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Remember, remember the 5th of November November 2, 2015, 12:34 pm
November 5 is Guy Fawkes day, (A British day of infamy) and is also the day when, in Britain, I was born. As is tradition on here forums, I am hereby boldly making a request for a birthday map.

Some guidelines for da map if you feel so inclined:

  • I love old school Doom 1 Dungeon style maps. The more stereotypical dungeon the better. GSTONE1 and FLAT10 are a great combo to my simplistic aesthetic tastes. And Ashwall is really nice, too.

  • While atmosphere and gloom are important; fun, creative, novel, unique, untried, unconventional monster placements and traps are encouraged.

  • I loath monster teleport abuse. (but if it's done cleverly then it can be very moody and effective).

  • If you are inclined to have the exit door be key locked, please, instead, make one more final room before the exit door as I have an odd aversion to exit doors that are key locked.

  • Exploration is the name of the game. Try to avoid a layout that is linear and where all areas in the map must be discovered in order to complete the map.

Of course, it's brazen and presumptuous of me to request such guidelines, and I of course will be grateful for whatever map anyone bothers to make me. :D

Adventure stuff October 29, 2015, 9:53 am
I guess I'll start a thread for discussion all things adventure, instead of cluttering up the boards with multiple similar threads.

I'm reading captain Joshua Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and I'm trying to locate his given location in the book on Apple or Google maps, or any digital map. I'm trying to locate Latitude 5 N., Longitude 26 30' W. But I am having a difficult time. I suppose it would make it easier if I understood what each of these numbers and letters represented. I assume the N and W stand for north and west respectively. But I can't help but read the 30' as 30 feet, which doesn't make any sense to me. What does the 30' mean? Why isn't there another number after 5 the way that 30' comes after 26?

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!

Need a new avatar? October 17, 2015, 8:38 am
If you want a pumpkin themed avatar, feel free to do an image search and I'll make any image you want into an avatar.

Some image ideas:

Podcasts? October 10, 2015, 8:07 pm
I am looking for some good podcasts. Radiolab has a few, but I'm more interested in like sailing adventures and natural science and the Universe, black holes and things like that. There was an interesting one on the Galapagos and conservation and what is actually best practice. If you know any good ones, please share!

Parody of Orange is the New Black October 1, 2015, 8:39 am
Short film my sister directed:


I don't watch Orange is the New Black, but the film is funny.

Can a diabetic cat be physically fragile? August 31, 2015, 6:58 pm
I have the privilege of living with two of the coolest cats on Earth. One of them recently was diagnosed with diabetes and seems physically frail (you can feel the bones of his spine too well). So my roommate is like... overly freakoutish about silly things. He won't let the other cat who is only a year and very playful play with Simi, the diabetic one, because he plays rough, and he's worried he will break a bone of Simi. I try to explain to him cats are not like people in this regard and that Nigel (the youthful, exuberant playful one) is not going to break simi, even if he plays too rough and Simi sometimes can't handle it. What are your thoughts? Simi is about 9 years old.
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Looking for my Passport August 31, 2015, 11:15 am
Hi all, I lost my passport (again!) because, likely, I hid it from myself trying to put it in a safe place.

Where do you keep your passport when you are home and not traveling? Thanks for sharing.

Energy Star Fail June 9, 2015, 1:21 am
My Macbook Pro, which Ive posted about in the past (having malware on it) is still inexplicably running hot all the time. I left my macbook pro open with no programs open except task monitor and Safari with two tabs: Gmail and a paused Mumford and Sons video. I return to my house 10 hours later (whoahhh, how did 10 hours go by?) and I come into my room and I hear my computer fanning away. I check task monitor and "safari networking" process is using 100% of the processor.

Can someone help me understand what my computer is doing to be running so hot while it's just sitting in my room for 10 hours (literally 10 hours) not being used? Are there bots/malware inside of my safari doing processes (a lot of processes to keep it running so hot to have the fan going)? If there are, what in God's name are they doing?

I really really really would like some insight on this issue because not only is it really baffling to me, but it's obviously hugely inefficient and leaves very few resources for my computer to do actual useful stuff.

tl;dr safari runs my processor at 100% all the time for no reason, why?

EDIT: If I force quit the "safari networking" process the fan stops spinning. As soon as I click on a link or do anything online in Safari the process reloads and immediately goes to 100%, spooling up the fans again, even if I just click on the link that takes you to the different doomworld forums without actually browsing any forums.

guy makes out with random girls in the street June 7, 2015, 12:31 pm
Okay, so I can make out with random girls in a night club, but in the middle of the street in broad daylight??

There are a bunch of videos on yt of a guy going up to random hot girls, making a stupid game where the outcome means he gets to give them a quick kiss. He then proceeds to have long, hot make out sessions with them, in the middle of the street, in broad daylight with people around them going about their business. He doesn't get their numbers, he just has a hot make out session with them on the spot. And most of the girls are really hot. Can someone explain to me how this happens? They seem to genuinely be into him, so even if he is paying them or it's somehow a "setup" (which I really don't think it is) it's still damn puzzling to me. I am genuinely curious how he pulls it off.

Life advice request June 1, 2015, 5:51 pm
I hereby beseech the wise and candid council of the Doomworld members to offer their insights and suggestions for my life, as I am in need of direction.

I had a nice job in Cambridge right near Harvard Yard caring for an autistic gentleman. We were making steady progress together; going for walks and even into cafes and our rapport was really coming along. I was looking forward to the summer, of the things we'd do together. Alas, none of it was to be. He choked on a piece of soft cheese at 4:15am in the morning while I was alone with him and responsible for his care in the overnight shift. He went into a coma and passed away a week later.

So after that somewhat traumatic experience, I am not too eager to immediately find another position caring for people. Yet, that seems to be the position I have the most experience with. I was an English major in college and enjoy writing, but haven't really done any writing in a long time. I could find a writing job that pays next to nothing, but not sure it's worth my while. Also, the idea of writing with deadlines and a constant expectation to produce sounds stressful. I'm not a very fast writer when it comes to coming up with creative, original content.

Some other interests I have, but little experience are:

  • writing
  • acting,
  • filming,
  • directing,
  • screenwriting,
  • music making (I don't play an instrument, but took piano lessons for several months years ago). I would like to make some music, but never had the motivation or patience to learn a music making program like SoundForge or Reason.
I have received a fair amount of positive feedback re my blog writing back when I wrote a public/entertainment blog (not a personal blog).

I have a sister in Los Angeles who works in the film industry and my friend is moving to a college town 40 min from LA and offered I could be her roommate there (as a foot in the door to film related things). I lived in LA when I was 22 but found it of a miserable experience--I think mostly because I was not mature enough for the challenge of living in a big city, more than anything else (and I really was not a fan of the smog).

So I guess my options are; look for a job somewhere here in the Boston area and find a high-rent place to live and eek by, or move to the LA area and try to get into the film industry in some way (and eek by). The third, and easiest option (and least appealing) would be to move to NH and work for the organization that I was hired under at my job that just ended. I've already been offered a position and potentially housing as well in NH. But it's... NH.