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Everything posted by tegeusCromis

  1. Misc. Creature Resources

    I've only loaded them into the CS so far, but these all look terrific. Reckon the Abyssfish and the Whale Shark, in particular, though, should have some special ingredients that they drop, scales just doesn't seem enough for such impressive creatures. (They're my favourites, true - can't have too many aquatic creatures. And I think we should have a Summon Whale Shark spell. To be cast in the Tiber Septim Hotel lobby, of course.)
  2. Random Stuffz

    Guess they overheard someone talking about the GPU and got it all wrong, of course. (Probably overheard a customer more knowledgeable than them, which is true of quite a few customers, probably - the sensible ones who just want to get a look at the box, then go home and order it on the net if they like it and, of course, it's up to spec.) They have actually gone downhill, though. I used to pop into PC World here back in the 90s for accessories, and some of the staff did know their stuff. But then they amalgamated with Curry's, which is an old-established TV/Hi-fi shop in the UK, and now none of them have a clue. I hope I just persuaded a good friend of mine to not buy the gluefest that is the Microsoft Surface (I think those sales staff are desperately trying to palm those off on people). But it's still amazing to me how many people apparently will blow a substantial sum on a junk machine just on impulse (or the say-so of a sales assistant, ha ha!).
  3. Random Stuffz

    Well, if he comes round here, I'm going to have to have words. Mind you, it's bad enough with that Johnny Depp turning up all the time. 'Ooo, can I stand around in your kitchen for a while? I won't be any trouble.' No, Johnny, no. Go sort out your stamp collection or something. Honestly, some people need to get a life.
  4. Elsweyr: Desert of Anequina Remastered

    Oh, yes, the original Elsweyr Anequina has all that and, given it's based on the original, I'm sure DD's will be great too. I think it essential, a nice change of scenery. It has quests, but not too many. And it's a mod with mods, for example David Brasher's excellent Tales from Elsweyr Anequina adds a whole bunch of stuff to do. (It's Brasher, so you know it's going to be good...)
  5. Random Stuffz

    Except that the SMBH for our galaxy only clocks in at about 4 million solar masses, while the galaxy itself contains perhaps 200,000 million stars of all sizes apart from all the gas, dust, dark matter and whatnot. In the Solar System, more than 99% of the mass is in the Sun. For the Galaxy, it's the reverse (which makes galactic orbits a tad wibbly-wobbly). But Steve, yeah - if he's the geezer what keeps coming by and littering up the neighbourhood with all that dark matter, could be him. Not right, should be stopped, it's against the laws of gravity...
  6. [RELz] Oldblivion

    I'm relieved. I think GOG has most of the games I consider essential. If it isn't a decade or more old, I can't be bothered... And next time they have a deal on OB, I'll be grabbing that just to be sure. (And I still don't have Battlehorn Castle...)
  7. Random Stuffz

    Such wisdom! It's hard to pick a favourite, but I do like: "The stars would cover up the whole heavens if they were all spread out so astronomers have concluded to arrange them in constellations" That is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Olbers' Paradox. So, it was them astronomers what have been doing it, all this time...
  8. Random Stuffz

    Well, we seem to have at least 30 million years to think of something. I expect we'll hollow it out and turn it into a starship so we can escape from the space zombies. Should do that ASAP actually, it's always best to be well prepared. It's on the to-do list.
  9. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    There's some pretty impressive stuff going on there, that's for sure. Nif-wise, I find things have moved on a little, here's a Blender 2.7+ Nif Exporter Tutorial from Dark Creations. Skyrim statics only, but they can be tweaked in Nifskope, I guess. Thing is, I suppose it doesn't really matter that much. If you were doing serious 3D modelling, then you could do all your work in Blender 2.7+, save as .obj or something and then use Blender 2.49b to save out as a nif with collision and such. But I'm mostly doing really simple things, not big modelling, so why aren't there simple solutions? Anyway, no reason not to check out the latest version, will have a look.
  10. Random Stuffz

    I always thought it was just a tiny bit of an inconvenience being a werewolf. I mean, a few problems once a month? (Yeah, OK, I do realise that half the human race experiences some real ones...) It's a pretty crap superpower, however you hack it. But... If you were a Martian werewolf, it would be really irritating, because Phobos, the larger moon, orbits in 8 hours. It's full moon three times a day. And there's Deimos, the other moon. I mean, you just wouldn't know whether you were coming or going. [I do love it when film-makers try to get round things by making it full moon *all the time* in the hope that we don't notice.]
  11. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    Oh, I'd better have a look. I gave up on Blender upgrades a while back because the new versions never seemed to support nifs. But, yeah, those prices, wow, nothing's changed for decades. In fact, I think the pricing's got worse. That's the CAD market still driving everything, I think. So, sure, CAD has a need for engineering levels of precision, anything else can cost lives. But most people just don't need that. Being prone to crazy tech ideas now and then, I tried to convince some people I was working with once that the future of the web was in VRML (now X3D). Never happened of course, and I think lack of access to tools like Autodesk was one factor, though not the only one. (Because it's non-proprietary markup code, you can have some fun generating X3D procedurally, though. Ought to get back to that sometime.)
  12. Random Stuffz

    Yeah! Now you're talking. And all the suns are moons of the Galaxy. And big galaxies have smaller galaxies as their moons. And all the galaxies are moons of... (oh, wait a minute). Stuff going round other stuff. And you've got to look at the context to make sense of the words... [Technically, of course, things are actually orbiting their common centre of gravity, spesh when it comes to the Galaxy. Yeah, picky, picky.]
  13. Random Stuffz

    Cheers! Yeah, it's a fine mod, but he's taken on a lot. From what I can see the current issues are nearly all down to mod incompatibilties, many of which are easily fixable, though. I'm happy to help with stuff like that if I can, it's quite relaxing after a bit of wrestling with Blender and Nifskope...
  14. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    I'm sorry, RM, I do go on sometimes. But I hadn't shared that bit of craziness with anyone, and since this is a quite technically oriented forum I thought I'd get it out of my system. But it ain't quite that crazy - there's no quantum in there, just classical phys, strictly Newtonian. My background's partly in chemistry, reckon I learned a lot more about quantum mechanics from that, oddly, than from the physics lessons. But it doesn't come into everyday astro calculations, though a bit of relativity can help. Though that's classical too. [I've noticed that there is definitely something relativistic going on with Oblivion dungeons. Time passes at a different rate inside. So you can leave, sit down, have lunch, and go back in to find that the enemy who has given up chasing you has only moved a few metres away. Twin paradox on a local scale.] Yeah, I do agree with you and Malonn, we should be grateful. It just seems odd is all. If you compare Gimp with Photoshop, it's almost as easy to use, pretty intuitive. Can't see why the same shouldn't apply with 3D. Oh well, so it goes...
  15. Random Stuffz

    Hardly that tiny, for a rocky planet, ~5,000km, more than twice the diameter of Pluto. Mars is just under 7,000. And Mercury is amazingly massive for its diameter. It's not about that, anyway. Mercury has cleared its orbit, which is now the definition. It should also be noted that Pluto (and Ceres and the others I mentioned) are also planets, they're just dwarf planets is all. The gist of the article is exactly that, we were getting all hung up on terminology to the point where it was obscuring the science, which is why the IAU stepped in. The standard list-out of eight major planets should now be regarded as merely an educational tool, I think. It's very handy for placing where things are in the Solar System. We already had the planets divided into rocky planets and gas giants (quite late, in fact. 'gas giants' was actually invented by James Blish, a science fiction writer, in the 1950s. I'm still fond of his Cities in Flight stories), but now new classifications will be coming in thick and fast what with all the exoplanets too. I found it a bit funny, though, that the author of that piece missed an obvious point. Of course, by the original Greek definition the Earth surely isn't a planet. The word means wanderer, something that wanders round the sky from a geocentric perspective. Ah, but for the Greeks, that included the Sun and Moon too. Unfortunate. (Holst didn't include Earth in his original Planets suite because he was really doing astrology. Geocentrics to a man/woman, astrologers, even if they claim otherwise.) So we've got this term that has been changing over history, it's hardly a surprise that it needs to change yet again...
  16. Random Stuffz

    Except you're not just bringing back Pluto as a major planet, you've also added Ceres, Haumea, Makemake and Eris. Plus a whole bunch more that are already candidates, never mind the upcoming ones that might even be Mars-sized or bigger further out in the Kuiper belt. Not going to happen. I'm sympathetic with what the article says though, which is essentially that these labels are often just for convenience, hence 'dwarf planet'. The science is elsewhere, I think. Personally, I've always thought Pluto a bit dodgy (silly orbit!) and that Ceres really deserved that promotion (it was actually down as a planet for about a decade after it was discovered in 1801), cool to see it get major billing in The Expanse, too.
  17. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    That makes sense, though I guess I assumed the havok defaults worked OK. Ashamed to say I haven't tried your mod yet, will have to now. I suspect the moon thing is an easier case because it's fake physics - essentially my idea was to replace the existing moons with 'dinner plate' nifs and orient them correctly with respect to the player. (And select the correct phase for the sun angle. Although, fortunately, the phases change slowly, that is another matrix transform.) Easier mathematically, that is. And in fact everything shouldn't be too bad when they are high in the sky, i.e. in the same cell. But you once you get beyond the cell boundary, you're dealing with VWDs (full resolution), and you have to continuously scale so the angular diameter remains constant. And then there is the final knotty problem - the horizon. How far out can you place a massively scaled nif, it's got to be quite a way out to preserve the illusion of moonset/rise. That might even break TES4lodgen, I don't know. Anyway, in practice I think it would be quite hard to make it convincing. Of course, on top of that you have to layer the astro calculations (I'm not a fan of Michael Kirkbride's 'astronomy'). Which might involve seasons and so forth. That's the easy part, but carry it far enough and you could even get predictable eclipses. (Could make the orbital tilts of Masser/Secundus smaller than our moon so these happen more often). Of course then you have to fix the sun too, which you should have fixed first... Kind of a thought experiment, really... Omigod, Blender! It's like someone made a positive effort to break every user interface guideline in the book. No, I cannot get my head around it as a whole either. I know to follow a few standard recipes, adding collision meshes and so forth, that's about all. With most graphic software I'd just dive right in, tho you always need the manual in the end of course. But intuition fails with the Blender monster. Disclaimer: I am nonetheless deeply grateful for it, it does some very cool things, so big thanks to the authors. Just, y'know, even the load/save menu is weird?
  18. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    Oh, yeah, I'm sure I have a big chance of doing that if you guys haven't. You know, it could be actual chaos theory in action, strange attractors and all that. Be entirely authentic if it was, that's how real weather works. You could claim it as a feature, not a bug. (Nah, trying to get my coding head back on, maybe I'll take a more thorough look when I do.) I did have a lovely idea, which you'll hate, which is to get dynamic one level up. Basically rewrite the .ini values and feed them back in - maybe once a day - depending on other variables like locale and season, all that. With a big pinch of randomness. (EDIT: You know, that might at least unstick things. Maybe...) Yeah, it'd probably make an awful mess. (I did spend a bit of time figuring out how to do tides, then realised how messy that could get. Think I have a handle on getting the moons to move a bit more convincingly, though. Now how does matrix algebra work again? And has anyone ever used the OBSE matrix functions for anything, come to that?)
  19. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    It's the Gulf Stream, or as those pesky kids say these days, the North Atlantic Drift. (Well, they're two separate but related things.) Anyway, on-topic, after the weather dialogue, I was wondering about All Natural forecasts. I haven't had the nerve to look at how you do things, pretty stochastic I expect, but maybe you could have a Weather Mage who could give you the probability of weather changes. Then there's weather maps, but you'd have to have an idea of the weather for all of Cyrodiil for those. See, that would really give the NPCs something to talk about. Total ignorance, I will have to have a look at how AN does things, I'm interested in that in any case...
  20. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    Oh, absolutely. We're not accustomed to snow, especially in SE England, so the DoT has to issue the most elementary advice to drivers every time it's imminent. And local councils have to try and remember where they put their snowploughs. And the trains, ha ha! It gives the Scandinavians a good laugh. Dark days, yeah, that's the worst, don't mind the cold as much. (It always seems odd, but we're at the same latitude as Labrador in SE England - rather north of you., the days get pretty short. And still a way to go to solstice, sigh...)
  21. Misc. Creature Resources

    Hey, no worries. Was just a whim, I liked the idea of a sea unicorn (weren't narwhal horns passed off as unicorn horns way back, or is that just a folk myth?)
  22. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    You got it right about our November, but looks like we may have a rather Canadian winter (coldest for 27 years mebbe). I know you must get sick of it, but I like a bit of snow myself. And It's always funny when London kids encounter snow, yuuuuge snowmen on every street corner; they surely make the most of it while it's there. [Now isn't this meta? Bet we could carry on for hours...]
  23. Random Stuffz

    I rather liked that, actually. (But I don't think it was actually shown in the UK at the time it came out. So by the time I saw any of it, I guess it had acquired a kind of period charm.)
  24. [RELz] Weather - All Natural

    Oh, excellent. Kudos for still updating this, AB. I'm pretty sure I have had stuck weather but that's just anecdotal. Weather being weather and all that. Will see if I can pin it down next time. [Be nice to have a mod that has NPCs chatter on about the weather. Being British, it always strikes me as odd that they don't. But it needs sound files, a lot of editing even if the material's there. So much more thrilling than mudcrabs, though...]
  25. Random Stuffz

    It's all relative. And no offence was actually taken Yeah, Dallas (and Dynasty later) was such a big thing back in the day. Sic transit and all that. I believe there has been talk now and then of a reboot - but I'm inclined to think a series about fossil-fuel oligarchs would attract only a certain niche demographic these days. (Hmm, how about making the Ewings coal barons in West Virginia?)