Skyrim was getting a bit boring, and KSP is back to that point where I have pretty much unlocked all the parts and rumors of the next update are circulating, so I installed Fallout 3 again to shake things up. Of course, when I install Fallout 3 I have to install as many mods as I can. 24 hours later I’m still trying to configure the mods so they play nice and I haven’t actually started a game yet. You can definitely see the progress in game design from Fallout 3 to Skyrim when it comes to mods–I have never had any conflicts or problems with anything in Skyrim, but Fallout, being 3 years older, shows it’s age. Oh well, I can feel myself getting close–it doesn’t immediately crash when I turn it on!
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Got tired of hacking and slashing, so instead moved to downloading and configuring files I don’t understand
For all their reputation of a roudy drinking band, Gaelic Storm can do a fine dark ballad, too.
Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies. Soundtrack is so weird.
Opportunity is now ten years old and still trucking. Hell yeah! For all I complain about NASA’s weak, boring, PR-laden and extremely cost INeffective manned programs since the Apollo program ended, they know how to build a rover like no one else. This thing was supposed to work for three months.
It came a little bit rough around the edges, but that’s what the reviews all said and I was expecting it. Just sanded and oiled the handle and it already feels like it’s worth another 20 bucks. When I get around to sharpening up the blade, it’ll be up to a Bruks*!
I’ve never done any wood finishing, it was kinda fun to see it go from “serviceable” to “smooth as a baby’s bottom.”
*ok, probably not, but still a dandy Swedish axe for half the price
Well, CG has me going, so I thought I would show what I just accomplished in Kerbal Space Program. I researched everything in the new career mode, so rather than start over with an ambitious project of tracking my progress, I thought I would just show you my first manned landing to an extra-Kerbin location–Duna, the game’s Mars equivalent.
We join our mission in Kerbin orbit, at the fuel depot I have.
Now, my Kittyhawk lander and Harpy Flyer are docked and ready to rock
Bye, bye, Kerbin! Bye, bye, Mun!
[cut lots of fiddling with orbits and time acceleration]
Barely landed! My parachutes didn’t open til 500 meters off the ground, if I hadn’t been running the engines at full blast I wouldn’t have made it.
Jeb contemplating the big questions in life. Like “since I had to burn all the way down, will there be enough fuel to get home?”
I thought maybe I wouldn’t have enough fuel to get back home, but some fortuitous timing and the calculator on this website made it easy-peasy.
Hey, I can see my house from here!
And a gentle landing into the sea.
All three, home safe and sound. And I got 27 science, for recovering a vehicle that orbited Duna. If I hadn’t been chicken and left my Kittyhawk in Duna orbit, it woulda been a might higher, but for now, science isn’t transferable between vehicles (look for it in the next update!). But like I said earlier, I’ve already maxed out my research, so, like, whatever, huh?
There’s where Gurshel Spacecraft Corporation stands. We’ll see where they go next.
Best… Norwegian… music video…
There is a scene that goes something like:
Pilot One: “We’re all out of options!”
Pilot Two: “There’s still one option” [looks at a big red "SWORD BUTTON" in the middle of the console]
[Pilot One presses "SWORD BUTTON"]
[Retractable sword appears out of giant robot's arm]
[Sword used to cut off the wing of giant monster]
[Giant Robot plummets back to earth]
[Giant robot saves itself from crashing and destroying itself by firing GIANT TURBINE BUILT INTO ITS CHEST]
People on ground: [CHEERS]
Let me repeat that: THIS MOVIE HAS A GIANT ROBOT THAT HAS A BIG RED SWORD BUTTON.
This movie has a big red sword button. I wish more things had big red sword buttons. I wish everything had a big red sword button. Since Pacific Rim has a big red sword button, and is currently the only movie I know of that has a big red sword button, it is currently the only movie I know of that is worth watching.
TL:DR Version: GO WATCH MOVIE WITH BIG RED SWORD BUTTON NOW
These little guys have been my lifesavers this summer, with all the fieldwork I’ve been doing in the hot hot sun. “Hydroflask” is the company’s name, and they make these vacuum insulated water bottles. I have put ice in them at 5 in the morning and they still have ice floating in them when I crack into them at 3 in the afternoon–after sitting in the 100° sun with me all day long. Even after the ice melts, the water stays cool for as long as I’ve ever prayed attention. And when it’s not getting quite as hot (say, when you’re visiting Montana) the ice will stay frozen over 24 hours sometimes!
There are some tradeoffs, though, to keep in mind. They are heavier than similar sized bottles from other manufacturers, and have a smaller capacity. And more expensive (these 21 oz. bottles were each around $20).
What I’ve been doing is filling up my regular liter Nalgene for the morning, and breaking open the first Hydroflask when it runs out, about the time when a regular bottle would be nice and warm. Definitely nicer to have ice water than that…
And, as the title says, this little review was completely unsolicited, and the bottles were purchased by me for me with my own money, so all you government watchmen can bugger off.
Well, with all the surveying and fieldwork I’ve been doing lately, my Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger is showing its limitations. While it is possible to get four water bottles, a jacket, a canvas folding chair, a clipboard, a lunchbox, sunscreen, first aid kit, extra flashlight, a small monocle, some granola bars, a camera, a lightweight long-sleeve shirt, some extra socks, pencils and pens, and a walky-talky in/on it, you then have all of that on one shoulder, which is not ideal for long walks carrying even more equipment up and down steep slopes. So, joining my stable next is a bright orange Falcon II (the stable so far includes the Sitka, a Fatboy GTG, Micro Pocket Organizer, a padded pouch, and their travel wallet thingy). Overbuilt? Yes. Overpriced? Probably, depending on your perspective. But for someone who has had a love affair with pockets since he was 10 years old, I just can’t help it. Maxpedition is like crack, only the first hit isn’t even free…
And in case the last line doesn’t make it obvious, FCC or FTC or FAA or FDR or FAC or whatever you bottom-sucking government agency who cares about what people on the internet say–MY OWN MONEY MY OWN TIME. Go soak your fat heads.