Half-Life 2 Tutorial: Freight Elevator

Where going to make an elevator with two props and have it close the door once you press the button inside and go to the next level. Once at the next level the door will open and wait from you press the button again.

First you want make a prop_dynamic with the models/props_lab/freightelevator.mdl. Give it a name of prop_elevator and make the Parent elevator (we will be getting to that in a moment). Now make another prop_dynamic with the model models/props_lab/elevatordoor.mdl. Give it the name prop_door and parent it to elevator. If you look at the front of the elevator model you will see a dark beam on both sides of the door and wouldn’t you know it the elevatordoor.mdl fits right in there.

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Some facts about Santa Claus

No known species of reindeer can fly. But there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not completely rule out flying reindeer, which only Santa has ever seen.

There are 2 billion children in the world (persons under 18). But since Santa doesn’t (appear to) handle Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist children, that reduces the workload by 85% of the total–leaving 378 million according to the Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that’s 91.8 million homes. One presumes there is at least one good child per house.

Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stocking, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding, etc. That means that Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second – a conventional reindeer can run, at tops 25-30 miles per hour.

The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming each child gets nothing more then a medium sized LEGO set (2 lbs), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting the “flying reindeer” can pull TEN TIMES that normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine–we need 214,200 reindeer. This increased the payload–not even counting the weight of the sleigh–to 353,430 tons. Again for comparison, this is four times the weight of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

353,000 tons travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance. This will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecrafts re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy per second, each. In short, they will burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and creating a deafening sonic boom in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa meanwhile, will be subject to centrifugal forces of 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250 lb. Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by a 4,315,015 pound force. In conclusion, if Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas eve, he’s now dead.

TV shows and movies coming to XBL

Microsoft put out a press release to day saying that very soon you can download TV shows and movies to your Xbox 360. Starting on Nov. 22 you will see them on XBL. Some of the shows you can get by years end are CSI, Survivor, South Park, and Chappelle’s Show. The movies in the press release are M:i:III, Nacho Libre, Jackass: The Movie, The Matrix, Superman Returns, and Batman Forever. You can read the full PR after the jump.

There are two question that they didn’t answer. One is how much? If its anything higher than whats on iTunes thats bad. Two is if this is going to be high-definition (or some of it) where going to need a much bigger hard drive. I’m talking huge. Like 120 gigs. But if a 20 gig cost $100 then 120 gig would be $600. That can’t be good.

Update: At the press event yesterday someone got a this shot showing a 70 gig hard drive.

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Fall Update Error – E66

Seems that the Xbox 360 Fall Update that came out today didn’t go to good for everyone. There are some that think this is a small move by Microsoft to stop people from modding there 360. But as with everything that comes from Microsoft people have found away around it.

Heres the deal, there is no real reason to mod a 360 right now. All the mods out there that I have seen don’t come close to what could be done with the original Xbox. Lets face it, you could do just about anything you wanted to an Xbox. Want to use it as a ftp server, no problem. Want a media center for playing and streaming music and movies, you got it. Want to prove how leet you are and run linux, here you go. By using soft mods or mod chips you can do just about anything. I’m betting you didn’t get a 360 to do any of this. You got a 360 for the games.

Lets face it, your not going to do almost any of the things you did with the original Xbox on your 360 because some of it is already apart of Xbox Live. With the Fall Update you can stream wmv files from Media Player 11. You can use the 360 as a Media Center if you have Media Center PC and even if you don’t have a Media Center PC there are way around it. It’s not going to be a ftp server with only a 20gig hard drive but there might be a 60gig hard drive soon.

I would love to see some cool mods for the 360 but right now there are none that I would void my warranty for. So if you are getting the E66 error today there is one thing to look forward to, theres only 9 weeks till Christmas.

$60 games?

There is no reason that I can see why anyone would pay $60 for any game. Much less $70. But thats just me, I could be wrong.

I’m looking at all the games for the 360 that are coming out in November and it looks like there going to be a lot of good ones. I say looks like cause I have been fooled before (Doom 3). So lets look at the list and the prices for each.

Gears of War $59.99 Limited Collector’s Edition $69.99 Release Date 11/8/2006

There is no question that this is the biggest games coming out this month. With all the hype around it you would that that its the second coming of Jizzy Crizzy. So there has to be a Limited Collector’s Edition, for $70. Now who would get that I have no idea being that there is no demo and as far as anyone knows theres not going to be one before it comes out. It comes with, and let me get this right from Xbox.com, “a highly collectible embossed metal box” – “a hardbound, coffee-table style book on the art and history of Gears of War” – “bonus disc loaded with special features including a behind the scenes look at the making of Gears of War, a trailer for The Art of Gears of War, and the short documentary Gears of War: The Race to E3”. The way I see it your paying $10 for a book because the “metal box” is just going to sit next to your 360 doing nothing in a few months and the dvd if going to be on all torrent sites and YouTube. Like everyone else I will end up getting this game but not for $60. At least not until Epic puts a demo on Xbox Live.

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Sometimes you have to let go

Here I am posting another video. Before you watch this you must know, there is a reason that Dave Mirra uses a full face helmet. You can’t see it from this video but when it was on TV you can see some of his teeth roll on the ground.

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20 inch

Flatland BMX is an evolution of the freestyle BMX movement and (some influence from) break dancing, and has been refined into one of the hardest sports to master (hand-eye-body-coordinati on-wise) in all of action sports. Still keeping true to freestyle, this form of cycling involves many scuffing, spinning, rolling, and hopping tricks while balancing on only one wheel of the bike for a duration of time. Many tricks may be linked together to form links – and some may last for as long as 4 minutes at a time whithout the rider’s foot or both tires touching the ground.

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So Long Sprint

I have been wanting to cancel my Sprint account for some time now and then I found this info tonight and it was a dream come true. You see this all started over a year ago when I was paying for my phone thru work. It was on the company account but under my name and I was paying the bill. The biggest problem with that was when ever I wanted to change anything it had to go thru the office. So when I told them I wanted to change to the Fair and Flexible plan they called Sprint and did so. Problem is that the person at Sprint that they talked to never told them that if the account was changed it would add another year on the plan. That was when I had it with Sprint.

Tonight I found out thru PSCIntel.com that Sprint raised pay-per-use text messaging rates to $.15 per message. People are saying that this is a material change to services provided. Now this is the wording in the Sprint contact.

We may change the Agreement at any time with notice. Any changes to the Agreement are effective when we publish them. If you use our Services or make any payment to us on or after the effective date of the changes, you accept the changes. If we change a material term of the Agreement and that change has a material adverse effect on you, you may terminate the Agreement without an Early Termination Fee by calling 1-888-567-5528 within 30 days after the changes go into effect. You understand and agree that taxes, Universal Service fees and other charges imposed by the government or based on government calculations may increase or decrease on a monthly basis, and that this paragraph does not apply to any increases in such taxes, Universal Service fees or other charges.

After reading that I thought I would give it a shot. Called them up and after waiting on the phone for half and hour got to talk to someone. Told them what I wanted to do, told them the reason why and they said fine. That was it. Of course I made sure to I didn’t have to pay the Early Termination Fee and he said nope. So Long Sprint.