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avatar Dimbeak 15 comments | 15th September 2014, 00:02 AM

Today I almost died!

So I was on my way to the Ohio Renaissance Festival today, and we stopped at a rest area for a bit. I get out into the parking lot, this car comes out and wants to park in the space I naturally stepped into.

I start heading towards the sidewalk, and the driver in the car floors it aimed directly at me. My grandfather shouts, I jump out of the way and nick my elbow on its side. The fucking car went flying over the sidewalk and rammed through two fences and turned back onto the street without even stopping!

Turns out the driver was an old bastard whose leg seized up and instead of hitting his brake, he floored the gas. If it weren't for my grandfather yelling at me to move out of the way, he would've run over me without stopping. I could've been dead!

Just goes to show you, old people shouldn't drive. And now I have a fear of cars. Wonderful.

avatar Rimrook 14 comments | 12th September 2014, 23:55 PM

Lyssa took the picture, I made it a png. Enjoy.

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avatar RollingBarrel 12 comments | 11th September 2014, 21:05 PM

Today I figured out how to embed screenshots/photos, thanks to Rufee!
So: Here's a few shots of my to-be mod;

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I'm trying to get my grave stones to look more scattered and old- also any help making decals for an old worn out gravestone-look would be nice. I'm not great at making textures- I tend to be more of a mapper who relies on pre-made textures.

So... This is supposed to be part of my mod, called The Village. I have absolutely NO idea of storyline at the moment, but I find concentrating on the small details in maps bit-by-bit is a good way to start.

The church itself is probably going to be a part of the story; The eerie
graveyard, etc. I also may find a way of implementing changing from day-to-night; by changing brightness and sky etc on a timer or something.

Feedback Appreciated!

In other news...
I have to decide what to do for work experience week at some point, preferably before Christmas. Should I work in a shop, a library, at a center of something-or-other, or what?

What did you do (Or might do?) for work experience week?

avatar ninja defuse 10 comments | 6th September 2014, 10:21 AM

Mutant Giant Spider Dog

avatar Strider 8 comments | 5th September 2014, 17:32 PM

Since Dota 2's alpha tools landed I've been practicing with the editor thoroughly. I want to hit the ground running if/when we ever get a full Source 2 SDK (and a sequel to that game that made them famous, Half... something or other?).

I can't stress how much I love the mesh tools, and the raw power they give back to any level designer who suffered with brush tools 10 years past their use by date.

Anyway, there's a ton of new hotkeys and commands I've been drilling into my brain and I decided I need a cheat sheet I can throw up on my second monitor while practicing, so I made one:

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It's probably missing a couple of things, so I might add to it when I learn more, but I figure people here might find it useful enough. Share it around if you want, and let me know if I messed up somewhere!

avatar Archie 24 comments | 3rd September 2014, 08:07 AM

In under a month the most important vote in my lifetime will take place. I am super psyched. Scotland finally has the chance to be free from the despicable far right elite in England.

All English and Welsh TWHLers will be welcome on my couch if they wish to emigrate after the vote. :D

Here's a great discussion on the matter if you want to get informed from an outsider looking in.

And here's an article that sums it up pretty brilliantly.

avatar Striker 4 comments | 30th August 2014, 22:38 PM

Has anybody from here heard about BitTorrent Sync? If you use it, how well does it perform?
If not, what is your favorite file-syncing app(not necessarily cloud)?

I use Dropbox but I'm looking for alternatives.

avatar Slasher_101 9 comments | 24th August 2014, 17:21 PM

First time Ive been on TWHL for years, I think I might get back into mapping. Always loved this community!

Check out this map I made 6 years ago:
Im very proud of it, I cant believe I made it :P

avatar zeeba-G 37 comments | 21st August 2014, 20:31 PM

Bout to order this guy.

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gmax 3D Printer...

avatar zeeba-G 20 comments | 12th August 2014, 19:43 PM

I was riding flatland bmx on my bike yesterday in the cul-de-sac in front of my house when a thunderstorm began to roll in. As the first lightning struck right in front of me I felt a strong shock in my left thumb. I had been slightly shocked by it!

I headed straight inside. My thumb is still very slightly stiff. I think I'm lucky I didn't get it worst.

avatar TheEdvinazard 18 comments | 5th August 2014, 07:27 AM

R.I.P Dell latitude D400 screen.
Last night I dropped my pc. Screen - cracked. HDD - recovery in progress.

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avatar Striker 13 comments | 4th August 2014, 10:18 AM

I changed my Gigabyte HD4850 with an MSI HD7750. Now I can run Crysis FullHD.

avatar Urby 30 comments | 2nd August 2014, 16:48 PM

My wife and I are making something. It won't be ready for about 7 months though.

avatar Archie 8 comments | 31st July 2014, 00:44 AM


Video has been uploaded, Check it out!

Do you ever just look back on your day and wonder what the actual hell you were doing?
I always tend to post my weird shoot experiences on here, but this one tops them all. So much unbelievable fun.

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avatar Dimbeak 10 comments | 30th July 2014, 19:22 PM

Level up!

I'm up to level 15!

avatar Elliot Lucak 14 comments | 30th July 2014, 07:50 AM

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I'm about 6 years late to the party, but I don't care.
I'm tired of running this piece of shit AGP system, while it would have been better if I had never sold off all my hobby equipment and computer equipment for booze and other drugs in the first place, at least I don't have to worry about such trivial shit any more.

If I can wait out another week for resumes to be crunched for interview candidates, I should have a good source of income with which to rebuild all the things I've previously sold off.

Also my D100 somehow has bricked itself in a weird way, which is why the image quality has dramatically become shittastic in that photo. Don't mind the piece of shit sensor in a compact bridge camera, with absolutely no light sensitivity.

avatar Rimrook 7 comments | 29th July 2014, 20:03 PM
avatar Angry Carrot 17 comments | 27th July 2014, 22:18 PM

Atomic number of Ga.

avatar zeeba-G 7 comments | 27th July 2014, 01:31 AM

I've gone from studying architecture to making toys.

I have too many irons in the fire as they say, so i'm trying to focus on one hobby for now.

Let me know your favorite childhood physical toys :D Mine were probably legos and transformers. Any suggestions as to toys I should check out?

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Yes that's Samus in the back ground, she wasn't cheap.

Oh and neither was the Omega Supreme G1 transformer!

I've had to further divide my shelves.

avatar Jessie 11 comments | 25th July 2014, 11:12 AM

I am now... no longer the man you call Scotch. I am now the knight who says ekki-ekki-ekki-pitang-zoom-boing!

(Or Jessie, or something like that.)

avatar Soup Miner 18 comments | 23rd July 2014, 15:39 PM

The only problem with feeling nostalgic about CS 1.6 is that actually going back to play it sucks.

avatar rufee 4 comments | 22nd July 2014, 08:13 AM

Time to expand.
My usual way of getting machines was either through people i know or ebay which is a rare and quite expensive occasion. So i decided to look in the local ad's (something like craigslist ?) what i usually avoided doing for some reasons.
So i searched about and found this for cheap:

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(Sorry for low quality pics, took these with my crappy phone at work)
Anyway, its a Dell PowerEdge 2950 in a great condition. I wasn't such a big Dell fan, giving prior experience with their custom connectors and weird issues, but this thing is insane.

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You can literally take this apart with just your hands, everything is held in place by tabs (blue color for removable, orange for hot-swap).

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Its got an Intel Xeon quad core (socket 771, can't remember the model though), 4gb of pointless fully buffered memory :( This thing is subject for another cpu and more ram. Also it sounds like a jet plane when it starts up, so fans will have to be replaced when this goes to the basement :)

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Both PSU's are still there and working, 750w each and its said they are power hungry so im planning on running just one since anyway the power at the basement is crap anyway who needs 2 psu's ? :D
It also came with 2x73gb and 2x300gb 15k rpm SAS drives.

The next buy for the "datacenter" is a UPS and i spy some cheap APC ones as well (grin)

avatar ATDestroy 6 comments | 21st July 2014, 23:29 PM

I just wanted to say hi to you guys. Its been a while since I've poked around with Hammer, even longer since I've poked around TWHL. Life caught up to me a bit, and employment has been and continues to be my biggest focus. It makes me happy to know TWHL is still around. Best wishes for continued success! :)

avatar 2muchvideogames 3 comments | 15th July 2014, 23:50 PM

I just played Estranged act 1 on steam. You do not need HL2 installed to play it. It is also free. and has source code as well, I think.

Basically you are the fisherman on a boat and must unfortunately get off the boat to inveshtigate an island. It is supposedly a horror mod, but I've played black snow and no mod can get scarier than that hands down.

It's not very scarey, honestly, and certainly isn't the best mod ever either. But it does offer slightly different play than the average HL2 mod, seeing as your enemies are all human and dont look like combine soldiers or headcrab zombies. There isn't that much combat either, and get this, you can only carry a single weapon with you at all times. Do I recommend this? Sure, if you want a quick revisit to the source engine. Wouldn't put it on any sort of priority list or anything.

(This was more of a review and less of a summary, which is what I typically did. Oh well.)

avatar Dimbeak 30 comments | 13th July 2014, 01:41 AM

This is why Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's weapon skins are a good thing.

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avatar JeffMOD 22 comments | 11th July 2014, 02:46 AM

Bought Doom I and II from the Doom Complete pack from steam.
Which I am now proceeding to not play through steam, as the built-in DosBox emulation has really bad video colour and lag issues. (I'm running the WADs through the gzdoom interpreter instead)

Sometimes you just want a nice corridor-erm...maze shooter.

avatar Rimrook 31 comments | 7th July 2014, 03:42 AM

I got a really weird idea and it's hopefully not too weird.

In a nutshell, it's a singleplayer mini-game type where the player hunts down headcrabs tucked away in hidden locations. Kind of like an exterminator. Baby-crabs in HL1 work well for this because they are tiny and can hide in more locations. I tried experimenting with cockroaches in the original idea, but their code is incomplete and they trigger nothing when they are killed. The next smallest is baby-crabs so that's why its crab hunt and not roach hunt.

It would certainly be interesting to craft a small and detailed environment and stash 50 crabs in it to be found. Lots of interesting puzzles could be made of it too.

Would be more interesting if we each made a level and strung them together in a mod. All default resources would do nicely for it I suppose.


avatar TJB 16 comments | 7th July 2014, 01:58 AM
avatar Urby 9 comments | 4th July 2014, 07:43 AM

Happy explosion day America. Blow something up for me!

avatar Tetsu0 16 comments | 30th June 2014, 01:52 AM

It's not everyday that the Government can shut down a major highway... In Connecticut(CT) we have about 6,000 bridges and about 20% of those need replacing. The one in this video happens to be a bridge I cross everyday on my way to, and home from work.
CT shut down this highway's bridge over this last weekend (a major travel-lane through the state) in order to replace the aging bridge. In the months leading up to this, they built a replacement bridge next to the existing bridge.
Once it was complete, they tore down the old one, and SLID the new one into place. Just shimmied it right in there. It fit like a glove. This is one of the reasons why I chose to become an Engineer. Because shit like this. This is almost as marvelous to me as the NASA engineers landing the last Rover on Mars. I love being blown away seeing what humans can accomplish when we focus on the betterment of society instead of bickering about meaningless problems.

Check the time-lapse:
The stress test begins tomorrow. I'll drive over the new bridge; I have faith it'll stand up.

Also, the machines look like they're quite hungry in fast-motion. :D