Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunset from Mt Hobson

Trying out my new camera - Nikon D5100

Sunset over the Waitakere ranges

View of the city from Mt Hobson

Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to play Age Of Empires II in Windows 8

So recently I had an itch to play Age Of Empires II - The Conquerors again, having never finished the campaigns yet. I tried it on my 64 bit windows 8 laptop and it just wouldn't work - I tried all sorts of settings, but the game would just start, then crash, without any explanation. I tried running it in compatibility mode with all versions of Windows possible, to no avail.

Too bad the Aztecs had no cavalry.

The solution that finally worked was, adding a piece of text to the target of the shortcut which runs it:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age2_x1\age2_x1.exe" NoStartup Msync NOSC Mfill 800

The issue was caused due to a direct draw conflict, which the added run parameters solved.

EDIT: This blog post is related to the original Age of Empires II, and not the Steam edition which runs on Windows 8 by default. Steam is awesome, and if you like Age of Empires II then get the HD edition here.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My Bucket List

What is the meaning of life? I often wonder the purpose of the existence of a human being - is it something more than mere randomness that I, we, exist? What constitutes a 'fulfilled' life?

Well I have some idea of what I want to do in my life - and I have divided them into 3 different categories: concerts to attend, places to visit, and things to do. I will be updating this if I have things to add - or cross off the list.

Concerts to attend

  • Green Day
  • Coldplay
  • Bryan Adams
  • John Mayer
  • Maroon 5
  • Passenger
  • Ed Sheeran
  • U2
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Evanescence
  • Lifehouse

Places to visit
  • Bhutan
  • Darjeeling, India
  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Gangtok, India
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Delhi, India
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Cape Reinga, New Zealand
  • Outer Space
  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Lake Dunstan, Otago, New Zealand
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Rome, Italy
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • London, England
  • Stonehenge, England
  • New York, U.S.A.
  • San Francisco, U.S.A.
  • Finnmark, Norway
  • Antarctica
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Mount Kilimanjaro summit, Tanzania
  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
  • Venice, Italy
  • Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Tikal, Guatemala
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Old City, Jerusalem, Isreal
  • Great Wall, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Mumbai, India
  • Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
  • Teotihuacan, Mexico
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
  • Athens, Greece
  • Matamata (Hobbiton), New Zealand
  • Goa, India
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Munich, Germany
  • Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), New Zealand
  • Rakiura National Park, New Zealand

Things to do
  • Ice Skating
  • Skiing
  • Jump off from Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Para-gliding
  • Ride a Helicopter
  • Snow Boarding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Skydiving
  • Bungy Ride in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Publish a book
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • BASE Jumping
  • Watch an aurora
  • Snorkeling
  • Experience Zero Gravity
  • Zorbing