Month: September 2015

PC Gaming: Bioshock – how to defeat the first Big Daddy

So I had been told and many web based tutorials suggested you use gas cylinders and hacked automated machine guns to kill Big Daddies. Me, I roll a different way.

I simply used telekinesis first to hum shit at Big Daddy to lure him. Then I used fire and blasted at him several time. When I he got close in, all burning, I hammered at him with the wrench. Killed the fucker. Yeah I’m good at that. My favorite of the plasmid tools is the fire – I’ve roasted quite a number of critters in the game with that. Nitro Splicers – they don’t do too well with fire. And of course another trick with telekinesis is to catch Nitro Splicer bombs and hurl them back at said Nitro Splicer. Love it!

The game is awesome – it helps you out quite a bit. Points you in the general direction of your goals. And it works so much better with an Xbox 360 controller – they make one that a wireless dongle plugs into your computer (In my case a laptop) and connects to the controller. It’s pretty awesome – in effect my PC turns into an Xbox 360 with that controller and the Steam Application.

This is really fun.

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Why Syria and Irag are such an ugly mess

Part of the problem is the tribal nature of the region among Sunni, Shia, Wahabi etc.

And Iraq and Syria are what I’d call modern partitions. You see after World War I the Ottoman empire collapsed. I know this from reading T.E. Lawrence’s “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. The Ottoman Turks were pussies compared to the British lead expeditions. Seems the British learned a thing or two from their time in America.

Anyhow prior to the end of WW I Iraq and Syria did not exist. They were part of the Turkish or Ottoman empire.

It was the British who carved it all up and gave us the modern day nations. It takes a brutal dictator to keep a country together. And we’ve managed to take out one in Iraq and severely weaken one in Syria.

So that’s why it’s such a mess.

PC AGaming: Bioshock

So my office mate turned me onto an app you can install on Windows and Macs. It’s called Steam made by a company called Valve. I’ve heard of Valve before.

So anyhow he recommended a game called Bioshock. It’s a cool game – And I’m getting pretty far in it now. About to face my first real Boss aka Big Daddy.  They’re very hard to kill.

But I even got the t-shirt.

BioShock-Boss

Welcome to Rapture

Evolution in Bottle

Man-Chooses

bioshock___poster___freedom_or_imprisonment

Thursday Night Event: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at Providence Performing Arts Center

So Wednesday I noted a post on Facebook that said Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson would be at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Thursday the 24th of September, 2015.

So I purchased two tickets for Keyron and myself. Kind of expensive at $90 each ticket but well worth it.

We had dinner at a local Teriyaki place. I had the Pork Katsu – very yummy. Keyron had a chicken dish. It had to be fast as we’d arrived at the restaurant at 6:30PM and I wanted to get to PPAC by 7PM. We arrived at 7:10 and getting in was VERY easy. Kudos to the ushers at PPAC.

Dr. Tyson had a full house and he entertained us for 2.5 hours.

He talks about how Earth and the Universe are trying to kill us all. Pretty amusing. He spoke of the demotion of Pluto from Planet to Icy Sphere. It was a good meandering trip through astrophysics.

He talked about the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation – and how two Nobel prizes were awarded but he didn’t say who discovered it. I know who discovered it, it was Arno Penzias and Robert Woodrow Wilson of Bell Labs. They had been searching out noise in a system and discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.

Even talked about telescopes. That’s something that fascinates me.

Then came the Q&A and I’ll be honest the questions were just shy of idiotic.

But all in all we had a good time. Tyson is entertaining when he’s stuffing knowledge into your noggin.

Hellish MBTA Commute this Evening

So I normally leave the office around 4PM to catch the 4:35PM train back home. Today an email went out at 3:30PM saying some idiot, and I call him an idiot because anybody who chooses to off themselves on a public transit right of way – they should be rotting in hell for causing the commuters to have to jump through a couple of extra hoops to get home this evening. So I left at 3:35PM.

What it meant was that all Red Line trains between North Quincy (My stop to get to/from work) and JFK were being shut down and buses would replace service between North Quincy and JFK.

Now let me give credit where it is due – the MBTA did a bang up job getting a shit ton of buses over to North Quincy and getting people on them. It was amazing. I cannot picture say RIPTA doing something like this.

The bus went from North Quincy station to JFK station. That train back into Boston was mobbed. But I made it to the commuter train  with 8 minutes to spare.

But I had to leave early to do it. So may the guy rot in hell, even though I don’t believe in hell. I mean how selfish can you be, to off yourself. And besides, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. Yeah, from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan.

PC Gaming

So my office mate turned me onto a product called Steam – runs on Windows, Mac, and I think Linux.

You can download games – prices are moderate. I’m downloading Bioshock right now for $19.99. I can see I’m gonna have to use the external drive to store game files. I texted the officemate “A pox upon you!”

I think I’ll enjoy the game.