Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Reddit Gold: Sean Connery

I just remembered this thread, and thought I'd share:

Reddit discusses Sean Connery

Comment gold....

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

World of Tanks: WOT Statistics

I highly recommend this installed program:

WOT Statistics

They update it regularly, but I find it a nice way to keep up with my current night of play, and look at it at the end of each battle to see efficiency, et al.

You can view individual tank info, kill summary and more.

Do give it a try.

Right after a battle is done you get a running dossier showing info such as:

  • Damage caused
  • Damage received
  • Kills
  • XP
  • Detected
  • Capture Points
  • Defense Points
  • Hit Ratio
  • Efficiency

World of Tanks Blitz

WoT on the smartphone.

It's called Blitz.

Cuz like, tanks do that, blitz and stuff....

Monday, March 25, 2013


WoT: Cool stream bro

Dkomar10[HAVOK] is making waves with his stream

And to the question in the comments, "isn't streaming bannable?"



I get this email today:

Hey, Remember Us?

A long time ago, on an Internet you’d barely recognize, you joined Digg. A lot of things may have changed in your life since then, but your email address has not.

(great, you have my email in your fucking db....)

This past summer we launched an entirely new Digg. We take care of all the Internet's mindless scrolling and dig through the data to find you the best content.

(in other news, relaunched)

Part of our new offering is something we're calling The Daily Digg, a brief overview of our top stories delivered to your inbox (check out the preview below). If it’s not your thing, feel free to unsubscribe at any time.

(I feel it now)

-The Digg Team

(Oh, wait! you'r e a team! why didn't you say so!?!)

Yes.  I remember you.  It was before I got into reddit.  Reddit is all I need now to internets.  I remember you well.  Botters/malware makers would put malware in a page, then bot upvote/diggvote it to the top/front of your site.  Idiots like me -- wanting to see screenshots of "Gran Tursimo 5" -- would click the link, get infected.

^After this happened like twice, and 2 Avast boot-time cleanings, I never went to your site again.  (Note: pretty sure it was cgi bugs/hacks).

In other news, never run as local admin <-- dur

sry bro

This is fatkiddown!!!

hey fkd! 300 is sooo fucking 2007! y r u so uncool?  To quote SerB: "stop begging...."

question: ^where did this guy sleep? what did he eat? where did he poo?
...did he ever take off that armor?  My college prof. wrote on a paper I turned in once: "... <-- you like these don't you?"  Note: he did not use <-- tho.  I like those too.

World of Tanks: SerB Q&A At

Knobber posted a SerB Q&A translation yesterday.  Some very interesting tidbits there.  Most importantly, a, "new sophisticated bot...."

There is a new sophisticated bot program for WoT, that not only drives around, but also fights. SerB states that bots that simulate regular game are not dealt with automatically; they have to be reported by players and statistics are then checked in order to deal with them.


Note: bots suck.  They ruined counterstrike for me.  I played with a group online for approx 2 to 3 years to find, in the end, most were using bots (I never did/have).

Bots, ruining online gaming since Quake.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Restoring The Thompson Center Arms .54 Caliber Cap Lock Rifle

I finally set out on a project that's been on my mind for a long time: restoring my Dad's .54 cal TC Arms muzzle loader.

1st. I am a novice gunsmith at best, but I do have some background in machine work.  2nd, I discovered a wonderful product a few years ago called "Evapo Rust" and it saved some nice tools I had that had gotten rusty.

This gun is in rough shape, but I hope salvageable.  More than anything, it holds vast sentimental value for me, as it was my Dad's.  I watched him shoot this gun at 110 grains of black powder about a dozen times one day.  The next day, I saw him with his shirt off, and his entire shoulder was blue.  He never complained.

I was with him when he took down some big game with this gun.

Appearance: I'm not sure how some will take what he did to it, but you have to know my Dad: he was very utilitarian.  He hunted to hunt.  He didn't hang out at camps and drink beer and talk to guys and brag.  When he hunted, he was in the woods at the stand before light, and he didn't leave it until after light.  From a young age he drug me into the mountains and ridges and hollows to get big game, and he was serious about it.

This gun he "tricked out" to hunt with.  He covered all shiny brass, he mounted a scope on it, and he secured the scope with clamps, then covered that with black tape.  It makes perfect sense if you just want to use it to hunt.  "But why do that to an ancient-style gun?"  Well, let's just look at it like buying sprem in World of Tanks <-- he wanted an advantage.

I was a teen, asleep, and was awoken by a thunderous crack -- this gun could crack.  Dad never just jumped up, but sat and waited.  He taught me not waiting would scare off a wounded deer.  Some half hour later, he comes walking up to me carefully.  "Did you shoot?" (I wasn't sure if I dreamed it).  "Yes," he said.

We walk over and he had gotten it right in the chest.  Field dressing it showed he got it right in the heart.

"but fkd, why did you let this gun get in such bad shape?"
In my defense, I got this gun from family who stored it stupidly out in their horribad shed where they kept their lawn mower, with dirt floor.  It suffered the elements.  Realizing it wasn't worth tons, they gave it to me as they knew I wanted it.  I now have it.  I now hope to save it.

This is what I hope to be the first of several posts covering the restoration.  It will also mark my continuing efforts in learning gun smithing as a novice.  Bluing, wood work, the mechanism -- I hope to shoot it in the end -- should all come to play.

Wish me luck and root me on.

Work Dossier:
Break down:

I spent approx 2 hours tonight on it.  I had to cut the tape but it came off without much problem.  The clamps too.  Getting both of these off I could see why this was done: the scope carriage -- though fully functional and mounting the scope nicely, had a tad of play in it.  The clamps surely stabilized this.  Plus, Dad planned for everything, including any accidents, or even using it as a club (yes, he was that kinda guy.  These old 'solid-state' muzzle loaders made for hella clubs back in the day.)

The scope was held to the mounting carriage with allen screws. It took me longer than it should have to find the right allen wrench, but after denting my thumb with a bit of pain, the first screw gave and came out.  The second followed, and the scope slide out nicely.

Next, 2 tiny screws mounted the carriage to the barrel.  I saw red paint over the entire inner carriage and screws, and also, one of the screws (straight heads) were broken, with half of the head gone, making removal impossible.  I'm now having thoughts of having to do stuff I've not done since working in a machine shop, such as drilling out and tapping the screw internally and do an "ease out" on it and/or, having to retap the hole period for bigger screw.  (I am not certain the purpose of the paint -- quite possibly rust prevention?  I know Dad was very careful about preventing rust, and the area beneath the scope would have been hard to clean without removing the scope).

Trying to remove the good screw (1 of 2) it, too, broke!  I am now left with 2 bad screws and no hope of removing either (I had hoped that removing the one would allow me to use the carriage itself as a type of wrench to get the bad one out sans screw driver).

Since they are obviously breaking easily, I went ahead and grabbed a countersink and hammer, and lightly tapped the 1st bad screw, hoping to break the rest of the head off.  A few taps and the entire screw came out.  It was a shallow screw, probably only holding on the first row of threads, and I surely stripped these, but it _was_ now out.  This indeed enabled me to use the carriage as a wrench -- applying upward stress as I turned it -- to remove the last screw.  In all, I may have just one partially bad screw hole that might be fine.

The second screw came out, and I immediately could see liquid in the hole -- a tiny hole.  Touching the screw to my finger, this liquid came off.  I blew on it, to see if water or oil.  I'm 99.9% sure it was water.  It evaporated without much question, leaving rusty dirt behind.

The pin holding stock and barrel was loose, and came out without much force at all.  I then tried to remove a same-sized screw from the ignition housing (as was holding scope carriage in place).  This screw too chipped a bit.  I tried a bit more, even lightly tapping it, trying to work it back and forth, but it would not budge.  I decided to soak silicon or oil on it later and try another time.

Now, I began on what is surely to be one of the longer parts of the job: removing the ancient camo tape. This tape is old, brittle, gluey, sticky and does not in any shape or form want to keep itself together.  I am lucky to get an inch of it off at a time.  I am down to literally using my knife, to carefully remove it, with care as to not damage the wood.  This is where I stopped.

I did locate my Evapo Rust, but will wait to apply.

I am wondering about how to apply to inside of barrel: pour in and let it fill to barrel end and sit, then dump out and dry?  Or should I try to clean with rod afterwards?


Thompson Center Arms Cap & Flintlock Muzzle Loading Rifles

Go here for Part 2

Saturday, March 23, 2013

World of Tanks: Jingle Reviews The M26 Pershing

An excellent tank review by Jingle: The M26 Pershing.  Fast-forward to the 24 minute mark for a hilarious take on WoT crashing post 8.4.  I spit my coffee....

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tank Explosion: PNSFW/L

I.e., possibly not safe for work or life:

What strikes (no pun) me about this vid at first is how these guys are just standing around taking vids with their smart phones....  So that's what war is like?  I take it that some ammo exploded within the tank?  Wait to the end or ff.  Again, pnsfwl:

World of Tanks 10k Gold Survey

World of Tanks Free Gold!

Update: The Survey Is Up & Ready!!!

this --> <-- seems to be a survey that, which, once taken you have a chance to win 10k gold!

We will randomly choose 50 people from the NA server only and gift them 10 000 gold, each!

However, CatStalker stated  yesterday via the NA forums (to the question: what happened to the announcement/link):

"We ran into some technical issues. The announcement will be re-launched once these are resolved."

Idk if the link above is the/a/legit working survey or not, so keep refreshing "News and Information" on the NA forums to be sure.  Nothing there atm, and nothing on the forums at all about it.

The survey does ask for the email associated with your wot account.  Note: never just give out your logon/login/email and _especially_ password to just any site or page.  Always double-check these things.

btw, how many 'parenting fails' can you count in this pic^?

WoT: The oldest-still-going-wot-thread-in-existence?

I just noticed that the "World of Tanks -- General Discussion" thread at forums has been going strong since July 8, 2010 <-- the day after I got into beta I believe.

And folks are still posting to it, like, today.

As of right now, this thread wins the award for, erm, "Longest ongoing World of Tanks discussion thread" or something.

Der threaden:

Yes. I took a screeny of the thread. idk why

Thursday, March 21, 2013

WoT: This

World of Tanks: Mean Object 268 Mod at

I like the look of the Object 268 in the new mod put up (set us up!) at  Nicely done le002!

NVIDIA Announces Global "World Of Tanks" Open Tournament

NVIDIA today announced the first ever GeForce eSports World of Tanks Open Tournament(1), where combatants will compete to win NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600-series graphics cards and a shot at a $100,000 total prize pool awarded at a spectacular grand finals event. Preregistration is open today with team and player registration open starting March 28th for two weeks.

Read more here.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

World of Tanks: Down For Maintenance 8.4

Servers are down until 10AM EST.

Give it a bit and don't eat your fingers just yet!

Cluster Downtime Begins: 23:00 PST (02:00 EST on March 7, 2013) on March 6, 2013

Cluster Downtime Ends: 07:00 PST (10:00 EST) on March 7, 2013

This outage apparently includes the forums, main web site, etc.  Here's the cached google page

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tank Camo

World of Tanks: Make Some Tank Silver/Money!

Update! Do this at your own risk/loss of silver!  I, nor anyone else, can be certain of how this will pan out if attempted.  I.e., purchasing the ammo listed below in 8.3, then selling in the depot in 8.4 for a greater/different value.

Update2: Word on the EU forums is: if you purchased these rounds in 8.3  for 85 credits (silver) then you will be able to sell them in 8.4 for the same price -- 85 credits.  So, if you already did this in 8.3 ... DON'T SELL THEM UNTIL 8.4!!!  And you'll just break even....

Our friend(s) at "For The Record" has an excellent piece of advice to turn a profit in silver in the shift from 8.3 to 8.4 that he in turn got from the EU forums (which I now in turn am in turning and turning and turned...):

How to make money on 8.4

In 8.4, the price for 83mm High-Explosive HE Mk.3 shells will quadruple (already confirmed as 8.4 is live on RU server). Now it costs 85 credit per shell, in 8.4 it will cost 260 silver per shell. Which means if you buy one for 85 now, you can sell it in 8.4 for 130, generating 45 credits of pure income. You can buy shells for guns you don't own in the store.

8.4 will come to EU server on Wednesday (6.3.) and to NA server on Thursday (7.3.) - at least that's the rumor.

Confirmation from RU server:

^this be silvar ... arrrrrrrrrrrrrr