Status Updates posted by Amaster
Just found out my father died on sunday, at the age of 50.
Thing is, I dunno how I feel about. We were never really close. Hell we lived on opposite sides of the country. Only spoke every couple of months, and that didnt even start happening until a few years ago.
On one hand I know this means I'll never get to know him very well and I guess I do feel bad about that. But on the other hand it's just kinda like "oh well". I do regret never having traveled to visit him.
Mostly I feel bad about not feeling as bad as I think I should, if that makes any sense.
So today I bought a compaq presario 1500 laptop from someone for $10. The specs are decent, especially considering I paid next to nothing. However, there's a reason I got it for so cheap.
There's a problem with the LCD backlight. It shuts off at what seems like random times, never coming back on without powering down the machine then powering up.
The problem seems to be a loose cable running to the screen, but Im not quite sure. Sometimes, just slightly touching the screen will cause this to happen, other times I can wiggle the screen around quite a bit without any problem, and yet other times it will just shut off on its own. I was also able to reproduce this behavior while viewing the bios menu.
So, anyone have any ideas on what I could possibly do? I've never had to work on an LCD screen before, but Im sure as hell not gonna pay to have it fixed, so I wouldnt mind trying it myself. I'd be losing only $10 if I end up destroying it.
Tips are appreciated.
And broke it in a matter of minutes.
It's a "6 channel" helicopter meaning that the remote has more buttons, knobs, levers, and dip switches than anything should ever have. The draw to these kinds of choppers is that they can do tricks like loops and upside-down flight. It still functions but the tail is bent. Bending it back into place should take care of that but I can buy a replacement for like $5 in the worst case scenario. Main blades are chipped but I have replacements for those.
Basically what happened was that we decided to test it out in the office. Little did I know that this thing was going to be quite difficult to control. Despite my best efforts to keep it steady, it pitched backwards during takeoff and caught the floor which caused it to snap against the ground, thus bending the tail.
See, the thing was shipped in from China and the instructions are in incomprehensible engrish. So figuring out the functions was practically impossible without actually attempting flight. Guess I should have gotten that flight training software along with it (I just had someone place an order for it as well as a training kit to help keep it level). But hey, at least it still works!
I'll post pics as soon as I get home.
So uh, anyone got any comparable stories?
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Well, someone ordered a connection cable that allows the remote to be used with training software on the PC. This should help.
I'm pretty heavily into all sorts of R/C. I'm mostly a monster truck guy though, I have owned gas and electric r/c's though now I have a customised traxxas emaxx which will go pretty much anywhere.
Heh, I thought watches were your thing. Truck and tank are kinda on my list as well. Planes Im not that interested in, though I've seen some cheap enough to make it worth it.
Maintenance is something I expected and Im glad to see that the parts are pretty easy to swap in and out on this thing.
Player 1 is controlled with the up and down arrow keys.
Player 2 is controlled with numpad 8 and 2.
I banged this out today and friday when I had no work to do. It's pretty simplistic obviously, and terribly coded, but Im kinda proud of it since I managed to write it without any help at all. The collision sound effect was downloaded though so I cant take credit for that.
Thing is, I dont really have anywhere else to go with this. All I really have left to add is a keyboard config screen and maybe some other useless options. Perhaps a title screen, and a way to restart the game is probably a good idea too. But otherwise I guess I'll be done with it soon :(
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This isn't really a bug, but you might want to keep the player from setting the game up so that the paddles, ball and background have the same color, otherwise it's impossible to see anything. I know, you wouldn't purposely do that, but someone might do so accidently.
This has been discussed previously and the conclusion from amaster himself was that if you're dumb enough to actually do that then you will have to start over or modify it or whatever.
Here's a preview of the latest development: Edit Mode
Soon you will be able to draw your own backgrounds and paddle designs, as well as select pre-existing ones. Cyb once kicked a puppy!
Edit: YFI is down at the time of this writing. Thanks to Sarge for hosting the image and being part of the XPong team.
Well, here is the final version of xpong:
Edit mode is included but it's only in a barebones state. To use it, select edit mode fomr the main menu, draw what you want (only one color available), then exit edit mode and start a game. Your drawing will be used as a background.
Why is this broken piece of crap the final version? To put it simply, im not really interested in working on it anymore. the amount of work is exceeding the amount of enjoyment I'm recieving from it. Also, I have new games I want to move onto. Cyb Industries may or may not follow suit.
Thanks to everyone who "supported" me though. I really didnt expect the response I got from this.
So recently I gave in and bought a console, specifically a gamecube. In the past I didnt want to get noe because I dont want to deal with hooking it up to a television. I'd looked into methods of connecting a GC to a VGA monitor but they were all expensive and not without flaws. Later on I was speaking to Gooberman on IRC when he mentioned that he has his GC hooked up to a TV capture card. After some quick searching I found a cheapo capture card for ~$30 and bought it, along with:
- Platinum Gamecube
- 16x Memory Card
- S-Video Cable
- RCA to 1/8" stereo converter (this was hard to find)
- Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Metroid Prime
One weird thing did happen though. I bought the GC and zelda at a local Gamestop and upon returning home, I noticed that there was an extra item in the bag. It turned out to be a copy of Castlevania: Lament of Innocence for the PS2! I quickly pulled out and inspected my receipt but the game was not listed. As best as I can tell, the guy just accidently dropped it into my bag or something while handling my merchandise. Unfortunately I dont have a PS2 nor do I plan to ever buy one. So now I have to find someone who wants a free PS2 game and hasnt played this one.
Also I went to a local H&R block and did my taxes today. I'll be recieving a return totaling $8,491. Not too shabby.
Finally, here's a picture of what the back of my machine looks like with all this crazy crap plugged into it:
14 cables total
- Platinum Gamecube
As Im sure you all noticed, I was gone for a few days. I can only imagine how much pain this caused everyone at the forums. But dont worry, Im back to set things right!
I was away at seattle for a few days. It's the farthest I've ever been from home. Hell it's on the opposite side of the country from where I live. While there I stayed with Sargebaldy and Danarchy.
Here's some pictures!
The city is quite cool (although nothign can ever be as cool as hometown NYC). And I had a lot of fun. Saw all the important attraction except the underground city tour. But overall Im totally glad I went.
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Heh, Ytmnd isnt even working right now.
Some old pictures I dug up. Some of them need to be rotated but frankly I dont care enough.
Today is the 23rd anniversary of my birth.
So, I finally got my copy of the doom 3 theme on vinyl, number 84/500. The cover art is quite nice. And of course it's signed by Chris Vrenna. The album has some other song on side B but who really cares about that. The package also came with a sampler CD filled with music and game trailers which I havent bothered to even open, and a tweaker postcard.
Also pictured above is the GBA SP that I picked up last week. Just in front of it is the flash cart which I finally got in the mail today. It's a 512 megabit cartridge so I've been able to "back up" several games on it. The software for writing games has built-in support for NES, Gameboy, and Gameboy Color games.
The NES emulator is quite cool. I can hit the R button to bring up the menu and select the NES game I want as well as set autofire, manage savegames, and even save/load game states. There's also functions for viewing text and images, as well as a memo/alarm system, none of which I will ever use.
So yeah, wootage!
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Yeah, Nintendo is freaking lame as hell. Fortunately some other companies (Million/Technos + Atlus, Treasure, and Enix) are doing better jobs. RCR EX has a whole shitload of new features and stuff. The only thing that sucks is they made it only one player. However, some people are working on a hack of it called RCR EX2 with multiplayer put back in. Guardians Heroes Advance is actually a sequal to the original Saturn game. This new GH plays substantially differently and feels like it's mutated halfway into Contra Hard Corps (which makes it freaking hard as hell but not bad). Dragon Warrior 3 is a port of the greatly expanded Super Famicom Dragon Quest 3 Remix.
Personally, I'm still pissed we're reduced to playing good games on a little portable system. I'll be damned if I'm going to buy GB SP with unbelievably even cheaper controls. I don't care if it's backlit. I'll just stick with my KOF edition GBA and official Nintendo rechargable battery pack (which may not have been released in the US).
Yeah wtf, arent there at least two versions of Super Mario 3 on the GBA? When I bought the SP unit, I also picked up a copy of Super mario world. And while it's a wonderful game that I never get tired of, I was a little miffed that I payed $30 for it despite few additions. And what little was added isnt even worth mentioning.
I was chatting on IRC and explaining that I was really bored at my job.
<Manc> make a flash game
<Benj> make an animation with my face
<nxn> you can use goatse as the resource
And so, in about 45 minutes, I created Goatse Attack! (All the "important stuff" is censored)
Click on the Flying BenJ Heads to increase your score. See how far you can get before you find something better to do!
Just messing around with demo recording.
View the full video! 5.05 megs. Requires DIVX 5.11 or higher.
Edit: Oh yeah, since Doom3 doesnt seem to capture audio properly, I used "Tea for Two" as the soundtrack.
Note to mods: This doesnt really belong in the doom3 forums since it's more a story about what happened to me on "D Day" and not about the game itself.
So today at 6:30pm I handed some work over to the proof reader and sat back at my station. I didnt have anything to do for the moment so I hopped onto the gamestop site to see if there were any updates on the release of doom 3. I used the store locator function to find out what was going on at my local gamestop and it didnt have the usual "Pre-release" note. Instead it said that the game was in. I knew what I had to do....
Me (to my project manager): "ImGonnaGoGetSomethingToEat"
Project Manager: *stares as I run out of the office*
I ran as fast as possible from 42nd and Lexington to 44th and 6th avenue. This was the first time I ever regretted being a smoker. My lungs were burning after 3 blocks but I pressed on.
I stepped in the store and approached the register. The guy here recognized me and knew what I had come for.
Guy: "You're here for doom 3, right?"
Guy: "You got a pre-order?"
Me: "I have one at a different gamestop...
Guy: "You can only use them at the store where you get them"
Me: *look of shock*
Guy: "Here, I'll let you pre-order now"
So I pre-ordered the game again and was told to wait outside where a line was forming. While I was out there I ran into someone I went to college with. He was here for the same reason.
Thirty minutes later, we were allowed to enter the store one at a time and pick up our purchase, and I strode back to work, which is where Im writing this from (just finished my revisions).
Yeah, it's just a game. But part of the fun was the anticipation. In fact I think the mad rush to get the game was probably more fun than actually playing it will be.
Edit: Heh, while I was waiting on line I wondered if maybe Blackfish would show up there. Didnt notice any tiny red-headed boys though.
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Now let me tell my Doom 3 story!
Okay, after work I came home and changed and then I drove to the mall. I checked in Gamestop because it's closest to the entrance I parked by but they aren't selling it until the 4th. Then I went upstairs and looked in FYE because I happened to pass them and they sell PC games. No Doom 3. Then I went into EB and they had 12 copies sitting there and I bought one. Then I drove home and now I'm installing it.
Today ruled. I got to do lots of artwork at my job instead of the usual page formatting, and it all came out pretty nicely. Everything went smoothly. Then at the end of the day, we had a staff dinner and our project manager congratulated us for all our hard work by giving each of us a bottle of wine. He had two extra bottles so we cracked them open and got tipsy in the break room.
It wasnt the free booze that made it so cool though (although that's pretty sweet). It was the fact that we were actually being recognized for our efforts. Apparantly some of our clients complimented our work, including some things I did personally ^_^
So yeah, today ruled.
I bought an iRiver iHP-120 20gig portable MP3 player about a week ago from newegg. Right out of the box, the corded remote was experiencing problems. It seems as if there is a lack of contact in the headphone jack. Unless I hold down the plug, I get distorted sound. So now I have to send this thing back and have it repaired/replaced.
I guess this is the big downside to ordering things online. It's chaper, but there's a big waiting time. Man this sucks.
Heh, I decided to leave the music I copied over on the player. Somone at newegg's customer service center is going to have copies of Deathz0r's "WTF" doom remixes.
ipods can be a bitch and are usally over priced. they are the number one MP3 player i see returned.
however i would most likely buy a nomad or lyra MP3 player. my MD player works fine, i went on a tip from a few friends. it has worked well. holds 650MB worth of MP3, OGG, openMG music. its durable and strong and has exellent battery life
Yeah, I had my nick changed to what you see now (was formerly Assmaster). I'll kinda miss it, since I've been using it for so many years. But ultimately it's for the best.
Just dont start calling me Amy.
So I left the house at about 7:30 am to get the paper. On the way back there was some guy standing in front of the apartment building. As I approached him he turned to me and said "Hey man, I have a weird question to ask, but Im going to have to ask anyway." I eyed him suspiciously, wondering what was about to happen. He continued, "I have a urinalysis for a job today and I need clean urine! I have my apartment upstairs and everything and I'm willing to pay 3 dollars! I really need this!" I had to struggle to keep from exploding with laughter. I then told the guy that I had just gone and couldnt go again (if you know what I mean). I also told him tha I would if I could, and wished him good luck as I went upstairs.
To be honest, I would have done it, but I just didnt have it in me :P
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Kid Airbag said:
Can't they tell if it's not fresh urine? Or is there some way to preserve it like if you regfrigerate it.
I think there is, if they really put in underneath some more extensive tests. I mean, they can tell if it's too dilute (even if you take vit-b)...or not the right (perfect) temperature. if it's a simple pre-employment test though, it probably won't get put under too much scrutiny...depending on the job of course.
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