Friday, May 6, 2011

those who feel me near pull the blinds and change their minds

City of Heroes has a fashion magazine now. I'm not entirely sure how this is going to work, but I'm definitely intrigued enough to read the issues.

Moving a bit beyond the virtual to space, it took forty-seven years and the invention of thirteen new technologies, but the end result? Sending four perfect gyroscopes into space. But what they will learn in the process, what they have already learned, should be proof enough even for the greatest skeptic that the space program is vital to continue to fund.

The house that inefficiency built! It is definitely worth it--just from a games perspective, whether you like Minecraft or not--to read through all the links. Deliberately inefficient design, refined and purified to the most inefficient ways to do things...It's hysterical to read the commentary on the pictures. And oh yes, there are pictures.

And getting back to Minecraft, just in terms of pretty pictures, this one qualifies. The shape of the bow, the wildgrass mod...it's cubically lovely.

And now, more Minecraft? More Minecraft. (Someday I'll be done with the picture backlog...)

(from the Minecrafting album)

Why firing arrows in the base is a bad idea. Or at least is a bad idea if you're on a computer with a slow processor on multiplayer Minecraft, which--as said--is still buggy as hell.

(from the Minecrafting album)

But at the least I had fun taking pictures. Now you see him--now you don't!

(from the Minecrafting album)

The view from my cliffside base, towards Hank's base--which, coincidentally, is where everyone on multiplayer spawns at first. He builds huge structures, but they're monuments to protection and craft. This one in particular is a multi-layered structure that contains a mob harvester, a testing platform for redstone circuitry, the beginnings of what may well be a continent-spanning railway system, the wolf pack sleeping area, a small (four-bed) safe sleeping area, tunnels to all the other bases, and a passive mob/farming zone. All of it safe within high walls that are impossible for even spiders to climb.

Quite remarkable.

(from the Minecrafting album)

I installed the wildgrass mod, I believe I mentioned that. And the first time I saw it in action, it gave me scrub grass on the sand and little cacti flowers scattered about. Lovely, and it went far to creating a more 'natural' look to Minecraft.

(from the Minecrafting album)

Unfortunately, as I moved to more temperate zones, things got...furrier. Maybe it was time for a revisit of the original concept.

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