Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Am I in tune?

Started trying to sing recently. As a slightly tone deaf and slightly imbalanced (that last I think happened on a shooting range) hearing person, it's not as simple as you might imagine. Being tone deaf, I have always found it hard to listen to anyone talking or singing. The former probably more out of habit. but I have never had an ipod. a spotify an itunes or a CD collection. I have just over a dozen CDs to my name, such a small collection it's not even worth throwing them out. So why sing?

Well it's a happy thing I guess.
http://www.reaper.fm/ - looks cool, might try buy this later on.

https://malfunktion.bandcamp.com/releases

Also tried out but was disappointing by JukeDeck. AI music composer, https://www.jukedeck.com/
JukeDeck is really limited and random. Makes great sounds 9/10 times though, so good for intros or outros/stings. But since no 2 sounds are ever similar, it's not possible to really do something that feels "continous" without spending a load of time generating random short tracks.

Just found an alternative to Reaper - making me wonder if computer made/composed music is the new art frontier. And whether everyone is using a common codebase to churn out all of these apps.
It's MAGIX Music Maker
http://www.magix.com/us/music-maker/
And you an get it for a limited time in the humble bundle with some free credit go buy plugins (trax too I assume.)

Friday, February 24, 2017

House

Radiator and boiler notes
Some good backgrounder notes written for installers that actually explain how the things work for non installers too.
http://www.stovefittersmanual.co.uk/articles/boiler-stoves/


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Empyrion Galactic Survival Gamemaster points

Some console command pointers and game rules.

ban  
= number of h (hours) d (days) or m (months)
unban   
kick [message]
list perm[issions] lists players and permissions
list ban[ned]
kick all [message] kicks everyone and sends a message
 

Godmode
 Enables or disables Godmode for the current player. This allows you to fly, not take enemy damage and walk through walls/floors.
Map Lists and displays all of the resources and PoIs (Points of Interest) on the map.

teleport x, y, z, Teleports you to those coordinates, only on the playfield you currently are on.
teleport '' Teleports you a Playfield. For Playfields with spaces in them, you must use single quotes! Do note, you may need to change sectors first! (Case Sensitive)
sector ''  
time Sets the time of the server (with a value input) (Example: 10 is night, 10000 is day.) 

create (Faction is the name)
join
delete
allow
deny
remove
entity
list
list
stats

  • To keep this short and sweet, anything with is the name of the Faction. Anything with is the ID assigned to you from the game. use di to get a player id 

Saturday, July 02, 2016

For all your spatula needs

For all your spatula needs is a special accomplishment in the game called idle quest for Android. Idle quest is a pretty mindless qame in a series of non-questlike questing games. As a text based game it's not too shabby and shows off how much you can do with text only if you have a good game concept. Unfortunately idle quest is good for only one thing:  Easy accomplishments and thus easy google play ranking levels.
But as an ace the game has a few almost impossible achievements. Today I reached "for all your spatula needs" which requires crafting any amulet with discount quality and any quality weapon of type spatula. All you then have to do is wait until you happen to quest through spatula city as well to get it. Which will give you the accomplishment after waiting about a minute or two at most. Just be sure not to craft any amulet nor weapon. Now I twice got one of the requirements,  first a spatula and later an amulet, but the penalty for keeping the item eventually slows your progress to a crawl, so getting both together in a short space of time is not simple. Well it's luck. Here is my screen shot of Invisible spatula and Discount gemstone.

Good luck. And thanks to Topcog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mission Day Proposal

I'm looking to build up a proposal for an Ingress event. It's called Mission Days which are effectively just a local city promotional/ tourist event of sorts, but based around the virtual reality game called Ingress. If you don't know what Ingress is, please click the link or just read on and consider my Event proposal.

Proposal

A Mission Day is a social event in the "virtual-reality" Ingress game which plays out in the real world. Mission Days are designed to promote tourism in the host city and get publicized in the online community calendar. The Event takes place on a pre-determined Saturday morning, and will involve quite a bit of walking.

The Ingress game is different things to many people, my personal description of it is that it primarily involves walking, and beer or tea. Ingress is a lot like geo-cacheing, and many people play solo, but when we get together it becomes slightly competitive. The game awards you points for distance walked, number of places you visit and so on, but the benefit for many is around physical and mental health. The game is played worldwide and involves visiting as many historic sites or points of interest as possible, and through a system of "tagging" to apply virtual reality spray-paint and control territory for your team by using your built-in GPS. Yes, there are two teams, and no, combat does not involve shooting or running. That does not mean that the gameplay at other times is not real at all.  Amazon gift vouchers will also go to players meeting in-game goals such as number of kilometers walked for this specific event. The big social events typically are fully outdoors and cover a Saturday morning, entire day, or in the evening as a social meal where players compare game scores or just enjoy a beer/tea. Oh, almost forgot to mention, there is cake!

Participants will need a smartphone and a small amount of mobile data contract. Must know how to safely cross a street, not obstruct sidewalks, enjoy the sights of historic Cambridge. A minimal level of fitness to keep walking (wheelchairs are allowed) for a few hours is helpful, and obviously good walking shoes. You must also be keen to explore, and to learn know how to play an online game and keep to the rules by playing nice. Ingress is a free game created by Google. As such, an email address is required to play, although you do remain anonymous.

The Cambridge city center is a busy commuter zone, but is packed with interesting things to see which many folk never notice. You might even get to find hidden routes to unique or useful places just by playing. Join us out of curiosity for just a day, or sign up permanently and play the game for free. Choose your team and join us today and find a local community near you. https://www.ingress.com/community/

Details

Typical turnouts are up to 20 people, young and old (children intentionally not included in this photo from a recent meeting.) However we expect a slightly larger turnout for the Mission Day because it is a more accessible event and has a special in-game reward.

Supported smartphones or tablets are Android or Apple/IOS and have a GPS. Play using a tablet is possible if your device has a GPS. A portable wifi hotspot will be available on the day if you do not have mobile data access. The exact walking route is unknown at this time, nor is the expected duration although expected to be 3-4 hours.

You will need to choose between joining the Green or blue team, the choice you make is not permanent, and conveys no actual meaning at all.  I am an agent of the Enlightened faction, although that matters little because Mission Day is a cross-faction event and more social than competitive - although competition definitely comes into it. I would thus advise you join the Enlightened or "Green" team.

Notes

I'm using this page to gather all the information I have about my plan to host a mission day - probably good idea to set a date to start with, and then work towards that. I'm keen to use A Saturday in summer, just before the holidays on 19 July. First step is to contact the local tourism board/ publicity association.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Proud of my son

Rather proud of my eldest son today. I had a kind of crappy and tense day . Easter holiday been planned after 3 years. Last day of school for him last day of work for next 2weeks for me.... and he has an accident on the football pitch. Now Rhys and accidents during phys ed seems a recurring thing. So I'm not panicking when I get a call at lunchtime to rush off to the school. He broke his collarbone so I rush over and have to take him to hospital.  Now if it was serious it would be an ambulance so I'm not flipping out. But he is in such pain when I get to the school he is too sore to even say "hi dad". Bundled gingerly into the car and then drive carefully to the hospital every damn pothole the council failed to fill in gets a wince of pain from the passenger seat.

Potholes the council does not fill due to budget cuts. Which has now kept mum and dad out of work for 3 hours each as we run him up to A&E. All the traffic lights go green. The queue when we get there is 5 minutes long and the staff are so professional and efficient. Careful and slow, but efficient and it makes me wonder why the NHS is facing cuts to people who are passionate about what they do and are doing their best. Why?

So the shoulder is now in a sling. It still hurts but he will mend. I'm proud of Rhys. And also proud of Gregory.  I hope my boys do see this one day and hold me to my promise to never let go.