Take a Picture
By Dwip July 31, 2004 at 10:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, they’re up. Getcher Europe trip pictures here! [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link deprecated. Use this one instead.] And since we’re writing this live from ‘Nam, or at least while we wait for it to load because we don’t all seem to have the right maps, let us just note that the pictures are large. Very large. But hopefully worth the download. For all you on dialup, sorry. All I can say. Also, gummi bears rock. And I have a 6 lb bag of ’em.


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Signal to Noise
By Dwip July 30, 2004 at 6:06 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Fucking comment spammers. I just spent the better part of four hours deleting about 800 comments stretching all the way back to the very beginning of this blog and banning about 40 IPs. A bit less than fun. The side effect from that is that nobody can reply to old posts now. Not that people really did, but there are a few gems in there. The best part of this is, they weren’t even GOOD spammers. I mean, “gopher exploit?” Gopher is like, so 1991. Or “reality porn videos.” Reality porn? As opposed to what? Blow up doll porn? Stick figures? Whatever. The BFV 1.1 patch is out, and that’s good, except how it’s not in various points.


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Electioneering
By Dwip July 30, 2004 at 1:26 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So today’s a pretty typical day for the last week. Kind of like this: “So, Erik. You’re going to go do job hunting stuff today, right?” “That’s the plan. In like half an hour.” *ten minutes later* “Erik, could you go [thing]?” “And while you’re at it, [thing] and [thing]?” *three hours later* “So, you’re still going out, right?” “Um, yeah. After I do the now hour’s worth of stuff I need to do, I’ll go into town for like, an hour of productive work. Maybe not.” But anyway. I’ve been in an awfully political mood lately, given the whole DNC going on and everything. Told the family to fuck off and listened to Kerry’s speech even, and I don’t […]


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Bad Blood
By Dwip July 27, 2004 at 12:18 pm Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Assorted randomness follows. So we got our DSL modem replaced today, which should hopefully cut down on the instances of being randomly disconnected from the ‘net at inconvenient times, such as when Whir is in my crosshairs. We can but hope, anyway. If you were one of the like 2 people on the planet who didn’t know that my ‘net connection sucks, well, it does. It always has. It’s Monroe, what do you want? That aside, I woke up at 8am this morning. Now, while I realize that there are quite a few of you who actually do this sort of thing on a fairly regular basis, there are others of us for whom it’s like being an Apollo 11 […]


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Stuff, and Things
By Dwip July 25, 2004 at 8:34 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I can’t really think of an appropriate song title for today’s entry, so whatever. Suffer. All that you suffer is all that you are, and all that. Anyway. Firstly, an aside to Cole about the whole Novgorod in Early thing. Click here and enjoy. Secondly, having obtained Whir’s copy of Thief: Deadly Shadows while I was there, I have thusly made it work, which essentially means copying the contents of the second and third CDs into a temp dir for installation, because the installer sucks the good suck. But when you make it work, it’s an awesome game. I suck at it, but it’s lots of fun sneaking around and blackjacking people. On a third note, I’m doing prepwork, having […]


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Medieval: Total HTML
By Dwip July 22, 2004 at 8:33 pm Comments Off on Medieval: Total HTML RSS Feed for this post

Yeah. So I have an M:TW page now. Or I’m beginning one. Or something. You’ll also notice that the never-completed Morrowind page has vanished into the mists of history. Ten Paws really tried to keep it going, but no. But no.


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Waiting For the Show
By Dwip July 22, 2004 at 4:22 pm Comments Off on Waiting For the Show RSS Feed for this post

With a nod towards Megatokyo, as usual. So I’m sitting here trying to get bots to work on maps in BFV. To borrow a phrase from Penny Arcade, this is akin to attempting to bend spoons with your mind or something. It’s like this. There’s pretty much two things you need to make map AI work. Three, if you count a map, but let us assume we’ve got a map that works (which is a little bit further out there than you might think, with a nod to my friend Cambodian Waterways). You need an AI that actually knows how to do stuff, and you need a path map so that the AI knows where it’s going. But, before we […]


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Alien
By Dwip July 21, 2004 at 1:46 am Comments Off on Alien RSS Feed for this post

Cole, your sheep do not care about you. They have left you here to die. Cole, your sheep fall from the sky like broken birds. Little in joke there. Also, Blue Shift is WAY the hell too short. Only took me 3 hours to beat. Ah well. Now I’ll just have to play Thief or something. Also, a slight bit of info, for those of you who actually email me: Email is changed to dwip at afkmud dot net, for values of net = com. And the spammers in the audience can just go fuck themselves. It doesn’t need to be longer, and it doesn’t need to be harder. I don’t need any more xanax. I don’t need to refinance […]


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Right Then
By Dwip July 19, 2004 at 4:19 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m back. Sleeping for a week sounds like a great idea right about now. And man, 1024×768 sure is bigger than I remember it being.


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Rockin in the Free World, Part II
By Dwip July 18, 2004 at 3:26 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

So Soak 4 (the band) played in a little tiny bar in Norway last night, except how they went as Manhandler (and to quote the t-shirt, “Marquette’s premier gay band!” Hint: Joke). I was there. And despite their being maybe 8-10 people in the bar at the start, counting the band and the bar staff, it turned out to be cool anyway, as many other people showed up, and I got drunk, and life was good, and then I had a lot of water, and was pretty much undrunk by the time we left the bar. Whereupon, it being 3am or whatever, we went and got food, and that was good too. Tim and the Scotts (Scots? Whatever.) are pretty […]


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And Now, For Something Completely Different
By Dwip July 12, 2004 at 6:16 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, the Viking Invasion part of today, wherein I write war stories of my conquests. Secondly, I shall quote Cole: Me: Fucking ICQ. Cole: can’t say as that’s something i’d like to try Me: No, not really. Cole: i haven’t seen the proper port specifications to even try Cole: “so, what, you want to try the parallel port this time?”


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Rockin in the Free World
By Dwip July 12, 2004 at 10:58 am Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

So I guess I owe everyone an update. So, with the exception of the bit where Whir’s apartment is like 90 degrees with the windows open at night on days when it’s freezing and raining, and the bit where his landlord is rather less than friendly, life in the UP is good times. So good, in fact, that variously in Marquette and Iron Mountain I’ve noticed a few things. Like the minivan Whir pointed out to me that has a staircase on the roof. Honest to god stairs, with a railing and the whole bit. Bizzare. Probably even more bizzare than the lowrider minivan with the spoiler and the flames painted on the front in IM. There’s also the “What […]


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