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avatar Urby 15 comments | 13th September 2013, 18:40 PM

Hey guys. I don't usually peddle things on other sites, except the Core, but this NEEDS to happen.

http://phonebloks.com/

avatar The_(c)Striker 7 comments | 12th September 2013, 07:53 AM

Objectives:
I'm interested in a data acquisition API that can transmit over Bluetooth the sensor output of an android device. I'm writing the code in C++ since it's the only programming language I know so-and-so.

Any advice is thoroughly appreciated.

avatar Mariowned 16 comments | 11th September 2013, 23:55 PM

I recently built my first computer and decided to build a custom desk to go with it. I drew up some funky designs and brought it to life. It is 7'x7' and completely blocks a huge closet in my room. My bedroom door doesn't open all the way anymore. I got a new sound system for it, different than the one in these pictures, which shakes my floor. Let me know what you all think.

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avatar Archie 9 comments | 11th September 2013, 00:59 AM

Hey, got asked to write a post for my ex-college's blog as a 'success story'. Please can I get some opinions? I'm worried it's too wanky.

Pineapple.

avatar Elliot Lucak 32 comments | 8th September 2013, 08:30 AM

For those dealing with depression:
This is more of a quick tip to help understand some of what's happening. Depression is very complex and different people have it for different reasons. There is no easy guide for depression.

But if you're feeling hopeless, feeling like you can't take it anymore and it's just getting worse and worse and this is going to be your end...

Let's say that before you became depressed, you found yourself to be a strong person. You always found that insults don't get to you and figured [metaphorical] bullies wouldn't faze you like they do other people.
And you're right, the bullies probably didn't get to you, but what you don't realize is somewhere along the lines, it wasn't the bullies that were bullying you...
Somewhere along the lines your own mind became the bully.
Your own mind started telling you that you can't do this and you can't do that, and you believed it.
Because it's your mind, and your mind is always right.

Consider this: If somebody else told you "You're worthless, you're weak, go kill yourself", would you believe them? So why do you believe your mind when it tells you the same thing?

Your mind does not simply learn only good things, it learns everything. It starts taking in all the stress of life and the glorified media, everything everyone else says to you, and it starts to coherently construct it and make you believe it. But in the end, it's all bullshit.

The only person who knows your capabilities, the only person who knows what you can or can not take is YOU. Don't let ANYBODY OR ANYTHING EVER DICTATE TO YOU WHAT YOU ARE WORTH.

So when your brain tries to tell you that you can't handle this anymore, remember: Your brain has been telling you that for so long?
And yet every single day that felt like it was going to be your last, every time it felt like it was truly over... It wasn't... you're still here.

You're strong, and you know it. Don't let your own mind bullshit you otherwise.

avatar DiscoStu 10 comments | 7th September 2013, 06:59 AM

Does anybody here know how to use AutoCad? I've been learning from online material and I think I'm getting the hang of it but there's one thing I still can't get right: scale.

I start up a new drawing, set UNITS to use Metres. Draw everything in Model space by the premise that "1" means 1 metre. All looks good and pretty until I move over to Paper space, where it looks TINY. If I set it to 1:1, it seems to take up the space on paper I'd expect it to take if I set it to 1:100 or something. It would seem that what I used as "1" wasn't interpreted as 1m but maybe 1mm or something. Hence the drawing needs to be set to a much larger scale to take up about the space I expected it to take relative to the printable page.

I've looked online but it doesn't seem to be clear ANYWHERE. I've asked people but haven't gotten a straight answer. Does anybody here know how to get it right?

I need to draw buildings, floor plans. This is one of the things I'm supposed to know if I intend to be an Architect :P

avatar satchmo 12 comments | 6th September 2013, 03:35 AM

My son started his own blog.

After all, he is a first grader now. He can spell, he can type, and he has his own ideas.

avatar ciba43 7 comments | 5th September 2013, 15:14 PM

I was always thinking... Why are we? Then I found out about thousands of planets like earth. Makes me think..... A lot.

avatar Rimrook 14 comments | 4th September 2013, 13:48 PM

You guys are gonna love this shit.

I donated $5 to the humble bundle to get some games, preferably Sims 3. To confirm my banking info, the ghost charge the amount on my account. Basically charging then cancelling. Today, they charged outright, which I didn't have $5 so I overdrawn and was charged $35 by my bank. Essentially I paid $40 for a $20 game. An EA game nonetheless.

I want to start a fire.

avatar bojidar4oto 12 comments | 2nd September 2013, 09:34 AM

I wanna ask you, guys, to point me to some big salary, online job. Real big salary. And the job MUST be real, not just a spam/scam or anything like this fake shit. Anyway, I may sound silly, but I want to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo. $166000 at best, you know what I'm sayin' now... Gotta get the cash quickly. I just don't wanna buy it when I'm too old to drive it!!!

avatar LaVolpe 31 comments | 2nd September 2013, 08:46 AM

The crap I do when I'm not doing commissions.

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Seriously, I should get these Comm's done... But I don't want too... They're all such Mary-Sue characters they make drawing them in shit styles not worth the money.

Anyway~!

What inspires you guys to continue to do something that you don't want to do?

avatar Chill it BanG 2 comments | 1st September 2013, 17:04 PM

How does it comes, that maps with fullbright and terrible textures are more popular than mine, which is kinda brand-new map... #Fy_NewWorldOrder hope next map will be "louder" he he

avatar Dimbeak 6 comments | 1st September 2013, 17:01 PM

Whelp, I've had about a week or two of high school, so I figured I'd tell you all what I think. It's pretty damn boring. So, I figure'd I'd run through the classes I have to take, in the order that I take them.

1. Plane Geometry

Since I took Advanced Math in 7th grade, and actually got highschool credit for Algebra I in 8th grade, I'm already at Plane Geometry by Freshman year. My class is mostly inhabited by Sophomores and Juniors, and there's only one other Freshman in the class. The teacher, whose name wasn't interesting enough to remember, is the most boring woman alive who is totally fine with leaving the class for five minutes to do whatever.

2. CP Science

(CP stands for College Prep.)

Science is pretty simple . . . that's all there is to say about the class, really.

3. Art

Our art teacher is either the nicest and most creative woman alive, or a complete psychopath. The first day of art class, she strolled in with an inflated flamingo calling out, "Aloooha!"

We haven't even started working on any art, yet, in the class. Just bookwork and reading about the "fundamentals of art."

4. Software Apps

Horrible. Just a goddamn typing class.

We have a typing test to see who can type the most of a page in 30 seconds. I typed a whole paragraph, nobody else even finished a single line.

5. English

Meh, it's English. What all is there to say about it? We already got our first novel project; I'm reading Heart of Darkness.

6. World Studies

My World Studies teacher, Mr. Mehl, is probably one of the greatest history teachers I'll have ever had. He doesn't believe in textbook learning, and he's a hilarious guy. We took a pre-test in the class, and apparently, if that pre-test were the finals, I would've passed the class. Sadly, I still have to take it.

7. Marching Band

You've already heard enough about marching band.

High school is nothing like I expected it to be. I was expecting girls, explosions, girls, hardcore mathematics, girls, gutting open frogs, explosions, and sexy Philippine boys. And girls.

avatar Tetsu0 38 comments | 30th August 2013, 14:26 PM

Lets play a game.
Its called sentence; Here's how you play.
You form a sentence where each person adds a word to the previous persons sentence. So If i start with "The", the next person adds ONE WORD to the previous sentence. He/she would say "The Shotgun" and then someone else says "The Shotgun is"....
So you get the idea right?

I'll start.

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avatar Jessie 15 comments | 29th August 2013, 06:17 AM

Uh... Why am I seeing this at the top of TWHL?

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: open(/tmp/sess_a9omvvlmrht26aeelbtpvcjvt5, O_RDWR) failed: No space left on device (28) in /home/twhl/main/logins.php on line 9

HL3 CONFIRMED

EDIT: Aaand, it's gone now.

avatar Suture 11 comments | 29th August 2013, 02:52 AM

I am posting words in a journal!
FACT: This journal is almost a direct copy of this one.

Also, check 'em.

avatar Skals 6 comments | 28th August 2013, 19:58 PM

Hello TWHL, I'm back from a long vacation in Latvia. What have I been up to? Well the usual stuff.

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(That's me in the rasta hat).
A lot of things happened... Met a lot of relatives, friends, babysit a lot of children, Had a few adventures like nearly crashing in a car, falling out of a boat which then drowned, also broke one of my fingers. Had a great time, but now I'm back. Back to my computer... Just sitting here... At my computer...... Fuck.

avatar Soup Miner 17 comments | 28th August 2013, 04:33 AM

I'm done with TWHL.

avatar Urby 2 comments | 26th August 2013, 20:49 PM

A snippet from Urby's first game of Fallout 3

I emerged from the subway and stepped out into a ruined courtyard. In the distance I could see the Washington Monument, my destination. It's still a good distance away, but I'm definitely getting closer. As I start to move toward it I notice something move to my left. About 200 meters down the road, I see a makeshift barrier which is most likely concealing some sort of a camp. Probably raiders. I pull out my hunting rifle and crouch down, slowly approaching the camp. I'm low on health but if I can take them by surprise I might be able to take a few out before they know I'm even here. Should be a good haul of stimpacks and other meds in there too. Besides, I need to get past them anyway and there's no way I can do it without getting noticed.

Suddenly, to my right, a horrifying roar. A huge green figure steps out of the ruins and charges toward the raider camp, firing a huge honking minigun. Then his buddy joins him, barreling towards the shouting raiders with a massive sledgehammer. There's no way I can take on these guys in my condition. A creep backwards into a pile or rubble and watch.

Without warning, a fusion powered car caught in the crossfire bursts into flame and then explodes, throwing up a miniature mushroom cloud and relieving the two nearby raiders of their legs, one of which slaps wetly onto the tarmac a few feet away from me.

It's not going well for the raiders and all and it looks like the super mutants have this in the bag, then the one with the minigun stops and turns to face me. I'm still crouching down so it takes him a second to notice me but I can here the unmistakable sound of his gun winding up just as his head explodes and he slumps to the floor. His melee buddy turns around just in time to see the rocket heading towards his chest. It hits home and sends his ragdoll flying backwards, slamming hard into the concrete wall behind him and falling to the floor, dead. Three Brotherhood of Steel paladins charge forward now, out from their cover in the ruins a little further down the street. The stop at the entrance of the raider camp and unleash hell, sending all manner of rockets, bullets and indeed fire into the base. Then everything falls silent. One of the paladins approaches me, his rifle at his shoulder. "What the Hell are you doing out here? This place isn't safe."

"Hnnnng" O_O

I have the biggest stiffy right now.

A snippet from Urby's first game of Battlefield 3

I am standing behind a wall, shooting at a bunch of guys charging at me. I don't have a destination because my orders are to stop this counter attack. I shoot down 5 more guys and the commander barks my next order through my radio. Move to the position to the east and defend. I move and take cover behind another wall, shooting at all the guys that are running towards me because I was told to. Then an explosion knocks me off my feet. I'm not sure what caused it because the guys running toward me don't seem to be making any effort to take me out. There was nobody left standing to throw a grenade or fire a rocket. Huh, it's a mystery. What the hell? ...Now I'm stuck lying on my back and I can't move my head. I'm stuck staring up at the sky, just as a friendly helicopter takes a hit from a mystery rocket and crashes into a building, bringing it toppling down in front of me.

Fuck me, I am so fucking bored right now.

HOW ARE MODERN FPS GAMES STILL FUCKING THIS UP!?

avatar Soup Miner 11 comments | 23rd August 2013, 17:07 PM

Do any of you have trouble thinking "out of the blue" or responding to broad questions?

For example, I tell you, "Create a sentence."
Is that an easy or difficult task for you? Please note "easy or difficult" as opposed to "simple or complex." How long did it take you to decide on a complete sentence? How many questions did you have to ask yourself before creating your sentence?

avatar satchmo 6 comments | 22nd August 2013, 04:33 AM

This morning, I attempted to set a personal record for pull-ups.

avatar Sajo 5 comments | 21st August 2013, 15:55 PM

It has been 4 years since I last upgraded my computer, and now it is not efficient enough to work with programs such as Maya and Max anymore.

I have been using a "ASUS P5Q SE" motherboard with "Intel Core Quad CPU @2.83GHz " and also with a 3326MB of RAM. Yes, they are quite old, they still work perfectly, just not very efficient.

I recently won a "Asus Geforce GTX 650Ti" from a video game competition. So I decided to go for a complete new PC. However, I'm not sure where to start and I'm not familiar with new type of motherboards and CPUs. What type of motherboard and CPU would you suggest to go with the new GPU? Or how powerful hardware are you using for your CPU-heavy software?

avatar 2muchvideogames 3 comments | 20th August 2013, 22:10 PM

So I tried out malle's medal of honor(TM) game and I thought it was gonna be like MOHAA (you know, all old school fps) but turns out it was a call of duty modern warfare clone. That's fine, since whack a mole: modern warfare was pretty fun and all. Basically I'm just walking along, completing this mission and that, and it's moderately better than COD in one part where you use a scoped m249 trying to suppress fire on a machine gun so your unkillable squadmates can advance close enough to mark it for airplane bombs. But then at one part you take cover in this house as fifty terrorists come down from the mountains all around you. And your house gets progressively more blown up until it's practically a single wall between you and the 50 guys. One grenade and I'm dead. My squad mates were yelling about how they have no more ammo, even though one of them just handed me 900 bullets for my m249 and I still have like 600 left. Way too be script huggers.

At the end we got saved by 2 apache helicopters similar to the ones in Half Life that have rockets onboard. Then in the next level I got to control the apaches and this is where the fun starts. Basically you helicopter is indestructable and can tank multiple RPG7 shots, but it kept telling me to destroy something like a rock wall and I couldn't kill it because I didn't see what I was supposed to destroy. Then it just said Mission Failed. I didn't get blown up or anything, just 'mission failed' and fade to black. LOL.

I couldn't get thru that part after like 5 more tries. And this brings me to the main point of FPS's these days. Control is taken away from the player almost completely, so that in the end it's not so much a game you are playing but an interactive movie. And that's just what it is, a movie. Because if you run off the script, the 'game' will restart till you get it right. Kinda like the director yelling CUT over and over again until you do exactly as he says. I'm not kidding, many times I see enemies that take 20 rounds and simply refuse to die until they did their scripted sequences.

Back when scripting came out on Half-Life, it was groundbreaking and made games incredibly interesting. But nowadays, scripting has been abused just way too much. So much so that the player has practically no control over anything and it's not really a game anymore. Sad, I know, but everybody seems to like it that way, so, you know.

Incidentally, I kinda ran out of HL1 mods to play, and I dont feel like playing those HL1 messup type mods since they tend to not have any new maps or anything. Just waiting for the core to come out, though I'm not pushing for a fast release or anything. Take time to fix all the little things and I'm sure the modding community will appreciate it. If there still is a modding community by then.

avatar Rimrook 8 comments | 16th August 2013, 21:09 PM

Just watched "Jobs" at the theatre. Its really inspirational. Though I think all of the Windows ads that were on before the previews was just lulzy.

It's really interesting seeing the life of someone who believes in the same philosophies as I do. I'm no Steve Jobs though, hell I never really knew the guy. Yet we have a lot in common. I think there are lots of people out there (maybe you?) who share that same spark.

avatar DiscoStu 18 comments | 15th August 2013, 17:54 PM

My friend has taken up Tarot. As an scientifically educated person, I tend to think such things are, for lack of a better word, bullshit. He agrees with me. But he also told me things about things that happen in my life (or my other friend's lives) that I never told him, or anyone.

Truth or superstition? Discuss.

avatar satchmo 4 comments | 15th August 2013, 04:30 AM

I re-dubbed Habboi's playthrough of my map sp_justice from almost ten years ago. I was experimenting with a new video editor.

It was my first Half-Life 2 map. I started making this map even before I played Half-Life 2.

avatar Dimbeak 5 comments | 15th August 2013, 02:07 AM

So, at band camp, we played a little game where we all had toothpicks in our mouths and had to pass a Cheerio between toothpicks as part of a competition. From afar, it looked like people kissing . . .

So, while the football players where jumping about doing manly things, the band geeks were off to the side kissing each other.

avatar The_(c)Striker 3 comments | 13th August 2013, 17:48 PM

If only money wasn't the problem, we could probably happily travel across the world to have a TWHL meeting. I've literally changed about 6 means of transport( not as in "diversity") to get home. I started this morning by travelling across the Cyprus island with 2 bus routes, taking the airplane, bus from airport to city(though only half an hour) and now on the train. And I still have to change yet another train.
Total time left till home if I wouldn't stop in the city wherr I change trains to sleep at sombody: 14 hours.
I feel a weird inner peace now that I managed to travel so much time alone.
I read half of the first volume of "Mermoz" on the road.

avatar JeffMOD 19 comments | 13th August 2013, 01:28 AM

Quick vote; Who thinks I should change my username? I've got one in mind, but I'm unsure if I want to go ahead and do it.
JeffMOD is what I'm known as far and wide across the Valve/Modding community, but, as I'm sure you've noticed, it's always been kinda...lame.
Since I'm about to start a new chapter in my life, so to speak, I'm wondering if it's time for a change.

avatar Archie 6 comments | 12th August 2013, 04:23 AM

Game 5 of the International grand final is the most exciting thing I have ever watched - that's including seeing my countryman win Wimbledon this year. The only sour part was that we lost, but not for lack of effort.

I am exhausted.