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by Knurek at 5:59 AM EST on January 23, 2016
Trying to read the newest Stephenson novel, Seveneves.

He still hasn't learned how to write an ending, he always just seems to run out of pages in his works. This time at least he wrote a 300 page epilogue, that doesn't really have anything in common with the main book.

Still recommended.
by hcs at 6:09 AM EST on January 23, 2016
I had Seveneves out from the library but had to return it before I got far, didn't even get to the darn earth being destroyed. What I did read I didn't care enough about to want to start reading it again. Didn't like Reamde either.

I wish he'd do another historical fiction like The Baroque Cycle or Cryptonomicon or pseudo-historical like Anathem.
by hcs at 1:27 AM EST on January 24, 2016
Is Auralux something like Eufloria (aka Dyson)? Looks kinda like it, I'd played that once years ago.
by hcs at 6:56 AM EST on January 29, 2016
Been bingeing on The Witness the last few days, got pretty much everything I know about complete, including the credits which were an awesome surprise (except for some secrets that I know how to do in principle but which aren't essential to my happiness). 439 panels complete.

Stuck on the shipwreck, which I really just don't even know how to approach. This is the last puzzle I know about besides one which I think will only unlock when everything else is complete.

Then again I may be overlooking something...

Yep, definitely missed something.

edited 7:34 AM EST January 29, 2016
by dj4uk6cjm at 11:39 PM EST on January 30, 2016
Well I've been catching up on some of my favorite cw shows supernatural and vampire diaries lately and I'm quite surprised how things turned out this week for the start of the new season, I actually love and hate that cass is the new lucifer now because he should've stayed in his cage and cass was a fool to merge with him but at the same time I'm happy lucy gets some screen time.

Vampire diaries has been just disappointing thus far since the salvatore brothers died and had their souls trapped inside the phoenix stone, whether it was real or fake they actually had damon kill everyone he loved when he escaped the stone lol the series is going down hill, it was better when nina dobrev was still on the show. Hopefully she returns to undo the mess thats befallen mystic falls.
by hcs at 12:20 PM EST on January 31, 2016
I finally, after many hours over the last few days, completed "a certain challenge" in The Witness. Still have a lot of little secret things to pick up, but that was the main thing I wanted.
by AnonRunzes at 12:50 PM EST on January 31, 2016
I'm trying to rip a USF using the newest version of Project64(that is, the last build I got from somewhere). Can someone responsible for the IDA plugins/scripts/libraries/tools required for USF ripping update these for the newest version of Project64?
by hcs at 1:50 PM EST on January 31, 2016
USF ripping mostly involved being able to compile Project 64 yourself to put in hacks and generate sparse save states/ROMs. I don't know anything about the newer Project 64, and I'm not involved with N64 stuff anymore, really.

I wrote the IDA plugin, but I don't have a setup anymore where I can compile IDA plugins. I think the source is online, but it didn't do much anyway besides load the RAM and start auto-analysis at the current PC (iirc).
by hcs at 2:45 AM EST on February 21, 2016
I've just (in the last day) backed two video game music arrangement crowdfunding projects:
Triforce Quartet's New Album: Ultima Phantasia
Video Games Live: Level 5

Played The Talos Principle a week or so ago, nice puzzles and some interesting ideas. It seemed very unfocused and busy with careless detail to me, after coming from The Witness. I can see why some people like Talos more, the story is more coherent and the subtext more explicit, but I didn't really find the story all that interesting or the shallow tie-in between the philosophy and the game very compelling.

I think the explicit stuff in The Witness is just there to give you something to think about, if you want, while doing puzzles and exploring, but Talos seems to feel like it is telling you what the game is *about*, though it seems largely disconnected from what you actually do.

For instance, a lot of the stuff you do for the extra bonus stars is a subversion of the implicit contract with the game, but this isn't actually tied in with the whole "disobedience" plot at all, which seems like a wasted opportunity. There is a throughline through the game's plot which seems to involve a lot more choices and gives you credit for going your own way, but it is obviously the thing that you actually should do. The stuff that actually requires you to figure out how to "break" some things, breaking out of the apparent puzzle structure, is just treated as sanctioned bonus content. I think this is because they want people to play through the linear plot, so there can't be plot in stuff which is supposed to be hard and hidden, since people may not find it.

Also dug out Infinifactory again, played that a bit with my brother giving advice.

edited 2:49 AM EST February 21, 2016
by hcs at 10:50 AM EDT on March 16, 2016
Chronicles of Time, a 5-disc Chrono Trigger arrangement album, came out last month and I missed it somehow. Run by the same guy who put together Spectrum of Mana, it's the same kind of mixed bag, mostly good, though.

It's only available for sale, unlike SoM, I think the minimum is $20, but it's properly licensed (supposedly) and proceeds go to charity.

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