It's been apparently 8 years, but what can I say? I'm back, baby!
9 years agoVulpree
No super post today, just want to take a minute to harp on my favorite browser: Chromium.
If you've kept up with what I've said, you'll know I run Ubuntu, and now you know what browser I choose. Little key fact is that I use the daily builds so I have the most up-to-date crap. And today, they finally executed on something I've been waiting a long time to see: the stop and reload buttons were combined and the go button axed completely.
This is GREAT in all, but it creates an imbalance. There used to be three buttons on either side of the address bad, now there are 3 on the left and two on the right... Small detail, but hard to get used to.
I'm glad to see Chromium continually working to improve itself and not focusing on big point releases, more smaller, incremental releases that I think is more in tune with the web that it helps to bring you. That said, if they had to stop work on EVERYTHING and put in just ONE more feature: please let me have a legitimate ad-blocker. Right now, the only option is an ad-hider, it still pings the ad servers, it just removes them from your viewing. Chromium, you're great, but get with it. I know you are created by a company that is big on ads, but one can dream, can't they?
ADDENDUM: Wow, notice something new every day... While writing this, I just noticed that the browser also now gives a nice subtle outline to the text box you currently have selected, nice.
9 years agoVulpree
So, I've got a keen interest in psychology and I've kind of had this question lodged in my brain due in part to a book I'm reading right now. Where to start?
Okay, there are psychological studies and anecdotal evidence I'm sure you can say 'oh yeah, I do that' to, that we sort of migrate towards like minded people. In that way, you get bunches of people coming together on a conservative webpage to chat and discuss. Obvious. The next step, however, that I've been passively keeping an eye on is that these cells will create very... drastic scenarios in their solutions, thoughts, etc.
I personally would call this a distillation in a way. They have their core beliefs and become more vehement about them as the group doesn't provide any reasonable objection. Still with me?
Take that little fleck and let's pin it to the internet in a more wholistic way. The vast majority of the 'net is made up of younger people, coming together, sharing, expressing. In this way we gotten memes and such, but does this mean we are looking in on what youth epitomizes? I can see where this line of logic is very weak, but it's something that has been floating in my head for the last few hours. If this effect can be applicable here, I have to say, it's one hell of an interesting time to watch where the repercussions of these things will take us. What we will learn from it.
Anyway, thanks for listening. Still brewing on that other super post. For giggles, the song I'm listening to right now is "Keasbey Nights" by Streetlight Manifesto, go listen.
"Ninety percent of what I say is sarcastic, the rest is ironic." Adieu.
9 years agoVulpree
There's no clear-cut solution. It's personal. I want to ask those of you who took on this essay to look at, test, use Ubuntu. If you remain complacent with the thing you hate, it will continue on. You feed it. At a certain point you need to look up and see that you are a part of that monster. You fuel this world with your actions, not posts to a forum. If we all remain using Windows and all we do is yell, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter, your support is given. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still feeding it even if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re complaining while youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re being eaten.
Cold turkey is hard, but the cords need to be cut. Problem one canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be fixed unless you make the jump. You keep using Windows, everyone will target Windows, thus the Ubuntu world wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to catch up, just get ghosts from some of the most wonderfully dedicated, hard-working devs out there. So take the first step yourself.
From there, only then can we start to work on Problem Two. Start swimming in the waters and entice others. Show them the water is just at the temperature they like. Push the cowardly swimmer in that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do it on his own. Show them itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too their benefit to be a part of this just as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to show you right now.
I hope that this will help some of you out there. I thank you for listening to me venting some rage at the way the world is. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to link you to Ubuntu, it will be easy enough for you to get to yourself and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to say that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the right answer (regardless of my standing). I want you to decide for yourself, this way, when someone asks you why they should try Ubuntu, it will be genuine. You will have done the work and know what it is about it that has brought you to that point of discussing it. You will be helping them. Bringing humanity to others.
This is set out in bug#1 which can be found on Launchpad, something to the effect of: Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwhen I walk into a computer store, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see any demo computers running OSS.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ This is what I would call the ultimate goal of Ubuntu: not to spread itself, but to spread what it stands for. The bug doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say Ã¢â‚¬ËœI donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see any computers running Ubuntu.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
A lot of Windows games can actually be made to work in Linux, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just ass-backwards and very spotty. Not the best way to go about things. This is why native development would be highly appreciated,. Well, that and the fact that there are so very few high-quality native games for Linux.
Alright. I did it. Took two posts, but I did it. If ANY of you read this, holy shit, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect it. Too many times IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen tl;dr to believe there will be many, if any. Thank-you. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even need to specify more, just thank-you. I will be back soon, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure about what. Hopefully, I will get in a couple of smaller posts between beasts and can detail it then. Work on TWBS is trudging along, not as fast as I hoped, but still moving.
EDIT: I've already thought of something to go in: balancing criticism. Amazing what two minutes will do for freeing up your mind. :P
As always, I hope to see some of you in the comments, thanks ladies and gents, until we meet again!
9 years agoVulpree
And, I return! Let's get right on to business, then?
As may come as no surprise to those who have read my previous entry, I use Ubuntu (10.04 Lucid Lynx). If you're not familiar with Linux, or Ubuntu, let me fill you in a tiny bit: Several years back, a really rich guy decided to place his stake in making a free Operating System for the masses.  This really shouldn't be a surprise when you look back at this decade and what advents like the internet have really brought about, the likes of Wikipedia and Facebook. A proliferation of free information and a means to spread information more easily than ever. Peer pressure has never been so easy.
What this has also brought about is a certain yearning for more information (not new) in near to everything. We all want to know where our facts are going, where they're coming from, who's using it, etc. right? No. But I'll come to that later. The point is that at least some of out there are aware of how beneficial the open system can be. One among them being that really rich guy, Mark Shuttleworth. Enter Ubuntu, a Linux distribution based on Debian.
Ubuntu aims to supplant the current crown-holder of computers: Windows. It's been a long and arduous journey, and each release (they are on a six month cadence, with long term support releases, like 10.04, coming every two years) someone always has the audacity to say this will be the year of Linux or Ubuntu. Needless to say, I don't see an Open Source distribution running on nearly anyone's computer but those in the know. Very disconcerting (especially in the wake of this recent Facebook fiasco where user information was given away, something that could have been prevented with openness about the system), but I know it's nothing that will change easily. Nay, near impossible if we continue on.
Now, I have a friend who has been using open source software for... hell, longer than I have. He currently uses two computers, one of them top of the line, the other a home theater server that runs Ubuntu. On his main computer, he runs Windows 7, which, in the spirit of openness, I was the one who made him look into it, get him hooked. (I suppose it would have been inevitable, but that is far beyond the bounds of this conversation.) Anyway, he uses it and claims it's the first Windows OS he's been satisfied with. However, he still supports Ubuntu in a fashion.
Me being me, I try to spread word of Ubuntu and continually try to find reason for him to switch over to Ubuntu and use it as his main OS as I do. He would usually claim all his games worked without any extra work on Windows so he didn't want to deal with getting them to work in Linux.  I put up with it until recently, until the release of Steam on the Mac platform wherein long-held rumors were apparently made true and Valve has supposedly said Steam will be coming to Linux this summer.
Problem One, Us
Ecstatic to rub his face in it and knowing his last hold on was out the door, I contacted him to tell him about this wondrous news. He was very blase and came up with another excuse of Linux not having Sony's Vegas (a high-end video editing software program). So, I told him there are alternatives. 'But Vegas is the best.' Needless to say, I went on the attack and had to ask, do you really USE IT, though? Do you need all those features? Do you use them all or are you using a name? He didn't reply back.
Therein, though, I hope you will see it: we're using names. I can tell people my OS is Ubuntu and they look at me funny and I give a small explanation and dismiss it. If you want a music player, chances are you're going to get an iPod, right? You're not paying for the device, but the name. People scoff at these off-brand things (I'm just as guilty). Ubuntu isn't a name. It's something more than that, it's a philosophy. 'Ubuntu' is a South African word meaning 'humanity toward others' something that the developing company for Ubuntu strives for in all aspects of the OS. (Streamlining the disparate UIs, getting software, updates, etc.)
Problem Two, Everyone Else
Let's face it, apathy is pervasive. Windows 7 works. Ubuntu.... I hate to say, but it almost works. So, I can go around and show people Windows 7 and say this thing will let you do x,x,x. And say Ubuntu can do x,x, and x is there, but y is wrong with it. People don't like this. Browsers can be constantly in flux with a web that always is, but we keep computers for years (not you bleeding edge people, but our those who don't shit themselves over Google putting Pac-man on their front page) and they need an OS that will last. Ubuntu is not this. The LTSs just haven't cut it yet. And it's in too much flux in between each six month release to get users to commit to that. However, it is doing much better than many would suspect. It's getting closer to what it should be every day.
So, what's the point? Too many people argue against change. I've been trying to get my parents to switch to Ubuntu for years (because all they really use is the web, nothing exclusive to Windows), and can't do it. But, my mom buys a new laptop with Windows 7, having only used XP, and she loves it. That name. That familiarity. It disheartened me. Those looks when I mention Ubuntu, that 'oh, something geeky, smile and listen until he's done talking.' Complacency. We can't change this one. It's not up to us to make people thing differently, that's what makes them them. But it takes out all the fight for me. The world just doesn't care until something is wrong.
It appears I've hit a small snag in length and this will be two posts, working on the second now.
9 years agoVulpree
Past due time for an update, lots of things going on and just keep putting this off, so now is as good a time as any. (Word to the wise: don't drink a large coffee at 9 PM after not having caffeine in a long time and expect to sleep) Anyway, onwards to stuff...
Let's talk the Humble Indie Bundle, I'm sure many of you have heard of it already and are aware of what it is, so I won't patronize you. I would like to give some impressions of the game therein: Gish, Penumbra Overture, World of Goo, Aquaria, and Lugaru. (Samorost is also available, but, I run Ubuntu and am anti-flash [before Apple started to try to make it cool] so I've not installed it and will not simply to test this game. My apologies to the developers) As a roundabout impression of the group, it's well worth dropping the money for it, which was optional to a degree anyway. But would I go for these outside of a bundle?
Short answer? No. That not enough for you? Then let me tell you this, point your browser over to Newgrounds and spend twenty minutes there, you'll find plenty in the same vein of game. That makes me not willing to go out and tell anyone to spend money on this one. In all fairness, though, I haven't gotten very far in it as I find the whole package underwhelming and the music makes me think of the kind of music they might have in a porno. This one is not high up on my list, but, its developer is currently working on Super Meat Boy and that does have my interest piqued.
I can't actually give any real thoughts on this one. The mood is a bit too intense for me. I'm a very psychological player, so a certain part of my mind is always on, dissecting, and even in those first ten minutes, trying to figure out how the hell I was supposed to get passed that damned jammed door (never did, just shut it off) I was always aware that the mood in the game was exactly what it should be. Unfortunately, what it should be, was not something I prefer, so I'd rather not taint your opinions of what may be an excellent game with my bias against the horror genre.
--World of Goo--
Maddeningly simple, that is the best description I can give this delightful game. It may be based on physical properties, but you don't need to be scientific to enjoy it. Escalation comes in the form of new goo to play with and reach your ultimate goals. The story is minimal and fun. The closest I could say is if you've ever gotten addicted to Plants vs. Zombies, you'll play this. And if you haven't gotten addicted to PvZ, I don't know you.
An interesting take on the whole Metroid flavor of games. I've not yet completed it, so I can't speak for story, but for gameplay: the downtime is unbearable for me. Too much of the game is spent traversing area in the name of exploration, with too much of that time just swiming. There's no new threat on each screen, nothing to break the monotony of swimming from locale to locale. Despite this, the game still draws me in and gets me to play each time before I have to spend another ten minutes going to the next place. Hopefully, the story will end up making up for this, for now, though... Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
Now, by far, my favorite of the bunch, which may seem odd when I take the time to explain some: You see, I suck at this game. Like noob level suck. I'm stuck on, let's say... level four. I can't beat it (any tips?) And yet, I continuously load up Lugaru and take it for a spin, hoping this time, just maybe, I might get lucky. Inevitably, I don't, but I still get right back in the saddle. Why is this? I can't say for sure. There's no tangible reason for me. I can only chalk it up to that elusive word that reviewers like to use: gameplay. Maybe it is that I really feel like a vengeful anthropomorphic ninja bunny with what I see as the most fluid game I've ever experienced. Hit, counter, counter-counter, leg sweep, backflips... All built from smaller items in a logical way that
my fingers can't pull offfeels *right.*
So, what do those of you who have bought the bundle have to say? What's your favorite? Why? And dear God, if you can help me with Lugaru, I will be forever indebted to you. ;P
As a way of sort of committing myself to stepping back in here more often to get more in the habit of writing once again, a slight teaser of where my next meaningful post will be aimed at: My current operating system, Ubuntu, with relation to responsibility to your beliefs.
(And going long term, I hope to introduce what I'm teasing as 'TWBS,' but more on that at another time that involves the debut of what is currently dubbed "ORiGiNL E")
Thanks ladies and gents, hope to see some of you in the comments.
9 years agoVulpree
It's been some time, but I make a return to the site once again! (And, thanks to the RT staff, under a new username as well.)
What can I say? It's been a LONG time, a lot of stuff has happened, and no one is reading this, so it hardly matters. It's good to be back, activity resumes now.
Okay, I don't know if this will be locked, but I figure it's better to separate the threads.Obviously there will be more information coming so I don't want to clutter the Halo 3 thread anymore than needed.
Feel free to come and discuss what you think AR is and what purpose he serves. Is he a monitor, or just and AI, no one knows yet... If you have anything to say about the subject please voice it here.
In order to make this easy to find, here is the primary info spartan116 has put together, with a couple of minor modifications. -bugdog
[ SotA ] -- Found early, check often to see it is is up and running.
[ Bungie.net ] -- For "official" updates form Adjutant Reflex / MB05032
[ Countdown site, now links to: ] -- DEAD, now links to Server 5
[ Sever 5 ] -- New Information about the last time Halo was fired and why.
[ HBO ] -- AR visited this site, and this is the ONLY other site he visited., no longer involved (not enough bandwidth).
[ Halo3.com ] -- Found clues here, as well as the server images.
[ Outline ] -- Outline of all the events that have transpired in the ARG thus far.
[ For all thy none-believers ] -- Link to an article where a MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE discusses their "Iris Campaign" a.k.a. The thing with Adjutant Reflex.
[ Comic ] -- Comic that jump-started our romp around the internets and solidified the legitimacy of the ARG.
[ AR's post log on BNet ] -- For easy reference of AR's Posts.
Those in the know -
-spartan116 (Resident Topic Nazi)
-dagon90 (Xerxes the Man-God)
Essentially this means that they keep up with ALL the news and are on top of all the latest developments.
The new comic series published by Marvel will premiere this summer. Each issue is set to be at 40 pages with four planned issues. They say that it will span the gap that will be between Halo 2 and Halo 3 much like First Strike.
The Eisner Award-winning team of superscribe Brian Michael Bendis and artist extraordinaire Alex Maleev unleash an epic story of mankind's struggle against the alien threat of the Covenant. Picking up from the conclusion of blockbuster video game Halo 2, the must-read issue reveals how the Master Chief, while onboard a hostile ship headed towards Earth, is battling against Covenant forces! Intertwined with Master Chief's interstellar one-man-war is the saga of a great American city's rebellion and downfall, two disparate lives' collision and shared fate, and the Covenant's hunt for an ancient relic of untold power and value. With hope dwindling and the fate of humanity hanging by a thread, is there any chance for a future? Read this debut issue to start the journey into the Halo universe!
The Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev unveil a new chapter in the Halo mythos. Master Chief is captured and interrogated by Covenant forces. While back on Earth, a star-crossed human couple tries to stay alive as every single thing they hold dear is taken from them. Earth is falling to alien invaders, and no one knows what or where the mysterious artifact known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“the KeyÃ¢â‚¬Â is. The human race is at the brink of destruction---can the bravery of a few turn the tide?
12 years agoVulpree
So Wednesday during my third period class I decided that since the class was winding down on account of the AP Exam being over. Lo and behold I have junk mail, which I damn near never have. So I go into the folder and notice that the email is from Bungie. I open it and there is a redemption code for a download of the Halo 3 beta!
So me being me, I just made sure that my Gold account was gonna last and just plugged in the code that they gave em and downloaded it. Since it worked, I didn't think twice about it.
Today however I checked my email again (I don't get many emails) and the inbox landed on the email from Bungie. I looked it over again and randomly found that the email client was blocking images. Curious, I told it to show content and BAM! Bungie's Friends & Family pops up as a header for the email.
So there you have it: Bungie loves me more!
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