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Can I call myself a web developer now?

Posted in Site News on April 23, 2012 by paul

So, I exported my posts, deleted the old DB, backed up and nuked the old root directory, did a new WP install, imported my posts and comments, re-uploaded only the image files from my upload backup, and set the theme. Now we wait to see what breaks. I still don’t have much time to play these days, but in the mean time: Take that, you Viagra-peddling spammy hacky Russian bastards! Come at me, comrade!

Changes

Posted in Site News on October 28, 2011 by khalia

My Loot, Your Tears, hasn’t changed much since creation in June 2009. Until now.

With the increase in readership and articles the limitations of the current setup went from annoyances to real needs to fix. At least for me! Like everything else in our partnership, Paul starts with a good idea and then leaves me to handle the real problems. =)

Upgrades have been made to the comments section which I regarded as the weakest part of the blog. You are now able to register as a user on MLYT. Doing so will keep you from having to enter in your username and email address every time you wish to make a comment on an article. Following replies to your comments is now also easier. At the end of the comments section you will now find an option to subscribe by email to replies – to your comments, or to any comments made to the article at all. You can also subscribe without having to post a comment.

The layout of the comments section has also changed. The default WordPress behavior was to nest replies to other comments, and reduce the font size of each reply. This ended up with me frequently wanting binoculars to read some replies. I have stolen the comment code from the default WordPress theme and applied it to our custom theme. Nested replies are no longer possible, which means you’ll have to indicate if you are replying to a particular person. The update is far more readable and should be easier on everyone’s eyes.

Some people seem to get confused over the author of an article – mistaking my posts for Paul, or forgetting that Captain Charismatic exists. He’s a Canadian, so this is forgivable; but to reduce confusion the avatar for each author will now show up next to the article title. It didn’t seem fair to give ourselves avatars and leave everyone else out, so avatars are available for commenters. If you have a global avatar from Gravatar, it will be used by default. If you register as a user, you can choose to upload an avatar directly, or choose your Twitter avatar to be used.

These may not be the only changes in the days ahead, but they should be a good start. Enjoy!

Review: Incarna. Also: Where’s Paul?

Posted in Come On!, Site News, When RL Invades on June 21, 2011 by paul

Welp, at least they didn’t break anything that mattered this time. Actually, they did break a lot of things in addition to the fail extra content. Sigh. ๐Ÿ™

I knew that they could make a relatively pretty walking-in-stations game, but I was holding out to see if they actually had some applications for it. As in, something that’s as fun or more fun as a biped than as a pod.

I rolled a new pilot to see if Incarna made the New Player Experience more tolerable. The New Player Experience asked me to open the agent window. There weren’t any obvious clues about where to find that window. I figured after a few minutes that it probably wanted me to open my agents tab in People and Places. It didn’t. I eventually found the window it wanted me to open. It told me to get into a conversation with an agent before I could continue. The problem was that the only agent in station was a storyline agent, and he didn’t want to talk to me.

Keep in mind that this was in a Pator Tech School station, where one would expect to find what one needs to get started on the tutorials. The tutorial didn’t tell me that I needed to change stations, much less tell me how to do that. Since I, the newbie, was on foot instead of in a ship, I didn’t know that I could very easily and quickly fly to another station and continue the tutorial. Instead of making the tutorial easier to swallow for players by taking them out of the spaceship, CCP made it HARDER by making them feel trapped and looking for the next step in the FAMC (Forever Alone Minmatar Closet).

I mean, if Incarna 1.0 is a tech demo for some killer new gameplay paradigm you’ve got waiting for finishing touches, then wouldn’t it make sense to tell us what it is? Because I’m not sure how we’re supposed to be impressed with this.

I’m not mad at you, CCP. I’m not quitting. I’m just sad. I hope that I’m wrong about where this is headed, which is to yet another major feature (more major than any other expansion in CCP history) that is hailed as the next big thing, but eventually sits unused by players while major problems that cause grief for all subscribers go unfixed. Please prove me wrong.

Where’s Paul?

Some of you have it figured out, but I’ll let the rest in on a little secret. When I first started this blog, I was a church office manager. Then I was a city cop for a couple of years. Now I’ve hung up my badge (but not my gun! So don’t try to find me.) and purchased a used video/board game store. Until that business stabilizes, I will continue to be scarce.

Flying New, Old Flags

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Site News on January 30, 2011 by paul

As you may have noticed in my recent videos, I and Khalia are now back in Suddenly Ninjas.

When I left SN and formed Honorless Internet Jerks, I did so partially because I felt that while SN was the premiere ninja salvaging corporation, there were factors preventing it from becoming a good griefing corporation as well. One of the factors was that we had trouble as a corporation keeping pilots from seeing hisec warfare as what it is: Stupid, pointless, and avoidable.

Another was an element within the corporation who wished to maintain the corporation’s reputation for honor in things like ransoms. This had been a major point of contention between me (then a director) and the former CEO. Even though I eventually got my way in the e-honour debate by threatening to resign over it, I knew that the situation was not ideal and that I wouldn’t be able to explore fully my ideas about what a hisec griefing corp could do.

So I gracefully resigned and set out alone to form Honorless Internet Jerks. I was joined by Eve-BFF Khalia Nestune and other Ninjas. We started living out of Orcas full-time for our ninja work. During wardecs, we simply outran the fleets that were sent to hunt us while continuing our work more or less as normal, to their endless frustration. We declared war on some of the biggest carebear alliances in Eve and murdered their miners and missionrunners when they failed to take us seriously. We took part in suicide ganks of officer-fit bling-boats. When we pinned down an overconfident carebear, we would accept their ransom money and kill them anyway.

At the time, these were relatively novel practices and got us a bit of press. Now Suddenly Ninjas has taken up these once-controversial practices as doctrine, transforming them into a more powerful engine of grief than their founders ever could have imagined. It would be arrogant, even for me, to say that I’ve reformed Ninjas by leaving them for a time. I don’t think that’s the case at all. Rather, I think that what they are doing now is the natural evolution of griefing in the only mass-market MMO that allows and encourages the behavior. Jerks may have gotten there first, but now that Ninjas have caught up, it’s time to get together again.

I’ve made it clear that I’m not rejoining with expectations of any sort of power within the corp. Part of the reason for my departure last time was a feeling that I was overwhelmed by the responsibilities as a director. I may lead an odd NinjaFleet here or there, but the current leadership team is great and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I can’t speak for Khalia, however. He may have tendencies toward maniacal dictatorship that I have not yet discovered.

Video Goodness

Posted in Site News on January 29, 2011 by khalia

By popular demand, we’ve added a ‘Video’ tag to our categories. You can see all your favorite My Loot, Your Tears videos by clicking on the ‘Video’ link on the right hand side under the categories list.

The Kind-of Butterfly Effect

Posted in e-Fame, Site News, The More You Know on October 12, 2010 by captain

Yes, another post today. Well.. it is 1:30 AM here… oh well.

I was just doing what I do occasionally to get a good laugh – reviewing old Jerks posts and their comments.

I came to my posted guide on corporate infiltration, and seriously laughed hard at two of the comments I found there:

A Thief:

Me and a friends joined one of the corps you listed and have already had 5 hulks plus fittings from the corps pos and now aim at taking a members deapspace fitted tengu and the corp also has an orca and an obelisk they leave sitting in the pos. this corp makes it easy they keep leaving ships sitting in the pos

This, my friends, is gold. The fact that this person took the name of a corp I pickedย  at random for meeting my bio outline on a possibly worthwhile target, and has successfully pulled off a heist based on my info is epic. I LOVE helping people. Whether it’s helping newer players get some ISK, or teaching someone how to do what I do, I really enjoy it when I hear that I’ve done some good (from their point of view :P).

Paradox Federation Member:

It seems your post inspired our CEOs and got us raped till we bleed. Got everything including our ships, left us in 0.0 and left Alliance. Thank you mylootyourtears


Well. I R sorry ’bout that. Well, not really… My guide can be used two ways – to infiltrate a corp, and to prevent it. Both I like. Hearing that you’ve been a victim of it as a result of this guide… well… It’s amusing, really. But at least you’re not a sore loser about it. I enjoy those that cat go “lol, we goofed” and then better themselves. This is what makes EVE fun to play.

Anyway, I guess my point is that I do read all comments on every post, and make sure to respond to ones that stand outย  – good or bad. As Khalia has quoted before – “if you’re good at what you do, 95% of what you hear will be negative”.

Heartbeat

Posted in Site News, When RL Invades on October 11, 2010 by captain

Why hello there!

Nope, not dead. All of my accounts are still active. Been taking a large break recently, but EVE is starting to feel new again to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

If jerks is changing, I’m here to change with it. No way I’m leaving (unless Paul beats me). I’ll keep posting, when I can. University is giving me a large workload, but I do have the occasional free day. EVE is a game, and people get tired of games. Some leave and come back years later, some just leave.. Some, like me, take long breaks to renew aggro with a game that’s been bland for a while.

Jerks has been slow recently, as has MyLootYourTears. But it is not abandoned by a longshot. Too many memories, and too many good times to just leave it be. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’m here when I can be. Sadly, RL must take priority.

Updated POS Value Calculator

Posted in Site News on September 14, 2010 by khalia

I’ve updated the POS Value Calculator to more accurately reflect the prices of POS modules, as the previous calculator was being slightly optimistic. Please use this one when submitted POSes for pewing.

My Blog, Your Letters

Posted in e-Fame, Site News on March 18, 2010 by khalia

Hello readers. Paul, Captain Charismatic and myself have been tickled silly by the mail we receive about My Loot, Your Tears – nearly all of it enthusiastic and positive. We’ve also gotten a number of conversation requests from fans – thanks all!

By way of thanks, here are some of the letters we’ve received:

From: FifDSeven
Sent: 2010.03.18 18:41
To: Khalia Nestune,

Hey,

Keep up the good work with your blog My Loot, Your Tears. That’s some pretty great stuff (even though I’m a miner and mission runner myself). I really liked how you pointed out the stupidity of that phalanx warriorII guy, that guy was a complete idiot. Anyways, keep up the good work, and give us some more interesting articles to read, and if you happen to pass through Ikami, I’ll make sure to not run missions while you’re around ๐Ÿ™‚

Good day,
FifDSeven

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From: delphiaus klaus
Sent: 2010.02.26 20:43
To: Khalia Nestune,

Hey I thought it was hilarious yesterday when you messed with my mission space. I wasn’t expecting you to come back and kick our asses haha.

Props. I might start doing that it looked fun. I bet people never see it coming.

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From: Martin Perway
Sent: 2010.02.10 07:23
To: Khalia Nestune,

I was watchign some of ur vids on youtube, is that all u do? looks like a lota fun ๐Ÿ˜›

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From: InSaNe ViRuS
Sent: 2010.03.16 19:37
To: Captain Charismatic,

I read your stuff every day and I just wanted to say it is both well written and quite amusing. Keep it up!

and

Outstanding. I like mostly the short stories of your daily loots and awesome kills you get. I started reading because of Capsuleer but now I regularly surf your blog on the site itself along with the others from capsuleer. To tell the truth I’ve learned a lot about PVP just from reading how you do it and the tactics you and your fellow mates use.

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From: Kasigi Yono
Sent: 2010.02.03 06:15
To: Khalia Nestune,

Great read, keep it up. I love to see the tears flow.
Fly safe,
Kasigi

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And particularly amusing:

From: Icedail
Sent: 2010.02.10 01:25
To: Khalia Nestune,

Your mind is bad. But I like you .

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This just in

Posted in Site News on March 4, 2010 by khalia

On behalf of Paul and myself, we thank everyone who helped to get us included in the Eve Online Blog Pack.

According to Paul, the number of unique hits per day has risen from around 100 to 200. o/