Monday, January 31, 2011

«Motivational Monday: Coincidence»

Northern Africa has been in the news lately... Tunisia and Egypt especially.

Coincidence / Because you couldn't have planned it any better.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

«Rally Yesterday»

Yesterday I attended the Safe Schools & Fair Employment Rally here in Boise, Idaho. I didn't realize that sexual orientation wasn't protected under discrimination laws in Idaho. Someone that is an otherwise upstanding employee could be fired from their job just for being gay, and have no legal recourse. The rally was to get this changed by Idaho legislation.

I didn't take my main camera, but I got a couple pictures with my iPhone 4... The best camera is the one you have with you.

Here's half the crowd on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building.
Rally on state Capitol steps

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I really am glad that I live in US sometimes, I have 1st Amendment rights and I just had to join the people on the steps. Made me feel more like an American somehow. Here's the other half of the crowd.
Rally on state Capitol sidewalk
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I think it would be redundant to say I hope the bill passes.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

«Caturday: Achoo Dogs Bowling»

It seems like a lot of the people I've been talking to online lately have been sick.

Make ready my ship General it is time to show those dogs what we are made of
Kitteh: 1 / Bowlin Ball: 0

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Friday, January 28, 2011

«Grinders, Trees, and Pyramids Oh My!»

It seems that the Minecraft server I'm playing on is marked with 3 distinct types of structures this time around.

First are the monster grinders. I'm guilty of this one. Everyone found out on the old map how useful they are, so now everyone wants their own on the new map. Not all of them are as elaborate as the one I'm building. Most are just a single-level dark room that directs monsters into lava. This greatly devalues the loot that monsters drop.

Speaking of loot monsters drop, one of the new game patches made it so skeletons drop bones. Bones can be crafted into bone meal. Bone meal can be used to fertilize trees or crops, making them grow instantly. This has given rise to the second type of structures dominating the server: giant trees. By growing many trees next to and on top of each other, one can make a giant tree. There are at least 4-5 such trees so far.

The third type are pyramids. I'm not sure if people like them because they are not just rectangular boxes or they just can't think of anything else to build. They're not the most space efficient thing to live in, that's for sure.

The sad thing is, I might end up building all 3 at some point.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

«Zero Punctuation: Minecraft»

Zero Punctuation: Minecraft

I take it he liked the game. The only review by him I've seen where he gave a more positive review was Portal.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

«Building a Trap»

It's such a pain building large projects in Minecraft when I don't have a huge stockpile of supplies. I'm building a giant monster grinder. Basically it's a big multi-level dark tower. Monsters spawn in darkness, then fall down to the bottom of the tower and either die from the fall, or in a lava trap. Their loot is then carried by water to a collection point where I can stand. This is my first major construction on the new server map.

I'm making the effort to build the exterior out of sandstone, so it's taking a while to get the materials for it. It will be much taller than this.
Mob grinder under construction

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It actually extends further underground than it is tall right now. That other one is going to be a second tower connected to the first one.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

«Motivational Tuesday: Late Again»

Because we'll say I meant to post it late. Why? Because it's different.

Late Again / Excellent! We're on short-time anyway..

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Monday, January 24, 2011

«Derpcraft Becomes CraftVille»

The multiplayer Minecraft server I play on has been reset. New land to conquer and build monuments to myself on.

Yesterday was the last day with the old map. Demolition derby! About every major building was blown up with T&T. So much T&T that it routinely crashed everyone watching, but what a hole some of them left!

On the new map I've went Northeast and laid claim to a large desert. My plans involve a lot of sand, sandstone, and glass. My first order of business is to decide where I want to build 2 giant silos that will become mob traps. Basically a multi-level dark room that monsters spawn in, then automatically die in such a way that I can collect their loot.

After that, I'm going to build expansive semi-Egyptian style ruins throughout the desert. Some will be built in-tact, others will appear in disrepair.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

«Medic Jetpack»

I wish you could actually do this in-game (Team Fortress 2). I would so do it, even if it killed us both.

HEAVY IS JETPACK(Source Filmmaker version)

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Friday, January 21, 2011

«Don't Talk to Police»

If you ever have an encounter with the police, and you're a US citizen, you need to know this. It could seriously save your way of life.

Dont Talk to Police

I wounder, are you even required to tell them your name if they ask? Anything you say can and will be used against you. It can never be used in your favor. At time index 27:17 the police officer has his say in the matter.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

«Tales of a Mere Rut»

Caution; the f-bomb is dropped a few times in the video. So if you've totally against strong language, you may not want to watch the video.

"How To Get Out Of A Rut" Tales Of Mere Existence

This blog counts as "artsie fartsie" right? I've been actually thinking about Minecraft all the time, yet I've been trying to limit the number of posts I do about it. The result? Less than ideal blog posts.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

«Minecraft Reset»

So they're going to reset the Minecraft server I've been playing on the 23rd. All that work... Gone.

But I guess the fun is in building something, not letting it sit around after. I don't know. I'm the type that would build something out of Legos and then not tear it apart until I needed the pieces to build something else.

I'm trying to mentally detach myself from what I've built.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

«Cop Stories»

Cop Stories

I have not had many encounters with the police. I've had 2 encounters, maybe I'll tell their story in a later post. I think a 30 minute video is enough for now.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

«Hollow Mountain»

I stumbled across this cavern in Minecraft. It's a naturally hollow mountain. I should do something with it later...

Naturally hollow mountain

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

«Caturday: Pew Stare Charging»

This cat is armed, but only mildly dangerous.

Pew Pew pew
This cat is not charging its lasers.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

«Minecraft Million»

Minecraft has sold over 1 million copies. So I'm not the only one playing it...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

«Shipment of Fail»

Because I've been a fail blog author lately...

Your shipment of fail has been delivered

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

«Tower As Seen From Atrium»

My tower in the mulitplayer Minecraft server I play on extends from the build limit all the way down into the ground to bedrock.

This is my favorite view of the tower, standing at sea level inside my atrium.
Tower as seen from the atrium

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

«Science in Hell»

Bino the Elephant

I suppose if Hell existed, it could be studied.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

«Tales Of Mere Resolution»

My New Year's resolution is the same as every year: to not make a New Year's resolution, thus breaking itself.

"This Year's Resolutions" Tales Of Mere Existence

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

«Mountain Dew Jelly»

I want some.

A jar of Mountain Dew jelly

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


It was inevitable, wasn't it? My roommate and I figured out how to combine Minecraft and Team Fortress 2, creating an economy on the Minecraft server in the process. The Block Emporium. We've changed the Minecraft world into a capitalist society, putting a price on types of blocks. Supply and demand, as well as the time it takes to procure the blocks is factored into the price.

What's the currency? Scrap metal in Team Fortress 2. Although we do trade blocks for other blocks that are in higher demand, then sell those ones for scrap metal. Scrap metal is the basic currency used for trading weapons and hats in Team Fortress 2.

Yes, I've started mining resources in one game, then trading them to get cosmetic hats in another game. There comes a point when one realizes his time is worth nothing, and I've clearly passed it.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

«Motivational Monday: Irony»

I don't even know who Alanis Morissette is. But I've heard the expression before.

Irony / it ain't just for Alanis Morissett

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

«Name That Beak»

With the help of a friend, I have acquired a Blighted Beak for my medic in Team Fortress 2. I also happen to have a Name Tag, allowing me to name an item.

It's modeled after the primitive respirators worn by plague doctors in the middle ages.
TF2 Medic wearing a Blighted Beak
What should I name this mask? The default name is "Blighted Beak". Surly there's a better name I could give it. Never mind that he's playing violin on his bone saw1.

1: Yes, I know that's actually the Amputator weapon.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

«Caturday: Happy New Year!»

And so closes another year, and a new one opens.


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