I lost my common sense and am therefore closing this blog. No sense writing about something I don't have.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you anyways =)
That much at least has to be said!
Intel and Nvidia in Talks About Merge – Rumour.
Intel May Acquire Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang May Lead New Company
Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. have restarted talks about possible acquisition of the latter by the former, a recent market rumour claims. To make the rumour about a merge between the two companies that would not result into significant synergies even more weird, it is believed that Jen-Hsun Huang, a co-founder and chief executive of Nvidia, may become the head of the new company.
Huge companies, such as Intel and Nvidia, usually meet with each other to discuss potential collaborations, strategic unions, cooperation or even mergers and acquisitions. For example, after Advanced Micro Devices acquired ATI Technologies in 2006, Intel proposed to acquire Nvidia. The companies held a number of meetings, but Nvidia refused the take-over, just like it rejected acquisition by AMD earlier that year as it wanted Jen-Hsun Huang to become the chief executive officer of the new company. Intel then proposed Nvidia to license its GeForce graphics cores and integrate them into Core i-series “Ivy Bridge” and “Sandy Bridge” processors, which Nvidia also turned down.
As the chief executive officer of Intel – Paul Otellini – plans to retire in May ’13, the company is naturally looking for a decent replacement. Since Jen-Hsun Huang can clearly be a candidate for the position, Intel’s management recently held a meeting with Nvidia’s management to discuss potential acquisition once again, according to a report from BrightSideOfNews web-site, which cites a new market rumour.
The developments of relationship between the two companies are kept secret, so nobody will know anything about the proceedings until the deal is finalized.
While the discussions may be in place, it is hard to imagine that the transaction will actually take place. There are numerous reasons for that, including vast differences in corporate culture; little synergy between the two companies and potentially loads of excessive assets and/or people; inability to negotiate about the price that would satisfy both parties.
Intel and Nvidia did not comment on the news-story.
Soooo I'll join the army on sunday .
Anyway i want to explain a little bit about this path.
In israel (my lovely country) there is a mandatory Service.basicly it means that any citizen (male and\or female) will Be recruited to the army from the moment he or she becomes 18. (it's not really according to the age, but usually its after you become 18 and when you finish high school... during this 18-19 period but only after you finish high school).
the duration of the service( under normal Circumstances) will be 2 years for a male and 1 year for a female.
Since israel was never in a "normal circumstances" and always in "State of emergency", it lasts the service in 1 year... therefore-
3 years for a male.
2 yeras for a female.
(funny fact is that israel has been under this state of emergency orders since the moment it became a country 65 yeras ago).
Back to my story->
Unlike regular soldiers i will not do my 3 years but a whole bunch of 6 years (!).
Why's that doc? you probably ask yourself....well the answer is simple my friends:
I chose to give another 3 years to the army and in return, insted of becoming a regular soldier at the age of 18 and practicly get nothing from the army , i joinedto a project called "Atuda"- which means- the soldier will sign for another 3 years and in return: the army will pay 85-100% Tuition for the guy\girl and allow him to do a 1st degree in anything he would like.
In addition, the army in return is commited by law to put the soldier work at the subject he learned and by doing so promise to the soldier 5-6 years of experience.
Also- the soldier will not be regular soldier anymore but will become an officer right away (when he return to service)... plus been in the army as an office has all kinds of benfits such a high salary, in some cases you also get a car on behafe of the army and some other cool things.
so my 6 years will start as of sunday, my b,a, subject is logistic managmant& economy.
Would be great listening to your question( if you have any) .
I'll add more reviews when I get more time, but I thought this would be a useful resource for people who are in the market for a new mouse pad. First and foremost I am a gear freak. I've gone through a lot of mice as well as mouse pads because I like to try out different surfaces and textures. This goes for mice as well. In this blog I will give a short synopsis on the previous mouse pads I've used to give you an opinion of what I thought of them as well as the positives and negatives. I'll try to score them as fair as possible. Comments of your experiences are always welcome.
Razer Destructor: 39.99 USD
This Razer mouse pad has a very fine sand texture, which lasts for about 2-3 months.I bought this mouse pad a while back and after using it for about a month or so realized that the surface began to change. What will happen is that after playing games constantly it will begin to become slower and almost like you've sanded down the texture completely. I will say that the surface itself is amazing for the first couple of weeks, but if you are a heavy duty user then I wouldn't recommend this mouse pad to you. There is also a new edition I believe, but I haven't tried it.
Overall I would give this pad a
Steelseries Qck Price: Approximately 14.99 USD
This next mouse pad is the ever so popular Qck from Steelseries. This pad comes in numerous sizes as well as thickness. The one I will be reviewing is the Qck+. I've had this mouse pad for quite a while and have come to enjoy it a lot. I've used the Razer Deathadder, MX518, Intellimouse 3.0, and Steelseries Ikari Optical on it. All performed very well with no issues of skipping. The first thing that you realize when you use this pad is the size and the amount of room you have. The dimensions of this mouse pad is 400x450x4 mm. If you are a player who uses a low sensitivity and is looking for an affordable mouse pad then look no further. Even if you don't use a low sensitivity and are looking for a good mouse pad I would still recommend this one just so you have that extra space so you don't have to worry about running off your desk. One thing I've noticed is that this pad will begin to fray on the edges, but that won't happen for quite a while, but it lasts a long time and performs amazing for its reasonable price.
My score for this mouse pad is
PureTrak Talent: 24.99 USD
This is a very recent purchase because of a half off black friday deal. I've heard of this mouse pad for so many years, but never tried it. First thing you'll see is that there is a honeycomb pattern all over the pad. What Puretrak is saying is that by having this pattern it will increase the tracking of your mouse movements. I've been using it for about a week and I am pretty convinced or it might just be a placebo. I dunno. I will say that the surface itself is very smooth and from what I've heard it does last for many years without any wear or tear. Another nice thing is that it is machine washable in case you drop your food or spill your drink on it. I've only used my MX518 and Deathadder and both performed very well. Although I did notice that my Lift of Distance was a little higher on my Deathadder compared to other mouse pads like the Qck+ or QPAD CT.
QPAD CT Price range: 3 Sizes 28.00-39.00 USD
My first qpad ct was the grin version and I would say steer clear of this one. It was probably the pattern, but when I used my Deathadder and I wanted to make a quite jerk or turn I would find myself looking straight up or some abnormal angle. This got to a point where I didn't want to use it for fear of running into this problem constantly. I ended up trying the blue edition and I found no problems at all with it. The tracking on all my mice was flawless. Another thing to add is that this pad will come in a tube so be aware that it will take about a week or two to flatten out all the way. My friend thought it was a good idea to bend it the other way to help flatten it out and it ended up bending it making creases on it...The performance of the mouse pad itself is what I hoped for. The surface is soft like a cloth pad, but also very hard and stiff like a plastic mouse pad. It is a very comfortable combination and a great pad overall. Although after about 4-6 months you will notice that the speed of the pad will begin to deteriorate. This is due to extensive use and is bound to happen if used heavily. I would say that this is a great and amazing mouse pad, but the surface itself doesn't last forever.
Steelseries 5L: 39.99 USD
This mouse pad is discontinued I believe, but if you can get your hands on one it is well worth the buy. The texture of this mouse pad is half and half. The first thing you will notice is that it has the rigidity of a plastic pad, but over the top there is a cloth layer. This allows the mouse pad to have a very stable feel that I have come to enjoy a lot. I've tried a range of sensitivities on it and saw no problems for low to high. The tracking is flawless and the surface itself provides a very smooth glide. I will say that after about a year or more you will begin to notice some fraying on the sides, but that is to be expected with cloth pads usually. The top layer is a thin layer of plastic as well and from my experience I think after time you will begin to see that it thins out. What I mean by this is that you will notice a slight decline of speed when compared to when you first bought the pad. I tried it using my MX518 and deathadder and the results were very positive showing no signs of problems.
Steelseries I-2: 39.99 USD
This was a different experience for me. I had never tried or though of using a glass mouse pad, but I enjoyed it a lot. My overall opinion of this pad is pretty neutral. I enjoyed the smooth surface, but the scratching noise kind of annoyed me a little. Now, granted I didn't use it while playing games and using my headphones, but while I wasn't it was a little loud for me. Another thing to add is I noticed that my mouse feet didn't like them that much, which led me to switching them out. A few of the mice I tried were the Razer Deathadder, Logitech G400, and Steelseries Ikari. All of the except my Razer Deathadder tracked well. For some reason I couldn't get it to read the surface even though people said that it tracked the glass fine. I tried a lot of different sensitivities with it and would say that I preferred using a higher sensitivity because it was a smaller in size or else you would be running out of room constantly. One aspect of the I-2 is that it is easy to clean being glass. All you have to do is grab a wet cloth and wipe it down a little and your set. And the fact that this pad will last quite a long time and not lose its feel is yet another reason it is attractive. It also has gel dots on the back of it so it won't slip off of your desk.
Razer Sphex: 14.99 USD
This mouse pad was very different than what I'm accustomed to. When I received it I was a little concerned about the backside and whether or not it would stick to my desk. The backside using a mini suction to adhere to surfaces. The pad itself is as thin as paper and can be somewhat in danger of possible tear or bending. I myself used this pad on a wooden desk and glass surface. When I tried it on the wooden desk and wanted to move it I realized that the pad had taken off some of the wood. This left a bump in my pad and therefore gave me an uneven surface when i used it on the glass pad. When I first tried using mice on it I enjoyed the surface a lot because of how smooth my mice glided across and tracked with ease. The surface itself has a very fine texture that will track both laser and optical mice. I never saw any signs of skipping. As far as sensitivity goes I would recommend using a high sensitivity as opposed to a low sensitivity just because you may be doing quick swipes and accidentally catch a mouse foot on the side. This happened to me a lot just because I wasn't use to the size, but I must have lifted the pad from the surface a dozen or so times. Overall i would recommend this pad if your looking for an affordable and compact mouse pad. Just be aware of how much space you may need so you don't keep lifting it up like I did.
#'s 1 and 2 were both w/Krauersaut,
but since I posted without his explicit permission, they have been deleted...
Anyway, I'm sure there will be more! I'll get his permission for another on
at some point, I promise
For the record:
Krauersaut won 1
Sparhawk won 2
You may have noticed, in previous Battles of the Wits, how much Auto-Correct comes into play...
I don't even have to put this at the bottom: Round 5 goes to Auto-Correct.
Sit back, and enjoy the compilation!
Mini battle w/Aj:
6:16 PM =F|A= AJ: i've been playing compter games, before you were born
6:16 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: I've been playing mindgames since you were born.
6:16 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Think of a number between 2 and 9
6:17 PM =F|A= AJ: 2.7182818284590452353602874713526624977572470936999
6:17 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Okay, step 2:
6:17 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Multiply that by 9
11:52 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: zooms, one sec, brb
11:52 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
11:52 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: I hate auto-correct
11:52 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: *zomg
8:49 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: Hey krater, wallhacker on beginners 24/7, no one else available
8:49 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: his name is .>>
8:49 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: I'm in spec, recording a demo as "frostbite"
8:50 AM =F|A=Krauersaut: krater? seriously?
8:50 AM =F|A= Sparhawk: I hate autocorrect
8:50 AM =F|A=Krauersaut: make it learn my name.
3:46 PM thereaper025: PLAY
3:46 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: uh0uh
3:46 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: *uh-uh, screw auto-correrect
3:46 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
3:46 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Eff this.
5:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: hey uncaused… he's actually right
5:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: wallhack
5:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: *uncasid
5:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: keeps editing when I say ur name, lol
8:39 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Hey uncaused, just wondering how to use vent?
8:39 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: *uncasid
8:40 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: I swear, I will rip apart my laptop if autocorrect trolls me one more time
(It did... R.I.P, Mac.)
7:44 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: sublet left
7:44 PM zairan: ...
7:44 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
7:44 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Need I say: Screw auto-coorect
7:44 PM zairan: LOL
7:56 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: You don't look bad at all
7:56 PM zairan: LOL
7:57 PM zairan: still
7:57 PM zairan: why torn between the two?
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Because you don't look bad, <3, but you are a sublet. <3
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: //rejected
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: lol
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: oh wait
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: it autocorrected it...
7:58 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: after sublet, it should have been </3 ....
6:57 PM zairan: why?
6:57 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Why what? Why doesn't Gubbi like you?
6:57 PM zairan: gabby likes me
6:57 PM zairan: *gubbi
6:57 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: haha!
6:57 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: auto-corrset hates u too
6:57 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Oh eff this thing
6:57 PM zairan: LOL
6:58 PM zairan: lol
6:58 PM zairan: XD
6:58 PM zairan: auto-corset
6:58 PM zairan: I don't want that XD
5:02 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Now you're just showing off
5:02 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Get console to say how smelly I am <3
5:02 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: WHAT!
5:02 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: WHAT!
5:02 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: I hate auto-correct!
5:03 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: I didn't say smelly!
Ouch... Screw you, auto-coorect/corset/correrect.
Welcome back to Battle of the Wits! Here, I go against the funny guy with the Wierd Beard, Corzy-cats!
8:25 PM Corey: hmm
8:25 PM Corey: accept or decline
8:25 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
8:25 PM Corey: idk what to do!
8:25 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: wow
8:25 PM Corey: maybe block!
8:25 PM Corey: ugh
8:25 PM Corey: decisions
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: You sound like Joker
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Not a good thing.
8:26 PM Corey: just messin with ya
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: *thinks, No $4!+, Sherlock.*
8:26 PM Corey: ive never talked to joker
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: rlly?
8:26 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: I envy you, keep it that way
8:27 PM Corey:
8:27 PM Corey: not many people message me
8:27 PM Corey: and i dont message anyone usually
8:27 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Probably just the spam dino and Gubbi, huh?
8:27 PM Corey: nope never talked to gubbi on xfire
8:27 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: wow
8:27 PM Corey: lol
8:27 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: you sir, have a gift
8:27 PM Corey: people are scared!
8:28 PM Corey: rarw
8:28 PM Corey: rawr
8:28 PM Corey: /me grrrrrrrrrrr
8:28 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: oh no, alexandra's replacement
8:28 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: And I thought that I could spam YOU....
8:28 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Big mistake on my part.
8:32 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: oh, screw you!
8:32 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Now I know why you didn't respond....
8:32 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: nice status update on forums
8:32 PM Corey: LOL
8:32 PM Corey: wasnt me
8:32 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ...
8:32 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Rlly.
8:34 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Sparklyhawk...
8:34 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: that's the worst one so far
8:34 PM Corey: i like it..
8:34 PM Corey: now if only you could get some colorin your name in game
8:34 PM Corey: make it pink
8:34 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: wow...
8:35 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: cause I'm totally gonna do that.
8:35 PM Corey: my name is pink and white in game
8:35 PM Corey: in ET that is
8:35 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: hmm, got an idea
8:35 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: get on cod4, I wanna kill you so many times
8:35 PM Corey: lol
8:36 PM Corey: /me falls asleep
8:36 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: plz?
8:36 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: Just let me kill you 100 times?
8:37 PM Corey: what server do you play on?
8:37 PM Corey: abnerdog or beginners
8:37 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: beginners
8:37 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: normally
8:37 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: and then once in a while no marty recruting
8:37 PM Corey: ok how about we get on different teams
8:37 PM Corey: and if i outscore you
8:37 PM Corey: you change your name to sparklyhawk
8:37 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: OMG
8:37 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: crap, high stakes...
8:37 PM Corey: lol
8:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: How bout I spam shoutbox as sparklyhawk, and update my wall and signature as sparklyhawk? Deal?
8:38 PM Corey: good enough
8:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: yay, Deal
8:38 PM Corey is now playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer
8:38 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: beginners or recruiting?
8:39 PM Corey: beinners
8:39 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: okey dokey
8:44 PM Corey stopped playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer
8:44 PM Corey is now playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Multiplayer
8:53 PM =F|A= Sparhawk: ha
See "http://fearless-assa...amble-with-me/" to see the sad outcome
As a result of the bet: Corey wins round 4.
Damn, I gotta get him back.
This entry is to update you on the things I'm doing with my project.
Of course I've already done a lot of work, so basically the first part is just pictures. The goal was to make a goldrush-style map, as if it was the next town after goldrush. So I copied some of the structures and buildings from goldrush to have something to start with. After that it was just a matter of creating other structures based on those copied pieces. And after a while you end up with a slightly different style, with the help of some other texturing.
So here's the very first screenshot I took
As you can see I removed all the textures to avoid ending up with the same textures.
After some texturing it looked like this.
Some more filling up empty space. Looks a lot like Goldrush doesn't it?
But wait, there's something buried here...
Together with this last picture of ingame shots, this is about all of the stuff I made in late 2011.
After this I had a long break. A few months ago I decided it was time to go on. And for the first time I dug into scripting. It isn't easy to learn this stuff so don't expect any new stuff.
But before scripting and making the actual objective, I have to finish the surroundings first. And this is going to take some time. Because I like good graphics for ET, my map has to look good, and this is time-consuming...
These next 3 pictures are my latest screenshots.
If you have any suggestions, ideas, inspirational pictures, do's and don't's, please comment and give me some feedback to work with!
So, it's official, my first blog ever.
There is one main reason for creating this blog. I've doing brushwork (creating buildings and structures) for W:ET for a few years now, but I've never actually done any of the scripting part, so I've never finished a single map. A lot of the brushwork got lost due to computer crashes and other scenarios alike. Now after storing my map on a flash drive once in a while, I feel more confident I will ever finish a map. Plus, I've lately been looking at the scripting part, and I'm learning. So I figured it might be time for a blog so I can update you on my progress, my resources, material, things I've learned and so on. I also hope you can give me feedback, and possibly even help me with feedback and testing.
In the picture below you can see some lost works.
I hope you enjoy it!
Tomorrow my team, Antwerp Armadillos, are playing the quarter finals against the Ghent Goblins. Everyone says we have quite a good chance against them but they are a lot more experienced than us. They play pretty physical so passing will be our key to victory. It's my first match since i've been out for 6 weeks, I'm psyched but also quite scared. What if i fall on my elbow and i break my elbow, again... Let's try not to get checked for a ground ball
First time i try this kind of thing..might be nice writting some of my thoughts.. idk.
I have no idea why but while listening to this song i got really sad and just one sentence echoed in my mind: "Im the master of this fortress of solitude".
Basicly, right now im in some sort of a "white space", Already after "b.a." graduation but yet before the begining of my career.
Don't get me wrong, i'm really happy with the place im currently at. i've acomplished every single target i've set to my self, and has prefected my self and my life in every single way my soul has desired.
Even still i feel..something...something is missing. I'm having troubles putting my finger on it.
Parheps im overthinking about it.. as i usually do tend to do for things in my life.
I think i should just go with this feeling.. and you know...flow with the river toward the sunset.
~Thoughts of life~.
'Till next time,
Well, the title says it all. I've been going through the worst 2 weeks in probably my entire life. After 1 year I found out that my girlfriend cheated on me, exactly 2 weeks ago. This was probably the hardest thing I had to do, yet. I miss the texts in the morning saying: Good morning honey! <3 or just those random conversations no one else would get. I just miss seeing her... I used to see her every Wednesday and Saturday, it's hard to wake up on a Sunday without her lying next to me... Even worse, one of my friends are here to listen to me, only 1 friend who I barely see. To top off all the shit that has happened I found out my aunt has cancer. This is really eating her from the inside out, you see her deteriorate fast... I hope the chemo will cure her... Sharing this with you really helped.
So not to long ago I lost my father in law. He was sitting in his living room watching tv with his girlfriend, started to feel bad and went outside to get some air. Right after he walked back inside, he collapsed to the floor hitting his head on the coffee table. We were notified about 7 hours later that this happened and it was ruled out to be heart complications.
While dealing with my father in laws, I was also dealing withh an chest infection that was causing me to have bad chest pains, very short breath and panic attacks. I was sick enough to be in the hospital 7 times within like 2 weeks, it was all bad lol. Now since the chest and muscle pains are gone, i can finally return to my f/a friends and play again.
As for an unepected event.... Me and my ol' lady has split up. She was the most amazing woman in the world and ive lost her. Maybe its the stress of losing her father and only having 1 sister left. Idk, it's just funny how life works. One minute everything is beautiful and then it just turns into h*ll. I am just happy to at least have had her in my life even just for the few years we were together.
I know Im not the best writer, but this is just something i needed to do.
ADROITS - ENEMY TERRITORY LAN
Good afternoon, As many of you know now I come from a competitive backgroud of Enemy territory. I recently gave it up due to other commitments I have no got. So I returned to my roots playing publics, Jaymod and recently Silent mod! I have kept in touch with my friends from teh ETPro scene and I was going to go to this LAN when it was first announced to shoutcast, commentate to those who don't know, the ET games because the only other shoutcaster, owzo, is playing Quakelive. So I booked everything up and got people to commit a car journey from London, England all the way to Enshcede, Holland. Adroits have now announced there will be no stream for ET only ETTV. Meaning that I was no longer needed on camera! (Probably a good thing!)
So, there I was, without a job to do, without a team or general purpose of going to LAN other then get wrecked! Then came a player, who I have played in several teams with and even won a Clanbase Open cup with a few years back, Ironic. He asked if I wanted to fill the boots of their rifle as he is seriously unwell and is not going to be able to make the LAN! At first, I did think "This is not for me I gave this up many months ago." but over the past few weeks it has now become evident that this will be the LAST Enemy Territory LAN to be featured anywhere on earth! With that being said I knew I couldn't pass up this last chance to prove my worth at a LAN event. So I agreed to join them. With our lineup finally complete and only getting 1 hour of practice for the LAN we are now set to go!
The plan for the next few days is this. Team mate hsTE, who is attending his first LAN event after months of accusations of cheating, is coming to my house tomorrow night (tuesday the 16th) and staying the night. We are then driving from mine down to London where we are set to pick up MerlinatoR and Kamz. Both well known names around the RTCW and ET competitve scene. From London we have then got to catch a ferry at 5pm from Dover to Dunkrik, France. According to my ferry ticket we should be docked around 7:45pm Local time. From There we have a 6 hour car journey to Enschede Holland where we don't have a room booked till thursday @ 3pm! 4 ET players sharing a car to sleep is going to be like sardines in a can!
This is the point I am going to leave you but before I go I am going to give you the groups for LAN. Later today, I am hoping to put the lineups of each team and give a bit of a background about them. Shortly followed by my predictions. I hope this has been a bit of an insight to some of you players who have never been to a LAN and have no idea what they are. For those who have a rough Idea, I hope this has been an eye opener as to how much we go through to even get there! So if you tune in to see me playing live on ETTV and wonder why I am not moving in spawn... It is probably because I am passed out accross the desk trying to catch up on sleep!
Adroits ET Groups
The Bomb Squad
Dev.LAN (My team!)
One Pound Fish
Hope this has been somewhat entertaining!
Interesting times are ahead. Interesting times indeed.
Having grown exceedingly fed up with a job hunt that was proving to be ultimately fruitless, I applied for a postgraduate diploma, which I was invited to interview for and I did. During the group workshops and interviews, they told us that 800 people (though it could have been more) were applying for just 200 places, so in essence, only 1 in 4 would get it.
Then followed two weeks of waiting and nervousness, until I finally received an email telling me that I had been accepted. I was amazed as I was among the youngest in my own group interview and everyone else had far more experience than I had. So I was just absolutely amazed and delighted, but it was in Dublin, which is on the other side of my country, which meant that I had to move, leave my home - where I've lived for pretty much my whole life, but I didn't mind, because I was growing exceedingly fed up with my current situation.
The awkward thing now is that I was unable to find a house in time, so now I am staying in a hostel while I try to find a place, which is proving more difficult than I had thought as it is more expensive than I'm used to, so my budget can't stretch that far in a lot of cases.
Ah well, at least my life is finally getting somewhere.
Climate Change? Ever heard of it? You know, it's about polar ice caps melting, the rising sea level and countries such as the Netherlands disappearing into the wide oceans of this world. It is supposed to be a sad story of humankind, industrialisation and its severe consequences for the environment and why we should act now. Heartwarming. I am well aware of these problems and dangers.
Now, see here, I was one of those avid advocates that tried to do something for this planet. No, Greenpeace was not my cup of tea. Within my small little world I was happy that I could contribute to a better environment by simply practicing waste separation, supporting recycling measures, etc. I was proud that Germany was (and probably still is) among the leading nations when it comes to counter-measures to climate change, and measures for environmental improvements. Just one example: Usually, most of German households have about 4 gargabe bins. One for papers and cardboards (blue bin), one for biological waste such as leaves and soil (brown bin), one for synthetic material (yellow bin) and one for all the rest (grey/black bin). This elaborate system helps recycling all sort of garbage and keep the world clean. Did you know that we pay a kind of mortgage for bottles?
Example: You buy a bottle of water. The water costs you 19 cents. But you pay 25 cents for the bottle. So, alltogether I paid 44 cents for a bottle of water. The tricky issue here, if you give the bottle back, when you drank the water, you get refunded 25 cents. This system works out quite well. People don't just throw their plastic bottles away, but collect them to get the "mortgage" back. The bottles are recycled and reused, instead of littering the environment. Just keep in mind that our oceans are already littered with nano-particles of synthetic material to the extent that fish integrated these particles into their natural cycle. Mh, yummy.
Renewable energies is one of the key concepts at hand, which will decide our future - or so they say. When people want to build solar collectors on the roof, they are financially supported by the government in Germany ( to a certain degree - it is still expensive). On-shore and off-shore wind power, geothermics, hydropower. Google them if you're not sure how they work. I just named them to show how many different and proven methods one could use to make a change. Some try. They got my respect for that. Others just don't want to invest for our future generations, knowing that these measures require long-term planning and high costs until they finally pay off decades later. Humans really are short-sighted and ignorant sometimes. No personal offense meant. Sorry for that.
All this sounds good to you? Yeah, I like it. It all sounds good, reliable and one could think, "Man, they put some thought into this." However, The breaking point is here: Germany is a small country. We actually account for around 3,5 % of the worldwide CO2 emissions. So, Germany is trying to change, but what can it do. So, why do I actually care? I thought a lot of times, why should I care? What good comes from making all these efforts, while the other nations, responsible for most of the CO2 emissions, don't do shit to help? Again, no personal offense to any readers of those nations - I just sometimes get really depressed pondering over those problems. My common sense tells me that we all live on this planet and we all probably want our children to live here as well. I can't imagine humanity building colonies on Mars anytime soon. So we got to take care of what we have. But as long as the three nations responsible for most of the emissions do not change their attitude and close their eyes towards those problems, nothing will come of it. We can try to save the planet all we want and recycle our garbage 24/7 - it won't change a thing.
And I still care. Even though I often thought about just f*kng forget about recycling, it has become a habit I still do it. I am aware that the necessary infrastructure is missing in many countries in order to do proper recycling, but I hope that some of, after reading this, consider it a a step into the right direction. Perhaps you will even start recycling... who knows!
I want to close this post with a video of a little girl that left a strong impression on me, when she spoke. Most of you probably know it already. I still watch it sometimes. People, thinking like her, are the future. Still, this speech, however powerful it may seem while you watch it, you realise afterwards that these efforts will probably remain unanswered. That's a sad truth.
It’s time to turn the tables!!!!! Yes….. the interviewer has become the interviewEE. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to interrogate several of us. Now it is his turn. Our very own Leader Krauersaut has graciously granted me a few minutes (actually less than a minute) to give YOU….. his loyal subjects…… a piece of him.
So are you ready for your interview?
I’m not going to do an interview. If you want one you are going to have to make it up all by yourself. And no asking Gubbi for any of the answers.
Could you quickly introduce yourself?
I am not giving you an interview.
So you are saying that you are unwilling to participate in something that you, yourself started?
Not unwilling. Just unable to.
Why are you unable to? Are you like in a witness protection program or something?
I see. So you are in a witness protection program. Isn’t it dangerous to be talking to people on x-fire all the time then? I mean you never know who you might be talking to. For instance…. I have Mafia connections. And you may have a nice bounty on your head.
What do you know about me that I should worry?
I’m asking the F*#@7’in questions here!!!
And I’m not answering any questions.
Again with the refusal. Well….. I guess I’ll just have to go by what I know of you from the countless times you x-fire me in the middle of a game. BTW…. Do you do that to EVERYONE else?
Ha! Sucker! Guess what? You just answered a question! How easy was that? I RULE!
<silence> in recognition of just being !owned.
Do you want to do this or not?
I didn’t want to do this in the first place.
So how did you become a part of this great clan of ours?
I played. I joined.
I see. And how did you get to be in the position you are now?
I sat down in this chair.
Is it a comfortable chair?
Comfortable enough to have sex in.
O.o……. moving on……
It is noted by many that you have a tendency to like to turn the tables on people to make them look foolish. Is that true?
I find most people are able to look foolish on their own.
So what is the key to being a member/admin here?
Be more like me.
But because you are not really participating in this interview and I am making stuff up because of your refusal, how are we supposed to know how to “be more like me”?
OK. Be more like you.
More like you? Is that a compliment on my abilities as an admin?
Did you just call me Shirley?
I said “surely” not “Shirley”.
Oh. My mistake. So hard to tell over this phone.
But we’re on x-fire and not the phone.
And I’m in the middle of a game.
I know that. You should not be playing. You should be doing admin stuff.
So an admin should not play at all and just police the servers?
You said that in the interview I did on you.
Oh now you are just making stuff up?
No you are. You are the one doing this interview without my direct input.
So now you are saying I’m just making stuff up as I go along here?
Well….. you are the one typing both the questions and the answers.
So now you are making the claim that I am crazy and having conversations with myself?
Well….. you are the only one here.
Fine. Let’s get on with this interview. What is the most important part of this clan in your opinion?
Fair enough. How did you come up with your screen name?
I hate sauer kraut.
What did it ever do to you?
Well….. I sharted once after eating it.
So you picked on a popular food item to get revenge?
It bullied me so I decided to bully back.
What kind of car do you drive?
We go from food to cars? Man you are crazy. I am not giving you what kind of car I drive. Since I am in the witness protection program, someone may want to blow me up.
If you were to be stranded on a deserted island with one clan member, who would that be and why?
Gubbi. He is the only one that really understands me.
A bit insecure are we? You are one of those older Goths with trust issues, aren’t you?
I AM from Austria.
If you could visit any point in history, where/when would you go and why?
I would go back and offer to give you a serious interview.
Oh no sir. You refused and told me to make one up and now you are stuck with this on the blogs until the end of time.
Yes. And I have the screenshot to prove it. Next question comes from a member who wishes to remain anonymous. Do you like pie?
Anonymous for THAT? OK….. yes I do.
What kind of job do you have?
Would you believe I’m a pole dancer?
Well based on my conversations with you, it is not out of the realm of possibility. Our next question is from another member who wishes to remain anonymous. Where you that transsexual pole dancer in the film “The Hangover II”?......... I KNEW IT!!!!!
Imagine you were in charge of the whole clan for a month. What would you change or would you leave everything as it is?
I would strip YoYo of his Leader title.
You would? Why?
There’s only room in this town for one sheriff.
What would you do with a million dollars?
I would by me a computer that would actually make it possible for me to be seen on the servers once in a while.
If you were the first person to make contact with an Alien life form, what would you say/do?
I am the greatest authority on earth and I request you wait for my response on the forums to see just how foolish you really are.
If you could pick any celebrity for a husband or wife, who would it be?
I am an internet celebrity and there is no one that could top my status. Everyone I come in contact with automatically gets a bump in their status.
So adding you on my x-fire and friend list on the forums has in turn made me more popular?
What's your favorite cuddly toy?
I have a life sized picture of Gubbi that I sleep with.
What's one thing you'd like to do before dying?
Go to Antarctica to swim with the penguins.
But you would freeze to death in that cold water, wouldn’t you?
No….. I am a LEADER in F|A clan and that protects me from all types of things.
What was your favorite subject in school?
I have a degree in Awesomeness.
You think pretty highly of yourself. Is that a problem?
Not whenever you are as awesome as I am.
And 1 final question. Do you have any regrets?
Yes. Giving you permission to do this interview on your own.
And with that folks, I hope you have a better understanding of our Leader Krauersaut who was gracious enough to answer only the 1st question in this interview.
I hope those mentioned here have the understanding that it is all in fun and do not take any offense where they are mentioned.
Recently, I bought a Nokia Lumia 900. I really thought about it a lot, since the new 920 version with Windows Phone 8 and dual core support. However, I decided not to wait until November for two reasons: Firstly, the newest Nokia 920 will probably be very expensive and secondly, despite all the "not-so-good" reviews for the Lumia 900, it is working just fine and exceeding all my expectations. Prior to Nokia Lumia, I was running everything on my HTC HD2, but the Lumia surpasses it easily in everything that's important to me. I am an advocate of Windows Phone software. The app market is getting new apps every day, more than the android app market, which seems to be a dying section. Windows Phone is smoothly functioning, easy to handle, and performs good. Also, with a Windows Live ID there are pretty much no limits to one's online activity... just naming i.g. Sky Drive.
Now, the new tablet announced by Microsoft, Surface, will probably have a heavy impact on the world of tablets. First and foremost, this new tablet creates anxieties amongst other competitors. The reason for that is that Microsoft will launch this project for a mere 199 US-dollars per tablet (probably). This price is only possible since Microsoft will subsidise this new tablet, in order to take over the market and attract many people, who probably wouldn't buy tablet for 400$+. This low price doesn't mean, however, that the tablet is inferior to others. It will be a very strong opponent for other tablets on the market and DELL as well as HP announced resistance.
Will Apple and Samsung prevail in the future, or will Microsoft rule the world of tablets,...
Interesting: Rumor has it that Microsoft hold about 30% of Apple's stocks since 1997, when Microsoft helped out Apple, which was in a financial crisis. Samsung as well as Apple both have to pay license fees for every device they're selling. In the end, is Microsoft behind all of them, ruling the world literally?
AMD "Oland" Radeon HD 8800 Series SKUs Unveiled
Apparently, launch of AMD's Radeon HD 8800 series is close enough for some sources to come up with specifications. The HD 8800 series, according to one source, is based on a new silicon codenamed "Oland," which is built on the 28 nm process, packing 3.4 billion transistors with around 270 mm² die-area. According to the source, the two HD 8800 series models, the HD 8870 "Oland XT" will up performance per Watt and cost-performance ratios over current HD 7800 series, while maintaining current process technologies.
The Radeon HD 8870, according to numbers provided by the source, could offer performance comparable to today's high-end GPUs. The HD 8870 is clocked at 1050 MHz with 1100 MHz PowerTune Boost frequency; while the HD 8850 is clocked at 925 MHz with 975 MHz boost frequency. The memory of both SKUs is clocked at 6.00 GHz, yielding 192 GB/s memory bandwidth. The chips hence have 256-bit wide memory interfaces.
Key details such as stream processor, TMU, and ROP counts are excluded, though the source mentions that the HD 8870 provides up to 75% higher single-precision floating point and up to 60% higher double-precision floating point performance over its prdecessor, the HD 7870. The texture fill-rate is up by 65%. The Radeon HD 8850 offers similar increases over its predecessor, the HD 7850. Find them tabled above.
Estimates of preliminary material costs for the iPhone 5 about $167.50
An analyst firm has done an analysis on the price of preliminary materials used in Apple's iPhone 5, based on specs released by the company, and teardowns of previous iPhones. The cost comes to $167.50.
As a matter of fact, this might come as a pretty big surprise to people who thought that the phone must have been a lot pricier to make, due to the cost of an iPhone off contract. But if things are as the EE times reports they are, then at least the materials used to build an iPhone 5 come to no more than about $167.50, which is apparently $35 more than the materials used in the previous iPhone 4S.
The website also released a chart, detailing the costs of each major part, and comparing the results for iPhone generations four through five.
Of course, there's no word about how much it costs to assemble these parts into a finished a product, and how much it costs to ship them overseas from Chinese manufacturers. It’s certainly conceivable that this adds something significant to the final costs for each device.
If the report is correct, then the most costly component in the new iPhone is Apple's A6 processor, which the EE times reports as costing $28.00.
Some of you will remember me, some may have only seen my name in passing.
It has been a long time since I have crept through the forums and servers putting in my short opinions here and there and gaming with my many clan brothers and sisters. I came to this clan during a troubled time in my life. I was out of work at the time and was getting fearful that I was going to go insane dealing with all my troubles. I found that the gamers from =F|A= were some of the most supportive I had run across, and decided to apply. I lived on the COD4 servers for the entire year I was laid off from work, eventually being voted in as a clan leader. I spent my time posting on the forums as well as recruiting and moderating on the servers. I competed in scrim matches with some of the best players I can remember playing with.
I have been away from the clan for the better part of the last 2 years now. I got a new job, and have been raising my family. I still game on occasion, but not to the extent I once had. I haven't played on an =F|A= server since I cant remember when. I still think of myself as the "Old Man" of the clan, since I was one of the oldest (in age) members. As time passes on I will still remember the friends I made here, and the games we played.
I would like to say "Thank You" to the ones I have gamed with, and "Good Luck" to those I have not. I don't know how long my next absence will be or if I will ever game as a member again, but I have enjoyed my time here and for that I am thankful.
As I fade away as a clan member I will take pride in this, my oldest son is a gamer now and he plays for my clan too..... =F|A= Timmyboy00
Today, I was browsing computer for old stuff, lost in the deep and dark places somewhere on the hard drive. Naturally, I found lots of stuff noone actually needs. There was a folder full of pictures I collected. You know, the kind of pictures or images you get through constructive chainmails from friends and acquaintances. These mails that tend to spam your email account, till the provider tells you to upgrade your account for more space to collect even more stupid shit. Still, it was really funny. Some of the stuff was worth the time spent on reading/looking at. To be honest, the contents of these messages mainly dealt with stereotypes and prejudices we have towards women / men and their interrelationship. Always good for a laugh, but deep inside you know these stereotypes simply are not true. I mean, we all know women can park their car if there is enough space and no other vehicles in the adjoining parking bays. No secret here... We all know they can do multiple tasks better than men - They can have sex and think about a new kitchen at the same time. We all know that women generally are very open to criticism. And well all know that I am just living these stereotypes in order to fill my blog.
Besides these things, I found other interesting stuff on my hard drive. I stumbled upon an old demo. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the
. A group of people gets together and
sets up an incredible work of art. For some time I was fascinated by these real-time presentations which unfold on your computer if you click the .exe file. The demo art is often tested in competitions where you have to create an audio-visual presentation and compress as much as possible. A demo of 64 kilobytes can unfold to more than one gigabyte, which I did not want to believe at first. A very known group is called "farbrausch". They have some amazing demos on their webpage and for those who are interested to know more about it, I can only recommend a visit.
Here is a little 64kb presentation from around 2000 / 2001 I think. It is pretty amazing what is possible and what they did. I highly suggest to watch it.
Demo (in case you do not want to download the 64kb file, here is a video link: video)
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