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A bulk of updates coming soon.

So for the third or fourth time in a row, I’ve posted here that I’ve not posted in a long time. There are several topics I’d like to cover that I’ve not talked about. As such, I’ll be posting multiple times in the same day. Makes it a bit more interesting and also makes it so you can just skip over things. I’m also stopping the crafty title thing I used to do so it’s easier to just tell what the hell is in a post.

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It’s been a long while since I’ve made a post here, so it’st time to play a little bit of catch up.

My sister had her baby on May 4th! The baby’s name is Ava. She’s also now visiting and talking with us directly, which is really nice. It’s reduced a lot of stress for everyone except maybe her since she now has a new person to raise. I’m just relieved everything settled out the way it did.

In a more recent setting, I’ve had the entire last week off. It’s been really long and really relaxing, with the exception that I sliced one toe open, smashed another, and then rammed the side of my foot into the stove. My feet love me. I’ve been hanging out with my girlfriend a lot too, which is awesome. We generally get along pretty well, and she’s a really down-to-earth person. I’m also looking into some colleges a bit more seriously. My girlfriend is trying to convince me to go to SOU to get into this program that chops a year off of college for your degree, which sounds alright except for the fact that I don’t think SOU offers a very high quality programming class. I don’t know if I’ll even be able to afford the schools I want. I do know that OIT sounds like a very good option, and my good friend Atlas goes there. Still, $15,000 to $18,000 a year is a bit much.

In other news, I have afforded an iPod touch from Amazon for 180 dollars. It’s a sweet little dude, and I plan on hacking android onto it once the binaries for it are available. In the mean time, I intend on sharing a few app-store apps with you. Mind you I haven’t spent any actual money on app-store stuff, I have jailbroken my device and can now do things that apple says they don’t want people doing.

App Spot

Google Earth
Google Earth
Price: Free

This app is almost just like the one for the desktop, minus a few bells and whistles. You can flick around the globe, zoom in with pinch-to-zoom, all sorts of neat things. You can also click the GPS button for it to take you to where it thinks you’re at (accuracy may vary) It’s a great app to have on hand, and can replace a lot of other map-based apps you could possibly want. Loosely serves as a GPS tracker (will not do turn-by-turn navigation as far as I’m aware).

Godfinger
Godfinger
Price: Free

This quirky game by ngmoco lets you play god on your own little planet. You control elements in the world like the cloud or the sun and try and get the people to become your followers. The gameplay mechanics are akin to Farmville on Facebook, where there really is no end, you just keep leveling up and getting gold (and in this case, Awe, your source of power). Still, it’s a fun game for what it was past the glitches I kept running into. I had to play a cracked version since they haven’t released this to the iPhone/iPod in the US yet (only the iPad). It’s a free app nonetheless, so once it arrives, you’ll be able to play it immediately.

IMO
IMO: The World of Magic
Price: Free

This is an MMORPG for your iPhone/iPod. It has a really good control scheme and decent graphics/music. The spell/ability system is a bit iffy though, since you have to purchase the skill and then spend a skill point on it. Otherwise it breathes everything an MMO is and should be. This one has a feel akin to Maplestory meets Zelda: Minish Cap, along with Ragnarok. It’s a good time killer.

ozone
Ozone
Price: $4.99

This game is pretty much like the indie-hit Osmos in that it has an identical feel to the ‘character’ (air-bubble, mote, whatever they decide to call it). What’s different from Osmos, however, is that it has things like enemies, powerups, and objects aside from motes in it. It has true ‘level’ gameplay as opposed to Osmos’s arena-style gameplay. I’m actually quite addicted to it at the moment, as far as an iPod game can be addicted to.

HippoRemote LITE
HippoRemote LITE
Price: Free

This tool allows you to utilize your iPhone/iPod (or even iPad) as a wireless mouse and keyboard. You will need to set up a VPN server on your computer, which isn’t all that hard, and once you do you’ll have multitouch controls on the go. This even supports pinch to zoom in things like web-browsers. Very nifty app.

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[13:32] Fancy Username: I wonder if valve is goingt o switch to OpenGL for all their games for easier porting to mac
[13:32] Gyarados: lol
[13:33] Fancy Username: that would be a really good idea
[13:33] Gyarados: I wonder if they could single handedly end the directx supremecy
[13:33] Fancy Username: not just vavle
[13:33] Fancy Username: blizzard would have to join up too
[13:33] Gyarados: hmm
[13:34] Gyarados: I find it funny that the idea of two companys single handedly destroying an entire empire
[13:34] Fancy Username: lol

Ragnarok Revolution

So, the server that we play on called Ragnarok Revolution now has my official footprint on it (yet again). I’ve added a link to the guild blog, and anyone interested can join the guild. Feel free to check us out! I’ve got a level 70 something transcended High Wizard, and my brother plays literally every class in the game. Atlas has a few characters as well. It’s a lot of fun, but you can easily get burnt out playing as the mage class, since there’s one point from level 70 to 99 where you’re pretty much stuck in the same area if you can’t party with anyone. Anyway, that’s really all there is to it. I’d love to see someone join us linked from this site!

This was not a triumph…

Well, I didn’t wind up moving afterall. There were some really questionable things about the place that I didn’t really like, and I felt like I was obligated to move for a number of reasons I won’t discuss here.

Also, these are the ingredients to the best cake ever made in the history of mankind. 10 points to griffindor if someone guesses it correctly without having been told previously by me what it is.

One 18.25 ounce package chocolate cake mix.
One can prepared coconut pecan frosting.
3/4 cup vegetable oil.
Four large eggs.
One cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
3/4 cups butter or margarine.
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar.
Two cups all purpose flower. (note, it says flower, not flour)
Fish shaped crackers.
Fish shaped candies.
Fish shaped solid waste.
Fish shaped dirt.
Fish shaped ethyl benzene.
Pull and peel licorice.
Fish shaped organic compounds and sediment shaped sediment.
Candy coated peanut butter pieces…Shaped like fish.
One cup lemon juice.
Alpha resins.
Unsaturated polyester resin.
Fiberglass surface resins.
And volatile malted milk impoundments.
Nine large egg yolks.
Twelve medium geosynthetic membranes.
One cup granulated sugar.
Two cups rhubarb, sliced.
2/3 cups granulated rhubarb.
One tablespoon all-purpose rhubarb.
One teaspoon grated orange rhubarb.
Three tablespoons rhubarb, on fire.
One cross borehole electro-magnetic imaging rhubarb.
Two tablespoons rhubarb juice.
Adjustable aluminum head positioner.
Slaughter electric injector.
Cordless electric needle injector.
Injector needle driver.
Injector needle gun.
Cranial caps.
And it contains proven presentatives, deep penetration agents, and gas and odor control chemicals. That will deodorize and preserve putrid tissue. No problem.

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[17:17] Congress: I don’t really know anything about writing programing from scratch, lol. But i can edit pre-existing code, which works well for most creators.
[17:18] Congress: They want someone who can code NEW things for guilds, though, which might throw a wrench into my plans to join that secion of creatordom

Home sweet Home, or something like that

Today, I go in to do a walk-through on a place some of my friends and I are going to be moving into. It’s sort of tiny and a lot of the insides are being redone. I’ve only seen this place so far from the outside, since I wasn’t the one that actually found the place. We’re gonna paint it (or it’s going to be painted, not sure which yet), so the nasty blue on the outside won’t be there anymore, nor will the painted on house numbers. I’m excited and scared at the same time, since it’ll be $233 per person a month. Luckily, my new night assistant-manager is a very fair person and very kind to me. I’ve been getting shorted on hours quite a bit, so much so to the point where I was working only one day a week. That gives me enough money to cover the bills, but nothing else. I suppose I’ll be operating off of food stamps sometime in the near future, although I don’t like the idea of that. I also want to go to college at RCC, but between my increased hours and maintaining a new home, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Oh well, I suppose. I’ll need to find a good part-time job that allows me to work every day of the week.

In other news, I’ve been using windows 7 more and more, and I’m slightly impressed. Although I’m not exactly happy with it hovering at .97GiB of ram usage while it’s idle, I do think it’s fairly snappy compared to Vista, and works great for my games. Albeit, I have 4.0GiB of RAM, 3.6 of which is currently usable under the 32-bit OS’s I run. Garry’s Mod is fun again, which is a major plus. I’m able to spawn a load of NPCs and do a giant war with vehicles I built (although they don’t react at all to props). I think one of these days I’m going to do a zombie-survival type match by myself. Internet games without friends are no fun. I also need to get the Aurora Cannon working, as that looked very interesting. Most of my addons function currently though, so I’m quite happy.

Also, I’m looking forward to the next rideo post. Atlas said he was going to post something about his ridiculous teacher’s syllabus, and I’ve already had a sample of that nonsense. I can’t wait for the post.

Freedom

After a good long 3 years of battling, I’m finally free from my grasps of the state. Here within the month, I’m going to receive my letter of approval or something like that. It feels really nice to be out of this mess. It’s scary too, because this was keeping me at home. I really don’t know whether or not I’m going to be able to survive on ‘my own’ (with my roommates) because of my work ethic and income rate. I’m actually terrified to death of it.

Work is looking up though, hopefully soon I’ll be getting more hours. I don’t have to worry about schedules clashing, and now I could probably even work college into the factor. I’m hoping that I’ll have enough time for it though, as FAFSA requires 8 credit-hours or something like that. Scary scary stuff.

That’s My Measuring Stick!

So, I’ve been on about this measurement system for computers lately, and it’s bugging some of my friends. However, I would like to make a point that there is a major difference between “Gigabytes” and “Gibibytes”. Most people who use computers frequently and are adept with them understand that 1024 Bytes is 1 Kilobyte, and 1024 Kilobytes is a Megabyte, and so on. However, manufacturers have been using a sleazy tactic lately where they list 1000 Bytes as a Kilobyte, and 1000 Kilobytes as a Megabyte, all to make their numbers artificially bigger. When you buy a new computer that has a 250GB hard drive listing, you usually come home to find that it’s actually 233GiB (which your computer uses), versus the GB SI Prefix that everyone likes to flaunt around as both measurement systems. There is a major difference between GB and GiB. Please try to use the GiB form in your daily lives. If you have any qualms with it, please refer to the IEEE and ask them why it changed or just Google it. IEEE sets the standards for computers, and since they’ve changed the measuring system to more accurately reflect the Greek prefixes, it’s best to use it. If enough people begin to use the GiB format (Gibibytes), then manufacturers will have no way of labeling their products as a false measurement. The Linux kernel uses GiB, and so does the Windows kernel in some areas. Mac’s however, does not. Fight this tyranny with knowledge!

Anyway, long story short, just add an extra lowercase i inbetween the G and the B. It’s as simple as that.

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zMOGus: So, i dun wanna play ragnarok anymore
zMOGus: I want another umi no misaki update
zMOGus: time to play osmos
zMOGus: i closed out of it