Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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.
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.
I think it would be redundant to say I hope the bill passes.
See the rest of “Rally Yesterday”»
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
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.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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.
See the rest of “Building a Trap”»
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Because we'll say I meant to post it late. Why? Because it's different.
Monday, January 24, 2011
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.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
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.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
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.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Out of all their shorts, this one is my favorite.
Cyanide & Happiness - The Man Who Could Sit Anywhere
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.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
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.
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.