What's New? - August 2001

Fri 31 Aug 2001 - News

News! - 01/09 00:52

Has it really been one week since I updated last?  Well, I've been busy with tests at college, so here's all the news for the past week or so...

Harry and Vivek - I already sent you guys the Dumb and Dumber script I said I would, and for anyone who wants to download Doom, it's here (about 2.4 MB).  Windows NT/2000 users will also need ZDoom - you have to unzip all files from both zips into one directory to use.  And thanks Joel for telling me about Evil Dead: An Ode to Ash.

Hannibal - 01/09 00:24

We (me and family) wanted to watch Hannibal on the big screen... unfortunately we were a bit late.  Anyway, I got it on video today, and I just watched it.  For those of you who haven't already seen and heard about this movie, it is a sequel to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs (Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, directed by Jonathan Demme).  Anthony Hopkins is once again the very intelligent, man-eating serial killer Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in this sequel that takes place 10 years after the events in the original film.  Julianne Moore plays FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster's role in the first movie), and she returns to tracking Dr. Lecter down when an old victim of his gives her some information on his whereabouts.  After living peacefully in Florence for 10 years, Dr. Lecter decides to "return to public life"...

Directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Thomas Harris, screenplay by David Mamet and Steven Zaillian.  I just watched the movie now and I have mixed feelings about it.  The movie looks so good (even on video) that it's worth watching just for that!  It did keep me involved for it's entire two hours plus running time, and was nicely acted too.  But at the end of it all, it didn't really make the impact that the first movie did.  It's very different.  The character of Hannibal Lecter was intriguing and terrifying in the first movie - but this movie just bases itself on what was already established there without adding anything interesting!  Also, the last "brains for dinner" scene was just too much.  I expected a better movie.  Anyway, this is definitely worth watching, although you should be warned that it contains some strong scenes of violence and disgusting gore...

Featured Quote - 01/09 00:18

STAR Movies is going to show Return of the Jedi on 28 September, and I was watching it today.  That's why I have a quote from that movie this time.  This is from the beginning of the movie.  Luke Skywalker and his friends go to his home planet of Tatooine to rescue Han Solo - who's been frozen in carbonite and is now a decoration at the lair of the gangster Jabba the Hutt.  When the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 arrive at the entrance to Jabba's palace, C-3PO tells R2-D2 "If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short circuit!".

Sat 25 Aug 2001 - News

lea dx, news_str - 25/08 15:08

This is what happened between now and the last update...

On Monday, my First Internal Tests at college start.  They end on Saturday, and the order of the tests is like this: Interfacing with Microprocessors, Operations Research, Data Communications, Theory of Computation, Principles of Programming Languages, System Programming.

Tomorrow at 9 PM on HBO they're showing Beverly Hills Cop, next Friday on STAR Movies is Starship Troopers.  All through September on STAR Movies, it's a Star Wars special, they're showing the entire series: Star Wars (7th), The Empire Strikes Back (14th), Return of the Jedi (21st) and Episode I: The Phantom Menace (28th).  The first three are all being shown in the 1997 Special Edition versions.

Featured Quote - 25/08 15:08

One more quote from Evil Dead II (since I was watching that some days ago).  Ash (Bruce Campbell) is locked in the basement of a cabin... only to discover to his horror that the undead corpse of Henrietta (the wife of Professor Knowby - who was in the cabin translating the Book of the Dead, because of which all the demons got resurrected) was buried there too!  And sure enough, the monster comes after him saying "Someone's in my fruit cellar... someone with a fresh SOUL!!".

Tue 21 Aug 2001 - News

Pictures Uploaded - 22/08 02:48

Some new pictures I'd like you to see... click on the links below and they open in a new window!

More Chaos, more Punch - 22/08 01:21

This is the collected news from 18 August onwards...

Featured Quote - 22/08 01:06

This time's quote is again something that is a little out of the ordinary (like sometime back, you remember, I had a quote from the script of Dumb and Dumber that was not in the final movie).  This is from Doom/Doom II.  When you choose Quit Game from the menu, you are shown one of several messages like "Are you sure you want to quit this great game?" and so on.  John Romero was the one who wrote all these messages... but aside from the messages that actually appear in the game, there are several more that are commented out in the source code!  One of these is "Don't quit now!  We're still spending your money!".

Fri 17 Aug 2001 - News

string db 'news', '$' - 18/08 01:34

I'm learning Assembly Language at college, so that's the reason for the assembly-like code here.  Well, enough of that, let me get on with the latest news...

Also, watch out for many Winamp Skins coming soon to this site!  I made some new ones on August 15.  There's a third one on Dexter's Laboratory.  I made skins on Quake III Arena, Half-Life, Face/Off and Hollow Man.

Featured Quote - 18/08 01:26

This time's quote is taken from Evil Dead II... the scene where the evil spirits in the cabin possess Ash's hand is one of my favourites!  Written by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell as Ash, this movie has become legendary for it's mix of gore, horror and slapstick comedy!

Mon 13 Aug 2001 - News

Featured Quote - 14/08 01:33

This time I have a quote from The Powerpuff Girls - a show on Cartoon Network that I like a lot.  This particular quote is taken from the episode Los Dos Mojos which is one of my favourites in the series.  The Mayor of Townsville says this when the Robo Jojo is causing lots of destruction!

Two days - 14/08 01:05

Yesterday was a lot of fun and I wanted to actually write an update, but didn't have the time.  About 11 of us (students of batch B013 at NIIT and our faculty) went to the zoo for a picnic - and this was great.  We got there at about noon and stayed till 4:30 PM.  There were of course all the animals to look at, and we had a very nice time together.  Venkatesh also brought the photos that were taken at and before the UNIITe event (where our band performed).  We also took more photos on our trip to the zoo.  After getting back home, Vivek and me were talking about various things - music, websites, Doom (I showed him a lot of WADs... he was patient enough).  So by then it was night, and later on, I made an update on my Doom site.

Today, I was tired since I slept very late yesterday.  Most of the periods at college, I was a bit drowsy... but I got my bus pass done (believe me, after all the trouble I had for the past month, it's important enough to mention).  And the webmasters I know have made some updates on their sites...

Sat 11 Aug 2001 - News

Featured Quote - 12/08 01:32

This time's featured quote is a little different.  It's taken from the original screenplay of Dumb and Dumber, and it's not in the actual movie!  There's a scene in the movie where Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are freezing in the cold - Harry says "I can't feel my hands" to which Lloyd says - "Maybe you should wear these extra pair of gloves.  My hands are starting to get sweaty..."!  This scene is different in the script.  What happens there is that these two guys are in a car, with the windows rolled up, and it's still freezing.  Lloyd tells Harry "I guess the damn anti-cold system isn't working".  Harry is puzzled and asks "What anti-cold system?" to which Lloyd says "Right here... the A/C button.  I put it on full blast about an hour ago and, if anything, the car's getting colder."

Latest News - 12/08 00:36

I didn't update the last few days, because I didn't really have much to write about.  Anyway, this should bring things back on track.  On August 7, just after I made that last update, I went to The Lost Treasures and downloaded Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders.  This has 5 episodes with 9 maps each, plus E6M1, E6M2, E6M3!  More than those levels themselves, I'm more excited about the fact that I can now edit another game, because all Doom level editors will allow you to edit Heretic levels too (both games have a similar engine).  Yesterday, I made a small level just to try my hand at it.  It had one big room with lots of monsters, and a smaller one, which was the exit room.  Editing Heretic is a little different from Doom because the textures take a little getting used to.

Nothing much happened on 8 and 9 August, but yesterday was fun.  In college we had our first practical class in IMP (Interfacing with Microprocessors, not the Imp from Doom), and we wrote commands directly to the 8086 processor!  Nice.  My Semester C at NIIT was supposed to start yesterday (10th), but it will actually start on Tuesday.  But I stayed there till 9:30 PM, because we students and faculty of Batch B013 got together in the NIIT Secunderabad library and planned a picnic tomorrow!  About 20 of us will be going to the Zoo tomorrow, and that should be fun.

If you notice, I've changed the colour scheme on my site.  The previous one had a white background too, but had black text, blue links, a dark blue side frame and red text in some places.  I've made the colours more refined now, more elegant.  Comments on this?  Mail me.

And another nice thing to tell you about - at http://justkalpana.tripod.com there are some new additions... wallpapers!!  This is what I was talking about before.  There is also a guest book now, so make sure you visit my teacher's site and give her your comments!  And don't forget to see those wallpapers, they are artistic and very nice.  There will soon be a "tech talk" section too.

Exit Wounds - 12/08 00:36

Just got back from watching this movie at Anand Cinema.  Exit Wounds stars Steven Seagal and DMX, and is directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Detective Boyd (Seagal) is a cop who likes doing things his way, and because of his reckless methods of crimestopping, he gets transferred to Precinct 15.  And here, he finds a lot of corruption among the cops - so he decides to take them all down.  That's as much plot as there is in this movie, so if you are looking for a great story, this is not a movie that you'll like.  The first half was dull, but had some good action scenes.  It got going properly in it's second half, however, and that was fun.  Lots of action!  Still, if you want to watch a Steven Seagal movie, I'd recommend the terrific Under Siege instead.

Tue 7 Aug 2001 - News

Featured Quote - 08/08 00:51

This time, the featured quote is from one of my favourite movies, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.  Michael Madsen's character, Mr. Blonde, says this to Mr. White (played by Harvey Keitel).  You can read my review for the movie, which explains why I like it so much!

New Websites and Updated Websites! - 07/08 23:32

I've got some nice news to report on this time!  There are some new additions to my Links Page, and the reason for those additions is here...

NIIT's Semester B Module Test 2 - 07/08 23:32

Semester B, Module Test 2 in Windows NT and Linux Administration was held at NIIT today at 7:30 PM.  That was why I didn't go to college today, and that was one of the reasons why I didn't go to college yesterday.  I don't know whether I mentioned this anytime before on this site, but they have a very nice way of conducting these exams.  44 questions, 75 minutes.  All these are multiple choice type, and you do everything on a computer, that is, click on the answers, and after you finish, you click the "End Test" button.  Instantly, your report is generated, and sent to a printer (technically, "spooled" to the printer... have I been reading that Windows NT book too much?).

I finished my test very early - probably within 40 minutes or so, and I nervously clicked the "End Test" button - and was SO happy and relieved when my score showed up on the next screen!  I got 99%!!  But then everyone in our batch did very well, congratulations to all of them.  We had 5 people with scores above 90%.  Overall, I think our B013 batch had one of the best performances ever, and that's not surprising because we had a great faculty.  My Semester C will start on the 10th of this month.  It would have been so nice if Mrs. Kalpana would have been our teacher this time too, but I guess that was not to be.

Mon 6 Aug 2001 - News

Recent News - 07/08 00:34

The past few days have been very interesting.  Just at around the time I made my last update on this site, I got a mail from Doom Center's Bigdog saying that he wanted to feature me as WADster of the Week on their site.  I agreed of course, and later got the interview questions and sent in my answers to them.  The interview was published on the site on August 2.  Also, in the recent updates I mentioned that I was one of the vocalists in a band that would perform at NIIT's event called UNIITe on August 5th.  Read on for more on all that!

3000 VISITORS! - 07/08 00:25

August 4, 2001 at 18 minutes past midnight.  karthik82.tripod.com crossed 3000 hits, because I found the counter showing 3002 at that time!  So I don't have a screenshot with the counter showing 3000, if the 3000th visitor has one, and if he or she is reading this, please send it to me!  My site had 2500 visitors on June 23.  And my Doom site hit 2500 on August 2.

Thanks for visiting, everyone!  Keep coming back, there's always lots of new additions to these sites!

My Interview at Doom Center - 07/08 00:17

I was chosen as the WADster of the Week at Doom Center, and was interviewed by Bigdog a few days back.  On 2 August, my interview came online, and it is the largest Doom Center interview yet, spanning three pages - covering my Doom levels, the 9th Gate project, my Wallpapers, Winamp skins, C++ Programs and more!  You can read the interview at this link (just click it) - http://www.doomcenter.com/features/features.phtml?id=90512.

Featured Quote - 07/08 00:13

Just a few minutes ago I completed making a Winamp Skin based on E1M8 of Blood - "House of Horrors".  This is the secret level which is a continutation of E1M4 "Dark Carnival".  And Caleb (your character) says in that level - "I want Jojo!  Jojo!  JOJO!!".  I made three Winamp Skins now - Dexter's Laboratory (another one), Blood II, and Blood - House of Horrors.  In all of them, if you invoke the easter egg, you'll see the date as 5 August, which is wrong, actually it should be 6 August.  Anyway, that's why the featured quote this time is the Jojo line.