Saturday, January 29, 2011

In a nutshell

CivFanatics has a pretty well written guide for beginners. But that's long.

So here's my condensed new player guide for Civ4:

Tile Improvements:
1) Never work an unimproved tile
2) Food is the most important resource
3) Never work an unimproved tile
4) About 1.5 workers per city early game
5) Overlap is fine; every city only needs a few good tiles, when are you going to get to Pop 20 anyways?
6) No seriously, go Slavery and just whip the guy working that bare grass.

1) Your army should be 50% siege units
2) If you settle a hill city near an AI that might war, it'll be pretty unassailable with archers then longbows.
3) It could happen at anytime

1) Cottages on all the grass you can support, Emancipation + Free Speech + Emancipation + Free Market
2) Alt: Farms + Workshops + Windmills + Watermills + Specialists, Representation + Caste + State Property; try to build Pyramids
3) Alt 2: Espionage

City Improvements:
1) Granaries, Forges, Aqueducts mandatory
2) If you don't have anything useful to build, switch the city to Wealth or Research
3) That Bank you're building in that hill city with 5 gold per turn? That falls under Not Useful.
4) If you don't know whether you need that Wonder, you don't

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And you thought the Hodge Conjecture was impenetrable...

I started listening to Kotoko from clicking through moon links on Youtube.

Anyways, it piqued my curiousity with Baldr Sky, so I go to Wikipedia and the article pretty much made no sense.

Well okay...then I thought maybe the article would be more comprehensible if I had a character list.

Instead I found this:

Okay, maybe that's not entirely indeciphera-whaat??

What the fuck?

Screw this, imma listen to Calamity Trigger.

In hindsight, impenetrable is probably the wrong choice of word.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can you imagine the engineering discussions that preceeded this?

Management: So you say this is the best solution your team has come up with?

Lead Engineer: Yes

M: This is the most practical and economic solution to our problem?

E: Yes

M: Well, this seems like a really complicated system...

E: Having a distributed platform is great, because it gives our system robustness, of course ideally we'd want to have all the parts working but we can still go on if some parts fail.

M: ...and there are some unorthodox components...

E: It's true that there are some parts we are going to have to build ourselves, but you'll see that a lot of these are also modifications of proven technology that we can license from third party vendors.

M: ...and this user interface...

E: We've come a long way with our voice activated technologies, you'll find it to have excellent reliability in part because the keywords we chose are very unambiguous.

M: Okay I'll trust your judgment on the hardware side, but are you certain we need to have one person directing and another person performing the authorizations?

E: You'll find that separating tasks so that there's always an independent reviewer is quite common in safety critical industries. Besides, for all the money that is involved in the project, the cost of hiring another body is hardly significant.

M: Fair enough then, for now you have my probationary approval if you can implement the proposal within the specified budget.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

You know, I've never been to Trinidad before...

I'll have to assume Nicki Minaj is representative.


So remember there was a guy a while ago who got Fate tattooed on his back.

This guy.

Anyways, at the time he was saying he wanted to get Nana Mizuki (alternatively know as Fate-chan's voice actress) tattooed on him next. Of course people called him an idiot.

But that was then and now is now:

What gets me though is that as far as ink goes, that is a damn fine tattoo. He found an excellent tattoo artist-to do this?? ARGGHHH!

edit: Incidentally, he hopes Nana Mizuki would get married soon because that's how he rolls. Wut.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Teslas haven't really been captivating to me, but their new S model is very compelling:

Saturday, January 08, 2011


Maybe I'll do more with it. Maybe not.

Looking back (Feb '10, Jul '08), I think even though I've improved, my satisfaction hasn't. Blah.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Five stars

The OST for Panty & Stocking is out.

The cover and tracklist is noteworthy:

1. Theme for Panty & Stocking
2. Immoral Church
3. Fly Away
4. Daten City
5. Beverly Hills Cock
6. Pantscada
7. Dancefloor Orgy
8. D City Rock
9. Juice
10. EPTM feat. Kodai of KinKieS (Booty Bronx Remix)
11. Cherryboy Riot
12. Technodildo
14. Theme for Scanty & Knee Socks
15. Schranz Chase
16. Tenga Step
17. See-Through
18. Corset Theme
19. Champion
20. Fallen Angel

I have to say my favourite title is Technodildo.