The Right Place

One of the things that I find to be much more challenging about Minecraft than you might expect is the fine art of finding just the right place to build.

You’d think it would be a siimple matter of pick (or make) an open spot large enough and just build however that is far from the truth.

While it is true that *some* builds can go almost anywhere there are some, like a shoppe that I plan to build, that has to be in just the right area, a bit off the beaten path yet close to the “business district” on the Hermitcraft server.

It’s not, for example, nearly so simple as shopping realtors for south beach real estate. In this case, because the general location is already dictated by circumstances, I’m going to have to teraform the area to make it look at least *something* like the backwoods around an old New England small town.

ought to be interesting to say the least.

Sound Issues

In my many Mineraft and Kerbal Space Program videos I have on occasion had “issues” with sound quality. While I’ve always done the best I can given the hardware I have available it seems that there’s always somebody with some “brilliant idea” about how I could improve things so much more.

One of these common ideas is to get a better microphone. I’ll grant you that the ‘el cheapo Logitech headset mic I was using at first left a lot to be desired it was at the time the best that I could afford. This is why suggestions that I should get a blue yeti at guitar center have a tendency to fall flat. While I have to say that the sound quality coming from such a microphone is absolutely excellent (I’ve seen a lot of videos by people that use them), the simple fact is that it is not within my budget to get such a gem of a mic.

Instead I had to make do the best I could with the Logitech mic for well over a year and a half until a generous person donated funding and recommended that I get a Turtle Beach EarForce x12.

While it’s a long way from the blue yeti, I’ve found that it’s a massive improvement over the old Logitech unit. When I first started using it I got a lot of comments from viewers that said as much.

Thing is, now that it’s no longer “new”, once again people are occasionally suggesting things like the blue yeti.

I’m sure it’s in my future but right now that’s a long way off.

Signs Of Summer

Now that the worst of winter is over I’ve been starting to pay more attention, looking for signs that warmer weather is coming soon to stay for a while.

There’s really a lot of these signs, from seeing the grass start to grow again to the first few migratory birds finally returning from their winter nesting grounds. In addition to signs that you see in nature there’s also things like when America’s largest retailer starts removing the winter specific items and stocking up on summer things. I’m going to be glad to see when they’ve got patio umbrellas on sale and the first few bits of yard equipment and lawnmowers appear in their ad circulars and in the garden center of the store. There’s very little shot that I’ll actually buy any of this stuff but the simple fact that they’re back in the stores means that weather warm enough for them to make sense has got to be near.

I’m very tired of cold weather and running the furnace. Warm weather is going to be very welcome

The Non-Listeners

Have you noticed just how bad most people are about not listening? The problem is seriously getting out of hand in a big way.

I’m talking mostly about the younger folk today. Seems they’re so all fired impatient that they can’t hardly be bothered to take 15 seconds to actually listen to what you’re trying to say to them.

For example Ned was in the Nutjob Hills Diner the other day talking with his buddy about how he needed to get a new CB mounting rack for his truck so that he could set up the new radio he got the day before. A local kid heard and showed by his reaction that he was only half listening to less than half of what Ned was saying. (not that it was any of his business to begin with)

He commented to his friends that he thought it was weird that somebody would put a cd rack in a pickup truck. Especially a beat up work truck like Ned’s. It’s bad enough that the kid couldn’t be bothered to mind his own business but then to make it worse he can’t even completely listen to what he was eavesdropping on.

Then again, with the short attention span that most kids have these days he probably didn’t remember the incident the next day.

17 Stupid Things To Do At Wal-Mart

We all know that WalMart is famous for people doing strange and stupid things. What many don’t know is that doing stupid things at WalMart is rapidly becoming a national passtime.

I personally do not recommend doing stupid things, especially in public places but if you absolutely have to (or your just really THAT bored), here’s a list of 17 suggestions to get you started.

1. Take a shopping cart and fill it with stuff then leave it in the middle of an isle. Repeat until there are two or three abandoned carts in every isle.

2. Set all the alarm clocks to go off at ten minute intervals all day.

3. Sample all of the air fresheners, spraying them all in the same area to make an “interesting smell”.

4. Repeat number 3 with perfumes.

5. Have a sword fight with rolls of wrapping paper.

6. Set all of the radios to a polka station and then turn them all off with the volume at max.

7. Walk up to complete strangers and say, “Hi! I haven’t seen you in forever!” etc. Just to see if they will play along to avoid embarrassment.

8. Move a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign to a carpeted area.

9. Follow someone through the store, always staying about five feet away. Continue to do this until they leave.

10. Try to put a candy bar on layaway

11. Ask other customers if they have any Grey Poupon.

12. Randomly rearrange how products are shelved.

13. Put the ketchup in the meat case next to the hot dogs.

14. Try on bras over top of your clothes.

15. Put a “Valet Parking” sign in front of the store.

16. Rearrange the CDs in electronics.

17. Leave a trail of orange juice on the floor leading to the restrooms

What would you add to the list? Let me know in a comment!