to-play things. Mid week I got an email to opt in to a daily reward, unveil a card with a reward, a Caribbean Poker Party reward “game”. I’ve played every day since, revealing a new card each day at 13:00 CEST. Every day has revealed a $2.2 satellite entry, in which I’ve lost very early on. I think much of the reason for that is that I just haven’t taken them seriously! So today I revealed my, again, $2.2 satellite and got to work. One hour later, 25 of us got our entry to a $22 satellite. I planned on unregistering this to play at a later time, but the $2.2 finished just as the $22 started and my new table in the $22 opened automatically, Dang! Guess I have to play then.

After late registration, 84 players were in (some were already out) and that meant 15 entries to a semi-final worth $109, as well as $45 for 16th.
It took 1h 39m 15 minutes plain hand-for-hand, but I got my entry! This time I had time to unregister the satellite, because the prize in this one is a Day one qualifier seat! The ticket is good until 13-Aug ~09:30, so one day this coming week I’ll play a $109 satellite/tournament, which will be my biggest buyin to date.

Let’s hope I make it all the way to Day 1 of the Caribbean Poker Party ’17!

Poker and setup

Alrighty folks, how’s life treating you fine ladies and gents?
I’ll start this post with my week-so-far graph (poker):
So.. I’m a low-volume, micro, to low stakes “grinder”. My passion this week has been 36 Players, Super-KO SnG’s on Pokerstars.
These are suuuper aggressive and being hyper-turbo (10BB starting stack), the whole thing is over usually 12-15 minutes, start to finish. Until I found these, I’ve not really liked the whole hyper-turbo thing, but this week has shown me a new path. I actually like the fast pace action.

Another thing I’ve done is update my setup. I’ve bought a 4 monitor stand (currently 3 set up) and I’ve upgraded my mic-stand, for use when I start streaming again. I’ve bought the domain: and that is linked directly to

Tomorrow, Pokerstars MicroMillions (MM’s) start with a $5.50, $300k guaranteed event. I was thinking of playing a number of events this year and the upgrades are for streaming purposes.

I don’t know, I’ll play the MM’s for sure, but I’m not sure about the streaming part. I’d be streaming right now if it weren’t for the fact that I have a rubbish upload speed and there’s no way to get better connectivity out here. Down speed is OK but up… Nope. If only I could get a 50/50 line…

Anyhoo.. Let me know by dropping me an email, a comment or head on over to and follow me. I’d really appreciate the follow!

New series

Hey guys, about time to write something again.
A couple of days ago, I picked up a free lawnmower and got it home to do some work before selling it again. It was given away as non-starting, but it had been run a couple of weeks ago. I did some very basic testing like spark, air filter, etc. Nothing bad, except the fuel smelled funny, almost like diesel. The previous owner said she had run it dry, and then filled it up and couldn’t get it to start again. I’m going to empty the tank, open the carb and clean it out and hope that sorts it. It fired for a second or two, using start spray directly in the carb.

Doing those small tests, brought be an idea; I’m going to start a new series of videos on my YouTube channel. Pickup 2 Profit, sounded like a great name so that’s what I’m going with. Here’s a link to my first video in the series. This first item, I’m doing in multi part videos, however I think I’m going to make 1-video “shows” that are a bit longer in the future.

Hope to see you again and I hope to have you watch, comment, like and subscribe to my videos!


I went an did it… I splurged on a new camera for my videos. Having used a camcorder up until now, this time I went DSLR which I’ve wanted to do for some time now. I used to be really into photography and have an early Canon EOS 400D, with no video options.

For once, I did a lot of research, and landed on Canon EOS 70D or 700D hopefully the former. The store didn’t have a 70 in stock, and I didn’t want to wait for them to order and get one, so I ended up with a 700D, which covers all my needs.

More in depth post as soon as I’ve used it a bit, and can say I have an honest opinion.

YouTube Giveaway

In light of my slump (read last post), I really wanted to do one or more videos. Got the idea that I’d do a giveaway to my subscribers. Here are the details:

Open until June 20th
New and existing subscribers
Must follow me on Instagram (
Send me a message on YouTube of your first name and Instagram account name.

On June 21st or 22nd, I’ll do a video on the “lottery-draw”.

Good luck!

All ahead; STOP

I have been in such a bad slump lately… Can’t seem to get my head spun right and able to  make something new.
StopI’ve designated it: Makersblock!
Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing I can do about it, other times it’s just another bump in the road. Ever since the bridge on our main highway collapsed, it’s over doubled my travel time to my shop. This, in turn with there being heavy traffic and lots of stops and queues, has resulted in me not wanting to drive there for a while.

I don’t have any good space here at home to do any real work, and I don’t want to drive all that extra way just to test out a small idea. Driving for 35-40 minutes to test a 10 minute idea, … I could (and should) maybe gather up things, and drive to test out several things but my mind just doesn’t seem to be in it. I’d like to have a place where I could also take 5 and surf the web, maybe to learn a new thing. My shop is currently located in a barn where there’s no internet connection possible (yes, there are a few places like that).

Ah well, I guess I should just muscle through and get going. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see!

Travel case

Hey folks, how are ya’ll doing? Just thought I’d let you know about the latest article I’m writing on I used the weekend to make a travel/carry case for my e-cigarette and some apparel. Again, no video but I’m making more of these so there will be video then.

This was a proof of concept, built from 5/32 plywood, 23 gauge headless pins and Titebond wood glue. Like I write in the article, this was my first time using Titebond and what a product! I’m used to generic white wood glue here in Norway, but that’s got nothing on yellow glue. I bought a 16 oz bottle as a test, and to give you an example of prices here: I found the same bottle at Home Depot for ~$5. My price over here: ~$18 If I were to buy the full gallon jug: ~$75!!! I’m still going to buy the gallon though, but at what prize.

Now, video… I’m still making these things at home, where it’s small and not very well lit. I’m setting up two halogen lights on a stand, which I hope will be good for video purposes. I used to make regular videos on the channel NordicSurvivalist, my second channel. However, due to several personal issues, I didn’t make a video for a very long time. You can have a look at my primary channel and see what I have been able to produce and make.


Here’s a small picture of the latest project. Head on over to to have a look at the article there.


Thanks for stopping by, and check back soon for a new video. Can’t wait to get started!


Hey guys and gals, how are ya’ll doing?
I thought I’d write a quick bit today, as the video project I started… fell through. I was all set for making a video on this project I wrote about on Defiance, but there just wasn’t a way for me to shoot it here at home. Cramped and dimly lit, I gave it up and decided to write about it instead.

I made this here at home and not at my “shop”. Not really a shop, but where I keep my tools. All I used for this one is a jigsaw and a very small band saw, apart from my drill of course. The entry table is very simple and takes little to complete. However, at first I was at a loss as to how to join the parts that were already cut. I don’t have the means to do mortise and tenon and I had never really considered pocket holes until now. I spend A LOT of hours on YouTube and I have seen loads of videos covering Kreg pocket hole jigs. I don’t know why, but I have been under the impression that pocket holes are, less than adequate. Decisions, decisions… Norway feels like the middle ages at times. Tools, materials and so much more, not available or only available through lengthy imports from eBay and the likes.

I did a bit of Google’ing and actually found a retailer only an hours drive away. I called ahead to make sure I didn’t drive for nothing, and he was getting a new shipment that same day. I ended up getting the Kreg R3, which seemed to fit my needs just well. I bought screws, but man.. those Kreg screws are expensive over here. I figured I could find adequate screws in one of our warehouses (and I was right) so I have plenty of different length screws.

So, in conclusion… I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try pocket holes, as my experience now is they are easy, durable and has a place in woodworking.

See you again soon!