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9 years agoJalnor
I don't know how many of you know katanafleetd; things like this really make you stop and think, though. Several of the regulars in the thread where I knew him called bullshit on this at first, until one of them found proof.
On Monday, aged 23, Katana suffered from a pulmonary embolism and died. He's survived by his parents, his sister and a lot of friends who are really gonna miss him.
For those of you wanting to see this proof (dox or it didn't happen), some of the thread regulars found this obituary. That's his name and town.
Those of you who knew him, I'm interested to know what you'll remember most about him. For me, it'll be his Wraith audition for Stargate New Flight. Guy had skillz.
I never did answer him asking what I thought of the audition, either. Just forwarded it to Shura for his opinion and moved on. I'm sort of regretting that now.
It does make you think, though. Life's too short and fragile. You never know when or how it might end. It's all in what you leave behind, at the end of the day. If you found yourself walking into Oma's Diner tomorrow, what would you most regret not doing? Figure that out... then go and do that thing. Then repeat the question.
9 years agoJalnor
So, first things first... I made this post a week or so ago in the Design Comments thread and I've noticed a deathly silence from Ben since then...
Adblock is habitually blocking a lot of the adverts here... which is pretty much its function... but I sort of like the less-than-serious internal advertising on RT and tend to disable the filters on those. It's a good laugh to see adverts for groups I didn't know existed and things like that...
Now, my issue is that, in the last few days, I've been noticing addresses like mediaplex.com and doubleclick.net, which have been blacklisted for privacy infringements as long as I can remember. They're among the original spyware writers. For that reason, I simply refuse to unblock them, but I'm forced to wonder: why is RT using them?
Now, a little while ago, I mentioned that I was doing another Stargate compilation video. I've finally uploaded half of it to the internet here. It's not been made public yet, but should be soon. The other half should follow tomorrow night or soon thereafter.
I'm working on a 3DS Max "virtual" representation of the Spam Journal, in which the Soviet avatar trend began. It's somewhat inspired (in layout) by the Masonic hall where my Air Cadets squadron used to have their annual new year dinner... with some inspiration from the Russian meeting room in the James Bond film "Octopussy" and some inspiration from real Soviet governmental buildings. There's also a curtained doorway to the Vodka Vat, which I'll model later. I'm building all the furniture out of spam cans.
Now, the question becomes what you lot think I should add. Any recommended downloads for the light fixtures, for example? (We're thinking 2 chandeliers at either end of the 20-seater linear table, with some less-ornate lighting in the bar at one corner) Any other decorative suggestions?
Also, Fritz, if you have time, I need an idiot's walkthrough on the process of doing the black lines to cartoon your render. I seem to be missing some vital understanding on a couple of the processes - not so much what they are as how to do them.
10 years agoJalnor
On an almost daily basis, I help my colleagues with one printer problem or another. Despite this, a huge quantity of user-error problems still crop up.
As of now, I will not take anything to do with the A4 printers in this office. I need them so little and the majority of their users are supremely convinced that they know what they're doing even though most of them couldn't get much more backwards and convoluted in their use. So, as of now, my sentiment is screw the printer. Screw it. Right in the ear.
10 years agoJalnor
So, this new Google utility was mentioned on BBC Click this week... it's actually quite a good one.
Have you ever done a Google search for your IRL name? Comes up with a lot of hits for others with the same name, but every now and then, there's something about you that you didn't know was out there. Similarly, searching for your postcode or your credit card number... even your e-mail address... can occasionally yield startling results.
Google Alerts is a feature of the Google engine that acts like a permaGoogle. It's as if you're always doing all these searches. When the Google crawlbots find a new hit, they e-mail it to you. You can set those e-mails to either "as it happens," daily or weekly. Or they can appear on an RSS feed for you.
Whether you want to use it for web security or to keep tabs on someone/something, it seems like a really good way to do that. Easier than Googling manually from time to time and deciding what you've seen before.
I'm currently running these alerts:
Home phone number
Codename of top-secret novel project
10 years agoJalnor
Who remembers the Mafia Game? That ever-growing group of players are starting two more games right now - one in the thread and another in the group.
The thread round is being moderated by DarkWizzard, who says his round will be on a futuristic theme, possibly with a Psycho and a couple of other special players. Signups for the thread round close tomorrow evening when he hands out roles.
The group round is in early signup, with the expectation that it will start a week behind the thread game. The only current moderator candidate is Biolith, who says he will do a post-zombie-apocalypse themed round, with a Psycho and appearances by Sean Connery. Other candidates and players are especially welcome here, as it has far fewer players than the thread game.
Anyway, recently, I've been busy with various projects... mainly the Vodka Vat, which I'm sure you'll remember is our own version of the original text-form Drunk Tank, now on its 12th week (article 11 is up). I've also started work on some cartoon projects connected to that, with the high-ranking Comrade f3licks. We're not sure when you'll see the first one, but it could be pretty soon. Thanks to a brief tutorial Fritz did about 8 months ago, the 3D rendered scenes should fit quite well with the line art characters f3licks is drawing.
10 years agoJalnor
Lovingly stolen from Sekai's journal... This is the message that the Maroochydore High School, Queensland, staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.
This is the actual answering machine message for the school.
This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.
The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes.
The outgoing message:
Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:
To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
To make excuses for why your child did not do his work - Press 2
To complain about what we do - Press 3
To swear at staff members - Press 4
To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
To complain about school lunches - Press 0
If you realise this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behaviour, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!
If you want this in another language, move to a country that speaks it.
There's a lot of sentiment with which I agree there
10 years agoJalnor
I've been thinking about this for a while and I think it would be good to have a set of RvB lines to play as ring tones and alarm tones on phones... perhaps some of you have some good suggestions. I'm going to set out some common tone groups and try to come up with quotes for them. If you can think of other possible lines or tone groups, I'll create a follow-up incorporating them and then do some polls on the best tones.
Church: You guys are some cold motherfuckers.
Sheila: Firing main cannon (BANG)
Annoying call centre (There's always one that calls again and again and doesn't withhold their number)
Sarge: Hey, Grif, hold these shotgun shells for me! *BANG* In your gut!
Grif: Ah'ow, I can see my spine!
Significant other calling
Caboose: I'm not gonna get married.
Church: Say what?
Caboose: My Dad always said, why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
Sarge: Stop the pillow talk, you two.
Best friend calling
Church: (Megaphone) This is the voice of God! (Wash smacks him) Argh, you're gonna break it!
Wake up alarm
Caboose: Yeah, I don't wanna go through the thing that I don't know what it is.
Church: Oh, don't be such a baby! How bad could it (steps into man cannon) BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
"Get going" alarm (Those of us who lose track of time in the mornings set an extra alarm to tell us we have 5 minutes to be out)
Caboose: Oh, no, fire! That's bad! Bad fire! Bad fire, go away!
Stop burning! Nothing else burn!
I mean it!
Oh, God... now I am burning. That's much worse than other things burning!
Why does it keep chasing me?! (Hiss) Ahh.
Home time alarm
Caboose: First comes nap time... and then food time... and then comes my favourite time of all. FOOD-NAP TIME!
Sarge: Hey Simmons, watch this - I'm gonna shoot this one in the hoo-hoo!