Monday, August 31, 2009

«Motivational Monday: America»

Pancakes and sausage on a stick? Really!?
America / Welcome and enjoy your stay.
Pancake batter with embedded chocolate chips, covering a sausage link on a stick, so it looks like a corndog. Does that even deserve the "food" label?

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

«Between A Duck?»

Q: What's the difference between a duck?

A: One of its legs is both the same, and its head knocks together.

No, don't try to make sense of it. If you do, I'll be forced to say "Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?"

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Friday, August 28, 2009

«Map Doing Pretty Well»

I've gotten some feedback on my Portal map, Marf Aperture. There's a few issues that have been brought to my attention that need to be fixed. So hopefully soon I'll have a new version out addressing some of the issues I've had reported.

I've also uploaded the map to myApertureLabs, so you can see some of the feedback I'm getting there. You can also see the discussion thread I started on their forum.

Apparently lighting is a little bland? I don't know, I thought I did ok... Maybe they're running LDR instead of HDR...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

«Marf Aperture Map Done!»

I have completed my map for Portal. That only took what, nearly 2 years? It's not like I've been working on it steady for that long though. I'd just been working on it here and there, and took a long break from it for a while.

Yes, it is my first map ever for the Source engine. However, I didn't want it to look like a "first" map. I've seen some pretty bad ones that other people have made. I think I did pretty good, I like to pay attention to detail.

If you're looking for something extra to accomplish, every camera can be destroyed... somehow. Even those on non-portal surfaces. Good luck!

Here's the download link: (right click / save as...)

I'll just re-use a screenshot of it from a previous blog post.
Marf's Portal map, the main lobby.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

«Chicken Head»

Just one of those things that's interesting, but overall pretty pointless to know.

Chicken Head Tracking - Pennywhistle Productions

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

«Oh, What A Little Lighting Will Do»

I'd say my Portal Map is 98% complete, if I had to pull a percentage out of my ass. I changed the light in the entrance area, you can see what it looked like before here.

Now it looks like this... Click an image to view full.
Marf's Portal map, the main lobby.
And because I can, here's two more screenshots...

This one is in the first actual test chamber you come to in the map.
Marf's Portal map, the first test chamber.
The inside of an observation room...
Marf's Portal map, an observation room.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

«Motivational Monday: iMac»

iMac / I dare you to find a better use for it.I've installed Linux on a few iMacs when I was in high school. That's about the best use I've found for them.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

«Caturday: More Jesus Tits»

Sometimes I just love my random Caturday titles.

Oh boi oh boi oh boi, look! I can haz moar Caturday pix!!
Wayrz ur Jebus now?
Mom ur tits taste so gud!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

«The Word Bed»

You are now aware that the word "bed" actually looks like a bed.
bedAlso, you just lost The Game.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

«God vs. Satan»

Hey, look! God is winning! However, Adolf Hitler still has them both beat.
Who killed more people in the Bible?
I can't personally vouch for the exact numbers, but it sounds about right.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

«Ethics Quote»

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

- Albert Einstein

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

«Practice Safe Sex»

Please practice SAFE SEX and use the Condom stapled to this card...And ignore the label that says to check for holes or tears.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

«Motivational Monday: Rock Bottom»

Even when you've hit it though, it still seems possible to drill down deeper. For instance, this guy could be in the same position in a prison bathroom being sodomized by Bubba... I'm just saying.

Rock Bottom / You'll know it when you get there.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

«...Then Comes Miscarriage»

Once again from Cyanide and Happiness...
Johnny and Marissa, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. / First comes love, then comes marriage. / Then comes an abrupt, tragic miscarriage. / The comes blame, then comes despair. Two hearts damaged beyond repair. / Johnny leaves Marissa, and takes the tree. / D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

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Sweet! I like this version of that damn nursery rhyme much better!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

«Caturday: Puzzles Hole Harbl»

I liked this puzzles one, yet I can't think of any comment about it. Oh, and Harbl.
But... But... ...I don't know what puzzles is
Black hold cat stealin ur gravity
Im on ur floor coolin mah harbl

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Friday, August 14, 2009

«Upper Silvis Lake»

On the 5th of this month, my dad and I hiked to Upper Silvis Lake here in Ketchikan, Alaska. Both Upper Silvis and Lower Silvis lakes are used for hydroelectric power generation. Click an image to view full.

Here's a photo taken from above the main penstock that goes down to Beaver Falls Power Plant, down at sea level. The generators at Beaver Falls are relatively high pressure, low volume units. They're the most efficient in the system.
View of the penstocks and surrounding area
Same location, little different angle. It's so hard with pictures to show depth perception.
Looking down the main penstock.
An intake for, I assume the smaller penstock you saw in the first picture above.
Intake house.
You never know when you're being watched... Well, I guess I do because I've been on the observation end of this camera. My dad's a power plant operator.
Security camera.
Lower Silvis is a fairly small lake. My dad calls it not much more than a wide spot in the penstock. The water from Upper Silvis Lake goes through the Silvis Power Plant and pours out into Lower Silvis Lake. That way the water is used twice for generation.
Lower Silvis dam.
There's still snow in this one spot... I'd say this is about 10 feet tall. This is always the last area they can clear come Spring to access the Silvis Power Plant.
10 foot chuck of snow
Here's Silvis Power Plant. They've had some issues with avalanches and rock slides in the past, so now the power plant is a half-buried concrete bunker.
Silvis Power Plant.
And here's Upper Silvis Lake. Due to the dry summer we've had, the lake has been drawn quite low. I love that sign, there's not even any water within 50 feet. Yet the lake can go at least another 20 feet lower than this.
Upper Silvis Lake.
You walk down into the lake, and it looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, like you'd find the the game Fallout 3.
Upper Silvis Lake wasteland.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

«Uninterruptible Power Interrupted»

My UPS failed. It wasn't even during a power outage. At least my computer wasn't on at the time.

Basically, the thing thinks it's in constant overload, even though there's nothing plugged into it. It wasn't an internal short in the battery, I tried a different battery I know to be good. My dad and I tore it apart, and the best we can figure is a relay failed.

So, I have to order a new one. I'll order an identical unit. It was an APC Back-UPS RS 1500. Good unit, we have 2 others in the household (along with the extra battery packs for them).

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

«Trains On Tracks»

I never knew that. Although when you think about it, if it was constantly rubbing on the flanges, they'd wear out in no time.

Feynman 'Fun to Imagine' 7: The Train

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


So I saw the movie Religulous. I have to say, it was entirely one-sided and biased toward Atheism. Bill Maher didn't give anyone much of a chance to make sense... Although they wouldn't have anyway.

Basically, it's not going to accomplish a whole lot. With religious folk, it'll just piss them off and/or they'll just shrug it off as blasphemy (totally ignoring the actual arguments); and it will just reinforce an already Atheist's point of view. It's too blunt and disrespectful to actually change anyone's mind.

I'm not sure how long it'll stay there, but right now it's been posted in its entirety on Google Video:


You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate, though.

- Mark Pryor, United States Senator

*facepalm* Can you believe he actually said that!? Although by the expression on his face after, I think he realized what he just said. I think that was my favorite part.

Father Reginald Foster, a Senior Vatican Priest, was quite a character. I liked that guy. I wish more religious people saw religion that way. If they did, religion just might not be such the problem it is today.

I love how the public relations lady almost has Bill Maher thrown out of the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida. "Because of what he is and because of the types of show that he does." That's great... The Vatican threw him out, I wounder why not the Jesus amusement park? The Amusement Park Jesus poses the question "What if you're wrong?", implying Pascal's Wager. I've always disputed that by saying there's many religions, and every God seems to be a jealous God. If you pick the wrong one you're still going to burn. There is no "safe wager."

The dude with the funny hat out on the sidewalk preaching the beliefs of Scientology, I guarantee he's not affiliated with the actual "church" (cult1) of Scientology. They only reveal the Xenu/volcano/H-bomb story after you've been properly indoctrinated (brainwashed), because it sounds far too crazy to anyone else (because it is). It's a protected "secret" that's even been copyrighted and is fiercely protected.

It's funny when he also gets kicked off the Mormon grounds. Mormon fuzz... I have to say, I didn't expect this level of intolerance from the Mormons.

Heh, I like the Jewish guy that spends his time bypassing the Sabbath. Dare I say (completely politically incorrectly) that he's a typical Jew? By that guy's standards, the Bible would have had to have been an entire library of books just listing the specific things that are not allowed on the Sabbath. The guy's quite the inventor. Not only did he invent the contraptions, but he invented the need for them as well!

As a testament to how sneaky those Jews are... That Jewish camera man made it past the defenses and into the Dome of the Rock! What if that guy was secretly the Jewish Messiah? He made it past the wall! OMGWTFBBQ! And they're so tolerant that they have a "special corner" for women. lol.

Remember, the End Times are going to occur exactly at the Winter Solstice of 2012. No need to plan beyond that time. No need to plan for the future generation.

1: Let it be clear that I have no problem with the beliefs themselves (crazy as they may be) of Scientology. They're no more crazy than any other religion. The guy with the funny hat out on the sidewalk I have no issues with. It is the corrupt origination, the "Church" of Scientology that I call the cult, that I have issues with.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

«Motivational Monday: BeLIEve»

Because I feel like bashing religion right now.

BeLIEve / Jesus died for you so you don't have to think

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

«Mr. Deity»

If, on the extreme off chance that there is a God, he'd have to at least be as incompetent as this.

Mr. Deity Episode 4: Mr. Deity and the Messages

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

«Hey, It's A Meme I Connect With!»

This type of meme started out with Advice Dog1. This lead to several variations2, as memes often do. You can think of these variations as mutations in the process of evolution; most are not very successful and die out. However, some survive and thrive like Courage Wolf (who became more popular than Advice Dog itself).

One of the newest iterations is the Socially Awkward Penguin. Finally a meme I can relate to!
A cute girl smiles at you and waves, you smile back / She was looking at the person behind you
Run for a bus and miss it / Pretend you were just jogging
Someone compliments you / You assume it's sarcasm
Cute girl says hi / Question her motives
Get a ride with an acquaintance / Sit in silence throughout the whole journey
Ask someone to repeat what they just said / Still didn't hear it, but feed dumb asking to repeat again
AMake eye contact with a girl / Look away immediately
1: Warning: This link goes to Encyclopedia Dramatica, which can have adult content. Viewer digression is advised.
2: This link also goes to Encyclopedia Dramatica, so the same warning as above applies.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

«Drinking And Driving»

The Amish have the solution.
Don't drink OR drive.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

«3rd Ave Bypass Wall»

Just another random picture of the 3rd Ave bypass here in Ketchikan, Alaska. This one was taken on July 13th, 2009.
3rd Ave Bypass in Ketchikan, Alaska

Click image to view full.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

«Bangkok Train»

Check out this railway in Bangkok. Here I thought the one in Junction City was bad...

Bangkok Train Unbelievable Crazy

The market is called Talaad lom hub. And from what I understand, there's about 8 trains a day.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

«Motivational Monday: 17 Dollars»

I really can't stand people that try to act "gansta".

17 Dollars / Now that's Gansta

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

«The Flash Version Mappack (600th Post)»

I took a small break from building my map for Portal and played some that other people have made. Specifically the Portal: The Flash Version Mappack. It was fun, and just about the right difficulty. It's nearly as long as the official game itself, and is split into 5 map files.

I'll admit there were 3 spots that I used the noclip cheat (can pass through walls), but only to get my bearings. Once I saw where I was suppose to go I went back and did it without the cheat.

The ending was epic, but a little confusing. Without giving too much away, I just sort-of hid behind a truck and it defeated itself, somehow.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

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