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The Weekly OT #10

August 6, 2016
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This is our 10th Weekly OT Anniversary! I am really starting to enjoy this new format. With the “Scheduling” feature in WordPress, I can actually start preparing the post in advance, collecting and compiling any interesting tidbits as they come into my hands or across my screen. This week I have a veritable grab bag of goodies to present on the “front page”, as it were. First of all, Dubious Quality’s Friday Links! There is always at least one interesting link in that dump, and almost always something for everyone. Next, as several of you live near/in Portland, or on the West Coast, there is this must-read, Pulitzer Prize winning New Yorker article, “The Really Big One“:

…Most people in the United States know just one fault line by name: the San Andreas, which runs nearly the length of California and is perpetually rumored to be on the verge of unleashing β€œthe big one.” That rumor is misleading, no matter what the San Andreas ever does. Every fault line has an upper limit to its potency, determined by its length and width, and by how far it can slip. For the San Andreas, one of the most extensively studied and best understood fault lines in the world, that upper limit is roughly an 8.2β€”a powerful earthquake, but, because the Richter scale is logarithmic, only six per cent as strong as the 2011 event in Japan.

Just north of the San Andreas, however, lies another fault line. …

The author, Kathryn Schulz, has a follow up article on “How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes“.

And BF1 will not look this good on our Ones, but it may look that good on Scorpio.

Also, while digging for good podcasts, I came across a short Bruce Lee Series focusing on his philosophy, presented by his daughter, Shannon Lee. The first “One Inch Punch” episode actually discusses how his daughter regained control and rights to use his name. (The fact that it was necessary, and that I had to write that sentence just now, enrages me.) Another must-listen is the David Simon interview by Mark Maron on WTF. Did any of you read Simon’s Twitter exchange with Snowden?

And finally, I end with this video, also from Friday Links!, and is like a British Comedy.

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  1. August 7, 2016 5:23 am

    Cornie`s latest song.

  2. August 8, 2016 12:01 am

    Are you ready to Rumble?! (You will be in September.)

    • Blankman permalink*
      August 8, 2016 5:02 am

      Hmmm, very interesting… πŸ€”

  3. August 8, 2016 9:48 am

    Great post on the Really Big One. Very interesting read. I’ve read some on that topic before, but this is very informative. Thanks for the info.

  4. August 8, 2016 1:56 pm

    http://www.ign.com/videos/2016/08/08/new-gears-of-war-4-campaign-gameplay-introducing-the-deebees-ign-first

    Looks better than other vids, + old man marcus is great. New enemies are lame though.

  5. August 9, 2016 12:21 pm

    Looks like ver 2 supports Xbone.

  6. August 9, 2016 5:28 pm

    @Kenai, you are most welcome. Always hoping to share relevant stuff!

    @Zos, Lightpack and Pixels are two interesting and useful technologies, combined they are just stupid.

    • August 9, 2016 7:12 pm

      Yeah, totally agreed pixel is dumb.

    • Blankman permalink*
      August 9, 2016 8:11 pm

      Yep, totally agree that Pixels looks whack!

  7. August 9, 2016 8:36 pm

    Oh yeah about the earthquake. I left PR which is fairly active, only to come to a spot where it is not as active but when the big one hit it’s almost guaranteed to be a really big one. The main problem not outlined is the bridges, some are really old, and they are pretty much packed nonstop during the daytime. Portland is bridge city after all, so it is safe to say that an earthquake can kill a lot, and can cut off a large chunk of the area if it affects the bridges. Im not really worried personally. My area was built around the 2000s so pretty much anywhere I am going to be is much safer than downtown portland, and I am about an hour away from the coast, and the river is about 30 min. My wife works from home now, so no longer commutes on the Portland bridges.

    The other thing is we already talked about either moving or travelling once Jr. is done with school (4 years). I am more worried about a Trump Presidency than an earthquake within that window πŸ˜›

    I saw Batman vs. Superman a few weeks ago and now Suicide Squad yesterday. I am kinda disappointed of how Warner is working the universe, but at the same time there are glimpses of them heading in the right direction.

    I thought BvS tried to do many things, be part Justice League origins, Part Death of Superman storyline, part direct sequel to Man of Steel, etc. There was a slight glimpse of the Injustice storyline.

    Now part of it, is misguided and just is plain bad at what is trying to do, but in a way I prefer it to marvel, marvel would have drawn out those storylines into 3-6 movies with a varying degree of success.

    The other thing they are doing with the new Batman and Suicide Squad is that they are clearly aiming at mature audiences. This is the Batman that kills, these are the villains that are not the ones you bring your young kids to watch the movies. Which is why it looks bad when they throw in some jokes and mild banter that is more suited for the avengers.

    However one big win of these two movies are the female characters. Wonder Woman stole the show on Dawn of Justice, and Harley on Suicide Squad. I am eager to see what they do on Wonder Woman film, but the good thing above all is that the comic world can still keep things going even with lackluster films. That even if there will not be another trilogy as good as the Dark Knight trilogy (imo) that there are other takes on the same characters worth looking into, and considering how many years worth of material still untapped, they can and they will get it right.

    As far as PC gaming goes, I have been playing RimWorld almost nonstop. It’s a very complex game that looks simple at first, and it is hugely expandable via fan content.

    Still an early access game, which to me begs to question why even waste money on games that are on the same dumb cycle of production, that’s pretty much a milking system, when these early access games have more content, can be modded in different ways and you receive the payoff months before the proper release, and to top it off are often cheaper.

    Waiting on No Man’s Sky, and that should keep me going until there are more sales.

    • August 9, 2016 11:18 pm

      Great to hear from you, Frenik!

      Yes, the infrastructure of the entire country was, for the most part, developed at a time when there were just a fraction of the population and cars being used. That catastrophic bridge failure in Minnesota (not to mention the levees in NO) a while back was just a reminder of how much needs to be upgraded/redone.

      Hey, because you have been very open here, I hope you don’t mind me commenting that I am happy you and Funkhouser are still a big part of each other’s lives. πŸ™‚ It sounds like maybe it is even better than it was before.

      As regards the election, this is what I wrote my uncle and the only way I think I can be honest without inciting a flame war based on my own opinions:

      “There are images floating around with pictures of both nominees over the caption, “Nope | Noper”. If there has been a worse choice in the history of the U.S. elections, there certainly wasn’t the smartphone enhanced press and social media to let us know about it. Vote-eligible (of which some of us are not) Americans have a most difficult and undesirable task ahead of them. Perhaps a more accurate caption for the image would be “Fast | Faster” down a dreaded road. I, for one, will not hold it against any American for voting their conscience and going with either the third or fourth choice (Gary or Jill), out of principle, regardless of the results (and the inevitable and profound global impact).

      The possibility of having to live with “Faster” when by voting differently, one might have limited the speed to only “Fast”, that is the rub.

      The best that voters can do is, in humility, ask for wisdom, vote accordingly, and then hold head high, in confidence knowing that our life here is but the blink of an eye, and the One who loves is ultimately in control and not surprised by any of this.”

      And Rim World! Yes, you read about it here first! πŸ˜‰ (that is a winky – wordpress emojis are awful)

      https://thestranded.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/game-development-a-different-approach/

    • August 10, 2016 4:59 am

      Oh yeah me and the Mrs. got back together kinda.

      Moved back in since it didn’t make sense to pay for another place since we were spending so much time together, but we still stay in separate rooms. I think the bottom line for us is how to manage to keep our space and do things together while keeping our individuality.

      I was afraid of moving back too soon, and some of those fears have materialized in the sense that old patterns have emerged. But she has to travel half the time for work when she is not home, and I am taking time to travel within the state and work on some other stuff when she is home.

      It’s just something I forget over the years, marriage does not make a relationship, and in my case I need to take care of myself and my interests instead of just escaping all the time through gaming, and that pretty much completes me and then I gravitate selflessly towards her.

      Oh no there’s tons of stuff that will be written about the primaries and the elections, how outsiders took part in parties, and either took control like Trump or almost like Bernie. However I don’t think for a second there is any doubt who is the worst candidate. I think Trump himself is like challenging himself of how badly he can derail his own campaign. Which is also a challenge of how people can dumbly follow someone like that who even flips his stance on many serious subjects, and can flat out say “I was just kidding” to get himself out of the hole. Yet you go to his website and he has like a 5 point platform, that barely references how a government actually works, and more like a salesman pitch.

      The vote count on the elections is a true test of how democracy can fail, if someone of that caliber not only made it that far, but will actually get a large chunk of the votes.

      but I have zero doubt that if there is one thing that can actually unify democrats and republicans is how bad Trump is. Just give it enough time and D.J. will make it happen! πŸ˜€
      It will be unprecedented. I see this recurring theme of how both are bad, but as each day goes by we are severely underestimating how bad it can get with Trump.

      It’s going to be historical, members of the gop will rather commit political and party suicide than endorse him.

    • August 10, 2016 7:49 am

      Frenik, sounds like healthy progress on the domestic front, and interests outside gaming lead to a balanced, creative, edifying life. Good stuff!

      As for politics, I will say no more than what I have allowed myself above to write. I will, however, gladly participate in a party chat conversation (if we were able to hold it to that).

      Cheers!

  8. August 11, 2016 10:31 pm

    RL 2night?

  9. August 12, 2016 3:33 am

    Gonna hold on No Man’s Sky. Supposedly the graphics on PC are scaled, also the economy part seems like way over my head for the amount of hours I put into gaming right now.

    As for interests outside of gaming, I have been visiting these past few weeks different state and national parks in Oregon and Washington. I haven’t updated my instagram because along with my Alaska trip, it’s quite a lot of pics, that will probably be shared once things slow down in the fall.

    I was impressed with the Ape Caves (http://www.mountsthelens.com/ape-caves.html) and driving the highway 101 (so far I have only done from SF to Cape Disappointment, my goal is to start from LA to Forks) there’s too many things to see.

    Things I didn’t know and learned was that Washington has a Stonehenge replica (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryhill_Stonehenge), the John Day Fossil Beds (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Day_Fossil_Beds_National_Monument) which holds the record amount of fossils spanning 40 million years.

    Fossil Beds is my next trip. Also yeah didn’t know I (Service Connected Veteran) could park and camp for free on state and national parks, so will be doing that from now on πŸ™‚

    As for politics, each day goes by it seems the universe is righting itself, so I am no longer worried. Plus we vote by mail, so there’s really not much fuss.

  10. August 12, 2016 3:53 am

    The camping/sightseeing sounds fantastic, Frenik! I would be all over that!

    And here are a bunch of OT vids

  11. August 12, 2016 4:03 am

    And VICE has a long article on competitive Rocket League. It is amazing to watch this game played at that level. I used to enjoy watching the Halo 2 tournaments, because they could play the game the way I wanted to. The level difference between these guys and the way we play is an even larger gap. It looks like a different game. The players rarely touch the ball more than once. They actually “pass” the ball around.

    • Herandar permalink
      August 12, 2016 11:15 am

      You know, if you take away all of the aerial play, and add a few more flat-out misses, and a few scrums in the corners, and the gameplay and results are not all that different from most of my games. A testament to their matchmaking, I suppose.

  12. August 12, 2016 3:17 pm

    Herandar, I am not exaggerating or joking when I say that yesterday, Cornie and I were wondering if iBUYPOWER had been watching *your* videos (when some might think it would be the other way around). We asked each other how you could enjoy the Olympics when all you had to do was fire up your Xbox and play Rocket League. You are our Chuck Norris. The Olympics should be watching YOU!

    As for Psyonixs’ matchmaking, it struggles a little more when you come in with a pre-made team of greatly varying skill. If, however, you jump into a match alone, it seems to provide nail-biter, overtime matches more often than not.

    • Herandar permalink
      August 15, 2016 8:22 am

      In RL, I’d say I’m excellent about 10% of the time, am good about 60% of the time, am bad about 25% of the time, and am completely atrocious the remaining 5%. You guys only see the highlights of the highlights, and I don’t really try to do the things I’m no good at (still sitting at zero aerial goals per the games official counts, though I feel I did score one a couple of months ago.)

      Still, overall, I’m more of a tenacious nuisance (to the other team, mostly) than a skilled superstar.

    • August 15, 2016 7:27 pm

      Awesome! It is a great game with an absolutely endless skill curve.

  13. August 12, 2016 6:43 pm

    Free-to-play Creativerse

    Be advised there are colors in that game. πŸ˜›

    • August 12, 2016 8:23 pm

      Nice colors!

      Looks great, and I like the UI font.

      Vines and taming for the win!

  14. August 13, 2016 4:20 pm

    No Man’s Sky is really good. I watched a few hours of stream to make sure what I was getting if I bought it. Luckily one of the Destiny streamers I followed from years ago had about my same PC setup, so if he could run it I was pretty sure that I could run it without a problem.

    The game does have it’s technical problems, especially with going back and forth with windows. I thought my game crashed and lost a perfectly good starting world. although I later learned you can just relaunch the game from the shortcut and it will take you back to where you were at.

    But anyways had to learn the hard way on a world with acid rain that every two minutes I had to recharge my environment suit, and my life support. But later learned that all the elements for recharge are all around.

    Fixed my ship, which felt like Christmas once I found a huge deposit of the elements I needed.

    That’s when the game blew my mind like it did on the gameplay videos. Once I launched and gained a little speed I started seeing planets that took hours to get to. Then I went faster, which was hilarious because those hour long trips became a minute. Then the adventure of learning how to slow down and landing safely, on a spot that you are not going to fall to your death.

    So yeah that’s the solar system. Rinse and Repeat until you get the hyper drive and you can then travel galaxies.

    If I were to sum it up is like when we first discovered rafts in Ark, that had that sense of adventure gathering resources from everywhere and just enjoying the expansiveness of the sea, well that times 1,000,000.

    Kenai mentioned yesterday in chat that it didn’t have MP and therefore isn’t the same. Well I can say that at least on PC I am sure eventually someone will come up with some sort of mod, but even as a SP, is so vast in scope, I don’t think it matters. The solo journey is the fun, and there is plenty of journey.

  15. August 13, 2016 6:04 pm

    No surprise that you are enjoying it. I don’t know if you are aware of the design of the game at the coding level, but while everything is procedurally generated, the randomizer is fixed and so everyone ends up generating the same universe, and it that is also why you can go back to games and continue progress – and you can literally save an entire universe on your disc. It is fascinating and very elegant tech. I wrote about it a while back and linked to some great articles/interviews with the developer, in case you missed them back then.

    https://thestranded.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/no-mans-sky-and-stardew-valley/

    And enjoy.

    By the way, I agree with Kenai, that for social animals like us, it needs MP. The deeper the game, the greater that is true because otherwise, it just takes you away from people for that much longer. But there are very few gaming experiences about which I don’t feel that way.

    PS Thanks for writing that up and sharing!

    • August 15, 2016 4:12 pm

      I would have agreed with you 5-6 years ago. Not now. Not on the “let’s use xbox live just to party chat” age. I think it matters little if a game has MP right now, because there’s a big chance not everyone will play it, or even stay in it in the long run.

    • August 15, 2016 7:40 pm

      Ha ha! After a summer of gaming in twos and threes, I can’t disagree with you! Good point!

  16. August 13, 2016 8:21 pm

    Dota 2 international is LIVE (grand finals).

    https://gaming.youtube.com/watch?v=EzloD-t_Adk&feature=live-chat-promo

    Round one was crazy, and its insane the amount of people and money put into this.

    The price pool for this game? Over 20 million dollars! LMAO

    • August 14, 2016 10:05 am

      Zos, thanks for the link and the heads-up on this! League of Legends (and, or course, Star Craft) is also supposed to be HUGE.

    • August 15, 2016 4:15 pm

      It was huge. After seeing the following on twitch, etc. I don’t doubt MOBAs will eclipse everything else for a long time.

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