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Terrence Ezrol
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Just update my dark oak villages & extra strongholds mod to work on the newest version of minecraft v1.8.5 to include all the newest security patches

http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/2361396-1-8-5-additional-5-strongholds-and-dark-oak

Lucky for me little chanced since 1.8.4 making the patch easy
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what version of minecraft does it use?
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Dark Oak Villages:

The other day I released a small mod for Minecraft 1.8.3 that attempts a very slight diversification of the villages in world.

The big change is simply replacing the oak doors,fences, planks, ect with the dark oak variant for one in three villages.

Another small change (that may be particular of interest if you are running a server) is the increase from 3 to 5 strongholds on a standard map.

http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/2361396-1-8-2-pre6-1-8-3-additional-5-strongholds-and
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Been a while since any android related posts, mostly I've not been tinkering much.

However due to me generally running electronics into the ground I still am using for the moment the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  (probably will upgrade in the new year.. there are starting to be some alternatives I'm interested in)

Anyway since I've not upgraded yet.. and CM stopped making "official" CM builds with CM11-M9 .. and M11 was just released, I manually made a nightly build.

http://forum.cyanogenmod.org/topic/100669-toro-cm-11-20141008-unofficial-nightly-build/
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So a long (maybe a little longer than anticapated) hike in the bent creek area yesterday. Also experimented some with the 360° panoramas on my phone. Not perfect but decent quality and much easier than any way I've tried to do them previously.

Anyone familiar with the trails:
The view from the tree stump was at the ends of Ingles Fields Gap (150) and Little Hickory Top (136).. The grass field is on Lower side hill (137a) , the rest are along the Little Hickory top trail (136)
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Awesome ages, Terry!!! 
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Congratulations on at last completing your hermit hills base.

As for other games.. What is interesting about Minecraft videos is the stories you can create with it.. this is of course the draw of the game to all those addicted is molding the virtual world to tell and show your story, not the difficulty of the last cave that you found.  Or puzzles on the way to the end.

When Minecraft youtubers go to other games its frequently more watching a lets play of the games story.. A very different thing.. and unless it has good commentary (and you are more than capable of that) less unique.  Just something to keep in mind not to discourage you from playing other games of course.. and possibly reviewing or making a short lets play if you want to promote one.  (And I personally am interested in good reviews/plays of Linux, ie steam machine compatible, games)

Regarding modded Minecraft, I feel there is too much focus on this highly over powered kitchen sink modpacks.  Where the players are not even quite sure where one mod ends and another begins.  Yet it looses the possibilities some of the more core mods provide stand alone.  (such as only running say only Tinkers Construct) thus it be interesting to have vanilla like play but on a small mod pack with maybe only one core mod.  (This isn't to say I'm not particularly impressed with both DMAC and Zueljin's Infinity server series are so it can be done, I just feel while there are many plays of maps, and packs, few focus on the mods themselves as the author(s) intended..  The other advantage to you is it minimizes the learning curve to get started)

Anyway regardless keep focus on the quality of your videos and the stories you tell with them, and you will have followers, Obviously those following you may evolve as the topics do.
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I see a popular website is asking me for money again.. unfortunately I've noticed this particular very popular site has committed the sin of not providing full functionality on mobile & tablet browsers. Or simply thinking mobile users would not want access to some features of the full site.

The site is of course Wikipedia, the flaw: mobile site is missing direct link to the talk page (in the side menu with the link to a random page would seem logical). Thus anytime something makes me raise an eyebrow and I want to check any editor conversation/notes/comments I can't see the discussion without either switching to the full site or editing then URI. (Guess lack of easy access to history is also a possible problem.. but its not the feature I usually find missing.)

Although I think since the last time I actually donated a link to the full site was added at the bottom of the page.
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Is the site source open? They'd probably accept a patch if so. And if not then that's the real problem. 
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Goodbye #Hulu

Was not convinced of its usefulness for a long time..  Probably on average costing me > $2 per watched episode.  But today it decided to think I was behind a VPN and block me from accessing any video.. Since I'm not (PS3 behind a AT&T router here in NC) I decided this was a good time to stop thinking of canceling and actually cancel.
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Somehow I thing an algorithm at Google goofed if its showing me an anti-obamacare ad attached to a minute physics YouTube video.........
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The newest Ale from my homebrew line up now seems ready  (Tried it last week and decided it needed a bit longer)

Hard to pin point the tastes.. I'm tasting some tang from some combo of the hops/sage/buckwheat, in addition to a nice malt profile likely enhanced by the maple.
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This new Hangouts/Interface is.. um... interesting...

Hopefully I'll get used to the gui change.. I hope this isn't going to follow the Facebook feature of constant gui changes.. such that the site looks different every visit.  (so far the new look is feeling less functional.. but this may be just because its new)

Of course the Facebook chat "feature" they added in the gtalk to hangouts migration is removing XMPP's inter server functionality to makes migrating off the chat service painful . and thus a continuation of googles walled garden.. (rather than before in google's garden but in theory able to talk out of it)

To explain in less technical terms:

This removed functionality is not much used.. in part because no other large services implemented it.. but is really the equivalent of say if Google decided to "upgrade" Gmail to no longer let you email anyone that didn't have a Gmail account (ie didn't let you email them at their yahoo, corporate, or account on any other service)
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TTRSS review

With the announcement Google reader was being discontinued I started searching around for my alternative.

During some casual searching in late March I found an OSS project TTRSS that seemed to have many of the Google reader features (including some that G+ caused to be removed) and a way to import the feeds from reader (more recently some success on importing stared items as well)

SO I set up the program on my VPS with a self signed ssl key for passwords security.. and off I went.

The first thing I noticed was the configuration interface felt (a) much allow much more customization but (b) was a little clumsy..  Obviously over the years many shortcuts and features were added.. but some less used functionality was never updated thus required going into specific views to find/change.

However with a note that the project activity is very high (thanks to google killing reader)  this seems to be getting addressed as we speak.

The android app is lacking a Widget but otherwise appears very efficient for reading the feeds.  The webclient by default is similar to a 3 pane email window with list of feeds, list of items, and content as expected.

Has the ability to publish or share posts.. this simply adds it into a "Published" category where others can access as its own rss feed .. in ttrss or other rss reader.  Notes can also be added by the reader to this feed.. and  presumably I could read reply notes if I was following one of my readers similar feeds.

My published items for example are at:
https://ttrss.devnull.name:23058/public.php?op=rss&id=-2&key=0f0e24090c9d66a75ec66cfbfbf3e9fedbe9ff5e

Overall This if a very functional replacement, hopefully keeping it updated will not take too much effort.  Actually it may be an improvement over Google reader.  But maybe that is just my knowing Google can't shutdown or watch me use the service.

Anyone looking to install on your own server you may be interested in the projects website and forums http://tt-rss.org/redmine/

Otherwise If you are not up to the task of self hosting, I can provide accounts (to requires a working email and a username.. I don't have a real name policy)  Only ask is if you actually use it to give a small donation to hosting fees, and that if you find a security issue to let me know and not exploit it.

This just leaves the question .. what google cloud service that I use do I want to yank from google
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