This is Vu's little blog.

Destiny 2 requires online connection to play campaign

posted Jul 14, 2018, 6:04 PM by Vu Nguyen

I bought a used Destiny 2 game for PS4 because it was on a steelbook. I knew it was an online game, but after reading that you can play the campaign offline, I decided to give install and started playing the game.  It was going okay, and then 20 minutes into the game - I got a "lost connection" message. Even though I own the game, I can't play it. What a crappy game.

Searching online, Bungie blames PlayStation Network (which is no surprise as that's a crappy service too) and PSN said everything is up and up.  On Friday, July 13, they said the problem as "subsided", but I still think it's lame that you have to be online to play an offline campaign. This is why I try and buy game that doesn't require me to be online (like DRM), so I would not getting Destiny 3 if that comes out.

Found: 13 cents (July 4-8)

posted Jul 14, 2018, 5:45 PM by Vu Nguyen

On my day off on July 4th, 2018, I went hunting for comics at Walmart.  Even though I didn't find what I was looking for, I did randomly found two pennies at one location and a dime at another... so all was not lost.

Then July 8th (Sunday), found a penny out shopping.

Special Moments Memories Collection: Wall Art Reproduction Encadree are perfect for framing comic books

posted Jun 30, 2018, 6:55 PM by Vu Nguyen

I love comic books, and for a time, I thought about framing some of my books for display. Unfortunately, because of the odd shape of comics (6.63" x 10.24"), you basically need to order a custom frame. I have inquired about custom frames before, and the quote I got back (with “Museum-quality glass” and acid-free matt) would cost about $80.

Earlier this week, I discovered these 7x11 Special Moments Memories Collection: Wall Art Reproduction Encadrée prints at Dollar Tree for $1 each. This size is nearly perfect for comics, the width is just about right, but the height is slightly taller than modern sized comics. It’s hardly noticeable, though.

I know it’s not meant for comics, but if I were head of the Special Moments people, I would recycle these frames and market it to comic collectors. Maybe upgrade the backing to a firmer acid-free cardboard or “comic book styling” frames. Charge about $5 to $10, and I can guarantee you can sell them.

Anyway, I bought 15 prints, and one of them was defective. At $1 each, I’m not going to complain... but just inspect your frames when you make your purchase. I pulled out some comics I thought is worth something or have a special meaning for me. Some are autographed, some I just like the cover artwork. It was kind of fun to go through some of my comic boxes.

Some tips when you put your comics in:

  • Use brand new bag and board, you don’t want to put your comics in naked.
  • Use standard sized books; double-size or monster anniversary books don’t fit in too well.
  • Flip the art print to show the plain white back to blend with the comic book backing board.
  • If the metal hanger on the back is horizontal, you can move it to vertical by removing the tape behind the cardboard.

  • I didn’t really care what the frames looked like, but if you have a preference, there seems to be four types of frames: Black, Gold, Gold with Bumps, and Brown with Gold Bumps.

    If you don't live near a Dollar Tree store, their website sells these frame size (7x11) by the case - 24 frames for $24 - via You might not have 24 comics you want to frame, but at that price, it’s still cheaper than one $80 custom frame.

    Two pennies found at Dollar Tree (29 June 2018)

    posted Jun 29, 2018, 9:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

    It's payday, so I spent a lot of time at Best Buy (bought a Kasa Camera to play with my Amazon Echo, plus random Blurays too embarrassing to mentioned).  Got food at Chipotle, visited Game Stop and bought some games. The kid at Game Stop knew my habit and offered me some steelbooks he saved for me. It's buy two and get one free week, so I ended up buying three games that I'll probably never play. 

    Ended the shopping spree at Dollar Tree. Love the store, bought about 15 7x11 frames ($1 each) because I was going to put comic books in the frames.  It's a weekend project. 

    At the register, there's two pennies at my feet.

    Penny found at Rock the Garden 2018 (16 June 2018)

    posted Jun 29, 2018, 9:41 PM by Vu Nguyen

    It was hot this day. I got to the music festival early and wandered around. Saw this penny in the grass!  Kamasi Washington was doing soundcheck around this time. 

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