Hellbent's Doomworld Forums Blog

Hellbent's Doomworld Forums Blog

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.

A computer just for Zdoom and DeepSea? May 31, 2015, 4:28 pm
What would be a good computer to buy or build for running Zdoom at 1024x768? I need a new computer to play doom on as my lappie is rather passed the pail. I haven't played doom properly in ages. I'm thinking probably a desktop computer, rather than a laptop.

Forums ruining my friend's life May 31, 2015, 6:42 am
So my friend likes to troll Boxing Forums (well, argue on them, anyway). And his current ex wants to get back together with him, but tells him he has to eliminate going on forums. This is a great dilemma in the life of my bud. I don't see him making this level of sacrifice, but we'll see. His last girlfriend; college sweetheart, wanted him to cut back on forums and hang out with her friends and visit with her family and stuff like this, and they broke up over this, so I don't see my bud agreeing to full elimination of going on the forums in order to get back with her (though he has been distraught over both breakups).

Romero: "I released the maps" May 30, 2015, 12:08 am
So I PM'd Mr. Romero about contributing to DTWID when that project was still in production and more than four years later he replies. Confused about his meaning, I asked him to clarify, but have yet to receive a reply. Rather than wait another four years, I thought I'd see if you all could shed some light on the matter:

Hellbent wrote on 01-09-11 04:50:
Hi John,
Thanks for taking interest in our project and fielding our questions! I remember you did something similar on http://rome.ro several years ago. It's a real treat. Back then you may recall someone asking if you'd have any desire to make another Episode 1 map. As I recall you had expressed interest, but not sure if you ever did get around to it.

Our project has gained momentum with your arrival, and I was thinking an exciting way to bring our project added authenticity might be for you to contribute a map. We'd keep it on the down-low that you were working on it until some time after the project's release. The Doom Community would then be surprise to learn you had worked on a classic style Doom project and they'd have fun trying to guess which map was yours! It might also be a good way to prep for your retrospective talk on Doom's development. ;)

Jason Root

He released what maps and where? Is he just talking about the original Doom maps that were released in Doom in Dec. of 1993? And what signature is he talking about; my sig "Yours, Jason" or my sig in my DTWID thread posts? EDIT: Maybe he means the Alpha maps?

My Tree Skiing Presentation (Video) March 11, 2015, 1:20 pm

Cool dreams (PineSol induced?) February 9, 2015, 8:04 am
I have a batty friend who likes to always have a project he is working on. At one point he was building these really exquisite electric guitars from scratch (out of wood). But his real passion lies in motorcycles. So last night he fills the bathtub with PineSol and places the Honda engine parts of his latest build to soak. I wake up this morning having slept over feeling a bit toxic, but reveling in the cool dreams I had last night (I haven't been remembering my dreams, so these were more cohesive and clear than in a very long time).

The first dream was I was with my friends on a Saturday night and we were bored, wondering where the party at. And so one friend says, in an excited/duhhhh kind of way: "well, why don't you use SIri to figure out where the party is at!" like this was the obvious thing to do since everyone uses their phones to find out where the happening parties are going down on a Saturday night. So I ask Siri if there are any parties near by and she says: "Please shut down the iPhone". I was totally blown away that to enable party finding mode, you had to shut down the phone. Would it really boot up again automatically with information on where the party is at? How strange, yet how cool! So I powered the phone down and waited a moment, skeptical this would actually work. The phone booted up again and was an explosion of fireworks and sound as we gawked in amazement at the party bursting out of the phone. As I kept watching the awesome display of festivus maximus coming out of my phone I slowly found myself entering into the party expanding out of the little screen.

In my amazement at being transported to the party from the couch, I had forgotten about my friends. I was now in some college party bonanza reminiscent of Spring Break, but it wasn't in any particularly cool place. It was night time, outside, and the rest of the dream was me bumbling about with different friends than I was with outside of the phone, looking for where the party was at (mostly it was just people coming and going). Nothing very exciting happened after that, unfortunately.

So I take care of an elderly chap named Richard. He has Fragile X syndrome; basically he is a very low functioning autistic guy. Last night I dreamt I was out for a drive with him and I left him sitting on a bench and started talking to some people as I walked along a promenade type thing in a giant mall. Then I realized I had just left Richard behind and so told the people I was walking with I'd have to decline their invitation to join them (I forget what they were doing). Richard was very relaxed when I came back to him on the bench and when I asked him if he was ready to go he said, "yes, I'd like that" or something normal-like. Richard doesn't normally talk to people in such a normal way, mostly he recites a lot of random and repetitive phrases such as "what does shut up mean?" and "what accent?" and "stop the maniacal laughing" and "no silly business" all in a very exaggerated, theatrical way (the man is a gem), so it was kinda exciting for him to reply in such a 'neurotypical' way.

We walked for awhile, and Rich was walking really well. I was reflecting in my head about how nice Richard was being when I suddenly realized I didn't know where he was. I was now in a section of the mall that was like a mini hospital with large nurses bustling about. They were giving me stink eye for walking among their work stations or something, and I mumbled to one of them that I was looking for a guy with disabilities but they weren't interested and just wanted me to get out of their way so they could do their important jobs. I then, in as pleasant a voice as I could, yelled (or spoke really loud so everyone could hear me since they were up to now ignoring me), and they all glared at me and were cross with me for yelling.

Frustrated, I left the nurses' stations and headed back to the corridor I had come down in with Rich. I thought I saw him for a moment and went towards him but again he was fleet of foot and I lost him as soon as I thought I had found him. I did shortly thereafter find him when I went into a side room and he was fine, not being vocal (read: not screaming) or anything. And we continued walking down the promenade/mall.

Expert feedback requested on a Gaming build February 9, 2015, 7:33 am
So I figure a little project for me wouldn't be so bad, and since I kinda miss dooming and mapping and racing games, here's what I've put together on NewEgg:

Sexy mid-range build

If you could kindly look over the details of my items and see if you notice any compatibility issues please let me know! Specifically, I am concerned if the case is too small for the graphics card. I am quite out of the loop, but built a couple computers back in 1999.

I may replace the SSD drive for a 7200rpm 1TB one since it's 3X cheaper than the small SSD.

EDIT: if there is a graphics card that offers better bang for the buck that you can recommend, please do, as I am trying to get the cost of this build down.