|No longer in iddqd||March 4, 2013, 7:30 pm|
*Something something degreeless mode*
I finished classes this fall and finally, after 5 1/2 years, have my BS in biology: cell and molecular focus (it does not say the focus on my degree unfortunately). So that means time to start my career, or actually do what I planned on and get into a master's program. Or both, I think it's actually possible vs. working on a PhD and a job. So, either more time for mapping, or less, depending on how likely I am to be doodling.
|1 Gaming Goal Completed - and pointless rambling||November 18, 2012, 3:53 am|
I beat the first mission in story on very hard in Fzero GX. That was the only one I hadn't done, and I beat it by .005 seconds. It took 2 or 3 hours of hand pain (I don't play consoles much anymore) and heavy concentration. It has been at least 8 years since the game came out, and I just got the last thing I wanted to do in it. Yay.
In other news, I have had a few ideas for maps but nothing really motivating. I think it's from a lack of musical interest - that usually gets me going. Should find some new midi artists to keep up on.
I have a job (!) tutoring that is 4 hours a week and 15$ an hour ... yay end of college where I want to work but can't do what I want around my class schedule. How annoying. I will be done with requirements by January so things should go somewhere then.
Waiting for the last Wheel of time book to come out, I think it's soon? January 8th apparently. Found a few good books lately but I want to go the library again tomorrow. I need to find the rest of the laundry series by stross, and wondering when SM Stirling will put something out again. Don't have the budget to buy much so it's all on the library.
Joined a fantasy football league this September and been doing horrible in it due to some bad drafting, meh trading, and starting reggie bush for the last 5 weeks. Ugh. Newbie tip, never look for the most hilarious names to draft. Also know when division games are. And poor michael vick can't seem to catch a break. If you want some mind-numbing "why is this on the internet" look up manningface.
I think League of Legends will not stop making champions and the winners will all be people who know their matchups. I don't know, I haven't played more than 10 games against AI though.
Age of Mythology is awesome, but the hard difficulty makes things a bit annoying - I hate restarting something, even if it's only 5 minutes. Wasn't too bad when doing the Fzero run but it seriously stopped me from playing Kotor 1 all the way and is probably what stopped me from finishing ME2 and Dead space 2.
Anyway, that's me for the last month or 3.
|Thinking about getting a new mouse||March 8, 2012, 4:06 am|
So for the last 4-5 years I've had a razer diamondback, and recently it's been acting up. "Disconnecting", freezing the cursor in place for a few seconds while it reconnects. In most cases the light stays on but in some it will turn off. I've come to the conclusion the wire is fraying, and bending the first 5-10"s from the mouse will cause the light to go off and disconnect, so I'm fairly sure I'm right.
Anyway, I'm looking for a new mouse and after a fairly short search I found this model - the gigabyte M6980. I'm wondering if anyone has had one, and what their experience with it is. And if there's any others you guys would recommend, I'd appreciate it. Preferably around or under 40$, heheh.
|Tales of ochem2||December 13, 2011, 9:05 pm|
So, been a while. As the title says, I took ochem2. Retook it actually, and just had my final. God damn was that hard, my brain feels like mush now. Still have a micro final at 8 am tomorrow, but then I'm blissfully free until the semester starts, when I'll probably apply for grad school. Luckily the place I'm going now has a biotech/bioinformatics masters so I don't really have to go anywhere. Problem is I'm not sure I'll make it in, so it's time I start actually looking for a job in my field, in case my upper div gpa is too low or something.
That's not really what's on my mind though. It's where to fucking eat. Come home, not really much here, think of daphne's but I just had it for lunch yesterday, not really in the mood for burgers but onion rings sound good. Snapper Jack's could be good but I haven't really tasted the tacos the last few times I've gone, not to mention it's a bit expensive. Chinese, panda has no sweet and sour pork so that's out, and Chesters is rather expensive. Pizza, I could go for some dominos. Actually that doesn't sound too bad. So now dominoes vs. onion rings from habit. Oh nice crunchy fried food ...
Later thinking of seeing the muppet's movie with friends but I'd miss studying for that final.
So yeah that's about it. Been too busy with classes to really work on anything, although I tried to start up a base map for a friend's birthday. Got most of the layout but damn I don't want to texture/detail/place monsters it.
|Spring break over, car for my birthday||March 30, 2011, 5:47 pm|
Well, lease for a car. That I won't be getting too much use out of cause I have class only 2 days where I'd get the car and I take the bus half the way anyway. The geo prism we had is getting salvaged after my sister rear-ended someone almost 2 weeks ago - luckily it looks like only we had 'severe' damage. By which I mean the damage caused an estimated 2200$ of repairs and the car was valued at barely 2100$. So, my mom pushes for a lease on a 2011 honda civic. It's pretty nice, barring how skinny it is, how small the steering wheel is, and the insanely low front bumper that I've hit bottom on twice after leasing the car less than 24 hours. Nice darkish blue color. Also my parents don't trust my sister to drive it after the crap she does, hahaha.
In anycase, spring break ended on a note that was at least nice - I basically got an A on the first of two exams in bioinformatics, new car, finally got oceanborn off amazon, and decided to snag the first season of metalocalypse too. And ordered a bunch of wowtcg cards with my friends. Yeah I play it, no one I know plays magic anymore >.< Makes up for the F in ochem2, stress of not knowing wtf we'll do for a car, and general mehness of actual spring break. Just need to push my grades for another month and a half and I'll be good. Oh and I get Cezar chavez day off tomorrow, thanks csu/uc systems for your randomness.
|Ubisoft just reminded me how annoying it is||March 12, 2011, 5:52 am|
You didn't make the fucking games, don't say it's your fucking 'new' titles. They were made by new world computing and published by 3DO, you just snagged an ip when it was dying and added a game I never played (dark messiah) and a game I liked but felt very different aesthetically from the originals (HoMM5). I hope you restart the MM series but I rather doubt it and if you did they'd feel just as different as HoMM5 was, and HoMM6 will most likely be. Granted this might just be a mix-up on the marketing end of GoG, but I'd assume some execs would proofread this crap and point out to marketing their mistake. And since they're old games they probably don't care anyway. Meh. I hope they get 8 in there now considering 6 and 7 are up - I'm not sure exactly where I put my dad's cds ... heheh.
Rant aside, I will say gog has some cool stuff. I got Aquanox of them during christmas, and it has been amazing to play - the story is told in voiced conversations between character portraits with ambient sounds, which really helps me imagine what's going on. The looks of the game are also really sharp and well-done, looking surprisingly well for a 2000 game. And the battles are cool too, like descent with a much more limited loadout (2 guns and a set of torpedoes, and 'buzzers' - torpedo misdirectors) but many guns have a useful secondary and vary enough that you'll use basically all of them at one time or another. The torps are kinda iffy, with real limited lockons except for the highest tiers, but are useful in clearing smaller ships or causing massive damage to stationary frigates. There's also upgrades and special slots for ships, and as you go through the story you get better ships you can buy, increasing armor and torp/buzzer capacity. Still haven't finished it due to quicktime trying to update during a mission and screwing my mouse focus (f you quicktime), but I think I'm getting close. And then it'll be on to aquanox 2.
So, life in general. Classes are meh, I'm correlating not being able to study with it being spring semester, which is not good cause I need all my credits this semester so I can graduate NEXT spring >.< Still thinking about bugging a prof to do research. And no job ... definitely by lack of trying. Parents are too good to me. But eh, will see what happens. Was worried a bit for my friend who's in japan for school but it turns out he's fine. Sounded pretty gung-ho about it, heheh. Haven't played my saxophone in a couple months now, last time was teaching my sister to play for marching band. Was sounding rusty and a little short of breath then, don't really want to find out how bad it is now, though the longer I wait the worse it will get.
On a good note, my birthday is on the 28th. woot. Family has no money though. meh. Will probably do something at least. And damn, couple more months and it'll be the end of what, my second year on doomworld? geez. I'm lucky and a bit proud I actually completed 2 projects since then, considering how many people start and don't get far on here. Need to actually do some mapping for ultra 2, have some ideas for maps but the only thing I've done is an outdoor entrance that doesn't fit anywhere. Sort of got a feel for some textures though. WoW is definitely interfering with mapping >.< Aquanox not so much, only play that maybe 4 hours in a day, maybe twice a week, usually weekends or no class days.
Speaking of no class days, my physics prof actually had class outside thursday at the urging of one of the girls in class since it was rather nice outside. Then Friday he e-mails us all that he's sick and there's no lab. It's also a rather nice day. Coincidence? maaaaaybe ... heheh. Though he did say it was possibly food poisoning so who knows, he's pretty honest about stuff.
Welp that was pretty much all that was on my mind worth (not) sharing.
|Silliness involving newgothic||September 21, 2010, 5:16 am|
|It's 3 am, and I've finally done something I've been meaning to do; add coop starts to all of newgothic and dm starts to maps 15 and 21. Bets on when/how powerful a computer/which version of odamex or skulltag maps 15 and 21 dm will run with no lag. I intend to figure out how the f to host a wad on odamex and run coop this weekend. If your coop-group (or dm group) is man enough to attempt it, here's the wad. btw I have no idea if odamex can run zdbsp-extended nodes, so tell me what happens with map21, heh.|
|A little tech help||June 27, 2010, 4:27 pm|
My family has a dell desktop with xp we got years ago. It's gone through the gauntlet of being used by kids (including me) with just IE and some antiviruses (recently norton, had another one before that), which overlapped for a while until I uninstalled it (dad's ok in tech use, but he doesn't really like doing anything unless the comp is beyond use), for protection. So we have norton 360 and IE, with firefox installed but no one uses that -.- Anyway, we've had problems with flash drives, where we'll put it in, pull something up, and MS explorer crashes and reboots. I've found I could copy things to the desktop and then run em from there, but it really doesn't like flash drives, any of them we've collectively tried. And now we have a printer problem, where apparently it won't accept the new ink cartridge.
The options my parents are considering are ... meh. Get a new printer. Take the printer I have (I don't use it much) and use it for this computer (I have a laptop so it's not really a problem). However I don't like the idea of having it plugged into that computer, considering its problem with flash drives, and now the problem with printer ink cartridges that it passed onto the printer. Unless the printer developed that problem by itself, which I doubt.
Anyway, I bet there is a pretty obvious solution to these problems (I've considered suggesting wiping the HDD and reinstalling everything, but idk how viable that is considering how much random stuff is on there and how little interest anyone has in doing anything with the comp considering everyone but my mom has a comp they can use. My dad and/or I would also have to look for the install disks ...). I'm just not sure what to look for. So uh, little help here?
TLDR; 5-8 year old comp, xp, norton 360, IE, kid users, problem working flash drives and now printer ink cartridges, help?
|5-15-2010 ramblings||May 15, 2010, 3:14 am|
So, finals ended this last week. Then I got some jury duty, and then the summer is rather free, minus getting a job. And now begins the days of intense mapping ... the question is what. Besides working on maps for newgothic, I've been thinking of doing some random 'speedmaps' that are less slaughter and more classic, like requiem. I've also been thinking I might want to finally mess with some zdoom stuff - mostly 3d floors, slopes, and custom monsters. Scripting ... well, maybe every so often, but I hated intro to C++ -.- (yeah, bio major, but when you play games you want to see some of the groundwork ... this went a little too far down the system for me). And speaking of zdoom, I've more or less wanted to do a might and magic (6/7/8) TC for a long time, put off by just not knowing how to work the tools to implement it (and the crapload of time it'd take to replicate tens of hours of rpg goodness in an FPS. Hehehehe ...). The emerald isle treasure hunt of 7 would be a good starting point.
Also what do you people reading this blog think of my mapping style? Inconsistent? mimic others' too much? Do I have a gothictx fetish? heh. What textures do I use too little of? which too much? Do I re-use the same fights too much? Are there any encounters I haven't really done, besides trappy hitscanners? (been getting over that. A little. Oh god it's a chaingunner ... that Came, From, Behind!). Meh.
Oh yeah, for age of empires 3, did they ever get rid of that stupid 'only ONE registered computer can play online' rule? stupid thing ... want to play some age of mythology now. SC2 is proving interesting, although I don't agree with some recent patch changes (increasing the supply cost of roaches? meh. Gotta nerf zerg. Reduce size of thor? -.- They looked so epic before ...). And another RTS, although a citybuilder, pharaoh. Liked that game. Never finished the story mode though. Heh, I wonder when games will get so good they can process the millions of individual blocks in the great pyramid of giza instead of just using textures. And teotihuacan is awesome. Would like to go see it, probably cheaper than a flight to egypt.
Yeeeeeeeaaaaaah, I think that's about it. Sorry if you actually read the whole wall of text and didn't like wasting time. I'm just that tired yet don't want to go to sleep yet.
|21 years of existence beyond the womb||March 28, 2010, 3:39 am|
Getting a head start on my birthday, heh. So yeah my birthday is today, and so apparently is joshy's. He said he's releasing speed of doom officially today, but I haven't seen many posts from him regarding fixes, so hopefully they got done.
Anyway, I'm 21 now. I can drink legally in the US. Now I should find some alcoholic beverages I like, cause I've never gone out drinking - not that I'm particularly interested though. Though there is this girl at college ... heh. I'm kinda out of it because of spring break*, quite a few of my friends losing their jobs**, and from reading this rather tragedy-filled series***, but now watching this anime called durarara and it's got some pretty funny parts, with some cool action and paranormal stuff mixed in, so I'm doing better, but I think actually getting some sleep would help >.<
So about newgothic, I'm getting there on map13, not really turning out how I envisioned it but it could be interesting anyway. Haven't really played what I've got so far but it's looking very survivalish in the beginning ... collecting weapons, staying alive while demons converge on you while you dodge between 'cars', etc. I'm definitely going to do some smaller, more standard maps after it. Going to be interesting making industrial slaughter maps, heh.
And next, I want bioshock 2. I might get it, idk. That or mass effect 2, since I bought the first one ... but cause dragon age is taking up 15 GB on my poor ~100 GB HDD (2yo laptop) I can't dl it and play it while it's on there -.- Only got ~20-30 GB on my external too, so I've been putting off the data juggling I'm eventually going to have to do. My dad said something about 1TB HDD though ... that'd be nice.
So finally, my family's going to take me somewhere out to eat (yeah, I live with my parents, going to college basically in town is nice :P my 3 younger sisters and mom bug me a lot though. That's life ...) and I was thinking outback steakhouse. We go sushi a lot for birthdays, but I really want a bloomin' burger ... Yeah that's about it. We'll see what happens.
* yeah I know, it's supposed to be fun, but I don't really do anything -.- best thing so far was hanging out with a friend or two and playing a little warcraft 3 and working on this zombie-apocalypse scenario map for starcraft 2. Some of the stuff we've come up with is quite interesting though ;)
** at a subway cause it got bought by a new owner who's a douche who fired EVERYONE and replaced them with his own crew of apparently mexicans and a few indians who suck at making sandwiches and especially working the coldstone connected to the store, so he might actually go out of business since the regulars knew and liked the old crew. Sweet vengeance, heh.
*** George R.R. Martin's sword of ice and fire series ... Basically you get to know characters in the first 2 books and then he kills half of them in really demented ways in the third book. Pretty good books if you get past that though.