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by MalumOpus
Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game

Thanks for the comments - I haven't been on this board for a few weeks so hence the slightly late reply. I did start to make some of the changes you suggested over Christmas, but unfortunately my dad died so the game fell by the wayside. Simply that you couldn't put both a useful weapon (like missil...
by MalumOpus
Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game

Yes, I did contemplate having the radar as a standard piece of kit that comes with every ship, and doesn't use extra power. Maybe I'll implement that. I'm not sure what you mean by "About the only ship that can use the radar is the small fast one" though. Having to kill every enemy ship is...
by MalumOpus
Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Re: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game

Thanks. I'm pleased with how it currently looks.
by MalumOpus
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game
Replies: 6
Views: 2152

Retaliation: A Space Shooting Game

Well I've finally taken the plunge and decided to get some strangers' opinions on my first programming/game design project: Retaliation. It's a top-down view shoot-em-up in which the view revolves around the player's spacecraft as the player moves. The first level seems a little bit like a simple as...
by MalumOpus
Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 118952

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

I immediately thought of path-integral Monte-Carlo, where chains of beads represent particles - but that's because that's the area I work in. Not sure what the triangle would represent though. Maybe the perpetual motion machine idea is better.
by MalumOpus
Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 118952

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

A couple of things have occurred to me: One, would rock man/the wanderer ever know whether life had arisen in his simulated universe? After all, he's simulating fundamental particle interactions, and there's no way his human brain would be complex enough to assimilate the data needed to infer the ex...
by MalumOpus
Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0496: "Secretary: Part 3"
Replies: 114
Views: 23781

Re: Secretary: Part 3

Surely BHG would have been sent to prison for a very very long time for vaporising someone? Surely BHG would never allow himself to be sent to prison? Well he got arrested for it Dont they execute people for murder or manslaughter over in the US? Well, he vaporised someone, in an empty store. No bo...
by MalumOpus
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0494: "Secretary: Part 1"
Replies: 104
Views: 19811

Re: "Secretary: Part 1"

themuffinking wrote:Why does BHG have connections at the White House who know his phone number?

I'm a little scared.


How else do you think he got hold of a nuclear submarine?! :)

http://xkcd.com/405/
by MalumOpus
Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0486: "I am Not a Ninja"
Replies: 81
Views: 20477

Re: "I am Not a Ninja" Discussion

I don't understand this one :( Can someone explain? *sigh* bye bye humour ... :wink: The girlfriend says "We need to talk ..." which is the usual opening line for a break-up (or, at least, some kind of painful conversation). The guy tries to avoid the inevitable by escaping, ninja-style, ...
by MalumOpus
Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0478: "The Staple Madness"
Replies: 122
Views: 29129

Re: The Staple Madness

When I was a kid I called it duck tape...*quack* Firstly, happy birthday!! 'Duck' tape is an acceptable term for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape#Etymology Quack! We used to build starships out of duct tape and staples. Well, to be honest, not starships, but we had some pretty good outdoo...
by MalumOpus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41717

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Someone (DrakeSD ?) wrote: So, if I had a huge, really, really long wind tunnel, and put a plane in it, so that the wind tunnel would blow the wind from the tail of the plane toward the nose of the plane, and the wind tunnel could maintain an equal airspeed along the whole length of the tunnel, then...
by MalumOpus
Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0462: "Freemanic Paracusia"
Replies: 122
Views: 31456

Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

It's amazing what it does for YouTube comments


Hmmm ... doubt it could really improve these particular youtube comments!
by MalumOpus
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0460: "Paleontology"
Replies: 109
Views: 20370

Re: "Paleontology" Discussion

This comic implies that grad students are 15 years old. 10 if you say you need to be at least 5 to watch Jurassic park. I don't think randle has ever used such blatantly false logic to pull a comic together before. You do know Jurassic Park was released in 1993, don't you? The kids who loved it whe...
by MalumOpus
Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

Fairly ironically, I was accosted by a couple of Mormons on my way home last night after this discussion ... it must be a pretty thankless task, travelling all the way from the USA to try to convert disinterested welsh people. In reply to linguistic: Can't we just use our innate sense of empathy com...
by MalumOpus
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

... there is still a whiff of evangelism, with posts explaining exactly what the holy ghost/spirit is and why it couldn't possibly be captured by the Ghostbusters etc etc, and it's that kind of thing I find a bit sad - along with the people who say 'couldn't they just let it out of the trap?' Don't...
by MalumOpus
Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

so I thought you were talking to me malumOpus. so I cant resist a bit of evngelism when the chance is so nicely put in front of me. but I cant see why thats a crime or sad. plenty of people openly eveng to me on how its all false. take the invisible pink unicorn for example. It's obviously not a cr...
by MalumOpus
Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

Gah, I thought I'd read a few more 'offended' posts, but when I looked back over the thread the only one had been the one by hawk1106. Not to single you out, but that's kind of what I was getting at. I'm noticing that a lot of atheists (I have no idea if you're one, by the way) have this idea that ...
by MalumOpus
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

No, not you, you said you found it funny. However, someone else in a first post said... So "there are already a few zealots" actually means "I saw one post by one guy", right? Gah, I thought I'd read a few more 'offended' posts, but when I looked back over the thread the only on...
by MalumOpus
Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

@thebeaky:

No, not you, you said you found it funny. However, someone else in a first post said they were offended. And sure, they have every right to state that opinion, but I think that to say

hawk1105 wrote:i am truly offended by this comic


is a bit sad.
by MalumOpus
Wed Aug 06, 2008 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41067

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

Yes! This is another truly hilarious one. I've been finding the comics a lot funnier over the last week or two, which is a relief as I had started to think Randall Munroe had run out of ideas.

Sad to see there are already a few zealots here who are taking the comic too seriously.
by MalumOpus
Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Awesome Covers of Game Music
Replies: 60
Views: 6528

Re: Awesome Covers of Game Music

Oh god, why am I saying this..? But the crappy techno group Scooter sometimes do video game covers. They took the amazing music from the spaceship section of Turrican 2 on the Amiga and turned it into sub-par cheesy hard trance ('Level One' I think their version was called). Not exactly the same as ...
by MalumOpus
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44325

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

There's a sf book with this very premise - except that gravity has gone completely sideways for the entire world, so everyone thinks they're living on ledges protruding from an endless cliff face, and everyone has forgotten the time when gravity was towards the centre of the Earth. It's 'On' by Adam...
by MalumOpus
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0411: "Techno"
Replies: 150
Views: 37731

Re: "Techno" Discussion

I'm very pleasantly surprised by the comments on this thread; I saw today's comic, and thought, "oh no, a whole thread of people going 'techno sucks!'" but in fact most of the people commenting here seem to be defending electronica in general. That's fantastic, as I absolutely adore techno...
by MalumOpus
Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0409: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)"
Replies: 160
Views: 36858

Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Oh dear. This was the first comic in a long while that didn't even make me smile. I couldn't work out what they were holding in the last panel of the first comic, and I only had a vague recollection that something called 'Calvin and Hobbes' existed (is it primarily an American thing?) so both went p...
by MalumOpus
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0404: "404 - Not Found"
Replies: 58
Views: 7989

Re: comic #404

Heh, I was going to comment on comic 404 being not found a few days ago, then somehow couldn't be bothered; then I thought how great it would be if there was no comic 404 and it always remained as a '404 - Not found' page; now I find this thread and see that it's all come to pass! It's kind of a sha...
by MalumOpus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Paging file on windows XP
Replies: 28
Views: 4485

Re: Paging file on windows XP

I always thought paging parts of the OS to disk was a really shitty idea. How frustrating to click on the start menu in XP and have to wait ten seconds for the hard drive to finish its accursed thrashing before you can continue. What a pain in the arse/ass. Virtual memory is all well and good, but i...
by MalumOpus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arthur C. Clarke Dies Aged 90
Replies: 19
Views: 2647

Re: Arthur C. Clarke Dies Aged 90

It is a shame, but I guess he did have a hell of a long life. I'm never that sad when great people die after a good eighty or ninety years - they've already given the world most of what they have to offer in most cases. When fantastic people die essentially halfway through their lives (Douglas Adams...
by MalumOpus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0398: "Tap That Ass"
Replies: 108
Views: 39080

Re: "Tap That Ass" Discussion

As a British person I've heard both 'arse' and 'ass' used in speech, though the latter is probably due to the influence of American TV and films. In print I rarely see the spelling 'arse' used. I always thought that 'ass' was the correct version with 'arse' being just a regional phonetic spelling. I...
by MalumOpus
Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2417699

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, it's time for me to say hello. I'm part-geek, part-partygoer, large-part-procrastinator. I have been reading xkcd and the forums for over a year but I have only just got around to joining. I like programming, science, martial arts, canoeing weekends with my friends, writing, drawing, thoughtful ...

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