So, after I get off work, most days I'll browse the forums, especially if I haven't gotten much of a chance to get on in the past few days. Most days I'm greeted by awesome updates from Jamie, or information on the next big thing on the server. But some days, I'm greeted by......well, pure, unadulterated genius.
For the unflogged and uninitiated, the Advice Corner is where I post tidbits of information forwarded to you great people for the sole purpose of making your lives easier, and quite possibly the lives of everyone around you. I do so not demanding that you think or behave exactly as I do, instead simply to share life experiences and things that might make your day suck a little less.
Discussion is encouraged, flaming is not, and especially in the case of things that are related to the JR community, I don't name names and *neither* *will* *you*. That way lies flamewars, and there will be none of that.
Today we're talking about the much-vaunted concept of "freedom of speech".
The term "freedom of speech" is pretty much what it sounds like. An individual is free to express his opinions and beliefs, whatever they may be, without fear of legal reprisal, and is protected from reprisal from outside entities under the law. Whether or not whatever is said offends people can be an important question, but legally, not relevant.
Under this concept, an individual is in fact allowed to walk down the street proclaiming that Hitler was right and they are a walking jelly donut, destined to be eaten by the masses. Just because they can say it doesn't make it true, but they can say it without being accosted by the law, and are protected by the law from people seeking to do physical and psychological harm because of said comment.
Like all basic freedoms, however, this one ends when it infringes on the rights of others. Pertinent example: Individual 'A' thinks the world is going to end. So he stands in the driveway of a house owned by individual 'B', demanding repentance from passersby. 'A' has the right to free speech, he can say whatever he wants. 'B' comes out of the house, and demands that 'A' leave. Who gets what they want?
Since the property is owned by 'B', he has sovereignty on his own land. After asking 'A' to leave, if 'A' doesn't, he is infringing on 'B's right to sovereignty. While 'A's right to freedom of speech doesn't exactly end in whole, it does end in that particular spot, since standing where he was infringes on someone else's rights. He can still say whatever he wants, he just has to do it someplace else.
Examples aside, let's boil down to the issue that prompted this wonderfully long speech: Free speech in Minecraft.
Short version? Doesn't exist.
Seriously, it doesn't. Players are no longer in their home, on their country's soil. They are on the "soil" of the owner of the server. As owner, he has sovereignty, and a player's freedom of speech doesn't apply on someone else's property. The player can say whatever he wants to at his house, or on the street, but then they aren't infringing on the rights of the property owner by spouting on his lawn.
It's also not particularly intelligent to anger the people the owner has hired and given the express ability to determine when, where, and how to kick people off the lawn. Making sure the meaning of what's being said is clearly understood by both sides in a limited chat environment is very important, but I'll cover that next article.
In short, try not to piss people off. Especially not the local law.
Today I decided to spend a few minutes every week to write up a blog entry giving you a little more info into the Life of k3v_o. In fairness, It beats my usual, once and a while rages. Anyway, today was a fairly average Sunday only for the fact that I woke up at 10am rather than the usual 12:30pm when my mom wakes me up for Sunday dinner. I know, its is a little early for dinner, but it is the time that best suits us as my brother has his children and they tend to go out now and again, my mother and brother go to my nan's while me and my dad stay at home, dad watching the Hurling and Football, while I'm down the room usually playing games.
My nephew turned 3 yesterday so he was playing with his toys he got for his birthday after our dinner of lamb, mash, veg and gravy. Since it is the first time I saw him and my niece in a month or two, I played with him and her rather than retreat into my room playing Battlefield 3 and drinking Red Bull. So after about 10 minutes playing with them I retreated into my room to play Battlefield 3 and drank Red Bull (Just kidding.... it was more like 5 minutes and I played Darksiders 2 instead)...
If you haven't played Darksiders 2, I really recommend getting it. It is like a cross between the good parts of fable 2 (Accessibility), Devil May Cry 4 (the combat) and the 2008 version of Prince of Persia (climbing and comic book graphics). It is really a great Action-Adventure game. Also I recommend Playing it on the hardest difficulty as I am currently playing it on normal and 12 hours in I haven't died yet, so be sure to challenge yourself.
Anyway, After a few hours of Darksiders 2, I decided to clean up my room which was a mess. I wouldn't even really have bothered only for the fact that I have gotten into College (which was a shock for me) and I will be staying at home rather than moving to Tralee, as my Brother works down the road from the college and he can drive me every day. Since I will be typing for long hours, sitting on a bed just won't do. I sit on that bed for an hour and my back would be broken, so I moved my 2 desks to the other corner and moved my bed to where the desk's originally were allowing me to have enough room for a chair. I'm planning on investing on a new chair also, but that will have to wait as I will have to invest in a new laptop also. Check out the chair i was thinking of buying here: http://www.harveynorman.ie/lanny-office-swivel-chair-13647.html
Much cheaper and better than anything else I can find like that.
Anyway, Here are some pics of my Gaming/work space since I cleaned up:
Oh, for anyone who likes lord of the rings and strategy games, a few years ago a mod was released for Medieval 2 Total War's expansion pack Kingdoms. The mod is called The Third Age. I have been playing it for about a year now and it is absolutely full of epic. Check it out here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/third-age-total-war
Have quite a bit of stuff to do tomorrow as I have to sort stuff out for my grant so I will have money for they year to cover most of everything. Not much else happening during the week only that I will be staying at a friend of mine for a few days as I haven't seen him in a few months and his parents are gone on holidays. That also means that I won't be on a huge pile this week either guys so sorry about that.
Anyway, thanks for reading and I'll update my blog whenever I get a chance.
I have been offline on JR Craft for nearly three months, and just yesterday I come back for the first time in a while. Today around 8:30 AM I decide to log-in and go mess around with my sand home I just built. I decided to go explore outside my home. Just then I saw some cobblestone that I have never seen before, so I automatically knew that where there was cobble, there were people. I followed it and saw light, so I went towards the light. I found a small semi-abandoned looking town. I decided to claim the area around it as Mayor to overwatch the small town. But apparently in the eyes of Staff Member Moorhead, that's not allowed? Now in the past I remember making a statement that "IF" and "When" a(n) person want's to claim an area, he/she must first mark of section off the area. Now currently as of now I did not claim anything, but I was just "Stating" that that was my notation of will. Now apparently since I was not claiming any item at the time, I was only "Stating" this, this is a infringement of my freedom of speech. Now past this time, I was talking to the Moderator Moorhead, and he/she said to me that he/she had the right to Moderate what actions I could do In-Game, as in claiming areas. Now I was not "Currently" claiming the area, but I was to have my freedom of speech to state why I think I could claim the area. He/she said no you don't and Froze my character. At this point he/she took a pickaxe and killed my character while setting off multiple lightning strikes in the air. I came to a point where I had to exit the game because I could not spawn. I re-join the game and I tell moor, "you will be hearing from me again" Moor then tells me I cannot "Argue" with staff, and that he has the right to "Kill anyone that is annoying the s*** out of him"
All I wan't is for this abuse to be resolved, I have found this an annoyance in the past, and this is not something you wan't going on in the future with staff members like this treating new members of JR. Craft like s***. Thank you for your time.
(If this is in the wrong section please move this, thank you)
Hey guys I am going to be setting up a Halo Reach competition/tournament! My set date is going to be September 1 around 6:30 pm. It may change but I will keep those who want in posted if it changes. Contact me if you want in!!
So far we havent seen a huge amount of 1.4, however from what Docm77 has shown it seems to be pretty cruddy. Were going to get Potatoes and Carrots as a new crop, lame. Carrots give night vision which indicates a Nerf to the brightness settings and Potatoes give invisibility, which i guess means Jeb is running out of ideas. The new Boss i hate so far. Its The Wither and is a 3 headed Herobrine enderman cross. But heres the problem. It spawns randomly in the world, fireing bombs at all Passive mobs and destroys terrain like the enderdragon. Aka its a walking grief mob. If that thing gets to you village then bye bye villagers.
I hate 1.4 so far, but i do like frames and Plant pots "Sarcastic woop"
I just wanted to share a thought I had last night with you guys.
Last night, I decided to watch a trailer for JR, just to see if I could spot myself in the chat .
Turns out, it was a very old trailer. It went all the way back to the time when @k3v_o was only a mod. Here is the video (made by: Seth8001)
When I saw this. The first thing that came into my mind was "oh, this was when k3v was a mod and not yet an admin. Way before I joined this server."
Before I saw this video, I looked at some of the old accepted ideas. One of them was suggesting the rank name colors! I thought to myself, that was before JRnetwork was this colorful!
My point is, it's important to remember the past as we go along. The group of players that join, when new features are added, or when something exciting happens. Just make sure every once in a while to take a trip down memory lane. Even if you weren't on the server for so long. You may even consider asking a long time player (such as a mod/admin) what they remember from JR.
Jack, sam, and I have a Youtube channel called JointPortalGaming we are trying to get off the ground and I was hoping that I could get some suggestions of games because right now all we are playing is : Spore, Minecraft, Quantum Conundrum, and Team Fortress 2.
We had an old youtube channel that did pretty well called TheAtomicCrafters and we are hoping to do much better this time now that we are adding sam so please do leave some game suggestions down below.
Well this is my Black Ops II post!!! I am moderatly excited about this game. Some of the stuff I've watched about extremley displeases me..... But I was a huge fan of Black Ops and I really hope that the second one really lives up to the Black Ops name!!!
Comment and tell me what you think about Black Ops II!!!
Hey guys!!! I am VERY excited about the release of Halo 4!!! Halo Reach impressed me on so many levels that I often cry about it.... But Halo 4 will be coming out November 6, 2012!!! OH and btw JRCraft's spaceworld is top notch!!!
Hello!!! I am samr1698 and this is my blog to talk about the new games that have come and out and the ones that havent but youre still excited for!! Hope I will entertain you and you will come here again!!
I'm going to be inactive on the MC server for an indefinite amount of time. I'll still be on from time to time, but not very often. I'll be more active on the forums, though. There are a few reasons for my inactivity. First of all, high school is starting and I'm not allowed to play video games on weekdays. My weekends will (mostly) be filled with homework and projects. Also I just got accepted into MIT's AP Physics program ( ), which will take up a lot of time. Once again, I'll still be active on the main site in my free time, because I can do that from my phone. I hope you guys understand.
Just thought I would share, in Europe right now. Been here a week, and got one week left. To be honest, I hate it here. Coffee and tea every ten minutes, getting charged for everything, crazy drivers, etc. mostly been chilling in the Netherlands, I'm by the boarder of Belgium and Germany. It's full of tiny villages with one road, and I'm bored. I have this iPad, and a 3DS, but it's no replacement for my awesome gaming computer at home. Reason I'm here is because I was actually born Dutch! But I don't speak it, so, I only have my family to talk to. So, thought I'd give a quick update, I will not give a play by play of each day, because even I wouldn't read it. It would be way to long. So, bye for now!
The purpose of this blog entry is to discuss some weird topics that I just feel like talking about since I currently can't play on the server right now. Beware of cases of bad grammar, random banter at some points, and yea whatever (can't think of anything else).
Anyway, I have one question for anyone readying this - Have you ever had a really weird dream, something that is so indescribably awkward and annoying that you actually remember it?
Yea, I had those kinds of dreams as well. I'm talking about dreams where people are dolphins and the sky is the earth and what not. Not about wet dreams. You can keep those "experiences" to yourself. Eugh.
The strangest dream I had ever had was when I was with my grandma in some futuristic airport with a lot of confused people walking around. The only thing that crossed my mind when I was there in that dream was nothing; I didn't know why I was there, where I was going, and what I was even wearing. All I knew from that point was that I was with my grandma, holding on to her hand, and waiting for something - as if something were to happen really soon, I just didn't know when. Soon after I had explored my enviornment with my eyes, I could tell that this airport was poorly lit, but at the same time I could see every nook and crack in the entire area, as if the whole airport was a light source itself. There were plants, black-as-onyx floors with orange glowy tapes to the sides, and a large windows that acted as the walls of the airport. Strangely enough, the whole airport, the runways, luggage and waiting room, etc. were all in the same room. Then it struck me that we were going somewhere, and that our exact location in the room was right by the runway. Now as soon as I realized this, my grandmother got sucked into what I assumed was the airplane, which seemed very much like some air train thing. She called out for my name, but I couldn't hear her very well and neither could she. She, along with the airplane-air train thing, vanished so fast that I realized seconds later she wasn't there in the airport with me no longer. I cried because I didn't know where to go, or what I was going to do without her. Like the people in the airport, I became confused.
Weird dream, huh? Yea, I thought so too. At the time though, I thought it really happened and so I woke up crying and calling for my grandma, but she was right downstairs making breakfast. I was immediately reassured, but I was surprised that a dream that took probably only 1 minute in real life time could sadden and freighten me so much. Now, If you care, you could put down in the comments below your weird dream and I will happily read them. While you do that or if you haven't left already and are just too lazy to write a story about a weird dream you had, I will tell you guys what I think happens in a dream and why everything seemingly goes according to plan in a dream.
I'm going to warn you guys - I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to say about what I think happens in a dream, but I'll try my best to concentrate and to not make-up too many absurd things.
The one thing that puzzles everyone is why are my dreams so awesome and interesting - uh I-I mean weird and short? Well I think dreams act as virtual event simulators in which your body tests out certain events and their outcomes. Your dreams probably go on for the amount of time you are asleep, so essentially I think you are dreaming the entire time when your are dozing off in bed, whether you know it or not. The reason for why dreams are so short though, is probably because your unconcious state has concocted up a situation so wild that it demands your concious attention, for it could mean that what you see in the dream could help you solve crazy insane problems you face in your daily life. For example, pretend the premise of a situation you had when you were walking to the ice-cream store to get ice-cream was you trying to get this ice-cream flavor you really wanted but the ice-cream man was a complete dunce that thought his hat was the flavor you wanted. Now normally, in the concious realm (aka when you are awake), you would either rant at the dude and insult him, or just simply walk away, feeling either sorry for the guy or pretty ticked off, walking out of the store with pistachio vanilla thinking "that idiot! Now I am stuck with this lousy flavored ice-cream." (Don't get me wrong, I like vanilla ice-cream and pistachio nuts, but you're out of your mind to mix these two). But when you go into your unconcious realm (aka when you go to sleep), your unconcious state pulls out this weird event that you had and devises several outcomes that could've happened and records all of these outcomes that would indirectly affect your future decisions and judgements. Maybe, as the ice-cream guy was talking, you could have stolen his hat, threw it in the sewer drain, and then ask the guy for the correct ice-cream flavor. Your unconcious state realizes "omg maybe if you had done this, you could've gotten the ice-cream flavor you wanted!". Of course, your concious realm would be like "No, that's a stupid solution. What if there was no sewer drain in the nearby area? Lol yup you got pwned 1-0 me." Thankfully, your unconcious state of mind is smart enough to make several different outcomes of the same event. It's just that in the end, you get that "odd solution" and your unconcious state treats you to it. Just don't thank your unconcious state for these weird dreams / situation outcomes for you making you laugh (or not). Because some times, your unconcious state doesn't really know and frankly doesn't care about what you do or don't like, and so it will sometimes present you with a NIGHTMARE.
Nightmares aren't really that big of a thing. Your unconcious state just pretty much does the same process it always does when your asleep, so it's your fault for watching Pewdie play Slender at 2:00 in the morning and looking at giant spiders eating hummingbirds and sleeping immediately after you've done these two things.
Thank-you all for your time, and I will see you later with Part 2 of this blog, Dejavu.
I won't be on Jr as often as I usually am, just because I'm working on a custom map that I have been half-working on for around two months. I never really put much effort into it, I just want to finish it off and get over it.
I'm sure its gonna be really great, I hope many of you try it out once I'm done!
I have no real point in making this. Nothing in particular I want to say or get across to anyone. Just a lot of little things.
I move back into college tomorrow (actually already today for me, but I haven't gone to bed yet, so I say tomorrow), which comes with having to set myself back up (My second monitor and server (not a minecraft server; I use it for redundancy in backups and things), etc.). I like my setup a certain way.
I'm watching "The Condemned" on USA, where there are 10 people on death row in various countries that have been placed on this island together and they have 30 hours to kill each other. Basically, if more than one is alive after 30 hours, they all get blown up by ankle brackets.The last person alive however, gets freedom and a bit of cash. (Actually ending as I'm typing this; as odd and disturbing as it was, it was pretty good at the same time.)
Also, I'm now realizing that I've lost my cell phone. With my luck, its accidentally made its way into one of my many boxes, tubs, and things.
I'm also waiting on Rei's Minimap and Zombe's mod pack to update to 1.3.2 (If zombe even gets updated. I've been hearing rumors on the IRC that the developer & guy who has been keeping it up recently are dropping it).
Other than that, the only reason I didn't get on the server tonight is because I have nothing except the trackpad in my laptop. I usually use an XBox controller to play Minecraft; I could play with a mouse, but absolutely not with the trackpack.
I feel really upset that I haven't had a chance to help Nick yet (when he's usually the only one on after Barb goes to bed), but I will be able to whenever I get set back up, which I should easily be before the middle of this week.
That's really it. From the point when I log off the forums this evening, the next time you hear from me will be when I'm in Lexington again, and I'll have much better bandwidth (once I sort that out; I brought my own Router last year - this year I have my own cable modem to match it - I'm not putting up with 17 people on the WiFi Modem/Router that they decided to put into my room just because others don't know how to buy a router/use a Cat5e cable correctly.).
Last note to myself before I sit on the forums for a bit more (possibly), then sleep and go to move in: Reread Agenda 21. One of the best books I have ever read. It's a shame I haven't had the chance to reread it as of late. Well now I have something to read in between classes the first week (like I actually needed a distraction XD).
Yes you heard it, after a long (7 monthsish?) hiatus CubeEater666 is back... Ad BelGaraath! Im now a sorcerer and no longer a coniseur of blocks. But im still the loveable loon i used to be. So il be seeing you all soon.
As many of you know or have realized, I have not been on JRcraft save for an hour now and then.
I have been partially busy lately between reading 5 books for summer reading and a big-ass math packet or being with friends, but I've also been here replaying Maplestory, playing Tales of Graces, or other steam games. I try to get back into Minecraft, but every time I try, I get bored almost immediately. when I get on JR, I have to help, answer questions, and sometimes help but that's not the problem. I never have anything to do in between helping. I don't find It fun to play Minecraft anymore. I've been like this for over a month and I just don't find the fun in this.
I ask that I be demoted @Jamie, until I get back into Minecraft. I will still be active on the forums, but will scarcely be on Minecraft. I hope you understand. I hope to see you all in due time. good luck everybody!
(P.S. I do not wish to abandon JR. JR has grown in me since I joined, and It's like a home to me. I hope you all understand)
Julian Assange doing ohh so menacing things like killing puppies and such!
I may not be a fan of wikileaks and Julian Assange, but all he tried to do was share the truth. For those who have no interest in current affairs (well on the internet anyway), Wikileaks is a website founded by the said Julian Assange. The website is basically a non-profit news organisation which shares classified documents to the web about atrocities committed by governments during acts of war and such and such (no surprise that the main government being the USA). Thats not all they do so for more info just check out the website of the the wikipedia page below...
anywhoooo, he pissed off the US. He is currently in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK seeking asylum as the UK are attempting to extradite him to Sweden for sexual assault. Now, Normally I'd be like, well fuck that guy, kick him out Ecuador and let him face the music or whatever... The problem I have is that the second he gets extradited to Sweden, I'm betting that the charges be dropped and then he will be extradited to the US, because they love that shit. Doesn't matter if you follow your own laws, you break US laws online you can still get fucking extradited and get jailed, eg Kim Dotcom (he changed his name), founder of megaupload, who was a German who lived in hong kong and New Zealand (Home of the hobbits) who was extradited to the US last year for copyright infringement and got 50 year jail time with no possibility of probation. To put that into perspective, a murderer and rapist (not sure in what order) got 20 years in the US, AND THE RAPIST MAY STILL GET PROBATION! (I know right? that's one fucked up system).
Anyway, back to the subject of Julian Assange. He is currently held up in the Ecuadorian Embassy awaiting word on asylum, but the UK government (being the lapdogs of the US that they are) aren't having none of it and are threatening to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy (which, may I remind you is a peaceful country) to capture Julian Assange...
"The grant of asylum is a peaceful and humanitarian act and that, as such, it cannot be regarded as unfriendly by any other state" - Resolution 2312 (1967) Declared by the United Nations General Assembly
Not only that, But this is in an attempt to capture a man who has not been charged with any crime in any country.
I am honestly sickened at the way the UK are solving this problem and the US can suck a dick for all I care. This man did nothing only share the truth, and pissed off a few governments while doing it. Links below for any more info and I'll comment on how things are going.
Wikileaks - http://wikileaks.org/
Wiki on Wikileaks - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks (so many wikis in that link it is crazy)
News articles, including some from Wikileaks, BBC, etc.
This one is a personal favorite... His home country Australia have basically abandoned him and refuse to be involved.
And just encase you think this is just a load of bull, here a BBC link:
Share your views below!