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I'm gonna breeze right over the important stuff happening in my life lately- relationship foo, work foo, most of my family moving to South Carolina, visiting with friends and forgetting that I wasn't wearing any clothes, my car plotting to kill me, my grueling effort not to kill a former cow-orker who sent me a video about "a car that's powered by water", and spending half an hour on the phone with my mom explaining how to use her new mouse. Instead, I'm going to talk about video games!

I'm in gaming Nirvana right now. On Tuesday I bought a Game Boy Advance SP (good call, zotmeister!). On Wednesday I finally finished Half-Life 2 (mmmm... crowbar...). On Thursday Half-Life 2: Episode One was released, which so far is a lot of fun and very pretty, though it makes Ghidrah's video card cry. :-( Tron 2.0 Killer App for the GBA arrived in the mail, and was waiting for me when I got home from work. This was very good timing, as our power went out for a while during dinner and delayed my Half-Life fix.

I also discovered a very fun and original game called Darwinia, made by the same people who make Uplink. I pulled down the demo through Steam (Valve's not-quite-fascist software distribution system), and later grabbed the Mac version, which seems to be not just a demo but in fact the entire game. Sweet! :-)

Like Uplink, Darwinia is boatloads of fun and hard to describe. It's an RTS, though it's nothing like Starcraft or C&C. It's also set in an environment that's reminiscent of TRON while being almost nothing like it. Like I said, it's hard to describe, but it's fun and pretty and violent and makes you think. Pity it doesn't have a crowbar.


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Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
20 Questions
So if you had a choice between sex and video games, you would choose...?
Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: 20 Questions
What an evil, evil question! 99 times out of 100, the hormones win out and if given a direct choice I'll choose sex. However, if I've just had sex, then I'm more likely to want to go play video games. Not always, but usually.

It's actually a little scary to me how easily a shiny video game will completely trump more "intellectual" pursuits (hence my laundry list of incomplete projects and fields of study), and how easily an opportunity to have sex will trump just about anything else. It's like being a slave to biology and ADD. I guess I'm not as evolved as I'd like to think. :-(
Jun. 2nd, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: 20 Questions
Ah, but you wouldn't be the you we love if you weren't attracted to "the shiny". :)
Jun. 4th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
What's wrong with a car powered by water?

Though probably not as exciting as the Quadski.
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
The problem is that it's being completely misrepresented. Google for "HHO", or just check out this URL for a good discussion on the topic: http://digg.com/technology/Water_Fuel_-_HHO_Gas

What the guy is doing is using electricity to electrolyze water into hydrogen gas and oxygen gas, then burning it to power the car. There are two problems here:

1) He's getting less energy out of the hydrogen combustion than he's putting in with the electricity. Thermodynamics and such.

2) No big surprise, but the Fox News people are getting it completely wrong. They're making it sound like this engine is somehow converting water into some kind of exotic fuel, rather than simply using it as an intermediary energy storage medium.

Additionally, the claim that the hydrogen/oxygen welding torch is "hotter than the sun" is a blatant factual error. I'd guess that these Fox people became journalists because they failed science. I learned the difference between hydrogen combustion and hydrogen fusion in 6th grade, fer chrissake!

BTW, that Quadski looks like fun!
Jun. 5th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
So it's not so much the car idea as the news report, :)

I thought it was odd that they called it 'HHO' and made it sound like a new invention. Hydrogen powered vehicles using electrolysis were developed over 20 years ago. But of course, as you stated, there's a net energy loss...

I believe the efforts have been aimed at things like making more efficient electrolysis separation and using "free" energy sources for the electricity such as solar. Probably could do something with modern hybrid designs that would be energy efficient...

But fuel cell tech is far more promising, :)
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