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  1. I did check that out but I didn’t get my free time early enough for this years event. Maybe next time around.
  2. For anyone using the Iris mods for minecraft (i.e Sodium, the popular OptiFine replacement) there's a situation that you might want to take note of. Apparently curseforge has finally broken so completely that Iris, devs for the popular Sodium shaders mod for MC, has stopped publishing new versions to curseforge. The last version on curseforge is Iris/sodium 1.6.1 for mc 1.19.4. Starting with Sodium v 1.6.4 (for mc version 1.20+) this and future versions of Sodium will be published on modrinth. That in itself isn't a big deal but according to announcements on Iris's discord server apparently Curseforge initially decided to punish the Iris folks by deleting their account, citing wording in Iris's curseforce page that directed downloaders to modrinth for more current versions. Not only that but curseforge then allowed 3rd parties to create a "new" mod named Sodium and publish it to curseforge. This was obviously a very dangerous situation as especially with the new version of minecraft there's going to be a whole bunch of people hitting curseforge to dl the latest version of Sodium and not getting the mod they expect. (This all also applies to other Iris-related mods like lithium btw.) As I type this the situation seems to have been resolved, but I encountered it and thought it disturbing enough to want to warn people of the potential danger of downloading and installing a mod from a source they didn't expect. I didn't (and don't) want to get into the gory details here but if you're interested in the background drama/discussion you can take a look at this 'tubie/report on the situation. Also this tweet from the Iris twitter account. There's also the discussion on the Iris discord server that I mentioned earlier, the invite link to which is on the irisshaders.dev page. If in doubt, the main Iris page is https://irisshaders.dev/. Start from there and it should direct you to the proper dl site for the Iris mod(s). hth...
  3. Burl Ives cover of Ghost Riders In The Sky.
  4. Looks like MSFT's Realms still isn't updated to 1.20 this weekend so I'm taking a break from zombies and ancient cities and instead chillin' in the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) in KSP. To date I've been using mostly expendable vehicles. I try to build them as cheaply as possible and settle as many contracts per launch as possible but obviously reusable, general-purpose ones would be better, saving money and providing higher profits. To do a good job on reusable vehicles however I need higher-tech parts. But to get the parts I need an upgrade to my R&D lab because I'm pretty much at the limits of the tech that I can get from my lab at its current level. To get the R&D lab upgrade I need money. Money comes from completing contracts, but if I have to build a whole new ship every couple contracts I'm not saving much money. To save more money I need to build more reusable vehicles. Which means I need better tech. Wait.. I think I've been here before. It doesn't help that over time a given type of contract will come offered with lower $$$ payouts. That means that you have to either build cheaper rockets to complete them or else go for the more difficult, higher paying contracts. (Which generally require more expensive, higher-tech vehicles.) So I'm in the VAB getting creative with the lower-tech parts that I already have available to me. No big breakthroughs so far in terms of full reusability but I may be able to increase overall efficiency/profitability in terms of contracts settled per vehicle launched. At least on paper. I haven't flight-tested anything yet and usually the development process includes a few explosions before a new design gets dialed in. But explosions are part of the fun.
  5. First day of summer here brought a beautiful, sunny day to SoCal. Nice change from the weeks of "May grey" and "June gloom" that we've been having for the last month or two. I'm sure that from here it will just get hotter however. By September I'll be complaining about heat and dry and wishing we had some of the gloom back. Not looking forward to the inevitable brushfires that SoCal is infamous for either, once things start drying out a bit.
  6. And yet another pin. This one for Curiosity’s 10-year anniversary. Over 3800 sols and counting.
  7. Spent a few minutes after work here to tackle that iron ore vein that I found the other day. Just kind of curious how much was actually there since I never really counted out what was in the first ore vein that I found. (I'm still working that first one btw. This one seemed smaller.) Anyway, in terms of raw ore blocks (silk touched) the results for this one were: ~7 stacks of iron ore blocks 14 blocks redstone 7 blocks lapis 15 blocks diamonds 20 blocks gold After hitting the blocks with a Fortune III pickaxe that turned into: ~15 stacks of iron 2 stacks redstone 2 stacks lapis 30 diamonds 48 gold Not a bad haul. Didn't take too long either. I tend to get bored fairly quickly with grinding for resources but this only took the better part of an hour to mine out the whole area with a silk-touch/efficiency III/netherite pickaxe. I've got a set up for feeding up to a full chest-worth of raw blocks (and lava buckets from another hopper/chest) into/out of a blast furnace so after that it was just a matter of dumping it all in and waiting a few minutes for the smelting process to run its course. I spent the time playing with skulk blocks that I'd obtained from the ancient city this weekend. Looks like the sensors output a redstone signal that could be used for all sorts of mischief.
  8. That I've EVER watched? I don't remember all of it. For a lot of it it is probably better that way. (Rom isn't my genre anyway.) That said, what Animedragon said, plus these that I do remember... Ore Monogatari Ao Haru Ride Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji Itazura na Kiss Kimi ni Todoke Ookami to Koushinryou Lovely★Complex Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun Zutto Mae kara Suki deshita Kimi no Na wa Toradora! Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Suki tte Ii na yo Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  9. So first the good news.. I found an ancient city! Now the bad news.. there's a zombie generator somewhere inside it. Word to the wise: you DO NOT want baby zombies coming after you while you're sneaking around in an ancient city!
  10. Pushed my luck a bit too far while exploring a deep dark biome for an ancient city. Accidentally set off a skulk sensor hidden behind a wall and summoned a warden. Fortunately I had an escape route planned and got out of range before it finished spawning. He seemed upset that he could not find me.
  11. Yes, very few do that. That's one of the reasons that I liked Clannad: After Story as well, and one of the reasons that I don't really care for the romance genre in general. Anyone who's been in a relationship knows that what happens before the couple gets married is the easy part, yet most of the time the story ends just as things start to get good. I also like the kinds of stories that put together two unlikely and imperfect personalities, who then turn out to be very good for each other after all. Again, C:AS and Itazura na Kissu fit the bill. That said, Naoki is an asshole. Only Kotoko would put up with his shit.
  12. What would you call an anime with a really confusing storyline? A nanimae.
  13. Found out something new in minecraft. I did not know zombies could climb vines! I'm going to have to rethink some of my decorations.
  14. A recent analysis of Betelgeuse data suggests the star is in the late stages of core-carbon "burning" in terms of nuclear fusion. That would mean that it may be only decades away from going supernova, not centuries or millennia as has been previously supposed. That would be a pretty awesome sight to see. Paper Here
  15. Got some CAPSTONE swag.. keychain, mission patch, and sticker.
  16. IIRC the original had over 200 episodes, of which I'd estimate 40-50% were filler. I never even tried shippuden but if that ratio also holds for that then we're talking around 200 of the 500+ episodes there were filler as well. That would leave about 400(ish?) non-filler episodes for both the original and shippuden together. (Believe it or not there's sites that track that sort of thing.)
  17. Found a deep dark biome in my brother’s Minecraft server. No city yet though, just some skulk so far. Gotta say those shriekers are pretty intimidating, especially after the second one goes off. I just grabbed a couple of each skulk block type for experimentation purposes and left.
  18. I prefer the 13-26 ep format. One season is enough to set up the characters, plot, settings, etc. and start getting into the real story. The second season is the good one, assuming things are done right. After that I've found that things tend to get repetitive and/or start dragging. The monster-of-the-week battles that go on for years don't do anything for me. I get impatient for resolution and closure unless the story is really good. It is pretty rare for me to follow something through 3 or more seasons.
  19. Found another iron ore vein while caving in minecraft. I never even fully mined out the first one I found, and I must have pulled out enough iron ore from that one for dozens of stacks of iron blocks! Who needs an iron farm? (I do have a Fortune pickaxe tho, which helps as well.)
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