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

Happy April Fools!
Here's the official thingy/

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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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avatar Tetsu0 9 comments | 15th March 2013, 03:36 AM

Displacements just got 4000% easier <3

1) Use face normal mode when modifying displacements
2) Alt+Right-Click the face you would like to modify. The displacement axis maps perpendicular to the face
3) (I previously knew this but...) Holding Shift while moving a displacement vertex makes positioning your mesh much easier.

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Fml i wish i knew this 6 years ago

avatar Dimbeak 21 comments | 13th March 2013, 21:43 PM

I am hosting the very first TWHLCon!

Come one, come all to TWHLCon! Preview your maps, talk with other mappers!

Where: My Mom's Basement

When: Friday at 6:00 PM, but we aren't allowed to stay up past 10

Bring your own snacks, too! I can't wait to see you all here!

avatar The_(c)Striker 4 comments | 11th March 2013, 19:21 PM

I missed this journal by a day!

2000 days ago, I joined this amazing community:

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A lot of time has passed, and TWHL has been one of the companions in my internet journey over the years.

avatar Soup Miner 12 comments | 11th March 2013, 00:28 AM

Most of the coins you use every day were minted before you were born.

avatar The Mighty Atom 43 comments | 7th March 2013, 17:49 PM

Anyone play the new Simcity? I only recently acquired an Origin account and I have 0 friends, I need friends to built with as I'm not going to play with strangers.

avatar Jessie 9 comments | 6th March 2013, 04:29 AM

Everyone knows that I'm Dracula. So I did this.

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Oh, for the custom title here so I can make it "What is a man?" *sigh* A "man" can dream.

avatar kraken 15 comments | 4th March 2013, 15:04 PM

So I have been increasingly spammed by Russian/Cyrillic looking communities on steam.

Turns out an old Jail Break map I a made became minorly popular, and I left my steam_id in the map as proof of authorship, which was a damn easy way for people to track you down.

Still, I can't say how happy it makes me to see people enjoying a map I made, there are lots of pictures on google, tonnes of stat trackers and even (terrible) videos on youtube of it.

The map is Jail_czone.

Edit: Someone even made it in minecraft!:

Google your maps!

avatar The_(c)Striker 17 comments | 4th March 2013, 10:28 AM

I just ate peanut butter for the first time. It's actually not bad.

What do you use this stuff on besides eating it as it is?

avatar 2muchvideogames 14 comments | 4th March 2013, 00:12 AM

When I was around dimbark's age, my computer got some problems and had to be formatted. The computer guy who did the formatting told me the problem was caused by the HL SDK I downloaded. He said it was a 'system developing kit' which screwed up the entire system. So I was a scared little kid who never touched the SDK ever again.


avatar Habboi 16 comments | 1st March 2013, 11:19 AM

Ok guys this looks like the PC I'll be getting based on your feedback. Feel free to crit.

avatar Jessie 6 comments | 27th February 2013, 01:22 AM

Went to a Journey and Deep Purple concert last night.

Loved every minute.

avatar Soup Miner 29 comments | 26th February 2013, 04:56 AM

How reliant on cars are you where you live?

avatar Lajron 9 comments | 25th February 2013, 15:23 PM

My new PC :)

After 6-7years i finally bought a new pc :

Processor : i5 3570k
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD3
Graphics card : MSI HD 7870 Twin Frozr III
RAM Memory : DDR3 2x4GB 1866Mhz

My old pc had a AMD Athlon 2800+ Processor and ATI Radeon x1550 Graphics and 1gb of ram , so you can get the idea how i feel right now :)

avatar DiscoStu 20 comments | 25th February 2013, 04:25 AM



avatar The Mighty Atom 18 comments | 24th February 2013, 12:57 PM

And then this happens (totally not related to previous journal):

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avatar The Mighty Atom 17 comments | 23rd February 2013, 16:06 PM

Got me some new hardware!

Mainboard: Gygabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 990FX - USB 3.0
Processor: AMD Black Edition - AMD FX 8350 - 4 GHz - 8-core - Socket AM3+
Cooler: Scythe Mugen Rev. B PCGH Edition
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x8 GB
Videocard: Club 3D GeForce GTX 680 - 4 GB GDDR5

Far Cry 3 on Ultra settings = drool.

avatar Ghost129er 8 comments | 22nd February 2013, 12:51 PM

During WW2, when project Aphrodite was in full swing.

(Aphrodite was an American "Mistel Project" But using old B-17s flown via radio control after the crew bailed out upon take off.)

One B-17 packed with explosives broke contact from it's handler aircraft. after numerous attempts to reestablish radio control failed, the handler aircraft turned home.

Allowing the explosive laden B-17 to fly until it exhuasted it's fuel and made a wheels up landing into a field in Germany.

Local Wermacht troops witnessed the landing and quickly surrounded the aircraft. They ordered the crew to evacuate the aircraft with thier hands up and surrender.
When they recived no reply, they opened fire......

The crater was 150' wide and 30' deep.

True story.

avatar Captain Terror 3 comments | 20th February 2013, 05:08 AM

Watching the final season of Star Trek: DS9, and wow what a ride!

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Deep Space Nine is the third(i think) incarnation of the Star Trek tv franchise, the last series for me to watch, and i must say it gives voyager a run for it's money as my favourite.

Dominion war is pretty bitchin' and i must say out of all the treks, i feel like the writing is the best for this one. So many good episodes, and truly excellent performances from the cast all-around, not to mention some great comic relief, particularly from some lesser-seen-yet-great alien characters like Garrak or Quark's Brother.

Another thing i love about ds9 is they have some really great "filler" episodes. Some of these standalone shows--that has nothing to do with any of the main story arcs-- had some of the best/meaningful performances of the series(sometimes from the most unlikely of characters), and are among my favourite episodes.

avatar ChickenFist 7 comments | 20th February 2013, 01:32 AM

Looking at my old TWHL journals is always a strange experience. It puts time in a little bit more perspective than I'm comfortable with.

Hi, btw.

avatar Dimbeak 18 comments | 17th February 2013, 02:24 AM

A major complaint about DimQuest that I've received (from people who haven't ever played it) is that it's lacking in structure. Say, battles and whatnot aren't even, and I basically choose everything without anyway of keeping track of health and armor.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the DimQuest Player's Guide.

Presenting how to play the game and the mechanics of battle, equipment, and magic.