Starcraft 2 patch, reviving Brood War (Free-to-play SC1 remake?)

Blizzard’s StarCraft II patch to v2.1 released earlier this week introduces certain free-to-play features (map editor, Arcade access, access to additional races, etc.) but also two nice tips of the hat to SC1/Brood War players:

1: Big Game Hunters is finally back, and official! (Click here & scroll down a bit.)

2: An HD remaster of the original StarCraft soundtrack has been added to the Options–>Sounds menu.

Let the good (old) times roll!

Also: Amazing the difference the soundtrack makes to the StarCraft 1 remake, StarCraft Mass Recall. Still an open question as of this post as to whether or not it works for free-to-play players, but I’d bet it works.

Have you tried, or are you ready to download the free-to-play edition of SC2 and give it a go? I’m dying to know – Please comment below.

Das Blinkenlights for sale – Pristina Kosovo

14.1″ laptop – Lenovo ThinkPad T61 7664 ($300 USD OBO)

• T8100 Core 2 Duo
• 14.1” 1440×900 LCD
• Upgraded 3GB memoryLenovo T61
• Upgraded 500GB hard drive w/hardware encryption and biometrics
• Ports: 3xUSB, 1xVGA, 1xEthernet, 2xAudio & 1xExpressCard/54, modem, FireWire.
• Gigabit Ethernet, integrated microphone, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
• Extended-life battery & spare
• Windows 7 Home Premium installed
• Weight: 5.5 pounds
• Price includes laptop case

17” laptop – HP Pavilion dv9700t ($300 USD OBO)
• 2.50GHz Core 2 Duo Penryn T9300 processor, 3GB of RAM
• 17” 1680×1050 display with wide viewing angle
• 250GB hard drive & open expansion port for second drive
• nVidia GeForce 8600M GS graphicsHP Pavilion
• Ports: 4xUSB, VGA, HDMI, S-Video, Ethernet, Modem, ExpressCard/54, FireWire, Audio, Secure Digital card reader.
• Integrated Altec Lansing speakers, webcam, microphone, pop-out media remote control, and full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi.
• LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
• Windows Vista Home Premium installed
• Weight: 7.5 pounds

Google Nexus 7 tablet (manufactured by Asus) ($175 USD)
• Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablet
• 7″ 1280×800 screen
• 1.2 megapixel front camera
• Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
• 16GB storage

I’m back!

I’m back online, and more importantly, so’s – Now being edited from Pristina, Kosovo. Not much warranted talking about after leaving Nepal and arriving in Santiago (and not much warranted talking about in Nepal, judging by the old posts restored here), but hopefully I’ll have an insight or two worth spamming folks about now that I’m back out in the real world.

It’s strange how much of a difference it makes, having an international border between you and the nearest McDonald’s. Definitely makes life a great deal more interesting.

This site was once hosted gratis by my former employer, the late great GSI Hosting – Sadly, my server there is long deceased & offline, but I’m starting anew on EC2 & moving some content back to Highly recommend NFS, but still have a lot to learn about EC2 before saying the same.

Hey: There’s a decent thing to write about. Hmm… That’d be original and everything, right? Well, maybe not, but at least I might be that guy that finally posts a decent “here’s how much a low/no-traffic WordPress site costs to host” post.

I swear – If one more guy had posted instructions to reach EC2’s pricing calculator instead of just giving a basic answer about real throughput & storage requirements, I’d have just given up and tried to see for myself. Matter of fact, that’s precisely what happened.

Enough rambling. Time for sleep.

Old posts follow

What follows are what I could recover from my old, long lost site. Not much missing, except a hotel review or three. Locked for comments.

Climate change – Unavoidable through passive means, but what about more active measures?

Ship stranded by the retreat of Kazakhstans Aral Sea
Ship stranded by the retreat of Kazakhstan's Aral Sea

NPR reports that a scientist at NOAA, Susan Solomon, says that the damage done by our CO2 emissions has already reached the stage that a considerable amount of future damage is unavoidable, going so far as to use the term “irreversible” to win some new and much needed press coverage. While the soundbite above hardly breaks new ground, one must wonder if Solomon studied active methods to combat this phenomenon. She seems to have a lot to say about the relative inadequacy of cutting emissions now, but I wonder what she’d say if queried about the possible role of devices like those used by the fictional teraformers of Mars in Kim Stanley Robinson’s award winning novels? What possible role should orbital mirrors and the like play in trying to mitigate the impact of these changes?  To tone things down to the realm of something not just possible and plausible but something that she might feel free to approach with more of a straight face, what role can solar radiation management in the broad, general sense play in mitigating the impact of global warming? These questions really need to be asked more often if the necessary but apparently grossly inadequate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that currently drive international debate ain’t going to cut it.

Anyone know enough to simply dismiss those options out of hand? I’m not familiar enough with the topic to tell the crazy fringe from the unpopular fringe. They do seem to get some coverage in the pop-sci press, ala New Scientist. See Sunshade’ for global warming could cause drought by Catherine Brahic.

Via: Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds on