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Name that Game, round whatever-it-is answers [Posted on Thursday, the 11th of February 2016 at 10:21 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Who |Daft Punk - Aerodynamic [Discovery]]

And now, the long-awaited answers for last year's Name that Game (seriously, I posted the original back in July! I'll have to start setting reminders for these things...)

  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!
    Eggman and Tails, Sonic Adventure 2
    Guessed by elemnar
  2. Do a barrel roll!
    Peppy Hare, Star Fox 64
    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.
    Aurora and Igniculus, Child of Light
    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...
    Sheik, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Guessed by elemnar
  5. Perhaps the ending has not yet been written.
    Atrus, Myst
  6. Sine! Cosine! TANGENT!
    Sho Minamimoto, The World Ends with You
    Guessed by elemnar
  7. Every puzzle has an answer.
    Professor Layton, Professor Layton and the Curious Village
    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.
    Chozo Lore, Metroid Prime
    Guessed by elemnar
  9. We can still dance in the dark!
    Raphael, Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure
  10. Truly skilled trainers should try to win with their favorites.
    Karen of the Elite Four, Pokémon Gold & Silver
    Sort-of guessed by elemnar (have half a point for getting the right series)
  11. Objection!
    Phoenix Wright, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    Guessed by elemnar
  12. I appreciate you!
    Beedle, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
    Guessed by elemnar
  13. You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
    Happy Mask Salesman, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    Guessed by elemnar
  14. Metroids are not pets. Metroids are not for target practice.
    Space Pirate computer, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
    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!
    Raem and Lady Mio, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
    Guessed by elemnar

And, as always, the scoreboard:

crschmidt: 1 point
elemnar: 12 points

To be fair elemnar does have an unfair advantage, given that a lot of those games we both have played... so congratulations to you both, and feel free to carve up the Internet between yourselves as a joint prize!

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Happy Birthday! [Posted on Friday, the 29th of January 2016 at 8:41 pm]

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Happy birthday,

ariskari


And, because Semagic seems to partially fail at telling me when it's someone's birthday, here's all the ones that I missed in January (bad Semagic! No cookie for you!)

Happy birthday,

ksleet

rjw76

ladysparrow

x_chip_x

draiton


Hmm. It looks like Semagic isn't correctly loading birthdays where only the day/month is visible. Which is weird as it's only doing that for some users - for others (generally older accounts), it has loaded the birthday and stored it with a year of 0000. Ah well, I'll add "patching Semagic" to the list of projects...
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Today's driving surprise [Posted on Wednesday, the 27th of January 2016 at 6:08 pm]

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Today's driving surprise was discovering that half the lights are out on the crazyabout. Specifically, the lights that control the lane that goes through the middle of it. This made navigating it more than a bit tricky, as the traffic on the A32 hurtles through the middle and to the east and I had to try and merge with that on the normal exit from the roundabout.

Rumour has it that these are the only lights in the county with UPS (precisely to prevent this chaos from happening). It doesn't seem to have helped them today!
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Yoshi's Woolly World boss rush [Posted on Sunday, the 24th of January 2016 at 6:48 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]



That's the bronze, silver and gold Yoshi's you get from completing the boss challenges. Which are hard - all the bosses have been turbocharged and are much nastier with their attacks, and there's no extra health. Except for Giant Bowser who's still a rather relaxing boss, especially compared to Baby Bowser who's just mean (the number of times I dodged into that boss instead of dodging away from its attacks...).

And yes, I used a Ganondorf Yoshi. It seemed fitting to bash the bosses with another boss :)
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December/January car check! [Posted on Sunday, the 10th of January 2016 at 10:47 pm]

boggyb
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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Who |Seasons' Passing ~ Nightbeat [seasons' passing.it]]

I forgot to write up the car check at the start of December - as I recall all the tyres were significantly down on pressure thanks to the cold weather. Mileage for November was 871.2-87.1=784.1mi (excluding a journey made in early December before I checked the mileage - the way I do it is I reset the trip counter during the first weekend of each month, except when I don't).

December's mileage I retrieved last weekend - it was far too wet to do anything else - and I managed 531.5+87.1=618.6mi. Given that I spent about two-and-a-half weeks on holiday (got to the end of the year with lots of days still to take) that seems about right.

With today's car check, all the pressures were fine except from the spare which had lost its usual 0.1bar (given that it's inflated to 4.2bar that's not surprising). Interestingly the wear pattern on the tread suggests the tyres are actually overinflated, especially the fronts (1mm more worn in the middle than on the edge) - this is a bit odd as the tyres are inflated according to the book... but then again they're lightly loaded as it's usually just me in the car. So as an experiment I've dropped the fronts down from 2.3bar to 2.2 (leaving the rears at 2.1 as they're less uneven), and I'll see what that does to the wear pattern.

I also need to pick up a bottle of oil sometime during this month, as it's down to around 2/3rds on the dipstick.
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To see God, just look around at God's creation (wasps excluded) [Posted on Sunday, the 10th of January 2016 at 9:52 pm]

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[What |happyhappy]
[Who |Miriel ~ Nightbeat [miriel.it]]

Today's service opened with one of the leaders stating that if you want to see God, all you need to do is to look around at God's creation. That's basically the most important point to remember.

Except for wasps. He wasn't sure what the deal was with those blighters.

Later on there was a presentation about the recently-completed Leading Your Church Into Growth course (which I'd entirely missed, given that last week was the first time I'd been to St John's Fareham in quite some time). I think the tl;dr summary is that it's about getting more people coming to church, by working out what's good and what's not, and making improvements (the welcome pack I received last week is one of those - I don't recall getting one when I originally started going there!). Certainly the church community all feels very welcoming, and I ended up chatting to lots of regulars who presumably all went "New person! Hiiiii!" (and more than one who went "New person - wait, have you been here before?"). This was helped by everyone wearing name badges today - apparently this is a thing this church does a few times a year.

Afterwards I was invited to a shared lunch they were doing - I had heard about it last week, but hadn't made up my mind and so didn't bring anything - but that wasn't an issue because there was loads of food and cake. Especially cake. It's a good sign when a church knows how to do food and cake.
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The 12th day of Christmas [Posted on Wednesday, the 6th of January 2016 at 8:34 pm]

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[Who |Cambridge Trinity College Choir - I Saw Three Ships [Christmas Carols]]

Downside of it being the 12th day of Christmas: having to undecorate the tree and somehow pack away the lametta without it becoming an unmanageable mess. Why did I ever think lametta was a good thing to get?

Upside of it being the 12th day of Christmas: getting to eat the chocolate decorations that were on the tree. Om nom nom nom.
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Pasta night [Posted on Tuesday, the 5th of January 2016 at 11:41 pm]

boggyb
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[Who |Cambridge Trinity College Choir - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel [Christmas Carols]]

Yesterday's dubious achievement was managing to score -58 points from tickets in Ticket To Ride. Yes, that is a negative score. It's the result of what happens when Matt manages to claim the exact routes I need to complete my tickets, forcing me into more and more convoluted detours until I physically cannot achieve any due to running out of trains. All of this was revenge for my very first turn, where I placed a 2-train route that turned out to be right in the middle of his tickets.

I did manage to at least end on +16 points, thanks to some 5-train and 6-train routes. Go me!

Getting to and from pasta night was a bit tricky - the rain over the previous days had caused the river at Pulborough to rise and spread into the floodplains... and into that little bit where the road dips between the pair of mini-roundabouts and the bridge, waiting to catch the unwary (of which I was not, having spotted the reflections of the village lights in the risen river). It'd only managed to flood half-way across the road, and wasn't as epic as on one lift The Gnu gave me a few years ago where the river was creeping across the A29. The return journey was even more fun - lots of short, squally and very heavy showers between Pulborough and Havant, with the worst around and after Chichester. Not the sort of conditions to do 70mph in (not that that stops some muppets)!
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Happy Birthday! [Posted on Monday, the 4th of January 2016 at 11:09 pm]

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Happy birthday,

talismancer

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To church, to church! [Posted on Sunday, the 3rd of January 2016 at 12:50 pm]

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[What |happyhappy]
[Who |Special Course - Yoshi's Woolly World]

One of my New Year's Resolutions (that I thought of err... about 4 hours ago) is to go to church more often, and in the process actually make Sunday mornings happen. So today having managed to wake up early enough I braved the cold, wet and windy weather to make it to the nearby St John's church.

I've actually been to this one before - way back when I lived at Sunlight Gardens, I was at one point regularly going there. I forget exactly why I stopped - I think it was a combination of the unexpected flat move and generally failing at Sunday mornings. Anyway this is a new year, a newish boggyb, and a chance to try and make some resolutions stick. So, church!

I got there just in time to get a much-needed cup of tea before the service started (did I mention the cold, wet, windy weather?), so they're already up on bonus welcoming points. And surprisingly enough one of the welcomers/readers/person-with-a-name-badge did recognise me from when I was last there. The reading was on Noah's Ark and the rainbow, which is rather apt given the current flooding - though the chap leading the sermon did promise us that he'd chosen it several months ago.

Overall, I'm glad I made it there. Next week's service is at a slightly more challenging 10am so let's see how long I can keep this resolution going!
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SWARM [Posted on Sunday, the 20th of December 2015 at 8:14 pm]

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I keep forgetting that now I have a car I can actually go places. Like, for example, SWARM - it's actually practical to head over after work (I've previously considered trains but the timings just don't work out). I'm unlikely to do so every week as driving to Brighton does involve going past Chichester (which surprisingly flows very well at around 5:30pm), Arundel ('at capacity' is probably the best way to describe it, with traffic doing 20mph-30mph between the dual carriageways)... and Worthing (which is terribly slow). Then again I was originally only thinking of heading to pasta night every few weeks and that's turned into a regular weekly event, so who knows?

Anyway, SWARM. A couple of weeks ago (I also keep forgetting to make LJ posts in a timely fashion) I drove over to catch up with friends old and new, and to have a go at the Dominion tournament they were running. In the end I only managed one game of that due to being delayed for a whole collection of reasons (not least in Worthing when the driver of a massive crane decided to stop, get out, and yell at a driver that turned across him). No prizes for me - they were for single highest and lowest scores, and mine was an average score. Perhaps another time.

As is traditional at SWARM there was also MtG, and I played a few rounds. The Orzhov deck (not yet posted) put up a valiant effort against a "destroy the world" style deck but couldn't rebuild fast enough once the world was destroyed, while the Mephitic Ooze deck made the mistake of playing against opponents with black decks (at which point the Dross Golems cease to be effective). On the other hand I lent the Spikeshot Goblin deck out and that spent many turns slowly nibbling people to death with 1/1 goblins - it's not supposed to do that, but it worked well enough. Especially when a 1/1 Goblin Sky Raider suddenly becomes 5/1 thanks to Fists of the Anvil. I think if the person playing it had concentrated the damage on one opponent it would have chewed through their health very quickly.

One friend's reaction (Cogs - he acquired that nickname due to playing crazily complicated combo decks) to that deck appearing was hilarious - he recognised it from when I was an undergrad all those years ago. A few moments later he blurted out "oh god it's got Warhammers" as he remembered exactly what was in it - specifically, the troll-worthy Loxodon Warhammers.
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Christmas tree [Posted on Sunday, the 20th of December 2015 at 7:43 pm]

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[What |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Who |Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - The Holly and the Ivy [Christmas with Kiri Te Kanawa]]

Because elemnar asked nicely for it, here's my Christmas tree!

Christmas treeCollapse )
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Congratulations, National Trust, you fail at the Internet [Posted on Saturday, the 5th of December 2015 at 4:13 pm]

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[What |annoyedannoyed]

Today's discovery is that the National Trust have redesigned their website, and it's a shiny new tablet-friendly one that amazingly is somewhat usable on a desktop. Of course trying to read anything requires crazy amounts of scrolling and waiting while bits of the page are dynamically loaded and fade into view, but at least it's not a complete guessing game trying to work out which parts of the website can be clicked on to do stuff.

This usefulness lasted up until I decided to search for nearby places. Now, every location-based site since, oh, the turn of the century has both list and map views for such results, because maps are an incredibly useful way to show an overview of the results but lists are better for details. Except the National Trust site, which contains no maps whatsoever and displays a grid of tiles that may or may not be sorted in any useful fashion (certainly there's no way to control the sort order). So it's impossible to see which places are actually nearby and which aren't at all (like anything on the Isle of Wight, because that involves crossing the Solent). It's also very hard once you've found a place to work out where it is - the directions page has a link to Google Maps, which drops a pushpin with an unhelpful name (like "1 Church Cottages" for "Hinton Ampner").

And finally because that's not enough fail, searching for events lists the results sorted by location. Not date. And there's no filtering, so I actually can't search for events during a specific time range - instead I have to scroll through pages of irrelevant events that don't start until the middle of next year. Sigh.
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Friend codes! [Posted on Friday, the 4th of December 2015 at 11:07 pm]

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[What |excitedexcited]
[Who |Archons of light ~ ArchAngel [Archons of Light.mo3]]

Typical. I get to the end of NaBloPoMo and my journal then descends into radio silence... though at least I didn't end with a fail this year!

It's been five years since I last posted any friend codes, and since then I've moved on to a new generation of consoles. So, if you've got a 3DS or a Wii U and fancy challenging me to a round of Mario Kart or taking part in the epically bonkers Triforce Heroes, feel free to add the friend codes below!

3DS: 0275-8892-8373
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Mario Kart 7
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Wii U: Torkell
Mario Kart 8
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All hail the Terran Alliance [Posted on Monday, the 30th of November 2015 at 11:58 pm]

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[Where |Billingshurst]

It's not midnight yet!

Although it was a close run thing getting back to Fareham in time for this post - the game of Eclipse at pasta night lasted several hours, mainly because about half-way through play slowed down as we all started seriously thinking about our moves. In the end Planta (played by Beth) won through a mix of an expansionist policy and racial bonuses, while the Terran Alliance (played by me) came second through a strong economy and a highly effective defensive force (this time round I optimised my ships as glass cannons - armed with improved drives, antimatter cannons and positron computers they stood a high chance of one-shotting anything they faced, but were very vulnerable to return fire from any survivors).
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Thanksgiving Karting [Posted on Sunday, the 29th of November 2015 at 11:26 pm]

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[Where |Crawley]

Yesterday's not-an-update was just as well given that the Thanksgiving party ran into today and so I didn't get back in time for a post.

But as is now traditional, before Thanksgiving proper there was Thanksgiving Karting! We (myself, pleaseremove, Jonners, Paddy, Matt and David) were up at Crawley, and for a change were booked on the downstairs track. There weren't enough of us to do a race, so we settled for two 15-minute time trial sessions.

One thing I've always found with karting is you can end up with very different karts in the two sessions. In the first session I had one that did not want to slide at all and struggled to turn tightly - until you turned the wheel almost to full lock, at which point the back completely lost it and drifted you into the barrier. The second kart on the other hand didn't have anything like the same cliff in grip and I could quite easily slide it around the zig-zag on the upper portion of the track: accelerate up the ramp drifting to the right-hand side, lift a bit at the top and turn tightly left into the corner, then once the back starts sliding boot the throttle and turn hard right to get around the second corner before powering down the ramp. Trying that with the first kart just resulted in it barely making the first corner and then flatly refusing to give enough steering for the second.

I still need more work on the rest of the track. On the lower section there's a sort-of double spiral - it tightens into the corner to the left, then unwinds to the right - and I couldn't work out how to make the turn into that complex work. Still, I improved by a good 0.7s between the two sessions, while pleaseremove and Jonners only found 0.4s - so I'm catching up on them!
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(no subject) [Posted on Saturday, the 28th of November 2015 at 12:46 pm]

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[What |sillysilly]

This is an update to say that there probably won't be an update, because today is full of Thanksgiving karting and partying.

But it is an update and so means that I have posted today :)
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Christmas cards! [Posted on Friday, the 27th of November 2015 at 11:27 pm]

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[What |curiouscurious]

Since it's now less than a month until Christmas and last international posting dates are fast approaching, it's time for the Christmas card question!

So, who'd like a Christmas/Yuletide/New Year/Season's Greetings/Excuse-to-eat-Chocolate card all the way from sunny cloudy warm cold dry damp Britain?

Comment with your address on this post (comments are screened) or email it to gimmeacard@thomasmccorkell.me.uk for a card, and if I'm really organised it may even arrive this year!
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Snark deployed! [Posted on Thursday, the 26th of November 2015 at 10:32 pm]

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[What |mischievousmischievous]

It's now Southern's turn to fail at the Internets, by taking their previously-excellent journey planner down and replacing it with some shiny tablet-style interface that doesn't do half the stuff the old planner did. I can only assume they did this because the old planner was actually useful.

Since they have a comments address, I thought I'd send an only-slightly-snarky email their way listing all the features that are now missing, pointing out some of the usability fails (such as a map that you can't select things on), and asking nicely if the old planner is still available.

Or, failing that, if they know of any sites that use the old planner software...
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Congratulations, ITV, you fail at web sites. [Posted on Thursday, the 26th of November 2015 at 8:06 pm]

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[Tags|]
[What |disappointeddisappointed]
[Who |Thunderbirds Are Go!]

I want to watch the latest Thunderbirds episode (because Thunderbirds). So, dig out the link from the history (Firefox's awesome bar is indeed awesome)... and find that they've redesigned the site. Whatever.

Okay, click play... and be taken to a signin page. Fine, I'm sure I created an account last time they required one, and surprisingly enough it still works. That done, the site takes me back to the episode page.

Okay, so click play again... and now it demands my postcode. And my email address and password all over again because apparently remembering that I'm logged in is a Hard Problem. Fine, fill it in (after discovering that their privacy policy is literally File not found."), and get redirected back to the episode page.

Okay, click play for a third time... and get treated to a slew of adverts. At least it's now finally working.

Except it's not, as one of those redirects forgot which episode I wanted to watch and just took me to the latest. Sigh.

I thought in this shiny web 2.0 world everything happened via AJAX popups and full-page redirects were a thing of the past.
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MtG decks: Mephitic Ooze [Posted on Wednesday, the 25th of November 2015 at 11:46 pm]

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[What |nostalgicnostalgic]
[Who |JemGirl & Trash80 - Chip 2 Bit [Hologram]]

Time for another MtG deck!

Mephitic OozeCollapse )

This one I actually built myself from scratch - for comparison, here's what it looked like back in 2006. You really don't want to see the original build that ricold alluded to in the comments of the linked post - that had lots of singletons and horrific consistency, but it worked as a starting point.

It's proven to be a reasonably effective deck - as usual for my decks it's hopeless in duels, but can do quite well once more players are added and it gets a chance to build up. The primary win condition is a ridiculously overpowered Mephitic Ooze, though the various Arcbound creatures all work nicely together with their Modular ability and the Dross Golems generally wreak havoc through being hard to block.

It runs 61 cards because I really didn't want to remove anything when I picked up a Sudden Death (I think from a booster draft) - especially not the Echoing Decays, as those have proven to be very effective at creature removal (it's rather hard to save a creature when it has zero toughness). Possibly I should drop the Overseer as as nifty as it is, it's very expensive and I've got no mana acceleration (the Fiend has also proven to be a liability on occasion, when talismancer has taken control of it and used it to kill my creatures). I've generally only seen it appear near the end of a drawn-out chaos game where I've already got plenty of big nasty creatures on the table.
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The revenge of the Stat-o-matic [Posted on Tuesday, the 24th of November 2015 at 11:32 pm]

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[Tags|, ]
[What |curiouscurious]
[Who |Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - Well Alright [The Collection]]

Time for the traditional NaBloPoMo meme! Somehow I've managed to produce this for eight years running.

[ 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 ]

Top commenters on boggyb's LiveJournal
1boggyb549549
2olego173173
3pleaseremove122122
4tau_iota_mu_c7272
5pewterfish6969
6ralesk6868
7talismancer6464
8omgimsuchadork6363
9Anonymous4343
10jecook4242
11-83Collapse )

Total Commenters: 83
Total Comments: 1940
(not including 461 deleted and 7 screened)

Report generated Tue Nov 24 23:22:56 GMT 2015 by boggyb's LJ Stat-o-matic 1.1 (inspired by scrapdog's LJ Comment Wizard)

There's been a few upsets to the leaderboard over the past year: tau_iota_mu_c has overtaken pewterfish, and talismancer and omgimsuchadork have swapped places. jecook has also managed to sneak into the top 10.

olego is still sitting at #2 with no real competition.

One of these days I ought to publish the Stat-o-matic online somewhere...

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Hampasta night! [Posted on Monday, the 23rd of November 2015 at 11:57 pm]

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[Where |Horsham]

Today's Monday, which means hampasta night! This time it was at Paddy's house, and we ended up playing Concept. It's a board game twist on charades - instead of acting out words, there's a board full of various symbols and pictures that you place markers next to. Everyone then tries to guess what your chosen ones represent, which could be a thing, a name, a concept, or a phrase (the latter tend to be very hard to guess and result in much fail).

elemnar joined us today and proved to be scarily good at Concept. In one case she guessed the answer almost immediately - I played as the main concept "fictional character" with the added attributes "small" and "green", then played an additional thought of "film". Two guesses later elemnar had Yoda as the answer.

Speaking of board games, on Saturday I was round at Jonners' and we played Eclipse with Matt and Paddy. My empire didn't do particularly well for victory points - exploration only netted me low-value hexes - but the imperial fleet on the other hand was surprisingly effective. A squadron of three interceptors blatted aliens left and right without taking any damage, and in the final round Paddy went for broke and launched an invasion fleet consisting of two cruisers and two dreadnoughts (all upgraded with plenty of shielding and targeting computers - meaning he only had to roll 3 or higher to hit). Unfortunately for him, I'd been sneakily upgrading my vessels with improved firepower, improved drives (giving me initiative), and more armour (having abandoned targeting computers as being pointless against his -3 to hit shields). That combined with some last-minute shipbuilding resulted in a defending force of four surprisingly tough interceptors (I think 3 hit points each), and four very heavily armoured cruisers (6 hit points!).

The opening salvo from my interceptors blew away both his cruisers before they could act (I managed four 6's on eight dice, dealing two damage per hit). It then turned into a war of attrition, with his dreadnoughts slowly chewing through the interceptors and then nibbling away at the cruisers. Eventually it came down to one dreadnought and one cruiser, both badly damaged with the next hit deciding the battle... which went to Paddy, as he only needed a 3 while I needed a 6. Still, 'twas an epic battle and if it hadn't been the last turn I may have been able to chase him out of the system with freshly-built ships - while I was struggling for victory points, my economy on the other hand was doing great.
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That's not the gear I wanted [Posted on Sunday, the 22nd of November 2015 at 9:51 pm]

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[What |confusedconfused]
[Who |Ultravox - Hymn]

Well, the gearbox in my Alfa definitely doesn't like the recent cold weather - it's always been a bit stubborn selecting 1st and 2nd for the first few minutes of driving, but normally not this crotchety...

> 1st gear
Erm... nope!
> 1st gear
Erm... nope!
> 1st gear
Done!
> Move off
Grumble, grumble, judder, grumble
> Er, what gear am I in?
3rd!
> Huh?


> 1st gear
Done!
> Move off
Vroom vroom!
> 2nd gear
Done!
> Accelerate
VROOOOOM! *hit 5k rpm without actually accelerating*
> WTF?
> What gear am I in?
Neutral!
> 2nd gear damnit!
Done!
> Accelerate
Vroom vroom!


Fortunately it's a lot better behaved once the engine's started to warm up - being front wheel drive the engine and gearbox are bolted together and so it doesn't take long for the gearbox to loosen up.
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Pew pew pew [Posted on Saturday, the 21st of November 2015 at 11:35 pm]

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[Where |Horsham]

Yesterday evening I met up with Jonners, Paddy, Matt and Neil with the aim of having a pint & meal at a pub followed by a few rounds of pool. That didn't entirely go to plan - after eating at the Lynd Cross we were going to go to the bar underneath the Horsham bowling alley (once upon a time it was the Shelly's nightclub, but they've rebranded since), except it turned out that they'd just been bought or something and so were closed (the guy we spoke to only found out just before his shift started!). So instead we wandered into the bowling alley, and the five of us spontaneously decided to do a round of LaserQuest.

We went for silly names - Neil started it with Penguin (he wanted Warrior Penguin but that was too long), Paddy was Hamster, Jonners chose Monkey, Matt went for Squirrel and I picked Kitten to a round of laughter. After the obligatory briefing where the marshal warned us to obey the rules or else he'd "have to go down to the office, unlock the safe, get the murder weapon, use it, hide the bodies, fill in the paperwork, fill in even more paperwork, then there's the police, courts, judges, ..." it was on to the arena. It was an interesting game - on the one hand the arena's not that large, but on the other there were only five of us and so quite often I'd be wondering where everyone had gone before spotting a glimpse of the lights on someone's pack. We tended to congregate around the right-hand side of the arena (which had plenty of cover), with the firefight occasionally drifting over to the corridor on the other side.

Surprisingly I won by a substantial margin with a score of 703 (not enough to get on the daily leaderboard though) - I put it down to beam spam as my shots fired and accuracy stats show (980 shots, 8% accuracy). Looking at my score sheet Jonners was the designated cannon fodder, while Neil and Paddy gave as good as they got - I kept on coming face-to-face with Paddy in particular, while Neil tended to sneak up on me.

'Twas all good fun, and I must see about arranging another round or two at some point - my last indoor LaserQuest was talismancer's birthday party a few years ago, and before that I'd have to go back to my time at HTS (Dave and I went to the former Guildford arena several times). There's an arena inside Portsmouth Dockyard, so perhaps I'll try for that with the next DIY Pizza Night... or maybe see if I can get people together for the Horsham one again over Christmas.
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(no subject) [Posted on Friday, the 20th of November 2015 at 8:07 am]

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[What |surprisedsurprised]

Well, that's something I didn't expect to see on the weather forecast this morning - snow as far south as Worthing (though not in Fareham - the weather seems to be heading round the side of Hampshire)!

The snow isn't forecast to make its way that far south until tomorrow morning, and in any case is unlikely to settle... but it's still unusual for November.
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Mii Plaza [Posted on Thursday, the 19th of November 2015 at 11:59 pm]

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[What |sleepy]

Oh wait, is that the time?

I got distracted by the various minigames in Mii Plaza. Let's see... so far I've completed all of the puzzles, beaten Quest many times (both I and II) and unlocked everything in that, cleared 8 missions in Squad, conquered 8 countries in Battle (and just now beaten an army slightly over twice my size), and made my way up to floor 6 in Mansion.

And probably spent a frankly silly number of play coins on it all to achieve that. I think I went through over 200 during one boss battle in Quest II, by continually cycling characters through with the potion of valour. Still, I've not found many other uses for play coins, and I easily accumulate the daily cap of 10 coins just with the normal amount of walking I do (today's step count is at 5442, so that would be 54 coins if it wasn't for the cap).
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Firebug Lite [Posted on Wednesday, the 18th of November 2015 at 6:07 pm]

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[What |impressedimpressed]

And now for something less rant-inducing...

Today's discovery is Firebug Lite, which is a cut-down version of the Firebug web developer tools that can be run within a browser... without a browser extension. I'm not entirely sure how they manage it - presumably some horrible abuse of Javascript - but the result is that I can get at the Javascript console inside Safari on iOS without having to hook it up to a Mac. Neat!

Actually running it in iOS Safari is a little tricky - they give a bookmarklet that loads the script, but you can't directly add that. Instead you have to take an existing bookmark and edit the URL to contain that of the bookmarklet (the easy way to do this is to use a desktop browser to copy the URL into Pastebin or whatever, then go to that page on iOS and copy'n'paste the URL from there).
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Today's important road safety [Posted on Wednesday, the 18th of November 2015 at 6:01 pm]

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[What |annoyedannoyed]

Today's important road safety lesson comes courtesy of a pair of chavs who don't understand the Green Cross Code.

If you're waiting to cross the road, the lane of traffic nearest you is stationary, and the light showing for traffic is still green (implying that the light for crossing is still a red man)... then do not assume that it is safe to cross. Because cars in the next lane cannot see you and will be approaching.

This was demonstrated by the chavs at the Quay Street Roundabout - this particular crossing has three lanes entering the roundabout, the right-most lane was waiting behind the stop line because their lane on the roundabout was full (not because they were giving way to pedestrians or because of the lights), the lights were green, and the other two lanes were empty. So the chavs decided to cross the road right in front of me as I was approaching in the middle lane. Fortunately we all stopped in time to avoid a collision.

Of course, the chavs then yelled at me because "the other cars stopped", despite the light still being on green for me and red for them. Congratulations, you fail at crossing the road.
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This is not an update. [Posted on Tuesday, the 17th of November 2015 at 11:57 pm]

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[What |sillysilly]
[Who |Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - Bloodsucker Blues [The Collection]]

This is not an update.

Or rather, it is an update. Except it isn't.

It's an update because it's the next post on this blog. It is, however, not an update because it doesn't contain any useful content.

Does that make it a Schrödingpost?
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Pasta night! [Posted on Monday, the 16th of November 2015 at 11:52 pm]

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'Tis a dark and very stormy night out there. I should know, I've just driven through it. I elected to take the A24 route, thinking that it might be better than Bury Hill... though I'm not sure, having found several unexpectedly large puddles along the way (of the sort that grab at the wheels and try to fling you into the crash barrier). The Bury Hill route is generally more sheltered and at lower speeds, though it does have the epic puddle of doom in Pulborough to contend with (along with the potential for the River Arun to flood). Surprisingly the Met Office haven't given a weather warning for that, despite the amount of surface flooding on the roads the rain has caused. There is a warning for tomorrow for strong winds though.

Anyway, tonight was once again pasta night! We ended up playing a couple of rounds of Dominion with random card selections. I won the first one by a reasonable margin with 20 points in Gardens plus another 24 in normal Victory cards. The second game ended up with a very different balance of cards, of which only a couple gave +1 Action (allowing you to play another card) and none were +2 or more - that slowed down the play quite a bit, and combined with being unable to find a strategy that worked resulted in me epically losing with a score of 13. Afterwards was a round of exploding kittens - I was out quickly, followed by Sarah and Jonners, with it coming down to Paddy and Matt dueling over the final exploding kitten until Matt ran out of ways to defuse and/or avoid drawing it.
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Random life, the universe, and everything update [Posted on Sunday, the 15th of November 2015 at 11:13 pm]

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[Who |Edwin Starr - Snowflake Boogie [More Friends]]

The drive back from Horsham was full of having to avoid collisions. You know - brake hard to avoid the people dashing across the A24, brake to avoid someone suddenly slowing for a turning, brake hard to avoid the car that popped out to overtake at 55mph (on a 70mph dual carriageway), brake really hard to avoid the muppet who pulled out of a layby on the A27 approaching Chichester. That last one I braked hard enough to cause the hazard lights to come on (which either means the ABS cut in or I managed better than about 6ms-2 deceleration - the Internets aren't clear on what the criteria is) which is a first for me. The MiTo can slow from 70mph to 30 scarily quickly!

Driving fun and games aside, it's been another weekend of abortive plans. Friday morning a relative was admitted to hospital - don't worry, she's stable, and more cranky about the whole thing than anything else (which is a good sign - it's when patients go quiet that you need to worry). This completely scrambled whatever half-made plans there were for the weekend, and has thrown a large spanner in the works of a planned party that was going to involve her next weekend. Latest news is that the party is (probably) (maybe) going ahead. I'm sure I'll find out that there's been an entirely new set of plans concocted by Friday. Ah well, such is life.

At work the aircon guy did indeed turn up on Friday, and tinkered with the controllers. Our theory about the temperature sensors was partially accurate - he changed it to use the sensor on the controller rather than in the aircon unit so hopefully it'll behave better. We also ended up with surprise beer in the afternoon as a reward for bashing together a demo over the past week (which not only works, but also works when you try it a second time!).

pleaseremove's just called - his media centre is broken again (suspected power supply problems). We blame brokencube - in the Brighton house he broke computers just by being in the same room as them, and some of this may have rubbed off on pleaseremove while he was there...
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I have my car back! [Posted on Saturday, the 14th of November 2015 at 11:20 pm]

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[Where |Horsham]
[What |happyhappy]

I have my car back! It's all shiny and dent-free, and only cost me all of £960 to repair... which I'd rather not be spending every year, so let's hope I don't end up trying to remodel it with a car park again anytime soon.

And as a bonus the resonance around 2100rpm has now been solved - it was due to a loose exhaust heat shield, which the Newick garage fixed for free "because it was annoying".
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pleaseremove's media centre is still broken... [Posted on Friday, the 13th of November 2015 at 11:31 pm]

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pleaseremove: I give up. I'm not destined for computing.
pleaseremove: I put it all together. It POSTS! I took it all apart and put it back in the case. It still POSTS! It doesn't get any bloody further...
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Aircon fail [Posted on Friday, the 13th of November 2015 at 12:32 am]

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[What |curiouspuzzled]

And now for something completely different more substantial...

We've got a shiny new aircon system at work - they're replacing all the units in the entire building, including our one that was itself replaced at the start of the year - and yesterday they finished plumbing it in and turned it on. And consequently we spent the next couple of days trying to decipher the enigma that is the control system.

See, if you set it to 22°C and put it in auto mode, then it blows out cold air despite the room not being that hot. However if you set it to heat and drop the setpoint a few degrees it now blasts out hot air despite the room already being warm enough. Except for the unit in one of the meeting rooms which appears to do the opposite of whatever the main units are doing.

We half wondered if they'd miswired the temperature sensors and the controllers but this shouldn't be possible as there's actually a sensor in each controller (the previous building had a whole-building HVAC system that was indeed miswired, causing us to freeze a neighbouring office while trying to cool ours in summer). Or possibly having two units off of one controller (we've gone from one unit with part of the output ducted to the meeting rooms, to a total of four) is causing them to fight - again, this was an issue in the previous building where it tried really hard to maintain a 1°C differential across the room by blasting out very cold on one side and very hot on the other. Anyway there's someone coming in tomorrow/today to tell us about the system so maybe we'll get some answers.
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FAIL! [Posted on Friday, the 13th of November 2015 at 12:18 am]

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[What |sillysilly]

This evening I had a long todo list of items, and somehow NaBloPoMo evaporated from it. So, since I'm well and truly past midnight now and beyond the point at which it's reasonable to fudge timestamps, I'll merely claim that I've made 14 posts (not counting this one) so far, and as such am at least averaging a post a day.

I'll also claim that I'm still awake and so this still counts as "today" rather than "tomorrow" for me :)
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Their name liveth for evermore [Posted on Wednesday, the 11th of November 2015 at 9:43 pm]

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[Where |St Lawrence Church, Stratford-sub-Castle, England]
[What |contemplativecontemplative]

A month ago I was up at Old Sarum, and wandered by St Lawrence's Church at Stratford-sub-Castle. War graves are unfortunately all too common in the UK as a legacy of the world wars (it's a rare and lucky village without a war memorial)... but I don't think I've found a churchyard with quite so many before (49 in total), or a Cross of Sacrifice.



THIS CROSS OF SACRIFICE IS ONE IN DESIGN
AND INTENTION WITH THOSE WHICH HAVE
BEEN SET UP IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM AND
OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
WHERE OUR DEAD OF THE
GREAT WAR ARE LAID TO REST

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
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Ocarina of Time: Kokiri Forest redux [Posted on Tuesday, the 10th of November 2015 at 11:56 pm]

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But...I...I made a promise to Saria... If Link came back, I would be sure to tell him that Saria had been waiting for him... Because Saria...really... liked...
Hey, you. If you see him somewhere, please let him know... And also...
I'm sorry for being mean to him.
Tell him that, too.

Mido

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The flow of time is always cruel... Its speed seems different for each person, but no one can change it...
Sheik
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MtG decks: Spikeshot Goblin [Posted on Monday, the 9th of November 2015 at 10:46 pm]

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[What |curiouscurious]
[Who |Ichiko Furukawa, Makoto Tonosu - Derris-Kharian (requiem) [Tales of Symphonia]]

Let's poke another deck!

Spikeshot GoblinCollapse )

This was originally built by talismancer as a pauper deck (I've got the original decklist if you're curious) - that's a deck which only contains common cards (as opposed to uncommon or rare). It's one of the more effective decks I've got and can reliably hold its own in a duel - most of mine are too slow or disorganised for that. This mainly comes from the very simple win condition, which is to boost the power of a Spikeshot Goblin by a silly amount and then use its ability to whack players in the face for a corresponding silly amount of damage (it's quite capable of throwing 20 points of damage at someone).

As to the current state of it... well, once upon a time it had an official 15-card sideboard. That appears to have evaporated with the exception of the four Gerrard's Irregulars which have been eaten by the deck upsetting the land balance. I'm not sure I want to get rid of all of them as that leaves it a bit light on creatures and the haste ability is nice... so perhaps swap out one each of Bonesplitter and Firebreathing, and keep two of them? The rest is fine though a second Furnace of Rath would be nice (probably replacing an Iron Myr).

And the Loxodon Warhammers? Those I scored from choros to troll opponents with, because why stop at just dealing double-digit points of hard-to-block damage to someone's head when you can also gain that much life at the same time?
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'Twas a dark and stormy night [Posted on Monday, the 9th of November 2015 at 9:36 pm]

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[Tags|]
[Where |Fareham]
[Who |The wind whistling through the rigging]

You know it's a dark and stormy night when you can hear the wind whistling through your earphone leads. Not to mention the clanging of the rigging from the yachts moored in the marina.

Judging by the ripples it's quite a stiff sea breeze... and I've a vague recollection that there's supposed to be some extra-high tides around this time. Lemme check the tide tables... no, it was last month that there was a predicted 5.13m tide. Today's is a measly 4.43m above chart datum so I'm unlikely to have a repeat of the floods from last February (caused by a combination of spring tides and a storm surge pushing the water up the channel between Portsmouth and Gosport). Shame, it was quite fun having an actual moat!
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Games night! [Posted on Sunday, the 8th of November 2015 at 11:52 pm]

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[Tags|]
[Where |Horsham]
[Who |Ichiko Furukawa, Makoto Tonosu - A Snow Light [Tales of Symphonia]]

Bonus post time!

Yesterday after dropping off the car The GNU and I picked up elemnar for a family games evening. I can tell you that Triforce Heroes is no more co-ordinated when all the players are within shouting distance. If anything it possibly becomes even more bonkers as everyone tries and fails to become more organised.

Still, despite the hilarious amounts of item fail, puzzle solving fail, and throwing-Links-into-pits fail, we (myself, elemnar, and The GNU) managed to not only conquer all of Woodlands and Riverside, but even complete one level in Fortress (Training Ground, I think) without using all the fairies. As a nice touch it turns out when using Download Play, all players can create costumes in the lobby - which makes sense, otherwise only players with the actual game would be able to do so. Of course that then resulted in us repeatedly trying Woodlands levels so that The GNU could get an Armos Spirit... and him always managing to open a chest with whatever the region's rare item was instead of the higher-probability Armos Spirit. The random number generator is never on your side, even when you don't want it to be.

Later on allegramente joined us for a game of Ticket to Ride (using the original North America map). It begun with myself and elemnar squabbling over routes on the east coast - I think we both would have rather been building up cards for longer routes, but choose to instead spend them on low-scoring routes to ensure that we could achieve the tickets we had. Surprisingly at the end of the game all of us had achieved all of our tickets! Anyway, that continued for a few turns with allegramente interfering here and there, while at the end of the table The GNU went very quiet as he started looking at the game from a mathematical point of view. Whatever he was doing obviously worked as he won with a score of over 100, despite me managing to claim longest train right at the end (by dropping four long trains down in the final few rounds) - I think the fact that he was the only one to pick up extra tickets helped. I can see that we'll end up playing this again.
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MtG decks: Morph Mayhem [Posted on Sunday, the 8th of November 2015 at 8:33 pm]

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[What |curiouscurious]
[Who |Wake ~ Nightbeat [wake.it]]

This may did go horribly wrong due to the cruft Word adds to tables....

talismancer's recent post reminded me that I'd been meaning to work out what state the few Magic: The Gathering decks I have are in. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of them have had sideboards shuffled in by mistake (which is not a good thing, as it messes with the card distribution and gives you a high chance of having a hand of uselessness). So in the interests of more NaBloPoMo filler, let's pick a random deck and poke it with a stick!

I have a slight advantage over talismancer here in that many, many years ago I went through all 9? 10? of my decks and listed them in Excel. Because I was a student back then with spare time I then bodged together some formulas to try and work out what proportion of the cards should be lands, and what colours those lands should be (through counting the number of colour-specific mana symbols and guesstimating a distribution based on that). Hence I have some fancy tables!

This particular deck started life as the preconstructed Morph Mayhem deck from about 10 years ago.

Morph MayhemCollapse )

Well this definitely has a sideboard, but it's a weird one - I have a sideboard containing all of 6 cards, and I have a deck that's one card short. And the deck's also a little land-heavy by the looks of things - the general rule of thumb is 40% land or 24 cards in a standard 60-card deck, but here I've got 26. I think that stems from a lot of my playing at SWARM where I tended to not have enough land in hand (note that the casting cost distribution isn't particularly useful here, as the creatures are mostly morphs with a cost of 3 to play them face-down - though the Dream Chisels help with that).

Hmm. I probably ought to make it back up to 60 - the Whipcorder looks like a good one to add. The cycling lands (Lonely Sandbar and Secluded Steppe) can go as in practice I rarely use the cycling ability so I'd be better off with lands that don't have a 1-turn delay built in to them, or perhaps I should just drop two lands and instead run the extra Glory Seekers? Otherwise it's a deck that ticks over nicely in multiplayer chaos games, because everything it does is a mystery and it sneers at lockdown decks - being a morph deck it can do anything interesting at *any* time (turning a card face-up can be done whenever I have priority, and as a bonus the resulting effect comes from a triggered ability and so is hard for other players to deal with). The main downside is there's no real win condition and any half-way competent deck will stomp it with ease... but that's rarely an issue in chaos games because the competent decks quickly make themselves into targets for everyone else.

Besides, using a Willbender to make someone else's win condition *my* win condition is always hilarious.
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October car check [Posted on Saturday, the 7th of November 2015 at 10:43 pm]

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[What |hopefulhopeful]

Car check time! And October was a new record at 871.1 miles, though in fairness not all of those are mine (the garage will have if nothing else driven it to the MoT bay and back).

Rears and spare were slightly down in pressure but I was running late and so left them for now as it was only 0.05 bar down. Oil is fine at just under full (it'd be worrying if it wasn't given the recent service!), and having changed the wiper blades a few months back I don't seem to be going through anywhere near as much screenwash.

I also got the annual service and MoT done a couple of weeks ago - in theory the book says this is only needed every 18k miles, but in practice you want at least a yearly service if you want the engine to last. The total cost for the service and MoT was around £300 including VAT at P&K Autos in Newick, and in addition to the usual round of replacement filters and pieces the car also got a new set of spark plugs. I'm not sure I've noticed any difference - there's possibly a bit less resonance at the 2100 rpm mark (it seems to run a bit rough around that area), but that comes and goes anyway.

Next up is fixing the bodywork. I emailed round a few bodyshops in Fareham - one said (paraphrasing) "repair & repaint for ~£700", the other gave me a 3-page itemised PDF that boiled down to "replacement quarter panel for >£2000", and the Alfa garage went "I'd have to see it in person but I reckon at least £1000". So while the car was at the Newick garage they also got their local bodyshop to look at it, who quoted <£1000 for a repair - well, that's 2 out of 3 quotes saying repair, so repair it is! So I drove up to Newick again today to drop the car off, and should get it back all shiny and dent-free next weekend.
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Ocarina of Time: The Future [Posted on Friday, the 6th of November 2015 at 11:55 pm]

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[Tags|, ]
[What |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Who |The Steadfast ~ Nightbeat [the steadfast.it]]

No, I don't intend to fail NaBloPoMo this soon.

However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time. Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years.
Rauru, Sage of Light

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One in a deep forest...
One on a high mountain...
One under a vast lake...
One within the house of the dead...
One inside a goddess of the sand...

Sheik
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Time for the annual Guy Fawkes filler! [Posted on Thursday, the 5th of November 2015 at 10:01 pm]

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[Who |Miriel ~ Nightbeat [miriel.it]]

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...


Unless you're talismancer, in which case it's High Forks Night
It's one of those dark and stormy nights round here, with the sort of persistent drizzle that soaks you to the bone... not that that's stopped the local firework displays (I counted at least three that I could see from my balcony, a fourth illuminating the clouds, and at least one more that I could hear but not see).

Speaking of fireworks and bonfires, Lewes have a rather bizarre collection of effigies to burninate this year including:
  • The Pope
  • FIFA president Sepp Blatter
  • Jeremy Clarkson
  • the world's biggest Guy
  • ...and a nearly-naked David Cameron with a pig's head
The Lewes bonfire societies certainly don't shy away from controversy.

Oh yes, and I found out what happened to the Alex Salmond effigies from last year. They were withdrawn from the parade so as not to offend the sensibilities of the SNP... and then at least one was stuffed full of fireworks and blown up anyway.
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(no subject) [Posted on Wednesday, the 4th of November 2015 at 10:57 pm]

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So today at work I ended up explaining to a colleague that XMLHttpRequest isn't just for JSON, but that it can parse XML documents and turn them into a nice object structure. He was thinking that I'd have to receive the XML as text and use some XML-to-JS library to parse it (which to be fair I may still have to do - some of the code I'm writing will run server-side where XMLHttpRequest doesn't exist).

For those who don't know their web development history, the original point of XMLHttpRequest was to let JavaScript make XML requests and handle XML responses. Using it for JSON came much later.
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TOWER of POWER! [Posted on Tuesday, the 3rd of November 2015 at 11:58 pm]

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[Who |Nickelback - Just for [Silver Side Up]]


Metroid: Third Derivative #430


TOWER of POWER!



I've not forgotten about the Ocarina of Time posts (or, indeed, about Skyward Sword)... but I have been a little sidetracked recently by the latest awesomely bonkers Legend of Zelda instalment: Triforce Heroes.

So far elemnar and I, along with the help of random unknown Links, have conquered the first two dungeon sets. All in all we've managed to be surprisingly co-ordinated despite playing online without voice chat - it turns out that the sort-of chat symbols provided in-game are exactly the right ones needed to tell people what to do. And when all else fails you can just pick up the other player, toss them in the right direction, and hope they get the hint :)
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Night driving [Posted on Monday, the 2nd of November 2015 at 11:47 pm]

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[Tags|]
[What |sleepysleepy]
[Who |Faithless - Flyin Hi [The Dance]]

The nice thing about night driving is at the right time of the evening the roads are quiet, the idiots are largely abed, and one can have fun on the Bury Hill climb by using both of the climbing lanes (I keep thinking it'd make a good rally stage, combined with the A29 through Coldwaltham and past Arundel). It can get a bit eerie at times when the A27 becomes strangely empty, but that adds to the magic.

The downside is night driving brings out a new class of clowns who don't understand when to use dipped beam. Protip: if there's a car in front of you travelling in either direction, then use dipped beam. Related protip: tailgating the car in front does not, contrary to popular opinion, make them go faster... especially when they're in the middle of a convoy. Especially especially when you've got a badly adjusted set of headlights and are attempting to blind them with your not-really-dipped beam. I had the misfortune to be stuck between someone happily (or perhaps unhappily - whenever I encounter an unexpectedly slow car, I just remember that I was like that on my first few solo/long-distance drives) doing 40mph, maybe 45mph... and someone in a pickup truck who I can only assume was terribly upset at not being able to exceed the speed limit.

Meh, my approach is to let the idiots make idiots of themselves on their own... and be ready to take evasive action during the inevitable hey-let's-overtake-into-oncoming-traffic that happens coming out of the 30mph zone through Coldwaltham.
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Laptops are for wimps [Posted on Sunday, the 1st of November 2015 at 8:35 pm]

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[Tags|]
[What |amusedamused]
[Who |pleaseremove, raging at the internets while trying to raise a tech support ticket]

pleaseremove: My computing environment is a gargantuan case larger than some people's houses with four 1080 monitors
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NaBloPoMo 2015 [Posted on Sunday, the 1st of November 2015 at 6:54 pm]

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Yes, November has arrived! Which means once again it's time for a month of myself and talismancer snarking at each other, punctuated with the odd meme, and some quantity of actual non-snarky posts that were totally not written in advance[*]pay no attention to the pile of partly-written draft posts behind the curtain.... This year talismancer apparently has a cunning plan, though as to what I don't know (given recent context and timing I'm guessing MtG related, but I'm sure I'll find out soon. Oddly enough, I also have a cunning plan for some posts which may or may not be related).

Anyway, let's see if I can manage a clean sweep this year!
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