Monday, May 30, 2011

Growing Up Is Hard Work

But the reason I call myself by my childhood name is to remind myself that a scientist must also be absolutely like a child. If he sees a thing, he must say that he sees it, whether it was what he thought he was going to see or not. See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting.
--Douglas Adams

Remember this post?  The one where I outlined my skill training plan for the next year?  Yeah, I lied.  I didn't mean to, I promise, it just sort of happened.  Today's post will take a look at some of the changes made, why they happened, and what I would have done differently knowing then what I know now.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Root of All Evil

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer.
--Douglas Adams

A comment left yesterday by a reader deserved a response.  I started to answer his query in the comment field, but my latest Remap has left my Charisma quite low and I've yet to train Brevity V so it quickly grew into a rather long response.  Instead of burying all that in the comments of another post, I decided to reply to it here for all the world to see.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ged Oovening Ociffer

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.
--Douglas Adams

Drinking and driving is bad.  In the future, drinking and flying a spaceship will be awesome.  At least, if EVE is any indication.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What's in a Name?

"And then we must go," said the robot, in all seriousness, "to a party."
"Oh," said Zaphod, startled, "can I come?"
"No," said the robot, "we are going to shoot you."
"Oh, yeah?" said Zaphod."Yes," said the robot, and they shot him.
Zaphod was so surprised that they had to shoot him again before he fell down.
--Douglas Adams

My last foray into Tech 1 Cruisers didn't end that well.  In fact, getting zero kills and dying in under an hour of undocking may be about as poorly as it could have gone.  I knew that for my next attempt, I was going to need a bit of luck coupled with a far more impressive naming convention.  Thus, I christened my latest Arbitrator class hull the GTO Judge and tried to see if I couldn't pull off some kills without dying in a fire.

Monday, May 16, 2011

One Man's Trash

A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did?  Don't do that.'
--Douglas Adams

Some days as a Pirate it feels like I've taken a vow of poverty.  I never actually run out of ISK, but I never seem to have much of it laying around.  One of the ways I've found for making a steady, if still meager, income is by picking up just about anything not nailed down.  You'd be surprised how many people don't bother with looting the wrecks as they rack up bounties on Lowsec rats.  I once managed to find a Faction Module worth 40 million ISK on one such rat, and have obsessively checked wrecks ever since.  I'm not here to talk to you today about taking loot that others have discarded, but rather taking loot that others still wanted.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Because of Falcon

It is folly to say you know what is happening to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their own eyes and ears.
--Douglas Adams

Commandment #11
You shall not mine in low sec...

And God looked down from the heavens and saw that the infidels were indeed mining in low sec. "I shall Smoke THEM!" He announced, but due to recent budget cuts he was not able to order more lighting bolts, so he just hired us, The Blood Money Cartel, for half the price.

(or just pay the ransom)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Intel Fail

I only know as much about myself as my mind can work out under its current conditions. And its current conditions are not good.
--Douglas Adams

After my last run in with a Stealth Bomber, I got excited spotting a Nemesis at a FW Plex.  Unfortunately for me, this one slipped away.  Fortunately for me, what followed was funny enough that I wanted to share.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hearing Voices

I'm so great even I get tongue-tied talking to myself.
--Douglas Adams

Knocking the dust off one of the ships in my hangar quickly led to cruising familiar space looking for a fight.  It also brought back all the voices I hadn't heard in a while.  Some of these voices give me really good advice while I'm in a fight.  Other times they can get a little carried away with thoughts of loot and get a bit reckless.  More often than not, they're a little bit of both.