Journals

Jessie6 months ago2018-12-13 09:59:21 UTC 6 comments
It's been a while!It's been a while!
I think I'm ready to get back to doing this regularly! I'm only going to make it weekly for now (as opposed to the twice-weekly way I was originally operating), but if it makes sense to me to change that later... well, we'll see.

The regular time will be 10pm Sat UTC. (That's 8am Sun AEST, 10pm Sat GMT, 2pm Sat PST - here's a link for your convenience because I can't list every time zone)
Like always, I doubt there's a time that will suit the entire planet all at once, so I apologize if it's no good for you.

I'm looking forward to making progress in the ol' vault again, and I hope I'll see y'all there!
Jessie6 months ago2018-11-29 21:44:02 UTC 9 comments
Due to recent computer trouble that has largely been sorted out (and one or two other factors), I am in need of new video editing software. What would people recommend? Inexpensive is good. Doesn't need to be particularly fancy, I pretty much just need the basic functions.
Jessie11 months ago2018-06-30 07:09:09 UTC 8 comments
Due to reasons, I suddenly have a lot less free time than I once did. This is going to make having a set-in-stone regular schedule... well, probably impossible.

I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to continue the streams from here on out. I intend to continue, but I'm going to have to become more flexible with when I do them, which I'm sure will be less convenient for anyone trying to catch them. If it comes down to it, I may have to make them shorter, too. Will just have to see what happens.

For now, TWMV is on hiatus until I can work something out.
Jessie1 year ago2018-05-03 21:01:17 UTC 14 comments
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The number of gargantuas in Half-Life
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number of ostensibly friendly apaches in Half-Life
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the number of tentacles in Half-Life
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the number of living scientists in the Xen chapters of Half-Life
)
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the number of Ospreys in Half-Life

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I mean, there's no real way to cloak the purpose of these journals, but hopefully I can at least give some maths that needs to be pondered rather than just looked up. (I hope I got the right numbers!)
Jessie1 year ago2018-01-09 01:45:33 UTC 12 comments
10pm SATURDAY GMT
First game coming up!

Would people be interested in joining in if I streamed some [b]Jackbox Party Pack 2+3[/b] games out to you all? The key point of which would be that you (yes, you) could play it through the stream via any kind of browser (phone, PC, etc). No purchases or setup required!

I figure best setup would be to stream it out with no input from myself (unless necessary), while we all (including me) watch the stream and hang out in a Discord channel. (https://discord.gg/kWXqkme This Discord channel, to be precise.)

I dunno! Thoughts? They're fun games, and there's room for 8 players plus any number of people in the audience who can join in on votes, etc.
Jessie1 year ago2017-11-30 00:31:18 UTC 19 comments
DOUBLE FINAL
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I will be taking a journey through every map in the Map Vault, from oldest to newest. Who knows what we'll find? (Besides broken links.)
The streams will be run regularly at 12pm Saturday GMT and 10pm Tuesday GMT (with recordings going up here)! Will run for around 2 hours.
Jessie1 year ago2017-09-06 21:55:58 UTC 12 comments
Open question:
What singleplayer games can y'all name that have decent character customization for multiple characters?

Examples: The Sims, the modern X-COM games

What other games are there?
Jessie2 years ago2017-06-07 13:52:47 UTC 12 comments
I'm sure it's of niche interest, but I'mma take a moment or two to reflect upon something that has troubled me lately.

As I've mentioned in the past, I am transgender. Though I have been sure of this for some time now, for a variety of reasons, I have yet to make any moves towards making any physical or social changes. Regardless, there is a dichotomy between how I see myself and how others perceive me.

I am, at present, largely unable to affect those perceptions. In real life, it's much more convenient to simply suppress my discomfort and present myself as male, saving myself from any potential uncomfortable questions, harassment or abuse (I'm sure in this town, I would have no trouble finding it). Those closest to me know my feelings and respect them, despite the fact that there has been negligible difference from their perspective (which can be a different kind of difficult, in a way).

As far as TWHL goes, I'm perfectly comfortable presenting the way I feel, because y'all are (generally) great people, and I know that the people I care about here are the kind of folk who won't hold it against me. This place, to me, is not just a place where awesome people hang out and do awesome things, but is also a sanctuary where I can be myself; where I don't have to question myself. That's a very powerful feeling at this stage in my life, and I couldn't be more grateful to have it.

The crux of this journal is where dichotomy creeps back into it. Being the internet, my persona here is simply a distillation of my personality. Plain text conveying my thoughts, carrying no perceptions of who I am physically. So it can be very, very hard to introduce any of the rest of me. There's a reason why I'm not in the Teamspeak of these videos, as much as I very much wanted to be. To present my voice is to challenge who I am here (and, indeed, who I feel I am). As a result, I am cripplingly self-conscious about my voice, even more than I am about... well, the rest of me.

The past handful of days, I've been challenging myself by joining the SnC fellows for videogames. Part and parcel of that is joining the Teamspeak. As much as I love joining in with them, it takes some significant psychological effort every time I have to hit that push-to-talk button. I guess I just want to shout out Archie and Urby in particular, for being just so damn accepting and welcoming. Being able to join you guys means more to me than you might think.
Jessie2 years ago2017-05-31 01:14:46 UTC 23 comments
I suspect my computer is starting to show its age, but I don't know exactly which part(s) is lagging behind. Anyone with experience in this sort of thing able to guide me towards what I should be looking to replace/improve next? (I'll give what information I have, may not be complete.)

ASUS P8Z68-M PRO (~5 years old)
Intel QuadCore (?) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz (~5 years old)
8 GB RAM (DDR3?) (~5 years old)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (<1 year old)
2TB HDD (<1 year old)
Windows 10 (<1 year old)
Jessie2 years ago2017-04-20 11:39:08 UTC 13 comments
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...
Jessie2 years ago2016-10-20 20:54:06 UTC 7 comments
The Nintendo Switch has been formally revealed. Thoughts?

(Yeah, I stole JeffMOD's shout. What of it?)
Jessie2 years ago2016-10-19 10:47:14 UTC 12 comments
So, now that the big three are all out, what are people's thoughts on VR? Software and hardware. Does anyone own any of them (PSVR, Rift or Vive), or is anyone thinking about getting one?

Discuss!
Jessie3 years ago2015-11-20 00:27:34 UTC 7 comments
I find myself in need of a new graphics card, as it would seem that the one I have is likely the source of my recent computer woes.

Unfortunately, I know absolutely nothing about graphics cards or where to find info on them. Thus, I turn to you fellows.

I'm looking for something at least comparable in power (or better) to what I am replacing, which is an AMD Radeon HD 6800 (or something like that, anyway). Moreover, I'd like it to be relatively affordable, around the $200-$250 mark.

Can thou help me?
Jessie3 years ago2015-08-15 17:18:46 UTC 14 comments
Oh man, I forgot about these! (Ep1) (Ep2) (Ep3) (Ep4)

They were, and are, incredible. (Despite featuring a way-out-of-date me.)
Jessie3 years ago2015-08-06 07:40:21 UTC 6 comments
I noticed this thread again. I don't think I ever got around to making any of my own at the time, so I thought I'd go ahead and do a couple now. (Didn't want to reanimate the thread, either, hence the journal.)

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I really need a bigger font selection.