I’ve been having a on and off issues with my PS4 ejecting disks while playing, and even from standby. It’s been little of an issue, although in-turn it has been a catalyst to me pulling the power cord from the rear of the console to keep it powered down. This in turn has lead to the screen that I’m sure you all know well, warning that closing of the console…

My son has completed all of Paw Patrol: On a Roll, picking up all pup treats, dissed there’s no platinum trophy! This as increased his interest in other games. He’s quite fond of Farm Simulator, and driving tractors into water, then walking around as his chosen avatar. This motivated me to introduce him to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Disovery, he’s now parkouring, galloping, and sailing around ancient Greece. I’m really impressed…

#GhostOfTsushima meep pic.twitter.com/vp11pdoR7Q — Cobra Kai Yoga (@DataAugmented) August 29, 2020 Finished the main story of Ghost of Tsushima last night; great story, combat & open World adventure… it was cheap too for a new title; not sure if that was to encourage people to buy due to Covid, or that the console is coming to the end of its lifespan, or maybe the studio isn’t gouging as much profit…

I never much recognise the improvements that are rolled out with WordPress releases, but this one it truly useful; plugins now have the option to auto update 🙂 This closes a potential security hole, although guess there’s also the chance that any updates could break a site :p Good news on the day NZ enters lockdown again, let’s see how long this lasts this time!

Reading a Reddit post about new a new version of nano being releases, and between the vi/vim sysadmin comments someone mentioned how nano keyboard shortcuts can be edited 🙂 I’ve tried vim many times, and the commands don’t feel intuitive, nano has been the editor I’ve fallen back on since first using Linux; pico as it was known back when I used it at Uni on Unix. Even though I’ve…

ML does Mario

08/02/2020

I came across a model that intrigued me enough to trial last night, a machine learning model that speed runs through Super Mario Brothers, cool eh? Here’s the git uvipen/Super-mario-bros-PPO-pytorch Introduction Here is my python source code for training an agent to play super mario bros. By using Proximal Policy Optimization (PPO) algorithm introduced in the paper Proximal Policy Optimization Algorithms paper. Talking about performance, my PPO-trained agent could complete…

Enter player 2

07/31/2020

Yesterday morning my Son was watching a stream on his ipad of someone playing a Mario game on the Switch. We chatted about it, I’ve introduced him to it in the past, with little interest on his part. Then he requested that we play Mario! I’ve been waiting for this day! 🙂 Now don’t get me wrong, he does enjoy games… although usually watching me play; saying this the only…

ghost of tsushima

07/31/2020

2020 has been a crazy year, and we’re only just over 6 months through this ride! Excited to see what the rest of the year brings with NZ, US elections and referendums… & Cyberpunk 2077; did I let slip how much I’m looking forward to it? 🙂 To tide me over until then I’ve another AAA title that I tried not to build up prior to launch, but I’m now…

Not sure why I haven’t got around to writing any shell commands / scripts in the past… here’s my first Bash :p Here’s an alias to check which country my VPN is connected to in 3 steps: ifconfig.me call to set IP address to a variable shows the IP address checks the IP variable on whois truncates the output to the ‘address’ output to see location alias whoami=’todays_ip=$(curl ifconfig.me) &&…

Tired of the games I was bouncing between I’ve settled on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey today & am enjoying it as much as the early games in the series. I wanted to enjoy it before, but couldn’t quite get a hang of the combat. However switching to the ‘alternate’ style seems to have done the trick now I have got the hang of countering. Off to explore the Greek islands 🙂