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yunyin said: You crack me up. : >



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Anonymous said: what did you use to make the music box version of I was lost without you from mass effect?

Garage band! I had to make my own sound for the music box though, the default one in the version I have sucks.





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Gdi Chris Hart

Saw this at Michaels today and just

High impact eyes


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cascrieff said: reboot should I major in computer science?


Welp, just like anything, you might like it and you might not.

First off:

  • CS will not make you a hacker (you’ll have to go learn that on your own but I suppose a CS program will give you a good basis on how computers work)
  • CS is not the same as IT (you probably won’t be required to take any sysadmin-y classes so you’ll have to do that on your own)
  • If you want to be a technician but not a programmer, maybe look into IT degree/cert programs
  • There is math, and there is no way to get around the math (I had to learn calculus and discrete math). If you have trouble with math but have your heart set on CS, schools usually have a tutoring/learning center with people who can help you out. Also, professor and TA office hours are great if you’re having trouble.
  • The intro classes tend to be intro to programming, but after those, you’ll probably be learning more theory (and then applying the programming to it, I guess)
  • A CS program is different from a computer engineering program (there’s some crossover as far as I know, but CS tends to focus on software, while in engineering you’ll learn how chips and circuits and stuff work)
  • Software engineering/programming is a field that you don’t necessarily need a degree in CS for if you can show that you know what you’re doing and are good at it (but you’ll have to learn on your own)

I ended up picking computer science and engineering (it’s a major specific to my school that focused on both programming and engineering) to major in because I had been encouraged by my uncle to learn HTML and ended up really liking it. And then in high school, I was designing an RPG with my friend (nothing serious, mostly story and stats and weapons and stuff but no programming) and that was a ton of fun. So when it came time to pick my major, I was like, “Yo I like HTML and it’d be awesome to make games or robots or something, and nothing else is really calling to me so I’ll go with CS.” I had a rough time with the intro programming classes (although it may have been an issue with the classes I took and might have done better if I took the other intro series instead) but once programming “clicks,” you’ll have the skills to learn any programming language.

I find programming to be a sort of game or puzzle. “How can I make the computer do the thing?” You know? Like if I was making a game. “I want my guy to wiggle when I tap him.” So first you’d need to find out how the computer knows that the screen was tapped, then how you know the guy was tapped, then how to make the guy wiggle if he was. It feels really good to finally iron out all the kinks and see that little guy wiggle on the screen, because it feels like a bunch of tiny victories, especially if you somehow made 30 errors and the linker isn’t working right and ads;lkadfj;aldkf (there’s also a lot of frustration)

Also you will understand silly things like DSON.

Of course games are just a small set of things you can program but if you’re feeling like this is the kind of thing that you wanna do, then go for it! You don’t have to stay in CS if you don’t like it, which you’ll likely find out after taking the intro classes. I had a rough time at first but still liked it enough to stick with it, and I’m glad I did.

Anywho, hope that’s helpful. And any other CS majors feel free to chime in!

Couple things to add:

  • Calculus is often times the bare minimum. This will of course vary depending on your degree program. I ended up taking vector analysis, linear algebra, and a fair bit of abstract math, among other things. Half of which actually wound up extremely useful, so if you are ever sitting there thinking “gee when will I ever use this in real programming I hate this everything sucks” then cs is probably not for you.
  • This should come as no surprise but oftentimes people do forget: different schools will have very different degree programs. I am 70% sure I ended up doing more hardware/firmware/circuitry than Reboot even though I went through a cs program instead of ecs. Do your research. Ask your doctor if Herpexia is right for you.
  • You 100% can learn how to code on your own, but this doesn’t always work as well as you might expect at anything past basics. I obviously can’t speak for all avenues, especially since online resources have gotten exponentially better in the past few years. But a good school program does drill into you some basic habits, conventions, and problem-solving processes that self-learning or crash courses tend to skimp on. This doesn’t really matter if you are just trying to code a thing on your own and all you care about is just getting this one thing to work. But once you get into bigger projects and/or working with other people, lack of structure and convention will make doing anything a pain in the ass for everyone involved.* Source: both parents make/influence hiring decisions for and manage cs departments of some variety.
    *Obviously some people who go to college for cs come out lacking this as well, and many self-taught folks are great at this. ymmv; self-learning just tends to miss it a little more.
    Also see: the clusterfuck that is Tumblr.
    Also the obvious point that a shiny degree will help get your foot in the door of a career, but it costs an arm and a leg and your brother’s body and also your dog’s eternal soul if you are in good o’ Murica.
  • 9 times out of 10 programming is a means to an end. In application, you don’t program for the sake of programming (unless you are one of those singularly smart and dedicated people that figure out the secrets of the digital universe or something); you program to get something else done. Don’t forget this.

These are just what I’ve gleaned from personal experiences and what I hear from the people around me. I am by no means an authoritative source. Feel free to correct/add/whatever!





Your Powers: caused by childhood trauma

Power Count: 4

Powers: Flying (HECK YEA)

Best Friend: Hawkeye (CAW CAW MOTHERFCKERS)

Works Best With: Black Widow (:D)

Crush: Black Widow

Weak Spots Count: 1

Weak Spots: Accuracy (ironic????)

Years As An Avenger: 3 (lucky number!)

omg this is almost perfect


Power Count: 2

Powers: Fire (BURN BABY BURN) 

Best Friend: Nick Fury (Best friends with childofaether? I accept!) 


Crush: Captain America (THIS IS REAL LIFE RIGHT?) 

Weak Spots Count: 1

Weak Spots: Bad Accuracy (Oh dear…) 

Years As An Avenger: 3 

fieldofbeans Looks like we joined the Avengers AT THE SAME TIME!!!! xD And man this is all accurate hee hee 

Your Powers: are natural

Power Count: 2

Powers: Strength and Flying (well, that’s original.)

Best Friend: HULK (no escape!)

Works Best With: Thor (Lattes!)

Crush: Thor (wait…. What about his brother?? ;D)

Weak Spots Count: 2

Weak Spots: Overall Teamwork and Indecisive (that’s… close to home…)

Years As An Avenger: 2

Guys I did the thing. Guavi you have to do it now!

ALRIGHT I actually did this last night but didn’t post the results so here we go.

Powers: Caused childhood issues

Power Count: 4 (WHEE)

Powers: healing, strength, master combatant, healing (power augmentation next if I can’t double healing WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN AM I woLVERINE)

Best Friend: Thor (SO MANY LATTES)

Works best with: Maria Hill


Weak Spot Count: 0 uuuuuh okAY

Weaknesses: welp

Years as an Avenger: 2

(Source: ultroun)


spirallightofvenus replied to your photo:did-you-reboot said: A floof

Omg is this a Squishables kind of narwhal?

yes o v o