Saturday, September 24, 2011

Minecraft: Misadventure Update

Minecraft screenshot
There are buttloads of commentaries on the Minecraft 1.8 "Adventure Update" out there, but not mine... until now!

In a nutshell: thumbs down. The hunger/food-no-longer-heals-directly thing is annoying. (There's a mod that reverts back to the old method, and it will probably find its way onto RavWorld.) The additional time it takes to eat and to pull the bow are also annoying. Experience orbs are killing performance for a lot of people; that's more of an implementation catastrophe than a broken feature.

What really gets me, though, is the people who bash on people who don't like the changes. They forget that one of the reasons Minecraft has been so popular among so many different people, from hardcore gamers to people who are usually meh about video games, is that different people enjoy different aspects of the game. Some people like exploring, some people like killing monsters, some people like building grand structures, some people like building mechanisms, and some people like different combinations of the above. So here's my solution to people who don't want to read forums posts from people saying they don't like the changes: don't read the forums. And maybe realize that just because someone else doesn't play the game the way you do doesn't mean their way is less valid, dumbass. As far as they're concerned, someone broke their favorite game.

Other than the hunger thing, most of the changes are cosmetic: new biomes and other landscape features and terrain-generation improvements, plus abandoned mineshafts and strongholds. The things I like are actually small and silly, maybe because they don't break anything else: giant 'shrooms, the "so-and-so died in such-and-such-a-way" messages, and some of the attractive caverns created by the new terrain generation methods.

Minecraft screenshot
Minecraft screenshot

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spoonerisms: Prepare for Cute Overload

I would totally watch that show.

Funny Pictures - Cute Kittens
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I would totally buy one of their phones.

Other: Date of My Last Tetanus Shot

Sept. 21, 2011

So, Monday morning I was walking to the bus stop and this ninja tree root just came out of nowhere and tripped me and I went flying.  I was in the dirt when my bus went by. But after taking inventory, I realized my right knee was butt-ugly, my left elbow was a little scraped, my left palm had taken some impact, but other all parts seemed to be attached and I managed to get to my feet and walk the block home moderately normally.  I washed everything out with soap and water, liberally applied Bactine, and logged back into work.

Yesterday my right knee was stiff and bruised but didn't look like it was about to fall off.  This morning, though, it didn't look any better, and since I was also pretty sure I hadn't had a tetanus booster in this millennium, I made an appointment with the urgent care center and went this afternoon.

The bad news:

  • Yup, it's infected.  The doc gave me a prescription for antibiotics, both oral and topical, in addition to a tetanus booster.

The good news:

  • I didn't faint after the tetanus booster, or even come close, even though the other nurse was scrubbing my tender knee at the same time.  (My last few episodes with medical needles had not ended so well.)
  • I was out of there in an hour.  That's pretty efficient.
  • I took the bus to the pharmacy that's about a mile from home, got my prescriptions, and walked home, stopping at Zankou for a tarna wrap...
  • Where they were having a falafel special.  Mmmm, their falafels are yummy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spoonerisms: Happy 5th Spooniversary!

5 years ago today, Spoon moved in!

Spoon, Day 1

Today (well, yesterday):
Spoon's Half of the Keyboard

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

News: Geek-O-Rama

This was very much how Spoon was behaving yesterday when I was trying to WFH: