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Virginie Renson
Attended Université catholique de Louvain
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If they ever re-run this, don't hesitate and take it :) It's really useful if you want to get a preview of what Data science has to offer. Just keep in mind that there's programmation involved, so don't dive if you're not into that at all.
Introduction to Data Science is a free online class taught by Bill Howe of University of Washington
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Yep, I finaly got it. On a side note, it was really a pure moment of joy.
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Today, I went to the centre of BXL and there were installing some art for the zinneke parade of next week. This old car seems to be ready to contain a mechanical aquarium, with a shark fin, a mermaid tail, a little fish and some giant clamp holding a little disco ball as a pearl. Men those people took 3 months assembling this pure moment of childhood (you know it's basically just wheels and ropes and basic mechanics). But it felt sooo damn good watching it moving.

Now I wonder if they'll fit the tank with water. And if it will still spin :)

Credits: the first pic (car) was taken by the organizers, not by myself.
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Sweet sweet memories

1) Final Fantasy 13
2) Diablo

I decided to give a shot again at FF13 last week. I stopped it 1 year or so ago, for reasons I can't completely remember, except maybe because it felt really tough at the time. I thought it would just be a real pain to get the grip again, with the real time combat system that doesn't quite allow you to make mistakes. It wasn't.
The most difficult part was in fact the story. With all the lingo, I just felt lost when reading the loading screen. I even had that awkward feeling of "this is not the game I saved, I wasn't that far". FF13 did its job, providing me with the journal of events to put all the pieces back together.

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More than 10 years now since some fresh gameplay on the Diablo series. Even if I reinstalled the game once or twice (ok probably even more than that, I lost the count) since, the open beta of this weekend was just perfect (at least as far as timing is concerned).

I won't complain on error 37 for too long, others did well enough.

We took a look at the game for something like 2 hours, when the servers were available. We tested the wizard and the witch doctor (even if the latest didn't seem to be the first choice for many around).

Things that made me "oohh you can do thaaat":
- destroy environment
- auto-collect gold
- same sounds for many actions as in D2
- save Deckard Cain :) (srly ?!)
- play a voodoo like witch thing that can summon dogs that just rock it

On the negative side, not so many things to say in fact, except for the biggest one every player has pinpointed:
- Ever heard of a skill tree anyone?
Okay, I didn't went far into the game and maybe you can start really finetuning your character the way you want, but it didn't seem obvious.
A minor drawback for me was also that my laptop couldn't make it. Just a bit frustrated that the video card didn't even met the minimal requirements.

To sum it up, will I be taking a week off when the game is available? I don't think so. Even for a stress test, the experience was still painful in solo. The game lagged several times (freeze, "restarting" where you were 1 second ago) and I'm not sure things will be better in the few days following the release. On the long run however, I'll probably consider buying it.

Stepping again in old shoes can make you a bit wary of the end result. But geez, you never know until you try it :)
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Getting back on your feet

I've been taking my distances from G+ recently. Totally cut off. Not checking anyone's activity.
I've been consolidating myself at home, outside, at the local pool. Trying to get back to something. Doing what I've been wanting/needing to do for the past two years. Sorting things out. Reading more than what I've done in the last year.

Yes, I've lost my job. No, this doesn't mean I'm desperate. Nor in the need to immediately get back to something. I want to do great things. I want passion in my work. If I need 3 or 6 or 9 months to find people interested in really working with me (not barely using me as a "human ressource"), I'll take them.

In the meantime, I'm trying things out. Learning. Watching TED talks. One of them led me to find something "that makes my day", everyday. No exception. Should I share it publicly? Don't know if others would find it interesting. Or if I did, should I be explaining the why? Or would finding meaning by yourself be enough?

I can't be as wordy as +Youssef Hachhouch when explaining my personality or why or how and such.

I've decided to get to know myself by trying new things out.

I did paintball this weekend. Something I never did before. I exhausted myself completely. Running, hiding, shooting my friends (in the most civil ways, of course :)). I wasn't someone anymore, I was something. Ok and I was also a very bad shooter, accuracy around 5% but who cared? The sun was shining, the protections I wore were ugly but comfy, the mask made me hear my breathing so loudly I could barely think something more elaborate than "where in the name of heck did this one come from?".

This is a happy time. This was a perfect day. And if yesterday my whole body was aching, it was totally worth it.

Come on, bring it on. I'm ready :)
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Ticking clock on baldursgate.com? Only 6 hours left? Anyone heard anything that makes sense around that thing? Only a porting of a Baldur's Gate game on another platform? Or something new :) ?
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Thanks a lot for the mention, I've checked his G+ account but he doesn't seem active there :-/
Can't wait to see the news roll out in the upcoming days...
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Good resolution(s) of the year:
- Knit that totally badasscutey kiwi.
- Other stuff that I won't be able to keep after a month
As deadlines loom and reviews pile up, the oven as been eerily quiet and cold. My ideas for new recipes continue to accumulate and grow by the day like overgrown weeds, and yet I don't have a minu......
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In 2 days time, I've stumbled upon 2 great things:

- Pontypool : May sound like a silly name for an "horror" movie, but it's not. I still wasn't able to categorize it either into "Z" movies or just plain fun. And no, it's not frightening.

- You don't know Jack on Facebook. Hours of gameplay against my companion that just surfaced when I saw the news today. I'll be following the game, see if it's worth the trouble...
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how arwe you i am fine
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"No! No no! Please! Not me! You don't need me! Why would you need me? I'm old! I'm fat! I'm blue! You can't need me!"

Dorium, Dr Who, season 6
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Joy

I experienced three very different things today, that made me feel just alive and well.

1) I went "downtown" and it was the gay pride celebration. It was colorful, joyful and simply made me smile a lot (okay even if political parties float just didn't seem to fit (we're 6 months before local elections so...)). There was music everywhere. Nothing spectacular, just typical electro-beat and stuff. This reminded me of a show we saw not so long ago, in the museum of art and history. It was a group of african dansers, just some basic drums and other instruments. Just powerful, going deep down with the basses. Even if you don't know how to danse, these kinds of things just get yourself moving.

2) Some artisans were organizing their stuff for the zinneke parade of next week in the street. I'll post a pic or two just after this post, it was just amazing. (http://www.zinneke.org)

3) And finaly tonight, after this day already full of #itmademyday stuff, one of my friends shares this superb video about dancing (just below, by the way). If you don't know it yet, I'm a big fan of coincidences and they just seem to happen all the time in my life.

Enjoy
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Push to add drama :) This actually #mademyday !

NB: Anyone knows where this happened? It says "an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town"...
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That's the Grote Markt in Aarschot.
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I haven't been talking about Skyrim here yet.
Before I start doing so, I'd like to make a few statements:

- I've never quite played any Elder Scrolls before, just had a few tries, enough to have an idea on what it was all about (or so I thought).
- I know for having played a few games now, that this particular kind can get me hooked for (too?) long. Thus I try to stay away from them as much as I can. I failed this time.
- I claim no other knowledge to talk about this game than my experience as gamer.

'k now that these have been said, I'd like to talk a bit about a particular quest bug I experienced something like a week ago, and the various gameplay solutions that could be found around it.

Skyrim is vast. Filled up with caves, quests, monsters and bosses. Sticking to quests is not always that fun, compared to the thrill of finding a new interesting spot on your map and exploring it. That's what I did, ending up in an epic bossfight.
I should have known that I had made a mistake, simply because the boss had a name. (Yeah I should also come back on that naming thing later, maybe it will speak even more to the fellow pen & paper roleplayers I know around here)

A few saves later, I was entangled in the "Forbidden Legend" quest. This quest asked me... to kill the boss I already killed & fetch his amulet. Problem was the corpse had disappeared, and so did the amulet.

Thanks to the vid below and all other players on the internet, I found a solution (and also the explanation on why this game allowed to launch a "console" mode). I had a few commands to type in to get the item & relaunch the quest correctly. Not the sexiest way, but definitely a working one.

So, how could the game dev fix that?

1) Allow the player to get the amulet, even if the quest is not active?
2) Respawn the boss if the player has already killed it when the quest was not active?
3) Allow the amulet to be hidden in a trunk/on a generic monster if the player killed the boss before the quest was active?
4) Spawn the boss only if the quest is active?

Which solution would prove most satisfying for the player?
In my opinion, only solution 1 and 4 would make any sense, in a narrative point of view, even if I'd be frustrated to go over the whole dungeon again if solution 4 was chosen.

I've seen that the 1.4 patch should solve the issue:

"In Forbidden Legend, the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it".

It was not the case for me ;-) (and anyway, it still doesn't say how). If anyone has more info on this particular bug fix, I'd be interested to know.
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NB: A friend of mine asked me if he'd better get Skyrim on computer or Xbox. I answered the first one, only because you don't have the console mode on the Xbox. So you'd potentialy have to wait for a patch to get rid of these bugs.
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I also enjoy a casual game now and then.

What I don't like is making an RPG a kind of sandbox game a la GTA in which you must complete every mission available to get a 100%. Join the mages, join the thieves, join the imperials, join the Dark Brotherhood...

That's why I enjoy Paradox' games so much. They might be complicated, but they sure ain't casual... Anyone looking up for Crusader Kings II? I sure am.
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