Friday, March 14, 2008

Mugshot, PMOG bitching, and Linux

Yesterday, I signed up for a Mugshot account. I had one before, but for whatever reason stopped using it. Unfortunately, I don't think they've added any sites to the list of accounts you can add. For those who don't know, the jist of Mugshot is that it is supposed to be a central feed for your various accounts throughout the internet. You can add your Digg,, Facebook, accounts, and others. I can think of many other accounts that you should be able to add:

- Xbox Live
- Pogo
- BookMooch
- Flixster
- Wikipedia (although I don't have a Wiki account)
- BOINC ()
- Joost
- PMOG (when the alpha comes out)
- anything else

But oh well, it's an interesting service. It's maintained by the Red Hat Team so there should be very few glitches and bugs.

I've been playing PMOG. I don't know if I mentioned the fact that I finally found an invite, but I did, and have been playing for about a week now. They weren't kidding when they said it was a beta. Lack of features, super bugginess and other things plague it. My association has been greatly inconsistent. Like in an RPG game, you have a "class", or in this case, "association". This association is chosen for you based on your behaviour, for example, what kind of objects you use, or what missions you take. If you take a mission by, for example, a Seer, that will slightly skew your association towards being a Seer. The problem is I've used all of my mines (a Destroyer trait), and taken 7 or 8 Destroyer missions. Why the hell am I a Pathmaker? I should even maybe be a Seer. Definitely not a Pathmaker. It makes no sense.
Another thing that is buggy about PMOG are the missions. I have like 10 missions I couldn't finish because the mission instruction box would not show up on pages. I have no idea why, and there's no rhyme or reason to it. So, as it stands, I can expect to not complete 2 out of 3 missions. It's also been mentioned in the forums many times.

Yesterday, I decided to remedy the connection problems on my "toy" computer. My toy computer is an old computer that is not good for anything else except to test things on and play with. I guess you could call it a software Frankenstein. So, one day, I decided to install Linux because I have been told that Linux is better than Windows (which is no surprise). It is, in fact, better than Windows. After much trouble, I finally got Xubuntu 7.10 on there. After a while, it stopped recognizing the internet connection. Since there was nothing on that computer except the OS, I decided to reinstall. But this time I installed Ubuntu. I got that one and decided I wanted Fedora instead. So, I prepared the Live CD and it gets about halfway through the booting process and doesn't work. I can't recall what exactly the numbers were, but when the computer admits to you it's frozen, then it must be frozen. Ubuntu is okay for now. My overall goal someday is to completely switch over to Linux and get Microshaft out of my life for good. But that might not happen for a while considering I unfortunately need Microshaft programs (for compatibility reasons) for the time being.

Friday, March 7, 2008 - Untraceable Web Game

I recently saw the movie Untraceable in theatres, and I quite enjoyed it. It was a really good thriller, especially considering that horror/thriller movies these days tend to be completely horrible.

Anyway, out of pure curiosity, I went to see if the website actually existed. Apparently it does. Not surprisingly, it belongs to the maker of the movie. When you enter, it asks you for your name and such, and it enters you into a game. The object of the game is to solve puzzles so you can get clues to the login and password for the killer's server. It also times you while you're doing this. These puzzles are not hard at all, I am generally terrible at puzzles, especially while being timed, and I managed to solve these. But I won't ruin it for you. After it's all done, it takes you to a very interesting screen. Below, I will include a picture of the screen. I would love to know what it's supposed to mean.

Edit: I Googled the phrase "BHO the Illuminati" and got this YouTube video.

I also looked up "Illuminati" and found the following definition on Wikipedia:

"Illuminati is a name that refers to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, it refers specifically to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment era secret society founded in the late eighteenth century. However, in modern times it refers to a purported conspiratorial organization which acts as a shadowy power behind the throne, allegedly controlling world affairs through present day governments and corporations, usually as a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. In this context, Illuminati is often used in reference to a New World Order (NWO). Many conspiracy theorists believe the Illuminati, or the "Illuminated ones", are the masterminds behind events that will lead to the establishment of such a New World Order. Confusing the issue further is the fact that there are also several modern fraternal groups which include the word "Illuminati" in their names.

In rarer cases, the Illuminati refers to an elite set of enlightened individuals who may not cooperate but are uniquely empowered by their enlightenment, much like the intelligentsia classes of today are empowered by their education and intelligence. These are people who have become illuminated and have achieved a higher mystical understanding of the universe. Many secret societies and mystical traditions are concerned with this kind of illumination or enlightenment, such as the Rosicrucian Societies, the Martinists and the original Bavarian Illuminati."

It makes sense if you think about it. But I still don't know who or what BHO is. That could be anyone/anything, considering acronyms are not particularly specific. But judging from that YouTube video (too specific to be a coincidence, I think), BHO = Barack Hussein Obama, aka one of the democratic party candidates for the upcoming US election. Apparently the creators of the Untraceable site have a political agenda? But it was suggested on one site I looked at that the leaderboards were possibly hacked.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

PMOG has been entered

I managed to find myself an invite code. PMOG is a very fun game. My only complaint is the fact that it takes a long ass time to level up. I'm still a level 1, and I've visited about 200 (unique) pages (unique meaning any parent directory counts as one hit). The help section is also painfully sparse. I wanted to know what gives me datapoints, and I can't seem to find that information. Do people taking my mission give me datapoints? Does someone tripping my mine give me datapoints? I'm not sure, but it's highly addictive. I like the fact that it's passive. No 30 hours a week on some game like World of Warcraft or something. But, unfortunately, I only have 3 mines left....

Sunday, March 2, 2008


You are on PMOG PMOG is the Passively Multiplayer Online Game. To play, you’ll need to Get Firefox and Add Our Extension. This unconventional massively multiplayer online game merges your web life with an alternate, hidden reality. The mundane takes on a layer of fantastic achievement. Player behavior generates characters and alliances, triggers interactions in the environment and earns the player points to spend online beefing up their inventory. Suddenly the Internet is not a series of untouchable exhibits, but rather a hackable, rewarding environment!

How severely annoying. I am on this site, and it sounds absolutely awesome. I found out about this type of game through Wired magazine. It sounds absolutely super awesome, an internet and game whore's dream. The problem? You can only sign up if you have a fucking beta key. Why is the site live if people can't even sign up for it? Sure you can enter your email address for a beta key. But the problem with that is the fact that the beta key never comes. I had the same problem with Gmail when it was first brought out. I had to plead with someone to give me an invite. It makes me seethe when people try and gain publicity by denying people. Isn't the object of beta testing to get as many people as possible to test? That way you can find the maximum amount of problems. Beta testers are warned and aware of the potential problems them and their computers may endure while testing, and they are aware that they are risking this.