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Rose petals are the prettiest

Today on my lunch break I boiled down about 12 cups of fresh picked rosa rugosa petals to make wine. I won’t have time this weekend to actually make the wine so I thought I would boil down the petals before they went bad (they store in the refrigerator quite well, though) and start the wine next week.

Get a load of that pink. Once they’ve cooked the water is left with all that color, and that fresh picked flower smell. 

I’m bringing country wines back.

Square Enix squashes DQ7 3DS fan translation ⊟ 

Remember how fans were creating an English patch for Dragon Quest VII’s 3DS port (also, remember how we got no Dragon Quest 3DS news out of E3? 😫)? Square Enix put a stop to that with a cease and desist order sent to the group. The project’s lead Apassingremark reported, “We are packing up shop and hoping that this means we will see a release from them in the coming months.“

I wouldn’t get my hopes up for an official release, as this looks like the publisher just protecting its property. While it’s an unfortunate end to a fan translation many of us were really excited about, professional translator Thomas James provides some insight behind Square Enix’s decision:

“The big thing about this translation effort is that it pretty much reused the original version’s localization part and parcel for all the legacy content that was there (much to my surprise, if you’ve read my thoughts on the technical logistics of projects like this).

That might seem like something obvious to do for a lot of people on games like that, but bear in mind that it makes such projects go from legally grey to just outright infringing existing copyrights, which makes the legal rationales of cease and desists that much more cut-and-dry.

If I had been on that project myself, I would have redone the entire translation from scratch to ensure maximum potential safety, as Square isn’t otherwise prone to shutting down fan translations for games it doesn’t actually intend to bring out.”

The fanart above comes from Nona.

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The Commodore 64? Yeah, it… runs(? More of a walk, really) Doom.

At some point in the deep dark depths of the past (read: 1996), someone looked at their trust old C64 and said “You know what, this is a pretty good old computer. But you know what would make it even gooder? If I took a 20 MHz CPU with 16mb of memory and jammed it right up in there to see what happens!” Turns out it kinda sorta worked, and so the SuperCPU was born!

Many years later, someone in Sweden came across this forbidden, forgotten, dark science, and given the recurring theme of this blog, you can probably guess what happened next.

This is a (more or less) direct build of the original ID software source code release with a hacked together tiny clib for the string/mem/math/etc functions it required.

While this Doom port isn’t meant to be taken seriously, it has proven quite useful for testing and improving the MIPS recompiler as Doom is a rather complex and large application.

Many thanks to durrsly for submitting this!

The story behind this impressive Snatcher demo for Virtual Boy is touching ⊟

It’s remarkable enough that German coder Thunderstruck ported a working Virtual Boy demo for Hideo Kojima’s cult classic Snatcher on the adventure game’s 25th anniversary of the console –  every image in the game has been converted to stereoscopic 3D for the Virtual Boy, and the port features a dynamic dialog system, PCM music and sound effects, a dynamic inventory system that reacts to people in the room, and more.

Thunderstruck’s motivation behind its creation, though, is bittersweet. The original idea came from another developer, Red Metal, who hoped to make a port of Snatcher for a coding competition at Planet Virtual Boy, but he unfortunately passed away before he could share any work.

“I had never talked to him but from his post I could tell that he was a very nice person,” said Thunderstruck on the Planet VB forum. “I felt like I missed my chance to get to know him. I tried to express that in a post but somehow my words felt meaningless to me.”

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Ofelia Alessandra Carlevari may come across as your average halfling teenager, but behind her Rumeskan Orthodox (think fantasy Catholic) schoolgirl facade resides her Asgardian heritage as the current incarnation of Hel, which grants her necromantic powers, the ability to communicate with spirits, and a bond with the legendary knife Famine and the legendary dish Hunger, which serve as both weapons and wise (albeit somewhat odd) companions, offering strategic advice and knowledge to the young and inexperienced heroine in her self-appointed war against crime, injustice and the untold monstrosities that perpetrate them, humanoid or otherwise.  

Ofelia loves adventure novels, loud music and her mama’s endless repertoire of pasta recipes. She plays defense in her school’s futbol team and dances like a dork when no one’s watching. 

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Very early, experimental Xbox 360 emulators? Yeah, they run Doom. And Quake.

Xenia is an extremely early Xbox 360 emulation project that can actually kind of sort of run some retail games if you squint really hard. It has an easier job with homebrew, and what games are the most likely to get homebrew ports to jailbroken platforms? That’s right.

Looks a little blue, though.

Health Benefits of Beer

I’ve been wanting to write about the health benefits of beer for a while, well, because there are many of them!  Also, I find lots of people coming up and joking about how unhealthy beer is and the mythical “beer belly” - when we’re actually referring to alcohol and how unhealthy copious amounts of it can be harmful.  Moral of the story - don’t hate on beer.

Vitiman B-apalooza

Probably the healthiest part of beer is the amount and types of Vitamin B it provides, especially in traditional English “real ales”, microbrews, and (of course) homebrews.

Yeast supply beer with nearly the entire range of B-complex vitamins.  In fact, one 12-oz can of beer contains 12.6% of a person’s daily B-6 vitamin intake! We see a higher presence of B-vitamins in unfiltered beers and homebrews where the Vitiman B is not filtered out.  When unfiltered, this vitamin actually helps combat the side-effects of alcohol, most notably hangovers.  Thanks, yeasties!

So, why isn’t beer the king of Vitamin B?  Well, alcohol kind of negates this as it lessens the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.  In theory, non-alcoholic beers are really the super-drink in this scenario where alcohol doesn’t impede on our vitamin absorption.

Fiber

Our grain provides quite a few nutrients as well.  Most notably, it provides a large amount of fiber!  In fact, a liter of beer contains 20% to 60% of our daily recommended intake of fiber!  Holy crap.  Derived from the barley cell walls, fiber helps aid in digestion, helps control blood-cholesterol levels and blood-sugar levels which, helps combat heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Hell yea fiber!

Other Good Stuff

Aside from being packed with great vitamins and fiber, beer is rich in other healthy elements.  Obviously, beer is rich in carbohydrates, which is why drinking beer post-run is great for replenishing those carbs and sugars.  Potassium makes a small appearance in beer as well as large levels of Niacin which maintain healthy bones and higher bone densities.

Another interesting element of beer is the amount of flavonoids found in it.  Flavonoids act as antioxidants, similar to the ones found in superfoods and green tea.  In fact, beer (especially lagers) contain higher concentrations of these antioxidants than green tea.  Seriously.  

So, again, why isn’t beer on the food pyramid?? Alcohol. 

The Beer Belly and other Bad Guys

Alcohol basically negates all things healthy in beer and is the actual culprit for the mythical “beer belly”.

Typically, those consuming enough beer on a regular basis to create a beer belly lead an inactive lifestyle with poor nutritional intake.  This alone is enough to give anyone a gut.  But, alcohol also aids in this process.  When consuming alcohol, you are lowering your inhibitions and typically eating high-sodium or unhealthy options when the alcohol-induced hunger comes on.

Another part of the beer belly theory has to do with our fat storage.  Alcohol not only lessens the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, it also lessens our ability to burn stored fat.  So, any fat you got in your pouch already is staying there because alcohol wants it to - not beer!

All in all, we should make it a point of calling it an “alcohol belly” because that is what gives us the plump.  Sorry, booze.

Brobarian Feats

Just some silly, fun feats for strength-based characters. Mainly barbarians. 

Buns of Steel, Abs of Iron

You’re so ripped you don’t need armour; your enemies’ attacks just bounce off your invincible core muscles. 
Prerequisite: Con 18
Benefit: When not wearing armour, you may add your Constitution bonus to your AC. This does not protect against touch attacks, but does provide a bonus when flat-footed.

Core Strength of Gods

Your muscles are now so incredibly huge that they are borderline invulnerable. Good workout, bro.
Prerequisite: Buns of Steel, Abs of Iron, Str 20, BAB +7
Benefit: When not wearing armour, you may add your Strength bonus to your AC as well as your Constitution Bonus. As with Buns of Steel, Abs of Iron, this bonus does not protect against touch attacks, but is still applied to flat-footed AC.

PROTEIN!!

You gotta keep up your protein intake, brah.
Prerequisite: Buns of Steel, Abs of Iron
Benefit: As a standard action, you can eat or drink something that contains a high amount of protein, i.e. meat, eggs or powdered whey. You gain a +6 bonus to your Strength for 2 turns.

Feel the Burn!

You’ve felt the burn in the gym, now your enemies can feel the burn on the battlefield.
Prerequsite: Buns of Steel, Abs of Iron, BAB +6
Benefit: As a standard action, you flex your muscles, transferring the stored energy of your ripped frame into the air around you. All creatures in a 10ft radius around you take fire damage equal to d6 time your BAB, plus your strength modifier. You may do this a number of times per day equal to ½ your BAB plus your strength modifier. This can provoke attacks of opportunity, though if anything is brotactular enough to survive this you should probably invite them to hang at the gym.

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The Altera DE2 FPGA Development and Education Board? Yeah, it runs Doom.

Sadly, the documentation and info has vanished from the internet while somehow avoiding the glare of the Wayback Machine, so here’s all we know: it was developed as a bachelor’s thesis for Tampere University of Technology’s department of computer systems, and the source code can be dug up here.

Thanks to Peter McCormick for saving the image, and Dorden for submitting this!

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Updated Homebrew Class: The Pugilist

So I mentioned before that many of my classes were created before the Advanced Class Guide came out. At the time I wanted a fighter that fought well with his bare hands that wasn't doing it like a monk with quick attacks, but rather plowed through foes like a truck. Originally called the Brawler, the Pugilist came into being from that desire. Most of the updates have been actually to give you more variety in how it operates, but the core of the class has remained.

Pugilist

While many fighters prefer weapons, the pugilist needs none. He has his fist and they are as good as any hammer or morning star. Unlike a monk, who uses his fist with precision and strikes with quick strokes to shore up his damage over time, a pugilist smashes through whatever defense his opponent brings to bear against him with brute force. Typically lovers of a good drink and a great time, most of which includes a hearty bar fight; Pugilists are typically a more chaotic sort of person. The average laws of men don’t necessarily attract them as a whole.

Role: The pugilist is a frontline fighter who can take a lot of punishment and deal out even more than he can take. He is also a master at grappling with his foes.

Alignment: any non-lawful

Hit Die: D12

Skills: The Pugilist’s class skills are: Climb, Craft, Intimidate, Knowledge (Dungeoneering), Knowledge (Engineering), Knowledge (Local), Perception, Profession, Sense Motive, and Swim

Skill Ranks Per Level: 4 + INT modifier

Proficiencies: A pugilist is Proficient with any simple melee weapons, brass knuckles, and spiked gauntlets. He is proficient with light armor, but not with shields.

Fisticuff Fighter (Ex): A pugilist gains the Improved Unarmed Strike feat as a bonus feat. In addition, his unarmed strike damage increases based on his strength modifier. See the chart. In addition levels in pugilist count as fighter or monk levels for the purposes of selecting feats.

Tough Body (Ex): A pugilist may depend on his body to shrug off lesser attacks. He adds his constitution modifier to his armor class as a toughness bonus. In addition he may choose to add his constitution modifier to his CMD instead of his dexterity modifier.

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I have been making Kombucha for awhile now and it’s actually really easy. Not sure why it has taken me this long to actually write out the instructions. Recently I have been motivated to write then out due to the fact I am pressed for time and JP will have to start brewing up our home batches! If JP can do it, so can you!

KOMBUCHA

INGREDIENTS/EQUIPMENT:
Mason Jars or bottles (rinsed with white vinegar then again with filtered water) 

1 gal Water

6-8 tea bags (green, white or black tea)

1 cup sugar
*I use either organic cane sugar or organic coconut palm sugar 1 scoby and starter culture *It is really easy to grow your own scoby, just leave a ¼ bottle of Kombucha sealed in the pantry for a week or two and the scoby will begin to grow on the top. The starter culture is just Kombucha.

DIRECTIONS:
Bring water almost to boil. Turn off heat and steep tea bags for 20 mins. (Note: to reduce caffeine amount, steep tea bags in boiling water for 45 sec then discard water).

Dissolve sugar in tea then cool to room temperature. To reduce cooling time, its okay to steep the tea in half the amount of water (making a stronger brew) then adding cold water to equal the total volume. Sometimes I like to steep the tea in a tea kettle then transfer to a gallon jar and add cool water.

Place starter culture and scoby in 1 gal jar. Add the cooled, sweetened tea. Cover with cloth and secure with rubberband. Place in warm, dark cabinet or closet. Make sure to label and date!!!

A new scoby will begin to form on the surface and the kombucha will be ready after 7 days. If you prefer a more sour/vinegar taste, allow to ferment longer.

To bottle, pour kombucha into bottling vessel (reused kombucha bottles, resealable bottles or mason jars are great). Label bottles with name and date. Place in pantry for 1 week to create carbonation.

CAUTION: BE SURE TO OPEN BOTTLES AND BLEED THE GAS BUILDUP EVERY FEW DAYS AS BOTTLES MAY EXPLODE DUE TO EXTREME PRESSURE.AND BE AWARE THAT IF YOUR PANTRY IS VERY HOT IT WILL EXPEDITE THE CARBONATION

 I recommended either covering your bottles with a bag or putting them in a tight cupboard that has nothing else in it. Everyone I know who brews their own Kombucha has had a “incident”. We had a bottle explode in our pantry and you can not imagine the mess and destruction it caused!

Place in fridge to slow fermentation.

FLAVORING:
This is the fun part where you get to experiment! You can add pureed fruit, juices, whole spices, or pieces of dehydrated fruit (approximately 20% of the volume) to bottles prior to bottling. You can try combining flavors like lemon/ginger or coconut/lime, whatever you think might be good. Enjoy!