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Jupiter Ascending related rant

Posted by EricBall, 19 January 2016 · 140 views

Yesterday I worked from home while my wife watched Jupiter Ascending.  This is a rant about the ending of the film versus the worldbuilding.

The universe of Jupiter Ascending assumes the creation of an immortality serum based on Human Resources  and takes it to a reasonable conclusion: those who control the production of the serum w...

flaws in Force Awakens (spoilers)

Posted by EricBall, 03 January 2016 · 326 views

I saw SW VII last weekend so I could stop worrying about spoilers.
While the Force Awakens is a great movie and a worthy and logical successor to Return of the Jedi, it is not without it's flaws.
First is the Death Star Mark III, complete with last minute destruction (IV & VI) following an attack on the shield generator (VI), a shor...

Pi Zero lust

Posted by EricBall, 07 December 2015 · 186 views

I'm temped to try to do something like https://shkspr.mobi/...box-controller/
The one tweak I would make is to solder the micro USB cable to the controller rather than splicing wires.
But then I have to remind myself of the number of other projects I have in progress, the number of game systems...

2b2t Minecraft - starting a YouTube channel

Posted by EricBall, 22 October 2015 · 222 views
2b2t, minecraft, youtube
I am going to start a YouTube channel  https://www.youtube....8Q81EUkUeSDoUVg  of my 2b2t experience.  My plan is to kill myself so I start back at spawn, then work out from there.  Hopefully passing along a few bits of wisdom for new players and a few laughs.
I'm bringing home a headset from work tonight to se...

2b2t Minecraft - Darwin Award

Posted by EricBall, 19 October 2015 · 135 views
2b2t, minecraft
My second base was semi successful.  While the mine bottomed out into lava, it still yielded a few diamonds and other ores; but no emeralds (not that I've seen a village, where emeralds are used for trading).  I also found an abandoned mine shaft, complete with a cave spider spawner.  Unfortunately, it's difficult to create a automated grin...

2b2t Minecraft continued

Posted by EricBall, 15 October 2015 · 152 views
minecraft, 2b2t
My first plan on my journey away from my book making base was to set up a fresh spawn point.  So I column jumped up to cloud level and created a 7x7 small platform on which I put small pond, melons, wood blocks and my bed (which I slept in to reset my spawn point).  The idea was if I died I would at least have enough food and wood to make a fres...

more 2b2t Minecraft

Posted by EricBall, 13 October 2015 · 139 views
Minecraft, 2b2t
I ended up playing a lot of Minecraft on 2b2t over the long weekend.
Once you get away from the chaos of the spawn area (and turn off the chat) the server becomes remarkably peaceful.  Maybe I'm just travelling a different direction than most, but I've seen very few large builds; although there is still occasional evidence I'm not the first pl...

2b2t - ultimate public SMP Minecraft

Posted by EricBall, 09 October 2015 · 156 views
Minecraft, 2b2t
I finally took the plunge and bought Minecraft for the PC (after playing many hours on the PS3).  An article about 2B2T, an "anarchy" server with a world which is now five years old, intrigued me.  The world is littered with stuff players have built up and others have torn down.  The central spawn point is a wasteland of blocks floating far...

Apple TV 4 games - fail

Posted by EricBall, 10 September 2015 · 514 views

Why do I say fail?  Simple: no standardized controller except for the small touchpad on the remote.  
Why not announce a standard controller app (similar to the Remote app) or declare the PS3 or PS4 controller a de-facto standard Bluetooth controller?  (Although then they'd need to provide a USB input for pairing.)  This would t...

Tempest MAME 2015 - new PC

Posted by EricBall, 28 August 2015 · 266 views
A while ago my son asked when I was going to fix the Tempest cabinet.  The fire cleanup crew removed the PC I was using to the Tempest cabinet and insurance wrote it off (although I did get the hard drive back).  So the first step is to obtain a PC.  MAME is still primarily a single threaded app, so I used https://www.cpubenchmark.net/...

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