Posts in Category: Life

Baby shower

A friend of mine is due to give birth to a baby boy in June! So I knitted a hat, some socks and mittens for him. I hope it’s not too hot for all this.

Poyo, protector of knit items

Poyo, protector of knit items

Ravelry links for yarn and patterns used:

I bought some Berocco yarn from the local yarn shop. It’s been a while since I’ve knit with non-animal fibers but this yarn ended up being very soft and fairly easy to knit up unlike Red Heart Saver yarn XD The strands do seem to come apart easily. It also twists on itself, but I’ve been having this problem with many other yarns. Not sure if that’s the norm?

I’m tempted to make a second hat since this one is so cute!

Sword of the Stars: The Pit

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I’ve been playing this game on and off for the past month, dying over and over again as the Engineer until I decided to save scum. And…

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There is no need for another weapon.

I got really lucky with being able to craft an Adamantium Sword and playing half the game as a sword-wielding engineer. Had 3 x 10% damage increase and 1 x 50% durability increase mods in that baby! Did not need to repair it even once.

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The real saviour.

A great little game from Kerberos Productions! I’ll be looking forward to the expansion for more punishment 😀

Next will be an attempt to reach Silver League in Starcraft II.

Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition!

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I got my hands on the Dark Souls PC Edition for $15 USD during the crazy winter PC game sales on Amazon.com (many thanks to Log). Thanks to DSFix, I can now enjoy this game in 1080p along with custom text D: Oh, and being able to take nice screenshots is another plus.

Oh yeah, I'm so best!

Oh yeah, I’m so best!

Oh yeah, I’m so best! Now the unfortunate part of this is that the death message was replaced by “You died like a bitch” which is not the best when you are dying against Capra Demon because Capra Demon.

I couldn’t find a way to import my PS3 character to the PC version, so decided to start a mage playthrough for kicks and co-op.

Poiyo?

WTF twintails?

Starting as a mage was so different from my usual playstyle that I struggled a lot with the beginning of the game. At first, I thought I would be able to deal without using the Drake Sword, but halfway to the Gargoyles I finally relented and started two-handing the damned thing. Girl, what were you thinking?

It sucks that magic does low damage at first, you cannot use a shield because of two-handing a sword, and you are as squishy as a mosquito (…or I just suck at this game :D). Getting the Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring and Homing Soulmass spell helped a bunch though. I can finally charge at people again without fear!

Low int?!

Oh look at that sexy int stat!

Planned final stats.

I’ve also restarted Leon (now Onion Leon), planning to build him exactly the same way so I can go take on the DLC. About to go into the sewers.

Onion Leon

Missing that Onion headgear!

I got really lucky and got a Black Knight Sword and Greatsword drops from the first two Black Knights, so Leon is really plowing through the game (5 hits for the first Gargoyle!).

Onion Leon stats

Still early in the game.

#1reasonwhy

You may have heard of the hashtag #1reasonwhy that has been making its way through Twitter. I’ve been thinking about posting this to Twitter, but since I am not directly involved with game design I’ve decided to post this here instead. For a bit of context, I used to participate in the local Blazblue community regularly and have attended tournaments including Evo 2012. There are multiple reasons why:

  • Being wary to get on streams because of hurtful comments from stream viewers.
  • Being afraid to speak out loud on a mic in online games because I have a fairly high pitched voice.
  • Being followed around during a tournament by a person who was screaming that I was amazing for being able to combo in a fighting game.
  • Always feeling like I need to prove myself to other people, to show them that women can indeed be decent at games.
  • Dressing conservatively because you don’t know when someone will take a photo of you without your knowledge.

On the plus side, the overwhelming majority of the people that I have met through gaming are not like that and it is absolutely worthwhile to get out there and support your favourite games.

I hope that this spark of discussion will bring this problem to light for those who were not aware of it.

Get your bot on hackathon!

I had the pleasure of attending the Get your bot on event this past weekend (Nov 23rd-25th 2012). It was a two day event where people interested in robotics got together to produce a working robot. My workplace was sponsoring the event, so I figured I would get some learning going!

Get your bot on was held at the Mozilla Open Space floor, which was awesome!

Saturday

I was working with some co-workers to create Lurchbot, a robot that lurches towards destruction of whatever is in front of it. It is powered by a photonic cornex, otherwise known as an LED cube.

Transistor skill up!

Then we worked on the motor wiring.

By night we had a very flimsy prototype going. Made out of foam board, breadboards, pre-made gear boxes and lots of duct tape!

Sunday

Sunday was spent mostly cleaning up the wires and replacing everything that was plug-and-play with soldered parts for assured destruction.

And there is the end product!

It worked as intended, so I will consider this a success!

There were many good entries to the competition including but not limited to:

  • A robot acting like a cat which you could pet and it would wag its tail (my personal favourite)
  • A mustache drawing robot
  • An automated lawnmower
  • A sensual touch table experiment
  • A tumbleweed bot!
  • A mannequin that would respond to music
  • … and a robot that produces dubstep.

Would definitely attend again!