- Apr 28, 2019: Solo: A Star Wars Story
- I finally got around to watching this movie on Netflix. It was pretty good, and I thought the actors got the various familiar characters just right.
- Apr 4, 2019: Commuting thoughts...
- It occurred to me that The Eagles song "Life in the Fast Lane" would be a great theme song for Catherine and Heathcliff's relationship in Wuthering Heights.
- Jan 30, 2019: Boycott the Superbowl
- I don't plan on watching the Superbowl this year. I can always catch the cute ads on whatever site likes to showcase them afterwards, but the NFL will not get my advertising eyeballs for this fake championship.
On the one hand, we have the New England Patriots, known serial cheaters. Am I supposed to take seriously that they're really the AFC champions when they feel they have to cheat to win?
On the other hand, we have the Lame-A** Rams, who are illegitimate, Non-Champions of the NFC. You're not a champion when the championship game gets handed to you by crooked refereeing. I don't recognize the Rams as NFC champions, because they didn't win the NFC championship legitimately, therefore this SubparBowl is fraudulent, a game of two second-class teams pretending to be the battle of champions. I don't care about either team, and the game is a second-class fake of the real thing, so why would I watch it?
As the NFL is hoping to make their usual huge profit via you watching a fraudulent game that's not what it is represented to be, I encourage you to show them what you think by not watching the Subpar Bowl either. Also, if the NFL can't be bothered to make sure that the referees are honest and competent, then the game itself has no integrity and isn't worth watching. Who cares what the results of a game are if it's rigged in advance?
I hope the Patriots flatten the Rams in a massive blow-out, like 45-0, because Tom Brady is actually a great quarterback, and coach Bill Belicheck has advocated for some time that all plays be challengeable and reviewable, like the Canadian Football League does it. If that rule had been in place, that crooked "No-Call" in the Saints-Rams NFC championship would have been challenged and overturned, and we wouldn't be left with bitterness and a pointless fraud of a Superbowl. Also because the Rams players are jerks, and were gloating over benefiting from the obvious crooked refereeing. They deserve to have their Superbowl hopes and dreams crushed like a squashed cockroach.
- Oct 25, 2018: Hadite Coal is loading...
- For those of you interested in the Minecraft mods I maintain:
Hadite Coal is in testing. It loads, and I can even display some of the textures! Still needs the rest of the models and recipes and stuff.
- Sep 16, 2018: A tip about apple pies and cobblers...
- If you are making baked apple desserts such as apple pie or apple cobbler... use Granny Smith apples. When baked, the tart apple flavor mellows slightly, and combines with the usual apple pie spices and sugar to make for a delicious tangy fruit taste.
DON'T use Red Delicious. This utterly tasteless apple, when baked, becomes a mushy, utterly tasteless apple-thing. This message brought to you by experience.
- Aug 23, 2018: A whole new world...
- A set of posts to another DBZ fan about Minecrafting, which I will continue as a report on my world:
That sounds like an interesting world. I may have to try that seed. (From Jenny Islander: The seed is (take out the spaces) 7267 5644 6546 4405 901).
Right now, I am playing through a peaceful run of Direwolf20's 1.12.2 2.2.0 modpack. I added "Hunger in Peace" to the pack because I like food to matter even on Peaceful mode, and "Smoother Fonts" because being able to anti-alias fonts and pick the font you want for the tiny print on tooltips and buttons is really nice. I also updated a few mods in the pack before Direwolf20 did, because I don't like keeping known bugs that have already been fixed. The official pack has since caught up. I also set the world to a "rare" Lost Cities with Biomes O' Plenty (BOP) configuration, but someone's definition of "rare" is a lot different from mine, because there are abandoned, crumbling cities at various distances in all directions.
I spawned in a BOP Highlands area right next to a Thaumcraft Magical Forest (which means all the oaks are giant branching oaks, the grass is bluegrass, and there are Greatwood trees--a Thaumcraft (TC) specific tree with huge branching trunks and a very dark wood, like Dark Oak only darker. There are also TC Silverwood trees, which are magical, birch-like trees with branching trunks, and giant mushrooms and weird mushrooms.)
As the pack also includes Botania, and BOP has a lot of biome-specific plants, there are strange flowers galore, everywhere. Since my base style tends to be "tunnel into the nearest hill before it gets dark" and expand from there, I have my base on the border between the Magical Forest (the lowland entrance to my base) and the Highlands (the mountain interior of my base).
Entrance to my base
My sheep pen is up in the Highlands, as I found dozens of sheep up there.
I also built chicken pits there, after bringing a few stacks of eggs back from one of my major expeditions to the nearest "Lost City".
My current base load power generation is up on the mountain, too, as is my nether portal and, just built last night, my Astral Sorcery crafting table.
I'll explain the power generation another time. You can see a "Lost City" on the upper left, not very far away. The dead "city" (more like a small office park) nearest me has been a treasure trove of glass, iron bars, anvils, bookshelves, crafting tables, furnaces, the occaisional enchanting table and brewing stand, flower pots, and endless stacks of terracotta, which were the Minecraft material used to generate that 'modern brutalist concrete' architecture look. (McJty's Lost Cities mod defaults to using vanilla materials to generate the dead cities). That terracotta has turned out to be useful in some of the other mods, saving me the trouble of digging a lot of clay out of the bottom of local ponds. The dead office park has also been a trove of other junk, such as mob spawners; since I'm doing a Peaceful mode play-through, they are mostly useless and harmless. I guess I'm bypassing the intended difficulty of pillaging the abandoned office park by being on Peaceful; apparently its supposed to be infested with zombies, skeletons and giant spiders. OTOH, I don't get to use the monster spawners to make mob farms. I'm going to have to get mob drops the hard way: breeding BEES!
There were also "feral" chickens; on one of my later visits, I penned some chickens in the bottom floor of one of the abandoned office buildings and bred them until I collected several stacks of eggs, which I took home to start my chicken farm. (Chickens don't transport easily long distances, but eggs do).
The Magical Forest lowlands had wild cows and pigs wandering the forest, so I used some of the extensive supplies of wood I had lumbered off to build cowpens and pigpens, and lured some breeding pairs in. I still haven't found any carrots, but it turns out that pigs can be bred with beetroot, and beetroot seeds drop from breaking grass in this modpack, like wheat seeds do. So I have everything I need to breed my sheep, cows, chickens and pigs, which keep me in meat, wool, eggs, feathers and hides. (And help power my power plant, but that's another, more complicated story). As for the rest of a balanced diet, this modpack includes Pam's HarvestCraft, which has all the fruits, vegetables and recipes to use everything you could want. I have already found and started growing many different vegetables and leafy spices. The main things I am still missing are carrots, potatoes, and orchard trees, though I have found the latter on my travels--they just didn't have ripe fruits for me to pick and take home and plant.
I have far more I could tell you about; Direwolf20 the YouTube guy likes to play around with different tech mods and has a very easy-going style on YouTube (i.e. he's competent at making a good video, but can get too enthralled in the "exciting" tasks of making things in a crafting table). His modpack is what they call a "kitchen sink" modpack: some of this, some of that, mods tweaked as necessary to play well together, no special emphasis on "balance" or "progression". Very much a sandbox to play in rather than a game to play through, if you get my drift.
The pack includes some nifty little tools that make building easier, such as Building Gadgets and MeeCreeps. Also /dank/null turned out to be the most useful device for storing (and/or auto-voiding) all that junk/potential building materials that you dig up when mining--cobblestone, dirt, gravel, diorite, etc.
Building Gadgets include the Builder, which is like a Builder's Wand on steroids--it will let you lay down lines and walls of blocks from your inventory without having to place each one yourself. If you've ever hung off the edge of a roof or cliff trying to place another row of edging, you'll appreciate it a lot. The Builder will work with the /dank/null widget and pull blocks out of its inventory, if they exist. I have found the combination handy in mining--an iron /dank/null holds 1152 of any individual block in it, like cobblestone, so as I mine out all that cobblestone, it gets stashed, and if I need to bridge a chasm, out comes the Builder and I can use it to toss up a quick bridge from that stash of cobblestone. (It also has an 'undo' function, so I can take that bridge back down when I'm done with it).
The other Building Gadget is the Exchanger, which lets you switch a block in inventory with a block in the world, also in walls, columns, etc. This is handy for laying pretty floors and paneling your underground base's walls in something better looking than stone cut by random seams of diorite/granite/andesite.
MeeCreeps are summoned by a widget craftable by vanilla stuff you will collect in deep mining, such as diamonds. They are turquoise-blue enderman looking dudes who will carry out simple tasks, depending on where you summoned them--if you summon one by clicking the widget on a tree, it will offer to cut the tree down for you. If you click on the floor, it will offer to flatten the area, or build a cobblestone platform, or dig down to bedrock, or whatever. Extra materials do need to be provided by you: if you want a platform, throw stacks of cobblestone at it if the local area doesn't have stone.
More to come, I hope...