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Posted 3 years ago2015-07-01 11:09:06 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #326148
Evening of 1st July(today)?
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 3 years ago2015-06-28 18:13:06 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #326131
The Dawn spacecraft is now orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt. It is currently at a higher altitude, and just returned some pictures that show in more detail, albeit not enough to guess what it is, the mysterious bright white spots on Ceres's surface.
Not even NASA is sure what's happening, they made a page where you can cast a vote on whatever you think that white spot is,here.
Dawn will progressively be taking photos at lower and lower orbits, and by autumn I expect we should know what that thing is.

The New Horizons probe has been in flight toward its main destination since 2006. Even though now it's very close to Pluto, its distance from it only let's us see 2 pixelated spheres in space. But the Pluto flyby is happening in July, and for the first time in history we'll have pictures taken of the plutonian surface and some of its satellites. After that it will continue exploring the Kuiper Belt, possibly sending image of KBOs(Kuiper Belt Objects). Sadly, because of its trajectory and lack of fuel, it won't perform a flyby of Eris, a Kuiper Belt dwarf planet like Pluto.

Oh and as a bonus, another big thing in space exploration happening is the Rosettamission, launched in 2004 by ESA, which arrived at its destination(comet "67P") in 2014, successfully deployed its lander named Philae, which somewhat successfully landed. I said somewhat because it bounced off a couple of times and landed in an area without sun light, but it had enough batteries to carry its scientific duties. It will awake in a couple of months when the comet will be close enough to the sun.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 3 years ago2015-06-27 17:54:19 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #326126
Saturn? Pluto and Ceres are the hot topics now my friends!
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-06-01 19:52:42 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #325764
See, I'm genuine, I even liked your image on facebook.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-05-20 18:06:29 UTC
in How's everyone been? Post #325608
Hello RotatorSplint! Nice to see you back.

For me, college is eating my time right now. Also job hunting.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-05-10 17:54:26 UTC
in The Core Post #325503
Relevant: 0:53 - 1:03
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-25 06:59:29 UTC
in Mods for sale Post #325377
I'm posting the journal here and deleting it, didn't notice the thread last night:

In light of the current shitstorm involving mods that can be bought on the Steam Workshop( brendanmint's linked image in the shoutbox explains better), I'd like to address a few points, some of them of interest to this community:

1 - I'm a fan of Valve and always thought they're a company that makes calculated moves. This time something feels off, as a donation model (out of which Valve or a company which uses the Steam distribution platform could get its share) seemed much more logical, at least from the point of view of the modders, right? Also, what the heck is that 25% revenue share? That's crap.

2 - Honestly I don't really care about Valve's monetization politics, but one should be more attentive to the subtle details of an emerging phenomenon. I could easily draw a parallel here with what's happened since PlanetPhilip came here and uploaded some of our maps to his site. Some of the members maps have long been uploaded on his site before he started the thread a few weeks ago, asking for maps. He even said somewhere(IIRC) that if the map had no copyright notices in the description he automatically presumed them to be... free to redistribute.
Of course, PlanetPhilip's actions have had only a positive impact, since all the maps and member names link back to TWHL, so no actual harm, only more exposure, which is nice.
My point is that Steam won't stop here. I suspect they will extend this to a lot of other moddable games, and other distribution platforms or even modding sites might follow this trend. And there will be scumbags, as Penguinboy put it, who will try to profit from the free work of others.

3 - Drawing conclusions from the points above, I would suggest that in the next iteration of TWHL an optional copyright/usage rights notification should be added to each map page. I know this a bit redundant since it can be easily added as text in the description, but a lot of mappers are lazy or perhaps, those usage rights will be hidden in a wall of text.

I don't know if this is a good suggestion or not, but I know this community will go on and maybe great projects and different tools/assets will spawn from it. The community should be protective and specific about what it lets out in the world.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-14 08:51:53 UTC
in Post your screenshots! WIP thread Post #325268
You, sir, are a master of doodads.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-12 13:15:38 UTC
in Post your screenshots! WIP thread Post #325258
Thanks a million for this!
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-12 10:37:43 UTC
in Post your screenshots! WIP thread Post #325255
Can't wait to see that map Instant Mix. Maybe post a video with that doodad? :P

Displacement Frenzy:
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Just subdividing such amounts of displacements takes almost as long as compiling a small map :D.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-11 14:15:01 UTC
in What does the "squad name" npc Post #325245
But Source AI is much more configurable.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-08 13:54:33 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #325222
I absolutely love your photos Elliot. You're like a master of the macro world.
Each macro shot of yours seems to be meticulously fine-tuned, and has an interesting atmosphere. I've been using one of your photos in my wallpaper-shuffle folder for over a year now.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-08 10:38:46 UTC
in Looking for all your SP maps and mods Post #325219
*checks planetphilip

wow, it's on the site!
there are screenshots!

There's a playthrough!
There are reviews!
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Haha, I got that unique fuzzy feeling when I see others playing it. Unfortunately it was a rushed map( done in about a week), and most of the members there don't know that so they judge accordingly. I don't feel bad about that,such good criticism helps you discover your weaknesses. The map has those weird lines and missing textures because it also uses ep1 content.

Another question, I'm currently working on something. You said:
I don't currently cover upcoming stuff on the site.
Do you mean by that that you don't release "anticipatory" content, or that you curate content?
Do be clearer, can members submit content there? For example I'd almost always like to have a link back to TWHL if I post maps there, since this is my home community.

If you ever feel the need for a 2nd reviewer you might want to reach to Archie. He's great at making videos reviewing stuff, has all these cinematic skills and such.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-07 16:39:01 UTC
in Looking for all your SP maps and mods Post #325214
Well, I'd post Kleiner's Secret Lab, but it was a "secret santa" gift for DiscoStu, one of our colleagues. It's also kinda short in duration, has incredibly condensed gameplay, has some obscure puzzles and might be annoying with all those manhacks.

Anyway, I've put that for you to say if that's a "not one like this".

What about upcoming releases?
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-04 22:25:55 UTC
in Bad I/O link Post #325205
Yep, I'm using it.

le teaser:
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I have now been working on this 14 hours str8.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-04 17:04:44 UTC
in Bad I/O link Post #325203
It's a WIP :P. [EDIT] I hate this. Half-way done and 42 minutes a compile.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-03 19:37:11 UTC
in Bad I/O link Post #325200
Now it works! Thanks, man. :crowbar:
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-03 18:40:44 UTC
in Bad I/O link Post #325198
Well, Valve used a relay too. I initially didn't use one, but I thought there might be a bug with my initial setup.

I use a trigger_multiple to trigger a scripted_sequence which brings alyx in front of a wall, makes her do an animation and then on the beginning of the sequence triggers the relay.
The relay triggers the env_alyxemp, parenting it to alyx, then after 0.2sec parenting it to Alyx's righthand attachment. After that, it starts a discharge with a parameter of 0.5, then a discharge at a delay of 0.6 from the discharge trigger.
Then it stops it after 3 seconds.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-04-03 17:51:26 UTC
in Bad I/O link Post #325196
Hey guys, I'm having a bit of a problem with the env_alyxemp entity. I'm recreating that sequence where alyx is shooting her emp gun at a button, but I can't seem to turn off the effect afterwards.

It gives me this error:
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I don't understand, the rest of the outputs work. The "Stop" input of the env_alyxemp gives this error though. I decompiled a hl2 map and they do it the same.

What's happening here?
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-22 08:45:53 UTC
in TWHL Tourney Post #324905
The maps were a bit weird to me but I learned them fast, there were a couple of clear confrontation spots where all the funny action happened.

It was really nice and I hope we do this again.
I was a little disappointing with the teamspeak server, felt a bit left out.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-21 14:37:26 UTC
in Halloo! An Introduction Post #324840
Welcome to this warm community!
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-16 17:33:14 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #324747
When I started making photos, I believe in 2010 when I got my first camera, dedicated camera equipment was still miles away from what you could find integrated in mobile phones. But now, there are pocket cameras that arguably perform worse than a camera on an S3 phone, which is 3 years old already. Even if their performance is marginally better, their price and practicability doesn't justify buying them.
Bridge cameras, the kind that I have, unfortunately use the same shitty small sensor so they only compensate through more professional features and better lenses, better zoom.
So the only kind of camera used for what you could call "Photography" is the DSLR. Even here prices, the simplification of them and introduction of lots of "autos" has made them accessible to a large public.

Photography isn't what it used to be. 50 years ago photography was truly an art and you'd get respect for doing that. Now anyone can be a photographer. You just need some money, and a one month crash course, or even less. Heck, you only need a good phone.

The only thing that, I think, separates amateurs from professionals is experience and dedication. I no longer consider myself a photographer as I used to in high-school. I am also appalled by the fact that anyone can make a mindless photo and call it photography, and that could apply to me too when I don't know so...

Or perhaps I'm just confused about this art where nobody makes the slightest effort anymore.

Don't get me wrong, this is just some rant. I still see magnificent photos, and on this thread too. I just consider true photography an exquisite art suited for the adventurous, the enduring and the risk-takers. Qualities that not all photographers have, especially zillion wedding&events photographers(but that's business, not art...).
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-14 20:20:47 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #324712
The sky is over
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-14 12:40:31 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #324703
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Winter pines road

Plowing through the snow like the choo choo bastard.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-14 12:37:16 UTC
in TWHL Spring Tourney Post #324702
But.. but.. it was super pi day :heartbreak:
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-05 20:19:41 UTC
in The Core Post #324532
Yeah just send me the design and I can print my own for less than 10$
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-03-03 12:25:51 UTC
in This is a title Post #324506
2 members resurfacing in the same thread!

Anyhow, can't believe you would actually say bye to this community. Farewell, Slaks! Best of wishes and let's hope we hear from you soon.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-02-20 13:46:27 UTC
in TWHL Spring Tourney Post #324265
Friday at 8 PM GMT for seems like an excellent time.
But I don't like counter strike. I will complain about this tournament forever including while happily competing and winning prizes
But do you like HL2DM?
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-02-11 11:19:16 UTC
in TWHL Tower Post #323957
I'm still mid-exam session. If this stuff happened in 2 weeks from now, I would have gladly joined( just posting here a message if anybody was wondering about my absence).
I can't wait to see what comes out of this project though!
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-23 23:46:34 UTC
in Bad light faces with columns Post #323480
Yeah its a game, but that is a tiny chance someone might take it seriously somewhere.
Like people freaking out over some children walking alone a mile to their school?

I think it's what people say: "shit happens".

This thread is
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Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-16 19:57:13 UTC
in The Core Post #323348
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Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-14 01:00:51 UTC
in The Core Post #323295
3 years.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-14 00:25:06 UTC
in The Core Post #323292
It's an old article.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-13 20:00:17 UTC
in The Core Post #323288
I can't see that without thinking "Let's rock."

That's probably just me.
I instantly think of ol' Duke too :).
Incidentally, to use the same word:
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Something's happening here.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-12 21:07:40 UTC
in The Core Post #323262
lmaonions
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-11 23:12:00 UTC
in TWHL Lan Party!!! ~2017-18? Post #323214
I suppose most of the enthusiasts( not saying I wouldn't be enthusiastic about it!) here don't have to travel from 30-40 hours and make several stops in order to switch planes. Also pay about 2000 euro for a round-trip - economic class - can you imagine 10 hours sitting in such a seat? I've travelled 11 hours by train before, and if it hadn't been for the landscapes, a book and the sheer luck of sitting next to an engineer who had a lot of subjects to talk about, I would've gone mad.
My country also doesn't have the Visa waiver program.

Traveling for a medium-class citizen is... quite expensive. Both financially and psychologically(if he travels alone).
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-11 09:38:59 UTC
in TWHL Lan Party!!! ~2017-18? Post #323194
Think about it, all it will cost you is a round flight and some vaca. time whereas for me it will cost an entire house build.
Substituting "vaca" with the translation in my language: "cow". Some cow time? :quizzical:

Anyway, you do realize it's a USA party what you're talking about. USA is hard to travel to if you don't have relatives because you can hardly get those visas or what they're called.
Spending several thousand dollars only on transport is not my kind of thing either. Yet.
Perhaps in 10 years I'll be able to attend. If TWHL still exists then.

All in all it sounds like a very nice idea, I don't want to discourage you.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-06 13:13:53 UTC
in TWHL Tournament 2014 Post #323132
Let's just buy 3 geostationary satellites for our community on which to run servers.
I'm sure we can afford together the mortgage.
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Posted 4 years ago2015-01-04 11:30:18 UTC
in Now Playing: ... Post #323114
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-01 09:56:24 UTC
in Post Your Photos Post #323043
DiscoStu is having an artistic orgasm :)).
Archie be like in this thread "drop it like it's hot...".
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2015-01-01 09:52:02 UTC
in The 2015 New Years Thread! Post #323042
Happy new year everyone! My new year's resolution is 1920x1080, haha!
But besides that this year I want yo eat healthier, do more sports, master a programming language and increase my social networking skills.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2014-12-25 11:32:14 UTC
in Post your screenshots! WIP thread Post #322999
I'd say it's a piece of mapping art.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2014-12-25 01:45:58 UTC
in More Albums That Never Existed (game) Post #322992
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The irony here is that it's 03:43 and I was actually trying to understand these obscure mathematical conjectures about knot theory that have finally been solved in 1991.

Potatis, that album almost serves as a basis for a meme, that's how the text sounds to me at least.
Striker StrikerI seriously doubt myself
Posted 4 years ago2014-12-24 19:46:36 UTC
in Xmas tournament ? Post #322983
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-24 10:15:23 UTC
in Xmas tournament ? Post #322977
Also bhop_maps. Those were the shit...
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-23 15:47:52 UTC
in More Albums That Never Existed (game) Post #322958
As a random fact(idk how you scored that article Archie), during WWII in Ploiesti, USAAF organized an air raid on nine oil refineries near Ploiesti on 1 August 1943. The purpose was to cut petrol supplies to the Axis powers.

They've lost 53 bombardiers. I feel chills in my spine just thinking about the event and what a fucking strong fortress the city was.

Here's another one:
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-23 13:42:49 UTC
in More Albums That Never Existed (game) Post #322950
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I cheated by randomizing the wiki page several times...( I got really nonsensical articles, like "North American Flags" :\ )
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-23 11:26:55 UTC
in TWHL Tournament 2014 Post #322942
But it wasn't about scores. The ticket-based system allowed each of us a chance. I think it was quite fair and the tournament was fun-oriented, not competitive :P.
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-22 19:32:23 UTC
in Now Gaming: ... Post #322930
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Posted 4 years ago2014-12-22 11:10:23 UTC
in TWHL Tournament 2014 Post #322923
Do you use free background music from incompetech?
Great first highlight.
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