(Edited by DANIEL HAWKS ! (1843), Feb 06, 2012)The Random Thread-
DANIEL HAWKS ! (1843), Feb 06, 2012
I watched Outlaw Star today, and it left a deeper impression than ever before. I went outside to take out the trash and I stared at the moon. The brown row of bare trees on the other side of the road was illuminated by the moon. Grey wispy clouds floated by and lit up when they passed under the moon's light. I felt so small. I looked at the other stars. The light pollution made no difference, I felt as if I could almost see the ceiling of the earth. How small I am, and how wonderful it really is to be so small in a sea of vastness. I felt serene. Then I came in and typed this. I wish I was out there.
Edit-This song played in my head the whole time.
To be fair, you were kind of asking for it.
I suppose only DI could get away with surreal postings like that. Whatever was I thinking. :P
Uhhggg....what manner of Michael Bay inspired crap is this?
Not gonna lie, this is my most anticipated movie of 2012.
I take it Hollywood's upcoming films for this year are bleak enough to make this look good? :P
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For literally the entire running time of that trailer, my face was doing this. True story.
I'm still kind of hoping this is an April fools thing. Please let it be that.
Does feeling sorry for the poor developers that have to work on it count? :P
No offense to him, but isn't his avatar kinda, you know, porn?
Ah... the first one of his lovely avatars was removed by the Popper of Corn. I guess there's more work to be done...
The pornographic pictures are gone but what about those 10.000 game ratings with 5.0?
I wonder how many keyboards and mouses (mice?) he went through rating all of those games... That's pretty insane (and stupid... and time consuming...)
I almost forgot, it's my birthday today! I didn't get any presents, but my dad gave me the money to build my new pc. Most of the parts were supposed to come today, but they didn't. Sad sad sad! But at least I got a cake with blue icing! Yum yum!
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Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588), May 10, 2012
You forgot your birthday? o_O All right, then.
Happy birthday anyway. And good luck with that PC :D
Edit: FYI, Portal 2 is $5.09 USD on Steam for some 17 hours more (that's 66% off). It would be a good idea to buy it now so you already have it on your list to give it a go once you're done with The Orange Box. I would gift it to you but I don't have any funds on my card :/
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DANIEL HAWKS ! (1843), May 10, 2012
Almost forgot to mention my birthday I should have said. :D All the parts should be here today though. But I'm not sure if they're coming UPS or FedEx. I ordered FedEx shippping, but my tracking number is for UPS. UPS really likes to kick things around here. That's why I paid more for FedEx so it would arrive undamaged. If it doesn't show up FedEx, I'm going to be livid. >:(
It all arrived intact! From UPS. I'm not really livid, but more relieved it's all ok. Still, my invoice say I chose UPS. I was positive I picked FedEx. Anyway, barring some kind of part malfunction, I'll assemble it Saturday. Here's what's going in it-
Cooler Master 431 Plus case
Asus P8H6-MLE motherboard
Cooler Master 460w power supply
Intel Pentium G850 CPU
G-Skill Rip Jaws 4GB RAM
Gigabyte N-Vidia 2GB GT430 graphics card
LG DVD drive
Unicomp Classic keyboard
I also ordered the Orange Box. It should arrive just in time to "test" the thing. :)
Is it so weird to forget one's own birthday? Happens to me almost every year. I am usually kind of aware that it's coming up, but don't remember it specifically on the day, until someone calls or texts me about it. To me it is something so unimportant that I don't really tell anyone about it, and the few people who know are the ones who remind me of it.
Haha, that had me laughing out loud!
"An unconventional first-person shooter"
Cue clips that could just as well be compiled from every boring-ass generic first-person shooter that came out in the past 5 years.
WOO HOO! My new pc works! There was only one hiccup so minor it's not even worth mentioning. In fact, I'm typing this on it right now! Now only if my copy of the Orange Box would arrive... :)
Unconventional fps? Gosh! It must be totally unique to be unconventional! ;)
Today I decided to go up a mountain to take some pictures at the lookout. On my way down, a dog comes out of nowhere. I had to swerve really hard to avoid hitting it, but I panicked and cut too hard back into the other lane to avoid any on coming cars, and I lost control of it. I did a 180 in the road and slid a corner of the front bumper across the guard rail. Aside from some minor cosmetic damage and shaken nerves, everything is fine. It's kind of strange. On the way up, I noticed a group of kittens crossing and the road and was able to slow way down and let them pass. Then fido walks into my lane and I lose control.
DANIEL HAWKS ! Wrote:
It goes to show that deep down you're actually a cat person :P
I'm glad you're OK anyway. Maybe next time you should consider a bike :D
Thanks Doc. If I took a bike though, a truck driver might have squished me. Not the first time something like that would have happened. :/
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雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (49273), Jun 24, 2012
I've spent pretty much all of my free time over the last few weeks doing one of two things. It didn't really feel appropriate to make a new topic for either of them, so I'll just hijack Daniel's thread and they can be easily ignored. :)
First, I've been slowly learning Unity3D and trying to build a simple little game I've had brewing in my mind for a while now. I'm not much of an artist, not at all a programmer, and a lapsed musician, so it's been (and will continue to be) quite a learning experience. I started with a few video tutorials to get my feet wet and since then have been working mostly off the docs and Unity's Q&A database. It's frustrating sometimes, but a lot of fun! Possibly because there's no real pressure, and I can work at my own pace. Since I'm totally an indie hipster, it's of course a retro style 2D puzzle platformer. ;)
Second, I managed to plow through the entire archive for Homestuck in a week and a half. Including playing all the RPG and adventure game segments to completion. Incidentally, are those something we could document here? Pseudo?
I brought up those things a few years ago and I think the dividing line is whether it's on rails or if it's just a game-themed non-interactive experience. (Well, visual novel interactive: press button to continue.)
Well, they're certainly interactive, though most of them are more free-exploration things where you can explore the environment interacting with characters and objects. This was the first one, though they will obviously make little to no sense out of context since they are just snippets of a much longer narrative. They get markedly more involved as the story continues, with the most recent being a reasonably robust adventure game sequence that even includes some puzzles.
Is homestuck worth it? I absolutely loved MS Paint Adventures, but after I read that Homestuck had only ran for about a dozen panels but I couldn't get into it at all.
As for randomness.
Last week I picked up a pencil again for (more or less) the first time in years. I was cleaning some stuff on my pc when I stumbled upon scans of my old drawings. I couldn't resist trying to pick it up again. Luckily drawing appears to be like riding a bicycle; you can't unlearn it. Although what I have on paper so far isn't quite up to the quality of the last stuff I did a couple years ago.
Incidentally, I stumbled upon an old mix (or part of it) that I have recorded over 6 years ago, before I sold all my equipment and many of my records. I have rarely touched any records, nor the music I used to be into, since. To my own surprise I still liked the tracks I played just as much as I remembered. Must be that it was not really my tastes changing as I used to think, but rather the "scene" moving away from them. I was definitely tempted to get back into it again, but at the moment I probably don't have the room for it, nor use for something so time-consuming.
It's to be rediscover-your-old-hobbies month!
I'll join in on this trend! I had more or less put my turntables aside (reluctantly) for a few years. I had checked some online stores realizing that Breaks (what I tend to mix most) was harder and harder to come by on vinyl. I got really saddened by this and was all bitter until I stumbled on NSB Radio online. They offered something I had missed in my life for a long time... Live DJs mixing stuff I love 24/7! This in its turn actually made me dust off my turntables and I ended up recording a bunch of mixes. I can tell I'm extremely rusty, but I still have some of it left, luckily! So lately I've been listening to my own mixes over and over, breaking down (no pun intended) where I mess up and what I need to think about next time.
So... Again my moby approving took a hit. Lol. Sorry guys. :(((
I'm starting to get back in photography. I hardly took any pictures last year or over the winter. I still have a Canon Rebel I've hardly used since I got it a few years ago. Now that I have a car (A 98 Civic hatchback I got about two months ago.), I think I'll find a nice isolated highway and stop to take pictures on. That is if any dogs don't wander into my lane again.
Well, somewhat related to this trend, I just finished illustrating my third book. It was just five drawings this time (publishers down here are cutting down on illustrations badly), but it was the most fun I had with this side-job so far. Too bad I'm only getting about one book a year or so, so leaving my crappy, soul-devouring day job for this is still a far-fetched dream.
At any rate, you can see the thumbnailisized images here, though you probably shouldn't since the thing hasn't been published yet so it's all very hush hush and such.
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雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (49273), Jun 26, 2012
I have yet to read Problem Sleuth, so I couldn't tell you how it compares to Homestuck, but general consensus is that they're very different beasts. I liked it, but my tastes are so far off the norm that probably nobody should trust my opinions.
Imagine a teen adventure novel, mixed with an overwrought JRPG and a pinch of hallucinogens, served in a daily serial form. If that sounds completely unappetizing, then yeah, you're probably better off ignoring it.
Decided to just give it a try. So far I like it. And to answer your initial question. So far I encountered one fully interactive sequence (where you can walk around the house and inspect everything point & click adventure style) which to me is reason enough to allow it into the database.
With Problem Sleuth we eventually decided against including it in the database here, because the only game element was the actual creation of the comic, and that wasn't so much a computer game as an artist drawing what readers suggested.
Edit: Arrgh, very tempted to buy the whole lot as comic books. Better wait until Homestuck has finished though to save on shipping costs.
Then I suppose my next question would be: Do we document the individual interactive pages, or give the comic as a whole its own entry describing the interactive stuff in general?
I'm not really sure what to make of the print collections. I imagine part of the charm is lost without the animation, sound, or interactive bits. Plus there's the fact that less than a quarter of it is currently available in print...
I'd say document the entire comic as one entry, describing all or a selection of the interactive bits.
Meh, can't really be bothered anymore to continue with Homestruck. I miss all the humorous elements from Problem Sleuth. Homestruck so far tries to much to be some kind of epic adventure I don't care about. While Problem Sleuths later chapters also suffered from this, I was at least invested in the characters already so wanted to continue. While with Homestruck doesn't allow me this breathing space and introduces a whole range of new characters every chapter.
How far did you make it? I almost gave up in Act 5 because there was a sudden cast explosion and, frankly, the trolls are nearly impossible to care about apart from maybe Karkat and Terezi. Though I was also somewhat fascinated by the ridiculousness of the overarching story, not to mention how it completely revels in its absurdity.
I was also starting to get a bit attached to the four kids. I see a lot of my 13-year-old self in John. =\
Yes, the trolls were were the pushovers for me. Maybe I'll pick it up again in the future, but for now I'm reading Cyanide and Happiness.
The problem with the trolls is that he spent waaaay too long elaborating on the backstory of characters that ended up being completely ancillary. The 12 trolls could have easily been culled down to a handful (four or so) more interesting, distinct characters without any major impacts to the story. I honestly had trouble remembering who was who for most of act 5 because some of them were so similar.
I guess they're fan favorites, though. There's no accounting for taste...
The only other series I've been keeping up with...well, for the last few years, I guess, is still Sam and Fuzzy, which I've mentioned before. Also Skull Panda Loves Everything by the same author, which is an amusing parody of Jhonen Vasquez style shock comics. The irony being that Sam Logan now often shares convention booth space with Vasquez since they both sell merch through the same website.
On the side note, don't you guys and girls miss Steam summer sale :)
Just got the Legend of Grimrock and I'm planning to buy at least five more titles. Hopefully they will put a discount on all the New Vegas DLC packs.
Are these flash sales new? I don't recall them being there with previous sales.
Bought Rayman Origins and Warlock: Master of the Arcane in those flash sales.
Yeah, flash and community's pick are all new sale types.
I feel unlucky, not able to buy interesting games for dirt cheap because of stupid region restrictions.
I currently own 366 games on Steam. That's 22% of their entire catalogue of 1643 titles. Steam sales are now mostly the realisation that what I'm remotely interested in, I already have (but haven't played yet).
It was just announced that Kalkofes Mattscheibe, probably the only original and good German TV show in the last 20 years, will be back in October. It is my favorite series of all time, so I am looking forward to it.
I love Steam's new customizable images to bits. I spent probably way more time than it would be reasonable decorating the non-Steam games I have installed at the moment. This would be my collection right now:
Guess which ones are the custom images a win big prizes!
There's some stuff in there I don't even remember buying. I don't know what the hell Rainbow Six 2 even is, let alone how it got there --part of some pack at a Christmas sale, I guess.
Also, there's some non-Steam stuff still missing, but we're getting there :D
What's that on row nine next to Cryostasis? The image looks familiar but I can't remember the game.
Left of Cryostasis, that's Cry of Fear, a horror mod for Half-Life. By the way, not only it's quite good as a horror game, it's impressive in the technical aspect too, it almost looks like a Source mod at some points. And it made climbing ladders way better than any Valve game in the history of ever.
And left of that, that's Crescent Pale Mist.
No, that would be the PS one with an emulator. Someone actually repackaged the whole thing with a friendly menu that takes care of the ePSXe settings, it's petty cool.
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DANIEL HAWKS ! (1843), Aug 19, 2012
Warning, long post ahead.
The last few months something odd has been happening to me. My dad builds racing engines for a living, and I've been helping him for the last four years. I was amused by it as a kid, but ever since I was a teenager, I hated it. I only ended up working for him because I had no idea what I wanted to do. Those first few months were miserable. Gradually though, I got comfortable with it, and even toyed with the idea of fixing up a old car for myself before gas prices went the the roof.
I was driving my parents Explorer for a long while. I found driving it to be like driving a ocean barge on the street. Needless to say, it was really unfun to drive and the mileage sucked. I got fed up with it and started looking for a car. My dad agreed to buy me a used one if I worked longer for him over the winter. That turned into almost a whole year as I couldn't find anything good or close. Finally, earlier this spring, I came across a listing for the Civic I have now. It was perfect. It was still a little far, so we found somebody willing to go get it for us.
I was really happy when I got it. The paint may have some rather large bad spots, and now there's a small hole in the bumper, but everything else on it is pristine. I had never seen such a nice used car in my whole life. And it was mine! The title and insurance, all had my name on it. As slow as it is and slightly beat up looking as it is, it's mine.
Then it started. Maybe I should add a turbo to it for a little more power. (It's pretty weak going up hill.) But then I'd need bigger fuel injectors and fuel pump. The more research I did, more weak spots I found in it's design. It escalated from the motor to the transmission. All of sudden I wanted to learn how to drive a manual. I looked at guides for swapping a at for manual, and decided I needed that too.
Then slightly bigger wheels, better coil overs, brakes and on and on. A plan was hatched for slowly acquiring said parts, more research was done, and it's now all been decided while save the money for them. Then, after I nearly wrecked it on that mountain, I began thinking about it a lot. It was terrifying, but exhilarating at the same time. I wanted to learn how to drive better and avoid loosing control again. After a while, I went back, cautiously, and became addicted. The corners are so tight in places It feels like the car is pushing my eyes in, even at low speeds.
And each time I went back, I went just a little faster though them. 30,35,38,40,42 and now almost 45 mph, all while staying in my lane. Now it escalates further, as soon I plan to take it out and night, and see what I and my car are really made of when there's little fear of other cars being around. And yet, I feels like I'm straying away from myself. For so long I was disinterested in things like this, now I can't get enough.
I no longer look at my games and books with the same level of affection that I used to. I almost feel guilty for running the roads instead of playing through my backlog. Perhaps I'm growing up? I never really went a lot of places as a teenager aside from family vacations. Now I can go wherever I want. It's almost confusing at times to think that's really possible now. As long as I have half a tank of gas, I'm ready to go.
TLDR I used to dislike all things cars, but now that I've got one, I can't stop driving fast on a mountain road I nearly wrecked on. So ,yeah. That's where I've been all summer.
This version was available about 10 years ago - at least in Russian torrent community. So it's kinda strange to see it now go official.
Started college in United States of America. Got a full scholarship so all's good so far. College life in US is...weird.
Don't forget to go to class in between all that collegein'!
Might I ask where?
Up in Minnesota, St. Paul. It's a small liberal arts college named Macalester College. Has an international focus and is known for being a very liberal place.
Nice, sounds like a cool place! :) A former roommate of mine just started a PhD program in Michigan, and she says it's a big change even compared with California. I can only imagine what it's like coming from another country.