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Status Updates posted by Kirby

  1. TGIF


    Too Goddamned Inebriated to Function


    Woooooooo Friday *crashes into desk*

  2. And I feel a lot older since I spent half my day with whiny 6-13 year olds. But the end of the day was made up by a great birthday dinner thanks to mi madre who came back from Italy today and took me out for the occasion (along with my brother). Going to make a party of it tomorrow night with some friends and see where the night goes

    Time to celebrate

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    2. baronofheck82


      Happy birthday.
      You are now just that much closer to your inevitable death.

    3. Kirby


      GreyGhost said:

      What were you doing, moderating a gaming forum?

      Happy birthday.

      I work part time at a non-profit youth program. Have to make money somehow, even if it involves policing kids that may as well think directions and rules are a foreign language. And of course nothing is ever their fault. Ever.

    4. Hellbent


      Kirby said:

      [...] Going to make a party of it tomorrow night with some friends and see where the night goes

      I expect a blog of it.

      Happy birthday.

  3. So a short while ago, I remember reading somewhere about the Smithsonian Institute planning a video game exhibit focusing on the art aspect. As months went by, I completely forgot about it. Until about a week ago when my mother received an invitation to visit the opening of said exhibit. And knowing me all too well, she invited me to go with her and make a night of it.

    I don't think I was this excited in years.

    The exhibit was a very neat collection of various videogame artifacts. The most interesting parts of the exhibit were in two rooms - the first room was a set of 5 interactive games that you could play. At each station was a description of which game it was and the impact it had on videogame design, art, and culture. The screen for each game was projected onto a wall so you could watch yourself play like you were on the big-screen. The five games were Pac-Man, Myst, Flower, Super Mario Bros, and Secret of Monkey Island.

    The other room was a chronology of video game systems through the ages. Starting all the way from the Atari VCS, Coelcovision, and Intellivision, and making it all the way through to the next gen era of PS3, XBox360, and Wii. For each system there was a description of it as well as the inclusion of 4 influential games on that system. One game was chosen for each of 4 categories - Action, Target, Adventure, and Tactics. I stared briefly at a few from my own childhood (N64, Dreamcast, PS2) until I ended up at the one system that took up most of my childhood - DOS/Win95. Without doubting what would be at the top of the 4 influential games list, I must admit they made good choices for the other categories, which are as follows:
    Action - Doom II
    Target - Diablo II
    Adventure - Fallout
    Tactics - Starcraft

    The whole exhibit is really enjoyable, with other rooms including various concept drawings, art, and quotes from various game developers and programmers. Plus for the opening they had an open bar so it was all the more fun.

    Website with info and details - http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2012/games/winninggames/

    You can look through and see what the 4 game selections were for each game system in the exhibit.

    To top off the night, my mom bought me the book accompaniment to the exhibit, which features all of the games + in-depth descriptions. Also included in the book are interviews with various members of the video game industry.

    A segment from said book
    EDIT:(Yowza that's huge)

    I hope you find this informative and entertaining

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    2. DoomUK


      Bucket said:

      I like Doom and all, but I think Unreal makes a better example of art in video games.


    3. Hellbent


      Bucket said:

      I like Doom and all, but I think Unreal makes a better example of art in video games. In fact, I see most of these winners are just the most popular - not necessarily the games with the best design and art direction.

      I would agree with you as well, but then I think about the death sequence of the cacodemon and baron and I'm like.. naaaahhhh.

    4. Creaphis


      Bucket said:

      In fact, I see most of these winners are just the most popular - not necessarily the games with the best design and art direction.

      It's a museum exhibit about video games. How could it be anything but an appeal to popularity? And it worked, too. People actually want to go to the Smithsonian now.

  4. So in my vast efforts to finish college I recently enrolled at UMUC (umuc.edu) which offers a wide online-based cirriculum which enables me to keep working part time and still take classes. Currently I am only signed up for one course that is only one credit and takes only 4 weeks to complete. It began at the beginning of this week and I was looking forward to doing my best at it.

    Needless to say my laptop has been dead for the last couple of months (I'm under the impression the CPU is dead - the disk drive whirs and whatnot but the screen doesn't even turn on) so I've been planning on using my desktop computer at home. The connection on it is iffy, though I think now all I really need is a ned ethernet cable.

    Except as of last night IT won't turn on. Rather, the screen flashes the neat little Intel 4 logo at me, then just sits there. This happened as of last night. Now I can't get school work done at home and I'm aimlessly writing this with what spare time I have at work. I don't have the money for a new laptop/desktop and while it may just be the hard drive failing on me (as three have done so in the past year alone) I can't even afford a new install of Windows, let alone a new hard drive, since I'm currently managing my student loan repayments.

    Yeah, this is pretty much just a vent, but I'm steamed as hell over it. I'm now going to try and get as much school work done as I can before I actually have to work because as of now that's the only option I have for accessing the internet.

    P.S. @TGH - Sorry I couldn't get my CC4 map done :(

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    2. Maes


      AndrewB said:

      What if a terrorist is threatining to detonate a nuke in NYC if you don't use a capacitor with lower than the rated voltage, or significantly higher capacitance?

      Depends on how badly I need that shitty P3 mobo of mine to work.

      Jokes apart, using lower voltage than the rated one means the cap will pretty soon gas out, leak or explode. You might as well never had replaced it.

      Higher capacitance means that the voltage stepping circuit the cap is part of will generate a higher output voltage, and that it will overpower and fry any components depending on it (including RAM sticks, CPUs, onboard cards etc.). Not a pretty prospect. You might be able to correct for higher capacitance if you manually lower the CPU or bus voltage in the BIOS a few notches, to compensate for the different voltage output, but only if you know that e.g. the cap you replaced was part of the CPU's voltage stepper.

    3. Kirby


      Just confirmed it over the weekend - the MoBo on my laptop is definitely gone. United Bank of Parental Funding has agreed to get me a new one however, so not all is lost.

      Maes said:
      I hope you enjoy soldering.

      Never soldered a thing in my whole life, so yeah, I have no clue what to do or how to really do it. My neighbor has a soldering iron that I could borrow, but short of someone holding my hand each step I wouldn't have a clue what I was doing. I may try anyways because short of that I'd just take out the hard drives and then recycle the whole thing at a local Best Buy anyways.

    4. GreyGhost


      Start by practicing on a board that's already been junked, since your first attempts are bound to be a bit rough. If you can also borrow some solder wick or a solder sucker - that'd help. Is it a temperature-controlled iron? Whatever you do, don't use a plumber's iron, that's bound to burn a hole straight through the board if you're not careful.

  5. I can now count 123....errr, minus the 1. I'm just 23 now :P. I feel slightly older and slightly wiser, not quite so mature but I'm working on that.

    Now if I can just finish my goddamn CC4 map......

    1. Olympus


      Happy birthday! And yeah, get that damn CC4 map done! :)

    2. Planky


      hppy bath day

  6. I am so high I can't even explain it to you, its so bad that I had to make this post

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    2. SyntherAugustus


      You got lucky. My friends around here can't make potent brownies.

      oh and

    3. Kirby


      Mr. T said:

      Mind so clear body so stoned

      iactually kinda flip-flopped between that and the exact opposite. I got a strong body high once it started hitting me, then an hour or more later I was up and moving again but my mind had gone to lala land. It was interesting because I was quite aware of what I was doing but loved the he'll out of it at the time. Long story short I acted a fool, danced like no one was watching, and made a slew of utter nonsense quotes that have been recited to me since.

      Would I do it again? Very much so.

    4. Hellbent
  7. And coincidentally my birthday too, rounding out to a nice even 22. It's also the Mexican holiday of Dia de Los Muertos, so many things to do besides celebrating my birthday :P

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    2. Planky
    3. Snakes


      Kirby said:

      And coincidentally my birthday too, rounding out to a nice even 22.

      I've looked back on my life and realized that my best years, 17 and (so far) 23, have been prime numbers. 22? Shit. I really hope yours is better! I wish that pain on person.

      It's also my friend's birthday. We had a costume party/music at a bar on Saturday in celebration.

      Happy birthday!

    4. Sharessa


      22 was the year I finally got a stable job and made out with a girl.

      On the other hand, that job just dropped me like a sack of bricks and that girl just got married to another guy, so yeah...

  8. (Insert Nerd Rage Here)

    My goddamn computer decided to fuck up significantly recently. I've always been fine with it, and it's had enough damage done to it that I'm not surprised it has something wrong now, but shit. Last week my computer was running slow. OK, fine. This week I ran a program to play poker online (Full Tilt) and it fucked up. Windows couldn;t shut it down so I turned of the laptop with the power button. Figures that next time I turn it on Windows can't boot up. Windows repair ran three consecutive times and couldn't solve the issue. Ran the diagnositc tests and found the hard drive wasn't being read properly. Ended up letting Windows Startup Repair run again and it scanned the bad sectors. Apparently a certain "hazyevr.sys", a system startup file, is the main corrupted culprit. Not sure if it's the real reason behind all this, but it seems no one else on the internet has heard of this fucking system file and I can't seem to repair it. I have yet ti run SFC but I don't have high hopes. Notes are that my laptop still runs in safe mode and at leats its working. I just don't wanna lose all my files and I would hope I don't have to resort to reinstalling my OS.

    Just sayin' :/

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    2. 40oz


      Kirby said:

      Linux Live!

      Off-topic: Is this some kinda clever marketing gimmick to make people who write about it sound like they are excited and ecstatic about it?

      When I was reading your post I actually had to read at least halfway into it to realize you were still speaking in an informative context and not a "YAY FOR LINUX" context.

    3. Kirby


      40oz said:

      Off-topic: Is this some kinda clever marketing gimmick to make people who write about it sound like they are excited and ecstatic about it?

      When I was reading your post I actually had to read at least halfway into it to realize you were still speaking in an informative context and not a "YAY FOR LINUX" context.

      Yeah, I contemplated just typing it normally, but for some reason just decided to use the exclamation point as it was. It probably is more or less a marketing gimmick, the same way Avast! has one as well.

      Pervert! :P


      Shhhh, don't tell anyone ;)

    4. Maes


      Seems a lot like this: a malware specialized in targeting online poker.

      Now unless they use some clever drive-by download, I can't even conceive how someone would voluntarily install something on his PC to play something as simple as ONLINE POKER, FFS, in this era of facebook and AJAX applications.

      Let me guess...you need Windows to play it, right?

      If they had no hidden agenda, they wouldn't be distributing it in such a bullshit way. Steer clear.

  9. I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it I hate it

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    2. Sharessa


      Are you serious? I could have sworn thy got in at least once. They keep getting in the playoffs though, I know that.

    3. Kid Airbag

      Kid Airbag

      Yeah, they haven't made it to the World Series. They lost in the ALCS in 1995 and 2001 (Cleveland and Yankees, respectively), and lost in the first round in 1997 and 2000 (Baltimore and Yankees). Those are the only four times they've ever made it to the postseason.

      As AndrewB said, they did tie the record for most Major League wins in a single season (setting an American League record) in 2001 with 116, and that's the most news they've generated recently which is probably why you think they made it to the WS that year.

    4. Quast



  10. Life.....it is so dangerous and poisoning.....yet at the same time it is so invigorating and enlightening.

    I find that I am torn between bordom and a job. At this point, however, I cannot get myself a job for this summer, so will be left to do nothing resourceful in the next two weeks before school starts.

    How do you other guys deal with this problem (if you DO NOT have a summer job?)

    I enjoy life for what it is, and usually when thinking about this particular problem, I go for a bike ride and my mind is clear. It worked today, and will probably work tomorrow and so on......

    Anyways, this is just my gripe, just my letting loose on a subject that people may or may not care at all about. Just thought I'd post on it.......

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    2. spank


      Kristus: one of my regular top five Devy songs. Always gets me in a good mood. In fact, not only that, but I also think that it is a song that is 100% musically perfect, considering what it intends. I really wouldn't change a bit of it, and Devin Townsend is one of the few musicians (if not the only) that can make that happen with me.

      Oh, I should comment on the topic.

      Well, my vacations tend to be really boring. While my friends usually get together and go to parties, clubs and whatever, I on the other hand will be with either of my parents following them around wherever they might go. Or we might go to the place where either stays, and I don't have any friends there or anything interesting to do.

      However, this time around I managed to go to the entirety of a summer festival in the beginning of August (in which I got to see The Prodigy [shit, finally], Daft Punk and Zero 7) with my girlfriend and some buddies, which was good. I returned to my mother's place for a while and tomorrow I'm going to meet them again for a day's worth of another music festival. We're going to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bloc Party before I go spend some days with my father.

      All things considered I'm OK, although being without friends is pain.

    3. Siggi
    4. Quast


      Use3D said:

      Kirby, please do not be bored, enjoy this tiny amount of free time before your life is consumed by some shitty job you don't even like.

      This is sage advice right here.