Halfassed Hiveswap Act 1 Walkthrough

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:14 pm
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Hiveswap Act 1 is the long awaited Homestuck point and click adventure game! It's a lot of fun and not TOO hard but I still got stuck sometimes. Also quite short! Here's a full playthrough video I used when I got stuck.

Note for anyone with bad reflexes: the vast majority of it isn't time based but one section is and I found it mildly challenging as someone with very poor hand eye coordination. Also there's some references to abusive behaviour on par with stuff in Homestuck.

Below the cut is a half remembered text walkthrough. It's just the relevant instructions, but still pretty spoilery.
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sketchdump.

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:42 pm
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ruffled blue heron sitting on a rope in ballpoint pen and tombow markers

a mouse sitting in a flowerpot with sorrel

doodle of Tykket

ballpoint pen value study of a japanese iris

wip shot of an attempted fanart of atomic blonde

portrait of a person laying on their side merging into fungi



In... order of posting, either L to R or Top to Bottom or something depending on where you're viewing this, but. (Click on them for full size.)

1. Just some random blue heron from a ref on pixabay. Turned out surprisingly well for a sketch that took about an hour, using markers I have no idea how to use with a very limited color selection.
2. My mouse on Mouse Guard is named Sorrel, and a friend of mine was talking about planting sorrel, the plant, in pots, and it just made me think of "potted Sorrel" so. I keep trying to color this and failing.
3. My Asuran mesmer on Guild Wars 2, Tykket. Someday I'll try to tackle the armor but I was just trying to work out how to customize her hair a bit to make her less generic.
4. An iris I decided to try to make a value study of using... ballpoint pen. It took me basically a full day, it was kind of ridiculous, and I regretted the decision one petal in, but it did turn out pretty neat.
5. WIP of fanart of Atomic Blonde that I'm failing to figure out how to actually color. I wanted to watercolor it, but I really am not good enough at watercolor yet and also still couldn't figure out how I actually wanted to color it, so I'm trying digital. Someday I'll finish it?
6. Left-handed drawing in ballpoint and colored pencil. Started out just as a doodle of fungi, then I got lazy about finishing the trunk and put a face on it instead.

I kind of hilariously got a couple more paints so I could have a better range of colors for watercolor and then... haven't managed to do anything.

(ETA: ughhh browser incompatibilities rendering flexbox, I'll try to fix the wrapping again tomorrow, sorry for the overflow.)
(ETA2: fixed, I think, hopefully isn't overflowing on anybody's system now... unless you're still on IE11, then I'm sorry)

transit and mode share

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:29 pm
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I've been reading a bunch of kchoze posts the past couple days. This one is on the economics of transit, and transit efficiency.

'if transit is economically inefficient, why are third world cities dominated by transit and not by personal cars? Why do the Japanese pay 10% of their income on transport versus 20% for Americans and Canadians?'

There are some numbers, and discussion of cost per mile vs. cost per trip. But there's one thing which I sort of gut felt that he spells out: transit friendly cities are denser, so they're more walkable as well.

Let me spell that out. In a sprawling car-centric city, up to 100% of trips may be taken by car. Actual numbers are more like 90%. [Caveat: that's share of trips to work, not all trips.] But you'll never see a city that's 90% transit mode share. (Some cities listed do get up to 70% transit, but again, that's commuting to work.) A city that has lots of transit is a city with lots of walking, too, especially if uses are decently mixed.

(I'm sort of imagining a degenerate case where there's no point to walking around one's residential neighborhood, not even for groceries or school or church, and having to catch transit elsewhere...)

So the reasonable target is not getting transit share really high, but car share low, with the slack being taken up by a mix of transit, walking, and bikes.

This has an extra economic effect: in Sprawlville, the cost of cars (roads, parking, cars, gas...) can be spread over almost all trips. Naively, the cost per trip of transit is doing to have a smaller denominator, only 40% of trips rather than 100%, even though the other non-car trips are part of a coherent dense system that must include transit.

annoying things done in fanfics

Sep. 14th, 2017 02:11 pm
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 When Sunset is depicted as anything other than the blatant dork lesbian that she is.

Although, please keep in mind, there is ONE guy that she's willing to shower attention and affection on ... his name is Ray. 

Voltron

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:34 am
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 I see a lot of people wondering if Coran has a British accent or an Australian one. The answer is actually neither. He has a New Zealand accent. He's voiced Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby, who also has a great deal of popularity in Australia. He is a really funny guy, and I enjoy his appearances on the Aussie Whose Line is it Anyway? 

Name five female...

Sep. 12th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Writers? Trivial for me.

Singers? Not hard.

Instrumental composers? Uh no, though I don't know that many composers period, especially living ones.

Visual artists? If comics and webcomics count, I can do it.

Painters? Haha no.

Equifax breach and credit protection

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:13 pm
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Couple of similar articles on what to do after the breach: https://www.consumerreports.org/equifax/how-to-lock-down-your-money-after-the-equifax-breach/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/your-money/identity-theft/equifaxs-instructions-are-confusing-heres-what-to-do-now.html?_r=0

They skip checking if you're affected (answer: probably yes), and recommend putting security freezes and fraud alerts on your accounts. Big three, plus this other one, Innovis? Anyway, I tried.

Equifax: fairly easy for both. Claims it will pass the alert on to the other Big Two. Their idea of a freeze PIN is amateur hour bullshit.

Experian: freeze in place for $5. Option to provide your own PIN, or accept their random 10 digit one. Rejected my alert attempt.

TransUnion: failed to do anything, even by phone. Requires making an account to try things online; rejects 21 character account passwords.

Innovis: freeze and alert in place. I was not given a freeze PIN via webpage.

I also turned on my credit card's activity alerts, and got a ShopSafe number, basically a number you can use online with its own credit sublimit and expiration date. You can have many, so in theory you could have one for each vendor or subscription. My bank doesn't do activity alerts, which has me thinking about a different bank...

Dunkirk

Sep. 8th, 2017 07:32 pm
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I’ve been feeling really down. The logical rational part of me is just shaking its head at me, understanding but probably thinking I shouldn’t be sad this long. (I come from a family that doesn’t acknowledge the validity of people’s feelings in a healthy way. Like they go “I get you’re sad. That’s why I’m not saying anything. Is there something you want me to say?” Or, “I’m even sadder than you, so you shouldn’t feel as sad,” based on the premise that it should make you feel better than you’re not the saddest person but it’s not an effing competition, it’s just making me feel like you think my feelings are trivial and I shouldn’t be worried or anxious because my problems aren’t the biggest or most material ones.)

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So I watched Dunkirk last Saturday (and maybe that’s why – I went to watch a movie, nothing to do with the content, but because I watched a movie and now the universe has decided that I enjoyed myself and must be accorded weeks of things disappearing for good or screwing up to make me upset or sad). One – I went to see it because it’s a Christopher Nolan movie; and two, because the premise sounded every interesting (the Dunkirk evacuation, told as a thriller, and in a three part narrative, each with it’s own time scale). I didn’t like how when I looked up info I kept running into Harry Styles images (urgh) and I admit I was disappointed with the lack of women (damn it, Nolan, if they’re not there, you can’t have a dead woman problem I guess) beyond background villagers and nurses on warships. I was really surprised to learn that there were women working as telegraph operators at Dunkirk and they were among the last operatives to evacuate.

I’m not expecting the film to be perfectly historically accurate. I expect fighter planes, ships, and soldiers running all over the place and huge scale explosions. Nolan does like blowing stuff up.

The film is interestingly told on three fronts, each with its own scale of time. The Mole (the long elevated platform where the soldiers have to line up because it’s the only spot where the ships can dock at Dunkirk to load passengers to take onto destroyers) takes place in the span of a week and focuses on soldiers desperately trying to get off the beach. The Sea takes place over the course of the day of the evacuation; the navy commandeers all the small pleasure ships it can get a hold of to sail them to Dunkirk in order to load soldiers from the beaches (which larger ships can’t do); one man, Mr. Dawson, decides sail his ship himself with his son Peter and Peter’s young friend George. The Air takes place in an hour, focusing on two air force pilots in a dogfight across the English channel trying to take down the German planes that are attempting to bomb the ships and the beaches where the soldiers are sitting ducks.

The Mole sequence is a long, exhausting, and desperate waiting game. The protagonist of the sequence is Tommy, the sole survivor of his unit, who makes multiple attempts to get off the beach only to wind up back there again. Every ship he manages to board sinks (to be honest, every damn ship is a target for German U-boats and planes) and if he isn’t escaping gunfire, he’s got to defend himself against other desperate British soldiers who seem to be willing to throw him at the mercy of the Germans to increase their own chances and drowning. The stranded trawler that gets them to sea winds up riddled with the results of German target practice (each shot into the hull made me panic and I just knew the boat was screwed, but they told themselves it would work), but gets Tommy and the soldiers (including Harry Styles’ Alex) far enough out to sea, only to land in oil from another sinking destroyer. He’s eventually rescued by Peter from The Sea sequence and makes it back to England, where he’s exhausted and surprised to discover the British are giving them a hero’s welcome when they expected to be booed and shamed. It’s summed up by Tommy’s comment “All we did was survive,” and a blind man handing the soldiers bread responds “Sometimes, that’s enough.”

The Sea sequence sees Mr. Dawson, Peter, and George in The Moonstone crossing the English Channel. Dawson is a composed and steady man throughout nearly the entire journey, which includes rescuing a shell-shocked soldier, whose fright at returning to Dunkirk has tragic consequence for George, and Collins, the downed pilot from The Air sequence, whom Peter saves from drowning. Dawson’s calm manner towards the Shivering Soldier (as Cillian Murphy’s character is listed in the credits, and for once, not being forced to put a bag on his head by Nolan) in order to ensure they can get safely to Dunkirk, and very emphatically contrasted with the sole moment he loses his composure – when he insists to Peter they have to try to save the pilot of the downed Spitfire (Collins). Peter reveals it might be because Peter’s older brother had been pilot who died in the early days of the war. I think The Sea might be sequence that goes the longest without some extremely evident and obvious action sequence, but it’s the one connects all three sequences together when the Little Ships of Dunkirk arrive (Commander Bolton sees the ships and tells his subordinate he sees “Home”) and The Moonstone rescues Tommy and the other soldiers from The Mole. Dawson is the steady presence the film needs, but it’s Peter who is the hero of The Sea sequence.

The last sequence, The Air, was probably the most thrilling and fun to watch. It’s entirely a dogfight, dominated primarily by ace pilot Farrier and wingman Collins. They have limited fuel and the British military is only sparing three air force pilots to go to Dunkirk, in order to prepare for the Battle of Britain. The Fortis Leader is knocked out early in the battle, leaving Farrier (Tom Hardy in another mask) to lead himself and Collins against the German planes. When Collins is forced to ditch (from Farrier’s perspective, he thinks Collins is fine but The Sea reveals that Collins was about the drown when The Moonstone arrived and Peter broke the cockpit cover with an oar), Farrier has to continue on alone with no idea how much fuel he has left (his fuel gauge broke and he was estimating based on the time and how much fuel Collins had left), but he manages to take down an impressive number of planes, including one about to bomb the beaches when Farrier’s completely out of fuel and is gliding across the sky). The Air sequence ends with Farrier safely landing on Dunkirk and setting his plane on fire, knowing that he’s stranded and is about to be captured by the Germans.

Dunkirk is visually very impressive. I think that’s probably expected of Nolan films. But it’s also got a constant running tension that increases as the film goes on (and it part of that is the ticking beat of Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack, which is based on the ticking of Nolan’s own pocket watch). It’s emotionally a very strange film, though, like I felt this strange sort of dissociation with what I was watching. I could feel the panic and desperation and the horrible sense of waiting, but I think the issue was it’s difficult to connect with any of the characters (which is what a lot of people pointed out, but I think it’s especially difficult for me because they’re all white guys – I probably feel more affected that they’re all men first, and then that they’re mostly all white). It left me feeling rather sombre and a bit adrift inside afterward.
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Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine. It was 5 male/5 female but why stop there :D Also I am just listing characters I love off the top of my head until I reach 5, I can never rank faves.

Female:
  1. Terezi Pyrope, Homestuck
  2. Leliana, Dragon Age series
  3. GlaDOS, Portal
  4. Anthy Himemiya, Revolutionary Girl Utena
  5. Toph Bei Fong, Avatar the Last Airbender


Male:
  1. Fenris, Dragon Age
  2. Miles Vorkosigan, Vorkosigan Saga
  3. Peter Wimsey, the Peter Wimsey series
  4. Wayward Vagabond, Homestuck
  5. Eugenides, the Queen's Thief series


Non binary:
  1. Shale, Dragon Age Origins
  2. Breq, Imperial Radch series
  3. Anaander Mianaai, Imperial Radch series
  4. Frisk, Undertale
  5. AuDy, Friends at the Table (Season 2, Counterweight)


(I had to really think for the male characters haha. Also I haven't finished Counterweight yet so don't know how I feel by the end)