A week or so ago I made this post about my new EDC knife. I just wanted a cheap but effective knife for work. Since some of the stuff I work with is corrosive I didn’t want my normal knife getting all rusted as it was a birthday gift.

Unfortunately my knife fell out of my pocket a week ago. I went to my local Bimart to get another knife, but that specific model was out of stock and they didn’t want to sell me the display model so I got the next cheapest knife for $15. I didn’t realize it at the time but the new knife has a magnet in it to lock the blade closed. It’s actually pretty annoying since it’s almost impossible to open with only one hand.

Monday my knife turned up. It was sitting in a tote of brine. I had thought it dropped in the garbage or something when I emptied my pockets. The knife landed in the brine and sat there over the entire weekend. That’s contamination right there, but since the brine is antimicrobal I doubt it actually hurt anything. The bigger problem would be if the knife hadn’t been found. All the weight of the fruit on top of the knife would have likely poked a hole in the bag. If the brine leaks out during shipping the whole tote could have gone bad and that’s about 900lb of fruit going to waste.

The person who found my knife didn’t know it was mine so he turned it in to the boss. I should have just let him keep it but I opened my big mouth and fessed up. My boss was pretty pissed about it. I assured him I would make sure it never happened again when I got my knife back at the end of the day. He said he would see me tomorrow but when I got home I got a call from the temp agency saying to take Tuesday off. Tuesday I got another call saying I’m not going back until further notice. I asked the agency if they had gotten rid of several temps or if they said to get rid of me specifically and he had gotten rid of me by name. My station was pretty important in production so with me gone it slowed way down. A friend of mine was working another station all alone and he had to cover for me so he wasn’t getting his work done. I wasn’t the perfect employee but I did my best.

Anyway today I have to go back so I can get my time card signed and sent in to the agency. I worked Monday and I’m going to be paid for it. It will also give me a chance to talk to the boss. I’m pretty sure “until further notice” means “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” but it’s not confirmed. They might still call me back later. Worst case scenario I can tell some people to go to hell on my way out.

When I was 13 my friend gave me Age of Empires II for my birthday. I’m not a huge fan of RTS but AoE quickly became one of my favorite games. It’s a great game. Unfortunately the game doesn’t work well with Windows 7. The game has some screwed up color. If you have an old copy there is a fix.

Copy the following text:

taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
age2_x1.exe
Start explorer.exe

Paste the text into a word processor and save the file with a .bat extension. I named mine AoE2.bat When you run the file it kills windows explorer, launches the game, then relaunches explorer. I don’t know how that fixes the color, but it works.

Alternately you can get Age of Empires II: HD Edition on Steam for $20. There’s even a new expansion for it called The Forgotten. If you buy the game and the expansion it’s $30. The HD edition cleaned up some of the graphics. Really the only difference I saw was in the fire and water effects. More importantly though it’s Win7 compatible so it runs without issue. That’s what you’re really paying for.

Since I owned the original AoE2 and the original Conqueror’s expansion I didn’t feel like paying $20 to buy it again and I’m pretty sure the Forgotten expansion wasn’t compatible with the original game I couldn’t just drop $10. Fortunately I caught it on sale. It was $7 for the game and the expansion.

I haven’t played the Forgotten expansion yet so I don’t have much to say about it yet. It comes with some new civilizations. You can play as the Indians, Italians, Incas, Magyars, and Slavs. I’ll probably play Slavs vs Saracens so I can remove kebab.

Tribute has changed in the HD Edition. There are some preprogrammed messages you can send the players. Message 38 asks for extra resources. If you ask an ally for resources they will usually send you something or at least come up with an excuse why they can’t. In the HD Edition they don’t give you anything and don’t give an excuse either. They will, however, ask for resources every 5 minutes.

Diplomatic stance changed a bit too. If you turn an ally to an enemy they used to give you 3 warnings to turn back to ally. They wait about a minute between warnings. Now they give you one warning then about 30 seconds later they turn to enemy. Pretty much anyone can be turned to ally. If you turned an enemy to ally before they wouldn’t do anything. Now they will say they will join you for some tribute. Enemies with no team used to ignore each other, but now they fight each other. Occasionally an enemy with no team used to occasionally turn to neutral and offer to join you on their own but so far it hasn’t happened.

Population has been changed too. The limit has been raised to 500 units. You can also control groups of 60 units at a time as opposed to the old limit of 42.

What I really hate about this game is that they changed the hotkeys. I haven’t gotten around to remapping them to the classic layout so for now I have to click buttons on the screen instead.

I don’t take games all that seriously, but I wanted to see how many I can name off that I’ve played.
1. Doom2. Doom II3. Final Doom4. Doom 35. Final Fantasy 76. Final Fantasy 87. Final Fantasy 98. Final Fantasy Tactics9. Ken’s Labrynth10. Castle Wolfenstein11. Wolfenstein 3D12. Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny13. Return to Castle Wolfenstein14. Wolfenstein15. Warcraft II16. Warcraft III17. Age of Empires18. Age of Empires II19. Age of Mythology20. Max Payne21. Max Payne II22. Driver II23. Grand Theft Auto 324. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas25.  Metro 203326. Fallout27. Fallout 228. Fallout Tactics29. Fallout 330. Fallout: New Vegas31. TES 4: Oblivion32 TES 5: Skyrim33. L. A. Noire34. Fly For Fun35. World of Tanks36. Runescape37. Delta Force 238. Delta Force: Land Warrior39. Delta Force: Task Force Dagger40. Delta Force: Black Hawk Down41. Resident Evil42. Resident Evil: Survivor43. Resident Evil 444. Splinter Cell45. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow46. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (one of my favorites)47. Splinter Cell: Double Agent48. Splinter Cell: Conviction49. Splinter Cell: Blacklist50. Cyberspeed51. Legend of Dragoon52.  Alpha Prime53.  Duke Nukem 3D54. Plunder and Pillage55. Shadow Warrior (1997)56. Shadow Warrior (2013)57. Comanche Gold58. Rollercoaster Tycoon 259. Rollercoaster Tycoon 360. Battle Tanx: Global Assault61. SpecOps: Airborne Commando62. Crash Bandicoot 263. Crash Bandicoot 364. Postal 265. Brothers In Arms: Earned In Blood66. Alone in the Dark (2008)67. Borderlands68. Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty69. Goat Simulator70. Portal71. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine72. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War73. Blood74. Blood II75. Gang Garrison II76. Left 4 Dead 2
Anything I haven’t listed I either forgot or played less than an hour.

I don’t take games all that seriously, but I wanted to see how many I can name off that I’ve played.

1. Doom
2. Doom II
3. Final Doom
4. Doom 3
5. Final Fantasy 7
6. Final Fantasy 8
7. Final Fantasy 9
8. Final Fantasy Tactics
9. Ken’s Labrynth
10. Castle Wolfenstein
11. Wolfenstein 3D
12. Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny
13. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
14. Wolfenstein
15. Warcraft II
16. Warcraft III
17. Age of Empires
18. Age of Empires II
19. Age of Mythology
20. Max Payne
21. Max Payne II
22. Driver II
23. Grand Theft Auto 3
24. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
25.  Metro 2033
26. Fallout
27. Fallout 2
28. Fallout Tactics
29. Fallout 3
30. Fallout: New Vegas
31. TES 4: Oblivion
32 TES 5: Skyrim
33. L. A. Noire
34. Fly For Fun
35. World of Tanks
36. Runescape
37. Delta Force 2
38. Delta Force: Land Warrior
39. Delta Force: Task Force Dagger
40. Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
41. Resident Evil
42. Resident Evil: Survivor
43. Resident Evil 4
44. Splinter Cell
45. Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
46. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (one of my favorites)
47. Splinter Cell: Double Agent
48. Splinter Cell: Conviction
49. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
50. Cyberspeed
51. Legend of Dragoon
52.  Alpha Prime
53.  Duke Nukem 3D
54. Plunder and Pillage
55. Shadow Warrior (1997)
56. Shadow Warrior (2013)
57. Comanche Gold
58. Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
59. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
60. Battle Tanx: Global Assault
61. SpecOps: Airborne Commando
62. Crash Bandicoot 2
63. Crash Bandicoot 3
64. Postal 2
65. Brothers In Arms: Earned In Blood
66. Alone in the Dark (2008)
67. Borderlands
68. Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty
69. Goat Simulator
70. Portal
71. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
72. Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War
73. Blood
74. Blood II
75. Gang Garrison II
76. Left 4 Dead 2

Anything I haven’t listed I either forgot or played less than an hour.

(via thunderstonepichu)

My friend spent $1500 on it. I would rather just get a JR carbine and spend the difference on extra ammo. When I saw it on future weapons I really wasn’t all that impressed anyway. I enjoyed shooting it. It felt good in my hands but just didn’t feel like it was worth that kind of money.

My friend spent $1500 on it. I would rather just get a JR carbine and spend the difference on extra ammo. When I saw it on future weapons I really wasn’t all that impressed anyway. I enjoyed shooting it. It felt good in my hands but just didn’t feel like it was worth that kind of money.

Got to shoot a Kriss Vector carbine today. Wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be, but still fun.

cerebralzero:

fmfcorpsmanfiance:

I love my new gun!

People knock hi-points but they are honestly not bad guns for the money. Super durable and come with a good warranty. I mean they are certainly nothing to write home about and are really no frills but they get the job done.

I really enjoy Hi Point because of their customer service. I got a used 995 carbine that came with a two slot scope mount. The slots were too far apart to even mount a red dot. I called Hi Point up and they sent me a set of iron sights for free. My 995 is the old style that has to be disassembled with a hammer and pin punch. Newer models replaced the roll pin with a clip. I wouldn’t be surprised if their customer service covers a retrofit to the new system.

cerebralzero:

fmfcorpsmanfiance:

I love my new gun!

People knock hi-points but they are honestly not bad guns for the money. Super durable and come with a good warranty. I mean they are certainly nothing to write home about and are really no frills but they get the job done.

I really enjoy Hi Point because of their customer service. I got a used 995 carbine that came with a two slot scope mount. The slots were too far apart to even mount a red dot. I called Hi Point up and they sent me a set of iron sights for free. My 995 is the old style that has to be disassembled with a hammer and pin punch. Newer models replaced the roll pin with a clip. I wouldn’t be surprised if their customer service covers a retrofit to the new system.

You can order your very own Dickbutt stickers right here. They’re $2.40 a piece or $1.20 if you buy at least 6.

You can order your very own Dickbutt stickers right here. They’re $2.40 a piece or $1.20 if you buy at least 6.

On the internet I am somewhat well known for saying I will be there in 30 minutes even if “there” is on the opposite side of the country. Surprisingly 30 minutes is a pretty close time frame for a lot of IRL estimations.

I have an internet friend that moved to Oregon a few years ago. At the end of the month she’s moving back to her home state. Due to mass procrastination on both parts we’ve never met in person. Also it’s about a 2-3 hour drive to where she lives. Anyway she’s going to be a lot closer for a few days this week so we’re making a point to meet up while we still have a chance. She picked a random town on her path home and asked how far I am from there. From where I work I really can be there in 30 minutes.

Demolition Ranch is one of the more prominent gun channels on youtube. He’s not one of the biggest names like FPS Russia or IV8888 but he’s still a pretty well known channel. His real job is a veterinarian so his second channel Vet Ranch showcases some of the work he does. In addition to healing injured animals he also tries to raise funds to treat animals for people who might not be able to afford it and he tries to find new homes for stray animals.