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    What's in a Name?

    Of serious map names, I find "Last Look at Eden" (HR map13) rather evocative, while among funnier names, "Lava Pits that Suck" (The Lord, map05) is straightforward, and apt. Hilarious that someone would carefully create a map and then blast it like this in its very name. And then you get the weird/recherché ones like Phragmobasidium (TVR! map26) or Hausterium (TVR! map21) - the latter at least having something vaguely to do with the map design.
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    Question Regarding Rules

    This suggests it might not be such a big deal: https://web.archive.org/web/20120412200006/http://www.doomworld.com/vb/post-hell/22129-in-this-thread-is-a-picture-of-a-womans-naked-breasts/
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    Known lost WADs of our history?

    A few screenshots appear to have survived: https://web.archive.org/web/19981202074932/http://www.doomworld.com:80/ninja/screenshots.htm
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    Cant find x mod

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    Which musicians have you seen live?

    Hawkwind (twice) Motörhead Gong Ozric Tentacles (a few times) Dead or Alive Roy Harper and a few others (esp at Midtfyns Festival, but I forget who was there*). Main regrets were missing Iron Maiden and Marillion (IIRC, I had a ticket but it was cancelled). * Looking it up, there was Simply Red, TV-2, Joe Cocker, Marillion(!), Curtis Stigers, Glenn Frey, Gnags, Procol Harum, Gun, Roxette and Suzi Quatro. So them too. I was there each day because I was on a chess club stall playing all comers for a few kroner, which also gave me a full pass for everything. It was muddy, but just a few stops on the train from home. Motörhead was at the Corn Exchange (Cambridge), which was much too small a venue given that they clearly were not interested in turning down the volume: square-wave clipping galore! Hawkwind had a supporting band (The Babysitters) that was generally disliked (they were not only awful, but a terrible fit stylistically), so they must have had a miserable time; many attendees went to multiple venues on the same tour, and roundly booed and insulted them as soon as they took the stage. Forgot the Cambridge May Ball, so add Circus Circus Circus and George Melly. And the Taste of Minnesota, so add Elvis Costello.
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    Times you've talked to the police

    Last time I spoke to police was, IIRC, in a local state park. We were in the "prairie loop" trail (somewhere around here), relatively high up (by Minnesota standards) with long views in all directions. Very few other people around. Vehicle appeared in the distance on the walking trail. A little odd, but park ranger vehicles sometimes do so, but not generally on this one. (Ruining our deer count, damn it!) But it soon became clear it was a police vehicle. When they reached us, they asked if we had seen two people who looked out of place in some way. Well, we hadn't seen anyone for ages, and the few people we had seen in the park in the last couple of hours had looked like ordinary hikers. Tried to get some information about in what way odd (someone abducted? lost? Alzheimers patient wandering around disorientated?) but they weren't divulging much. When we later got back to the parking lot, there were a few other police vehicles, and other police going into the park. This was around sunset by this point. We told them we hadn't seen anyone else since they had spoken to us. Later looked on local news sites and local police web sites, but no indication about what the situation had been. So that was that. Yeah, cool story and stuff. Otherwise just routine stuff. There was one time when I was going to be a witness in some minor court case, but the defendant didn't show up. I don't think I had actually spoken to any police then, but just given a written statement at the request of the aggrieved party.
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    What Was Your Last Purchase?

    Other than grocery items and Xmas gifts, this heater: It was a Cyber Monday deal on Amazon, so the price was pretty good. Having had solar panels (plus battery storage) installed a few months ago, it makes sense to use electric heating as much as possible. In terms of non-grocery over-the-counter purchases, a bunch of maps, a woolly hat and a mug from the Post Office and Museum in Grytviken. One of those "I'll probably never be back here again" places, so you kind of go a bit crazy buying anything that you think you might want and can also fit in your backpack without getting broken.
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    Post a picture...that you took

    King penguin, Whistle Cove, South Georgia, a couple of weeks ago
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    I love Youtube's war on ad-blockers

    Simplest solution I have found is to use your preferred adblocker as normal and to be logged out of your account when watching anything (or to log out as necessary when youtube starts being an ass). It should be possible to keep your viewing within useful limits without being "forced" to by invasive corporate policies.
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    Nonviolent Doom Wads

    I suppose the most obvious is Ars Doom. A few links: https://www.gamescenes.org/2009/11/interview-orphan-kipcak-arsdoom-arsdoom-ii-1995.html https://www.amazon.com/Pioneers-Game-Art-ArsDoom-SimBee/dp/9186915185 https://www.mfru.org/projects/arsdoom-1 https://medium.com/@gzliu777/where-is-the-game-in-artists-art-game-art-7cace418f014 Doomball and Doomball2 are worth a mention, though you'll need to convert the deh file using dehacked.exe. There are also some Zdoom projects that basically had games inside Doom (such as Pong), but that's a different category really.
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    Random Video Thread

    Another good new crash channel that deserves a few more views/subscribers.
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    What Was Your Last Purchase?

    A MAP OF TASMANIA!!! Uh, no, an actual map of the island. A bit disappointed that it doesn't include Macquarie Island, given that it is technically in Tasmania. Good job I took photos of the maps last time I was there.
  13. If you're really interested in this kind of shit, then Post Hell is (mostly) preserved for public viewing via Wayback Machine. You can sort by thread starter.
  14. Warm soapy water. Wipe gently with fingers. Rinse. Leave to dry on their own for a while. Then wipe with a suitable and fairly dry cloth. Main thing (which goes for any lens) is always to use cloth to wipe them, never paper. At a microscopic level paper is wood splinters, which will quickly ruin any glass lens with countless tiny scrataches. Make sure the cloth you use is clean, and ideally one specifically designed for lenses. Also, if you can get suitable glasses off the shelf, buy a whole bunch of cheap ones from Amazon, and dot them round the house, place of work, vehicle, back pack, travel bag, etc. Then you will always have a pair in an emergency, rather than getting paranoid about losing your only pair. With astigmatism this might be trickier than just (e.g.) myopia, but you can probably find emergency glasses that are of some use. Even if it is just to help find where you've put the real ones.