My Birthday

My birthday was on April 25.  It was a lot of fun.  I had planned to have a party with some friends on April 24, but they couldn’t come.  I still had plenty of fun.  In the morning,  It was a typical day.  I did chores and took care of Walter.  The only thing that wasn’t normal in the morning, was that we baked cupcakes.  That was basic too, just mixing various flowers together, adding liquids, and putting it in the oven.  I was taking care of Walter when Mom and Jack made the frosting.  Then, I put the frosting on the cupcakes.  After that was done, Mom arranged everything very nicely and we opened presents after taking some pictures.

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Getting ready to open presents.

I was starting to open a birthday card when Pastor Beutel who had a giant present for me.  Even though it featured several trash bags, duct tape, and rope, I liked his wrapping job.  in the first layer, I found a card.  It had a dancing monkey and played a electronic version of “Happy Birthday to You.”  Walter liked that.  Then I dug deeper into the package.  Two layers later, I found a quadcopter.  It had a 2MP camera and several other nice things.  I opened the rest of my birthday cards.  there were 3 cards to open.  Then it was time to open presents.  I started with the flat and highly rectangular one, and revealed a gaming keyboard and mouse combo.  Then I opened up a 8-port gigabit network switch, then a lens for my homemade monster led light.  After that I opened the main thing:  A GTX 950.  I helped pay for it, so I knew it was coming.

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The stuff I got for my birthday.

While we were opening presents, my pizza came.  So because we were done opening presents, we ate pizza and chips.  Then we had cupcakes.  Of course we sang happy birthday.

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Unable to put video here due to copyrighting of “Happy Birthday to You.”

The cupcakes were very good.  Then I went downstairs to my workshop, and installed my network switch in its preset place.  Then I installed the new graphics card.  I had just enough time to benchmark it.  Then we did our usual Monday afternoon skating.  It was a good workout.  When we got home, I cleaned up my pc setup, and played on it.  It was great compared to my old GPU.  The most the old one ever got was 60 fps.   Thew new one gets 200+ fps with optifine, and 20-30 fps optifine and shaders.  The only game I have played on it is Minecraft.  I had alot of fun on Monday, and really enjoy my new stuff.

Here are a couple more pictures:

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Jack is lighting my candles.
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Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
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Just the Mouse.
Graphics card
GTX 950

Talk to you later!

Creepercraft 1.0 – The Minecraft server of Thomas Duke

Hello, today, I am proud to announce my Minecraft server launch!  I have worked hard on it, and I think it is ready to go public.  It is called Creepercraft, with only five staff members including myself.  While the server may seem lame, I have major plans for it.  One thing I think various servers fail to do is to tell their users that donations are important.  How else would big servers run.  My current 12 player server plan costs $3/mo.  A bigger plan might cost up to $20/mo.  So, in theory, I would need 5 MVP users on a monthly plan, or lifetime MVP to pay for a 100 slot server.  That brings us to rank prices.  I have two ranks that will be for sale, MVP and VIP.  MVP will be $5/mo or $20 Lifetime.  VIP will be $2/mo and $10 lifetime.  What is on my server?  My server will have Factions, Peaceful Survival, Creative, Parkour. and more.  The spawn is built by me and my friend and moderator, Galaxy_man66.  I think the spawn looks great.  All the other info you will need can be found at the Creepercrft Website

By the way, People who join during the first week get $1M in-game money.  Thanks for reading and see you on the server.

Olympus Ws-821 digital voice recorder review

Hello, Today I will be telling you all about the Olympus Ws-821 digital voice recorder.  It is highly lightweight, and has several features.  It requires one AAA battery to run.  It has decent battery life and a standard user interface for everything.  On the front, you have an LCD, Record button, Stop button, Volume + button, Volume – button, Rewind button, Fast forward button, Erase button, List button, F1 button, F2 button, Menu button, and a recording light.  The LCD is backlit for ten seconds once you press a button.  On the back of the device, there is an odd shaped cover for the single AAA battery and a micro SD card.  On the top of it, there is a Headphone jack, Microphone jack, and a pair of microphones for stereo recording.  On the side, there are two sliders, one is the hold/power slider, and the other one makes a usb plug pop in and out of the device.  The recorder has 2 GB of internal storage.  The price for this is around $60 at the time of me writing this.  The audio sounds great for that price.  There is not that much static at all,  and the audio sounds clear.  It does, however, make bigger areas sound like a much bigger area.  Overall, I’d say this recorder is 10/10 and if $60 is your budget, then you should get this.

Tomtrax 7

Tomtrax is my personal tracklist of music I am currently into.  one tomtrax list is 45-80 minutes long.

Tomtrax 1-6 have unknown  dates

Tomtrax 7 was made on April 7, 2016 and has 17 tracks.  All Monstercat.

Tomtrax 7 tracklist

Track – Artist

The Force – Halo Nova

Game Changer – Day One

Laguana – Eminence

The Other Day – Insan3Lik3

Bad Pitched – Insan3Lik3

Top Of the World – Stephen Walking

Android – Obsidia

Formless – Feint

Dust Devil – Muzzy

Backlash – Noisestorm

Breakdown – Noisestorm

Renegade – Noisestorm

Disconnected – Pegboard Nerds

Follow Me – Tristam

I Remember – Tristam

 Who we Are – Tristam

The Alchemest’s Nightmare – Varien

Easily convert any Youtube to mp3! http://www.theyoump3.com/  I love this service and think they deserve that shoutout.

That’s all for now!

Terraria – It’s like Minecraft and Super Mario Brothers Combined

Terraria – It’s like Minecraft and Super Mario Brothers Combined

Well, It was a $10 well spent.  Well, What else could I possibly say in one sentence?  Terraria is a game that seems to me like Minecraft and Super Mario Bros. combined.  I mean, I’ve only had this game for like 3 days, and I have seen so much.  It is 2D with so much to do.  I like this describing quote from the Steam page

“Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game.!”

There is plenty of information on the official Terraria website as well.  My first thoughts are upon seeing the game in a video are, “That game looks epic!”  I mean most videos about Terraria show epic fights and cool weapons.  It also runs on a laptop from 2010.  That laptop hardly runs anything stressful anymore.  The first goal of the game is the same as Minecraft.  Get wood, and build shelter before night.  You also have an npc that spawns.  He will search for shelter at night.  He defines shelter as a properly walled, roofed, and door’d up shelter with a table and chair inside it.  If you play Minecraft, once you survive your first night, you will be thinking, “This is alot like Minecraft, I should make a mine.”  Well that thought is as false as at may seem true.  While it is true that there are useful materials below the surface, you want to get below the surface through caves.  But beware,  caves are the home of monsters, And loot that you get in reward for killing them.  Caves are full of structures that hold things from statues of monsters to chests of loot.  There are TONS of items, too many to name.  I have not even scratched the surface of this game. There are different landscapes throughout the game.  You spawn in a forest like area.  to the left is the desert, and to the right is Antartica.  This is, for small worlds.  When you log off of the game, you teleport to your spawn point.  So build your house over that point.  This review has only scratched the surface of the game.  The rest is yours to discover.

My name is Thomas Duke, Thank you for reading this review of Terraria.

P.S. Did I say that Terraria has an epic soundtrack? Because it does.

My Thoughts on Minecraft 1.9

Well, as we all know, Minecraft came out with 1.9 about a month ago.  It was codenamed The Combat Update.  Lets see why.  (Official Release notes can be found here.)

It has the key features of updating pvp, adding shields, special arrows, changing armor values, and adding attack delay to weapons.  There are also a couple updates revolving around the End dimension.  I have not explored those yet.  The pvp part is huge.  It changes the way pvp works.  It also makes hacking harder with the attack delay.  What the attack delay does is makes it so that if you double-click with a sword in hand, it makes it so the first hit is normal and then adds a recharge bar under the crosshairs.  This recharge bar is not very long, but it makes it so that until it fully recharges, your attacks are worth less.  This means that triggerbot and killaura hacks no longer work very well.

The special arrows are very simple.  There is the specteral arrow.  This makes it so you see the outline of recently hit targets through blocks. (Unless they’re shifting) This I find useful for forest pvp.  There are also tipped arrows. These can contain potion effects.

There is now the ability to hold two items.  There are limits, however.  A good use for this feature would be to hold a shield in the off-hand and as sword in the main.  When you left click, your main hand will hit with a sword.  When you right click, your off hand will block with the shield.  I do not know any crafting recipes yet, but here is my favorite crafting website.  Another Important fact before i vanish into the dust is that Minecraft 1.9 and 1.9.2 servers are not backwards compatible.  SO don’t plan to run optifine 1.9.0 on your private 1.9.2 server.  Thank you for reading my thoughts on Minecraft 1.9

Western Digital Elements 750 GB Review

Hello,  My name is Thomas Duke.  I will be reviewing the Western Digital Elements 750 GB External harddrive.  Overall, I think it is an awesome drive.  It is usb 3.0.  I use it for backup, file transfer, and general storage.  It performs well all around, getting speeds of about 100 MB/s.  Here are some pros and cons:

Pros

  • Smaller than most External HDDs
  • 750 GB
  • Fast
  • Usb 3.0

 

Cons

  • Less user repairable
  • included cable is only about 1 foot

 

Tests:

It achieves Read and Write speeds of about 106 MB/s in tests.  I have observed an average of 90-100 MB/s in real world use.

Overall, 9/10 Drive. totally worth getting.