Monday, October 24, 2011


We now have a semi-regular Mind the Gap podcast! Check it out:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Harrison's Mind - Episode 3

Harrison's Mind - Episode 3

Huzza! I FINALLY finished Episode 3 of Harrison's Mind. That took forever and it was entirely my fault. I kept chipping away at it but found it hard to make time for more than an hour or so which ended up being very unproductive. I blame my girl-friend. XD

Well, not really, I've been super, super busy (as usual) and had lots of other things keep getting in the way. Plus, I kept agreeing to help people out with various projects which had deadlines greater than my own. Oh well, all that's behind me and hopefully I'll be able to work on these episodes more frequently. Don't expect them every week (or even every month) but more than one a year, that's for sure. I'll keep you guys updated on the progress of Episode 4.


P.S. For those people who wonder why I don't update this blog as often. I make lots more updates on Facebook and save this for the longer winded posts. Check out our Facebook page for more mind stuff.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Animated Barney's Mind

A skilled fan just created an animated Barney's Mind video! It's wonderfully done and hilarious from start to finish! He's also made a Freeman's Mind animated video and is planning to create more. Check it out:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Interview with GLaDOS (Ellen McLain)

Interview with GLaDOS (Ellen McLain)

Caboos15 (who has interviewed Ross Scott, myself, and the other mind makers) interviewed Ellen McLain who does the voice of the HL2 Combine Overwatch Dispatch, the TF2 announcer, and GLaDOS in Portal 1 and 2. Also, her husband is the sniper in TF2 and the generic HL2 citizen.

So, yeah, check it out. TOTALLY worth the 45 minutes if you're a Portal fan. You'll learn some interesting details.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Meeting of the Minds 2 - Ross Scott Edition

So, here's the audio from the latest Meeting of the Minds with Cpt. Cool, Krimsin, CyhAnide, Curtis, Simon, Pirate, and Ross Scott.

Download mp3 of Meeting of the Mind 2
Watch the Video on YouTube

I figured I'd give you guys all a treat and put it up here first before I get it on YouTube and this way you can also download it for listening on your iPods and other media devices. Feel free to take it and redistribute it as you want, just give us credit or a link back here. Don't worry about telling Ross Scott about it, by the time you read this he should already have a copy.

As I'm sure we all did, I really enjoyed getting a chance to talk with Ross. He's a great guy to talk with in person and this was definitely a treat. Enjoy almost 2 hours of Ross Scott and the "Master Minds" talking, rambling, answering questions, and generally having a good time.

YouTube video of the Meeting of the Minds coming soon, too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cool's update, because I'm lazy...

If anyone reads my blog and not Cpt. Cool's check out his most recent post for updates on upcoming awesome things and a new regular member of our "Master Mind" antics.

More details to follow shortly, sorry that I haven't been around big things are happening behind the scenes. Very big. Can't say any more.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Everyone remember that platform?

Hey, remember this video:

and this post:

Anyway, I just wanted to give a long overdue update on that platform (assuming it's actually interesting). The new platform has been finished for almost 6 months now and I've had a bunch of pictures of it's construction on my desktop at work and I figured I should share them. Pictures:

This drawings shows my overall design for the platform. Notice how there have been some significant changes over the original design pictures I posted earlier.

The first of the new steel columns to be put in.

Oh noes! It's a platform 50 feet off the ground and it's got no handrails! XD I had to use a harness whenever I went out there.

The old platform.
The new stairway.

The new platform, almost complete (still lacking handrails).

This is a new girder truss I designed that spans almost 40 feet. I had to carefully design it to both support the load of the platform and allow that pipe to travel through it.

The top of the new platform. Still needs some grating on the far end.

More of the new platform.

The underside.

Closeup of the end of the truss.

Closeup of the grating.

The last section to need grating.

Showing the connection of the lateral bracing and the top of the new truss.

I got that pipe perfectly positioned using nothing but a tape measure, go me!
So, yeah, that's the platform. There were a few minor problems with my design (a pipe in the way here, a small change needed there) but overall it was perfect and was installed in only a few weeks. The final platform cost something around $80,000.

In other news, I'm super busy. Well, that isn't news I suppose, that's been the case for the past 7 months it seems. However, I'm now even more busy than that. I'm trying really hard to get this all done ASAP so I can get Harrison's Mind - Episode 3 done. I really, really want to finish that episode so much. Thank you everyone for waiting patiently.

P.S. Also, I haven't forgotten about that webcomic I started. I've had half of the first comic done for weeks now but vowed not to work on it until I finish Episode 3.

P.P.S. If any of you are wondering CyhAnide has told me that, yes, it's likely she will do a mind series of Portal 2. However, she obviously still has to finish Portal 1 so, please, don't bug her about either one.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Computer - Part 2

So, new computer is all assembled and running wonderfully. Crazy speed, windows 7 is great, lots of good stuff. HL2 and L4D2 look great in 3D, tried a bunch of demos such as Arkahm Asylum and it runs them all super smoothly in fantastic 3D. Picked up a copy of Just Cause 2 and that has to be the most entertaining game for 3D I've tried yet. Love it so much, gonna play some more after this.

Sandra benchmarks:

Combined Score - 766

Combined Score - 70.92 GOPS
Dhrystone iSSE4.2 - 103.3 GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3 - 48.71 GFLOPS

Combined Score - 130.43 MPix/s
Inter-Core Bandwidth - 8 GB/s
Inter-Core Latency - 44.2 ns

Combined Score - 17.23 GB/s

Aggregate Shader Performance - 52.64 Mpix/s
Native Float Shaders - 105 MPix/s
Emulated Double Shaders - 26.39 MPix/s

Aggregate Memory Performance - 22.55 GB/s
Internal Memory Bandwidth - 100.14 GB/s
Data Transfer Bandwidth - 5 GB/s

Aggregate Shader Performance - 440.6 MPix/s
Native Float Shaders - 1.3 GPix/s
Native Double Shaders - 149 MPix/s

Drive Score - 109.28 MB/s

Pictures of the build:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Computer - Part 1

SO! Big new guys. I just played with Teh...

Okay, enough of that.

But my other big news is that I have recently purchased the parts for a brand new PC! Named by Cyh it shall be called the Jolly Roger (continuing the obligatory pirate naming scheme where my desktop is PiratesCove and my lappy is PirateShip). I'm SUPER excited about it, mostly because I've been agonizing over parts for the past month or so and it's cost me a lot.

Total price tag (not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones) is a little over $1,400 (US).

Yeah, that's a lot but it's been LONG overdue as my current desktop is just about to become 7 years old in about two months (excluding the video card which is only about 2 years old...but it's a semi-yucky AGP card so it still sucks). Plus, it's worth it, I bet I'll be able to upgrade this thing to be a great PC for the next 2 years at least and, as my current system shows (for which I paid about the same price back in 2004), I'll probably be able to keep this system playing the latest and greatest games for at least another 5 years or so.

Anyway, enough back-story, you guys just wanna see the shiny stuff, right? The computer will be a state-of-the-art PC, there's really not much more power I could squeak out of this without going really ridiculous and spending another $1,000.

First off, the case: Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 - $99.99

A nice case with 4 large fans which should have a great balance between noise and cooling. I may pick up a fan controller for the top two if they prove to be too noisy. I love the cable management at the bottom of the case and it should look great with the black and blue MSI mobo (below).

The motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) - $164.99

This one took some fighting with as all the motherboards using the P67 chipsets were recalled earlier this year for a problem with the 3 gb/s SATA ports. It wasn't a "OMG my board is ruined now" problem, but I'm glad they recalled it. However, it meant stocks are limited and I had to wait until now to buy everything.

The CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $224.99

This is what I'm most excited about. The Sandy Bridge CPU's offer about a 25% performance increase over the Nehalem i5s with only a $20 price increase. In addition, the K-series (unlocked) i5 is EXTREMELY overclockable. Most people are reporting OCing the i5-2500K to 4.3-4.5 Ghz with stock heatsinks and only minor voltage tweaking. Plus, since it's unlocked, I can OC the CPU and the RAM/GPU separately. This will be really useful later on in the life of this PC.

The GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $259.99

I was kinda on the wire about what to get for the GPU but I knew I wanted an nVidia card so that I can use their 3D Vision system (below). I eventually settled on the GTX 560 Ti as it offered very nice benchmarks at a fairly reasonable price. I chose the EVGA version for their customer service and quality (and looks) even though the Overclocked Gigabyte 560 Ti has about 10% more performance at the same cost.

The RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4 GB - $84.99 (total)

Again on the wire about this one but after looking at prices I decided on the slightly lower speed PC3-10666 RAM and got 8 GB (vs. 4 GB) of it in two sticks to take advantage of the dual-channel motherboard. I was hesitant about the color choice (red in an effectively all blue and black desktop case) but decided that a little splash of red wouldn't hurt. The only thing that worries me still is that the higher heat-spreaders might contact a larger CPU fan if I decided to upgrade and OC my CPU. If it does then I guess I could just go watercooled. :D

The PSU: Corsail Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX PSU - $99.99

I think this one I might have goofed on. It's perfect for what I need right now but I'm wondering if it wouldn't have been worth it to get another hundred watts or so. If I get another video card down the road and SLI it with the 560 Ti then it would be really annoying to suddenly be short 50 watts and have to get a new PSU. Either way this is a great PSU with PLENTY of amps on the 12v rail and enough watts to power plenty of externals.

The nVidia 3D Vision System: NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit - $124.99

This is going to be the real stand-out thing on my new PC. About a year ago I purchased a 120 hz LCD monitor with the intent of purchasing this kit when I bought a new PC. Since then more reviews about how great this is have been posted and the price has come down a lot (~$200 when I first looked at it). So, I'm super excited to see what L4D2 and HL2 look like in 3D. I loved the 3D on Avatar so I highly, highly doubt I'll be in the minority of people who find these 3D glasses give them headaches. In the future I may hook up a blue-ray drive to the PC and get Avatar 3D whenever it comes out Samsung and Fox stop being idiots.

The Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30 Watt 2.1 Speakers - $32.99

My old desktop speakers are dying. I could fix them but I really don't care to since speakers are so cheap. Also, since I'll now have two desktops it makes sense to have two sets of speakers. I didn't go crazy with speakers though, mostly because I play games at night a lot and speakers bother the downstairs neighbors. However, I wanted ones with decent quality as whenever I'm home during weekends I love to crank the sound on a good song/movie.

The other stuff:
  • 1 TB WD Green SATA2 HDD - $69.99
  • 500 GB WD Caviar Black SATA3 HDD - $59.99
  • ASUS SATA DVD/CD RW drive - $18.99
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - $139.99
  • LOGISYS UV Cold Cathode - $4.99
 I should have everything by Friday and I'll probably get it all assembled and running some time this weekend.