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Turns out that Seattle has rusty things too.

Also, to whom it concerns:

Serious, ridiculous thanks!

The colonials are being properly educated in the ways of tea...

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1. Fantastic

Posted by Llevel at 8:34AM, Friday April 3 2009

How do you find the amazing places. I want to go explore them. They look insanely interesting.

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2. Surprised

Posted by Naurgul at 9:23AM, Friday April 3 2009

Wow, an update here? I'm amazed. Anyway, thanks.

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3. Motor

Posted by fuzz at 9:30AM, Friday April 3 2009

Is that the remains of some gigantic electric motor?

Being a dirty southerner I prefer a drop of PG rather than that funny northern stuff.
(Although we're currently drinking Captain Scott's Strong blend, which is, well, much the same as normal tea)

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4. Teas

Posted by Seniath at 10:22AM, Friday April 3 2009

I must admit, I'm an Assam man, myself. Still, can't go wrong with a good cuppa, no matter the leaf used.

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5. There was a problem posting your comment. Please check for any missing fields and try again!

Posted by Sortie at 2:31PM, Friday April 3 2009

I'll get that picture of me in front of the Cardiff Melinium Center up soon. Maybe we can start some kind of world-wide photo-request service-thingey around here? Adam's already covered Seattle.

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6. Twinings Earl Grey FTW

Posted by Pace at 8:10PM, Friday April 3 2009

(did I do that right?)

Any chance the pics are inspiration/reference material for anything in particular? :)?

Sortie; looking forward to it!

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7. woh

Posted by kast at 9:13PM, Friday April 3 2009

Huge motor, alright.

Good choice with the tea. needs a good bit of tea loaf or cream scones with it, though.

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8. Mmmmh....

Posted by locworks at 9:37AM, Saturday April 4 2009


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9. Evil headcrab...

Posted by removed at 4:43PM, Saturday April 4 2009

Ooh! Yorkshire tea. Do they even sell it in Seattle?

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10. Lamar?

Posted by Kaze at 9:06AM, Monday April 6 2009

I hope the headcrab has been "fixed" for your sake.


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11. You have been tagged on Maxsi!

Posted by Sortie at 10:29PM, Monday April 6 2009

Turns out the dear Doctor was wrong. Horribly wrong.


In case you haven't guessed, that's the oft-requested picture of me in front of the Cardiff Millenium Centre. Sorry, I didn't do anything silly at the time. (Although it was very amusing to run around the Welsh underground mines while drunk; claiming they were built by Hobbits, which isn't that far away from the truth anyways.)

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12. Heh

Posted by Lord_Baz at 6:38PM, Wednesday April 8 2009

Come on, The colonials know how to make tea, I mean that's what the boston tea party was for? I mean if you don't like tea why would you make an ocean sized serving?

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13. Wales Millenium Centre

Posted by Pace at 11:41PM, Wednesday April 8 2009

Nice! Man I wish I knew how to use photoshop or the gimp or something. MS Paint is about as far as I get.

Alrighty then, it took me awhile to dig this out, but here's my response:
It's a bit tricky to tell, but I can assure you, I'm being quite silly. (check out my fancy photo-editing skills, eh?)

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14. Re: Wales Millenium Centre

Posted by Sortie at 12:05AM, Thursday April 9 2009

Oooh, I've been there! Also, it's awesome GIMP-Editing skills. Who needs an underpaid pirated version of Adobe Photoshop when you got a lovely GPL released tool that allows me to do the basically same thing?

Any reason why there is a particular red circle about a bunch of people on your photo?

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15. clarification

Posted by Pace at 2:08AM, Thursday April 9 2009

Ah sorry, that wasn't clear. That was me. In that circle. I'm in the circle in the picture doing something silly in front of the Wales Millenium Centre. Or, such is my claim. (some may call that claim into question, and perhaps may also question whether or not I've ever even been to Wales. But don't listen to them. I'm in there. And I'm doing something quite silly.)

Glad it sounds like you had a good time. To me the Welsh accent (speaking English) sounds a lot like a Scottish accent, so, um, therefore they must be pretty cool there. Or something. Or rather, they ARE, since I'd know. Having been there.

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16. Horray!

Posted by Nightshade at 12:44PM, Thursday April 9 2009

The site has been updated! This makes GLaDness foster in my heart!

I too, am curious about the choice of background on the monitor. Obviously Adam spent some thought setting up the shot, what with the positioned headcrab and delicious Yorkshire Tea... what could it mean?

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17. the box

Posted by Omega at 8:30AM, Tuesday April 14 2009

Anyone been following up on the "What's in the Box?" ARG? Seems like something Adam would make...

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18. Bungie

Posted by SPARTAN-052 at 11:29AM, Tuesday April 14 2009

Have you had a chance to visit Bungie yet, Adam?

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19. Bloody spam

Posted by fuzz at 5:01PM, Tuesday April 14 2009

Adam, or anyone else that has mod rights in the forum, some bloody spam bot has got loose and sprayed rubbish around in there.
(ps, the ones with cyrillic titles are full of pr0n so NSFW!)

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20. De-spaminated

Posted by Cargo Cult at 6:49PM, Tuesday April 14 2009

Spam users deleted, forum decontaminated, and systems upgraded to the latest phpBB. I'll see if I can enforce a more powerful CAPTCHA thinger too - these bleddy Cylons get everywhere...

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21. um, ah...

Posted by Pace at 11:11PM, Tuesday April 14 2009

ahem.. hate to say this, but, um, errr, *cough cough* *nudge nudge*

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22. Another batch...

Posted by locworks at 12:14AM, Wednesday April 15 2009

... processed.

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23. De-Cylonised again ...

Posted by Cargo Cult at 5:21AM, Wednesday April 15 2009

... and reCAPTCHA support hacked in.

(It's worked beautifully for the blog-beast, so it may well protect the forum too...)

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24. ++

Posted by fuzz at 11:34AM, Wednesday April 15 2009

cor, that was quick! Cheeky spam monkeys.

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25. Phwoar...

Posted by locworks at 1:16PM, Wednesday April 15 2009

I mean, look at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30198977/

Have they found a way to "[...] corral a stream of superheated plasma from geosynchronous orbit down to ground level"?

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26. Re: Phwoar...

Posted by Sortie at 3:12PM, Wednesday April 15 2009

I'd amazed this is possible, I really look forward to seeing it in action in 2016. On another note, turns out what Minerva blew up wasn't a combine island but rather a PG&E ground facillity. Ooops?

Looking at the titles.txt, Metastasis takes place on the 15th October 2009. That's soon. Can we expect some kind of update? If so, did I ruin it by posting this comment? (Or does the blog-beast blog comments like this?)

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27. Re: Re: Phwoar...

Posted by Omega at 10:41PM, Wednesday April 15 2009

Oh good job Minerva...

The article was pretty sweet though. A good read.

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Posted by Actaeon at 9:32PM, Thursday April 16 2009

I realize you guys may be tired of this, but, the WHAT'S IN THE BOX site has been updated. It now features an extremely short film in the form of a newsflash, some newspaper articles, and a cryptic password box. When typing "help" in the box, it says "high contrast". Upon boosting your monitor's contrast you will find that a password is written in the dark background. However, it doesn't work. At least not with me.

Also something I discovered: http://babel-research.eu/
Notice the Black Mesa and Aperture Science logos in the bottom. I tried logging in here with the password, but that didn't work either.

I like it though. It's cryptic, punishingly hard, and interesting. Like MINERVA. I recommend all acolytes to see what they can do with their no doubt carefully honed puzzle-solving skills.

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Posted by Sortie at 10:26PM, Thursday April 16 2009

Puzzles? Oh god. Sleep is such a terible waste of time!

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30. Babel Research

Posted by Baffled at 12:12AM, Friday April 17 2009

This guy seems to have worked most of it out:


It seems fiendishly complicated, well beyond my limited expertise / patience.

Sleep, Sortie, is *never* a waste of time ;-).

Now that you have posted a comment on this otherwise forsaken blog, Adam, and thus proven that you haven't died or suffered some hideous accident that prevents you from typing, might you grace us with some commentary on your new life?

It can't all be top-secret-non-disclosure-or-Valve-will-do-horrid-things-to-you stuff!

How are you getting on?

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Posted by Sortie at 10:53PM, Friday April 17 2009

Sleep is a terrible waste of time when there are online puzzles. And when I had to do some homework to tomorrow, but was too tired to do it, and somehow managed make a presentation of the topic without being prepared.

I'll check out these links once I have posted this comment, seems that the guys who made that video also are brilliant at viral campaigns. Awesome!

Oh and there are some photoes of dead antlions, buggys used by rebels to drive to Nova Prospect, and some lazy dogs, all taken in Mexico and uploaded on Adam's FlicR page! Oh and some nature too!

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32. 2 Sick - State Orders 32 Million Face Masks

Posted by LuaPineapple at 9:29PM, Tuesday May 12 2009

Hummmm..... 2 sick..... 32 million face masks.. 2 sick..... Hummmm... I guess either they must know something I don't or they're morons.

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33. Why did it bring my comment to the wrong article?

Posted by LuaPineapple at 9:31PM, Tuesday May 12 2009

Fracking system, moving it over, sorry for the bother people. :(

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34. It posted the comment to the wrong article because...

Posted by Cargo Cult at 7:25AM, Wednesday May 13 2009

... you posted the comment to the wrong article?

68.*.*.* - - [12/May/2009:20:29:39 +0100] "POST /minerva/blogsheep.php?action=commentpost&id=87 HTTP/1.1" 302 - "http://www.hylobatidae.org/minerva/blogsheep.php?action=articleinfo&id=87" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.1b4) Gecko/20090423 Firefox/3.5b4"

(And there was me trying to track down possible bugs in the dear old blog-beast by peering at Apache's logs. I've now hacked in the article name into comment forms, to reduce the risk of future befuddlement. Carry on! ;-) )

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35. Re: It posted the comment to the wrong article because...

Posted by Sortie at 6:50PM, Wednesday May 13 2009

How about an option to delete your comment if it's the lastest post posted and is recent, and how about some fancy method to edit your comments?

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36. Out of Time

Posted by Sortie at 8:58PM, Wednesday May 20 2009

Oh and now that Adam is fired from Valve ( see http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=2519 ), perhaps we can get some more work done on MINERVA: Out of Time?

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37. I'm not so sure

Posted by chiasaur11 at 10:37PM, Wednesday May 20 2009

I'm pretty sure that was Jay Pinkerton doing the firing. The style matches up perfectly with Jay's plans for if he ever ran a company.

And I'm less clear if he actually can fire people. Walker, sure, but the bylaws regarding Pinkerton disguised as Walker are less clear.

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38. RSS Feeds

Posted by Sortie at 2:22PM, Monday May 25 2009

After careful investigation, I have come to the conclusion that the FlicR RSS Feed updates before the Hylobatidae RSS Feed does. Oh well.

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