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The Flood / Re: Post your vehicles
« on: September 02, 2023, 11:05:27 PM »
I also found a way to produce methanol by myself. Doing research on what fuel injectors I need to change on one of my vehicles so that I can adapt it to run on that instead of gas.

Best part is, there's a wood mill in the area that has huge piles of sawdust and scrap wood just sitting around that anybody can take. That means all I gotta do is pick it up, light a torch to the right temperature in a canister with a coiled tube, and I can make myself gasoline to run on while I learn more complicated retrofit processes for either pure electric vehicles or steam powered shit. If I really put my carcass in gear it's probably something I could figure out in the span of a month and get up and running.

Which is good because fuck gas prices.

The Flood / Re: Post your vehicles
« on: September 02, 2023, 04:23:43 AM »
I know it technically doesn't belong here, but batteries are a part of vehicles right?

I've been doing a lot of tinkering and studying lately. Mainly what actually has me excited here is that I found a way to make a battery out of dirt, and a battery out of water. These aren't going to be voltages to jump up and down over and go to youtube and make a clickbait video called FREE ENERGY UNLIMITED POWER.

But I think 2 volts of power from a cup of water, a zinc screw, and some stripped copper wire is pretty fucking awesome. If I can get something in the low range like a 25 volt drill, I can probably use that to power a bigger magnetic generator I'm building which will be the big supplier I need to run my shit off the grid.

The Flood / Re: Post your vehicles
« on: August 20, 2023, 10:12:53 AM »
I don't have any pictures yet because I've still got to pull it out of the grass and ground, but I found a hovercraft out here that fits in the back of an 8foot truck box.

Frame is gone but I'll repair it.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: August 06, 2023, 12:30:55 AM »
Fucking sick dude, Cursed Halo got an update.

The Flood / Re: AI, Art, and Artists.
« on: August 06, 2023, 12:27:00 AM »
I remember listening to some discussion a while back about a guy who won an art contest using AI generated work, which outraged a lot of people(artists likely). But he neither hid that it was created by AI and he spent something like roughly 80 hours filtering through generated content and stitching elements together to create a comprehensive piece. So in his own way, he put the work and time in. But that's superficial as fuck. Art isn't about time put into a piece.

Here's what I think the outcome is. You know how vintage shit sells for high prices? And model replicas of vintage shit can also sell for high prices, but rarely the same as the real deal? That's what AI art will be.

There'll be a market for the original "organic" hand/person produced shit, and there'll be a market for the high quality replica stuff. But again, this is all superficial shit, and I'd suggest to any artist complaining about AI work denting their profits that they stop and take a look at whether or not they're actually an artist, or just a very good craftsman selling their trade.

There's a difference because art's not about the money, and it doesn't matter who else makes what, or what makes what, because an actual artist plays the game for themselves. When I make art, I make it because I want to, or I want to see if I can. I test myself, I express whatever's left of me as a person either as emotional representations, concepts and ideas, or just going with the flow. You could fill the markets with AI art and it wouldn't bother me because I'd still be tinkering on my own time, making shit not with the intent to sell it, and even sometimes with nobody in mind to show it to.

The only real threat AI art poses is to the tradesman who calls themselves an artist.

Gaming / Re: I'm playing Halo: CE for the first time
« on: July 20, 2023, 01:53:17 AM »
If Bungie did anything right for sure, it was that generally Halo had pretty solid buttery smooth gameplay loops. There was a reason it became a juggernaut in the early days of consoles for how much it changed things.

When or if you get to the library, give a salute to the gigachad Marvin Mobuto for being a regular marine who got to within sight of the objective while soloing that fucking slog.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: May 27, 2023, 07:47:02 AM »

The Flood / Re: Sep7agon is back online!
« on: May 25, 2023, 01:43:17 AM »
Be a strange day when this place closes up shop for good. Weird. Hardly any activity here but you can always wander back in. But once it's gone, it's gone. Who can say if I like that finality or not.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: May 12, 2023, 03:29:30 AM »

Between all the shit goings on I've been putting work in. The first picture was experiment involving metallic reflections, and the second was the theory I took from the first picture. Overlay photographs over 3d models for a surreal but not too uncanny valley effect.

While not what I'd consider clean or finished, it's proof enough for me that I'm on to something interesting.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: March 08, 2023, 02:49:35 AM »
. You want to pace your shots so bloom doesn't fuck you? Get dicked up the ass by a guy spamming across the map.
The secret to dmr bloom wasn't five evenly spaced shots
It was four spammed body shots then wait for your headshot

Yeah, I think I remember now. Still. I just hate how the game devolves into pistol and dmr spamfests. And I love how even if you spam body shots RNG can still screw you if you miss. Like I know Halo 3's sandbox isn't super balanced either, but you could at least make most weapons work against an average player if they weren't a tryhard.

Speaking of, I swear there's some fuckery going on in the port of 3. Grav hammer always had a huge knockback range, but it's fucking football field sized in MCC and it can jank warthogs way fucking farther than it should.

I used to be able to snipe with the banshee's and ghost's main guns, but either auto aim or bullet magnetism makes it fucking impossible now. And the scorpion is the absolute worst. I don't know how the reticule works. I used to be able to cross map snipe people jumping in mid air, and non registering bloodshots weren't that bad.

Now bloodshots are so fucking bad that you don't see them just on your screen, you can watch other players land a hit with an explosion on somebody and they take no damage. I wonder if it's because of connection changes. Double beatdowns were really rare in 3, now they happen a lot.

Tell me I ain't crazy here. The port of Halo 3's had some changes made to physics and registry.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: March 04, 2023, 02:05:07 AM »
Once in a while I go on a binge and surf MM and customs for a bit, and man, I just can't do Reach no matter how hard I try. Like, it seems like the game's mechanics and weapon sandbox are a perfectly bad combo of sweatlord and self punishment.

I can play Halo CE cause its old physics and wack maps are fun, and perfect 3 shots with the pistol is easy to understand even though the reticule doesn't represent what the bloom does when you hold the trigger rather than quickly tap it. Halo 2's a nostalgia glitchfest and easy going, Halo 3's mechanics have been altered from OG Halo 3 and are a bit frustrating alongside the workable, yet unbalanced sandbox.

And then there's Reach. If you're using any covenant weapon and competing against its counterpart, its automatic loss unless the other player is a potato. You want to pace your shots so bloom doesn't fuck you? Get dicked up the ass by a guy spamming across the map. Tired of the bullshit bloom and go for title update physics? Welcome to DMR fuckfest. You want to play some good old brain cell killing infection? Have fun with pro sword clashers and dead bodies infecting you.

I really want to add Reach to the roster of game modes when I get into a mood for pubstomping or brain cell death in customs, but every time I try it just leaves a sour taste in me because of its bullshit mechanics and the fact that it spawned all the bad trends that still currently plague newer titles.

The Flood / Re: Electric vehicles
« on: January 15, 2023, 10:36:54 PM »
Well, I'm poor and I live in a shithole that's frozen for eight months of the year, so no, I won't own one.

Only time I ever rode in one was with a client I got friendly with through a contractor working on his house and boat. He had an early days hybrid. Electric for most things, but ran on gas once the battery needed to charge. The thing had a stupid amount of acceleration to it and it always just felt weird to see the thing start moving without a sound.

Honestly though I don't think there's much that's "green" about them because they don't address the actual problem of pollution. Manufacturing batteries is a dirty process and we don't have decent containment methods for the waste of production.

A big chunk of the electric charging stations run on electricity created through burning coal or other shit. Real green, that.

And long term, EV's aren't viable because the materials to make the batteries won't be around forever. Depending on the battery type, you're looking at shit that's once it's extracted, it's gone for good. A little bit like the klondike gold rush.

A lot of our industries are going to either collapse or downsize considerably in the coming decades, which will cut into the methods and materials used to make them. Currently, I think EV's belong with the rest of current green tech trends.

They're a sham, and a good conman's get rich quick scheme playing to the market without solving any of the problems. That is unless somebody streamlines them.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: November 14, 2022, 11:47:48 PM »
Also boom when are we engaging in 390 ping shenanigans I wanna drop a 15 bomb on some kids with AFK teammates while you carry the team to a 50-30 victory again
I'm washed up now. I've booted up mcc once in the past year.

Hey, I've been out of sweatlord territory in Halo for years now. A couple weeks of relatively consistant playtime and you'll have some of your edge back.

It's not like you're a boxer out of their prime or a used condom or anything. You'd be surprised how fast your reflexes come back.

The Flood / Re: I broke my straight edge lifestyle
« on: November 14, 2022, 11:42:33 PM »
As some of the others have said in seriousness or jest, why drink the pain away?

You know what fuckin' sucks dude? An alcoholic father who upon reaching critical levels of drunk reverts back to the same old shit that destroyed him forty years ago. He drinks to dodge it, but once he drinks enough it's like watching a fucking broken record spin. If you think you'll get anywhere going that way, may as well just take Verb's advice and get a step ladder. My addition to the step ladder is a noose. If you're considering drinking for shit like that, may as well save yourself the trouble and time.

But earnestly? Just talk about shit to somebody that can sympathize dude. Generally my box is open if you want. Or I'll just shoot.

What's up on your end that makes you ponder taking up the drink?

The Flood / Re: Hello
« on: October 10, 2022, 03:01:51 PM »
Last few months have been varying degrees of hellish. But made it through. The only thing of note lately was a change in mindset. I was pondering anti-natalists and buddhist sects. I derived a toned down set of truths for myself. I find things are much easier going now.

Lost my jobs due to failing health, dole won't consider me since I have a couple hundred bucks in my bank account and no real official doctor paperwork that says "am crippled wreck", no proper place to stay before the winter comes. That's some spicy good meatballs.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: June 20, 2022, 10:47:49 PM »

I've been wanting to do some work on Dark Souls stuff for a gorillion years, figured I finally had the skill to give it a go.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: June 18, 2022, 05:04:13 AM »

Who knows why I'm drawn to skeletal figures. A test of my blending tricks and getting a thing outta my head that's been rattling around for a year.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: June 14, 2022, 02:44:52 AM »

Learned some new tricks. First time in a while that I've made something specifically focusing on my own feelings about something.

The Flood / Re: It's been awhile, how's everyone going?
« on: May 18, 2022, 11:06:37 PM »
Made some progress on my melting organs. Might have lyme disease. Working on trying to get docs to test me for it.

Dunno how I feel on that. If it is, I'm likely in the later stages, which can't be reversed. If it's not, I come up empty and docs figure despite barely managing to work for two hours before collapsing that it's just in my head and I don't qualify for some assistance. Tough call because I know I can't manage my job and helping family out anymore. I can only do one, barely. Boxes me into a choice I'm not much up for making that I lose at no matter what I pick.

Even if the fatigue and organ damage can't be reversed, I can keep fighting it. But some fucking support from the docs would go a long way. Just once.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: May 03, 2022, 10:29:26 PM »

Another piece finished up. It's been sitting in limbo for a couple years. Difficult to work on. My homeless buddy who OD'd. Parents didn't want her even after finding out she was dead. Remember how all of it made me feel so fucking hopeless. That it seemed like nobody gave a shit but me in the capacity that I could.

I'd rather remember her for the time shared, who she was without the drugs. Played music, wanted to always be traveling, taught me the basics of sleight of hand magic tricks for show. She was a good person.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: May 02, 2022, 04:22:56 AM »

Finishing up some stuff before am homeless bum in a couple months.

The Flood / Re: It's been awhile, how's everyone going?
« on: April 26, 2022, 07:49:39 AM »
I'm not sure if I remember you or not. Picture's familiar.

It's been a sketchy few months. I had two miniature heart attacks in the span of a month and we're finding that inflammation is spreading to tissues in my ribcage and separating the cartilege. I'm going to have a bit of a housing problem within two months or so. This week is a banger.

Front tire blew out on my car and I lost control on the ice. I ended up in a steep cattle ditch and nearly rolled the car. Banged up a little bit from the impact. Couple days after I got it out of the ditch I had to drive my niece to the hospital. Docs figured her appendix ruptured. It was a cyst, at least. But two days of driving and being awake the whole time then going back to work is fun.

The Flood / Re: Having a Bass battle with an asshole neighbor
« on: April 24, 2022, 08:50:57 PM »
You got any exit plans for where you can move?

If you want I can put some threads out and see if I can find somebody in your area you could bunk with. Low chance but worth a shot if you're wanting to get out of there quick.

The Flood / Re: Which Sep7 people have you met irl, if any?
« on: April 21, 2022, 12:03:48 AM »
Well consider me jealous at ya gettin' to meet Casp or Blocks. No, I've not met anybody. Busta could mailbox bomb me and end my misery if he wanted to though. That's probably the closest other than Nuka and Kiyo I think, Ender and Psyche. They know the general region I'm in.

I think I said it before. If I could still travel there's a bunch I wouldn't mind meeting.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: April 11, 2022, 03:53:06 AM »

So, this here is... the absolute farthest I've ever gone in my artwork in terms of how deep I sank into autopilot. Deep enough that the result is a mystery to me as I had no subject on the mind while making this. I just listened to the music and this showed up. You'd think I'd have to be tripping on something to have made this.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: April 09, 2022, 01:51:17 AM »

Been a while since I had time to make anything. Perfect excuse to practice and portray movement, which I'm slowly finding I like quite a bit.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: April 07, 2022, 11:09:13 PM »
i enjoyed the first episode of the show more than i enjoyed the first video game, which is probably not the opinion you wanted to hear, but it doesn't mean that i thought it was good—it was quite dumb, in fact—but i think it's all right as long as you take it for what it is and not what you want it to be

i like how the efficacy of a UNSC weapon is completely dependent on whether MC is wielding it, where, if anyone else tries to fire the same exact weapon at an elite, it's like water off a duck's ass—MC is just such a badass that any weapon he holds gets stronger like magic, i guess. that's pretty funny

i appreciated how they used the sound effects from the games during certain parts—we even got a "wort wort wort"

chief's voice really wasn't doing it for me, because he's not supposed to sound that gruff and whispery—they should've just gotten the actual guy to do it, since he IS the voice of master chief

and i get how that means they'd also have to overdub his voice for when he takes his helmet off, but that's all the more reason for the master chief to never take his helmet off

that girl gave a pretty good performance, i think—seems like she really cares about the role, which is nice

storyline is whatever. people have been complaining about how unfaithful it is, but i don't really give a fuck—it's clear that they're telling their own story with this, and i'm mostly okay with that, because i think being 100% faithful is a pretty boring and largely pointless endeavor anyway

the production value is certainly the best thing the show has going for it, but i wasn't really gripped by the story and unless i start hearing some good things, i don't feel super compelled to watch the rest

Well it's kinda a given that you're not gonna like CE too much Verb. At its core it's a basic bread and butter shooter with a minimalistic story that stood out amongst other games during the time period it launched.

Honestly even if I take it for what it is, it's still like 50% hot trash. I write fanfiction and I read fanfiction. Watch movie adaptations from novels. So I'm used to having no actual wants for what I want to see in a movie or a piece of fiction. Story writers are allowed to do what they wanna do with their projects. But that doesn't protect them from a lense of criticism.

I think the main issue with me is, Halo has a metric fuck ton of lore beyond the games. The novels delve into more complex subject matter than the games ever could because they've room to do it. This is a series rich with content to work with. And you don't even have to be page by fucking page faithful to the lore here. No reason the showrunners couldn't read up on the lore and be like "Hey, I have a cool idea how we can expand on this or base the show on something like this." But they didn't. They loosely read up on the series, probably on appearances alone and a few mannerisms, and then just winged it with piss poor amatuer writing.

It's the same old problem that's plauged game adaptations to the screen for ages now. Writers and creators take creative liberties with the source material. That's not the problem. It's that their creative liberties are always fucking shit and simplistic rather than something that's unique that maybe expands on different angles with the original story or series while still having good writing.

It's really fucking lame with this series too because like you said, the production values and set pieces are great. Now if they could get some writers to save their lives that'd be neat.

Gaming / Re: Halo Mega Thread
« on: April 06, 2022, 04:28:15 AM »
So. Anybody gonna talk about Paramount's cock slap with their Halo series?

Kind of a shame because some of the prop work is awesome but the story's hot garbage.

Is it laughable or sad that to this day the best live action Halo we ever had was blomkamps Landfall short, which was only done because he got tired of waiting for greenlights and just said fuck it I'm making it?

The Flood / Re: Collection of nostalgic Sep7 images
« on: April 06, 2022, 04:23:29 AM »
Didn't know I could still cringe. Thanks I hate it.

The Flood / Re: Art Hub
« on: March 09, 2022, 10:24:39 AM »

The most hideous thing I've ever made. This insanity was born from talking and joking with my neice about the Garfield memes and creepypastas. I told her I could do it and I did.

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