Milk and Cigarettes

Rambles about stuff I like.

Mostly harmless 2: Mostlier harmlesslier

What’s this, gentle reader? A post on a Sunday?

Why are readers assumed to be gentle? Whenever I see the phrase, “… gentle reader,” in a book, I always picture a big, tough biker reading the book. Why gentle? Where the hell’s that come from? Why not fierce, or man-handed? Gentle, bleargh.

Anyhoo, it’s Sunday and I’ve got the house to myself so I’m gloriously high, just after noon.

When I’m high I generally love to do math. I love thinking about the intricacies involved with various math problems, especially when high. 

Right now I’m working on the following problem: (pa x + dy)^2, where a and d are coprime to p, for some prime p; x and y are variables. If y is fixed, then as x runs through all residue classes modulo p, the first term within brackets are all congruent to 0 mod p. I need to either figure out a way to rewrite my statement so that …

Eh, y’know what – I think maybe writing about math is less exciting than me, a mathematician, thinking about it. So why don’t we just move on.

I’ve got my own youtube channel, called Gaming with Greg or something like that, where I do a bunch of “Let’s Play!”‘s – which involves me playing a video game and talking during the action. It’s a challenge to be talking while playing, especially while trying to be entertaining, so I find it fun. My buddy Apple watches ’em and he enjoys ’em, so that’s cool too. 

Anyhoo, I just finished my Orcs Must Die! 2 series last night. If you haven’t played Orcs Must Die! or Orcs Must Die! 2, I think you should. They’re awesome! It’s all cartoony graphics, and it’s a 3rd person shooter tower defense game. It’s righteous!

But at first when I started my OMD2 series, I was still of the mindset that OMD was better. I loved OMD, I must’ve played and replayed it 10 times before OMD2 came out. Then OMD2 was released – and since it wasn’t exactly like OMD, I didn’t really like it. But after having done my Let’s Play! series, I’ve gotta say that OMD2 is maybe the better game.

The graphics are notably better than OMD1. Like, a lot better. Plus OMD2 has a ton more enemies and weapons. In fact, all the weapons that are for offer in the spellbook don’t even show up in the main game!

What I mean is, in original OMD, after you won a level you got a new trap. And at the end of the game, you had collected all the traps. But in OMD2, although you win a new trap after you pass a level, at the end of the game, you still haven’t collected all the traps! Madness!

What’s more, OMD2 has the 2 characters – there’s the War Mage and the Sorceress, each of which have unique weapons! The replayability is just like… guuuueeeeeaaaauggghh!

That previous sentence should be read in the voice of Randy Marsh.

So yeah, lovin’ OMD2. Since it’s Sunday, I’ll probably play a bunch more this afternoon.

No football on this aft – but Superbowl next Sunday! Oh man, I don’t really know if I’m going for the Seahawks or the Broncos. On the one hand, Peyton Manning, but on the other hand, Seattle’s defense. CRAP this is going to be a good game!

Or not, it could be a blowout or a snoozefest. We’ll see – that’s why they play the game!



January 26, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Cripes. The best laid plans and all that…

I went to bed at 9:00 last night, so I could get up and get going on my day. THEN, some drunken hooligans woke me up with their shouting at 3:00am. THEN, I found out that I had a stupid cough and sore throat, so I slept in until 6:30am. Guh.

Well, regardless, I’ll still try and make it out to the gym today. It’s only cardio today, so having a cough is acceptable. I figure I should download a bunch of comedy albums and motivational speeches, so that I can listen to something during cardio. It’s only when I’m lifting that I need the musical power of Motorhead and Metallica.

Anyhoo, I think my gaming PC is all complete. I caved yesterday and got a new mouse, because my old mouse was wireless, and the wireless signal kept cutting in and out. This can be disastrous if one is trying to take over the world. How am I supposed to defend my empire with a subpar mouse signal?

So I got the Razer Deathadder, which is consistently rated one of the top mice since about 2005. It’s pretty schweet, and has a kickass name. Here’s a pic of it in (in)action.

Black Beauty 004


It doesn’t show in the pic, but the scroll wheel has a green LED around the outside. And the “Deathadder” symbol is also LED lit on the main mouse face, and it sorta fades in and out. It’s advertised to be 6400 dpi, which I think means dots per inch, but regardless, it translates to superquick action on the screen and very precise when necessary. It’s of course a laser optical mouse, which means if I were a surgeon and somehow able to control a robot over the internet, this would be the mouse I’d use.

The main games I’m playing right now are Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and some Orcs Must Die. I looove Orcs Must Die – and a reading note, whenever a word has 3 vowels in a row, the word is to be read like it’s spoken by an overly dramatic 14 year old girl. (You know the type. “OMG, I looove the music of One Direction!” – “Guh, Stacy is being suuuch a biiitch.” – “My parents suuuck! They wont drive me to the mall!”)

Anyhoo, yeah – Orcs Must Die, man that is easily the best tower defense game ever created. Actually, it’s properly considered an “action” tower defense game, as it plays like a 1st person shooter. I love it. For each level, you deal with an onslaught of Orcs and you’re given a limited set of traps. So you have to cunningly set your traps and fight off the Orcs.

There was an Orcs Must Die 2 released a few years after, but I don’t think it’s as good as the original. Of course, I may be somewhat prejudiced, as OMD2 is supposed to be played co-op, and I only really ever enjoy single player campaigns, aside from sports games.

Anyhoo, it’s a nice new Saturday and despite my stupid cough, I’m raring to get going on the day. I plan on reading Think and Grow Rich again and going over the 6 steps for each of my pillars. What are the 6 steps you ask? What are these pillars I speak of? Well, it looks like I’ve managed to leave a little cliffhanger for tomorrow’s blog post.

To finish up, here’s a couple pics of my new awesome computer. Behold, the construction and completion of the mighty Black Beauty.

A super close up of all the gear I bought. Not shown: mostly everything.

A super close up of all the gear I bought. Not shown: mostly everything.

Mobo, Ram, PSU, Chip and stock chip fan installed. Will it post?

Mobo, Ram, PSU, Chip and stock chip fan installed. Will it post?


Successful Post! Now to clean up these shenanigans.

Successful Post! Now to clean up these shenanigans.

Black Beauty standing tall and proud, like the 2001 monolith.

Black Beauty standing tall and proud, like the 2001 monolith.


November 9, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video games I like

So I’ve been playing this game called Kerbal Space Program recently. It’s still in Alpha phase, so it’s just a sandbox type game at the moment – but what a sandbox! The basic premise is as follows: here’s a bunch of rocket parts, make a rocket. You exist in a fully 3d world with it’s own physics engine (which is pretty darn close to the real thing) – and the world is pretty much infinitely scalable, which means you can zoom out from the planet you’re on to a big overview of the solar system. The scale is really phenomenal – luckily there’s a time warp button, because it’s totally possible to build a rocket that can, not only land on the moon, but other planets as well! 

I have to say, originally, I just downloaded a bootleg copy to try it out. But once I saw that it was consistently being updated, and due to the quality of the game, I knew I had to buy it. I’ve spent maybe 5 or 6 hours fiddling around with the game – I’ve managed to build a rocket to put a space capsule into low Earth orbit, but I haven’t been able to land anything successfully on the moon yet. (Although I have crashed a number of astronauts into the moon’s surface!)

Basically, Kerbal Space Program is a phenomenal flight sim. There’s so much possibility with the game, I wouldn’t be surprised if it became HUGE in the future. Like, Minecraft huge – it’s that good. (And I get bored with minecraft really quickly – not so with Kerbal Space Program.)

As it happens, I’m pretty picky with videogames. I’m not a big fan of button mashers, RPG’s or first person shooters. I generally stick to strategy games and puzzle games. Some of my favourites are Portal, Portal 2, Civilization 4 and Orcs Must Die.

Now, for me, Orcs Must Die is a first person shooter I actually enjoy. There’s a number of factors – primary among them is that it’s not just an FPS, but is also a tower defense game. The way it works is that you play a hero that needs to defend his world from a bunch of rampaging Orcs. So you have to play a number of levels, and every level you get a number of traps. But best of all, the whole thing has a cartoon-y appearance, which is just aces in my books.

I guess I should specify that these are all PC games – the only thing I play on Xbox is NHL13 and Grid. (Soon to be Grid 2.) My PC is about 3 years old – but I bought it on the cheap, and it is definitely not a gaming machine. This means I can’t play the newest and bestest games. However, since I got a scholarship recently, I’m looking forward to pissing it all away on a new computer. Awesome!

March 23, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment