Tuesday, 27 September 2011

More Uru

After installing Myst Online on Mac, I decided to extract the files using a program known as Riveal (warning: extremely glitchy!). This is a piece of software which, aside from OSX MO:UL (Myst Online: Uru Live), works quite well to extract the data files from all the games in the Myst Series, as well as BioShock and BioShock 2. Anyway, during my explorations in the extracted files, I came across an interesting song which I thought I'd attempt to post for no particular reason whatsoever. But, since I can't, I'll just tell you how to get it.
1. Get Myst Online.
2. Get Riveal.
3. Extract the MO:UL data.
4. In the folder "sfx", find a file known as "ahnySphere04-Amb01_Loop.
5. Open using a program which supports .ogg files (I'd reccomend using VLC.).

That's all for now.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Myst Online: Uru Live Again On Mac

The following is how to get Uru Live working on Mac:
First, install XCode. You can download it here:
but I'd recommend getting it off the Snow Leopard disk (if you have it) because the download is extremely large and you have to have some useless membership-mig to do it at all.
After you've installed XCode, you should be able to properly run a program known as MacPorts.
You can download MacPorts here:
Once you've successfully downloaded and installed MacPorts, you should restart the computer. Afterwards, go to Applications, Utilities, Terminal. Type in the following line of code:
sudo port install mystonline-cider
It will give you a little warning about sudo (administrator privileges in terminal) and will ask for your password, depending on your settings. Once you've entered your password, terminal will start downloading the Uru Client.
Once it's done (sometimes it just pauses with no warning whatsoever, don't worry that it's failed) Uru Live should be in Applications, MacPorts, MystOnline (cider).app.
Open it, then it should start downloading the game itself (will pretend it's "updating").
This, for me, took several hours, but if you have broadband it shouldn't take much longer than half and hour to forty-five minutes. Once it's done, just enter your account information! (if you don't have one, just go to mystonline.com/play/)
It may take a few minutes "updating" once it's played the Cyan Intro video. Don't worry, this is normal. It isn't actually doing much of anything at this point.
After all that, it should work! Please note that the game suffers from occasional and serious lag, depending on the speed of your computer and internet. Don't worry. It usually goes away.
See you in the Cavern!
Thanks to TrapperDave, OptyMyst, and Night something for being in the photo.

The Hymenoptera Excitation

I came across a giant ichneumon the other day. Unfortunately, I cannot find the image, so I'll just tell you about them.
First, it stings you, which then paralyses most of that part of your body. Then, it lays its eggs in that bit of flesh, and the eggs hatch, the larvae eat away at you, then when they're ready, fly away. Watch out for wasps with long stingers.

EDIT: Has anyone else noticed that this post has no title?

Monday, 12 September 2011

More About Probability Waves

First of all, I would like to explain something. In some of my earlier posts I had several "random facts". I was trying to make a "puzzle" that people would solve by going through all the random facts and finding clues and stuff. But I've gotten rather bored with it (i.e. I keep forgetting to do it and am too lazy to go back and edit my posts), so I'm officially giving up. However, I am not throwing the idea away! You (my imaginary followers) can use my master list of random facts, try to solve it (it's not that hard) and use it in your own blog!

Smallpox was eradicated in 1979
Differences in colour of Labrador Retrievers is based on Pigment.
Yellow labs have little pigment, and cannot distribute it well.
Chocolate labs either have lots of pigment and cannot distribute it well or have little pigment and can distribute it well.
Black labs have lots of pigment and can distribute it extremely well.
Herge, author of Tintin, was from france but lived in england.
Tuvan throat singing does not involve holding your throat.
Amazon sells eBooks.
There's a kindle app for the iPad.
Tarzan used to be a book.
Tarzan's father died from a gorilla attack.
Richard A. Watson says Myst Island is bigger.
Rebecca Black's "Friday" stinks.
Bees cannot talk.
Bees do not smoke.
Jeff smith was wrong.
Horses should be afraid around James Cameron.
I am smarter than Justin Beiber.
"They say of the acropolis where the parthenon is" is not a funny video.
2 2 15 12 19 14 6 21 4 8 1 0 0 21 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
Puzzle, anyone?

So, yes. Now, that being said, let's get to the point of this post.

I said that I was going to further explain probability waves. Well, here's a good website that gives a pretty good explanation (it's at the fourth Q&A from the top):

But in order for that to make sense, you should read both of these:

And in order for that to make sense, you should read this thing as well:

And, probably this:

And, if you're still wondering what all this is about, these:

So, yes. I hope these are helpful.

Watch out for loud music gremlins. They'll try to fool your brains!