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Minecraft Monday: Servers Fairly Strong

Well, after about three solid days of failure on Minecraft’s main server’s end, it is finally running smoothly.  Well, fairly smoothly.  Today I kept getting timed out errors that did not happen the previous week, but I dunno if that’s the main game or just my bud’s server.  I’ll leave that issue be for today though, as I had a great time this week!  Here’s a few shots that I got a kick out of, mixed from old ones I had on the PC with some online shots I took recently:

Minecraft: Smooth Stone Mountain

This is a cool shot of Smooth Stone Mountain.  Even got a Creeper jumping around at the bottom of it.  Fired up a new save to see this, oddly dirt-less mountain.  Odd, but helped me find a bunch of coal and a few bits of iron.  I likes it!

Minecraft: Creeper CSI

Minecraft CSI: Creeper Scene Investigation

Green and bloated victim was found early this morning.  Large slashing wounds signify the use of an elongated blade, something similar to a hand-and-a-half sword from the middle ages.  Mineral residue suggestions the edge of the blade was iron, but I’ll let our boys run a few tests.  Also found a few random arrows lodged in the sand but none seemed to have damaged the victim.  We traced the body in redstone powder and asked the owner of the residence if they heard anything out of place.  They claimed that nothing was out of the ordinary, though the sheathed blade at his side and the bow on the wall said otherwise.  Sending a warrant approval from to Judge Notch to search the premises.

Minecraft: Chunk Glitch Supreme

Chunk Glitches are amazingly rampant online.  Single player is flawless, from what I’ve seen, but in a round trip from ‘the Alamo’ to the Misses’ tree house generally leads to at least two of these glitches, or ‘void zones’ as we started calling them.  Was a terrible pain when the Minecraft server was basically down all last week, as it hampered or completely stalled gameplay and we couldn’t reconnect to fix it as we’d have to wait almost an hour sometimes to get back on.  Thankfully now we can just reload, and even better we can see where dungeons or diamonds are ^_^

Minecraft: Slimes!  Slimes Everywhere!

Final shot for today is of the insanely kawaii slimes.  I just heard these lil’ blighters have made their way back into the game in the most recent patch, but are crazy-hard to find instead of randomly placed at lower levels.  This shot is more of a homage to the little guys, and just how many I found on a daily basis before the hellish-Halloween Update occurred.  Still got nightmares of those spawns down in my mines…

Minecraft Monday: As Delayed As the Server’s Ping

So, yeah!  Kinda hard to be over-joyed about Minecraft considering the past 24 friggin’ hours the servers have been shot.  Since the patch my buddies server wasn’t working as the software wasn’t behaving right on the host’s end, so they finally rigged it to work for all of us, and the day after, the servers go boom >.<

If anyone wanted to know how my Minecraft experience was the past few I’d have to sum it up with zee following image:

24 Hours of Minecraft Fun

I thought things would be solved by now, but that is the first thing Minecraft has displayed to me this morning.  All last night my buds kept getting locked out of the game for large stretches of time.  Notch tweeted about the servers being very slow, once, and that was it.  Not that he’s working to fix it, not that they would lock up completely by that night, but he did find time to mention they were installing new coffee machines in his office ;>.>

Today his blog reads that they are now working on moving the servers to a bigger place, which is good.  But they are still down now.  Which is bad.  Next paragraph:

In other news, we spent the day today out of the office in various cafés, as the floor was getting fixed. And we got the Machinima.com IGA awards! They’re pretty!

Well that’s just wonderful.  More coffee and awards while the game remains unplayable online.  Stupendous.

Before that crap started to increase the frustration levels, we did have a good time yesterday.  I started a handful of forest fires that spread quite a distance.  I spent most of the day-hours travelling to that island and clearing the burning timbers and charting a course back to my cousin’s Alamo-like docking station he’s got set up.

The Misses constantly has a spider problem at night, so we decided to help clear out a cave she had under her base.  And thus started the great Cave Trek of 2011.  We ended up sailing by boat until we happened to see a cave with this at it’s mouth:

Minecraft Co-op  Landscape

Naturally occurring lava, water, and ice all in a tight area.  And no cobblestone either, was a nice mix.  Right about here is when the adventure was kicked up several pegs as this cave structure is the largest inner-connected structure I have seen in the game yet.  It seems to be like a cave which was camouflaging itself as a mountain at this point, as there are tens of entrances alone, with multitudes more cave systems branching out.  I really want a bud to record this and put it up on youtube, the ‘walkthrough’ alone would eat up 10 minutes, and even that wouldn’t show every twist and turn we have going on.  What made this particular cave so formidable, is that there happens to be one of every mob spawner in there.  We took out the zombie spawner at the cost of my cousin’s loot, as I wasn’t able to reclaim the items before they disappeared (which is annoying as items seem to last a long long time now due to some glitch perhaps, but his items were gone before the 5 minute marker by a long shot). 

We later took out a spider spawner, but still have a skele and creeper spawner within range of one another.  It’s rather daunting to have four different directions and several levels to look out for at the same time.  While going up to resupply ourselves we constantly heard explosions going off from distant creeper attacks, usually followed by an unsavory comment from my cousin.

I’d post more pictures but the servers are down and will not let me login, let alone reach the online game waiting to be played.  Disappointing and frustrating to say the least.

Here’s a closing shot of one of those tricky spiders staring down at me like Ceiling Cat.

Minecraft Co-op: Spider Senses

Practice Makes Perfect

If you needed any proof that you can do anything you set your mind out to accomplish, watch the following.

He does other songs, too.  I liked this snippet the most, reminded me of Cool Boarders, which I think is part of the ‘so old what the heck was that?’ category, so I’ll just say it was the grandfather to SSX.  (SSX is coming out with a new game soon, but I’m not exactly wow’d with the angle they are trying to spin it, sadly.  Tricky was probably the best the series had to offer, but until I play this next one I shan’t judge pre-emptively.)

Bonus video! 

Below is a film called Validation.  Has Hodgins from Bones as the main character.  It put me in a good mood.  If you have the spare time, I recommend it.  (I plan on showing it to the Misses tomorrow and getting huggles for it’s cuteness.)

Minecraft Million Milestone

Welp, it happened.  Minecraft has sold over one million copies of the game, just under an hour ago.  This October when I gots me the game it was about 400-500,000ish copies sold.  When I last posted about it 21 days ago, it was released as Beta with 855263 copies sold.  That means about 144,737 copies of the game have been sold at roughly just under 7,000 a day (average).  While I am glad the game has come this far already, I did wish to keep a count for another reason than a simple tally. 

Those hundred forty-four thousand plus copies sold were all more expensive than  it was in Alpha, and each of those may rightfully have to pay for every large expansion to the game it incurs, possibly monthly.  I’m sure some have just found out about the game now, as it’s Facebook presence has grown from 45,811 almost a month ago to 153,473, but it boggles the mind at how many knew about the game but waited to buy it until after the hoist in cost and planned costs will occur in the future.  Boggles, I say!

In more personal Minecraft related news, the multiplayer server I posted a solitary shot of will be reset today or tomorrow, but thankfully the server host got a backup copy so I can continue tinkerin’ with stuff with the Misses on a local connection if we so choose.  But speaking of pictures, it has been awhile since I posted that *one* and since I uploaded quite a few shots to flickr on Christmas, why not finally showcase a few right here? 

Behold Minecraft Day One shots!  (There’s only four, don’t get all anxious on me now.)  They are sorta smallish, so feel free to click them to make em bigger.  Thar’ hosted on flickr as these would start to eat up my allowed space on wordpress, so don’t freak if a new pages opens up once you click em’ ^_^

Minecraft Day 1: Outside View

A look at our base after our first co-op survival multiplayer attempt, monsters turned on and not on peaceful.  It ain’t winnin’ awards for style, but it’s keepin’ the Creepers at bay.

Minecraft Day 1: First Floor

First floor.  Close up of the chest and workstuffs!  Look at that chicken down there, you rascle!  Inside view of our base, furnace a-glowin’, probably with glass.  Since that is the one and only thing I have ever seen the Misses use the furnace for.  Sigh.
Minecraft Day 1: Misses' 'Balcony'

The Misses’ Balcony.  This was something the Misses was working on.  No idea what she had planned.  She likes to make things look purdy’ topside, while I prefer to mine shtuff up from below.  We even each other out.  Minecraft.  For Matches Made In Heaven.  I like how the chicken that found its way in is warming up in the sunlight.  Also, this is the proper way to waste a stack or three of torches.  No better way to say thank-you to the significant other for going out and slash-n-burning forests than throwing around all there hard-earned goods willy nilly.  Thank the flying spaghetti monster the game doesn’t charge for electricity or this floor alone would be a stack of gold bars a week.
 Minecraft Day 1: Mining View

The last of the Day One shots, this time a view of zee Mining Shaft.  One of my mining floors, got it situated so every ten levels I have another one of these hubs.  It’s setup to be used as further points to spread out to mine, but I could just as easily make them fountains or something and fill em with water.  Yes that’s dirt and gravel, I will go back and replace them all.  Since I did already after this picture was taken.  That was a cool two hours of time invested. 

‘Say, Encrazed.  What do you feel like doing for lunch?

Well I had this swell idea of harvesting wood from the trees outside I had to replant the last time I used them, turning that into lumber to heat a furnace I made from solid stone to heat these bits and pebbles hot enough to turn them into a more stream-lined look.  Then I’ll have to move or destroy all of the previously placed blocks that simply don’t match which should fill in the rest of my day.

‘Wow, that seems rather elaborate for a utility shaft…why would anyon–

BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED.

Then, of course, all the extra wood and stacks of coal I had gets turned into a thousand more useless torches to light the balcony region of our fortress.  Yes, it’s a full-on fortress at this point. But I’ll get to that in another day or so >.<

10, 9, 8, 20, 7, 19, 6, 18…. Chicago’s Annual Miscounting Day! (New Years)

I was going to make a post about this before it inevitably happened just to chuckle at my pragmatic ways, but ‘tings happen.  (My younger cousin came over for the holidays and wanted to hit 75 on his warrior in WoW before he went back home, so I let him get his game on.  In the process my access to the pc was limited so that is why this is a little delayed.  Also the misses got my a PS3 which would have just been rude if I did not play that all hours of a day.  Etiquette first, lads.  Etiquette first.)

Why is it that every New Year’s ‘celebration’ held in New York is grand and at the very least accurate, and why is Chicago’s held in such an inverse way?  Every year we get to see New York count it down in style as the whole process should be rather simple, but then when the clock ticks down to our turn, every single station in the Chicago land area botches the job so effortlessly?  The difficulty should arise within lining up entertainment and keeping the drunken lots on camera herded together and in a comatose state before the countdown reinvigorates them into belting out Auld Lang Syne. 

The countdown to the fireworks and noisemakers is the easy part, yet consistently, annually there exists a brief stutter in time where the telecasters are counting down the seconds and about half way through the cartoonized numbers start animating across the screen stating the actual countdown.  I need to seek out Steven Hawking or Doctor Emmet Brown to begin to visualize how this short-lived split time-stream can occur simultaneously, and why how it seals itself off exactly at midnight without forming a Time Paradox.

I understand that there has to be buffer to allow the possibility of previously stated drunken lots ample time to swear and be bleeped out by the censors manning the Censo-Button.  This is understandable when Live TV collides with large audiences consuming ‘festive holiday spirits’ but this can easily be accounted for and avoided. 

          1.     Clearly there was some sort of delay for safety/censor reasons, or someone that was involved in the Dubya -vs- Gore presidential ballot in Florida is working the count down on every channel.  Even so, New York seems to be doing just fine and they have a great deal more people on camera at any one time.  If this means they are masters at all things clockwork, or simply lie to either the audience in person or those at home as to what the actual countdown is, it looks authentic and accurate. 

(I say lie because due to that few seconds of buffer needed to bleep out something unsavory to the audience at home they either have to time it up to be accurate for those watching it on TV, thus those there in person are celebrating it early a few seconds; or they are just casting the footage of other people counting it down accurately, in which case those at home are stuck a few seconds behind.  Somethings gotta give!)

After all, the main reason I notice it is botched in the mid-west is from the conflicting time on the screen and the people shouting the numerals, so keep them the same and wrong or right, all affected will think it to be precise.  It is all an excuse to get liquored up and kiss the significant other anyway.  Doesn’t need to be run by NASA to chant the same numbers at once here, folks.

          2.     To avoid a delay that noticeable, scan your party pool closely and avoid serving alcohol entirely, or at the very least just minutes before the celebration to avoid inebriation and embarrassing spills, as well as the f-bomb and whatever else some griefer might be willing to cry out just to get his one moment of pre-adolescent fame.  The parties shown on the localish news were rather small, say fifty in a large ballroom, and that was sufficient enough to keep the delay short, but for crying out loud, keep the numbers that audience is saying and the ones flashing so vividly on screen identical!  The title of the post was quite what I heard across every channel minus the one streaming from half the nation away.  Sounded like a game of pong with its beeps and bloops replaced with drunken and daft proclamations of random numbers, the string of digits changing each time the pellet or ball makes contact with the bar…or whatever that rectangular thing was supposed to be.

If all else fails at the time of the reveal, just cut the microphones all together and fade in Auld Lang Syne or whatever other fitting song comes to mind and people at home will get the idea of the festivities going down as the timer hits zero.  Add in a cross-fade to stock fireworks-at-night footage and boom goes the dynamite.

For people fearing that this could be our last year, that was a terrible sendoff into the potential final New Year’s we’ll see.  And if that really is the case, no matter how unlikely it is, does it matter if one lone jackarse gets through the barricade of censors and shouts a stream of obscenities?  At the rate of what words are being allowed on basic television, it won’t be that long till we run out of taboos.

But, enough of that.  Until the next New Years, anyway ^_^  Here’s the ending of It’s A Wonderful Life, in case anyone missed it during it’s like ONE playing this year.  Every time I checked it was never on, while Scrooged and A Christmas Story were on non-stop, as well as all the versions of Christmas Carol playing in rotation, like planets orbiting a really rich and crotchety moon.

Happy New Years, all!

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