Random Updates about Greg

Random Updates about Greg
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The Important Stuff is Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion and the Multiblock Crucible. Considering I made an AE alike System in essentially 2 weeks, this shouldn’t be a massive Issue, even if there is weeks like this one where I cant get shit done…

Also I will definitely do those 3 things before I fully start my Game, so it would end up in crunch time or something however you wanna call it. XD

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Just give us also a reason to use all the power we’ll get from fusion, like some “op” end-game machines/tools/materials :smiley:

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So because I couldn’t mention it earlier (because I’m a bit paranoid when I know nobody is home), last week and this week my parents are on vacation, this in combination with me having to go to that Jobcenter thingy about 3 times a week, and the damn heat coming up right then too, made it kindof busy and less motivated (aka physically exhausted) for me.
The most annoying part was taking care of the attention whore of a lonely cat that I have, since I was the only one to be home, but eh, what can I do, it’s still a cat. :3
Also in case you wondered, yeah I said “gonna order shit in September” because I did not want the Package to arrive when nobody was there to take it.

With all those things keeping me distracted and interrupted too much, I usually end up avoiding creativity (since that one is fueled by boredom as funny as it sounds), and start trying new Stuffs or watch more Science and Tech Videos to see what all exists, and maybe try out some other operating Systems, just to find out that using a USB DVD Drive to boot from a CD might not work all that well but that it definitely shows up in the Boot Menu and actually boots too, so it’s an OS Issue and not a BIOS/UEFI issue that I might need to look at later.
On that note those 4 old USB Sticks i tend to want to get rid of, I decided to just put the Libre Office, Firefox and Tor Installers on all of those, so I can give it to people that way too, if they don’t have a DVD Drive or something.

Right now I am somewhat improving code and preparing shit so I have less steps to do when adding Stuff like a Nuclear Reactor or something. It sure helps motivation to at least have the Lead Walls and maybe also Coolants ready for use whenever I actually work on it. XD

Note, this doesn’t mean Reactors happen soon, just that I prepare for them to be made. XD

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There is nothing wrong in stepping down a gear when you need to. Your life is out of routine at the moment with your parents out and the heat and that can cause all sorts of issue with your rhythm. Don’t sweat, work on things you find interesting and come back to other stuff later.

UEFI/secureboot configurations have thrown the proverbial wrench into some of my installations, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was something like that causing you hassle with the USB DVD drive.

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Oh the Issue is more weird, it does boot the OS just fine, but the OS itself sees some sort of malfunctioning USB Cable or whatever, however the USB DVD drive is clearly connected and detected, and so are my two Keyboards and Mouse, and I did unplug the external Drive just to be sure its not that, but it still thinks there is a bad USB Device or Cable in the System and tries to repeatedly connect that bad USB thingy without any way to interrupt it apart from a hard power off.

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perhaps a driver issue causing the OS to see the drive as malfunctioning?

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Its not the Drive that is the Issue its some OTHER usb thing that is. It definitely sees and boots from the CD, because if i eject the CD it goes into a very different error state of not being able to find the thing to load the data from.

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Right I get you, I seem to recall a situation when I had something like that happen. There was phantom device that was causing issues but I don’t remember the cause. Possibly software emulation fooling the OS into believing there was a device plugged in.

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Today/Yesterday I learned that DVD Players are proprietary garbage at its finest, I mean I knew DRM decoders and such exist for DVD Players, but you know what does not exist? The ability to read simple mp4 Files from a Data DVD, like what the fuck. So when compiling the Vacation Footage of my Parents onto a DVD I first made it a Data DVD with the 38 (rather boring) Clips they filmed, that did not work to my surprise, so one Full Size DVD wasted on what essentially is a Backup now.

So what did I need to do to make it work, you ask?

Step 1:
concatenate the 38 Clips into 1 single large mp4 File using ffmpeg. In order to do that more easily I just did an “ls > input.txt” in the Command Line to get a List of all Files I need to put into the input.txt.
Step 2:
convert the mp4 File into an mpg File more than twice the size than the original. Said mpg File had to be not only explicitly cast into the PAL Format, but I also had to explicitly state 16:9 aspect Ratio.
Step 3:
create the File Structure of a typical Video formatted DVD using dvdauthor twice from command Line.
Step 4:
turn said Structure into an ISO File so I could directly burn it onto the DVD. Btw did you know VLC Media Player can read ISO Files? It’s a nice to know thing for testing if you did the ISO File properly.

Just why cant DVD Players just read Files from a DVD, it cant be that hard… Had to waste 3 hours on finding out how to get that shit to work…

Note: None of the Mini DVDs were used in this process, i have a bunch of regular Size CDs and DVDs laying around, the Mini ones are for Portable use only.

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Sounds like CD Players reading burnt MP3’s, most of the time they just outright refused.

Most of these players were built under the assumption that recording and the ability to play back recordings would hurt sales. They saw how the VCR changed how media was controlled and were terrified at the prospect, hence why it was very rare to get DVD players with recording features.

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Ugh, I really hope I get back the previous Asthma Spray on the 16th (for twice a day use), because now the temperature shift messes up everything and brings me into a ping pong of good and bad motivation… It’s Saturday and I have nothing for GT6 again…

The Reason I originally aborted that Asthma Spray was because I thought I had problems with Side Effects of it, but turns out, the same thing that I had when I blamed it on the Spray last year, happened this year again in the same month, so some seasonal garbage came in and made me think it was a side effect of the Asthma Spray. (It was a Migraine alike thing btw, not even the headache kind, more the “body freaks” out kind)

That is why I am going to make a general Allergy Test to see if that was the cause, or if I am really just very susceptible to temperature shifts.

And to top it all off, the CPAP ofcourse doesn’t work properly when the temperatures aren’t in a good range, too hot and I sweat into the Mask after about 45 minutes, too cold and my breath condensates inside the hose and flows back to my face within 30 to 60 minutes.

Both things are very bad for me because I hate the unnerving feeling of Fluids flowing on my skin, and instantly get the compulsion to prevent said fluids from touching anything they are not supposed to (such as my bed/pillow). The only reason I can take showers or baths is because those two places are quite literally supposed to have Liquids in them, so there is no reason for me to prevent contact of Liquids with those, also soap gets easily removed by water and water evaporates quite seamlessly, so I don’t need to worry about that either.

So the CPAP doesn’t work often/long enough to justify me having it (according to health insurance), and they are probably taking it away from me. I essentially only used it 2.5 hours a day over the past year, which combined with the fact that I only sleep 4 hours while I use it (because good sleep recharges me much faster) makes it absolutely impossible to reach the 4 hours a day threshold even if I used it literally every day of the year (note: if I clean the Mask, then I cant use it the day I cleaned it, so it is indeed impossible).

To those who think “why didn’t he just cheat and put the mask on while awake?” I actually did try to do that, but quickly found out that having the Mask on while awake messes up my concentration and heartbeat quite badly, leading to high heart rate induced headaches.

Also gonna get new Glasses because my eyesight got very slightly worse over the last 3 years, and that in an asymmetrical way (left eye being worse than right), so I now get a headache from my current Glasses. Ofcourse they are gonna have an identical Circular Frame to my current ones, so still Eggman-esque tinted Glasses.

There we have it, random Greg Update of the month. XD

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Another thing I wanted to mention, I dont know how long I will accept donations via PayPal directly, probably still for quite a long while, since no store accepts any other online currency, but some of the shady things PayPal did recently, especially its anti-industrial-standard refund policy, kinda made me feel like stopping to use them whenever I can actually stop. They are starting to become the EA of Online Banking.

Patreon gets slowly less broken, they did fix OneBoxes, but I still have that Editor Issue that I can’t do anything about, so I am slowly moving away from posting there due to that Issue.

Now in the past I was rightfully paranoid about financial Stuffs so having Savings was important for peace of mind, but ofcourse those times are kinda over, so I would only encourage donations if you seriously wanna throw money at me for no reason, but not if you are short on money yourself.

All of this is just a consideration on my end, I might end up just leaving everything as is. I still hate money, but I know having it makes stuff safer, and I can spend it on random Hardware Stuffs. Also probably gonna soon need to use money for hosting a proper Server and Domain for my Website, and yes I know it is actually very cheap if you dont let yourself get ripped off.

Well, now that I got that off my mind too, I am still feeling tired, just why…?, I spent way too much time in bed and the temperature is actually a stable 22°C since today (central heating configured semi-properly and running now). I think I will use the on-demand inhaler before i go to bed now, and not only before leaving the house. I wont leave the house this week anyways, so it’s fine dosage wise, also I had a twice a day inhaler before, (which I’m trying to get re-prescribed back), so I know that will work in the end. ^^

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And another Update: I really hope the twice a day Asthma Spray is gonna help with the lack of CPAP, just like it did the first time, the once before going to bed Asthma Spray definitely helps me sleep at least, but doesn’t keep me all that motivated during the Day (I don’t wanna overuse that Stuff because I dont know which Type the on-demand one actually is).

Also fun fact, apparently my Computer is kinda heating up my Room by at least 1°C, at least when I am in the Desk Area, so the thermometer (in my Alarm Clock) shows 23°C on the Desk even though it’s around 22°C near the Bed. The Radiators are supposedly set to 20°C (there is air bubbles still in them even, so they are less heat emitting), meaning I guess the Computer does heat up by at least 3°C that happen to stay in the Room. So yeah Temperature is definitely in an acceptable Range for me now. ^^

I’m definitely motivated to do Stuff, but not motivated enough to be creative. So I end up trying to learn more about Programming Stuff for when I’m making my Game. Such as deciding on how the Chunk System is gonna work.

I am likely going for the Octree kinda Chunk instead of an x³ Chunk, that way Objects can be larger and smaller than a Full Block is (making huge Empty or huge “Just-Unknown-Rock” Areas way more performant), and likely combine that with a Marching Blocks type Algorithm for Rendering, with a Resolution deep enough to make Microblocks possible too (They will be 32x32 in terms of MC resolution, but 1/64th the Block Size, so technically 8x8). This can make rendering reflective Surfaces also way easier.

Another Option for Chunks was 256³ sized Chunks, yes that fucking huge per Chunk, and a Shape System to have Slopes work fine that way. But Slopes do work with Marching Blocks too and a lot of times are way more suitable when submerging Blocks in Liquid, which is why I won’t go the Big Chunkus way.

Other Interesting News: Fuck Apple.
https://developer.apple.com/documentation/security/notarizing_your_app_before_distribution
Obviously Apple Support on my end was a questionable thing for me already, I thought “well if it happens to work then fine, they can play on whatever OS they want”, but now Apple forces people to Register any Applications that run on their shit, and reinvents/abuses the word “notarizing” for it. I dont know if Apple finally allows Linux back on their Hardware, but last time I heard was that ONLY Windows 10 was allowed in Bootcamp. So good luck getting my Game to run on any recent Apple Devices, because all I can say is “Install Windows 10” to my knowledge.

Well there is no time like lunchtime, luckily I said all I wanted to say. XD

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There we go, I got the daily Asthma Spray back, and I also found out I don’t have any Allergies.
Now I am lacking any explanation for the seasonal Migraine apart from “maybe dehydration?” and “increase in temperature”.

My Migraine is not of the headache kind (Migraine does not always mean Headache), I often dont even notice it while I am up right, but as soon as i lay down anywhere for more than a few minutes, my brain decides to shoot short firework bursts of minor signals into all directions until I decide to rotate around to lay on the other side (and then it starts again after a while). You can see how that may be annoying when you’re doing something such as trying to sleep, because I’m not rolling around anymore once I am asleep (leading to lucid dreams and sorta nightmares).

Other things that I tend to have during a Migraine are:

  • a “Screen Burn-In Effect” in my eyes especially while reading
  • a Black Pattern appearing in my eyes for a fraction of a second after opening them. Looks exactly like Blood Veins, might be related to the screen burn in effect. (And yes i got my eyes checked at a specialist, there is no random gray blob that is gonna blind me, so it’s purely eye signaling being laggy or something).
  • an increase in the Tinnitus noise in my ears.

Those Effects are not even bad enough to distract me, so I dont notice them most of the time.

There is no pain involved in all of this, nor are the random signals strong enough to actually move my body, so I guess that is an upside.

Now I just need to wait until my Mom buys the Asthma Spray (I will just continue using the on-demand one until then), and get my glasses fixed (they were a couple years old and cause headaches now when I wear them too long, so I need new adjusted lenses), and then most IRL Issues are fixed until the inevitable “it’s too cold for me to walk around outside” issue will make me unable to go to that dumb Jobcenter thing.

Edit: Oh and also got Flu vaccinated on Monday, dont forget your own vaccinations against Stuff, we dont want diseases to spread, do we? :wink:

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Well yesterday was a stupid day at that Jobcenter mandated thingy I have to attend to. I witnessed one of the Teachers bullying one of the Participants into psychological and even financial breakdown. This is obviously very much not okay, so I filed a complaint at the Jobcenter for letting that happen, and hope that they will do something about it.

That Teacher is the same woman who also told me things like:

  • “You should take off your seeing glasses in public because it’s not normal”
    I wear tinted Glasses for my light sensitivity and she knows that, and she said it for the in general purpose not just for the conversation!
  • “Wait somewhere else before class, there is other companies in here and it doesn’t look good if someone stands around.”
    she said that at 8:05am while unlocking the door, with class starting 8:30am absolutely no publicly visible companies even being in that corridor, no one actually walking around in said corridor at that time, and the fucking corridor on the opposite end ALSO being used for Classrooms (and those are used for German Language Courses for people evacuated from Syria). people fucking know that this Area is used for Class Rooms, why wouldn’t they be understanding of people waiting for fucking Class?!

She is the type of person who just ignores all problems and tries to get her will through without any considerations for what the cost is, even if it means intentionally paying pack the Bus Ticket Money late, making sure the Participant in question get all their welfare-income taken away, trying to make sure they cant move to another city like they planned, not accepting they already got a job in said city after just 1 week of effort, because she didn’t help with their Job and therefore their own efforts are invalid. (the Jobcenter is supposed to help people get a job, so I guess that is quite the opposite of whats supposed to happen).

This is worrying me that I might be the next target once the previous target is gone, so I simply had to file a complaint containing all the Information I got on this Issue, and it’s much more alarming if I already have to report someone else being bullied than myself being bullied.

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Was going to say you should report this but you beat me to it. Job centers are depressing enough to attend without being made to feel worse by the people who work there. Even if it’s just acknowledgement someone needs to tell her that that attitude isn’t helping.

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You know whats also fun? There is a TON of Smokers standing in front of the Main Entrance because smoking is illegal inside public buildings, surely THAT doesn’t look asocial or shitty in any way compared to some lone person standing in an unpopulated Corridor. And I have to walk through that Smoke Cloud every morning and dont fucking complain how bad it looks! (except for this Post, but I wouldn’t actually complain about that, since its just a second or two of inhaling some of that passive smoke)

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So yesterday the German version of the Supreme Court decided that Hartz IV (aka welfare) cannot be cut past -30%, meaning I am pretty much fully financially safe now, because I can live with 70% should I decide to say “fuck it! I’m not cooperating anymore!”.

Speaking of that, I noticed I cant breathe at all with Air Temperatures below the freezing point for more than like 5 Minutes (warm clothes dont fucking help, and covering mouth with scarf only delays the inevitable by a couple minutes), so once it gets too cold, I will no longer be able to show up to that Jobcenter mandated thing until around March next year, because Public Transport involves waiting outside. I will definitely go to the doctor when that happens for the first time, and then i will go to the lung doctor again to get that checked.

I really hate being overly sensitive to almost everything (Hot, Cold, Brightness, Contrast, Distraction, Loud Sound, Chemical Cleaning Supplies, Smoke, Sprays, Deodorants, most Shampoos and more…). This obviously screws with a lot of Aspects of my Life (I for myself can deal with it, but some others apparently dont want to and “think” they can fix that…). Luckily most things I like doing involve the Computer in some way so I am not screwed in my free time with that.

Well as I mentioned in the Update Post, the eveningly Asthma Spray definitely keeps me more motivated by now on a long term basis. Took a week or two work in full force, but now it feels much better to do thinks like “waking up” and “getting out of bed”, even when I dont use the CPAP (though I recently started using that again too since the Temperature is in the working range again).

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That’s a lot of sensory type symptoms you got there, the doc hasn’t come up with a root cause for all those sense mishaps being linked in some way?

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I was pretty much born like that so I am used to it, but it can still get annoying as fuck.
The Hot/Cold thing is because Asthma (that wasn’t always like that), Brightness and Contrast is because my eyes dont like overall Brightness or bright spots of Light (such as Street Lanterns or the Sun), Distraction is because I can only focus on one thing at a time, Loud Sound is just because I can hear really well (though I do need to actively listen in order to pay attention to something), Cleaning Supplies, Smoke, Sprays and Deodorants (even ones on other people) are all because Asthma too (but that has always been the case), I simply cant breathe that shit, which also includes the “scentless” deodorants… and Shampoos because as soon as it gets to my eyes it just hurts a lot, not to mention that the stronger ones (that I would actually need) also have a “burning” feeling on my Hair.
And none of those are actual Allergies, they are just annoying to deal with, or annoying to explain to people all the fucking time when I get asked why I wear Tinted Glasses or why I dont use Deodorant (I do shower before going outside, but the sweat just re-appears ofcourse, because my body cant regulate temperature well, I dont sweat a lot but the smell can be noticeable at a few occasions).

You can imagine how this accumulation of some smaller Issues leads to bigger meta Issues.

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