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atom21 years ago2003-05-12 13:24:00 UTC 0 comments
I was just finishing up this post when I hit the handy Alt-F4 button on my mouse. Not very handy when that happens...

Anyway, firstly I'm going to announce that Andy is finally... finally, going to be able to do cool admin things on the site, like write news, add tutorials, create competitions etc.! Directly, with no delay! Woohoo! Also, SlayerA is now a forum moderator, so beware! Yeah!

The site's been slowing down a bit lately. I know. It's not that I've gone into hibernation or anything (it's getting cold down here), I'm just concentrating on other things, like... um... TV. But at least with Andy on admin and SlayerA helping out the site won't go under any time soon. Yes, they're busy too, but they've still got plenty of enthusiasm left.

And no, I'm not leaving. Ha!

By the way, there's a new section heading for TWHL, and it's something amazing, so stay tuned.
atom21 years ago2003-04-21 08:33:00 UTC 0 comments
Whoa! Contest results out already... that has to be a record. Anyway, well done to the winners! And I suggest everyone go get the winning maps and check them out.
atom21 years ago2003-04-05 23:00:00 UTC 1 comment
Yep, no 3-week wait this time. There's a new competition already! You've got two weeks to get your entries in, so get started.
atom21 years ago2003-04-03 17:09:00 UTC 0 comments
The contest results are out! Some good entries there... been out all day watching movies, but the next competition is ready so expect it soon!
atom21 years ago2003-03-29 19:54:00 UTC 0 comments
Wondered for a bit just now why there was a big jump in hits on the 23rd. Maybe everybody came to check who won the contest :) Well, the results are coming (whoa, a week already! Just took a short break from the PC, and look what goes and happens!)

Finished Stephen Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell yesterday. Finding myself staring out the window every now and then, wondering how everything came to be in 10 dimensions. Or is that 11? And what are p-branes, anyway?

Got 10 days' holiday at last (at last!)... something to do with rabbits and eggs and stuff, I think.

Anyway, see y'all soon.
atom21 years ago2003-03-19 20:37:00 UTC 0 comments
Sorry I'm being so slow guys! Stuff's piling up in the Real World, but rest assured, I'm not forgetting the site, just delaying it. A kind of temporary deliberate forgetting. Sort of.

Anyway, I've got a new machine to play with - yep, the 2.4 I mensioned last week! Whew. 'Nuff said!

I hope you're all working hard on your competition entries. There are some great ones in already. Not much time left, people!
atom21 years ago2003-03-08 21:55:00 UTC 0 comments
At last - some more stuff! Two new tutorials: CS Setup Guide (by Andy) and Ladders (by LightForce). I'm working on a compiling tut which should be up, well, tomorrow. And there'll be more mod setup guides appearing soon. Also, there's a long-overdue new contest! Check it out.

The TFC entity guide is one helluva mission, but it's moving along. There's a DoD guide under development as well.

And on a personal note: I'm tracking down parts for a custom PC which I hope to build very soon. I'm so proud of the specs (even though I don't have the machine yet), I thought I'd publish them here :)

P4 2.4 GHz, 512MB DDR333, GF Ti4200, 80GB (+30 GB) HDD. All in a nice trendy case. Yeah!
atom21 years ago2003-02-22 14:02:00 UTC 0 comments
TWHL's been experiencing some pretty ugly down-time recently. It was offline most of the day a few days ago, and has been down for several hours today as well. I've done some investigating, and I'm trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. Anyway, if you have problems getting to the site sometime, don't worry: we're not going anywhere! Just check back a few hours later.

On a happier note, there's a new tutorial on Vertex Manipulation! There are also a couple more tuts on their way.

Also, the TFC entity guide is nearing completion... just sorting out those hundreds of pesky common properties. I'm hoping to do a good chunk more of it this weekend.
atom21 years ago2003-01-26 19:59:00 UTC 0 comments
A new competition has been launched, and it's considerably easier than the last one (which means you'll have to do more to make it impressive :)). Go give it a try!
atom21 years ago2003-01-25 22:26:00 UTC 0 comments
Thanks to VERC Collective's under-construction entity system, TWHL's own Entity Guide just took a leap forward. Yep, there's nothing like competition for motivation (which reminds me, I must set up another TWHL contest very soon).

Anyway, if you flick your eyes over to the left, flick your mouse to the left, and click, you should be presented with some nice new changes. If you don't notice any, maybe you didn't flick your mouse far enough.
atom21 years ago2003-01-19 23:29:00 UTC 0 comments
Yes, the Entity Guide is officially complete! Entity Encyclopedia would be more accurate, actually :). Big thanks go to Andy, who typed out the 190-odd entity infos to get the thing off the ground. CS, DoD and TFC guides are up next, and should... no, will, arrive a lot faster than the Orig. HL guide. So keep TWHL in your browser's sight.

Various other things have changed as well: compo page format, little stars on user list, new tutorial list, etc.
atom21 years ago2003-01-12 01:05:00 UTC 0 comments
TWHL's first mapping contest has been judged! Go check out who won on the competitions page. I've had some great ideas for future contests, and there's even a new type of challenge I want to try out. So return here often to find out what's new!

Also, I've been doing lots of stuff offline so there'll probably be a nice big update in the next couple of days.
atom21 years ago2002-12-24 20:29:00 UTC 1 comment
Merry Christmas all!
(or, if you aren't into this whole xmas thing, just have a damn good 25th December). But if you are into Xmas, here's a song to sing to yourself while browsing TWHL:

User posted image
Dashing through the snow

In a one horse open sleigh

O'er the hills we go

Laughing all the way.

Bells on bobtail ring

Making spirits bright.

What fun it is to ride and sing

A sleighing song tonight.

Jingle bells jingle bells

Jingle all the way!

Oh what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh!</TD></TR></TABLE>

Right, now I'm off to ambush Santa.
atom21 years ago2002-12-22 13:49:00 UTC 1 comment
Whoops! I thought yesterday that I'd finally solved all the problems with the forums... except that after the update nobody could post anything. But finally, and hopefully for evermore, the thing is working properly (at least, until 2030).

But that's not all... did lots of things I'd been meaning to do for ages, including brining back the 'Remember Me' function so you don't have to login each visit, new bio and avatar things for users (get yours now!), and some more glossary entries. That's on top of the entity guide which is growing fast (mainly thanks to Andy).

It's amazing what the holidays (and coffee) can do! :)
atom21 years ago2002-12-11 21:09:00 UTC 1 comment
There's a new section: Competitions! Jump over there and take a look. And enter! A great way for you to show off your (new) mapping skills.

With this major addition comes the loss of some of the user-based editing sections (which is not a bad thing), and some other small changes.