Feed the Beast: a Minecraft mod pack

I like the Technic Pack Minecraft mods, so I've not been very happy about the fact that they're several versions behind.  It's a little bit about new vanilla features I like, but mostly it's about the little functionality tweaks that, now that they exist, are hard to play without.  Like, it's no fun to lose the ability to shift-click armor on and off. But a new pack has come out -- the Feed the Beast pack, which comes with a load of awesome mods -- like ExtraBiomes XL, Buildcraft, Industrial Craft, and two dozen more.  It's up to date with 1.4.2, which is 0.3 updates behind, but it's still a lot better than 1.2.5.

I'm very busy today, so I was only able to spend about ten minutes playing it, having told myself it was justified because I was going to blog about it.  So, I didn't get to do much that wasn't familiar to Vanilla -- mining new kinds of ores isn't hugely more fun than mining the vanilla ores, and the biome I spawned in (Green swampland) wasn't a huge departure from the normal biomes.

But I am super looking forward to when I have more free time and I can spend a decent amount of my free time building a massive lab.  I'm thinking my first long-term goal is to build an array of nuclear reactors powerful enough to make enough uu-mater to craft a diamond a minute.  (That's one thing I'm a little disappointed about -- it looks like Equivalent Exchange hasn't been updated to the new edition, so no insanely powerful magical stuff-generators.)

Minecraft 1.3 out today

I'm over 8 hours late on this news, but Jeb tweeted this morning that the new edition of Minecraft, 1.3, came out today.  I can't wait to make sandstone stairs... I'm starting off my first trial game checking out all the new world generation options.  That means I'm turning on cheats, setting it to Large Biomes, and giving myself a bonus chest.  To balance things out so it's remotely fair, I'm also going to set it to Normal difficulty and not use too many cheats.

Day 1: When Jeb says large biomes, he is not kidding.  I'm lost in a jungle, and it's outright terrifying.  Starting with a wooden axe was great, but it's nearly broken, and I've already got myself more hungry than I have food to handle.

Night 1:  I died.  Hunger and fall damage.

I'm looking forward to playing this more, but it's tough on the computer I have access to right now.  I'm looking forward to the LAN part -- I don't have a server with my friends anymore, and I miss playing with other people.


Hi, I'm Tom.  I run a Minecraft server, as of about three hours ago, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Here are some problems I've run into so far:

  • You can't place or destroy blocks near the spawn
  • Apparently, one of my players is stuck in Creative mode
  • Oh god I have no clue what I'm doing

So, I guess what I'm doing lately is setting up my life to force me to learn a whole bunch of new skills.  Understanding computers in the form of Minecraft server running, foreign policy trying to figure out how I feel about Kony 2012, and an in-depth study of YouTube.

I really don't know what to say, apart from I don't know what I'm doing.  I don't know what I'm doing.  I don't know what I'm doing.

I'm going to go work on Chapter 5 of The Book.

This is getting to be a bad habit

I don't have a philosophy though film post for tonight.  Memento is a difficult movie, and I'm finding I'm having a lot more trouble coming up with something worthwhile to say about the movies that I do think have philosophical depth, rather than the ones I think represent fundamental bigotries or systematic slanders. On the downside, that means today is going to be a boring post.  This is in large part due to the fact that I spent most of today playing Minecraft, followed by a significant period of mourning my hardcore game by watching The Daily Show.  (I got killed by Zombie Pigmen trying to set up a blaze farm. Eff the nether.)

On the bright side (for people interested in decent content on this blog, not so much for my time-budgeting) that means tomorrow, there will be two significant posts: the Memento Philosophy through Film post, and my most recent status update on my thoughts about Joseph Kony, Invisible Children, and Africa in general -- in which I think I might be able to come to a conclusion about what I, personally, think I can do, at least for now.

Sorry about the crap post today, but tomorrow will be better.  I promise.