Sonntag, 3. April 2016

Elite: Picturesque II: Nebula Adventures

This time I'm diggin through some nice screenshots from just after I sold my Imperial Clipper and went back to a good old Asp Explorer. I then went on a short trip to some nearby black holes and followed up with visiting some nebulas on the way back. Enjoy!

Elite: Picturesque II: Nebula Adventures

The Purple Planet. Nice craters! For those of you who know: I made a short video of the black hole in this system, but it didn't turn out well.
This nice (and rather dusty) screenshot was made on another planet in the same system.

For some reason this planet also had a prominent giant crater. 
Though from up close the crater looks more like a dent. Whatever hit this planet either spiraled back into space or just burst and spread itself accross the surface.

Chances are, this little bugger nicked our dented planet at some point in the past.

I took some time out at this point to explore the crater/dent-region. Sadly I continued to be unlucky with finding synthesis materials. I have enough stuff to reload weapons I don't use dozens of times, but only enough strange metals for a single, low-level jump boost!

My favourite kind of hyperspace jump: Jumping from just a couple kilometers above the surface. (I wonder if we will get fined if we ever do this above a populated world like Earth?)

Random Earth-like planet! Also in case you're wondering why the formatting changes several times through this post, it's because this shitty blogging software gets unresponsive sometimes. Unreliable shit, I should really work more on my Wordpress-blog.

The same planet, but with my golden Asp in the foreground. In the background, you can see traces of the Horsehead-Nebula.

The Horsehead-Nebula in all it's glory!

The same nebula, but with my Asp in the foreground.

Messier 78 another and much smaller nebula close by. 

Messier 78 from another angle, with some other nebulas visible behind it.

This screenshot is from around the Orion Nebula. At least I think it is. (I really have to make better notes about stuff like this.)



Freitag, 1. April 2016

Elite: Picturesque I: The Day of the Clipper

Today I'm all about sharing: Sharing pictures!

Elite: Dangerous - Horizons- 

The Day of the Clipper

1. Planetary Landing on some Random Dustball

What is says above, my Imperial Clipper trying to set down on some really dusty planet somewhere.

Aaaaaand landing succesful!

It's like being on the moon, just thousands of light years away!

 This is an Imperial Clipper, by the way. Not the best space explorer, but one of the fanciest. By now replaced again by an actual exploration ship, but for a while it was nice.

After setting down in this nice crater, I went out and explored this mountain at the center.

I tried my best to get up there, but my little space buggy couldn't make it to the top without tumbling down again.

So I went into total "FUCK YOU!!!"-mode and made this screenshot to prove my anger. (Don't worry, I didn't actually crash. It was a near thing, though.)

2. Visiting Space Aliens 


Space Aliens are real in Elite, and I will prove this.

Already, there are strange things visible in the distance.


Let's take a look!

And with that I of course mean let's shoot it to pieces! That's what you do with alien crap, right?

After grabbing some crafting materials and some strange alien meta-alloys, I head back to my (for this trip recolored) Imperial Clipper.

And that's it already for today! I have some more pictures, but putting them up all at once would be a little overwhelming.

-To Be Continued-


Mittwoch, 25. November 2015


Apparently I now own a house. Also some 13-year-olds are doing "something" with spray cans in front of it. Mysterious!

But holy shit, sometimes people are weird. Some old guy just went to the trouble of making his son find my telephone number just to tell me this. Too bad he apparently was full of shit, since nothing he said had anything to do with our house. Starting at the point that I don't own a house, I just have an apartment in one. Which should be easy to see, because there's like a dozen names plastered on our front for all the tenants in the house. Also he couldn't even remember the adress he "looked at from my car's window", which is even weirder.

Maybe though he will have the last laugh! If I go out to work tomorrow and there's a giant smily spraypainted on our front door, the joke will be on me!

Lazyness and the Writer

Yeah, it has been sometime, right?

Sorry about my lazyness, I just didn't feel like updating this blog. So what noteworthy things happened I could talk about?

Welp, today we let a pigeon free again after a long period of recovery. The little dumbass rammed a wall so hard, some of her bones broke. This was a month ago and according to the vet, the last x-ray was looking good and she was already pretty damn active again.

I collected the little flyer yesterday evening and the kid who found the pigeon took her out today on his way to school. Case closed, one pigeon saved from a gruesome death.

In EVE Online, nothing much happend. I think the most noteworthy thing there was me spending all my industry alt's money on P1-materials to make my own mountain of Wetware Mainframes. My P4-computer industry is a lot slower then I accounted for, though. Now I have to wait until all that stuff is slowly churned through my factory planet and sold. Woops!

Oh, and I tried PVP again and got dumpstered. 

That's it for today!

Samstag, 11. Juli 2015

Storytime: Last Report

A couple of weeks ago I had this weird idea of an alien report salvaged from the ocean after an invasion of Earth had been beaten back. This is the thing after I finally got around to finish it.

Last Report

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12th Absum 3990

The colony ships have successfully made waterfall on EZ-45-P3. Construction of first cities is beginning. We are ready for the next wave of colonists.

15th Absum 3990

First intrusion detected: Unknown semi-organic composites have sunken into the safe area. Research organisms have been dispatched.

3rd Benthal 3990

According to our research teams, a warning has been issued to avoid contact with the alien composites at all costs. Especially the non-organic parts of the composites are incredibly toxic. Near-planet detection arrays show a disturbingly high amount of alien composites travelling at high altitudes, on the border to the dry space.

26th Zym 3990

The second wave of colonists has arrived, just days after construction of City 1 and City 2 have been finished. A second and third intrusion of alien composites into the safe areas around the cities and construction sites have been detected. The second intrusion was deemed harmless, the third one came too close to the construction-organisms at site 3 and triggered a response from bio-defense.

Approximately 3% of construction equipment has been lost due to contamination with toxic materials raining down from the destroyed composite object.

27th Zym 3990

A military expedition has arrived above EZ-45-P3. The Central Council has decided the alien composites have to go. At the very least the border zone to dry space needs to be cleared. The expedition makes waterfall in the evening, above City 1 and City 2.

4th Cyc 3990

Military Expedition Command takes control over all sites, including the two finished cities. Suppression pheromones are released to calm down the colonists, which number several thousand by now. Civilian control is dismantled for the duration of the crisis and transported to deep storage.

2nd Hadal 3990

The MEC declares mission accomplished: 34 intrusions into the safe areas have been detected, and subsequently cleared with military force. 76,000 alien composite objects of varying sizes have been successfully cleared from the border zone with minimal contamination of the ground. The water zone is now safe again for colonization.

3rd Salin 3990

The MEC transports itself into deep storage, after commanding all military organisms to go dormant. The civilian authorities are taken out of storage and reassembled. Even though the aftermath of the military expedition is disturbingly chaotic, normal work resumes before the day ends.

5th Absum 3991

Cities 3 and 4 are finished. Another batch of colonists arrives today. With this arrival, the total number of colonists has reached approximately 8,000 individual organisms. The MEC had to mobilize three times during the past months to defeat more intrusions.
It has been recommended to begin construction of dry space-capable research organisms to find the unknown source of the alien composites. However, the civilian authorities have assigned a low priority to this task, since most of the available resources are still needed to finish constructions of the Cities 5-6.

10th Loram 3991

General alert has been raised in the morning: A large cluster of alien composite objects has breached the safe area above City 5 (still in construction). MEC is mobilizing a large enough force of organisms to deal with the thread. However, the civilian authority is allowed to function. Clearing the anomalous force of ACOs is deemed arduous, but ultimately harmless.

12th Loram 3991

Catastrophe. Today will live in infamy. Yesterday, when the MEC-forces reached the critical threshold necessary for clearing the water above City 5, a tethered deep water probe was lowered down by the ACO-cluster. This was obviously an attempt for contact by an alien intelligence: Every authority was thrown into confusion by this. The alien composite objects were up to this point, at best seen as some sort of dry space animal. 

After a couple hours of observation, one small MEC-cluster was ordered to capture the probe for analysis. Several irrelevant suggestions by the civilian authorities had been suppressed. As soon as the MEC-cluster made physical contact with the alien probe, an unknown weapon was triggered. 55% of the MEC-clusters around the probe were destroyed. For some reason a lot of damage was done to the ACOs above, too.

Even though the event cleared up the waters above City 5, all other news are bad. The MEC ordered their last ship to make waterfall, so they can strip it and construct more clusters. City 5 has stopped functioning. A deadly rain of alien composites has further harmed construction. Several hundred colonists are dead and until the composite-rain can be stopped, the site has to be abandoned. 

We’re on our own now and we have lost one of our cities.

21st Salybsa 3991

A lot of things happened during the last two months. The MEC has fought a fierce, but ultimately futile war against the ACOs. Or better, against the unknown intelligence controlling it. Since our satellite-arrays are still working, the civilian authorities have been analyzing all available data of the dry space of this world, hoping to find a sign of that strange out-of-water hive mind controlling the alien composite objects. 

But nothing could be found. After recalibrating our satellites using salvaged alien materials as a gauge, we at least found an enormous amount of the alien composites hidden all over dry space! It seems colonization planning was faulty. Though it has been argued no-one could have expected masses of seemingly intelligent metalloid-organic hybrid compounds to live on this planet. And even outside the normal life-zone of a water planet!

2nd Salin 3991

A horrid thing was discovered today: The Military Expedition Command had been clearing alien probes for some time before the disaster above City 5. The MEC had for some reason refused to give this information to the civilian authorities. This breach of protocol is unforgivable! 

The information was salvaged after a MEC-cluster, damaged by fighting ACOs at the border to dry space, broke down in the middle of City 1. Civilian repair units recovered the cluster and by analyzing the memory organs, inadvertently ate the knowledge we now have. The civilian authorities have informed the colonist organisms and started building diplomatic units to make real contact with the alien intelligence. The MEC has been ordered to stand down according to Bio Protocol Control CR-45. Only self-defense is allowed under this control bio protocol.

3rd Salin 3991

The MEC has not complied. MEC-clusters have attacked and destroyed 76% of the civilian authorities. MEC-minds have stated the alien composite objects are too dangerous for us, regardless of potential intelligence. The MEC has taken over all control functions, stating Emergency Reason 23.

6th Salin 3991

Riots by colonist organisms have damaged City 2. All progress on the colonization-effort has been stopped by the MEC. Massive amounts of calming pheromones are released by the now combined civil-military authorities. This observation unit has been ordered to stop observing and recording current events and will now comply.

15th Ordyh 3992

This unit has been reactivated. More then a year has passed since the last recording of current events.
Analysis of available information paints a bleak flesh canvas. Only half the colonists are still alive. City 5 is still empty and partially destroyed. Construction on City 6 has not been restarted. City 1 and 2 are showing signs damage. Apparently the calming pheromones were not enough to stop the riots and they spread to another city. City 3 and 4 are fine, but the colonist organisms inside are barely functional. The cloud of pheromones around the cities is far too dense for normal life to resume.

MEC-units are still fighting the alien composites. Apparently the alien intelligence has given up its attempts to make contact. It also has stopped all attempts to intrude into water space. In fact, the MEC-clusters are fighting on the other side of the border now, deep in dry space!
More data analysis is necessary to find out the reason for this.

17th Ordyh 3992

MEC has made contact with this unit. I am supposed to witness the final purge of the alien composite objects from this world. During my enforced stasis, the MEC has slowly melted the massive amounts of frozen water on both poles. The MEC states they had analyzed the collected data about the alien intelligence nearly a year ago and noticed how many of the metalloid-organic hybrid compounds are gathering near the border to water space, just on the dry side. 

The combined civil-military authorities guessed those compound-aggregations are important to the alien minds. They based this on facts like them swimming on the border above us and their main concentrations being near the border, too. 

The melting of the frozen water let the border expand and engulf most of the alien aggregations, just as planned. Most alien activities near the border to dry space soon ceased. Now a massed force of specialized MEC-clusters is supposed to clean out survivors by invading dry space openly. The new clusters are adapted to the low-pressure, zero-water environment of dry space.

I am to witness the xenocide. This unit makes a note: Central Authority considers xenocide and the thoughts leading up to it as dangerous deviation from the norm. If this colony ever makes contact again with the CA, we will be wiped out. I despair.

4th Absum 3993

The dry space offensive has been a massive failure. During the first days the MEC-clusters reported massive amounts of enemy composite objects destroyed. But apparently the MEC has massively underestimated the amounts of metalloid-organic hybrid compounds the alien intelligence is made of: Counter-attacks from deeper in dry space have driven the specialized clusters back into the water again and again. Heavy losses have been reported.
It seems we are as badly adapted to dry space as the ACO-intelligence is to water space. I can not see a way for this to end in our favor. It is my duty to inform the authorities of my observation and reasoning.

5th Absum 3993

I have been ordered to shut down until the planet is fully cleared from the alien intelligence. I have no choice and will comply.

25th Loram 3993

The civilian authority has reinstated my functions and ordered me to observe current events again.

As I can gather from available information, the military expedition command has ceased to exist. The civil-military authority has reverted back to civilian control, but it is barely able to function. City 1 is destroyed. City 2 is destroyed. City 3 is destroyed. City 4 is under attack my unknown alien composite objects. Connections to local organisms are already breaking down. The alien intelligence uses a strange wave weapon to disperse organic compounds. The CA could probably find a counter for this, but this colony is already too damaged for proper analysis of alien technologies.

City 5 is still abandoned. Construction in City 6 is still paused. I assume City 6 will never be finished now.

The civilian authority is now placed in City 6, to coordinate defense. There’s not much left to defend now, though. At some point during the last months unknown metalloid weapons have struck at our bio-satellites and destroyed our array. We are now blinded to dry space. And most of water space.

26th Loram 3993

All contact to City 4 has been lost. The city is assumed destroyed. The civilian authority of this colony informs me unknown attack objects of metalloid composition are getting close to City 6, which harbors the last couple hundred surviving colonists.

27th Loram 3993

The last day of this month. The last day of our colony. City 6 and all colonist organisms left have been exterminated. I am lost.

This unit will now copy this observation of current events onto several dormant bio-probes and expulse them from my body. Hopefully at least one of them will survive and be salvaged by the CA. It is of the utmost importance that the Central Authority is informed of the abnormal malfunction of the military expedition command protecting this colony.

This unit will now purge it’s memory organs and cease functioning. Copy process stops now.


This information was extracted from an unknown alien organism found burrowed into the sediment 2,3 km west from the sixth alien base destroyed during Operation: Payback.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen successfully translated this information into readable English after several years of multi-national work. At this point it is still unknown how reliable the translation is. The destruction of the alien invaders was so total, not much has been salvaged which could possibly verify any of this.

Until more readable alien information-organisms can be found and brought back to the surface without accidentally damaging them, this text should be considered mostly speculation. 

However, the text can still be used to give a glance at the inner workings of a truly alien mind.

Central Database University of Aberdeen
Last recorded change: 22nd July 2055

Secret calendar:
270 days a year, 27 days a month, 10 months a year.
Every month has 5 weeks: 4x 5 days and a “end week” with 7 days.

The months are:
1st Absum
2nd Benthal
3rd Zym
4th Cyc
5th Loram
6th Hadal
7th Salybsa
8th Salin
9th Therimin
10th Ordyh