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 🙂

I checked Pi-Hole a couple of days back as my Twitter impressions have strangely peaked… then dropped away… I had 3 Pi-Hole updates to install, but each failed 🙁 Turns out I’ve been running this Raspberry Pi for so long that I was 2 releases behind current, still on jessie, so I’ve been on a mission to update. It’s a timely process, fingers crossed it looks to be going OK…

How time flies when you’re having fun, we’re personally really blessed to live in a safe bit of the World, with more than enough space, and access to nature… thoughts with those in more challenging environments. I’ve regrettably bought a digital copy of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, would have really liked a hard copy, but you know things been what they are… sure there will be enough cheap versions knocking…

Seeing that Uncharted 4 is being given away to PSN users for April, I thought I’d play the preceding Uncharted games first 🙂 I’ve always considered Naughty Dog titles to be a little too linear for my liking, let’s see how this assumption weighs up. Nevertheless, I’m up for giving the first trilogy a while, always heard great things about it; my games buyer use to describe it as a…

Terence McKenna’s Time Wave Zero concrescence, time speeding up So much happening hard to believe it’s nearly the end of March Maybe this is time passing quickly to compensate for the slow passage that will commence from today 23rd March 2021, when we as a family began our COVID19 self isolation https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/kiwis-go-home-new-zealand-to-go-into-month-long-lockdown-to-fight-coronavirus Everything seems crazy and beyond satire with Trump, and Borris on other side of the Atlantic. Civil Wars,…