#881

11:36 pm, Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Welp, Ung’s out. 118 straight days of blogging — not too shabby for his first go at the IMBC. I hope he keeps writing now that he’s no longer “obligated.” So many of the other participants have abandoned their blogs since they dropped out and his is pretty consistently interesting when it’s not about sports or poker (though there’re exceptions to that — I enjoyed reading his thoughts on the Michael Vick turpitude). Anyway, thanks for playing, Peter!

I finally got past hard6 in Bridge Construction Set. Here’s my solution:

Bridge Construction Set: Hard6 Solution

The colorful bit at the bottom shows the maximum stress levels for each segment over the course of the test (the bright green parts are unstressed; reddish shades indicate compression, bluish shades, decompression). It took me forever to work this one out, but it was cake compared to my current conundrum: complex4. It’s three lanes wide, only has 4 anchor points on each bank (all in a row), a budget of $80,000, and needs to span a 240 meter gap. Man! This game really needs a couple features: The ability to move points (as in SketchUp) and some kind of tool for drawing arcs.

I saw Happiness today. I can’t believe I’d never heard of this movie before — it has so many well-known actors in it: Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Camryn Manheim, Molly Shannon, etc. I think one of the major causes of its obscurity is that it was never submitted for an MPAA rating (supposedly the filmmakers were afraid it’d get an NC-17 because of its subject matter). I love the style of this movie; very Wes Anderson-sans-the-blithe-quirkiness. I find myself thinking about the message and characters a lot. The ending is weirdly optimistic in an extremely “WTF” kind of way. BTW, if you ever plan to watch Happiness (and I recommend it, provided you have an open mind or 4chan/goatse-level tolerance for taboo topics) do not watch the trailer. It’s not representative of the film (makes it appear very light-hearted, like The Baxter or something) and contains a lot of spoilers (esp. vis-à-vis the Camryn Manheim character’s subplot).

3 Responses to “#881”

  1. SteveO:

    Dude, THANK YOU for your Hard6 solution. I wasted WAY too much time trying to get that one, and would have never got your solution.

  2. hjo3:

    I’m glad I was able to help! I love BCS.

  3. sky:

    Bcs level six- Its becoming huanting, the dreams of the wicked level number six- Thanks! Any word on level 7?