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#1 2016-07-30 13:45:03

Marian
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QM-Under the Sea

Now you've done it. You traveled down yet another dark, twisted hallway, and then (you adventurous fool) you went down those suspicious stone stairs. As if that weren't crazy enough, you opened the trapdoor and jumped in!

Instead of plunging to your death, however, you are rewarded with the discovery of a cozy, cool nook in the ocean walled by majestic coral. You float with complete ease amongst the seaweed in the cool, clear waters, and the world drifts a million miles away.

(In case you're wondering, yes, you can breathe - so long as you stop by Ursula's for a helpful spell on the way in. Don't  worry, she's completely trustworthy.)

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun, they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea


Where is the delightful music coming from? Why, it's Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken on the piano in the corner!

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#2 2016-07-30 13:52:31

Magpie
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Oh, this is a lovely place!

*floats*


Basically, I'm Prince Josua in jeans and sneakers, or a different flavor of Renie Sulaweyo.
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#3 2016-07-30 13:52:48

Marian
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

*swims over to the seaweed hammock*


Ahhh.

 

#4 2016-07-30 13:55:08

Magpie
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

I hope I'll have a chance to go to the lake again before I leave for Castlefest. Not as nice as the sea, but still good.


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#5 2016-07-30 14:11:18

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Well we might sneek off of castlefest for a few hours to go see the sea...

Had a lovely hike today, followed by spaghetti Bolognese. And when I came home the neighbors had my new fitness tracker. So I'll charge it tomorrow, so I can test it on Monday.


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#6 2016-07-30 14:14:32

Kia
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

*puts her swimsuit on and jump in*

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#7 2016-07-30 14:23:42

Magpie
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Sahi wrote:

Well we might sneek off of castlefest for a few hours to go see the sea...

We could do that.
Actually my mother's main reason for going to the Netherlands after going to... wherever in Germany she's going was that she wants to go to the sea.

Speaking of my mother, I should call her tomorrow, to discuss this trip, before she leaves.


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#8 2016-07-30 15:21:49

Ad1tu
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

*waves* *and sloshes around on the waves*

Chatty people! Took me a bit to catch up!

Let's see...

Marian: "Actually..." and "I'm just saying..." are probably the two phrases I dread reading most, when it comes to comments. Because you just know that something condescending or rude is about to occur.

And i wanted to comment on drinking: I think I drink maybe a handful of times per year. This year, I think I had a drink with my birthday dinner, and I had a couple beers over a holiday weekend. Oh, and mother in law hosted a "girls night" and I had a drink or two there. Meanwhile, in June when my company had their "state of the company" event, I heard people talking every day and almost nonstop the day of about how they were excited this event was going to be held at a local brewery with an open bar. I was excited it was at a brewery because they had tables outside, and I could enjoy the sunshine for a few hours. They were excited about free booze. And those of us that didn't drink, were questioned by the drinkers about why we didn't drink. (Although, interestingly, my choice was not questioned by any of the other non-drinkers, and I did the same. It's like we had an unspoken bond.) Its always weird when people question my choice of non-alcoholic drink, but luckily people are not overly pushy. They just seem to regard me as an oddity.


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#9 2016-07-30 16:10:30

Peter
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

*crawls into the Mint*

Made it to the party and back (about an hour ago, just took me a bit to catch up). No need to thump anyone awake, we're old people and our parties are short (and mostly free of alcohol, just the husband of a friend had a beer).

Driving went better than expected, given how little sleep I had. And my back is really angry about the car seat and about spending time in the pool and sitting on chairs and... yeah. I love you, back.


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#10 2016-07-30 22:15:15

ylvs
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

I'd like to be
under the sea
in an Octopusses garden
in the shade ...


wonderful place, Marian!

 

#11 2016-07-30 22:46:47

Firsfron of Ronchester
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

ylvs wrote:

I'd like to be
under the sea
in an Octopusses garden
in the shade ...

That's what I thought of, too! Love the Beatles...


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#12 2016-07-30 22:56:00

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

I can't hear that soon without thinking of the muppets.


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#13 2016-07-31 00:24:56

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Now embroidering monkey wings.


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#14 2016-07-31 00:37:39

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

*curses* just charged my new fitness tracker and wanted to pair it to my tablet, only to find out that just because I could install the app doesn't mean that it will actually work... my tablet doesn't have the right kind of Bluetooth, so I can't pair the devices. :(


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#15 2016-07-31 01:18:53

Peter
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Does it work with your phone, which is much newer?

I assume it uses the new low power bluetooth standard and the Nexus 10 doesn't have that yet. Much as I like mine, it is a prehistoric device by now. I wish Google would stop botching their newer tablets so I had an excuse to buy something shiny ;-)


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#16 2016-07-31 01:50:42

Kenan
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Morning Minters!

I had to try my best not to get blown into the sea yesterday! It was windy out in the archipelago. Should have some cool photos of waves crashing on rocks though...


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#17 2016-07-31 01:51:49

Peter
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

5 hours of sleep today, so I'm feeling a little better. Got some productive stuff planned for today and I hope to finally got the ball rolling on the code. I think I understand most of the limitations I have to work with and which things I still need to learn about. Since the game ist going to be 2D and just uses WebGL as a glorified sprite engine (with some benefits in flexibility, I can't do what I want with the Canvas stuff, at least not with decent peformance), I should not require a deep (or even moderate) understanding.

But because I am an idiot, I keep doing archaeology on various 3D features.

"Did the Radeon 9700 support all those features as I think it did? Could it do floating point frame buffers? What were the limitations of multiple render targets? Did it really do much more than the pitiful minimum requirements of OpenGL ES 2.0?"


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#18 2016-07-31 01:52:18

Peter
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Morning Kenan, hope you had a good time anyway :)


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#19 2016-07-31 01:57:25

Kenan
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

I did, thanks. And I hope you're enjoying your side quests. Good luck with the coding :) I have no idea what you said about floating point frame buffers :D It's like a different language :) Oh, no use trying to explain to me :)


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#20 2016-07-31 02:12:04

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

No, on my phone I can't install the app at all, the Android version is too old.


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#21 2016-07-31 02:12:48

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Now trying if I can install the app on an emulator, to try if I can make it work on my laptop.


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#22 2016-07-31 02:15:37

Kenan
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

That's an annoying problem Sahi, I do hope you make it work. Any chance you can upgrade the firmware anywhere to make it work? Is it that your tablet and phone are too old? Perfect excuse to get new stuff *he he*


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#23 2016-07-31 02:31:55

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

Nope, I can't seem to install it on the emulator. Guess I'll just have to return the tracker. *pouts*

And yeah, the Android version on my phone is too old. (And I guess the Bluetooth version is as well.) And on my tablet I don't have the right kind of Bluetooth.


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#24 2016-07-31 02:37:18

Sahi
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

And I don't want to spend a couple of hundred bucks just to get a fitness tracker. So I'll just return it and get my money back. I just loved that it looked like a fancy bracelet and could track your sleeping patterns too.


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#25 2016-07-31 02:40:08

Kenan
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Re: QM-Under the Sea

That's a shame Sahi! There's an app for tracking sleeping cycles that I used for a time, Sleep Cycle (small purchase and worked on the iPhone). As for fitness tracking, I run with the phone in my pocket.


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