Pancakes and sausage on a stick? Really!?
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?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Pancakes and sausage on a stick? Really!?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
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?"
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
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...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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: marf-aperture.zip (right click / save as...)
I'll just re-use a screenshot of it from a previous blog post.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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.
And because I can, here's two more screenshots...
This one is in the first actual test chamber you come to in the map.
The inside of an observation room...
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
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.
Same location, little different angle. It's so hard with pictures to show depth perception.
An intake for, I assume the smaller penstock you saw in the first picture above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You walk down into the lake, and it looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, like you'd find the the game Fallout 3.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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).
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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:
*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.
You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate, though.
- Mark Pryor, United States Senator
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
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
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!
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.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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.