What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Sunday, July 31

Geek

Terrarium

I sank over a hundred hours into Terraria back when it was fairly new, before it died its untimely death and then undied again.

Now that Starbound is out (and honestly kind of meh) I was curious as to what was up with Terraria these days.  Here's part of the changelog for the recent release of version 1.3.1:
  • Added Logic Gates (AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, NXOR)
  • Added Logic Gate Lamps (On, Off, Faulty)
  • Added Logic Sensors (Day, Night, Under Player)
  • Added Liquid Sensors (Water, Lava, Honey, Any)
  • Added Conveyor Belts.
  • Added The Grand Design.
  • Added Yellow Wrench.
  • Added Junction Box.
  • Added Mechanical Lens.
  • Added Announcement Box.
  • Added Actuation Rod.
  • Added Team Blocks and Platforms.
  • Added Static Hook.
  • Added Presserator.
  • Added Engineering Helmet.
  • Added Companion Cube.
  • Added Gem Locks.
  • Added Large Amber.
  • Added Weighted Pressure Plates (4 colors).
  • Added Wire Bulb.
  • Added 12 new craftable Critter Statues.
  • Added Portal Gun Station.
  • Added Trapped Chests.
  • Added Projectile Pressure Pad.
  • Added several new monster statues.
  • Added Angler Tackle Bag.
  • Added Geyser Trap.
  • Added Bone Campfire.
  • Added Ultra Bright Campfire.
  • Added Multicolor Wrench.
Might need to fire it up again...

Update: Starbound gets better.  In Terraria, you spend most of your time on a single world, defending it from various menaces.  In Starbound, things don't really get into gear until you get off your starting planet.  Unlike Terraria, where you have to build (or rebuild) everything yourself, there's a functioning civilisation in Starbound.  You just need to find it.

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Tuesday, July 26

World

Apropos Of Nothing

It takes forever to get from Sydney to Tashkent, and the in-flight wifi is rubbish.

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Monday, July 25

Geek

Deaders

One of the most striking things about new Doctor Who is how often the companions die.  In the old series, the only long-standing companion to die was Adric, though the First Doctor story The Daleks' Master Plan killed off short-timers Katarina and Sara Kingdom.

But they only died once each.

Amy Pond died in The Pandorica Opens; young Amelia died in The Big Bang; fake Amy was disintegrated in The Almost People; older Amy died and had her timeline erased in The Girl Who Waited, and finally, real Amy died not once but twice in The Angels Take Manhattan.

River Song died in Forest of the Dead, as a child in Day of the Moon, and as Melody in Let's Kill Hitler.

Rory died in Amy's Choice, died again and was erased from existence in Cold Blood, drowned in The Curse of the Black Spot, and died no less than three times in The Angels Take Manhattan.

And Clara died in Asylum of the Daleks, again in The Snowmen, again in Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, again in Last Christmas, again in Face the Raven, and from the glimpses we were given, at least sixteen other times in TV-series canon alone, before eventually swanning off with Ashildr, who is also dead.

Of course, this is because where the original series used time travel mostly as a plot hook upon which to hang the story of the week, New Who often involves time travel as a plot device, with every kind of time loop, divergent timeline, parallel universe, and temporal paradox cropping up at some point.

But maybe the next companion could just, you know, leave?

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Saturday, July 23

Cool

Let's Go Exploring

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Thursday, July 21

Geek

There Be Dragons

Dragon Age: Origins* is 60% off.


That's the full game, with all DLC and expansions, completely DRM-free, for just a few dollars.  Highly recommended if you like fantasy role-playing games even a little.

* The one that doesn't suck.

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Wednesday, July 20

Art

Not All Monsters

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Art by Tallychyck.

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Wednesday, July 13

Life

Calm

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Saturday, July 09

Anime

My Hero Academia

Is actually really good.  It's pure Shounen Jump fare, but it's up there with the best of that genre.

Rather than reading through a lengthy review, watch the opening credits.  It's truth in advertising, what you see here is exactly what you get.

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Wednesday, July 06

Cool

New Toy: Momoko

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I have a server!  Well, I've had a server since 2003 1997.  But this one is in Sydney, instead of hiding on the other side of the planet.

Australia is not generally a cost-effective location for server hosting, but thanks to the nice people at Exigent I was able to get a very good price on an older model Dell updated with new SSDs.

It only runs at 2.4GHz, but it has 8 cores (16 threads), 24GB ECC RAM, and a RAID-1 pair of SSDs, so it's very capable.  Plus a gigabit internet connection and 10TB monthly bandwidth.

But best of all, it's only 15ms from home (and about 3ms from the office).  That makes an enormous difference; my usual ping times to the mu.nu servers are in the range of 170-200ms.

And I installed OpenVZ on it without breaking anything.  So as far as that goes I'm having a good day.

more...

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Tuesday, July 05

World

Does Australia Have A Government Yet, Again

No Probably.



Currently the major parties are split 68/67, with 10 seats still undecided, and needing 76 to form a government.  There are also 5 independents who will obviously be getting sweet-talked to death right now.

Sadly, the site from 2010 now seems to belong to a Chinese bus company.

Update: Official but not final results have the Liberal (i.e. conservative) Party returned with a much reduced majority, down from 90:55 to 76:69.  One seat has not yet been declared, but that can't affect the overall outcome.

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