"We Chinese didn't invent much, but at least we have invented few most important ones: compass, fire work, cannon, paper, silk, banking, and physical immortality."
-- Alex Chiu

Thank you, Baghdad Bob!

It’s a good thing the Russians are backed up by such a reliable source.

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August 28th, 2014 2 comments
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NO RECORD FOUND hype!

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New season for Hearthstone. Hype!

July 1st, 2014 1 comment
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Fat Usher OP

There’s no point of even suggesting this card to Blizzard. If Hearthstone players rage quit when they see Ragnaros, imagine how angry they’ll be at Fat Usher…

fat usher hearthstone

April 14th, 2014 2 comments
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That time me and Kim Jong Il were in NBA Jam

Although Kim Jong-Il was a baller, it just wasn’t enough. Shawn Bradley hit a half-court three pointer with :01 left to win the game. (Yes, the arcade version of NBA Jam absolutely cheated!)

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March 23rd, 2014 3 comments
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Age of Empires

Over the course of 2014, I have been playing the original Age of Empires (plus Rise of Rome expansion!).

This is an official announcement that I have, as of tonight, defeated all the campaigns on Hardest difficulty.

A handful of the maps were quite memorable because they were so tough, but some were surprisingly easy. (“Easy” meaning I had to restart at most once.) The penultimate scenario in “Enemies of Rome” was a worthy challenge, although it was short and only took a couple restarts. The final map was, sadly, a relative laugher. Maybe I deserved a cakewalk for the final night.

Kudos to the campaign designers for thinking up enough unique challenges to keep the campaigns interesting.

Clearly, there’s no way my mid-30’s self could do decently in multiplayer, though. Muttering “macro, macro, macro, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade” after a fight indicates my poor ability to multi-task.

Does this mean moving on to Age of Empires 2? You bet!

March 17th, 2014 4 comments
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I got a new job

The best thing is that drinking on the job is a requirement (engrish.com is the best)!

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March 17th, 2014 2 comments
Posted by Filed under Patently Ineffective, Random

Eggs vs Humans

Everything Eggs vs Humans related is going to be posted to eggsvshumans.com. Has its own blog and everything!

I’ll leave LEP to its own devices, and not be lazy about posting silly stories hopefully.

March 9th, 2014 3 comments
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They’re trying to make Shaq-Fu again

ShaqFu_logo

Holy macaroni.

The 90’s fighting game Shaq-Fu has been a punchline for decades. The hatred and derision reached such a passion, a website was dedicated to tracking down and eliminating all copies of the game.

But now, Shaq and some new developers want a second crack at it. They’ve already raised over $50,000 in one day and are targeting $450,000!

For a mere $15 donation, you’ll get the game. At $150, you’ll get to do a voiceover with your name in the credits! How can you resist?

March 7th, 2014 2 comments
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I don’t understand why a programmer would do this

So I found a programming blog where the writer indicated he needed to convert DateTime to ticks and vice versa. (This is in C#.)

He presents this:


public static long ConvertDateTimeToTicks( DateTime dtInput)
{
long ticks = 0;
ticks=dtInput.Ticks;
return ticks;
}
public static DateTime ConvertTicksToDateTime( long lticks)
{
DateTime dtresult = new DateTime(lticks);
return dtresult;
}

Why write a separate function for these as an example? It’s right there in .NET (unless he was supposed to wrap the functionality, and copypasta’d for convenience).

March 7th, 2014 no comments
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Learning curve close to over

After sporadic learning, I’m starting to feel comfortable in HaxeFlixel. Also have picked up Spriter to do animations. It’s not perfect, but it was cheap and will be just fine once I figure out all its quirks.

Here’s a playable bare-bones EvH2. The Cannon Fodder remind me more of police carrying truncheons than anything (they are supposed to be carrying rolling pins). But the animation actually looks semi-adequate for a noob, certainly better than the first EvH.

Instead of the units auto-attacking like in EvH1, you can build up your army then choose to attack (or retreat if the battle goes badly!). You can also queue up to 5 units. The battlefield is longer than one screen…can be scrolled with keyboard or mouse.

Obviously, a ton more work to do.

February 24th, 2014 2 comments
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