I found this on the Internets

<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars
<Cthon98> ********* see!
<AzureDiamond> hunter2
<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me
<Cthon98> <AzureDiamond> *******
<Cthon98> thats what I see
<AzureDiamond> oh, really?
<Cthon98> Absolutely
<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2
<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?
<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that
<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******
<AzureDiamond> awesome!
<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?
<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******’s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw
<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

I had a good lol.

I don’t know the theory behind IRC, or what the technology concepts behind it are. What I DO know however is that has a ton of funny stories from it. Here are some more highlights.

<anamexis> oh man
<anamexis> I was opening a coke, right
–> Beefpile ( has joined #themacmind
<anamexis> and it exploded
<anamexis> ALMOST all over my keyboard
<anamexis> but I got it away just in time
<– Beefpile has quit (sick fuckers)
<anamexis> :<

(that was possibly the most offensive thing I’ve put here.)

<Khassaki> HI EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!
<Judge-Mental> try pressing the the Caps Lock key
<Judge-Mental> fuck me

Ahh. I know many folk like that. Including me.

I wanna have a vote. I found a really funny one where  a man replaces the ‘d’ in wand to a ‘g’ in the first Harry Potter book. Is that too inappropriate for here? Also Bloodninja.


Why I like Dragonball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Music Collection Vol. 1

Image via Wikipedia

After writing such a negative post on Home and Away I thought that I might writing something nice, so here I am talking about one of my very favourite time sinks: Dragonball Z

Why do I like Dragonball Z? Well, there are many reasons, I think I might start with the less embarrassing ones first. You’ll see there are a lot of videos here. That’s because I believe the best way to show off Dragonball Z is just to show it.


The Fights are Freaking Sweet
The title really says it all. The fights are amazing.

Epic Scale
And not just in terms of fights. Dragonball Z alone spans from Goku‘s father until his eldest son is having children. There is a real sense of time, if you want to know just how grand the scale is look at this web-page. But back to the fights, by the end of the first season both Vegeta and Goku have the power to destroy planets. By the end of the third season all main characters can destroy planets with ease. At one point Freiza fires a medium powered (for him) energy ball at Goku who deflects it. The camara mega-zooms out and you see the ball fly until it hits a planet and destroys it.

Lincon Park
Wrote the theme song for it before they released their first album. Awesome.

Amazing Character Development
That’s right, I went there. I said a shonen has good character development. When Piccilo first appears he wants nothing more then to kill Goku (which he does) yet by the end of the series he is one of the most trusted of all the Z fighters and like a father to Gohan. Which is lucky in a way because Goku spends a lot of time being dead. The most remarkable story of character development is my favourite character’s Vegeta. He enters the story as the main villain with selfish desires, wishing only to cause pain. And he stays like that. Until he dies. In his dying breath he realises that the way of life he’s been leading was useless. During the series from then on much character development goes on until he reaches this point, his finest hour.

Elegant Simplisity
This struck me in the Buu saga. The real reason why I liked Dragonball Z so much. These people live a simple life I wish I could have. They don’t live an easy life (far from it) but they live a simple life. They always know who their enemy is and if they can’t defeat it they need to try more and train harder so that they can. The relationships are simple and honest and if anybody dies they can just come back to life again (as did happen many times). At some point I discovered that there was a want inside of me, to live a life like they do, where it’s all so… simple.

This needs no introduction.

It’s Coming Back
For those of you who don’t know Dragonball Kai is being redoing Dragonball Z, keeping all t

hat is good, letting go of that which is not, and increasing the frame rate while it’s at it. Check out the link below.

Everyone loves it!
I feel I may have some blame in this. A bunch of guys in my class love it now because I got obsessed and started talking about it all the time. This and Pokemon. It’s strange that as we’ve gotten older we start watching more cartoons.


Image via Wikipedia

While in almost all of my blog posts I promise myself not to edit them after release apart from arbitrary changes (one of the main purposes of this blog is keeping a record of who I am for my own reference) I feel that I may have to go back and change this one a bit. Generally every time I think of some new reason why I love it so much.

Why I don’t like Home and Away

It seems to me that ever since I did “How to be Gooder at Facebook” people think I’m this really negative guy and tip toe around me on Facebook (as much as it’s possible). I promised myself that the next post would be nice, something like “Why I like Dragonball Z”, but unfortunately my hate of Home and Away surpassed that.

First I should describe Home and Away and why it is that a teenage boy is watching such garbage in the first place. Home and Away is set in a place called Summer Bay where it’s apparently always summer (this isn’t part of the story, it’s just never cloudy or raining unless the plot DESPERATELY requires it). In Summer Bay everybody is white, all of the teenagers are blonde with perfect figures, no religion other than watered down Christianity is mentioned and none of the main characters are gay. Occasionally one of the female main characters will divulge in some lesbian activities but sooner of later she ‘forgets’ that she likes girls and goes back to men. Now that I’m writing this down it strikes me that this seems like the kind of place a certain famous historical figure would have liked.

As to why I’m watching it? I eat tea with my family at seven every night. While we eat tea my parents choose what to watch.. I have no say in the matter.

So apart from all that I’ve said before, why does Summer Bay annoy me? Because so many young children (especially girls) watch it. And why does it annoy me? Because it teaches them the wrong way to interact with people. There is only so much misfortune that can happen to a person before it becomes ridicluous, so Home and Away has the characters make big deals and utterly mishandle matters that aren’t actually the end of the world. Take one of the current stories for instance. A woman, with a son became engaged to a priest. After much drama the two of them parted company and the priest left the country. The boy however, started writing to him without his mother knowing of it through a mutal friend. Now the friend is wracked with guilt that he’s keeping secrets from his friend (the boy’s mother). This secret (if it can be called that with the number of people who know about it) is tearing him to pieces, he doesn’t know what to do with himself. But I just can’t see the problem, I don’t understand why he doesn’t just tell the mother that her son was missing him and started writing letters, this secret keeping seems so unneeded.

Another example, a different boy, this one 17 doesn’t like his step father. So he does all that he can to break him and his mother up. His step father isn’t actually a bad person, he just has low social skills and can be annoying. The boy wants to break them up even though they are in proper love. What is this teaching children how to act?

Not to mention the values that it’s teaching them. At the moment a young boy (ironically this one goes around calling himself Romeo), who’s is also seventeen, and he has a problem. He is a virgin. That’s it. It’s really bothering him. I mean, I hope that the script doesn’t just make him sleep with his girlfriend and call the plot resolved, that’s terrible! I guess I view these thing differently to some people, but I don’t think what he has is anything to be ashamed of. What message is that telling kids? Also, the time delays between under-age couples getting together and doing is really quite small. Between Ruby and Jeff was only a week or two. On the subject of Ruby, she got together with Jeff the same day she broke up with her last boyfriend. Not that the last boy did anything wrong, she just got bored with him after they banged. He wasn’t impressed with being dropped like that. He did however find it in his heart to take her back… after Jeff moved away (translated: he was desperate). He was later dumped again when Ruby got the hots for her music teacher. Point of the last spiel: Everybody refers to her as such a nice, well mannered girl. She’s actually one of the ‘nice’ girl characters. Home and Away script writers aren’t actually good enough to write characters more complex than ‘nice’, ‘bad but will become nice’ and ‘bad soon to be dead’. The births, deaths and marriages office must have this black spot of activity centred on Summer Bay. Coincidently, in my research I found this. Notice how if Summer Bay was indicative of global population the human race would be extinct.

That was a big paragraph. Take it as indication of my passion. Myself and Dad have a theory that Home and Away is either written by ninth grade girls or proper script writers in their lunch break.

My experience with MUD

A MUD (multi-user dungeon) is an online game similar to a MMORPG (like World Of Warcraft) except that they are much more diverse, cheaper to run, mostly free, have many more races and have more roleplaying ability than other MMO’s. Basicly they let the player have much more freedom, which is something I love.

Oh, also they are text-based, no graphics.

I don’t mean they have no graphics in the way rouglikes like Dungeon Crawl or games like Dwarf Fortress have no graphics (they have a map made out of letters), I mean they have no graphics in the sense the game is described to you by words on a screen.

Still! I was really excited because it sounded exacly like the kind of game I could really get into. So I logged on and started a new game.

It was awful. Two things happened.

ONE: I had no idea what I was doing. I couldn’t make sense out of anything.

TWO: All these message came up at once from people commenting on how a heap of lag suddenly started up (I don’t know if I was the cause but I suspected my 1Mbps connection might have something to do with it).

These combined elements of total confusion scared me off and I exited immediately.

So I read a bit more infomation on the website. After a while, I started feeling confident again. So I hooked it back up, opened up a new game… And exactly the same thing happened again, only this time worse. I pressed the help button but all that happened was it sent out a message along the lines of “I’m a noob and I don’t know what I’m doing could somebody please please help me.” So that was unimpressive.

After half a dozen “Why is the frame rate so slow”s I got sick of it and quit again.

Going by my previous experience with obscure games (dwarf fortress) I’ll probably come back to MUDs in six months to a year and fall in love with them. But, until then, I think I’ll stick to offline games.

I bet they get a lot of players playing for five minutes and never coming back again like I did.