Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Holiday Summary

T-Day was a great success. Everyone brought food and we have a vast assortment of delicious morsels. The turkey turned out pretty good. I think next year, I will marinate it so it's more moist and more flavorful. All in all, I would say BluPnutMM's hand roasted BBQ ribs received the warmest reception (rumor has it, she raised the pigs herself and butchered them just for this occasion).

We played loads of party games. First one was Apples to Apples. This game was a good ice breaker for people to get to know each other. After the warmups, it was on to Mafia. This was awesome since we had couples accusing each other of being Mafia and hilarity ensued. I am sure more than a few of the people had to sleep on the couch that night. For some inexplicable reason, I was always killed on the first round. Twice, I was the first victim of the Mafia in the game. During the third game, just when I thought I wouldn't die, I was lynched by the villagers as a suspected Mafia on the FIRST turn....

Last party game we played was Cranium (using booster pack). Our team started out awesome and we were at the 75% mark before any of the other teams got out of the gate. Unfortunately, after one crucial mistake (drawer not hearing the answer and thus letting other team get the question right), and 2 wrong answers in data head, our advantage was lost.

After the last game of Cranium, some of the people had to leave so we switched to Guitar Hero. Most of the poeple there were beginners and so they played most of the songs on Easy mode. On easy mode, the songs actually sounded pretty good and there was good rocking all around. Unfortunately, the ease of songs caused people to become cocky and decided to try it on hard mode. The songs did not sound so good after that....

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Rock On!

Seems like MTV is going to start featuring Guitar Hero in their programming. SWEET! If you have not gotten this game yet, go get it, NOW, no excuses. If you don't have the money, get a job. If you are missing arms, get cybernetic implants. If you are actually dead, get a necromancer to make you undead. The game is just THAT good.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

T-Day minus 3

It's almost T-Day. Have everything prepared. Got my roasting pan, got my baster, got the seasoning, and got the turkey. It better defrost in time!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Pwned by a Celebrity!

Repeatedly killed by snipers in BF2? Do not fret, you could merely be rubbing shoulders with celebrities!. Now we know why he hasn't made any good movies for such a long time!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

BF2 1.2 Patch

Some things in store for 1.2:

- Helicopter now carry 8 missiles rather than 14
- TV-Guided missile now have a shorter range
- Hit points on all air vehicles has been reduced
- AA missile lock has been improved
- Support kits have had their primary weapons adjusted for accuracy
- Sniper kits have had their primary weapons adjusted for accuracy
- Anti-Tank kits have had their primary weapons adjusted for accuracy
- "Dolphin Diving" is no longer possible
- Players can no longer jump and shoot at the same time
- "Prone Spamming" is now fixed
- "Sprint exploit" is now fixed
- The Sa80 weapon has been improved (L85A1) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^b
- The G3A3 weapon has been improved (G3)
- Reload while sprinting has been enabled
- Chinese and MEC APCs can now shoot through penetrable materials
- Damage decreased for the M134 (Blackhawk Minigun)
- Medic defibrillator paddles have been adjusted. They now reload while not in use. This is a very good fix, many times I have been killed while pulling out my defib so I can do a quick revive, only to wait to rub the paddles together!

Kudos to Patronus for relaying this info to me. Found in this post.

Monday, December 12, 2005


I always thought BF2's Global Score was Teamwork Score + Combat Score + Commander Score. Apparently this isn't true as the sum definitely does not equal the Global Score. Any ideas?

Add: General trend right now seems to be that those that played commander the most seem to have lost the most points. One person explained that the actual formula is something like:

Global Score = Combat Score + Teamwork Score + Commander Score - (Combat Score as Commander + Teamwork Score as Commander)

This is because the kills/assists/captures/etc you get as commander do show up in stats but don't actually contribute to the Global Score. So killing lots of people with artillery or reviving a bunch of people will inflate the combat and teamwork points to higher than the actual point total is. More research ongoing since I have no commander points and somehow I have 45 points more than I should.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

How much is Christmas REALLY worth?

According to this study, it costs about 18k to buy all the things in 12 days of Christmas. Still where the heck do you find "Dancing Lords" these days... and somehow 4k seems kinda cheep for royalty.