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Deathlist

The headline from the Deathlist site for today reads:

Pope Springs to the Eternal

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Comics I read

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City of Fools

A couple of expositiony things to start with. The following takes place in City of Heroes, which has been taking up my free time for the last six months or so, give or take the three months when I didn’t play it because I didn’t think I had time.

I’ve created a new character, Pixelin. Pixelin’s biography:

A picture of Pixelin

Pixelin used to work happily at Santa’s grotto up in the North Pole, but one day an accident with an Embiggening Ray made him too tall to work in HQ (Pixelin is almost five feet tall). He was given a decent severance package, and allowed to keep his powers (Psychokinetics, to lift presents, and Mind powers, to tell if you have been naughty or nice). Lacking anything better to do, he’s come to Paragon city to fight crime, leaving a small lump of coal with every criminal he arrests. In his spare time he bitches about how he can’t find decent suits his size.

In game, Pixelin is a Controller of Natural origin. (COH divides heroes into Archtypes (Blaster, Scrapper, Tanker, Defender, Controller) of different Origins (Natural, Mutant, Magic etc.). Tankers are huge with lots of health doing moderate amounts of damage per attack. The Incredible Hulk, for example, is a Tanker. Scrappers have not quite so much health, but do more damage and have a “Regenerative powers” option. Wolverine is a Scrapper. Controllers can be felled by a tree falling 100 metres away, but can cause their enemies to attack each other, fall asleep, lift heavy objects (Enemies, for example) high in the air and then drop them. Professor Xavier is a Controller. So is Pixelin).

At the moment, Pixelin is Level 8. (Max is 50, I cleared 1-6 in about two to three hours. Raynebow is about L17) and I wanted to do some missions to clear some debt (When you die, you get Debt. Thereafter every point of XP you gain goes half to the debt and half to the level bar. Debt Bad) (Oh, Missions. At any point you have two options, you can either wander around the city beating up things, or you can get missions from your contacts and go beat up specific things). I got a couple of blasters and a tanker, and we went to one of the Blaster’s missions in the sewers.

We went in. We were slaughtered to a man. We respawned and went back. We had a Plan. Our tanker and one blaster went AFK for a while (Food break, smoke break, something like that), leaving our other blaster and me. Other blaster leaps into the nearest group of enemies, draws them back to us (Other two are still AFK), almost dies and then leaps out of the mission before she can. Me, being a controller, isn’t quite so lucky. Whilst I get two of them fighting each other, the other five gang up on me. Tanker and Blaster, not having people behind them, aren’t so lucky. I run, but I just die tired. I quit out. Life’s too short to play with morons.

I’ll go back in as Raynebow in a bit. Higher level players tend to be a lot more clueful, and at least Rayne can defend himself.

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Project Scout

Somewhat to my suprise, I have recieved not one, but two patches to open source projects that I run. That is that gilmae submitted a better install document for AqWiki, and John Meadows has submitted a new version of the viewer file for MusicDB

Flush with this success, I’ve started a new project. Well, two. Threeish, really. First, I’ve gone back to the base system that Cantrip and Escape will be built on, which is actually the Epistula execution model rebuilt in python and mod_python. This is almost finished (yay) and is far neater than the PHP version (double yay) but I’m having trouble with one thing. So, pythonites who are still reading this crap: How do I initalise a class where the name of the class is contained in a variable?

Two, and more importantly, how should I have known this?

The third thing is a collision of a few technologies I’ve been wanting to use for a while: XMLTV, SQLite and AJAX, or DHTML, or whatever we’re calling it today, with a dash of new-media SMS stuff thrown in. Basic premise for project Scout is that it sends you an SMS ten minutes before a TV program that you wanted is due to start. It’s a little more complicated than that, but not much (Until you get to the AJAX bits, really). Enough for me to be able to use it to drink even more of the Python kool-aid, while having something more useful at the end than a random philosophy generator.

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Two points

First, does whoever comes second in the “Who will be the next Dr Who?” competition become the next Pope?

Second, if Pope John Paul II ends up on a life support machine with the Catholic Church debating whether or not to leave it on? I will swear myself off all news sources for a month.

I’ll have to.