Commented 1 week ago2020-07-20 16:30:33 UTC in journal: Tragedy Comment #102797
Condolences :(
It's never easy to say goodbye, is it?
Commented 2 months ago2020-05-18 15:40:06 UTC in journal: Cobalt 5 days ago Comment #102717
Happy Super-Belated Birthday!

Lights in the new rig look neat.
Commented 3 months ago2020-04-07 11:44:22 UTC in journal: My grandfather died Comment #102647
Condolences to you and the rest of your family.
Commented 3 months ago2020-04-03 23:17:42 UTC in journal: I modded my robovac Comment #102631
Y'all get to isolate?
I work at a grocery store, I don't even have the option of staying home until I actually get sick.
Commented 5 months ago2020-02-25 01:39:53 UTC in journal: 0x0012 Comment #102554
Happy Birthday!
Commented 5 months ago2020-02-22 03:48:40 UTC in vault item: dm_perthowned Comment #102543
The amount of detail you've managed to cram into this map while still allowing it (just barely!) to compile is nothing short of mastery of the craft.
Not that you needed them, but bonus points for the piped-in music in the lobby, and the awesome rocket launch.
Commented 7 months ago2019-12-29 17:48:08 UTC in journal: What do you know? Comment #102481
Happy Belated Birthday!
Commented 8 months ago2019-11-23 22:53:34 UTC in journal: Much more important than a birthday journal Comment #102441
Happy ...Ten Thousandth?
Commented 8 months ago2019-11-16 22:55:48 UTC in journal: Atomic Number 28 Comment #102432
It's appreciated nonetheless!
Commented 9 months ago2019-11-03 00:57:05 UTC in poll: Video Games November 2019 Comment #102420
I would be a little excited for Pokemon on the Switch... If I had one.

Nothing else is really grabbing me this month.
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-26 11:25:59 UTC in journal: Atomic Number 28 Comment #102392
Thanks, everyone! Also yepyep, Potatis got it right off the bat.
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-19 23:45:42 UTC in journal: What a time to be alive... Comment #102355
Oooohhhhh okay that makes more sense.

Happy Belated Birthday, I would have wished you one earlier but I had no idea what you were referring to.
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-17 22:29:57 UTC in journal: I got my braces removed. Comment #102333
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-06 00:43:33 UTC in journal: I now have... Comment #102301
That is a very elegant looking cat!
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-06 00:42:33 UTC in journal: Birthday? Comment #102300
Happy Birthday!
Commented 9 months ago2019-10-04 18:28:27 UTC in journal: :) Comment #102287
Happy Birthday!
Commented 10 months ago2019-09-07 12:47:10 UTC in vault item: Open The Door... Comment #102254
Okay, another 40 minutes, I figured out how to get (most of) the out of reach ones legitimately, and I'm pretty sure I've gotten it down to 1.

It's taunting me.
Commented 10 months ago2019-09-07 03:34:07 UTC in vault item: Open The Door... Comment #102253
Well, about 40 minutes in and I still have around 16 to go...
I also had to noclip a few times because I'm not up to snuff on my speedrun techniques and don't know how to get that much vertical air.
There's also an invisible wall near the ladder - presumably that's a bug. Will try to find the remaining buttons tomorrow, but for now I sleep.
Commented 11 months ago2019-08-30 12:27:05 UTC in journal: Just one of those days I guess Comment #102231
Happy Belated Birthday!
Commented 11 months ago2019-08-16 23:55:23 UTC in journal: Brain Surgery 2 Comment #102218
Hope everything goes as smoothly as last time, and that this is the last time she'll have to go through this.
Commented 11 months ago2019-08-04 22:24:27 UTC in journal: cool smiley guy Comment #102197
Happy belated birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2019-07-28 13:56:56 UTC in journal: It's the thing Comment #102179
Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2019-07-08 14:59:09 UTC in journal: Strictly speaking, this is two minutes too late. Comment #102150
Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2019-06-21 17:49:55 UTC in journal: My princess, Ivory-Rose - UPDATED July 11th Comment #102108
Not a whole lot to say that others haven't already - She'll be more than fine, especially since she has such great and loving parents!
I also second Archie's suggestion that you get her tested for time traveler DNA, I'm pretty sure I remember it only being last year that she was born.
Commented 1 year ago2019-06-03 16:42:50 UTC in journal: Gaming PC for my son Comment #102055
Can definitely recommend an SSD as well - I don't have one for my games library (though I am eyeing an upgrade) but I have an SSD for my OS drive and it boots lightning fast. If you can afford it I'd recommend getting an additional terabyte one for storage, but at the very least the having a 500GB SSD as your C:/ drive is a must IMO if you're planning on doing just a single drive to start.
Everything else looks like it should be VR ready for the current generation at least, and probably for the next as well.

Also, he's 12 already?! It's only now setting in how long I've been on this site, I remember you posting stories when he was a toddler!
Commented 1 year ago2019-03-23 00:13:27 UTC in journal: Another Brain Surgery? Comment #101930
Excellent news!
Commented 1 year ago2019-03-20 12:22:28 UTC in journal: Another Brain Surgery? Comment #101919
Here's hoping it goes as well as last time and everything gets sorted!
Commented 1 year ago2019-02-24 23:34:50 UTC in journal: 0x0011 Comment #101834
Happy Belated Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2019-01-01 23:11:23 UTC in journal: It's 2019! Get those Christmas hats outta here Comment #101705
Make up your mind, Urby!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Commented 1 year ago2018-12-02 16:52:00 UTC in journal: Christmas Avatars (Chrivatars) Comment #101656
If we must.
Commented 1 year ago2018-11-30 04:11:45 UTC in journal: Video editing software Comment #101643
I use Vegas Pro in the rare times I actually do any video editing, but I also got that in a Humble Bundle so it was like $20 (which especially considering it came bundled with a bunch of other stuff was basically like stealing it). It's uh, not anywhere near as cheap now. Like Urby suggested maybe an older version would be more affordable if you can find it. They seem to have a monthly-recurring version as well, which is more accessible but since it doesn't appear to be a "rent to own" type deal that's not super good.

I've also used Premiere years ago in high school, and it was fairly competent. Seems like it goes for $40 USD a month these days, so that's not exactly a good deal either (Why must companies gouge us with recurring payments!!)

If you need just the absolute minimum, Blender of all things has some built-in video editing capabilities but they're uh, not great usability-wise, but it's free so you get slightly more than you pay for. Slightly.
Commented 1 year ago2018-11-05 13:27:26 UTC in journal: Birthgay Comment #101612
Happy belated Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-31 11:58:44 UTC in journal: Sp00ky math... Comment #101589
Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-27 00:35:05 UTC in journal: Sitting on this one for years Comment #101582
Thanks guys!
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-25 13:13:12 UTC in journal: I’m really bad about these things... Comment #101573
Sorry to hear about the medical stuff :(
Also happy Belated Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-10-18 16:03:17 UTC in journal: One of THOSE journals... Comment #101564
Happy Birthday! You have as many years as a Playstation CPU has bits!
Commented 1 year ago2018-09-27 18:00:51 UTC in journal: I maked a thing Comment #101538
Nice work, and you managed to complete the entire thing in under 24 hours total? That is super impressive!

Also personally I don't really care if it's "relevant" to gaming or not - If you're proud of a project you've worked on and you have the ability to post the finished result or some behind the scenes photos of the shoot, please feel free to post them. I've always enjoyed seeing these kinds of journals from you.
Commented 1 year ago2018-09-26 15:52:07 UTC in journal: Just turned thirty Comment #101533
Happy Birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2018-09-24 22:46:46 UTC in journal: So I just bought a dehumidifier. Comment #101527
Dehumidifiers are useful, just don't forget to empty the water bins (And maybe put the contents into the water tanks for your humidifier to use come winter, if you have one of those as well)

As for strange purchases...
I haven't actually bought anything that isn't food for a while now, so I dunno.
Commented 1 year ago2018-09-24 11:42:03 UTC in journal: 8 months without modding not even playing Comment #101526
Study hard, but be sure not to burn yourself out - you'll be able to make some time for leisure, whether it's watching TV, reading, or playing games, and it's important you take the time to do that so you don't get too stressed to do your best work in your studies.

Everyone's nervous when they first move out, but don't worry - You'll do fine.
Commented 2 years ago2018-07-13 18:30:17 UTC in journal: The new PC Comment #101365
Nice! I'm glad this finally panned out for you. Enjoy the new PC, and I look forward to seeing what the extra power lets you produce!
Commented 2 years ago2018-07-12 12:50:03 UTC in journal: TJB has a go at not crashing a plane Comment #101360
That's awesome! Glad to see you had a happy birthday!
Commented 2 years ago2018-07-11 12:49:47 UTC in journal: No Title Comment #101352
Oh, well that's a relief. Happy Birthday!
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-30 22:02:56 UTC in journal: The Whole Map Vault schedule Comment #101331
I've actually slipped far behind on watching the stream archives so this might be good news for me! There's just so much content to go through in each stream that I rarely manage to get through an entire one, so maybe doing smaller ones for just a few maps at once or even single maps numbered by their MV ID, then "Mod Specials" would be both more digestible and work better with your schedule.
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-25 12:31:50 UTC in journal: History Repeating Itself Comment #101308
No, we're not. Because they're not death camps. (Yet.) The point of speaking up now is to prevent things from getting to that point. But the fact is that these children are being held as political prisoners, for something that was not their decision, for something that was not a jailable offense, in facilities that were not designed to house people.
If Satchmo's photo wasn't a good example, here's one that is.If Satchmo's photo wasn't a good example, here's one that is.
These facilities are only going to become more crowded as this policy of detaining immigrants continues. And I guarantee you, if they're allowed to get crowded enough, someone is going to decide that digging a pit is more economical.

And that's to say nothing of ICE officers illegally entering private residences and businesses without warrants to detain more people, something that is blatantly illegal, the government is also doing nothing about, and is very reminiscent of how the Gestapo operated during the Nazi regime.

You have to look at the warning signs. If you wait until people are being executed en masse it's already too late.
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-23 00:09:02 UTC in journal: History Repeating Itself Comment #101296
Pretty sure every group of people has a percentage that is likely to commit crime, but this is besides the point.
I've tried to explain this to you before in other conversations but ethnicity doesn't cause a predisposition to crime. This statistic says less about immigrants and more about racial profiling and lack of opportunities for legal advancement in the areas where hispanic people end up gathering. (usually in poorer areas of large cities, which in turn is due to years of racial bias.) I'd also be curious to know how many of those prison sentences are due to the ban on cannabis. I would imagine quite a few, which would of course mean that cannabis prohibition is working as intended.

So the US is not only the world police, but also the world refuge?
You wanted to be the first one, and it's only fair to assume that after marketing yourself as the "land of opportunity" and "greatest country on earth" people would want to live there. As for your points on Mexico, I can only say that if a revolution hasn't happened yet, it's probably not going to. And also please don't say the phrase "Make Mexico Great Again" as that's very tone-deaf in light of the past couple of years.

Yeah, but what do we do when an excessive amount of them apply for asylum, and turn out to not be eligible as refugees?
I don't know, but putting them in prison for wanting a better life is not a solution and sending them back to be slaughtered by the people they were fleeing sounds like an even worse option.

imagine judging people by the color of their skin
Imagine trying to equate a crack about a bad spray-on tan to actual racism while also being a person who has on multiple occasions tried to argue to me that "ethnic minorities are more likely to commit crime because they're ethnic minorities" including in this very thread.

In all seriousness, I think the government should stick to enforcing the law and leave the free markets to solve these issues.
You think an unregulated "free market" should be doing one of the main responsibilities of a government? Really? And if you think roads, healthcare, power generation and education should all be left to for-profit entities, why are you not going all the way and saying we should have private police forces and fire departments? Maybe because you don't think that would end up being good for people as a whole?

I think at the end of the day, this comes to values. I value the people of my country, and I think the people of any country should value their people as well.
I don't think anyone is arguing that, but valuing your own people doesn't have to come at the expense of the value of others, especially when those people are trying to become one with you. This is something Trump doesn't seem to understand either - It's not a zero-sum game. Everyone can win if you just allow it.

Nationalism and competition between nations has created a lot of progress in our world socially and economically.
Competition between nations, sure. In peacetime it can cause massive booms and I have to admit - however many times we came close to destroying each other, the NATO/USSR cold war worked miracles for technology, as did the world wars, but I also have to say I'm not certain the cost, both actual in the latter examples and potential in the former one, were worth that acceleration. We'd still have the transistor today if they hadn't firebombed Tokyo and nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we had the radio before Gavrilo Princip fired the bullet that hit 41 million.

Nationalism on the other hand? You're going to have to provide some concrete proof of that ever making anything other than discrimination, war, and genocide. "My country is better than yours and everyone who isn't one of us can suck it and die" isn't very constructive, and I'm glad that even during the height of the cold war we were able to find some places to find common ground and cooperate with the Soviets, like the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-22 21:26:19 UTC in journal: History Repeating Itself Comment #101294
Dimbark. Immigrants do not commit crimes.

The people entering your country are doing so because they're fleeing the criminals. They are refugees. The reason they're entering your country illegally (and as I've said applying for asylum cancels out that misdemeanor, legally speaking) is because your orange "god-king" closed the ports of entry, meaning they cannot enter the country legally via the ground. And refugees generally can't afford a plane ticket because the people they're running from took or destroyed everything they have.

These people just want a new life safe from tyranny and oppression. Because I know you don't give a shit about that, let me put it in terms you might - First generation immigrants are willing to work hard to earn their keep and they'll gladly do the jobs most americans would sneer at because it means they at least have a chance to start over. Immigrants are one of the best sources of economic stimulus. Those of them that haven't had the chance to get a college education will pick your crops, tend your storefronts, and clean your toilets to keep things running smoothly. Those of them that have had the opportunity to be educated will bring in fresh ideas and expertise to create new ventures and technology.

Instead your government is spending more money than I pay a month in rent, per person, daily, to lock them away. This doesn't help them, it doesn't help you, and it wastes an inordinate amount of your taxpayer money that could be spent doing something useful like fixing your crumbling infrastructure or funding a national healthcare plan. If this decision was really about "America First" the Trump administration would be welcoming these people with open arms. It's not about helping America. It's about getting rid of the "filthy brown people".
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-21 23:28:07 UTC in journal: History Repeating Itself Comment #101289
Probably prudent, but I wouldn't spread it around too much just in case. And of course, save the Finnish drinks for until it's clear that all other options have failed. There's still a chance, however slim, that the populace can strongarm the government peacefully.
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-21 02:24:26 UTC in journal: History Repeating Itself Comment #101286
a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution.

They're not to the point of forcing labor or executing them yet, but those "facilities" definitely fit the definition of concentration camps.
Also the fact that people are being arrested for entering the US as asylum seekers, an act that is not illegal, even when they cross the border illegally (applying for asylum, IIRC, also cancels out the misdemeanor crime of illegal entry if done within 2 weeks. And even if that's not done in the legal timeframe, illegal immigration is a misdemeanor, and a civil infraction not a felony and criminal infraction, and thus doesn't warrant imprisonment, especially without the due process which is the basis of your entire legal system)

The new executive order doesn't solve anything. Children will still be imprisoned in subpar "holding facilities", though alongside their parents this time. My prediction is that these same facilities will still be used but become more crowded as the parents are shipped in.

You Americans need to all contact your representatives and make it painfully clear that the voting public will not tolerate this shit. Unless your representative is Jeff "Concentration Camps for Kids" Sessions, in which case you need to call for him to immediately step down because clear breaches of the constitution aside the fact that he owns investments in the company that's operating these hellholes is a clear conflict of interest. Sessions is directly profiting from putting children in cages.

While you're at it give them an earful for violating US Law, International Law, and Cuban law for committing war crimes in Guantanamo as well.

Also for the Aussies, please do the same for your own representatives, your government has been doing it for longer.
Commented 2 years ago2018-06-19 22:40:49 UTC in vault item: JeffMOD's Compo 29 Entry Comment #101282
I honestly can't recall if I did that intentionally or if it was just a happy accident, but it does make for a nice feeling IMO. I'm glad you liked it even after all that hassle to get it up and running!