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by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

Time for another periodic update - quite a short one this time. The last 6 months have predominantly involved getting my PhD finished - at the start, frequent gym visits were a great way of breaking up the monotony of working from home, but as the pressure piled on I started to find the interruption...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9421
Views: 1496314

Re: Minecraft

by m4d4sb34ns
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

(...) the way to lose weight and successfully maintain a healthier weight is to take it slowly and gradually. This can't be emphasised enough, IMO. Small, manageable changes have been the key for me going from "a bit fat" to my current, pretty healthy state, because those small changes we...
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I really like the idea of a hunter-gatherer playthrough with all of the realistic needs stuff, but just can't bring myself to go over so much familiar territory again on a new character, and doing that sort of RP on my godlike main seems silly. I played Morrowind and Skyrim when they first came out ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

It's now 6 months since I checked in, so time for another update. Since the last post I settled into my new house and place of work, got married, visited 4 new countries, bought a car, and started the "final countdown" to the end of my PhD. Mild panic has set in, chaos and terror are sched...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Upgraded the Apocalypse package recently - I was pretty pissed by some of the changes to start with (not to mention the tendency towards more and more CTDs immediately after the change), but now I'm LOVING some of the additions, particularly Backlash and Counterspell. Having J'zargo and Serana with ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: if you could make a game what game would you make?
Replies: 18
Views: 7572

Re: if you could make a game what game would you make?

For multiplayer, I'd say EVE but with dogfighting, no RMT (therefore no subscription) and more engaging PvE. The dogfighting could be frigates or fighters, with no "cost" (replacement ships automatically available for free) but equally having only a small chance of impacting large-scale P...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: if you could make a game what game would you make?
Replies: 18
Views: 7572

Re: if you could make a game what game would you make?

Single player? Probably something like Skyrim, with a true complex economy and some form of post-endgame difficulty scaling to keep things challenging. For multiplayer, I'd say EVE but with dogfighting, no RMT (therefore no subscription) and more engaging PvE. The dogfighting could be frigates or fi...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Welp, the Falskaar main quest ending had potential, but turned out to be one of the most underwhelming Skyrim experiences for me so far. On the economics modding, I've been running "Bank of Skyrim" for a while, which includes paper-based money (which I've never used as I haven't bothered g...
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

even if it does walk the boundary of acceptable "lore". No, that would be Brhuce Hammar..... Jesus Christ. I'd seen Really Useful World Eater before, but this... I don't even... Some tips: Hit them with the marked for death or drain vitality shout before they get their ward up (wards ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Thought on Falskaar so far - spoilered for image as well as actual spoilers. http://i.imgur.com/2z4zUeb.jpg Seriously. Every damn cave! I know it's quest related, but that doesn't make the fights any less tedious. I can carve through them easily if I go to my default "sword+board" ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Welp, back to playing even more. I was curious about m4d4sb34ns's mention of Wyrmstooth, so I downloaded that as well as the Cycle of the Silencer mod (which is another fully voiced quest addon), and am additionally inspired to finish the Moonpath to Elsweyr (yet another quest addon) quest I starte...
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I'm up to something like 280 hours on a single character, still playing infrequently. The majority of that was on the vanilla xbox version, but when the add-ons started appearing in force I transferred the save files to PC. Serana is the only follower who consistently impresses me more than she anno...
by m4d4sb34ns
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

It's that time again. "Secrete thy children, conceal thy spouse" as they say. Bit of a mixed period this time - for the month of June I carried on as before with the regular gym and squash, and pushed on with better weight training such as squats and deadlifts rather than the machines. Not...
by m4d4sb34ns
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 223789

Re: 10,000 pushups

5194 + 20 = 5214
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: window manager vs desktop environments
Replies: 29
Views: 36828

Re: window manager vs desktop environments

I use a distro called CrunchBang which came with Openbox (also one of my favorites) instead of a full DE. This. #! Is just...beautiful. I was so desperate to keep it I stuck with the stable 9.10 version until about a month ago when I upgraded my laptop with an SSD. Cinnamon is OK for bloaty desktop...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 223789

Re: 10,000 pushups

4929 + (60+100+40) = 5129
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 637200

Re: EVE Online

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23489293 Every time I see Eve mentioned in the non-gaming media, I'm tempted again :( In theory, this is a game I could really love. The corporations, backstabbing and epic battles all sound fantastic, but every time I've signed up I've ended up quitting after a ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)
Replies: 314
Views: 172545

Re: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)

6499 + 50 = 6549
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 592
Views: 223789

Re: 10,000 pushups

4729 + 30 =4759

EDIT:

4759 + 25 = 4784
by m4d4sb34ns
Thu May 23, 2013 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

Time for another almost-but-not-quite 3 monthly update! I reached my target weight in the last period, and have stabilized in the 165-170lbs region. I have no intention of losing any more weight deliberately, but still want to reduce my body fat %. The recent extra weight loss drove it down to about...
by m4d4sb34ns
Thu May 09, 2013 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 33203

Re: The Worst Superpower

The ability to recharge batteries by touch...but only AA size, and only ones which are actually meant to be recharged. Also, it takes the usual amount of time, and you can only do 2 at a time. The power of stair-mastery - make a flight of stairs appear in front of you at will, but only going upwards...
by m4d4sb34ns
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the theoritical limit of human population
Replies: 17
Views: 3453

Re: the theoritical limit of human population

Also, to illustrate exactly what people above mean when they talk about elemental availability not being a limiting factor: Lets say you take Cobalt, which is the metal with lowest concentration in the human body (0.000003 kg per person) which has a confirmed biological role according to the wiki . ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: the theoritical limit of human population
Replies: 17
Views: 3453

Re: the theoritical limit of human population

To a very basic approximation, we could assume that the surface area of the world (land+sea) can all be utilized, and that the current population density of the highest density place becomes the average in your crazy sardine-tin universe. That gives us 10.2 Trillion, without any consideration of sta...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll: Pill to eliminate the need for sleep
Replies: 80
Views: 30666

Re: Poll: Pill to eliminate the need for sleep

The issues people raise about it becoming the new norm are good ones. I'm not comfortable with the idea of "needing" to do this to keep up with other people, but inevitably I would end up doing so if this pill were commonly available. I imagine adderall-like drugs in general use (outside U...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Came back to Skyrim recently - I'm constantly amazed by how much new stuff I'm still finding after 250 hours. I can heartily recommend the "Warzones" mod - adds a bunch of random skirmishes to the wild, making the country feel much more alive and well populated, even if it is mostly Stormc...
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?
Replies: 256
Views: 46111

Re: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?

Negrebskoh wrote:This thread reminds me of Minecraft in so many ways.

Christ, now if this apocalypse scenario happens and I hear that "SSSSssss" noise I'm just going to shit myself.
by m4d4sb34ns
Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3479093

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I had awesome housemates when I lived in a shared house - reading this thread makes me realise how goddamn lucky I was. On Topic: Fuck You, National Rail/Train Companies. £12 per day for a 35 minute return journey with frequent significant delays, not enough seats etc. etc. Samsung, Y U NO MAKE DECE...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?
Replies: 256
Views: 46111

Re: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?

I first read this thread about 3 weeks ago, and have thought about it a lot since then - including almost every walk to the train station on my way to work. Lets start with some assumptions: The OP referred to a situation where everyone else "drops dead". Taking that literally we're left w...
by m4d4sb34ns
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

UPDATE THE THIRD Things are going well! I'm down to about 170lbs now, so that's about a stone lost in just over 6 months. Might not seem like much, but since I was only a little overweight in the first place, I'm happy. One of my concerns with trying to lose weight was that I'd burn off muscle and k...
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Energy Drinks
Replies: 16
Views: 10800

Re: Energy Drinks

I was a bit of a Relentless junkie for a while, trying to stay off it now due to the insane sugar content - tastes awesome though, and the caffeine is always welcome. I've tried the sugar-free version, but that was probably the single most disappointing beverage experience of my life.
by m4d4sb34ns
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Degrees, Careers, and Straight-A's
Replies: 16
Views: 12798

Re: Degrees, Careers, and Straight-A's

A small additional point on UK degree choices - as people above have pointed out, you generally just pick one subject and do that full-time. If you're interested in science however, I'd recommend looking for a Natural Sciences course being offered - Cambridge, Durham, Southampton and UCL all definit...
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Making progress...
Replies: 13
Views: 17582

Re: Making progress...

It's just coming up to 3 months since I started working on my fitness - so I thought I'd put an update down on "paper". Firstly, I can attest to the awesomeness of MyFitnessPal. I've been using it just as a measure so far, keeping an occasional eye on my weight, but mostly just trying to f...
by m4d4sb34ns
Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Definitely want to try open cities, but my 9600gt is struggling a bit with Skyrim already and I expect having less discrete instances won't help matters. That one will probably have to wait until I build up the courage to get a gtx670. The "spend dragon souls on perks" is a nice one - Lets...
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I found that from levels ~30 to 55ish I was godlike to the point of being bored, but since then I've started bumping into more high-level bad guys. Also, I've been steadily downgrading my armour and weapons to Nord hero/orcish levels - running around in daedric and dragon stuff is fun for a while bu...
by m4d4sb34ns
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 577475

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Played Skyrim again today after a long break - finished off all the quest lines I was seriously interested in back in February, but decided to have another go after reading this thread. Spent a while derping around doing quests for daedra, then stumbled upon an electromancer in a small outdoor ruin ...
by m4d4sb34ns
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Recommend me an Android-based tablet
Replies: 9
Views: 3365

Re: Recommend me an Android-based tablet

I can vouch for the Nexus 7 being excellent - might be worth waiting for it to reach you.
by m4d4sb34ns
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)
Replies: 314
Views: 172545

Re: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)

Just got myself a door-frame bar to get in on this - seems harder than on outdoor kids climbing equipment somehow. Anyway, 1965 + 30 = 1995
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 397
Views: 243419

Re: Photography thread.

Just got myself a Canon 600D - these are a few test-shots I took before taking it on holiday to Switzerland:

Tried to include the images with the img tag, but for some reason it didn't work - here's a link instead. Monty
by m4d4sb34ns
Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games that aged well (Merge'd - Old Favorites)
Replies: 462
Views: 81775

Re: Games that aged well (Merge'd - Old Favorites)

This thread reminded me of my favourite game from my earlier days - X-wing vx TIE fighter. Now, I'm contemplating the logistics of getting my old copy and joystick from ~250 miles away and getting them working on W7...

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