[#] DDO
08:45pm UTC - 9/10/2009

We've started playing Dungeons & Dragons Online recently, so I figured I'd post the announcement here so people can make sure they join the right server: We're currently on Khyber, so join us if you're interested! It just went free-to-play and we're going to start a sup/tg/ guild, so stop by #ddo if you're interested.

In other news, October's right around the corner, and I'm going to try and host a horror movie marathon. I plan on running at least one movie a night, every night, all October long, culminating in 24 hours of awesome on Halloween itself. I've still got that pile of 100 public domain and disowned grindhouse movies to play, and a number of more modern, mainstream classics such as Event Horizon. I'll likely be streaming around 10:45-11pm Eastern Mon-Sat, though it's possible I'll skip a day or two here and there. (Normally I'd ask for recommendations, but I've got a massive surplus right now. If you're interested in hosting the stream, let me know!)

Finally, I've been reading the hell out of Eclipse Phase lately and actually plan on hosting a couple games. Amazing! I'm also going to likely make yet another character builder, since I haven't seen any yet outside of custom Excel spreadsheets. It's going to take some effort (there are a lot of variables to work with) but I think it'll be worth the effort. I may need help with data entry, but we'll see.

Edity: Apropos of nothing:

~Lord Licorice


[#] Dericious Movies
09:24am UTC - 1/10/2009

Ahaha, oh man these are fucking awesome. We watched Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter and Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory tonight. We are going to watch all 100 of these motherfuckers, they are that much win.

See the previous post for a full listing of the titles available. Anything crossed out has been viewed, anything bolded is transcoded and ready for viewing. I've also started grabbing awesome ones that either looked interesting or I saw three seconds of and decided was campy awesome (see One Frightened Night).

For anyone that wants to show their own horror (or horrible) movies, my NSV tutorial is still here, waiting to be read and used.

~Lord Licorice


[#] Old School Movies
09:59pm UTC - 1/04/2009

So, about a year ago (last Christmas in fact) I bought a pair of 50-DVD movie packs from Amazon: Tales of Terror and Chiller Classics. Usually these packs contain ancient, dusty public domain movies, or grindhouse movies so awful or obscure that copyright's been lost or virtually disowned. I was going to play some of them for Halloween but they were borrowed and not returned until just today.

Now that I have them again, I think I'd like to start playing them over the SHOUTcast, likely starting with the oldest of the old-school: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Other than that, well, here's a list of the movies in each pack. Post a comment on your top five picks and I'll take the best and queue them up.

(Cut for length)

Update: Bad Taste has been selected. I'm going to have to veto Manos, I could barely stand watching it with MST3K and this isn't the MST3K version. Keep voting!

Edit #2: It looks like Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, Vampire's Night Orgy and The Long Hair of Death are also winners. I managed to find my copy of A Chinese Torture Chamber Story so that makes five, with a runners-up tie between Virus and Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory.

I'm not entirely certain when we'll start the movie showing, but probably this weekend. Maybe tomorrow night (Friday).

~Lord Licorice


[#] New Archive Function, Delicious Articles
10:05am UTC - 10/19/2008

Man, today's been a busy day. We've already had four new articles added to the brand-new Articles section, including Schrödinger's review of an overhyped energy drink, CAPSLOCKGUY's announcement of his upcoming Let's Play: Dwarf Fortress, Purple's ramblings about game design, and MxSavior's tale of Razamon, Barbarian of the North. I haven't even had time to think about writing something myself yet, with all the articles I'm posting for people.

Some of my busy schedule included adding a new feature to the archive which likely few people will use or care about: the ability to sort archived threads by average score. This means a thread with a score of +10 out of 10 votes will appear higher on the list than a thread with +20 out of 40 votes. This required more work than it should have, but it was my own fault for coding it stupid in the first place, and it's another way to present data in a meaningful fashion so I'm happy.

Last but not least... uh. I forgot. We're going to try to watch Phantoms and Mind Warp this weekend, which should be fun. As always, you can submit articles to myself or Ruler or Purple or Jean or ... I don't think I gave Mx an email address yet but him too. One last note about the articles section is that I've added some legal licenses regarding copyright, so authors can feel safe that I'm not going to take their sweat, tears, blood and feces and use them for nefarious purposes. It's especially relevant (and the permissions especially strict) for articles regarding Game Design, so people can feel free to talk about their awesome projects without fear.

Oh, one last thing! I did end up moving Purple and Jean's articles on Exalted, Lacuna and Planescape into the actual Articles section, so if you're looking for them on the frontpage, they've been transferred over.

~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

[#] Movie Night!
03:23am UTC - 10/07/2008

So, the first sup/tg/ Horror Movie Night went off quite splendidly; we watched the original The Haunting from 1963 last night, and it was just as good as I remembered it. Our next movie night is scheduled for this evening. I'm not sure exactly what we're going to watch. I'd prefer older, public domain movies, partly because they're awesome and partly to avoid thorny legal issues; the exact same principles of watching a movie with friends in your own home and watching a movie with friends over the internet should apply, but given how copyright law has gone apeshit wild all over individuals' rights in this country there's potential for trouble. (While writing this post, I looked up "public domain" and "fair use" on Wikipedia, and it seems that everything ever forever is permanently covered depending on when it was created, if and when it was published, etc. etc. etc. ...)

If anyone knows a lawyer (real or internet) I'd be interested to know what the legal reasoning is behind allowing people in your home to watch a movie if they haven't paid for it, and how or why that wouldn't apply to internet viewing. Is all home viewing technically illegal? If I put a movie on at a party, is that legal? If someone peers in my window while I watch a movie, are they infringing copyright or am I? These questions and more, TONIGHT. Or not.

~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

[#] Maid RPG Character Generator Completed!
11:55am UTC - 10/05/2008

Hooray! It's finally done! The Maid RPG Character Generator is completed, including saving and viewing characters. This should let us record the best of the worst crazy characters we come up with. I did opt not to have a "Notes" section on each character; the characters stored on sup/tg/ for the various generators are more character summaries than fully working character sheets, so such a textbox doesn't really add anything to an entry. (Once UsuallyRandom provides a PDF character sheet, *then* players can add all the notes they want!)

Movie night was partially a success and partially a failure; on the one hand, I got it to work and just about everyone could connect with a couple exceptions, but the encoding was wrong (I used a too-low bitrate) and the audio ended up getting more and more desynchronized as time went on. I'm trying again, and hopefully tomorrow night we'll be able to watch this delicious film.

And now, I'm going to bed. We'll try to watch The Haunting again tomorrow night, probably around 1:00am EDT or so (no guarantees though). If anyone else would like to VeeJay, the steps are basically like this:

  1. Use DVD Decrypter (not ImgBurn) to rip the DVD as IFO (not ISO)
  2. Use DVDx to transcode the IFO video and audio into MPEG
  3. Use Xilisoft DVD Ripper to rip the movie straight to AVI
  4. Use NSVTool's nsvenc utility to transcode the AVI into NSV
  5. Use nsvscsrc to stream the resulting NSV to the SHOUTcast

Live streaming video's easier, since you can just select an input and stream that, but getting from DVD to SHOUTcast is a bit of a trial. If anyone has a method of transcoding the IFO or ISO directly into NSV, please let me know, because I know it must be a painful hit on the film quality to keep reconverting it like this.

Edity: I just wanted to say that the first sup/tg/ Horror Movie Night went off beautifully. The Haunting was as creepy and scary as I remembered it and the stream was wonderful. We're going to be doing something else tomorrow (Monday) night, though we're not sure what yet. I would have made a new newspost but Ruler's masterpiece deserves to be up on the page for a while longer.

~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

12:49am UTC - 10/05/2008

Oh yeah? I see your It and raise you a Thing:


You've got to be fuckin' kidding me.

Some people are afraid of clowns. Everyone is terrified of a fucking spider-head-thing. Also, Species? Pff, that wasn't scary, unless misogyny is terrifying. (Best part of the movie is where they find the guy with the needle, but it's just insulin for his diabetes; it's not like a male could possibly be evil in that shitfest and be hooked on heroin or something.) And as for House, the original was ntended to be horror-comedy; it's got too much silliness amidst the horror to have been a serious movie. (I prefer not to think about the sequel.)

The three movies I watch in rotation every Halloween are House on Haunted Hill (the remake, I didn't much like the Vincent Price original), Phantoms (based on the book by Koontz), and Event Horizon. You may roll your eyes at one or all of them, but they've each got some fucking spectacular moments. Phantoms has an empty town, brain-sucking moths, a few really good "boo" moments, and a bitchin' villain (or two). Hill has some great moments with Geoffrey Rush losing his mind, Jacob's Ladder-inspired special effects, and some pretty intense scenes (like when he's trapped in the scary-go-round, the asylum bit in the beginning, and anything with The Doctor). And, of course, Event Horizon. Haunted house in space. How can you not love that?

I completely reject the entire genre of torture-porn as "scary" because it's just idiotic. The only exception to the entire genre, which seemed to have actually started the whole mess, was the original Saw: a thriller-mystery with a brilliant plot and plenty of twists. I classify it as a thriller, not horror. The sequels basically forgot what made the first one such a smash success and all its imitators focused on the limb-removal instead of the "whodunit."

Anyway, yes, we're still on for tonight for horror movies. I'm fairly certain that SHOUTcast can stream video; I just need to get the right tools to encode a movie and then broadcast it to the SHOUTcast. Again, if anyone has any experience in doing this, please let me know as I'd love to have someone help me get this shit going as soon as possible.

~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

[#] Saturday Night is Movie Night
11:08am UTC - 10/04/2008

I keep putting it off, so tomorrow night's the night: We're going to stream some movies on the SHOUTcast or by whatever means necessary, starting with The Haunting and In the Mouth of Madness. I don't know yet exactly how to do this, although I've got a few leads in that regard. Ideally I'd like to marathon some horror movies this month, and after that we'll see what else people want. I've got a sizeable (150+) collection of public domain or abandoned movies for sharing, and we can all heckle them together.

The chargen is almost completed, I copied the tables from Javascript to PHP tonight so it's just a matter of making it save to database and retrieve it. I could even potentially do this in work tomorrow, though I've got a lot of shit to do. We'll see.

Also BEARS. Also, nice icon, Purple. I see your Freddy and raise you a Jason:



~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

[#] MaidRPG Almost Done, Streaming Video?
09:24am UTC - 10/02/2008

Feh, have to get up early tomorrow, or I'd have this done tonight... quick note, the MaidRPG chargen is almost done, I just need to finish copying the tables into PHP and saving to the database (which is set up already). I really will try to force myself to have it done tomorrow otherwise.

For October's delicious HORRORFESTAN I'd like to start playing movies for everyone via SHOUTcast or some other medium, delicious grindhouse movies like Driller Killer or public domain stuff like the original The Haunting and House on Haunted Hill and old-old-old-school shit like Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. If anyone knows the best way to accomplish this through SHOUTcast or some other application (ala /b/tv) let me know.

Also I'm making Ruler or Purple or someone update the frontpage just to get them to do it. So hopefully we can expect a post from one of them shortly. RIGHT GUYS.

~Lord Licorice

Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.

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