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avatar Jessie 13 comments | 20th April 2017, 12:39 PM

*Solved*
I need to confer with some fellow mappers about a map element I have in mind. (For HLDM.)

The idea would be an elevator of sorts, but without any moving platforms. There would be a square platform, with other levels of square platforms directly above/below. The players should be able to move upward/downward through the platforms at will, but also be able to walk across the platforms normally. Movement between platforms should be smooth, probably controlled with gravity. Ideally, players would be able to shoot through the platforms.

What do you suppose the best way to try to implement such a system be?
Main issues:
- Being able to pass through a platform one can walk and stand on.
- Movement between those platforms.
- Consideration of multiple players. (If it works apart from this, suggest it anyway. I might still have a use for it.)

Worst comes to worst, I'll just make regular elevators, but hey, if we can come up with a working system for this...

avatar Crollo 16 comments | 14th April 2017, 07:19 AM

Something I'm trying to wrap my head around...
7 Months ago, August 20th 2016, I quit smoking by trading it with vaping, after 4 years of smoking.
First few months I noticed I wasn't having the miraculous health & mental improvements that you hear about from ex-smokers and quitting smoking catalogs. The way I understood it at the time was that I would feel like a non-smoker but with the stimulant effect of nicotine.

Fast forward 5-6 months and I'm definitely not feeling all that much better (or even different) than I did while smoking, and through a few quit attempts I'm almost certain the nicotine itself is to blame.

While I don't believe vaping is the horrible devil that certain people seem to try and make it out to be, I'm not entirely certain about the peachy image that people try to make out of it.
Any negative experiences with it (such as mine, more on that later), seem to be argued almost exclusively with anecdotal evidence (you're stupid and don't know how to use a vape, you must have health problems unrelated to vaping, etc), with no consideration that perhaps vaping itself may contribute negative side effects.
The positive experiences are also almost entirely anecdotal: "I feel better"; You've been smoking your entire adult life, so how can I define exactly what "feeling better" means exactly?
Does feeling better means you're just happy to not be hacking up a lung, regardless of how both the nicotine and the delivery system (inhaling vapor particles comprised of pg, vg & nicotine) affect you? Or do you somehow know what it is like to have lived as an adult for any period of time, for some stupid reason took up smoking and then finally took up vaping, before sharing your experience?

Now what's been bouncing around inside my head is this:
Smokers are the most common type of addict. They will lie, blatantly ignore all types of evidence that they are harming themselves, defend their habits to a great degree of irrationality, and change their lifestyles and goals based on the physical and mental limitations imposed by smoking.
I have heard many stories about people's experiences with vaping... I also vividly recall many stories about smoking years ago. Hmph...

Now where this becomes interesting for me is that despite the claims of "feeling like new" I've heard so often from vapers, there is a very distinct disparity between said vapers I've met, vs non-smokers.
I worked in a vape shop for a few months and met quite a selection of vapers, and not a single person I've met has stood out to me in any regard... While the non-smokers (other than the ones who handicap themselves by being greatly unhealthy in other regards) I've met have always stood out to me greatly with their energy and "sharpness", even if they aren't strictly "healthy".

But finally, ask a vaper if they consider themselves an addict.
Many of them will (and I have heard it myself as well) claim that vaping is much healthier than smoking and that they only continue to vape because they enjoy it (which indirectly says they could easily quit if they wanted to, although I've also heard that part said directly many times as well).
Now, tell a vaper about how you left your vape at home and often they will completely reverse over their previous statements and join in with how nervous, anxious and stressed they were in previous situations where they couldn't vape for some reason or another.

So I ask two questions: Have we simply created a more digital addiction that solves none of the problems from before?
And can we say with certainty that vaping can even approach the quality of life of a non-smoker?

And with all that said,
April 14 2017-I quit vaping.
I look forward to the next few days of absolute anxiety hell from nicotine withdrawals... Thanks for reading. :)

avatar Snehk 4 comments | 13th April 2017, 15:30 PM

Took on an UAV VLOS course (drone pilot, with the aircraft within visual line of sight - in human language). Spent whole day in a hospital to get through medical examination yesterday and got papers allowing me to start flying courses.

Starting with extremely boring lectures that are hard to memorise/comprehend due to data overflow (too many small details six hours a day, quite badly introduced at that). Add to it that the instructor looks like Bruce Lee incarnate, which kinda distracts...

Out of 30 hours of the course, 3 are meant for simulated flights and only 3 for real flying. Licence for this type of aircrafts have to be renewed every 5 years, but you get assigned to government pilot list.

avatar Shepard62700FR 23 comments | 11th April 2017, 19:01 PM

So, I'm an uncle from now on.

Should I teach him programming/mapping or both in a few years ? ^^

avatar Tetsu0 10 comments | 11th April 2017, 14:53 PM

I'm streaming on Twitch!! Www.twitch.tv/tetsu0sh0

Well not right now...

I plan to stream every Tuesday night at around 8:00pmEST EDT (GMT-4). possible Sunday streams as well depending on how my weekends go.

I'll be mostly mapping but there might be some modeling thrown in there too. This will be related to half life 1 and 2 mapping and modding.

There will be a lot of trial and error but that's how it goes.

Tune in tonight for the first scheduled stream!
I'm working on a hl2 map where there's half fps problem solving and action, half 3rd person space shuttle flying.

Last time on the stream I got the ship controls working but they're difficult to use and they can be vastly improved. I'll be upgrading the control scheme tonight!

I hope to see you there!

avatar Archie 6 comments | 8th April 2017, 05:37 AM

I got to see one of my favourite bands of all time last night. Utterly, utterly phenomenal performance - somehow from a bunch of geriatrics.

My voice is gone from singing and shouting, my ears are ringing and I can't stop grinning.

avatar satchmo 5 comments | 1st April 2017, 03:59 AM

My dad is recovering from open heart surgery.

He's been through a lot, but the worst is over.

avatar Instant Mix 4 comments | 30th March 2017, 18:25 PM

Give a shit about Quantum Computing?
Want to know why my Compo 34 entry is nonexistant?
Want to potentially learn something fascinating?

Well, have I got the PDF for you!
Download me here!

In all seriousness, I've spent the last semester alongside a bunch of other Computational Physicists who've been tasked with writing up a classical simulation of a quantum computer. Not only this, but we've also provided as much potential background information that you may want, including a nice introduction to quantum mech & quantum computation.

You'll probably need some knowledge of matrices and algebra ( Don't worry if you don't understand all the equations, in all honesty I don't really know them either, however can explain what they all do.)

I have password protected the document as it techically is coursework and therefore don't really want it circulating, however I trust everyone here at twhl doesn't want to ruin my life. Honestly though, if you are interested in this stuff, it's 35 pages of pure joy. The password should be obvious.

avatar Striker 7 comments | 22nd March 2017, 11:13 AM

Hammer, although having a spartanic interface, is still a role model for other level editors through its common sense. And this, after almost 20 years from its conception.

2016 GDC talk

avatar DiscoStu 7 comments | 21st March 2017, 17:53 PM

> "Unable to update apps. Insufficient storage space on device."
> Check, 480MB free
> Uninstall 2 apps and clear data cache
> 400MB free

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avatar Ghost129er 3 comments | 15th March 2017, 21:16 PM

So, uh, made a temporary TWHL Discord channel which I will remove once PB or some Admin has made the official discord channel.

http://discord.gg/qr6ufCH

Hope y'all can use it for VoIP in the DM server and stuff like that, though we already have VoIP in game, it's still cool if others want to chat and would rather not spam the Shoutbox me thinks.

Mainly did this because I couldn't find Archie's TeamSpeak channel IP that we used on the CS:GO comp and was like, welp, I'ma just do this.

Admins, if you want me to delete the channel, say so, will do it instantly. I will be manually filtering members, so keep that in mind. This is mostly for the frequently TWHL active members.

Gl, hf peeps.

avatar Admer456 15 comments | 14th March 2017, 21:50 PM

This day came, the day when I played CS 1.6, in my school, with my rival (she always gets A's, lol), while my classmates were watching me.

It all came as an agreement between my class teacher and me. Basically, I was refusing to decide to go on the future school trip to Montenegro.
So, we made a compromise, and arranged this little "event".

In fact, this could be the best maths class ever! I wish there be more moments like this.

My classmates didn't believe me that I made the school map in 7th grade, so I showed them the actual map. (and I'm the only one in my school, lol)

Unfortunately, I cannot copy-paste the whole blog here because it would take too much time. It's 22:50 here, that's 10:50PM!
So, you can still read it here.

avatar Crollo 4 comments | 11th March 2017, 15:55 PM

So I've been playing Rainbow Six: Siege quite a bit lately after finally having a decent enough system to run it, and I have to say I am massively disappointed with it.

I love the game to death as a concept.
I love the tactical, slow and methodical teamwork that is involved as attackers, as well as the strategic gameplay of the defenders. It is incredibly satisfying to take your time, plan out your attack/defense [in real time], coordinate it with your team and come out on top.
However, I found that the netcode absolutely wasted all of the effort that was put into these ideas, and would go as far as saying the game is unplayable in it's current state.

A significant portion of my deaths were a result of an enemy managing to pull off what appeared to be super-human reflexes, but the killcam showed they had far more time to shoot me. Sometimes they would not even appear on my screen at all and yet I was on their screen for more than half a second before they killed me. Mind you none of the games I played had ping any higher than 90, and many of these deaths had people with twice(!!!) my ping.

My very first few rounds I felt that I simply was rushing myself too much, but some very apparent patterns began to form once I had gotten comfortable with the controls and overall gameplay.
So after a particularly bad game, I decided to try and do some research into the netcode of the game and I found this.
I cannot even begin to understand how ubisoft could possibly believe this acceptable not only because this is a game highly touted as a "competitive" game, but also because the entire basis of this game relies on accurate information between client/server. It is simply not fun to have the drop on somebody, only to have them rush around a corner and one-shot you in a nanosecond.
Even more abysmally, ubisoft has acknowledged the issues, and claimed they would fix them over a year ago.

If I was asked to summarize my experience with Siege, I would simply say don't bother. With the netcode in it's current state, you may get lucky and earn a few good kills but the netcode will take the rest of your efforts and beat you over the head with them until you give up.

avatar Striker 5 comments | 10th March 2017, 08:57 AM

It's gonna make the resonance cascade a real thing. I guarantee it.
The 10 pettaWatt laser facility.

avatar satchmo 4 comments | 5th March 2017, 05:08 AM

I spent the evening teaching my son about displacement surface and light_environment entity.

avatar DiscoStu 11 comments | 25th February 2017, 18:17 PM

x=11111
y=10
z=x-y

avatar Admer456 7 comments | 23rd February 2017, 21:29 PM

On the 23rd of February, 2002, my tiny village was surprised by something big: me!

I turned 15 today :D
One more year of living, but 1 year closer to my death, lol.

Also, I did my maths test today, I hope I'll get an A :)
And, here's a catchy Roki's song for the ones who like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j2DdvktKLc

avatar Dr. Orange 11 comments | 18th February 2017, 10:51 AM

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Cryptic birthday journal.

avatar satchmo 5 comments | 13th February 2017, 13:14 PM

I'm trying to attend E3 this year. For the first time, it's open to the public.

Tickets go on sale this morning!

avatar The Mad Carrot 3 comments | 12th February 2017, 15:48 PM

On April 10th 2012, one of my cats passed away.

Today, her sister passed away.

Sleep well, my little dingus you. :(

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avatar Admer456 22 comments | 7th February 2017, 18:59 PM

I made a video. It's about me compiling a map on my laptop:

https://youtu.be/ewaI2SssatE

As you can see, this is what I deal with every day :)
Made with Sony Vegas 11 10.

Basically, this has been my entire life since 2015. This is why I really want to build my PC.

avatar sample vodka 16 comments | 18th January 2017, 19:57 PM

lol, is in this site any banned user?

avatar Ghost129er 15 comments | 3rd January 2017, 04:44 AM

Artist: Paul Hardcastle
Released: 17 February 1985
Type: Single

avatar Tetsu0 7 comments | 1st January 2017, 06:06 AM

As of a couple minutes ago, 2017 is a thing. I hope everyone has a fantastic year and finds great satisfaction in their achievements!

avatar hfc 10 comments | 9th December 2016, 21:52 PM

hello this is my first journal. finally decided to start making a real mod or a big serious map to complete it 100 percent. and since my exams started too ill only make very little progress everytime. now i have to develop a good concept for my mod. i got multiple concepts but non of them will useful in this project. since i want to make a successful and popular mod/map i need to get a good idea.

avatar Admer456 10 comments | 3rd December 2016, 23:22 PM

Turkish. Why Turkish?

I know, it's good to know as many as possible, but seriously, Turkish!? Here's the short story: (HEY! TL;DR at the bottom!)

Back in 6th grade, my classmates and I had to vote. We chose our 2nd foreign language. We could choose between Arabic, German and Turkish. 80% of them chose Turkish because they thought it was cool and good to know. The other 20% knew what's really good for us: German.

As it turned out, it was only good to know, nothing else. It's not cool, I don't like it that much.
It's quite limited sometimes, due to the lack of prepositions, and:

- It's SOV.
English is SVO, and verbs always go last in Turkish. Very inconvenient.
I'm not saying it's bad, I actually met a friend because of it.

I'm just saying it was a mistake. I mean, there are Turks in Germany, a lot of them.

Just like every other class did, my class should've chosen German. It's so much more useful, and easier than Turkish. Deutsch ist leicht :) Ich liebe.

And then, oh my God! Awful, it was just awful. I was rounding up C's and B's and sometimes an F in Turkish. I barely got it concluded with a B in 6th grade.

In 7th grade, I started out terribly, with an F. The old teacher was replaced by a new one. So, we were walking down the stairs, and us 2 had a discussion about my success in school. Darn, what a plot twist right there!

I was actually becoming better over time. Not just in Turkish, but every other subject. My GPA in 6th grade was 4.15, and in 7th grade it was 4.75. Massive plot twist.

Of course, that was my ex-crush's fault. I loved her so much I changed myself from the ground-up.

But I still didn't know the basics in Turkish. Especially numbers, colours, days and months. I was hiding that from everyone. I had A's in Turkish, but I was hiding my lack of knowledge.

Fast-forward to 9th grade, I am still getting A's in Turkish.
Since this is my last year in elementary school, I'll say goodbye to Turkish.

Why? Because we have German in high-school! :D
Yup, this last school year, and then I'm over with elementary school. Finally. Next stop: a gymnasium in Stolac

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About the part with my former love, I actually danced waltz with her on Wednesday. I couldn't believe I was so close to her.

I am no more in love with her, because I have a beautiful, tall, imaginary girlfriend who is a fox-girl (therefore, she's literally furry). Better than nothing, I guess.
(I think I got the name right, waltz, we just say "valcer" (vaal-tser))

Regarding her (not the imaginary GF), I think we just need to hang out a little bit, because she is still "held back" by the 6th-grader me. I have changed ever since, she should know.

TL;DR
I ramble about how choosing Turkish (as a 2nd foreign) was a mistake. In high school I will have to learn German from start, although I can read it, and I know a bit of it.

And, here are the other ones I know:
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Russian (malo i ploho) and Spanish (Y no hablo espanol). Turkish and German are already mentioned, and English is just so obvious.

And for you Turkish-speakers! I really apologize if I hurt you. Your language is really fun and interesting to learn. In Bosnian we have many Turkish words: karpuz - karpuza, yastik - jastuk (I know, it's the "soft I") and so on...

I just think it's not that useful in the EU countries as German. But hey, Turkish found me a friend (who is a mapper), so...

avatar Loulimi 4 comments | 6th November 2016, 20:36 PM

Striker was quite recently talking about dreams within dreams (http://twhl.info/journals.php?id=8751) and I just experienced a quite interesting one.
I feel like I dreamt a lot. I made a few spooky nightmares, some more spooky than others.
Anyway, at one point, I decided to wake up as I needed to go to the toilets. But my room was completely dark, and as I stood up, I got nervous and tried to find the switch. I found it, flipped it, but it just wouldn't work. I panicked a little bit and decided to exit my room. The rest of the flat was equally dark, except maybe the kitchen. I heard someone in it, probably a flatmate. However, as I just walked past my door, I fell to the ground. I then desperately tried to stand up, but I just couldn't move. My heart started beating extremely fast, Igot paralysed, and there were other feelings of the same kind I just can't put words on. I then heard the person who was in the kitchen getting closer to me until I could see their feet. I think that person was saying something but it was getting harder and harder to listen to them to the point where I couldn't simply hear anything.
And then, I woke up again, this time for real, I hope. I've got to admit though, this is pretty scary to wake up from a scary nightmare in the exact same room where your dream was taking place, it's like I'm living in the exact same place where I died a few minutes ago.

avatar Striker 5 comments | 27th October 2016, 19:04 PM

I tried Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in Project Cars and Hover Junkers.
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