MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

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I'm sorry. I'm so very sorry.

For science?

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1. Oh Adam, you're such a tease

Posted by Blandford at 7:18AM, Monday November 7 2011

Now get back to working on Ep 3.

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2. Hardware

Posted by Sortie at 9:09AM, Monday November 7 2011

Oh, that's cool. What kind of hardware did you use to construct it?

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3. This looks like a lunchtime discussion between physics majors run amok

Posted by Pace at 4:44AM, Tuesday November 8 2011

I think we need to zoom in a bit on the voltage scale. If we want to see a correlation. Are we looking for a correlation? I think I see a correlation. Hmm, we need a thermocouple in there too... I'm not sure that sucker's gonna last till spring..

Sortie there's a link to the hardware setup on that page. Such as it is.

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4. :(

Posted by Świrek at 7:11AM, Tuesday November 8 2011

poor potato.

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5. Light-sensitive potato

Posted by Cargo Cult at 4:06AM, Thursday November 10 2011

I left a bright light pointing at the spud for a while. Voltage has gone up to 0.73V from 0.68V.

Aim was to get it to sprout. Result was discovering a source of limitless clean energy. Oops.

(I suspect the Arduino's analogue-to-digital converter is temperature-dependent, or something.)

Hardware? Arduino Ethernet, micro-SD card, VC0706 TTL serial JPEG camera. Software written by me, based on a crappy Arduino webcam thing I wrote coupled with remnants of the Flickr photoset RSS feed script thingy.

I do hope it starts sprouting.

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6. But how do you know it's a girl potato?

Posted by Pace at 7:37AM, Friday November 11 2011

Go on, admit it, you've named the potato haven't you?

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7. Well, there's an easy solution.

Posted by chiasaur11 at 11:04PM, Thursday November 17 2011

Don't name test subjects. You might get attached.

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8. attached

Posted by Świrek at 9:09AM, Friday November 18 2011

That's what Minerva said :)
Bastard Perseus.

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9. Which is a name

Posted by chiasaur11 at 8:34AM, Monday November 21 2011

Thus the whole problem.

Now Durandal, he knew how to handle these things. Of course, even he got sentimental in the end.

Saving humanity for no direct benefit. Honestly.

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10. Has anyone ever noticed...

Posted by pox at 5:26AM, Thursday December 15 2011

how much the portal from Minerva....


...looks like ATLAS from the LHC?


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11. Re: Has anyone ever noticed...

Posted by Sortie at 9:10PM, Thursday December 15 2011

So that's what the Combine was doing under that island. To think such an advanced alien race is yet to discover the grand unified theory of life, the universe, and everything.

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12. New photos!

Posted by Świrek at 12:30PM, Friday December 23 2011

Awesome! great atmosphere

(A little offtopic here, but i want to share with this information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc&feature=player_embedded )

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13. The latest pictures

Posted by chiasaur11 at 7:48AM, Monday January 9 2012

I'm worried.

Adam used a cipher...

it was rot 13. Something isn't right here.

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14. *coff*

Posted by fuzz at 8:01PM, Tuesday January 17 2012

Just going to leave this here where it might get noticed...

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15. 503

Posted by Świrek at 6:23PM, Friday January 20 2012

That was awesome :)

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16. RE: the latest pictures

Posted by db at 10:23AM, Sunday January 29 2012

It's a substitution cipher. Decrypted:

After obtaining the appropriately complex rotor settings necessary for negotiating Milton Keynes' endless roundabouts, a visit to Bletchley Park. Reconstructions of 1940s computing! A world of strange things borrowed from GCH~! A peculiarly ramshackle Victorian mansion surrounded by semi-derelict huts! Secrets everywhere!

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17. Re:RE: the latest pictures

Posted by chiasaur11 at 9:22PM, Tuesday January 31 2012

I decrypted it quickly enough. As I said, ROT 13.

That's the worrisome part. When has solving a Foster puzzle been that easy?

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18. Re: *coff*

Posted by Pace at 4:43AM, Wednesday February 1 2012

Personally, I'd be willing to settle for an update on our potato. Our Mrs. Potato. (Kori, I've decided, fyi.) Whatever has become of her?

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19. Potato update

Posted by Cargo Cult at 10:06AM, Friday February 24 2012

Was insufficiently sprouty, hardware got commandeered for a grandiose timelapse project.

Another potato at the office is splendidly sprouty, if insufficiently instrumented.

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