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Sméagol

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  1. Games are just made from sellotape

    A memory advantage is the only logical explanation, but I can't imagine how they achieve this. Then again I'm no expert. As far as I'm aware the actual size of the polygons don't matter (the number stays the same), and you can use the same size textures for both. As far as I can see, the Zelda skybox isn't rendering the bottom side, which would make things easier, but on the other hand they need memory and processing for the movement of the skybox this way.
  2. Games are just made from sellotape

    That seems like a roundabout way of doing a skybox? I'm not seeing the advantage of doing it that way. Back in the day I've dabbled in map making for Quake 3 engine games, Elite Force to be precise, and I actually managed to make a test skybox. It's exactly that, a box with sky textures, only it encompasses the whole level.
  3. I have never heard of this sport.
  4. Lego!

    Just a head's up, Lego is increasing their prices for several sets starting September.This includes some modulars, and the NES set for example. Google the list if you're interested, some of those set may now have some deal going on before the price increase. I'm currently tempted to get the Technic BMW for example, and I wish I had the money to get those modulars before they become more expensive.
  5. bad stuff thread.

    I lost a toe nail yesterday. It also wasn't the one I expected to fall off.. So I'm expecting to lose another one at some point. It doesn't hurt. Technically it's still clinging on, and I leave it on for protection of the skin beneath, but it's lost for most intents and purposes, so RIP toe nail. Like I said it doesn't hurt, but it will complicate things. I probably can exercise, but I'll need to be more careful, and I'll need take care of my little toe to make sure the new nail will grow correctly. I've never lost a nail before so this will be a new experience. On the upside is that I do have something to show for it (spoiler), because I took part in The Nijmegen 4 days marches last month, and well, I made it, but this was the cost apparently. I still intend to make a more elaborate post for it in the exercise thread at some point. I haven't yet because.. I also took home another souvenir, a Corona virus, so I was sick the week after I returned home (for the first time in probably 30 years!), and didn't feel like doing anything back then. I only felt really miserable for 2 days, but took it easy afterwards. Luckily no long term effects. But at this point the Nijmegen experience isn't fresh in my mind any more, so I still haven't posted about it.
  6. Lego!

    A very fun stop-motion animation, 15 minutes: For those of you interested in film making and stop-motion animation, the making-of is highly recommended.
  7. Coding

    That sounds useful, but know how to read your errors. If you're just going to test a snippet of code, know how to distinguish between errors that show something's wrong with the code (like a simple syntax error), or errors that show up because the snippet of code is relying on data from outside that snippet. Get used to it, because it's very useful. Sometimes you want to trigger code on the condition that something not true for example. Edit: Now I feel like doing some programming myself. Maybe I should finally make a website.
  8. Coding

    I don't know exactly how you imagine this, but the program needs to interpret what you've written first, and the way you describe it, it would have to interpret and execute all of your code every single time you type a character. It's suffice to say that's highly impractical.
  9. Lego!

    This Cyberpunk city is insane. I've seen an earlier video of it, but it looks like it's heavily expanded since last time, with some extra towers and a monorail. It's very cool to just look at!
  10. Alone in the Dark (PS5, XBox Series, PC)

    Yeah it leaked just before the show. If the leak info is correct, this is written by the guy who wrote the story for Soma, which is one of my all-time favourite game stories. Alone in the Dark also always looked like my cup of tea, but it was before my PC gaming time. If I had the PC for it now I'd be all over this.
  11. Marvel Fatigue?

    For me it's simple. The TV shows are too much. For me personally, Disney+ has no redeeming qualities. It's not that I have 0 interest in them, but they are incredibly low priority, I'm not going out of my way to watch them, and I'm definitely never subscribing. Everything I've seen so far I have watched on my brother's account. I'll try to watch relevant shows before any films, but if I "miss" them I won't lose any sleep over it, I'll catch up on the details on wikis. Currently, the only show I'm intrigued enough to actually want to watch is Loki season 2. But I'll probably give Ms. Marvel a shot before I go watch the film. No, 3 films a year works perfectly for me. I'm definitely not feeling fatigue as I just don't bother myself with the TV shows too much, and I generally still enjoy the films. Some more than others. And exceptions aside.. Currently Eternals 2 is the one I can do without, but it will also be the only film I'm still giving a shot simply because of invenstment in the MCU. If Eternals 2 fails to be at least 10x better than it's predecessor (which I don't expect it to be), than Eternals 3 will be the first MCU film I'm conciously going to miss. As for other future films.. I'm looking forward to Fantastic Four after seeing John Krasinski in Dr. Strange 2, also after not having seen any of the other Fantastic Four films. But after the latest announcements, I'm very curious to see how they combine the Kang/multiverse and secret invasion storylines. I don't follow the comics but these are things I looked into out of curiosity. My main problem so far is that the TV shows.. generally just aren't very good, and only serve as vehicles to just add extra lore to the MCU (which Disney of course hopes you don't want to miss). This lore itself being intriguing usually. I was already thinking some time ago if Marvel wasn't juggling too many storylines. I'm no Marvel expert, but as far as I can tell the Kang/ multiverse storyline has nothing to do with the secret invasion storyline originally. I didn't care for the TV show Falcon & Winter Soldier, but I did like the character of the new/fake Captain America, and the Julia Louis-Dreyfus character's involvement. So while I'm wondering if they're juggling too much, I'm also intrigued to see how it plays out in the films, with the culmination in the new Avengers 2 parter in 2025. I've said this before, but I'm baffled (not really) how DC failed to copy/paste the model exactly. They want the Avengers succes, but failed to build up to it. They're also afraid to commit to the mess they currently have, I'm also pretty sure with some effort they could have salvaged a lot of it. At this point they should just do a complete reset and ignore everything up to this point. They're now introducing characters (Black Adam) that I don't give any shit about, and I'm not going to give a chance because their cinematic universe is non-existent. I didn't give a shit about many Marvel characters initially, but gave them a chance because of the MCU. I see a lot more than 3 films a year, I definitely have room for probably several cinematic universes. It's just that no one succesfully copied the model that's up for grabs.
  12. Star Trek Masturbatathon

    She was active until very recently.. She only retired in December last year. She was still playing the part of Uhura for the unofficial Star Trek series / films Renegades. https://uhura.space/
  13. bad stuff thread.

    The Nijmegen 4 days marches starts tuesday.. Or it was supposed to, they cancelled the first day because of the heat (estimated 39°C).
  14. Baby Cube

    Good luck Cube, sounds scary!
  15. Space and the Universe

    Here you get (a bit of) a sense of the scale: https://web.wwtassets.org/specials/2022/jwst-smacs/ And here's a comparison with a Hubble image: And the current XKCD comic: https://xkcd.com/2645
  16. Marvel's Phase 4

    Amongst other setbacks, yeah. They had to shift things around. Black Panther 2 is slated for somewhere end of the year.
  17. Marvel's Phase 4

    Quick post, but Thor 4 was good. More enjoyable than Dr. Strange.
  18. Neutral stuff thread

    Should be obvious, but post here the stuff you have no strong feelings for one way or another, but you want to share anyway. Today I renewed my driving license for another 10 years! I'm probably not going to use it for another 10 years..
  19. Netflix

    That's him yeah, and from what I've heard there are other actors from other international Netflix series. Plus Emily Beecham.
  20. Nintendo Collectables!

    The pop up parade figures are too low quality for my taste, while not being that much cheaper. So I'll pass. In fact, this is their budget line, but they already had a budget line, which was much cheaper and the same quality, so I find it a bit offensive.
  21. Netflix

    Only just found out there was a new trailer for this:
  22. The Big Bad Bouldering Thread

    Looks good @Shorty! Those hand holds you're gripping look pretty small. I'm definitely not on that level yet. I do love training on overhangs. There's one I love to do early in the session that's almost horizontal, but it has very easy holds. I do it early, because I won't have the strength for it later. Funnily enough Covid is the reason I started to look into bouldering. I needed an alternative/backup for swimming, and my city has a public outdoor bouldering wall. But I got the advice to wait until after the then current lockdown and go to a dedicated gym. I'll see if I can make some pictures at some point. Rotterdam has 3 bouldering gyms, I chose mine because unlike the other two, it's located in the city centre, and being on the 6 to 9th floor it has an amazing view of the city in all directions. It also happens to be brand new, it opened in February this year.
  23. Who's into bouldering? Was going to post about it in the exercise thread, but in the spirit of not putting everything in Megathreads ( @jayseven ) I thought I'd create a new thread. For those who don't know what bouldering is, it's a climbing sport, in the indoor variant you climb routes on walls with colourful holds. You don't use ropes or anything, the walls are at most roughly 4,5 meters in height. Walls are surrounded by mats to break any fall you may make. If you go bouldering outdoor, you climb a literal boulder. Unlike other climbing sports, there's a low barrier to get into the sport, as you don't need a lot of gear to start with, and don't need a buddy. I'll focus on indoor bouldering by the way, as that's what I do (not a lot of (natural) boulders over here), and outdoor bouldering is a bit different. For indoor bouldering, all you need in the beginning, apart from entry to the bouldering gym and some exercise clothes, are climbing shoes, which you can rent the first couple of times. Then for the actual (indoor) bouldering, this may be different from gym to gym and country to country, but over here the general way to go about things is this: You have a wall with a lot of colourful holds. Generally, you have specific routes on the wall, all being of one colour, and you have a (marked) starting and finishing position. You put your hands on the starting holds, get yourself into a stable position, then start climbing towards the finish. Using the wall itself is fair game, just don't use any holds not part of the route. If you can touch the finishing hold with both hands while being in a stable position, you've done it. And you go try another one, or rest a bit. Routes (the official term is a "problem" I think, though I've never heard it over here) can have different difficulties, denoted by the colours. The grading system generally used in Europe starts at 3, and ends.. I'm not sure if it ends, but the highest in my particular gym is 8, though there's definitely a grade 9. There are 4 aspects to this sport, and it's the combination of all these things that make this fun for me. Strength Probably the main thing you think you'd need if you've never bouldered before. It's definitely not the only aspect, and it's not something that should prevent you from trying out the sport. I myself am lacking arm strength, as I've never really used them before. My legs are ok since I cycle a lot, but my arms simply haven't gotten a real workout for many years. All the beginner's routes were fine, most don't require a lot of strength. The fun thing is you pretty much use all your muscles. There's an emphasis on your underarms, since those (together with your fingers) determine how well you grip things, but in the end you're also going to need your legs, upper arms, shoulders and core. There's also endurance, even if you do a route that's relatively easy, if you're doing a lot of them in a session, it's still going to be a workout. Technique If you read up on bouldering, then one of the tips you frequently see is that you should focus on technique as a beginner. For example, you should remember to use your legs, as as a beginner, your focus will probably be your arms. You'll often be able to "bruteforce" beginner's routes this way, but to get better you need to learn how to move from A to B as efficiently as possible, so instead of pulling with your arms you should push with your legs, as those are stronger. You'll need to learn to use all of your body, you need to figure out which limbs to use and how to use them, how to get a grip on certain holds etc. Then you need to learn how to balance yourself. Bouldering is a lot like yoga in that regard. Mental / Confidence. There's no denying it, bouldering can be scary, even if you're not dangling on a cliff 30 meters up. Even a potential uncontrolled fall from 2 meters high can be scary. It's funny, but a lot of routes I'm currently trying to do, have some kind of mental block. Sometimes I make it almost to the end, only to hesitate too much before the final steps, not feeling confident enough I can make it without falling. Experience and simply getting stronger will build confidence, so I keep trying and eventually I'll get it. Mental / puzzle solving Another really fun aspect. Simply figuring out what the fuck you're supposed to do in the first place, is half the fun. As a beginner, this will come from not having a lot of knowledge about techniques. Those you can learn (perhaps with a course given by your gym). I'd love to do beginner's course at some point, but for now I'm having fun figuring things out on my own, it's more satisfying at the moment. But I can imagine even when you do know the techniques, you still need to figure out what to apply where and how. There's also a bit of a social aspect. I love how it's optional, being a slight introvert. It's not a competitive sport, so people are there to have a good time, I love the vibe in the gym. Sometimes it's fun to get tips, or give them. If a natural conversation happens, that's great, if not, it's a solo sport and you can simply do your own thing. Anyway, these 4 aspects make it fun for me. there's a wide variety of routes, that put the emphasis on another aspect, or sometimes multiple. If a route is not really your style, there will be other ones which are. That said, to make progress you'll need to train everything, and therefore do a variety of routes. For example, overhanging routes require a lot of strength, which I don't really have yet, but I still find them fun to do. Even trying a route is training. I've been doing this for a few months now, but can see me doing this for a long time. I hope I'll make some people enthousiastic about trying out the sport?
  24. The Big Bad Bouldering Thread

    Feel free to create one yourself, as I'm not going to do it.
  25. Yep, I'll pass on this Direct as well, as I'll be ordering it (the CE) anyway.
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