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avatar Dimbeak 3 comments | 22nd June 2013, 00:38 AM
avatar Stojke 5 comments | 20th June 2013, 08:05 AM

Whats up TWHL, long time no Journal?

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I had in mind to write an journal for a longer period of time now. I was thinking of showing off some of the things i managed to get a hold off and some project i had started. But since Zeeba made an TWHL room video topic i thought id keep that for than.

Not much has been happening lately. Been spending some time learning programming above what they teach us on College and started some CS maps i had an idea for.
I had finished first year of my IT college last week. Passed all 6 exams i had for the second semester, last week, in the first exam period. So now I'm free for almost 4 months to do what the heck i want.
Kinda hard to map and enjoy my self to its fullest due to extreme heat. Yesterday i almost lit on fire in Belegrades Ada Ciganlia beach. +37 degrees in the shade. Crazy weather.
I don't have an AC at home, but i dont think i really need it, could use a fan though.

My current projects are:
1. Building an 80486 system with the following components:
Motherboard: UM486/UM486SX
CPU: 100MHz 80486 DX4
RAM: 16MB 30 pin simms 50ns (fastest memory of this type)
GPU: Tseng Labs ET4000AX 1MB
HDD/Floppy controller: Adaptec 1542CF
HDD: 3GB Fast-SCSI Quantum Fireball
Sound: Sound Blaster CT2230 (16 PRO) / SB 1350B clone (will replace)
Casing: An big ass steel casing that weights 20kg empty.

I am thinking of getting an SB PRO 2 and an Roland Sound Canvas 55. Found one but is quite expencive.

2. Fixing an LiteON power supply. 550W of quality power supply. Dont know whats wrong with it. Everything in side is in perfect order, no damage no nothing. But on high load it just shuts down instantly. One person suspects its the capacitors. But thats strange because they are as new.

3. Finalizing my NT4 workstation Dual Pentium 1 to run Half Life alpha with Voodoo Monster 3D. I want to enable sound trough Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold, even though its way from the future compared to the PC it self.
Also thinking of trying Final Fantasy 7 PC beta with 3DFX GLide support.
Also finalizing my Voodoo 5 rig. The only thing i need are PC casing and power supply. Power supply is giving me troubles because of auxiliary power output that got abandoned after P4. Am thinking of changing the MoBo for an MSI K7D Master.

4. Various deathrun and knife maps. I really like the retro feel of mapping, but i also like the buffed up detail. Kinda hard to decide which way to go, driving me nuts :)

Selling most of my stuff i dont need. Having multiple active hobbies, being an student and having an girlfriend is quite heavy on the wallet :D
And so on and so on.

Here are some pictures from this year:

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Lambda rock :D

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Summer time chillin

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Strawberries :O

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Don't let your girlfriend touch your shit

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Mah new hat ( the kercheif is Bob Marley Songs of Freedom )

And last but not least:

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Nina-chan! I am teaching her mapping as we speak. Hopefully she will retain as much interest into it as she has now :D

Well thats for now, more to come when projects finalize!

avatar The_(c)Striker 4 comments | 19th June 2013, 22:42 PM

Just came back to the dorms. I have a fan blowing my face and I still feel like being in a sauna. AND IT'S NIGHT TIME.
What the heck is with all this sudden heat?!

avatar Kurosaki Ichigo 2 comments | 14th June 2013, 16:02 PM

While I'm not currently mapping anything (that will arrive one day), I am currently active with my SoundCloud.

You won't find any original music by me but instead playlists of some of my tastes in music. I update them often sometimes removing and adding tracks or making new playlists.

So once again (again?), I'll be lurking around here as per usual.

avatar Ghost129er 4 comments | 12th June 2013, 17:37 PM

I just updated CS Source, my whole HAMMER CONFIG IS FUCKED! I tried resetting the settings and changing them to where the cs folder was moved during the update, now it crashes, and shit happens, any source mappers got this problem?

And steam:

CONGRATULATIONS ON FUCKING UP SOURCE AND BREAKING IT WITH TOOLS ONCE AGAIN YOU BASTARDS. (Gotta put this on steam :3 )

avatar Dimbeak 5 comments | 11th June 2013, 20:06 PM

Alright, so this is something cool I found in the CSGO: Making the Short video.

At one part, you can see the computer screen as they work on SFM... and you see this.

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Do you see that in the corner? Maybe if I zoom it in a bit more?

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Half-Life 3 confirmed.

avatar The_(c)Striker 5 comments | 8th June 2013, 22:54 PM

Why is it that every time I try hard to concentrate on studying, my imagination kicks in even harder? This is a burden.
And when I've got plenty of free time my imagination is sucked into a void.

avatar bojidar4oto 4 comments | 8th June 2013, 11:29 AM

Have you ever tried mapping your favourite space ship from any sci-fi series? I tried in Goldsource first - did the front section of the ship and I couldn't compile it - the map is too large - normal for GS. So I turned to Source. It compiles it and works great - surprisingly without any lag on my 10 years antique - but as soon as I close hammer, it starts crashin' every time I try to load the map again and continue...

P.S.: Whait, did I said I'm trying to build it in real size?

avatar hlife_hotdog 10 comments | 8th June 2013, 01:13 AM

I am still alive, contrary to popular belief and I do still visit you guys almost every day. I've been struggling to do any mapping, work makes me too tired and I end up playing one of the many games I have on my to-play list.

I've rebooted my blog again, focusing on journalism and games, the net and all that kind of thing. I like it better this way, it was serving as a crappy personal blog before. I'm managing to keep it updated, every Friday.

http://hlifehotdog.blogspot.com.au/

[EDIT] Wow, it's been almost a year since my last journal.

avatar Kurosaki Ichigo 3 comments | 7th June 2013, 16:46 PM

It's been a loooong time.

First semester of 2nd year uni has come to an end after too much time leaving my computer on to render things for both 3ds Max and Maya, getting back in to acting through my Film & TV minor and thoroughly not enjoying a unit based around ARG's.

Still haven't opened Hammer in yonks and am still lurking here not logged in, as per usual. That is all.

avatar Suture 15 comments | 7th June 2013, 11:19 AM

I have no journals?

avatar Skals 6 comments | 4th June 2013, 22:30 PM

I remember when I was 16 I used to take the train to college, it would be fully packed in the morning, I had these crappy pair of earphones; people could hear what I was listening to when sitting around me. I remember one day for some reason I was listening to Natural Born Killaz by Dr Dre & Ice Cube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9-M2tqIX38) some crazy song, and I got the dirties looks from people all around the train car, and I was just sitting there wondering why everyone was staring at me.
Oh god why...
I know one time I walked out of a train station with that song on, and some black dude just turned around and stared at me with an expression like 'is this guy for real' and I just smiled, I only clocked later that he could hear it.
Times be Cray.

avatar Rimrook 5 comments | 3rd June 2013, 19:23 PM
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

apply.mars-one.com

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

Link: https://soundcloud.com/ghost129er/november-rain-solo-1
-ghost129er

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.

MUHAHAHAHHAHA

Ghost

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

TROLOLOLOL!
(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: https://apps.facebook.com/darksoulsii/?gallery&actio
n=view&id=1351

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.