for the past three days (Wednesday 27th to Friday 1st) I have been doing field work for my geography AS level,
on the first day we went to the field centre in Magilligan before heading out to Coleraine to do are nearest neighbour where we had to mark on using a map, all the new's agents in Coleraine which turned out to be random which is what we though would be the case so that was good, later in Coleraine we did a sphere of influence to see how far away people had travelled and what there purpose was
and in the group of two confident social-able people and me, I was the only one who could bare actually asking and going through
the survey which was great fun, as all the people where really nice although the results were completely what we didn't think would happen, those who travelled little bought expensive things whilst those who came from afar bought cheaper thinks which is completely the opposite of what we expected we then spent the rest of are time walking around and buying things before heading back
on the second day we went and looked at the psammosere in the Umbra nature reserve which is ironic as its managed by man so is very unnatural, we spent the day taking soil samples, looking at plant diversity and wind speed coming up with hypothesis that the pH would decrease going inland and the soil moisture would also increase, the pH was probably the only thing that we managed to prove right to any extent the soil moisture had no pattern what so ever and so appears everything we learnt would be the case, wasn't the case
on the Friday we began to pack up and visited Breen wood, an oak woodland which was very nice looking and appeared for less managed than the Umbra that we where at on Thursday just a path that was being slowly over grown.
and I had great fun spoiling the Thursday night movie of which no one seemed to have seem before, (shawshank redemption)
great movie that I have seen so often I could almost tell you the words the actors would say next, and so I did.
the trip was also good as I got to learn about the people in my year more, and so seem less like strangers to me which is nice I do believe
As some of you may know through Facebook, I am going to dye my hair for charity, and not just your regular blue or red... I'm going all out rainbow!
This is for RAG week 2013 through the Student Union at my college which is a week where people raise money through different methods for charities in Ireland. the charity I have chosen is Be Aware! which is a Suicide Prevention Charity.
I chose this charity as I have lost a good friend of mine to suicide during last summer of 2012 and for another reason that I would prefer not to say. Also if I raise â‚¬75 or more I get free RAG week tickets (RAG week is also a week of inhumane amounts of alcohol and partying).
I am willing to accept donations through PayPal, so if you wish to donate message me and I'll send you my details.
Next Friday I will also upload photos of my new lush hair on both Facebook and a blog post here so you can all enjoy laughing at me...
I'm...... I'm probably not going to enjoy this
So here I am. Got my hair done yesterday in Tralee and I must say, looking fine I am The barbers Claude Monte in the square Tralee did my hair for only â‚¬20 for the bleaching and dyed my hair and cut it for free so that was really cool of them to charge so little. I would have uploaded them yesturday... But I was exhausted after the week so I went to bed instead. Also I was not able to do Rainbow as it would be too expensive and also by the time college starts after RAG week the dye would have ran into eachother. So instead I went blue. Anyway;
Heres my hair:
As you can see it is a bit purple ATM, but once I wash a few times then re-dye it should be a nice blue colour. Also, sorry about the picture quality... took it with my phone a few times and that was the best one so you'll have to live with it for a while until I can put up a decent RAG week photo of it.
Finally, in the week I had to raise money for Be Aware, I raised a total of â‚¬200. I also earned 2 sets of tickets along with that so I am going to sell the other lot for â‚¬30 making back the loss of getting my hair done plus another â‚¬10 for myself "Imported Juice" during RAG week.
ok so i decieded to start up a blog for who knows why. anyways there are a few things i would like to say. first off is that i am deeply sorry for what happened a few days ago and am working on my anger issues second i want to thank everybody that has given me support through the time i have been on jr a few people i really want to thank are Jamie you my friend have helped me along the way with so many problems that i have had ( a few personal ) second is thexxxruins sabrina and chris thx for all the help you have given me and third all the staff thx for the help with things that some dont understand and thx for listening to me at times others wouldn't. and the third thing i want to say is that well the jr community has really been beside me since i first joined and i wanted to thank you all one more time thanks guys.
As some of you already know (most likely due to me spamming your Facebook), several of my classmates along with myself are starting up a summer school to teach kids basic 2D and 3D Games Development. All classes are held in the Institute of Technology Tralee in week blocks during July and August 2013. It would be a great help if everyone can like our Facebook page and if you live in the area, spread the word about the camp to both parents and children. We will be posting regular status updates about general gaming news for other fans of the page also.
You can find out Facebook page here : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Game-Invaders-Camp/128165840686615
We are starting this course to teach kids the basics of Games Development as well as understand more about the large amount of work that goes into even a simple video game. But not only are we teaching children, the children are teaching us to become better educators, communicators and public speakers (well, we're teaching ourselves by speaking to them, but you get what I mean). This is also great to have in a CV so doing this not only helps the children decide their future, but let us live ours.
I really appreciate anything you can do to help out.
Kevin O'Connell (aka, k3v_o)
ps. I said all of that without saying the obvious That being we are college students who need money to pay for college stuff, eg. Rent, books, programs, ect.
my work experience started early on a Monday morning around 6:30 am where I went up to Belfast getting there at around 9:30 were I met the geologist that would be taking me for work experience we started by driving to a meeting in some findings of a previous geophysical survey and on the way he told me of all the thinks he has done in his career such as going to Africa south america and Australia and told me he once was dropped off in a jungle were he hoped to be fund later that's just how remote the places these places are for mining and such he once was chased by baboons in Africa!
on the second day we met at my holiday home were it was so snowy we couldn't get up the road so had to walk, once up we did a geophysical survey near are second home of which i helped in he taking part and we found a fracture using the snow to mark were we measured, and as we sat down with the survey done having a coup of tea that my mum had made us he told me of work he had done in the area around mussenden temple, he sayed that the place is a death trap as every hole they drilled into the cliff side the was a large natural fracture in the rock and told the national trust it would be better to number the bricks and move it (its 18 inches from the cliff edge) but the trust ignored him and got an English engineering company to fill in the 'crack' but this however has made the problem worse even as its acted as a wedge. Though the English firm stated it would stay there for 100 more years the geology guy (he is so right) tells me its a death trap waiting to happen which is sad cause its used for weddings sometimes
the equipment we used that day was very specialist with one bit of kit being worth Â£12300 (VLF EM-16) of which there's only to company's in the world that make them and a military grade GPS which gives your position to the MM!
and after all that I really am looking forward to being a geologist cause it will mean I will never work a day in my life those were the best two days I have had this year
So I felt like updating this community of random strangers on why I had been gone for so long. So starting from when I left which was June 29th to be exact. I went to camp. That's where I was up until august 20th. Then I went to my fathers vacation home for 2 weeks without my computer. I went on JR a couple of times. But not that often. Why... Because I wasn't able to play minecraft and I was on an Ipad. Which I hate. So then I returned home to NYC. I had started to move away from Minecraft and into Borderlands 2. I had just gotten my new PC, and I was so thrilled I played about 200 hours of borderlands. Then in about November I started playing a kind of minecraft server called Minecraft Survival Games. Which are Hunger Games based servers.(Won't give out the site info here) Then I started really getting into PC gaming, and I still am now. So I split my time between Steam and Minecraft. I also wasn't around this weekend because of some various activites with friends. So yea that about brings it up to date. Going to write some other blogs soon. There fun to write.
Path of Exile is a game by Grinding Gear Games. This game is an Action RPG, an ever expanding and popular genre. It has many similar qualities of other popular RPGs such as Torchlight 2 and Diablo three, having a very similar HUD. What you see in many RPGs is little differentiation from each other. While all of them are different, there is often a strong reminiscence of some other RPG, which isn't at all a bad thing, but sometimes it's a nice change.
What Path of Exile does it brings to the table the 'Skill Gem System.' In this game you have skills from gems you find but, there are also support gems which augment your skills with gems you find from different things. These gems can be 'socketed' into an item you possess and that's how they are activated and used. These skill gems can make it so you shoot a fire ball that chains from enemy to enemy, or shoots out five fire balls instead of one or will amplify the AOE of that attack. This can lead to hundreds to even thousands of different combinations of skills.
This game, as most RPGs do, has a class system in it. These classes are Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Shadow, Templar and Marauder.
(Classes in order from left to right: Duelist, Witch, Ranger, Templar, Marauder, Shadow.)
Each class focuses on one or two of three attributes: Strength, Dexterity or Intelligence.
Strength: Classes under this attribute focus on using high damage weapons and heavy armor, your generic beat down warrior kind of character. Classes under this attribute: Marauder, Duelist, Templar.
Dexterity: Classes under this attribute use light, fast hitting weapons and armor that promotes evasion, your generic rogue or ranged kind of character. Classes under this attribute: Ranger, Duelist, Shadow.
Intelligence: Classes under this attribute tend to be smarter quick finishers, using magic and aiming for critical hits instead of beating enemies senseless and your armors tend to be of magically inclined that recharge outside of battle; your generic assassin or obviously wizard. Classes under this attribute: Witch, Templar, Shadow.
Creatures and items will also be under one of these attributes: for example a staff is usually 70% strength, 30% intelligence as it has a greater chance to get critical hits at the cost of losing just base damage. Characters are able to use other weapons that aren't part of their attributes by investing in the other attribute(s) but it's generally going to be better just to invest in your classes attributes.
Passive Skill Tree
In Path of Exile there is one massive skill tree (contains 1350 skills) which all classes share, but start in separate places based on what they are. You can get any passive skill which any character, but some skills will take longer to get to with the marauder than with the shadow. Some examples of what these abilities is that they can make it so your attacks will always hit home, but at the trade off of never getting a critical hit. Another example is an ability that grants the abilities of your shield to your minions instead of you. (I'm like eighty-five percent sure that's meant for witch as I don't know if any other character can summon minions.) You gain a skill point for this skill tree at every level.
An overview of the skill tree.
(Sorry couldn't get a bigger picture, but all the little white dots and lines are the skills and paths.)
The World, "Wraeclast"
The world in Path of Exile is, as described by Grinding Gears Games, "Wraeclast is a dark, brutal continent. Scarred by mysterious catastrophes of the past and inhabited by creatures of nightmare, the very environment challenges exiles who dare explore it. We're sick of the recent trend towards bright, cartoony RPGs. The art style we chose for Path of Exile is dark, gritty and realistic. Wraeclast is terrifying, and we've tried hard to do it justice."
What Grinding Gears Games wanted to do was to make it so you wanted to play again and to do this they've made it so that the world is randomly generated when you play, so the loot and monsters will be different almost every time you play.
(The beta video of Path of Exile)
This game has more to it then what I've mentioned here, but I've summed up a large chunk of this game. This game is currently in closed beta, but on the twenty-third will officially be in open beta. The game is going to be a free to play game, where you can buy items (purely visual items as GGG says they hate Pay 2 Win games and for good reason.) in order to support the game. You can buy this game for ten dollars in closed beta with one hundred coins. You are able to donate more to gain more but gaining a few more things. (Including being in the credits for the game, free T-shirts, acknowledgement as supporter on forums and an item of your design and a bunch of other stuff (all that's stuff is for paying $1000 though)) The game doesn't have an official release date but is set for 2013.
(Note I haven't played this as of yet, this is from research (I have time on my hands don't judge me!) but I'm looking forward to it and will most likely post a review of it)
as I got into my bed last night around ten I jump in as normally when suddenly,
a very bad cracking sound followed be a very big crack in my bed could be seen, I had broke my bed now I now what your thinking, (well now we now who ate all the pies) well actually I'm only 11 and a half stone which is 75% lighter of anyone else of my height and I go to the gym after school
the reason as to why it broke is the fact that I have had it since I could remember, why it didn't break before I have no idea but it seemed to be held together by dole joints not exactly built for a teenager and this ended a very strange day as I felt it was Friday so turned up to the wrong class and when in class, are in free's I had no work
and now I'm sleeping in a spare double bed which is so more comfortable than my old one which I'm sad to see the back of since I have had it for so long and now today it snows with the ground wet and it lies, what on earth is going on , is existence crumbling into nothing are am I just in a coma and I will never remember any of it once I wake up, are has my logic just been denied by the world for the first time?
1. ericjjincson got away with killing me by having me tp to him and i was in a lava pit ,which i lost around 15 iron blocks,lots of gold,diamonds,diamond tools,lots of good stuff. 2.i wanted to help people so i was going to sign up and part of it was so i didnt have to worry about stuff like ericjjincson happening again. 3.when they realeased the new jrcraft EVERYTHING IN MY ENTIRE INVENTORY WAS GONE and i was having it good again and i'd filed a report about that, i jump on and nothing was done about it at all. 4. i cant even afford to go premium ; jamie, do you really think kids 14 and down have that much money?!! and also most parents wont pay that much. and with all of this im getting really annoyed and tired of it. oh when ericjjincson killed me i filed 2 reports about it and nothing was done. And im sorry jrcraft people but i dont think i want to play with all of whats happened.
For some reason, I sort of got bored of Jr (even the site) a month ago. Since my trip back to France I'm back on the site, but I don't go online on Jr...
You might be wondering why....
Well, first of all, I got a huge load of games: Bioshock, Ghost Recon 2, Amnesia, (Ive also started playing Yogbox), and I'm downloading Team Fortress 2 (I'll be on Jr there ).
When I do play minecraft, I work on my next custom map(s).
Finally, when I do go on Jr, there usually isn't anyone online that I know, cause of my time zone.
So that's pretty much why I don't go on Jr anymore.
But it's just a phase, I know I'll be back on in a month or two!
see you later!
My next custom map is gonna need alot of new sounds, textures, and a bunch of stuff, so I thought it would be simpler if I made a completely new launcher that would be compatible with all my custom maps. (a bit like deep space turtle chase)
Do any of you know how to do this? If so, please teach me and help me achieve (virtual) lifetime success:
If this isn't possible, Do any of you know how to make a automated installer?
well i just got back from a 3,180 mile long trip over christmas break to a popular park in the U.S.A if you know disney world ,which was a very long trip. our choir+band was performing there; so i rode down with my parents. i got back at 7:00 pm C.S.T time it was quite a long trip ; we also obviously went on rides and enjoyed the park (might i say my dad forced me on rides then i would yell and stuff but end up loving it we went on thrill rides mostly) if your wondering what one i yelled on,hated and was freaked out on it was the "Tower of Terror" its the only one i didnt like. On too the game stuff (because your probally bored to death right now) i played minecraft pocket edition on the way down and was building on to my cobble stone hotel which i would show but i dont know how to show a picture of something like that i have MANY things i'd love to show but can't. So if anyone knows how to do this for a kindle fire the first one NOT the new one please tell me immeadiatley by comment or pm or something. i have huge builds on there ,so i really want to show them. On minecraft PC i have some builds also. Sadly before i left i'd updated and jr hadn't so i could not play (that killed me, in the expression way) and now their realeasing it on the day i have my first school basketball game which is a bit of a pain but at least its a home game. see you later, smartman909
Some of you may know (or remember) me, and yes I know it has been a while. For those that do not know me here is a one sentence background: I used to play JR all the time before, then I did other things, and now I'm back. Now call me a nooblet if you want but What has happened?! It used to be that I had a hard time getting on the JR servers but now the most people I've seen on a server is 6. Ok, now I may be using the wrong ips. I've checked the tekkit and the survival and I've seen practically no one. If anyone would like to add a little insight on the topic please help.
well hear it goes my first blog, hope you like it
walking down the stairs on Christmas day, I when through all the gifts Santa had given me this year and well it seems I have been very good this year as what do I find in upon my chair (in are house all gifts are placed on individual chairs)
a new phone! and so far the Samsung galaxy ace 2 hasn't given me one bit of trouble, the touch screen is big but of a size I can comfortable fit inside my pocket, and is so much easier to use than my old HTC and plays movies from YouTube without stopping once and with email built in its like having a laptop I can put in my pocket it. even has sat nav built in with Google maps and when I haven't any WiFi it only costs a Â£1.00 a day to use data and after that O2 stop charging.
this phone is a great value for money because its from Santa so its free, and to me is better than most of the new phones out there,
far instance my sister who has a Samsung galaxy S2 wouldn't buy the S3 because there's effectively no difference other than an even larger screen
and I wouldn't buy the S3 because its just my phone with a larger screen, and I d not want nor need a bigger screen because I can play the piano on my phone , so why would I need a bigger screen?
and the piano isn't the only app I have gotten since Christmas, with millions of free apps in the easily accessible 'play store' I have all ready got a large collection and it takes no time at all to access then and load them
to sum up this phone is to me the best phone your money could buy with value in mined cause its basically the S2 but better and far less money even if your not getting it from Santa
Heres the mail I sent to the yogscast:
I've created a Custom Map (It took 5 months to make) pretty much for you guys.
Its called Trinitology, and its a map made for TNT people like you guys
It has mazes, jumping puzzles (single player only. You're safe for now, Simon.), tnt (everywhere!) and a bunch of other stuff.
Its my dream to have you guys play it. Please consider it!
This is the reply I received a few hours later:
Thanks for sending this across to us! I'll forward it across to the
guys, but i'm unable to guarantee it will be used.
Once again, many thanks!
Wish me luck!
Before I start, yes. This will be a rant.
A piece of work that me and some friends created was taken from the class under the teacher's supervision, not by our group though. So of course she proceeds to blame it on us and commands us to make it again for our next class. Now we have to recreate something that we had almost three weeks to work on in the space of two days. Between the three of us, we have to create the poster and cook shortbread.
There is only one guy in our group that knows how to cook shortbread. And then, of course, my his grandmother dies, and he's told smack in the middle of a Math test. As if the guy weren't having a bad enough day as it was... Now it is quite likely he will be out of school for a few days, leaving this thing to me and the other person in our group.
The general point that I'm trying to get to right now is that I'm pissed. Normally I don't complain about things at all, but this just went too far.
- An enraged Moose.
Yeah this is a warning I'm upset (again) probably something that'll seem pointless (again) in the morning but I'm mad/annoyed so I'm swearing.
So I take pride in the fact that I don't get angry easily and when I do it's a mild irritable thing and I don't really care. Well my parents seem to have done it again.
So today I get home from school and an after school activity at 5:30. I do homework til around 7 and than went downstairs to relax and play on my computer. My mom walks by and says, "Why don't you go out and keep your dad company?" (he's doing something with sterlingsilver to make parts so she can make jewlery, which by the way costs more in time and money than to just by the rings) to which I kind of cringe (not cringe but best word to describe) at. Well she walks away than comes back (note I'm putting my lap top away) and says, "I give up. We've tried getting you into hobbies (how often does a kid really get into a hobby his parents make him try?) and you don't do them. Your father got the (forget name) saw because he thought you'd be interested in it. We told you you're getting about the age where you should be thinking about buying/making gifts. (which I do just not to them, anyway they said last year that I shouldn't til I have a job) Yet all you do is sit there on your computer. It'd be fine if you were working on your HTML. (funny thing is is that I said I want to learn programming, not HTML in particular, my mom wants me to manage something on her eBay page for her, that's why she has me learning it. At least I figure) What do you get out of your game at the end of the day?"
So I didn't respond because that's how I believe you should treat parents with respect and everything I wanted to say was disrespectful. "What do I get from my game? Relaxed, entertained, getting to talk to people I'd never fucking meet without these games."
"Why the fuck do I have to have a productive hobby? Why can't I just play my games? I'm not bothering anyone!"
"You could have much fucking worse kids than me, sure I don't do much but at least I don't go out and break laws and fuck every girl in the school who's willing to like a large portion of my grade. At least I follow most of your damn rules!"
I'm just flustered by all of it...
So I go out to where my dad is and ask him if he needs any help and he goes on a rant about how I don't do the dishes (which I always do after homework and they always decide to do during so I seem lazier), take care of the chickens, (he knows I'm forgetful, I forget EVERYTHING and so decided to start taking care of them) how I don't walk the dogs or offer to at 9 at night (which a slight fear of the dark (yes I'm slightly afraid of the dark, amplified by the Internet) happens to be common among his 4 children) or the laundry (which I was used to that being my brothers job as when he was home always did it) and went on and on about 'don't you find it weird that me and your mother are up to 11pm working on that eBay buisness?' (how the fuck is that relevant) and told me to go do the laundry. So I do and than ask them what to do with some odds and ends and they respond to me like I'm a fucking five-year-old but we just don't usually pull them out. Also while I'm folding the laundry I hear them talking about me and so on making snarky comments and stuff. So I go watch TV for an hour and than decide to go to bed and read so I say good night and they respond with,"Going to be so early?" "He's just pouting that we yelled at him. You could've come out here and helped us with this, your father and us had a really nice night." To which I respond, "No I want to read." and walked away.
But inside I wanted to scream, "I FUCKING ASKED ALREADY AND YOU SAID YOU DIDN'T NEED HELP!!! ANYWAYS THAT'S NICE FOR YOU, NOT FOR ME, I HAVE DIFFERENT FUCKING TASTES IN A NICE NIGHT THAN YOU!!"
Really what I've come to get out of this is that my parents just fucking hate video games. Unlike all my friends parents haven't even tried to play them and bitch about me playing them. I'm sorry I enjoy what allows me to relax after school (which I realize isn't that bad compared to work and so on but for some reason it is in my mind... Mostly I guess to please my parents ._.) Oh hey first emoticon! But seriously they take any chance they can to take a swing at my video games. I'm just fucking sick of them hating on it.
Well if you read through my pointless rant it's stupid yes but to me it's just fucking annoying... I don't know. On the upside after getting really mad my eyes turn blood red and bring out the blue in my eyes and it's really epic looking.
Welcome back! Mechris445 is here, giving you a long (er) review of an AMAZING indie game he found!
Hope you enjoy!
Oh and, Tim, I'm using my new mike
Now, let me put this out of the way; *** Pride Day IS a holiday, it's just not the one that everyone cares about; like Easter, and Thanks Giving, Christmas, and Halloween, and some others. Unless you write it down somewhere, you'll never know it's *** Pride Day. Also, I have nothing against gays or anything. I mean, if you want to like your own gender, I don't care. If you want to go out in the woods and have 'fun' with trees, I don't care as long as I don't see you do that. So, story time!
Okay, so, there's this teacher, or whatever, counselor? I don't even think he has an actual job. Anyway, I walk into school, sporting my BAMF looking hoodie on top of my cranium, walk over to my friends before the bell rings, and then, I see this guys face. Let's call him, Dr. Annoying. So, Dr. Annoying walks over, and I instantly remember, "I'm wearing my hood inside the building again..." and take it off. This is because he used to walk over to me and tell me to remove it. I think this is dumb! Why can't I wear a hood in school? Am I too BAMF for the school? Is that it? Anyway, even if my hood is removed by the time I spot him, he still walks over to me, but instead of talking directly, he walks past me, touches my shoulder, and says, "Thanks, sir." Now, that creeps me out. 1) Because he touches me. 2) Because he calls me sir. I'd like to be called sir, but when says it, it sounds really weird. Anyway, it caused me to not like Dr. Annoying.
And I realized I didn't like him even more, today. Me and my friends, chillin' out, eating lunch, studying words for the vocab test in the next class, and so. We also have discussions. Today it somehow got to history, which lead me to say something like, "What if History is just a misunderstanding of what really happened?" So, me, being a brony, start thinking about the Rainbow Factory (If you don't know what it is and you're a brony, you need to learn more about the community.) Now, it's basically a factory that people are failures in life come to die to be turned into rainbows. However, no one but the workers are allowed to know. The rest of the world thinks it's a very special job that you get chosen for. So, we were talking about how, "Why don't we get all the people who suck at life, and send em off to a rainbow factory?" And so on. However, for some odd reason, the one time we discuss this is *** pride day. Which means, "Rainbows on ALL the walls!" When did rainbows resemble ***? It doesn't make any sense!
So, Mr. Annoying walks over, and he's all like, "What are we talking about? Anything to do with *** Pride Day?" We all say 'no' to get him to leave. When he finally does, one of friends says, "He thinks we were making fun of gays." And I'm thinking, "WHEN THE F**K DID RAINBOWS BECOME A '***' THING?!?!" I was so upset that this guy thinks we would make fun gays! It's so stupid! It's because of the all the Swaglos who go to my school, who actually DO make fun gays! So now, Mr. Annoying thinks EVERYONE makes fun of gays. God, I hate society and how we can't have nice things without.
On a side note, I can't say 'black' or else everyone thinks I'm racist. "Can you pass me a black colored pencil?" "OMG THAT'S SSSSOOO RACIST!!!" God, I hate people so much...