A very interesting piece of information was revealed on last Sunday’s episode of Derek Mooney’s “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” *. It seems that there was something of a global deluge around 2350 BC. Soil records from Ireland around this time show that farming activity stopped and tree ring records show abysmal growth for around 20 years. It is also reflected in written accounts from China and other disparate locations around the world.
The interesting bit, however, is that a Catholic bishop attempted to date the origin of the world by adding up ages of people in the Bible. In doing this, he determined that the Flood was around 2349 BC! So, the story of Noah’s Ark was rooted in fact. Who’d have thought?
This could also be used as an argument against the case that Climate Change is caused by human activity.
*This link will not work after Sunday June 2 (and may not work at all if you are outside of Ireland, but I’m not sure).
Also, I’d just like to note that Animaniacs has returned to the RTÉ 2 schedule and, in doing so, has proven that I’m not going insane. The copyright notice on RTÉ’s showings is indeed different from that on the DVD. As for why on Earth they would change it, I don’t know.
Well, wasn’t I pleased to see Half-Life 2 and its episodes show up in Beta form on my “Linux Games” list? From now on, I need never boot up Windows again! Well, okay, that’s an exaggeration, I’ll still need it for coding games and playing Portal 2 for the moment, but anyway! Portal 2 definitely can’t be far off now!
I’m not sure if this means that the HL2 games are now on a newer engine version, and if so whether that means more or fewer bugs. I’m not going to test it straight away.
Also, for those who have not yet checked them out, I have decided to post my YouTube videos on nuclear physics right here:
They cover protons, neutrons and the nuclei of the first three isotopes of hydrogen.
I just found out that Portal 1 seems to have been moved to SteamPipe, and therefore received a GNU/Linux port. This means that Aperture Ireland is closer to having a more efficient install mechanism and the Content Porter is closer to having a more viable replacement. Just a small bit of good news!
EDIT (Two days later): I see L4D2 seems to have made the transition now as well. Portal 2 can’t be far off so!
Well, Ubuntu “Raring Ringtail” was released today, so that can only mean one thing: it’s Madagascar reference time! Skipper, the commanding penguin, refers to King Julien as “Ringtail”, because he is a ring-tailed lemur, and Private, the youngest penguin, once played mini-golf under the name “Mr. Tux”. Now, an OS named “Ringtail” has a kernel working at its core whose symbol is a penguin named Tux! This Ubuntu release is going to be the current one for the next six months, until 13.10 comes out.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite fit together, as the OS’s nickname refers to a ring-tailed raccoon, rather than a ring-tailed lemur. Oh well!
As for me, I’m a Linux Mint user, so it’ll take a while for all those Raring updates to trickle down to this PC.
Coincident with the second anniversary of Portal 2’s release (at least in this timezone!), this blog is finally operational, after ten days in limbo! Around this time, I am starting an unofficial attempt to port Xash3D to GNU/Linux – I find it pretty strange that the actual GoldSrc engine has been ported, but the FLOSS alternative hasn’t. I have also been informed that an unofficial walkthrough of our own Aperture Ireland mod will soon make its way onto YouTube, so I’m looking forward to that.
At the moment, I’m also waiting rather impatiently for Valve to roll out SteamPipe across its single-player Source titles. Since I finally realised that my old content-porting model for Aperture Ireland was very unpleasant, the current version is in the awkward stopgap position of having Source Filmmaker as a requirement. Once SteamPipe is supported by both Portals, I can move to a much more efficient model that doesn’t require you to download or duplicate anything on your hard-drive. SteamPipe will also mean GNU/Linux ports. That’s good for me, as I dislike playing on Windows and can’t seem to make Portal 2 work under Wine!
P.S. Given the day that’s in it, I originally thought of making a Portal 2 reference in the title of this post, to Rick the Adventure Sphere’s line, “Happy Explosion Day, gorgeous!”, but it hardly seems appropriate, given the tragic occurrences of the preceding week.