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Sunday, January 31, 2010

«Pigeon Short»

This is my favorite short they've done yet.

Cyanide & Happiness - Pigeon

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

«YouTube Borderlands»

If I'm not playing Borderlands, I'm watching YouTube videos of other people playing it... I did this for the game Fallout 3 as well, after playing for a while I will watch a series where someone else plays through the game. This allows me to see different play styles and see possible things that I missed.

I've been watching the long series of YouTube user SSoHPKC's walkthrough of Borderlands. I'm on episode 90 so far.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

«Talk of the Bridge, Again»

Now that Sarah Palin is out of the equation, there's renewed talk about building the bridge to our airport.

We have a $28 million literal "road to nowhere" over there, built to connect to where the bridge would have been. Palin only stopped the bridge to try to make herself look good. She was "for it before she was against it." Once there was a national public outcry (based on misinformation) she changed to the "popular" side.

We need something, the current ferry system is just not cutting it. There's the options of new ferries or a bridge. New ferries would only delay the problem, and you'd still have the issue of trying to catch the ferry in time so you can get to airport security in time. Meanwhile a bridge would not only provide a much needed hard-link to our airport, but it would open up all that flat land for development. And that's what this town needs to thrive.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

«Clockwork Mushroom»

Here's an example of an image I truly don't remember saving. I have no idea where I got it or how long I've had it. It's a cool image, though; and that's why I saved it.

Clockwork Mushroom

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

«The Philosophical Glass of Water»

Points of View

  • Optimist: "The glass is half-full."
  • Pessimist: "The glass is half-empty."
  • Realist: "Yep. That's a glass, alright."
  • Idealist: "One day, cold-fusion from a glass of water will provide unlimited energy and end war."
  • Capitalist: "If I bottled this and gave it a New Agey sounding name, I could make a fortune."
  • Communist: "This drink belongs to every single one of us in equal measure."
  • Conspiracist: "The government is fluoridating the water for mind-control purposes."
  • Sexist: "This glass isn't gonna refill itself, honeybun..."
  • Nihilist: "The glass does not exist, and neither do I."
  • Opportunist: "There's a funny t-shirt in here somewhere."

I think I'd be a smart-ass and be a Realist. What are you?

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Monday, January 25, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Ninjas»

I've always said, "a pirate can't shoot what it can't see."

Ninjas / So much better than pirates.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

«Warm January»

This January has been unseasonably warm. I'm in Ketchikan, Alaska and usually January is one of our snowy months. This year, it's been rainy and in the 40's Fahrenheit. This town is no stranger to rain in any month, but we usually get a little snow and go through a cold spell.

Our normal precipitation for January is 11.94 inches, and here it's only the 24th and we've already had 16.24 inches. There's a lot of places in the world that don't get that much in a full year.

I'm not invoking global warming1, one unusual month in one location isn't enough to determine a global trend. Last year at this time was unusually cold and we had 4 feet of snow on the ground.

1: My position on global warming is that we are currently in a natural warming trend, not a man-made one. The Earth has been warmer in the past than it is currently, and has recovered from it before.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

«Caturday: Bangs Tarzan Lulz»

Actually, yes. I do think it's a good look for the cat.

wat u thnk? bangs a good look for meh?
tarzan cat failz
hahahah. lulz

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Friday, January 22, 2010

«January 21st Sunset»

Yesterday's sunset was a treat. This image was taken at 4:09 PM on January 21st, 2010.

Alaskan sunset on January 21st, 2010.

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That ship is one of the Inter-Island Ferries. Although in the small version of the photo here it just looks like another island.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

«Second Blogoversary»

2 Years of Blogging, and all I have to show for it is THIS.

My traffic has improved a little from the first year. Across my entire site (not just the blog) I've had over 384,500 visits and 726,500 pageviews during this past year.

The absolute most popular post of the last year was Pon & Zi with 29,166 views. It also has the most comments, with 56.

Never missed a day yet, and I don't regret any of it. I've made some friends along the way, some with radically different beliefs.

I've made 775 posts now. I should reach 1,000 before my next Blogoversary!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

«Long Neck Comic»

So... What do you make of this?

Long neck at check stand.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

«Borderlands Complete»

I've finished Borderlands completely with a character now (a Siren). Gone through Playthrough 1 and 2. When I was doing Playthrough 2, I saved most of the sidequests for the unofficial Playthrough 2.5.

In Playthrough 2, you start the game over with your character and gear intact from the first Playthrough. The enemies are tougher and the "Badass" enemies are renamed to "BadMotha".

Once you've beat the main quest in Playthrough 2 and reload your saved game, you're in the unofficial Playthrough 2.5. In Playthrough 2.5, all enemies are between level 48 and 52. And "BadMotha" becomes "SuperBad". The maximum level for a player is 50, so it's common for enemies to be higher level than you are.

Now that I've completed every quest, the only thing left to do is collect rare weapons and search for secret locations and Easter Eggs1 hidden in the game. Or start a different type of character. And there's always online play with other people.

1: An Easter Egg in a game is not literally an egg (usually). It's just something hidden in the game. They usually require the player to go out of their way to discover.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

«How The Tin Man's Heart»

How the Tin Man really got his heart.
And now I have a heart.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

«And He's Gone»

Well, one of my real-life friends went back to college; his break is over. Hopefully I can still continue playing Borderlands with him for a while over the internet. He's not going to be back in town for a while (if ever). And I am horrible at keeping in contact with people. Borderlands should give me an excuse to keep in contact for a while.

Maybe one day it will be my turn to leave this rock and not come back.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

«I Don't Remember Saving»

Actually, I do... But that's not the point.
I don't remember saving this image.
I've got a lot of random images saved, but I pretty much remember all of them. If anyone were to go through my computer, they'd find some pretty odd stuff. Nothing illegal, but it might cause them to question my sanity... And their own.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

«So I've Got This Image...»

Face
Bet you didn't expect to see that today.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

«Part of the Team»

I've been playing Borderlands multiplayer with a couple of my real-life friends. We're on the 2nd playthrough now, and the 3 of us make a pretty well balanced team.

We've got a Brick (that's the character's name) who is the team's tank and damage sponge. He rushes into battle in a suicidal rampage and gets the attention of all the enemies. He likes to punch things.

We've got a Mordecai, he's our sniper. If something randomly dies out of nowhere, it was probably his doing.

It took me a while to figure out what part I wanted to play. At first I started as Lilith (I always seem to chose to play the woman). However, she didn't really play well with others. When one of my friends would go down, the only thing she could do was phasewalk and run away to save herself. I didn't feel like part of a team playing as her. So I switched to Roland and became the team's medic. I'd like to think it's because of me that Brick can go on suicidal rampages and not actually die.

I've picked up a special skill (called cauterize) that allows me to heal teammates when I shoot them1. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "friendly fire". I usually like to find a position above the battle and shoot my rocket launcher at Brick. Since the rockets explode on impact and hit everything in the area, I can simultaneously heal my teammates and kill the enemy. I'm also durable enough to run into battle and revive a downed teammate, if needed.

Because of my constant barrage of friendly rockets, this allows my teammates to hold nothing back. Even Mordecai can go out-of-character and run into the foray Rambo-style. I also enable the team to regenerate ammunition, so we should never run out. I feel important and useful to the team now.

1 That's right. I heal people by shooting them... With rockets.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Rock of Fortune»

Now that's what I need, a rock that grants wishes!

Rock Of Fortune / has granted your wish

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

«Zen Magnets»

So my dad got me an interesting little gift for Christmas. It was a cube made of 216 chrome-coated spherical neodymium magnets. It may seem kinda odd, but let me tell you, these things are like Legos. Just like Legos, you always seem to want more. So I looked around the internet and found the Zen Magnets brand to be the best value. So I bought a mega-set that has 1,728 magnets and comes with 8 spares. Click an image to view full.

Here's my set of Zen Magnets, each magnet is 5mm in diameter. When they are strung end-to-end the resulting string measures over 28 feet long.
Zen Magnets mega set.
One of the first things I made with it was an over-sized D20 (20-sided shape). This took 1,692 magnets to build.
Zen Magnets large D20.
Seeing as I'm a nerd (as evidenced by the D20 above), I just had to try my hand at building the Star Trek starship Enterprise. Yes, the saucer section should have been a little bigger, but it was my first attempt. This took only 1,164 magnets.
USS Enterprise built from Zen Magnets.
While you can't quite build any shape you can imagine due to the polarity of the magnets, you can defiantly get creative. These seem to be the type of toy that everyone enjoys fiddling with. I'm certainly enjoying them.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

«Caturday: Bacon Spot Anime»

This is why no cat is truly Jewish.

But I love Baconz!!!
Spot remover not working so well
Anime kitteh wuvs u!

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Friday, January 8, 2010

«Zerg Rush!»

... Not only in Starcraft.
OMG Zerg Rush

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

«Borderlands Intro»

This is the introduction in Borderlands when you start a new game. The part on the bus is actually what the graphics are like in the game. Almost looks like you're playing inside a comic book. But it's a fresh new graphic style for a game, I actually like it.

Borderlands intro and character selection

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

«Borderlands Ports»

There is an abundance of Borderlands servers that show as available, but any attempt to connect to them results in a time out. This is because the person hosting the game did not open the correct ports in their router's port forwarding, and Gamespy is too stupid to know.

In a futile attempt to improve the available servers out there, I'll list the ports that need to be forwarded when hosting Borderlands:

7777 (Both)
27900 (UDP)
28900 (TCP)
28910 (TCP)

Depending on the model of your router, how to do this can be different. In Linksys brand routers it's under Applications and Gaming.

Your router is a firewall, it protects you from unauthorized access or attacks from the internet. It sees someone trying to connect to you as an unauthorized attack, and blocks it unless you specifically tell it otherwise. What you need to do is direct requests made on the ports above to your computer so people can connect to your server. Just forward the ports to your computer's local IP address; usually will be 192.168.1.*, where the * is a number between 2 and 255. You might have to do a little poking around to figure out what your computer's local IP address is.

If you're just joining an already existing online game, there is no need to forward any ports.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

«Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai) Tower Now Open»

Here's the opening ceremony fireworks for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. It opened January 4th, 2009. Despite Dubai's current economic situation, they spared no expense.

Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa) Fireworks Show, 4th of January, Dubai


The building is 2,717 feet (828 meters) tall, making it over half a mile tall.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

«Hillsdale»

This is another example when neon signs are best kept lit.
LSD The Beginning Of Something Wonderful.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

«You Are Now Aware»

So I actually went out and did something with a couple friends last night. Although to be honest, we didn't really care about New Year's. We didn't do a countdown or anything.

One of us just noticed that it's after midnight, "Oh. Happy New Year's guys." Anyone has any stories of their own from last night to tell?

I have to say this... You are now aware that 2000 was 10 years ago, and 1990 was 20 years ago. You are also aware that your jaw has weight and you're holding it up, and you now have a random itch somewhere on your body.

Also, The Game.

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