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avatar The_(c)Striker 11 comments | 2nd June 2013, 19:32 PM

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Something smells fishy here.

avatar DiscoStu 15 comments | 31st May 2013, 20:20 PM

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Either I just got a text from a near future, or the network is messed up again.

avatar Soup Miner 10 comments | 27th May 2013, 01:34 AM

I'd never witnessed the beginning of a moonrise before yesterday.
That fucker was 700 times too big. It was moderately terrifying.

avatar bojidar4oto 30 comments | 26th May 2013, 10:35 AM

The first human colony on Mars!
Launch is planned for September 2022. You can apply on the site above, and with luck you can become an astronaut yourself!

avatar TJB 2 comments | 23rd May 2013, 20:51 PM

I went to see Sean Lock yesterday with my dad and brothers. It was quite good, but the only picture I have available to me is this wonderfully high quality image. I linked it instead of making it visible on the off chance that anyone else on TWHL is going to that tour. As he said during the show, the whole impact of that costume is that you're not expecting it, so if everyone heard about it beforehand nobody would laugh.
Since there wasn't any supporting act, Sean Lock's actual act was about twice as long as Frankie Boyle's was, as both shows were about two hours.
Afterwards, my cheeks were pretty sore from laughing, which is about the only possible reason I could think of to not go if you get the chance.

Aside from the act, the theatre itself was pretty cool. It had an old fashioned look, and while that photo doesn't seem to show it, being there made it seem that it was actually taller than it was wide. We were on the second row of the top balcony, and it was steep enough that we had a pretty good view of the stage.

avatar JeffMOD 4 comments | 18th May 2013, 21:04 PM

Watched all 13 episodes of Elfen Lied today. I have to say, despite what Soup Miner thought of it back in '09, I thought it was a pretty good series. Very, very graphic at times, and a lot of characters were, well, complete and total scumbags, but I very much enjoyed the issues of morality and humanity/"what is a person". (Which I always do)

Also, Soup, I know this is 5 years late, but a couple things;
"Also "they are born to kill humans" is a fucking lame explanation for superhumans that go on insane killing sprees."
IMO, that's simply an excuse used by the scientists to justify what they're doing. [Ironic, considering what's happening at the top.] Personally, I think the truth is simply what you suggested would be a better explanation; Psychological issues. If you're mistreated for your entire life for being a bit different, you gonna snap and kill someone. Everyone.
"Dead should mean dead"
Keep in mind you never actually see the outcome of that fight, though. She appears to gets the crap beaten shot out of her, but it's possible she won out or escaped in the end.

Anyway, pretty good anime, if one that had to be cut down a lot from the manga (so I've heard) to fit into the series. If you like anime or philosophical discussions, (or both) I'd recommend it, assuming you're 18 or older; There is quite a lot of nudity, graphic violence, language, and mature subject matter.

avatar Ghost129er 6 comments | 18th May 2013, 11:07 AM

My attempt: November Rain Solo


Its still not the best, but hey, its still a WIP. Will definately improve, but for now, enjoy. Ps, I have no Idea wtf I did, but its not stereo and one speaker wont work, leave it for now, dont worry, you headphones or speaker system hasn't goofed up, YET.



avatar ciba43 3 comments | 18th May 2013, 09:03 AM

What am I doing right now?
Playing BMS and writing this message.

avatar Ghost129er 8 comments | 16th May 2013, 19:01 PM

So I'm playing CS:S and the volume is pretty loud (Yeah, with two subwoofers and sony music systems, like that's not gonna make noise)

So moving on, I had the M4A1 with custom sounds, and I was using it loud (Not suppressed). So mom's like:
"Put the volume down you little bastard!"
And I'm like what do you want me to do?!?
"Put on the silencer duh", my little sister interrupts.
"Wow, that's actually a damn good idea, why the fuck did I not think about that..." Says I xD

So I put the silencer mom and start shooting like mad.
"Is it good now mom?!? (Asks sarcastically)"
"Yeah better, I can barely hear it." Says mom.
My sister and I just burst into laughter laughing our asses off, It wasnt real life, but in the end, that's what the bloody thing was supposed to do! xD

(Ps maybe mom didn't call me a little bastard, but she said my name, thats for sure :3 )

avatar Sajo 13 comments | 15th May 2013, 01:24 AM

Hey there;
I'm still practicing Source mapping and modeling.
Here are several WIP screenshots from my not so very secret Source mod/game;
They are a bit dull at the moment, more debris/pipes/vents/wires etc. to come, but do tell me what you think anyway (:

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avatar JeffMOD 13 comments | 11th May 2013, 11:48 AM

Went to the movies last night with a couple of friends who went off to uni this year. We saw Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby.

Iron Man 3 was great
Gatsby was decent, much better than the '60s version we had to watch in class.

But the reason I'm writing this journal, is because during the trailers for Gatsby, one for World War Z came on.

You know where I'm going with this.

I saw 3.5 seconds of Archie and it was awesome.

avatar TheGrimReafer 10 comments | 2nd May 2013, 00:21 AM

I'll bet you're all wondering why the competition results haven't been released yet.

I've been working some uber-crunch hours on TUG, an upcoming voxel game from my company Nerd Kingdom. We've just released a kick-starter, and now that it's over I should be able to judge the competition this weekend.

Tell me what you think!

avatar Soup Miner 4 comments | 1st May 2013, 17:35 PM

I want to share one of my favorite moments in gaming: the end of stage 4-7, "Fickle Companion," in Braid.

For those of you not well-versed in Braid, this is one of many stages in which time only moves in the direction that you are physically moving. Not moving causes time to stand still.
The end of this stage involves a friendly stuffed dinosaur trying to tell you that the princess is in another castle... except he can't because time stops if you stop to listen to him. So you have to keep running, running away, as the dinosaur asks, "Wait, where are you going?!"

What gets me about this scene is that it depicts isolation so brutally perfectly. It's impossible for the dinosaur to know why Tim is running away, and Tim has no way of stating his case to the dinosaur. It becomes overwhelmingly apparent in this scene that it is absolutely impossible for anyone to interact with Tim, even if they wanted to. And Tim, being the only one aware of this issue, can't do anything about it.
The player has to force Tim to trudge onward, but doing so seems less like an accomplishment and more like a sad revelation about Tim.

That's just one of my favorite moments in gaming.

avatar Dimbeak 16 comments | 1st May 2013, 00:23 AM

Check out my new setup.

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avatar The_(c)Striker 13 comments | 28th April 2013, 13:07 PM

As skals linked in the shoutBOX ...

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Math uni looks like real fun when the teacher plots results on the blackboard, but the moment I am given a problem to solve, I'm lost. Watching the teacher writing different equations and formulas that transform like magic in weird geometric figures is interesting and gives me the feel of a geek. It's somewhat like the feeling of watching a geeky film. The feeling is shattered once I realize how fun would it be able to play with such math, but I can't.

Then there's differential equations, which are crap.

avatar Habboi 17 comments | 21st April 2013, 11:06 AM

Hey dudes, how are you doing? Anything interesting happening on TWHL lately? I've neglected my visits here so thought I'd pop by on my surfboard. I'm currently enjoying the sun as it's got a lot warmer now and other than that I'm working on an indie game, A Hat in Time. Lots of work to do but it'll be interesting to see how it's received in the coming months, you'll see :)

Anyway I have an ulterior motive, we help each other out from time to time right? Would you guys be super cool and use the power of your facebook accounts (if you have one) to vote for a design I made for a Dark Souls 2 compo.

If you don't know the Souls series is an awesome open RPG adventure game that's labelled as the hardest game of this era. It's tough sure but not unfair tough :P It's one of my favourite games because of how varied it is. Plus it has an "invasion" mechanic which I love to bits. It essentially allows you to invade another persons game and try to kill them or ruin their day, whatever suits you :)

Anyway Dark Souls 2 was announced and with it a competition to design a shield. DS1 had the same compo but it was hidden and most people missed it like myself. Unfortunately the people running the compo are idiots, they allowed voting day 1 which means all new submissions are lost on page 50 :P

So I'm basically calling all favours, all friends etc. It would be swell if you could log on and just vote for my submission. I only need to be in the top 30 to go to stage 2 which is when the devs pick 2 winners from each shield template. Since I'm in UK I did the Europe shield and went with a theme I love, invading :)

Well there's the story, I need YOU (Madcow: U!) to help a fellow TWHL'er and friend to reach the top :)

Here's link:

It's an app that only works on PC, sorry :<

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TLDR: Click link above and vote for me bitches :P

avatar kraken 16 comments | 19th April 2013, 18:51 PM

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Left to right, ZombieLoffe, me and Trapt.

We had a nice gathering in Melbourne whilst ZombieLoffe was travelling Australia.

avatar The_(c)Striker 12 comments | 14th April 2013, 22:20 PM

Yup... I guess I'm changing my prefix... :).

avatar Ghost129er 8 comments | 14th April 2013, 14:07 PM

Hello all!

Im doing a extensive mind map on: Gaming!

So I'd just like a few words describing, or what ever comes to you in gaming in words, not sentences or phrases, as it has to be a mind map.


avatar Soup Miner 13 comments | 12th April 2013, 16:41 PM

Wake up, check Facebook.
"Happy birthday, Sean!"
Check TWHL.
"Happy birthday, Soup!"

I can't lie, I forgot today was my birthday. Thanks for keeping me in the know, everyone :P

avatar JeffMOD 9 comments | 3rd April 2013, 23:34 PM

We trudge through our lives, day by day, step by step. We eat, we breathe, we sleep, we survive.
In short, we exist. But it's not enough to merely exist. Exisitence for existence's sake is failure. To truly be sucessful, we have to live.
And to live, we have to think, feel, fall in love, and create.
It's not always easy to live. We have our share of bumps and bruises along the way. We'll think things that just aren't true, feel emotions that we'd rather not. Perhaps we develop feelings for the wrong person, or find that something we've created has a fatal flaw. Maybe we simply fall flat on our faces and break something. Human bodies are fragile like that.
But we can't let those brusies stop us. If we become bitter over them, then we'll have lost sight of what truly matters. In order to keep living, we have to keep striving for our goals. Because it's our goals that make us human.
So don't despair. It's too early to give up. Pick yourself up off the floor, dust yourself off, and get back on your road. Because there's still much to learn. There are a million things left to feel. You will find your true love. And before you close your eyes one last time, you'll make something wonderful.

Because even though you died, you lived first.

avatar JeffMOD 6 comments | 1st April 2013, 11:15 AM

Happy April Fools!
Here's the official thingy/

Original Post:
Exciting news on the Hazard Course development front! We are pleased to announce Hazard Course: Infinity, and the position of writer being finally filled!

Sadly, there is also some...less good news, but on the bright side, I may be actually getting a payday from this.

avatar Soup Miner 12 comments | 31st March 2013, 21:30 PM

I took my car in for some fixes on Friday. Because it was a holiday weekend, nobody I knew was in town to give me a ride home. Instead of waiting at the shop, I took a 4-hour walk.
It was nice to just walk.

The follow day--Saturday--I got home from work and decided to boot up CS 1.6. I can't remember the last time I played CS. It was nice; so nice that I was inspired to boot up Hammer--also something I haven't done in some time. I started building this. I hope I stay motivated to finish the map.
It was nice.

This was a nice weekend. I feel good about myself.

avatar The_(c)Striker 3 comments | 31st March 2013, 09:31 AM

Have you guys heard about Coursera?
It's a website where you can enroll in some courses held by different colleges around the world. They are totally free, or so it seems.
But there are a lot of interesting things there, and you even get a certificate for attending them( but I think it is this certificate that isn't free).

- What is the actual method of "attending" these courses? I couldn't find out, is it participating in some kind of conference like you'd do with google+?

- Is it compulsory to attend all the hours? If so, this is hard to manage for people with a busy schedule.

- Finally, what do you think about all this?

avatar ninja defuse 5 comments | 26th March 2013, 19:06 PM

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avatar rufee 12 comments | 25th March 2013, 13:14 PM

Well since we are all about datacenters now:
The balcony datacenter was moved to the basement :)

So i changed the shit TP-Link to a more business oriented Mikrotik RB2011 router, which works like a charm. Added an older 1.3 Ghz Duron (I hate AMD, but il take what i can get) to act as my web server. Modified the UPS to work with a car battery in case the power goes and you never know when it will in a basement :D .
Both servers have 2 HDD's and they back them selves up by copying the necessary files to another drive (makeshift RAID 1).

Reasons for moving:
1. No more noise out of the balcony at night.
2. Free power.
3. Closer to the ISP's switches with which i like to tinker :)

Recently acquired a few motherboards to turn into a few working boxes
Socket 604 mobo, sadly it just does not want to turn on, some weird AGP-pro issue :(
Socket 478 with a Pentium 4, just needs some low density ram and its good to go.

The existing machines are running stable for more than 3 months since i moved them there.

avatar fate 7 comments | 23rd March 2013, 06:11 AM

Shit, its been a while, Have not been on this site is such a long time, have been working and doing the school thing. Lost all my time to do what I love, and that is dick around with half-life and making maps and what not. How are all of you? This is the first website I have visited in my new datacenter, if you wanna see what it looks like you can check out the security cam @ or the panoramic cam is, note the pan cam, takes a couple minutes to load all four images for some reason.

avatar Daubster 8 comments | 19th March 2013, 01:55 AM

This should be made into a mod.

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avatar TJB 4 comments | 15th March 2013, 22:57 PM

I just made myself a little pinhole monacle out of a copper pipe.

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Basically you put the large hole to your eye and look at stuff through the small hole. It's surprisingly effective, while my left eye is quite short sighted I can read 2 inch high lettering at about 7 metres using this. It lets you focus on things fairly well at any distance, however it is limited by the fact that the small aperture only lets in a small amount of light, so it doesn't work well in dim light.

I got the idea when my friend forgot his glasses the other day which prevented him from taking notes in a lecture, so I kerjiggered a monacle together out of a piece of paper. I thought I might try making a more permanent one.
I sanded it a bit to shine it up, although unfortunately there are marks on one end from the vice.

I also haven't got round to making a remote ignition system for the pulse-jet engine from my last journal, as I have yet to get some long enough wires. Maybe in the next few weeks I will.

avatar Instant Mix 5 comments | 15th March 2013, 21:50 PM

Trying-to-get-to-university update #idontcareanymore

Just saying. Unconditional offer from edinburgh. Clean slate of unconditionals, so goddamn happy right now.

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