Damn That’s Cool
As a bearded male, I can appreciate a good beard when I see one… usually in the mirror. For my less facially-able brethren, apparently there’s the Beardo. I could explain this, but just watch the video.
I’d also like to note that this is the second kick-ass thing I’ve mentioned in one of these that’s offered by Vat19.com – well played, Vat19. Well played.
We at BastardsHQ love us some ping pong, so seeing something that lets you play ping pong without a proper ping pong table is just fucking awesome. Especially considering it’s such a simple idea. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE THINK OF THIS BEFORE?!?
Ok, so call me a nerd – when I was growing up, Sierra’s adventure games were the shit. Seriously. There was nothing like playing a little Quest For Glory 2, or Space Quest 3, or any other manner of keyboard and/or mouse controlled adventure games. In fact, one of the big draws of Abandonia (covered previously) in my mind was the ability download and play some of these gems from my youth.
Well, turns out Sarien.net is another way that one can do just that. Only this time, you can meet up with others playing the game, it has an improved control scheme, and it is completely browser based. Holy shit. The only downside is the lack of sound or music, which to me is a big negative. If you can look past that, though, check it out: www.sarien.net
Here’s the video we mention in the podcast with regards to the “many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics. More or less, any possible path of any given particle creates its own parallel universe to our own, but we only observe the one that exists in ours. This illustrates it with a custom level for Super Mario World. It’s fucking awesome – check it out and let it blow your mind:
First and foremost, Jaye sends his apologies for the Weekly Bag of Douche not being around this week – his modem imploded, so he’s stuck without the internet until those Comcast sons of bitches fix it.
Now, on to the topic at hand: Super Mario Crossover. Yes, I wrote about this one before. However, since writing about it initially (as the first “Damn That’s Cool,” incidentally), they’ve managed to make it cooler. How could they possibly make a concept so innately awesome even more so?
Well, turns out it was pretty simple – (continue reading…)
While this may not be novel news to anyone familiar to Linux or simply open source software in general, I have talked to a non-zero number of people who have no clue in hell that this thing even exists. GIMP (which is short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is basically a slightly more basic, but legitimately FREE image editing program in the same vein as Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop – available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. To be fair, I have Photoshop, and I am used to Photoshop… so for a long time I had heard about this piece of software but had not tried it. Then I installed Ubuntu on a couple of machines to fuck around with Linux, and found I could get 95% of the same tasks done with GIMP, along with a wide variety of other things I hadn’t thought to do in Photoshop.
In any case, anything that can hold its own against the big boys, only with more community support and a price point within reach of literally anyone with a computer – is damn cool. Check it out: The GIMP
This is a site that’s been quite damn useful to us, especially doing the “Fuck This Asshole” videos and such: www.keepvid.com – it allows you to save the videos you find on a lot of streaming sites in either FLV format, or in many cases MP4 format for iPhones/iPods and such. All in all, not a bad service, and while it’s not the flashiest thing in the world, it works. If there’s ever a YouTube video one wants to save, I highly recommend this site for that purpose: http://www.keepvid.com
Yeah, I do love random knockoff shit sometimes. Who doesn’t? DealExtreme makes it possible. Truth be told, there’s a lot of stuff I got from there just because it seemed useful at the time – wireless USB dongles, USB soundcards, and the like. Much like MonoPrice, in this department, they rarely fail. If it’s so simple it can’t be fucked up, chances are good that your experience will be good as well. That said, there’s just something about going through that site and seeing all of the random crap they have for sale (continue reading…)
Like old DOS games? I certainly do – I grew up on the damn things. The problem is, while there’s software out there to help you run it (DOSBox being a good example), it’s difficult to find sometimes. Enter Abandonia – the site that indexes all of the DOS games out there that were abandoned by their publishers, and thus are now free to download legally. There’s a goldmine in there. As an example, I was able to play the Ghostbusters 2 DOS game again for the first time in probably 15 years as a result of this site. Granted not all DOS-based games are free to download, since some of them still receive support (Doom, Duke Nukem, etc.), but there’s a lot of good stuff there and it’s worth poking around. Check it out: http://www.abandonia.com/
I was excited when Halo Reach came out, because one of the armor power-ups was a jetpack that worked in short bursts. Why was I excited? Because it made it like Starsiege:Tribes. Yeah. I do love Tribes, and I certainly love Tribes 2, and both were made available online for free as part of the promotion for Tribes:Vengence (which I have not yet played).
That said, the master servers for Tribes and Tribes 2 went offline a while back, so finding new master servers is required to really enjoy your experience playing these groundbreaking (in my opinion) first person shooters. The easiest way I found was to download the whole TribesNEXT package (for Tribes 2) and let it rip. Fun stuff – check it out: http://www.tribesnext.com/
I’ll see you on the battlefield.