Archive for March, 2009

This Week’s Tweets

Mar 25th, 2009
  • Oh dear, things are looking more complicated than I had assumed. The hope of getting any more results before Lisbon looking slim now. #
  • @LadyMcScamp The New Dora is wearing fishnets? Or have I misunderstood? #
  • @LadyMcScamp That makes more sense. I saw the silhouettes and couldn’t help but think it disturbing, like some gross parody. #
  • @slummymummy1 You could at least try and track down the owner. #
  • Right. Think I’ve got everything together for the next release of my FO3 mod. Just changelog etc. to do now. But before that bed. And work. #
  • About to have a ‘how to write your thesis’ course. Seems you can’t just print it all off from Wikipedia. #
  • @LadyMcScamp Never actually seen LW, but only heard bad things about it from pretty much everyone. Does anyone like it non-ironically? #
  • We have a new centrifuge. Woo! My life is clearly overwhelmed with excitement. #
  • Bugger. ‘incident’ on the line. Delays, busses and cancelations. #
  • Yay! Blockage cleared! No replacement bus needed. #
  • @slummymummy1 Totally with you on Lidl, a lot of rubbish, but some amazingly fantastic stuff as well. Their tomatoes are great. #
  • Been nuking Edinburgh, #
  • @bengoldacre How on earth can endnote claim a violation of the EULA for someone who doesn’t even need to accept it? Wish Opera had Zotero. #
  • Blooming eck! I know I’m at home on a Friday night, but four singles ads on Facebook is a bit much! #
  • Five rather! #
  • Bah. Watching TV now have craving for poppy seed cake. Mmmm, poppy seeds. #
  • It is sunny and I an wearing my summer jacket. No sunglasses yet though. #
  • @stephenfry Get back to advertising Twinings, the current ads are terrible! #
  • @antonvowl I can pick up a copy for you if you like. #
  • @antonvowl I’ll see if I can sneak a photo. in reply to antonvowl #
  • Bah. Why when discussing ‘worst’ songs does everyone have to adopt a position of moral ind intellectual superiority to defend their position #
  • @thewellis Can you get it on inter library loan? #
  • @rockpapershot Racism in World of Goo, after all, its abbreviation is WoG. (And yes, that was a silly suggestion) #
  • @rockpapershot A More serious idea on gaming elements in non-gaming media. (Eg. Social networking, flickr, Google Street View) #
  • Oohh! My local excahnge is trialling 60Mbit/s broadband! #
  • Oh damn, goes live ‘Early next year’ when I’ll no longer be here. #
  • Going to be in Lisbon on conference from tomorrow. Will try and check tweets etc. but imagine it’ll be a bit awkward. #
  • Why on earth is Penis a trending topic? #
  • Hmm think I have everything packed, but know I’m missing something #
  • At the airport. Security very quick. Carrying a poster tube that looks like a bazzoka #
  • Now at Heathrow. Security was a bit more hectic. #
  • Touched down in Portugal. #

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Mar 22nd, 2009
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Ghouled! – A Fallout 3 Mod

Mar 20th, 2009





Ghouled! – CRAFT

A Fallout 3 Mod
James Glover


Download from Fallout 3 Nexus or Planet Fallout.

NOTE: This Mod is an early version and has not been fully tested. It is HIGHLY recommended that you keep a backup of any games with which you intend to use this mod.

IMPORTANT: This Mod uses the CRAFT system, and requires the CRAFT Mod by Highsight. The CRAFT Mod may be found here.


The twin horrors of nuclear and biological weapons wrought destruction on the world, destroying much life, and changing that which remained. The wasteland still bears the scars of these weapons, in the radioactive water supplies, and in the dangerous mutated lifeforms that are its wildlife. While some would still look to try and exploit humanities past failings, others are affected by them in more unintended ways.

This mod adds the ability for the player character to be transformed into a ghoul or ghoul-like mutant (think Harold). Ghoulification occurs on exposure to high levels of radiation and a successful transformation depends on a probability modified by your luck score. Alternatively, maintaining an irradiated state (>200 rads) for 14 consecutive days will have a similar effect.

Exposure to a weakened FEV virus, found in the Chop Shop, or vault 87 will initiate a similar transformation. While the player will have the appearance of a ghoul (much like Harold’s state), their physiology will be that of a mutant.

The player may also find a schematic which allows them to create an FEV gun. The FEV gun is similar to the dart gun, but will cause the target to undergo the same transformation that you induce in yourself.

Details (Contains minor spoilers)

Exposure to high levels of radiation, or continual exposure to more moderate levels will transform the player’s race into ghoul and give them the radiation resistance and healing abilities of a native ghoul. (Surprisingly they are not 100% resistant, areas of exceptionally high radiation will still kill the player. I have used the abilities Bethesda gave its native ghouls.)

Use of the FEV canisters will give the player the appearence of a ghoul and give them the radiation immunity of the super mutants. Due to in game restrictions your Pip Boy will report a radiation resistance of 85%. Changing this would have resulted in also increasing the maximum damage resistance. However I have fudged the scripts to ensure you can endure even the highest levels of radiation found within the game.

Becoming a ghoul, or otherwise being made to look like one, will also add you to the ghoul faction, and as a result will have a similar effect to the Ghoul mask. I have replicated the Ghoul mask’s clearing of your feral ghoul crime rating, and other characteristics. This will ensure that as with the mask, your companions aren’t attacked etc. The code of the mask required a minor modification to prevent ghoulified players who wear the mask from becoming enemies of the feral ghouls on its removal.

The player will lose two charisma points on ghoulification.

The mod adds an FEV Canister mesh, as the included one doesn’t appear to contain collision data.

The FEV Gun can be built from the schematic found within the Chop Shop of Underworld. Similar to the dart gun, it requires a toy car, surgical tubing and a paint gun; the FEV canister fills the roll of the Radscorpian poison gland. Due to the way the workbenches function, the schematic is not compatible with other schematic mods. For this reason the noschematic version does not modify the workbench, and instead adds a complete gun to the Chop Shop. The gun uses darts as ammo and can be repaired by the dart gun.


1. Unzip all files to your Fallout 3 data directory
2. Ensure you have also downloaded and installed the CRAFT expansion. This will allow the use of multiple custom schematics. The CRAFT mod may be found here:


V0.1 – First release version
v0.2 – Added FEV Gun and appropriate schematics.
Corrected a potential issue caused by the unnecessary modding of a couple of items in the chop shop.
v0.3 – Adapted Mod to make use of CRAFT (Highsight)
Added the ability to become ghoulified on radiation exposure
Corrected lore discrepancy, FEV exposure no longer results in Ghoul physiology,
in game messages have been altered to reflect this.
Corrected spelling error in message text (Thanks DragonSparke)
Improved scripts to avoid ‘FEV worn off’ messages and to avoid rare crash events on ghoulification.
v0.3a – Corrected misspelling in credits.

Problems and TODO

1. TODO- Improve the FEV collision mesh to allow it to roll more realistically
3. TODO- Modify the chamber/terminal code so that the transformation is triggered by entering the chamber after activation, rather than dispensing a canister. This will also change any human NPCs with the player.
4. TODO- Remove all script references to human/smoothskin after the player has been ghouled.
5. TODO- Consider how player ghoulification by affect their standing with Tenpenny tower/The Brotherhood/Supermutants
6. TODO- Add the mod in the context of a minor quest

This Week’s Tweets

Mar 18th, 2009
  • I have food at last. I hate defrosting stuff. #
  • @robmanuel Ahh, before you fleshed out the list I thought badscience referred to @Bengoldacre fanboys, rather than their targets. #
  • @stephenfry Twitter is obviously far more mainstream than I had assumed if it contains folks who don’t know about the Kindle #
  • Once again everyone is complaining about the new facebook. Seems that folk just don’t like change, or like complaining. #
  • @VickieWire They are rolling it out slowly, it wont have changed for many people yet. #
  • @inkiepixie Yes, I was just amused at how quickly the complaints started up. I wondered if they were the same people as six months ago. #
  • @inkiepixie Whoops, just realised you probably didn’t see my tweet @vickiewire Yes, they are rolling it out slowly, most don’t have it yet. #
  • How odd, someone clearly plugged my website on a bondage chatroom, at least if my referrer logs are accurate. #
  • @slummymummy you want to keep the # out of the brackets if he is to find it. eg. #hashtags #
  • @VickieWire What did he do? Include BNP pamphlets with the semi-skimmed? #
  • Bah. After a recent tweet this feels hypocritical but ‘New Facebook Sucks!’ It won’t let me update my status with Opera! #
  • @VickieWire I thought you hated Avon? Or is this the reason why you hate Avon? #
  • Pah, I may just as well remove the google ads on my blog. In three years I’ve made a total of $4.38 and they won’t even pay out until $100 #
  • @thewellis I wondered where you were going with that. I thought you’d ask us what we wanted #
  • @thewellis Hmm, I shall have to have a think. There are films I hate, and films that are just crap, but something that will have me shrivel? #
  • @ladylikepunk 29th March #
  • Just noticed the ‘featured user’ bit in the sidebar, when did they add that? #
  • Yay! Facebook now works again in Opera. Seems that my little ‘downgrade’ last night didn’t actually work. #
  • @slummymummy To steak or to blowjobs? #
  • @bonzrat Do you need example replies from your keen followers. Because if so here is a prompt yet boring one. #
  • Am I the only person who did a double take on hearing the arrest of a ‘leading Republican,’ until I realised the story was from N.I. not USA #
  • @qikipedia Assuming of course no near-lightspeed space travel #
  • @stephenfry Is there ever a week in which you aren’t travelling somewhere? #
  • Finding errors in scientific papers. When a person gets the author wrong it makes the reference hard to find. #
  • Vaguely amused by the return of the Megadrive. Strangely tempted to pick one up. #
  • @smallmatryoshka Ahh, I have a 400D, haven’t got any abandoned victorian warehouses though. in reply to smallmatryoshka #
  • Bah, wish my graphics card had video capture like my old one. I need to grab some Wii screen-shots for a blog post. #
  • @slummymummy1 I block them because I think it trips twitters ‘suspicious activity’ filter. #
  • @slummymummy1 If you click on a banned account you get a message saying the account was flagged for ‘suspicious activity’ in reply to slummymummy1 #
  • My cells grew too slowly to use today, but tomorrow, tomorrow they will face my wrath! #
  • @slummymummy1 No trouble here #
  • Bah! I’ve just spent an hour and a half trying to work out why a window wasn’t displaying, only to realise that it was just off-screen #

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You Know You Are Addicted to Twitter when…

Mar 14th, 2009

Bah, something is very tragic about blogging about twitter on a Friday night.

  • You find yourself referring to friends as @twittername
  • You find yourself constrained to speaking in sentences of a maximum of 140 characters.
  • Before recounting an interesting fact you read in the newspaper you find yourself saying RT @guardiannews
  • When in an accident, you reach for a phone, not to call the police, but to tweet the incident.
  • You won’t pick up on a company’s press release unless they’ve also tweeted it.
  • You had to stop synching your facebook status to your twitter account as you were overwhelming everyone’s news feeds.
  • Your twitter account has begun to replace your RSS reader.
  • When your parents point out that they never heard about your marriage, children and pending promotion you patiently point out that it is all available in your twitter feed.
  • You don’t find anything odd about knowing exactly what @stephenfry are for breakfast.
  • You follow more people on twitter than you meet in the average day.
  • You follow more people on twitter than you meet in the average year.

Please add your own ideas in the comments, or alternatively tweet them with the #A2T hashtag.

My stats

I first started using twitter back in August 2007 but for ages the twitter bug didn’t bite, and I rarely even tweeted. My Twitterholic stats show that after an initial burst of activity my account lay dormant until almost a year later when I began slow regular tweets, and added a few friends. Then, at the beginning of this year I gained more friends and followers and began tweeting much more regularly.


Perhaps unsurprisingly this increase in tweeting also seems to correspond with my new-years blogging resolution.