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(no subject) [Posted on Wednesday, the 2nd of September 2015 at 12:16 am]

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It's rather crazy that despite Flash being completely the wrong tool for playing videos, it does a better job than whatever Firefox uses for HTML5 video.

It's very crazy that on the modern Internet the state-of-the-art for video playback is so much worse than what any half-decent media player could do 15 years ago. Seriously, are DXVA and video overlays still a thing, or does everything just throw all the pixels at the CPU and hope that it's fast enough?
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Paper tape? [Posted on Tuesday, the 25th of August 2015 at 10:24 pm]

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[What |amusedamused]

The other day, a colleague stumbled across the flowchart symbol for paper tape (that's the wavy box on the left), and was confused by it...


Hands up if you know what the point of it is!

Yep, pick me!
1(33.3%)
Err, maybe?
0(0.0%)
Nope, haven't the foggiest!
2(66.7%)

Okay then, what's the point?

Ticky box?

Ticky box!
2(100.0%)


He genuinely had no idea how paper tape was related to computing. To be fair it is a historical oddity, but even so if you know about the origin of computers (especially in relation to WW2 cryptography) then you should have heard about it.

That said I'll be impressed if anyone here has actually used paper tape...
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Ocarina of Time: Temple of Time [Posted on Monday, the 24th of August 2015 at 8:01 pm]

boggyb
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[What |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I don't know what it is... I have this feeling of dread...
Saria

Ocarina of Time: Temple of TimeCollapse )


You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!
Ganondorf
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Waiting for the rain to stop [Posted on Saturday, the 22nd of August 2015 at 9:17 pm]

boggyb
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[What |amusedamused]

For some time now, elemnar and I have been taking it in turns to decorate each others' flat. One of her latest offerings is a surprisingly musical metal cat, seen here sitting on my windowsill the other day, waiting for the rain to stop...



It makes a wonderful faint 'bong' sound (a bit like a tuning fork) if you tap its tail or whiskers.


We've already exchanged another round of flat decorations - back at the start of the month, we went to Greenwich to see the refurbished Cutty Sark (I'd only been on it before the fire and rebuild, while despite being in Greenwich every weekend over a couple of years elemnar never actually visited it). While in the gift shop afterwards I spotted a suitable flat decoration and so distracted her with an obvious distraction so I could buy it without her noticing ("Look, an obvious distraction!"). Later on, in Greenwich market we spotted someone making words and objects out of wire (it was quite impressive - he'd select a length of wire, spend maybe a minute quickly bending it with a pair of pliers, and suddenly in his hands would be a flower on a stick complete with coloured bead in the middle). I mentioned I rather liked some of the more grand creations, at which point elemnar sent me in search of a three-headed monkey while she bought it.

Anyway, you'll have to wait for the next one to appear, partially because elemnar now needs to post the photo of the thing I bought for here but mainly because I've got some ides in mind for the next photo...
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More uncontainable excitement [Posted on Saturday, the 22nd of August 2015 at 12:34 pm]

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[What |sillysilly]

More uncontainable excitement at work yesterday. It seems we're getting something each week until the new name is announced (which they apparently have now decided on).

This time, inside the mysterious tissue paper... was a pencil! Again complete with the obligatory motivational message.

I suppose it is slightly more useful than the rubber. At least until the point wears down and it needs sharpening. Perhaps a sharpener will be the next trinket from marketing?
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Write-once, read-never? [Posted on Wednesday, the 19th of August 2015 at 11:14 pm]

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[What |confusedconfused]

Well, this is a new one on me. I've burnt a CD-R (several, in fact) that cannot be read by the drive that created it. I know it's not a failed burn because I can read it in another drive.

I'm blaming the CD-R media - Verbatim AZO printable, re-order code #43309 - which I picked because the Internets claimed that it's good quality (bad Internets. No cookie for you). I don't know whether it's a bad batch or just dodgy in general, but nothing I've got quite agrees with it. The laptop's Hitachi-LG DVD±RW drive will happily write to blank ones, but then can't read them once written to. The Plextor PX-755A DVD±RW tries very hard, but ultimately fails to detect the media. Even an ancient Plextor 48/24/48A CD±RW drive (kept precisely because it can read anything) has to think about things for a bit before finally managing to read/write the discs.

Sigh. Anyone know which CD-R brands are worth getting these days?

As to why I'm still occasionally using CD-Rs in this day and age? Well, it's rather hard to burn an audio DVD... (that, and they're also handy to send someone a set of photos as a present, and a DVD-R seems like overkill for a mere 100MB).
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Random book meme [Posted on Wednesday, the 19th of August 2015 at 12:53 am]

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[What |curiouscurious]

While stumbling through old posts (searching for a quote I once quoted), I stumbled upon an old meme...

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
  5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
  6. Nominate five people to post this meme.

'...The rage is similar, in that it throws off the constraints of your normal self, your normal physicality, rationality and emotions. In fact, it is possible that the berserk state is itself a form of Free Magic, or is derived from some ancient effect of that magic.'

'I never really understood what Free Magic actually is,' said Clariel. 'Our teacher just said it was evil, something to fear, and warned us to seek help should we ever encounter any...'

From Clariel, by Garth Nix.

Nominating... (spins the wheel of LJ usernames) elemnar, talismancer, ladyofastolat, olego, allegramente... and the rest of my flist, because I'm curious as to what you all read :)

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Ocarina of Time: Zora's Domain, Inside Lord Jabu-Jabu [Posted on Wednesday, the 19th of August 2015 at 12:11 am]

boggyb
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[What |sleepysleepy]

But since that stranger, Ganondorf, came here, Lord Jabu-Jabu has been a little green around the gills...
King Zora
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Car park chaos [Posted on Saturday, the 15th of August 2015 at 4:50 pm]

boggyb
There seems to be some sort of competition behind the flats for "how many cars can you squeeze into 6 spaces". Currently they're up to eight and it's approaching one of those sliding-block-puzzle car park chaos games.

Unfortunately for me, the players don't understand sliding block puzzles. The Alfa is now blocked in by a very sloppily-parked car (though credit where it's due, for that car to end up where it did took some well-judged driving).

Hang on... the car that was completely blocking the Alfa in has now gone elsewhere, leaving a precisely Alfa-sized gap between the remaining cars. Which is good, except to escape I'd have to reverse through it and probably then reverse out of the entrance. That'll be interesting if the cars are all still there when I need to head out tomorrow.
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Uncontainable excitement! [Posted on Friday, the 14th of August 2015 at 11:00 pm]

boggyb
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[What |optimisticoptimistic]

So at work today, there was uncontainable excitement! We all got given... a box!

And inside each box... was tissue paper!

And inside the tissue paper... was an eraser! Complete with motivational message!


Needless to say, being a team of engineers we were all suitably sarcastic about the whole thing (presumably dreamt up by marketing). Korben's word of the day from The Fifth Element came to mind... especially in regard to the requisite photos of uncontainable excitement.
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Ocarina of Time: Goron City, Dodongo's Cavern, and Great Fairies [Posted on Thursday, the 13th of August 2015 at 11:32 pm]

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Giant dead Dodongo... when it sees red, a new way to go will be open
Dodongo's Cavern

Ocarina of Time: Goron City, Dodongo"s Cavern, and Great FairiesCollapse )
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Ocarina of Time: Kakariko Village [Posted on Thursday, the 13th of August 2015 at 12:17 am]

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From sun to moon, moon to sun...
Give peaceful rest to the living dead

Hyrule Royal Family Tomb

Ocarina of Time: Kakariko VillageCollapse )
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Ocarina of Time: en route to Dodongo's Cavern [Posted on Monday, the 10th of August 2015 at 12:31 am]

boggyb
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[What |sleepysleepy]
[Who |Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Temple of Time]

I feel... This place will be very important for both of us someday. That's what I feel.
Saria

Ocarina of Time: en route to Dodongo"s CavernCollapse )
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Smoked Salmon Tagliatelle [Posted on Saturday, the 8th of August 2015 at 11:55 pm]

boggyb
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[What |hungryom nom nom nom]

Since I'm sitting in front of the laptop and have Semagic open, here's another post!

Another recipe that I promised elemnar that I'd write up, again based on something on the back of a packet from Tesco's (their food isn't as nice as Sainsbury's, but they do have some good recipes):

Smoked Salmon Tagliatelle

Serves 1. Cooking time about 10 minutes.

2 or 3 balls of tagliatelle
Half a pack of smoked salmon trimmings (Sainsbury's Basics)
A couple of dollops of cream cheese (Philadelphia works well)
Splash of milk


Cook the tagliatelle for about 5 minutes. Drain, then return to the pan. Add the cream cheese, milk, and smoked salmon, and mix through heating until the cream cheese melts. Simples!

It goes quite well with a rocket salad. Tesco's recommended adding some chives as well, but I use dill as that's what's in my herb cupboard.
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It was inevitable [Posted on Saturday, the 8th of August 2015 at 11:42 pm]

boggyb
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[What |nostalgicnostalgic]
[Who |Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Hyrule Field Main Theme]



Since the other week I'd sat down and frankly annihilated Majora in all its forms (Fierce Deity mask for the win!), I decided that it was time for another game. Hence I now have a 4th version of Ocarina of Time (N64, Gamecube Zelda Collector's Edition, Gamecube Wind Waker bonus disc, and now 3DS version), and just like Majora's Mask it is full of nostalgia. This was one of the games that once upon a time convinced myself and elemnar to get a N64, and brought us into the world of console gaming. Later on it was this game that introduced me to the world of fanfiction with la_belle_laide's Hero series on fanfiction.net (of which I have a copy saved before it disappeared, and every once in a while end up re-reading it).

Anyway, the 3DS version. Blogging my Majora's Mask progress turned into epic fail so while I intend to blog about Ocarina of Time, don't expect much success here.

So far I've entered the first dungeon, splatted Gohma (unlike elemnar's attempt - her overcaffeinated viking approach generally results in the first boss splatting her), and have now left Kokiri Forest and made my way to Hyrule Castle Town. The advantage of having played this game many, many times before is I know what to do and where to do it, though even now I'm finding odd new bits and pieces. Today's random example is in Lon Lon Ranch - go upstairs to the bedroom and smash the pots. Behind a couple of them there's a drawing on the wall. I never spotted that before - it may be new to the 3DS, or it might indeed have been in the N64 version (there's a similar drawing outside Link's treehouse that was in the original version). Hmm, I may dig out the N64 and have a look...
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The company formerly known as $WORK [Posted on Friday, the 7th of August 2015 at 9:18 pm]

boggyb
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[What |optimisticoptimistic]

Well, it's now Facebook official: $BUYER has completed the acquisition of $WORK! I now work for a company known as Brand A.

Literally.

Oh, all right, we're not really called Brand A. We're using a different letter.
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That moment when you realise the controls don't work that way [Posted on Friday, the 7th of August 2015 at 9:00 pm]

boggyb
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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

In the Donkey Kong games, there's always been a mechanic where if you press A when bouncing off an enemy you jump higher. Most of the time this isn't particularly useful, but in some bonus levels it's required to avoid epic fail...


Youtube videos of platformers make them look ridiculously easy.

Anyway, I always thought that to get the extra height you had to press and release A exactly as you hit an enemy, and that there was a very narrow (almost frame-exact) timing window. Except that's almost completely wrong. In reality, you have to be merely holding A as you hit an enemy, the window for when you can start holding the button is frankly massive (up to maybe half a second in advance?), and it doesn't matter at all when you release A. That discovery made that bonus level quite a bit easier... well, it still took me about half an hour of extra attempts to finally reach the end, but at least I could now get past the fourth set of barrel cannons about 30 seconds in.
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August car check [Posted on Saturday, the 1st of August 2015 at 3:06 pm]

boggyb
[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Car check time!

Everything was down a bit on pressure (fronts down 0.05 bar, rears down 0.1 bar, spare down 0.2 bar) so I dug out the compressor and put a bit more air into all the tyres. The oil level had also dropped enough to be worth topping up as well, and about 300ml of oil took it from a bit over half-way to almost full on the dipstick.

Slightly more mileage than last month at 496.7 miles. The regular pasta nights are definitely adding to it at ~50 miles each way - not that I'm complaining, as they're good fun and it's actually quite a nice drive over Bury Hill late in the evening.

Speaking of pasta nights and Bury Hill, last weekend I gave the whole route a try in dynamic mode. It didn't seem much different for the M27/A27 stretch (which is all fast dual-carriageway with long sweeping curves - the sort of road where I wind the Alfa up to 70mph and cruise along), but came into its own once I joined the twisty-turny single-carriageway that is the A29. The car had more of a sense of being able to stick it into the corners without any fuss - especially on the stretch just past Slindon. It was also long enough of a journey for me to get used to the throttle map (which thinking about it mainly seems very aggressive because the normal throttle map is quite laid-back). N mode still wins for pottering around town and for motorway driving, but D is more fun once I find the country roads.

Curiously enough I actually recorded my best mpg yet (48.2 mpg) on that route with D mode enabled.
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(no subject) [Posted on Friday, the 31st of July 2015 at 7:07 pm]

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Today's random bit of trivia (brought to you by the rumour mill regarding $BUYER borging $WORK) is that on the stock exchange, the 4-letter ticker code for a company doesn't actually have to be related to the name of the company. Hence while a lot is still unknown, we do know what the new ticker code will be and it's one of those wonderful "surely someone's already thought of it, right?" names.

As to the rest of the buyout, well the official news from on high has gone quiet while senior management works out just what the result will look like. On the other hand the tea-leaves and super-sekrit-squirrel rumour mill are still producing results, which generally sound positive for the team I'm in, so it should all be good.
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Evening stroll [Posted on Tuesday, the 28th of July 2015 at 10:37 pm]

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Sunday before last, I went on a stroll east of Fareham, almost as far as Portchester...Collapse )
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What Pokémon are you? [Posted on Tuesday, the 28th of July 2015 at 12:35 am]

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[What |sleepysleepy]

Somehow, while semi-randomly bouncing round the Internet and catching up on sites I stumbled across a What Pokémon are you meme...

I am Mew!
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On shouting at dragons in Skyrim... [Posted on Sunday, the 26th of July 2015 at 4:45 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

elemnar: ...and you can shout at dragons to make them fall out of the sky.
boggyb: Dragons? Surely they just glare at you and then eat you?
elemnar: Well, yes, they glare at you once they're on the ground but by then you've usually switched to a better weapon...
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elemnar's approach to Zelda games: [Posted on Sunday, the 26th of July 2015 at 4:29 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

elemnar: I go through it like a viking on caffeine
elemnar: This works up until the first boss, which generally requires some actual thought

It's not just limited to Zelda games - my sister uses the same approach for pretty much any game. Case in point is Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles where she picked the Lilty race - these being small hobbit-sized characters wielding frankly enormous halberds and with the strongest attack stat out of all the races.
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Car park chaos! [Posted on Thursday, the 23rd of July 2015 at 9:26 pm]

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Winding back in time a little...

For quite some time now Network Rail have been working on the viaduct behind the flats. I'm not entirely sure what they're doing - it seems to involve hacking out chunks of brickwork from the arches, which somehow hasn't resulted in the whole thing collapsing, though then again it's Victorian engineering and so'll be massively overengineered for the load it carries - but anyway, as part of this they rather need to be able to get at the roof of the arches. So on Tuesday when I returned home I discovered this in front of me...



That made parking a little interesting on Tuesday when I entered to discover all this. Since reversing out of the leftmost archway space (being the only space remaining) is awkward, I decided to reverse into it. That was rather tricky - Alfa's are not designed for small-space manoeuvring - though not as bad as it might have been, as the hatchback design means the rear of the MiTo doesn't stick out at all (which shows how pointless kerb-to-kerb turning circles are - on paper I have about the same turning circle as The Gnu does in his 159, but in practice I can fit in a smaller area as the MiTo is quite a bit shorter!). It still took me a couple of goes to get lined up enough to slide in to the space.

One of the other tenants must have bent the ear of the site foreman over this, as on Wednesday when I left for work one of the workers came up and said rather apologetically "We do try to leave it tidy here". I suggested they also tuck the cherry picker in better so that Trevail House can fit one of their cars in next to it, which they've done (and also lifted the bucket out of the way) and today the scissor lift underneath the arches has disappeared as well so overall we're only down one space.
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Chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff... [Posted on Thursday, the 23rd of July 2015 at 8:32 pm]

boggyb
Today's random encounter, while strolling back from the nearby village for lunch (I say village - half-a-dozen small villages have mutually borged each other over the years and you can no longer tell where one ends and the next starts) is this:



Specifically, it's HMS Sultan's steam lorry. Why the Royal Navy has one I don't know - it's not like any of their ships are steam powered these days (well... technically the subs are, but I'm not sure how useful steam lorry engineering skills are with nuclear reactors), but anywhere there it was trundling along to Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show.
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boggyb casts Summon Cat's Eyes! [Posted on Monday, the 20th of July 2015 at 11:59 pm]

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[What |sillysilly]

So pleaseremove and I were trundling along the A3 the other night (returning from choros's stag do, which will be another post if I manage to write it), and somewhere in the vicinity of the Hindhead Tunnel we'd ended up discussing the state of the road...

boggyb: ...except there's no cat's eyes here. I want my cat's eyes back.

Not five seconds later the road curved round to reveal a string of shiny cat's eyes (for non-Brits: reflective lane markers that look rather like the eyes of an actual cat), at which point pleaseremove burst out laughing at my ability to summon them on demand!
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Drivetime craziness from pleaseremove [Posted on Friday, the 17th of July 2015 at 6:21 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

pleaseremove: Oh, I see, we have a tractor being held up by a cyclist...
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Alfa 1: hubcaps 0 [Posted on Tuesday, the 14th of July 2015 at 6:52 pm]

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Well, I checked the tyre pressures this morning and everything was fine, so, um...

Alfa 1: hubcaps 0!

Not that I intend to flatten any more hubcaps with the car...
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BOOM! [Posted on Monday, the 13th of July 2015 at 11:39 pm]

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[What |surprisedsurprised]

Today's surprise is plastic hubcaps detonate most impressively when you run them over. Especially when it's in the middle of an archway with perfect acoustics for such. It sounded like a firework had gone off underneath the car!

At least I think it was a hubcap - the remains were in rather small pieces and hard to identify.

Since I was all of ten yards from my flat I just kept going and parked up. I think the tyres all survived, but I'll make a quick check of pressures tomorrow morning just to be sure.
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Random insanity in the life of pleaseremove [Posted on Sunday, the 12th of July 2015 at 6:53 pm]

boggyb
[What |amusedamused]

Skype: ring ring!

boggyb: Afternoon Mr. pleaseremove
pleaseremove: Evenin' Mr. boggyb, how be you?
boggyb: Fine, thanks. You?
pleaseremove: I'm fine. Well, I say I'm fine, I'm trapped in the study...
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Majora's Mask: 100% completion! [Posted on Sunday, the 12th of July 2015 at 1:57 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Part of the strive for 100% came from the much improved Bomber's Notebook, and all the hints dropped by the Bomber Gang leading to a lot of opportunities that I just wouldn't have paid attention to before. And then as I collected more and more and the notebook filled with completed tasks, I decided that it'd be a shame to get the the end and miss out by only a couple of items.



Almost all the heart pieces I managed to stumble across just while playing and wandering round - the Zelda games have always leant themselves to exploration, and are full of little tidbits to discover. I ended up consulting a guide for 2 or 3 of them, though amusingly not the final one - it turned out that I'd previously skipped the one in Ikana Castle due to time. The remaining four pieces are on the moon and so I'll be getting them in the endgame.



That's the largest quiver, bomb bag and rupee wallet there, along with the Gilded Sword which I picked up in passing.



I never got close to this on the N64. Oh, some of the masks are trivial to obtain - the Bremen Mask you get just by chatting to Guru-Guru - but most are more involved, and the Couple's Mask in particular takes an entire 3-day cycle to collect (and that's assuming you don't screw up right at the end and have to go back to the first day and try again).

Unlike with heart pieces where once you're on the second row you've got plenty of hearts, it's worth going out of your way to get all the masks. Because once you've got all 23 of the ones in Termina, you can then collect the Fierce Deity Mask on the moon and absolutely annihilate Majora.



I'm sure the 7th bottle is new... but I'm not sure what it replaced (on the N64, like the 3DS, the inventory fitted into a grid). Maybe the Ocarina - wasn't that originally a C-button item?

Anyway, onwards and upwards!
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(no subject) [Posted on Friday, the 10th of July 2015 at 11:44 pm]

boggyb
Today's annoyance is discovering that the only way to override an entry in the Firefox blocklist is to disable the entire blocklist. Which then leaves a gaping security hole, because the main point of the blocklist is to prevent Firefox from running malicious addons.

Unfortunately the Firefox folks also use it to prevent one from running older versions of Java and Flash, which is all very well except they block *all* versions of Java and now block last month's version of Flash as well. This is not helpful, especially given that I run the excellent Flashblock extension which replaces all Flash animations with a click-to-play button (and unlike the built-in Firefox feature, it actually works). Combining two click-to-play mechanisms doesn't end well.

Meh. Sledgehammer approach it is, as there isn't actually a security hole on my system (thanks to Flashblock and an anti-virus package). And at least I can still do this - the upcoming mandatory addon signing is not planned to have any override at all (which hilariously is a more locked-down approach than Internet Explorer!).
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Grexit anyone? [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 10:43 pm]

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[What |amusedamused]

Well, that's going to do interesting things to the Euro. Greece has overwhelmingly voted to reject the austerity package that goes with the bailout they want from the ECB, which they desperately need to repay the IMF and the previous bailout from the ECB.

I can't help but think it all went a bit like this...

"I'm calling your bluff! You're not really going to withhold the loan"

"No, I'm calling your bluff first! You're not really going to reject austerity"

"I'm not bluffing!"

"I'm not bluffing either!"

"...Oh"
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July car check [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 7:22 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]

Car check time! Not quite as much mileage as the previous check - this time, over the past month I've done only 456.9 miles.

The spare tyre was down 0.05 bar, with the rest spot on except for the front left which was 0.05 bar higher than it should be (I blame the warm weather and general inaccuracies of tyre pressure gauges). Tread depth generally at around 6mm left - the fronts have slightly less tread in the middle (by maybe 0.5mm) compared to the edge, while the rears are wearing pretty evenly. The fronts are inflated to a higher pressure than the rears which may explain it.

Oil at maybe 3/4ths, which is slightly less than last month but again not really worth doing. Brake fluid and coolant are fine... well, I believe the brake fluid is overfilled and the coolant is underfilled, but they were always like that and neither have changed level.
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Name that Game, round whatever-it-is [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 4:28 pm]

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[Tags|]
[What |determineddetermined]
[Who |the British F1 Grand Prix]

Enough worrying about speed cameras - I can't do anything now except wait and see if a letter arrives.

Anyway, it's time for something completely different. Or not so different, as I'm still in a mood for quizzes. Specifically, Name that Game!

As usual, the rules (though you should all know these by now):

  1. Pick some of your favourite games.
  2. Find a quote from each game.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed.
  5. Wait a few days (preferably not months) before posting the answers to give everyone a chance at guessing.
  6. Those who search TV Tropes will have their internet privileges revoked.

Commentators, start your consoles!

  1. You thought you could trick me with that fake emerald didn't you?
    So... how did you know it wasn't the real one?
    Because you just told me, fox-boy!

    Guessed by elemnar
  2. Do a barrel roll!
    Guessed by crschmidt and elemnar
  3. Oh, Igniculus, fly on by; the lowest of the low I do not spy.
    Oh Aurora, search the sky; because I don't see the highest of the high.

    Guessed by elemnar
  4. It is something that grows over time... a true friendship. A feeling in the heart that becomes stronger over time... The passion of friendship will soon blossom into a righteous power and through it, you will know which way to go...
    Guessed by elemnar
  5. Perhaps the ending has not yet been written.
  6. Sine! Cosine! TANGENT!
    Guessed by elemnar
  7. Every puzzle has an answer.
    Guessed by elemnar
  8. Throughout our living nightmare, as we battle with this unyielding darkness, we Chozo see a light. This light glows with promise, chasing the shadows cast by the Great Poison and purifying that which has grown toxic. It is strange, though - at times it looks to our eyes as if the light coalesces into the figure of a woman.
    Guessed by elemnar
  9. We can still dance in the dark!
  10. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites.
    Sort-of guessed by elemnar (have half a point for getting the right series)
  11. Objection!
    Guessed by elemnar
  12. I appreciate you!
    Guessed by elemnar
  13. You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
    Guessed by elemnar
  14. Metroids are not pets. Metroids are not for target practice.
    Sort-of guessed by elemnar (have half a point for getting the right series)
  15. Perhaps we could start with the memories of that caravanner there? I wonder how they taste?
    No, you will never touch them. Their memories burn too brightly for you!

    Guessed by elemnar

Remember, comments are screened so more than one person can score points for guessing a quote.

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(no subject) [Posted on Sunday, the 5th of July 2015 at 12:08 am]

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[What |confusedconfused]

It's rather disconcerting when, having gone through a speed camera at quite definitely within the limit (indicated speed of just under 30mph) and being now beyond the calibration marks painted on the road, I then spot a pair of very faint camera flashes out of the corner of my eye.

Especially when I don't recall seeing anyone else in the rear-view mirror.

Now, I'm pretty sure that I was still doing about 30mph, and I'm very sure that I was well past the Pulborough speed camera when this happened... but it's still very disconcerting. Hopefully there won't be a penalty letter in the post.
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Guess the Book, round 2: the answers! [Posted on Saturday, the 4th of July 2015 at 12:13 pm]

boggyb
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[What |awakeawake]
[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

Right, you've had your week and it's time for the results!

  1. But, that armour is just for show...
    You should know by now, Dilaf. Nothing I do is just for show.
    Dilaf and Hrathen, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  2. I need an election adjusted.
    How adjusted?
    As a cautious estimate? I need it rigged from top to bottom.
    Patience and Jean, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
    Guessed by ariskari
  3. What fate? Burn your hearts, what fate?
    To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons!
    To die and live again, and live once more a part of what was!
    To give up half the light of the world to save the light of the world!
    Mat and the Aelfinn, The Wheel of Time: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
    Guessed by rustica
  4. But if I change back, it'll take me at least half the night to make a new Charter-skin. We'll miss dinner - and the midnight rounds.
    Some things are worth missing dinner for.
    Lirael and the Disreputable Dog, Lirael by Garth Nix
    Guessed by rustica
  5. You were Will's age then, up on your mountain. And you saw me... riding.
    Riding on the wind.
    Merriman and John Rowlands, Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  6. To know what would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen.
    Aslan, The chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
    Guessed by ariskari
  7. Barbecued billygoats!
    Nancy Blackett, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
    Guessed by rustica
  8. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
    The Red Queen, Through the Looking-glass by Lewis Carroll
    Sort-of guessed by ladyofastolat (you did get it right, I just fail at reading LJ comments)
  9. You know, Lieutenant, I've seen the summary of the Board of Inquiry. The final paragraph specifically notes that you are not to be in command of any combat vessel until such time as you have demonstrated competence in relevant training exercises. Yet I find that your citation says you took command of the vessel Antberd's Axe which subsequently engaged enemy vessels in a hostile encounter. Your commander praises your initiative, when I would think he should condemn your blatant disregard of the findings of that Board of Inquiry. Do you have anything to say, Lieutenant?
    Well, sir, my recollection is that the Board said I should not command any R.S.S. combat vessels until further training... it didn't say anything about Bloodhorde ships.
    Admiral Foxworth and Lieutenant Suiza, Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon
  10. That sentry ship attack a few minutes ago. You were able to tell from that that those were Elomin ships?
    Learn about art, Captain. When you understand a species' art, you understand that species.
    Captain Pellaeon and Grand Admiral Thrawn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

And now to see who guessed the most:

ariskari: 2 points
ladyofastolat: 2.5 points 3 points (I fail at reading LJ comments)
rustica: 3 points

Well, the joint winners are ladyofastolat and rustica! Congratulations, you both win at the internet!

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Yoshi's Woolly World [Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of July 2015 at 11:33 pm]

boggyb
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[What |happyhappy]

Awww, cute!



Unfortunately GAME were sold out of the amiibos ("Sorry mate, we sold the last one not half an hour ago") when I picked this up at the weekend so I don't have a real Yoshi plushie to go with Yoshi's Woolly World. The amiibos do seem to be made of unobtainium, which is a shame as it's a fun concept and they actually look quite good (plus my inner Pokémon Trainer wants to collect 'em all...).

Anyway, so far I've cruised my way through to world 5 in what's proving to be a wonderfully cute and laid-back game - it's basically taken the cuteness and laid-back-ness that was Kirby's Epic Yarn, and added the cuteness and general feel-good-ness of the Yoshi games. Oh, and added the crazy hard platforming needed to actually unlock everything - so far I've only managed 100% completion on one level out of 30 or so:



I can see this being just as hard as the original was for 100% completion.

Oh yes, I also stumbled across this gem in one of the later boss fights...

Minor spoiler for World 4-8 bossCollapse )
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Random ice cream! [Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of July 2015 at 11:01 pm]

boggyb
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[What |hothot]

Today's random event was one of the receptionists at the office popping round with a bag of ice cream. As best as I can tell, she spontaneously decided to pop out at lunchtime and empty the local Iceland of ice cream to bring round all the offices here (remember, the team I'm in works out of managed offices so there's a whole collection of different companies in the building).

Given that today is the hottest July day on record the ice cream was much appreciated!
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(no subject) [Posted on Tuesday, the 30th of June 2015 at 9:27 pm]

boggyb
[What |hothot]

So, I was out for an evening stroll taking the long way to Tesco's, where out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like a faint camera flash, but looking around I couldn't spot anything to cause it and so just thought it was rather odd. Then a few seconds later as I was walking underneath the railway bridge, I heard the rumblerumblerumblerumble sound of a passing train... up until with a BOOM it morphed into the sound of thunder.

At that point I decided it would be a good idea to cut the rest of my walk short and head straight to Tesco's. This worked out well, as a couple of minutes after I got there it started bucketing down outside.

Curiously enough the rain only lasted a minute or two, and that single strike was it for the lightning, leaving the evening with that hot and muggy feeling that threatens but never quite delivers a thunderstorm. British weather is weird.
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(no subject) [Posted on Tuesday, the 30th of June 2015 at 6:22 pm]

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This was one of those commutes, where it seems like absolutely no-one has any idea which lane they want to be in or where they're going.

Actually, that's a bit harsh. They do know which lane they don't want to be in - and it's the one that they were in for the last couple of minutes. Until a couple of minutes later, at which point they decide that actually they did want to be in the first lane after all.

And of course all of these are last-minute decisions where they suddenly swerve across the road and only bother to indicate once they're half-way through the lane change.

Sigh. Still, I do have working air con in the Alfa, which is more than can be said for when I was taking the bus to work.
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 27th of June 2015 at 6:31 pm]

boggyb
[What |confusedconfused]

So because I still haven't fixed the graphics card, I'm currently sat in front of Aether (my laptop). But to access some of the stuff on Nyx (the desktop) I've got a remote desktop session running in the background.

This gets confusing when a RSS post or email or something appears on Nyx, as thanks to the magic of remote desktop the "bing-bong" sound is actually played out of Aether. I'm then momentarily puzzled as to why nothing on Aether is showing any updates.
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Guess the Book, round 2 (probably)! [Posted on Saturday, the 27th of June 2015 at 12:23 am]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |sleepysleepy]
[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

The real reason for finally posting the answers is because it's time for another "Guess the Thing" meme! This time, it's Guess the Book!

But before I continue, let me remind you of the rules:

  1. Pick some of your favourite books.
  2. Find a quote from each book.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed.
  5. Wait a few days (preferably not months) before posting the answers to give everyone a chance at guessing.
  6. Those who Google or search their Kindle for the answers will be fed to the Jabberwock.

Commentators, ready your library cards!

  1. But, that armour is just for show...
    You should know by now, Dilaf. Nothing I do is just for show.

    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  2. I need an election adjusted.
    How adjusted?
    As a cautious estimate? I need it rigged from top to bottom.

    Guessed by ariskari
  3. What fate? Burn your hearts, what fate?
    To marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons!
    To die and live again, and live once more a part of what was!
    To give up half the light of the world to save the light of the world!

    Guessed by rustica
  4. But if I change back, it'll take me at least half the night to make a new Charter-skin. We'll miss dinner - and the midnight rounds.
    Some things are worth missing dinner for.

    Guessed by rustica
  5. You were Will's age then, up on your mountain. And you saw me... riding.
    Riding on the wind.

    Guessed by ladyofastolat
  6. To know what would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen.
    Guessed by ariskari
  7. Barbecued billygoats!
    Guessed by rustica
  8. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
    Sort-of guessed by ladyofastolat (you did get it right, I just fail at reading LJ comments)
  9. You know, Lieutenant, I've seen the summary of the Board of Inquiry. The final paragraph specifically notes that you are not to be in command of any combat vessel until such time as you have demonstrated competence in relevant training exercises. Yet I find that your citation says you took command of the vessel Antberd's Axe which subsequently engaged enemy vessels in a hostile encounter. Your commander praises your initiative, when I would think he should condemn your blatant disregard of the findings of that Board of Inquiry. Do you have anything to say, Lieutenant?
    Well, sir, my recollection is that the Board said I should not command any R.S.S. combat vessels until further training... it didn't say anything about Bloodhorde ships.
  10. That sentry ship attack a few minutes ago. You were able to tell from that that those were Elomin ships?
    Learn about art, Captain. When you understand a species' art, you understand that species.

Lines are closed and the results are in!

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Guess the Movie, round 4: the answers! [Posted on Friday, the 26th of June 2015 at 10:23 pm]

boggyb
[Tags|]
[What |hothot]

I posted a quiz several months ago now, didn't I? It's about time I posted some answers!

  1. To infinity, and beyond!
    Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
    Guessed by talismancer and pleaseremove
  2. The latest thing from Q branch: it's called a radio.
    James Bond, Skyfall
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  3. You didn't slay the dragon?
    It's on my todo list!
    Fiona and Shrek, Shrek
  4. My own personal flurry!
    Olaf, Frozen
  5. Hammer tech?
    Yeah.
    Tony Stark and Col. James Rhodes, Iron Man 2
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  6. Unfortunately there's this dirty great sea monster in the way.
    I think they just add those on the maps for decoration.
    Is that a fact?
    The Pirate Captain and Charles Darwin, Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
  7. Not my daughter you bitch!
    Molly Weasley, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
  8. Fly, you fools!
    Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Guessed by talismancer
  9. You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
    Charlie Croker, The Italian Job
    Guessed by talismancer and pleaseremove
  10. The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships? Motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then one day... I got in.
    Kevin Flynn, Tron Legacy
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  11. better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown.
    Commander Walker, Swallows and Amazons
    Guessed by talismancer
  12. It's a- it's a- it's a- it's a- it's a- it's a-
    No no no no no no. 'Cause if it was a bomb, the alarms would go off 'cause all these hotels have bomb detectors, right?
    Priest Vito Cornelius and DJ Ruby Rhod, The Fifth Element
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  13. Standard-issue helmet and body armour. Yours, when you graduate.
    Standard-issue sidearm, with 20 interchangeable rounds and voice-activated round system. Yours, if you graduate.
    Lawmaster with rapid-firing cannons and a range of 500 kilometres. Yours... if you can ever get it to work.
    Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd
  14. What's the situation?
    Two blokes and a fuck-load of cutlery!
    Nicholas Angel and DS Andy Wainwright, Hot Fuzz
    Guessed by pleaseremove
  15. Call my name. Bastian, please! Save us!
    The Childlike Empress, The Neverending Story

And most importantly, the scoreboard!

pleaseremove: 7 points
talismancer: 4 points

Congratulations to pleaseremove, you win!

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Today's crazy driver [Posted on Tuesday, the 23rd of June 2015 at 8:43 pm]

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Today's crazy driver on the commute back was driving a black car, with a darkly tinted rear windscreen, and a lack of any lights whatsoever.

Including brake lights.

Now, there is an insurance scam where someone will disconnect their brake lights, then wait for an unwitting victim to rear-end them... so I hung back and gave him plenty of room.


I seem to be encountering quite a few crazy drivers these days - the trip to Amberley chalk pits at the weekend for Father's Day seemed to be full of drivers who had no idea where they were going, or even how fast they wanted to go. And then on the return journey I had to brake hard several times to avoid numpties who suddenly decided they wanted to be where I was (including someone trying to simultaneously occupy all of the lanes of one of the Chichester roundabouts). Then finally, as I was climbing the M27 round Portchester I found the opposite of today's driver, trundling along at 65 with the brake lights on. And the lights stayed on as I we left the motorway, came to a halt at the junction, and then pulled away onto the A27. Again, I decided that I trusted him even less than the average driver and gave him plenty of space in which to make a fool of himself.
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I have a shiny new toy! [Posted on Monday, the 22nd of June 2015 at 9:28 pm]

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[What |curiouscurious]

I have a shiny new toy! Surprisingly given that I bought it from a random eBay seller, it actually came in a little box with what presumably must be a cute little Chinese warranty sticker on it:



Can you guess what it is?



Perhaps if I plug it in and make it do something...



Yes, it's a USB power meter, proving that it's a wonder that any USB hard disks actually work. For non-techies, USB 2.0 ports are only spec'd to supply 500mA, not the 582mA that this drive sucked down on spinup.

There is actually a reason for getting this beyond the shiny toy aspect - the 32GB of internal storage in a Wii U doesn't last long once one starts really using the eShop, but searching online suggests that just buying a 2TB USB hard disk might not be the best idea as the USB ports on it are actually current-limited (almost no-one does this!). The consensus is that bus-powered USB hard disks may initially seem to work, but become unstable under load as the high power draw (probably through a polyfuse) causes the voltage to sag. Hence the power meter, so I can check if I'll need a Y-cable that I also picked up.

And because it's a shiny toy to add to my pile of occasionally-useful computing gadgets, along with the Bus Pirate and the Logic Sniffer.
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More Hyrule Warriors silliness [Posted on Sunday, the 21st of June 2015 at 10:16 pm]

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[What |amusedamused]

The ultimate humiliation:



Somehow I'd managed to knock the Darknut down to only a couple of hitpoints, sending it flying into a clump of my foot soldiers. One of 'em then took a quick swipe at it with the result above. Don't underestimate the cannon fodder in Hyrule Warriors... they can and will deal damage, which while small can still be deadly.


Later on, in a different mission (but on the same map - this does get rather repetitive after a bit), the game designers decided to play with the traditional character roles...



The enemy commander, by the way, was Zelda, while on my team Ghirahim was in charge. Sword spirits versus Triforce perhaps?
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 20th of June 2015 at 10:18 pm]

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I declare this to be most unfair:



For those of you who don't play Hyrule Warriors (probably almost my entire flist), to get an A-rank one needs something like 1000 or so KOs, a reasonably low amount of damage taken, and to complete the battle within 15 minutes. Not 15 minutes and 1 second.

Still, I have to admit I wasn't expecting to get an A-rank given that I'd only just unlocked Ruto... but I was expecting to fail on damage and/or KOs, not by just taking a smidgen too long.
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 20th of June 2015 at 6:20 pm]

boggyb
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Been playing some more Hyrule Warriors recently, because I want to unlock at least some of the stuff in it. And what should appear during one mission but this comment from Ghirahim, who's supposedly on my team...



Of course, he then came to his senses, turned traitor, and tried ineffectually to attack me (playing as Impa, because one of her combos is epically overpowered against giant bosses). I just ignored him instead and splatted the Dodongos. I'm not sure his pride will ever recover.


Speaking of overpowered combos, I stumbled across another trick. Some missions in Adventure Mode where "all attacks are devastating" - this is essentially InstaGib mode. Previously I've just waded in and relied on the fact that the player can actually survive one hit, but this time I had a go at taking pot-shots with the bow. Normally the bow is only useful against very specific enemies, but it still does a little damage... which in InstaGib mode is enough to churn through vast hordes of enemy captains while staying out of range of them.
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Slightly-delayed real life post! [Posted on Thursday, the 18th of June 2015 at 12:30 am]

boggyb
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[Who |Chrono Trigger - When All Hope Has Faded [OCRemix]]

Monday turned out to be a rather eventful day, with the news that $WORK is being bought out! Or rather, $BUYER has "signed a definitive agreement" to buy $WORK (I think that's the right terminology), and will actually properly buy $WORK sometime later. This was not a complete surprise to us, though an outright purchase was at the top end of the various speculations.

Short-term to mid-term is still business as usual, and long-term the tea leaves currently say that the team I'm in is one of the reasons why $BUYER is buying $WORK so it should be all good. One industry analyst actually posted an image of $BUYER's logo eating $WORK's logo, which in turn was eating the team's former logo (the team I'm in was originally a separate outfit that got bought by $WORK shortly before I started). Still, it'll be interesting to see where this ends up.

Anyway, that aside I eventually made my way to Jonners' for the Monday pasta night and games (level 1 JaniBots become surprisingly dangerous when someone boosts them to level 24), which took quite a bit longer than expected due to the M27 junction basically being broken by design. Picture a roundabout with four exits - M27 to the left and right, and other major roads to the top and bottom. Now imagine everyone wants to turn right, with traffic lights conspiring to gridlock the roundabout. Supposedly the highways folks are improving this though they don't seem to be doing much at the moment. Once I got onto the motorway however everything flowed nicely (apart from one numpty deciding to undertake me when I was indicating left), and for once even the return journey was free of bad weather! It's quite a different trip with a clear night sky, a lack of kamikaze drivers, and mysteriously absent road works (the supposedly closed Chichester bypass was completely open).
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