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Managing water and electricity resources in Cities: Skylines, the Daring way

It's simple. Overhead is the best head. (That sounded way better in my head...)       Will you need this much water, sewage and electrical production capacity? Yes. With a small city? Probably not, but it'll be there if your city grows big enough to handle all that capacity. So, better have it early before your city grows and you're unable to keep up with electrical, sewage and water demand.

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just bad puns

I got a job working with horses. It, so far, has provided me with a pretty stable income. I had a Kia, but it was stolen. Now I have Nokia. A tree's life was cut in half after it was struck by lightning. Locals now refer to it as the Half-Life tree. Microsoft Valve really released some Steam back in 2003! They even added a Source. They never added a Pipeline until later, though. Someone asked me how I was carrying an entire house, saying I must be wicked strong! I told them "No, bro,

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The single best upgrade you can do for a computer with <1GB RAM

Upgrade it to >1GB RAM.   I'm serious, I did that with my Thinkpad T40 (which I bought with 768MB RAM) and upgraded it to 1.5GB RAM, and the performance shot right up. Applications load faster, the OS loads faster, everything about it feels faster. I feel like I did the old girl a huge favor by doubling the RAM.

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Daring's E3 2015 Survival Guide

Don't fall for the hype. Hype only leads to disappointment, as we've seen time and time and time again. It's always, always better to be cautiously optimistic for something than it is to fall for the hype, as you won't be disappointed then if it fails to live up to its promises. Assume all gameplay footage is false. E3 is basically about building up hype for an upcoming game to get pre-orders. To try to achieve this, companies often use pre-rendered, heavily-scripted or otherwise falsified ga

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If I may have a moment to vent...

Between 2003 and 2008, I went to the League School of Greater Boston, a private special education school in Walpole, MA. Going there was probably one of the worst mistakes I've ever made.   I've been doing some thinking lately, especially about how unwilling I am to do work, especially homework. The feeling has lasted for over a decade now. Funnily enough, it started in 2004, a year after I first went to the League School.   This isn't a tale necessarily about just me, though. This is a tale

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The Thinkpad will live on

So last night, after failing to get Windows XP transferred to the new mechanical drive for my IBM Thinkpad T40, I decided to throw Linux Mint on the new drive.   Getting the live CD I created to boot took a bit of work due to the kernel requiring PAE on the processor, and the Banias architecture Pentium Ms (2003 - 2004) don't properly announce their support for PAE, but I managed to make it work and now the machine is running Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce without many hitches. The biggest problem I've

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Daring's Dream Laptop

So, even though it's basically unusable right now, I've basically fallen in love with my IBM Thinkpad T40. So me trying to revive it has basically become a labor of love... for technology. And now I've been thinking, what would be my dream laptop?   Well, for starters, the keyboard layout on the T40 is absolutely brilliant.   IBM designed it so that workers could easily transition from desktop to laptop and vice versa. That is pretty damn clever. Unfortunately Lenovo seems to have forgotten

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But what if Thinkpad was, in fact, kill? (update)

So as I was decrapifying this new old IBM Thinkpad T40 I got in the mail earlier, this happened.     "Well, shit." I said to myself, thinking the old mechanical drive crashed. Of course, this thing is from 2003, so it's probably bound to have issues. It's also making buzzing and clicking noises now, which is definitely not healthy.   But then... what if Thinkpad was not kill?   It booted up just fine. It was not kill confirmed.   UPDATE: It crashed again. Yup, the old mech drive is g

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Ignore the last entry.

It was not my internet connection preventing me from streaming. It was, instead, the stream key I had entered into OBS.   I rate Twitch.tv a 10/10, but the stream must go on.

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Thanks, Comcast.

Can't stream today. I'll try again tomorrow, then on Thursday, and if neither of those days work out I'll just record myself playing with the NES controller and upload it to YouTube.   UPDATE

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Half-Life with a NES controller, it's totally happening

So I got this USB NES controller in the mail today.     Perfect controller for NES emulation, right? Pfffft, too mainstream. I'm playing Half-Life with it! ^ totally legit box art   Yes, this is actually happening, and I will stream it happening live on Twitch.tv tomorrow. I'll try to make the stream Euro-friendly for Europeans who want to see me struggle do amazingly through the game with the NES controller, but I cannot make any guarantees.           I guess you can say that I'm

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On Team Fortress 2

I don't play TF2 anymore. It was bound to happen eventually, but after nearly six years of playing it I grew bored of it and stopped playing. Didn't help that the last few games I've played were largely one-sided against my team, who seemed to prefer dicking around in spawn while I went out all Rambo on the other team, who were actually playing the fucking game, meaning combat was often five or so on one. So fair, guys. And this didn't just happen on Valve servers, oh no, it happened on a lot of

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Hey, you(tube).

Yeah, you. The other guy on the other side of the screen.   Don't you love those YouTube tutorials, with the obnoxious, massively overdone dubstep intros that take up anywhere from 30 seconds to a full minute? And are 10 minutes long with only 30 seconds of actual content, preceded and followed by minutes upon minutes of fluff and non-content, sponsor spots and instructions so cryptic, so hard to follow not even the world's best cryptographers can decipher them? And then after this, an also ma

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l-o-d-s of e-a m-o-n-e

What's that spell? LOADS OF EA MONEY! Probably.   April 23, 2015:   Today:   And this is why nobody takes mainstream gaming media seriously (or at least I hope so).

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Pokémon: Who can and can't fly

Ground/Dragon type. Pokédex entry: "When it folds up its body and extends its wings, it looks like a jet plane. It flies at sonic speed."   Can't learn fly.     Bug/Flying. Visibly has wings.   Can't learn Fly.   Pure Dragon type. Also visibly has wings.   Can't learn fly.   Ground/Ghost type. Literally just a haunted golem.   Can learn fly.     Normal/Flying type. A foot-tall bird.   Can learn fly.

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