More EvE Online - Hawk assault frigate · 30. December 2005, 05:53 by Michael Bravo
I was taking my new (well, not exactly new, been gathering dust awhile, waiting for my skills to catch up, and still some to do, to be honest) Hawk class assault frigate for a spin tonight. It was also my first time in any assault frigate, so I was a bit nervous. For a test, I decided to try and solo a Serpentis 4/10 complex. My fittings included two 125mm II guns (antimatter ammo) and two standard missile launchers (thermal damage light missiles, which name escapes me at the moment) in the high slots, smal shield booster II, 1MN afterburner II and two t1 Serpentis-specific shield hardeners in the mid slots, and two power diagnostic units II in lows.
All in all, the test has gone extremely well. I never even used the shield booster, and my shield never got below 90% despite the opposition including dozens of both cruisers and frigates. Capacitor also ran above 50% all the time, with both shield hardeners, afterburner and all weapons going non-stop.
However, I was unable to break the tank of complex boss, a Serpentis Vindicator battleship. I spent about 10 minutes shaving its shield off, but armor tank didn’t really budge so I had to quit.
Conclusion – great tanking capability but I need to boost the firepower. I will try fitting 150mm II guns instead of 125s, and either train up to t2 standard missile launchers (and high-damage t2 light missiles) or possibly try t2 rocket launchers as they give higher dps (damage per second) and I am orbiting targets at around 10km anyway.
EvE Online screenshots · 27. December 2005, 07:14 by Michael Bravo
This one was taken at 2005.10.11 23.23.04, see the description on what is actually depicted there. I have uploaded a few of those from various times back into 2004, so if you are interested, go see them all.
Posting from Flickr "blog this" now live! · 27. December 2005, 07:12 by Michael Bravo
You are going to suffer from this immediately :)
Flickr · 27. December 2005, 07:10 by Michael Bravo
Aikido won't save you from road accidents · 12. September 2005, 18:20 by Michael Bravo
At AikidoJournal, Peter Goldsbury, an author of many interesting public blog entries on aikido and martial arts in general who lives in Japan, posts a first-person account and offers an insight into the workings around a road accident in Japan.
Canon CMOS sensor website · 10. September 2005, 20:11 by Michael Bravo
Canon has opened a subsite devoted to their http://web.canon.jp/Imaging/cmos/index-e.html sensor technology – a worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the actual backstage details of how digital photography works, in Canon cameras in particular.
New iTunes · 9. September 2005, 19:52 by Michael Bravo
I succumbed to the call of the siren and upgraded to iTunes 5.0 on my Windows-based work notebook. That was a mistake. Before. I had a perfectly well-working installation of iTunes 4.9. Now I have no functional iTunes (and iPod, for that matter) service on that machine, because “Quicktime failed to initialize, error #-2093”. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, to no avail. Apple’s own recommendations are impossible to follow, because they only apply to Quicktime 6, and there is no longer any such thing as “standalone Quicktime installer” they propose using in Safe mode. A colleague reported that, apparently, there are issues with installer auto-determining installation language (installing Dutch version for him, which he didn’t want, even though he IS located in The Netherlands); I can’t corroborate this myself though.
As for me, it looks like I only have two options at the moment – roll back to iTunes 4.9 (if there will be no unexpected obstacles there), or reinstall the whole operating system. Oh well, I might be getting a new notebook in a couple of weeks anyway.
A break in posting · 9. September 2005, 19:12 by Michael Bravo
I’m being a little bit distracted from posting here by a heavier than usual workload and the renewal of my aikido training; it helps accumulating some stuff to write about though.
Some quotes for today · 28. August 2005, 16:25 by Michael Bravo
It’s actually only a comment there, but the actual entry, The Humpty-Dumpty Principle, is a good read, too, as are many other comments there. It’s that this one caught my attention as quotable.
The other quote for today would be from Small is the new big –
I’m writing this on a laptop at a skateboard park… that added wifi for parents. Because they wanted to. It took them a few minutes and $50. No big meetings, corporate policies or feasibility studies. They just did it.
Some movies today · 26. August 2005, 19:15 by Michael Bravo
A colleague at work pointed me to a truly fantastic animated short, Fallen Art – go see it, the music is great, the plot is wicked and execution is flawless.
On a more bizarre note, turns out there’s a Russian-Japanese anime called First-Squad (flash required) in the making. Russian pioneers (the ones who were the communist equivalent of boy scouts) with Japanese anime faces do sword fights against nazis in shadowy subway halls. I didn’t really like the quality of streamed trailer and music video, but the subject is wonderfully unreal.