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 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: How will music evolve?

Posted: 14 May 2013, 8:34 pm 

Replies: 44
Views: 3,207


Music has always been in evolution. I think we're at a point where it is unclear where the next phase of evolution will come from. What's clear is that something's going to overthrow rock music, if it hasn't been the case already. These days, there is no shame among "hip" people in admitting you lik...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Do you find other aspies are easier to be friends with?

Posted: 14 May 2013, 8:10 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 6,929


I've found -- at least in my experience -- Aspies can be pretty brutal to each other. I went to a summer camp for people on the spectrum back in high school and it became "Lord of the Flies" at some points with the amount of ostracism going on. There were no more than 15 of us and yet within a week,...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Modding and Tweaking, anyone?

Posted: 14 May 2013, 7:54 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 2,116


I heavily mod certain games, but it's downloading other people's mods. I'd barely know where to begin in creating custom content. SimCity 4 would not be what it is today without an insanely dedicated mod community that allowed the players to properly unleash their creativity. Back in the day I had a...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Wolfenstein: The New Order

Posted: 14 May 2013, 7:45 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,642


Hm. If Bethesda actually developed this... an open-world Wolfenstein RPG would be interesting, to say the least. I remember loading up the old shareware disc and blasting through the shareware episode of Wolfenstein. This was back in the DOS days -- we had a shareware CD with hundreds of games and I...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Online Degrees vs "Regular" Degrees

Posted: 14 May 2013, 7:37 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 3,511


I'll reiterate what others are saying. These days, many of the big state universities have online programs. Often a program like this will be in a discipline geared towards working professionals and will essentially be a standard degree in online form. However, avoid the trap of the for-profit unive...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: On the hunt for a new computer

Posted: 12 May 2013, 11:16 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 953


I can't speak for Australia in particular but building your own machine is your best bet. Fortunately, building your own machine is much easier than it used to be. Parts these days are essentially "plug and play". For example I remember building 10 years ago and spending hours tracking down problems...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: 24 and never been clubbing dated or been invited to parties

Posted: 27 Apr 2013, 3:06 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 133,506


Clubbing is not worth it. Unless you really like electronic music or chart pop -- then there might be a point. It's all overload -- and that's the intent. EDM (electronic dance music) people say that the visceral nature of the music lends to this amazing sensory experience. I don't get it. Same with...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Brutal Doom

Posted: 27 Apr 2013, 2:59 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,306


I've heard about Brutal Doom but surprisingly have never tried it myself. So I am presuming that this mod sits on top of other Doom levels instead of containing its own maps? If so -- I agree, these kinds of mods/conversions are great excuses to go back and re-play the classic megawads. Scoredoom di...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: Programming Languages

Posted: 25 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 10,728


They taught us Java back when I was in college.

I had to use C, Python, MATLAB, Mathematica, Maple, and FORTRAN in some form or another in school, although that doesn't mean I can actually code in these. I'm trying to do Project Euler in Python now to re-learn programming.

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: How many hours per week do you spend with games?

Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 10:54 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 3,027


Steam logs me at roughly 10 hours/week on a typical week. This, of course fluctuates depending on real life -- e.g. if I have visitors one weekend, or need to fly home another weekend, etc.... Work takes top priority, then real life, then come frivolities like gaming and the Internet. I think even w...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Khan Academy

Posted: 23 Apr 2013, 10:42 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 6,133


I really enjoyed the finance lectures on Khan Academy. Thought they gave a good "nuts and bolts" explanation of fixed income and derivative securities and how they fit into the global picture. Never got the chance to look at the other stuff there. Coursera's a bit trickier because the courses are pa...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: XBox 720/Infinity/Whatever... and activation codes

Posted: 23 Mar 2013, 5:25 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 846


It's interesting that in the PC games market they'd (rather successfully) stopped used games from having much worth. Look at products like Steam, Origin, etc... PC gamers love Steam because the sales are fantastic, but in the end I have to remember that in the end it is a DRM service. I have no plan...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Latest Video Game Purchased

Posted: 23 Mar 2013, 5:20 pm 

Replies: 843
Views: 97,236


Simcity 5.

Yeah, bad idea. I ended up reinstalling Simcity 4 and have been playing that like crazy.

I did get $20 Amazon credit and free Mass Effect 3, so it can't be too horrible. In a way, that recoups about half what I paid.

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Simcity 4 is impossible

Posted: 23 Mar 2013, 5:17 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 2,138


No, the game is just hard. Especially if unmodded and Rush Hour is not installed, it can be brutal because of the unoptimized pathfinding. Try installing the NAM (Network Addon Mod) and most (but not all) traffic/pathfinding issues will become less severe. Basically, the mods (like NAM) make the gam...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: Metro 2033

Posted: 10 Mar 2013, 5:11 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,192


If you are playing on PC... Your PC has to be a beast though. There are DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 modes, and the DX9 allows it to play on older systems, but to get the next-gen graphics everyone raves about, you need at least $200 of graphics card. I barely ran this on "high" (but not "ultra") at 30f...

 Forum: Games and Video Games   Topic: EA Server is mockery!! !

Posted: 10 Mar 2013, 5:08 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,018


They rushed this game to release, shipped it with tons of bugs (some of which potentially break the game), and the question of whether the mod community will save it (as they did to SC4) is still up in the air. The word is modding will most likely not be supported on this one because EA's going to m...
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