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34 years old
October 4, 1984
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Manitoba, Canada

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  1. First ever black hole photo revealed

    10 April 2019 - 05:57 AM

    Black holes have been theoretical until today. But Einstein has been proven correct again (so far). After two years of setting up and taking readings with the Event Horizon Telescope (a telescope whose data is taken by 8 massive telescopes all around the world effectively rendering a "lens" as big as the entire planet, albeit with some understandably missing data) a photo of the super massive black hole of galaxy M87 was released. M87's black hole is the biggest one we know about being over 5 billion times larger than our sun. The EHT is also attempting to take a photo of Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of our own galaxy. This is beyond exciting! I have it on my FB history 2 years ago that they were starting this project so it's really cool to see the results finally!


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  2. Happy 25th Birthday, Elder Scrolls

    25 March 2019 - 03:36 PM


    Morrowind is free on their website through their launcher for today only.

    Bethesda posted a nice piece of artwork on their page. I assume that is Jagar Tharn on the bottom right with the Staff of Chaos. I like it. Nice wallpaper.

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  3. PC won't boot past POST

    05 March 2019 - 10:00 PM

    I don't know if anyone might have any insight or not. It just keeps sitting there beeping every couple minutes. I turned it off so I could open it up and see if there was a loose cord somewhere as a couple of my USB3.0 ports stopped working a few weeks ago (and I recall the cable coming loose off the motherboard when this happened before). When I turned it back on, I was stuck pre-POST. The thing is this could have happened a while ago possibly. I would usually just always put my computer to sleep and rarely hard reset or power off. But it held on long enough to allow me to finish my game soundtrack less than a month ago before I powered off my system. Wow.

    My motherboard is an MSI P67A-GD65 (B3). One of those LGA 1155 sockets with a Sandy Bridge i7 2600K CPU. I've had it since I bought it and built my PC in 2011 (with some advice from many people here, actually). It has a UEFI BIOS. Some people online suggested updating the BIOS, but I can't even get to the BIOS. It just sits there with a solid cursor on the top left corner and the number "98" on the bottom right, which apparently means there's a "USB input connect issue." People suggested unplugging every USB device to see if it allowed a fast boot. Unfortunately, after unplugging not only every USB device but every internal SATA device as well, nothing different happened. I have a PS/2 keyboard, so I tried a USB keyboard. It simply beeps twice (one low note, one high note) every time I hit/release a key. The same beep it makes every couple minutes if I do nothing. I'm not sure what that means. Doesn't do that to my PS/2 keyboard which the system doesn't respond to at all. Also there are no lights on (like numlock) on either keyboard. I also tried the recommended action of unplugging everything but one HDD and one RAM stick but that didn't work either. I tried swapping RAM. Nothing. Course, I only have the two sticks but there's no reason that it would be the RAM. The beep pattern code is not consistent with that kind of problem. I even tried clearing the CMOS and removing the battery. Nothing.

    Others who have had this problem in the past just got a new mobo. Unfortunately I can't afford that as I'd have to purchase a brand new copy of Windows 10. On Newegg, a new LGA 1155 mobo would set me back about $100ish CAD give or take. But again, that doesn't cover Windows 10. I upgraded from an OEM version of Windows 7 Professional which means that any Win 10 upgrade license doesn't get tied to the OEM serial but the hardware. Changing out the mobo would negate my Windows 10 license and I'd have to roll back to Windows 7. Unfortunately, because Windows 7 was also OEM that probably means that won't work either. So either way I'm screwed.

    I bought the system 8 years ago ironically enough, with money I made from this game soundtrack contract. And now that my contract is complete, my mobo decides to not boot anymore. It's so maddening. Everything else works fine. By all accounts it should boot normally as being stuck on the "98" checkpoint code without any USB devices plugged in is not typical behaviour which means something is wrong.

    Some people said they had to just let it sit there for a few minutes (up to a couple hours) and it would eventually boot. Or constantly restart and/or power off/on repeatedly until it managed to get into Windows. So far that hasn't worked for me. It's a shame to be left without your command center all the sudden. Now I'm trapped on this little laptop with no USB3.0 ports and like a measly 4 USB2.0 ports. I'm in no position right now to buy a new system or replacement parts so....I guess this is life now. Unless I can figure this out. I had a bunch more music projects I wanted to get to and now I can't. This also means that Hexen's SC-55 music pack is on hold for the time being.
  4. Ghostbusters except possibly better?

    16 January 2019 - 07:35 PM

    Jason Reitman (Ivan Reitman's son) is directing, with Ivan producing. It's confirmed to be in the same universe as the first two films, and that is the original car (and music and sound effects). No one is cast yet and it won't start filming until summer. The release is set for summer 2020. Rumour is a younger cast. No word on cameos or role reprisals. But people are expecting the "old trains the new" trope.

    I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm glad more than anything that the 2016 reboot has been forgotten and its sequel-baiting plans shelved.

  5. The ESRGAN AI Upscale non-Duke thread

    10 January 2019 - 08:31 AM

    I've been showing this to people in adventure game circles with examples from Space Quest, Monkey Island, King's Quest, etc. I got a lot of requests to do more games so I took most of yesterday and wrote a script that extracts background resources from a Sierra game, converts to PNG, and upscales with ESRGAN (using the Manga109 dataset-trained model). I'm doing all the Sierra games and uploading them to a Google Drive folder. The results aren't always perfect but man is it ever impressive! I'll upload more as time goes on:


    Some examples:
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    This one was taken from a hi res of the original scanned painted artwork at 512x356 found on the KQ6 game CD-ROM and it upscales to 2048x1460 with incredible results!:
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    The in-game image:
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