Friday, January 29, 2010

Dota Themes

Apparently there is such a thing as themes for Dota. I'm actually kinda sick and tired of looking at the same textures for Dota, and lo' and behold, the power of be, google, has pointed me to where there are a few ready-made stuff you can put to customize the look and feel of the Dota map. Its legal I guess, as its only cosmetic changes, so it should run all right on Garena (yet to be tested as I'm actually still stuck in the office). Here's a basic installation guide I shamelessly swipped from the original site:

Download Link
DotA Theme Manager V4

Installation Guide:
1. Download the newest version of the DotA Theme Manager
2. Unpack* the file IN your warcraft folder - in most cases C:\Program Files\Warcraft III.
You can find the paths the files should have below!
3. DO NOT move or rename any of the files you unpacked. The path must be: "\Warcraft III\DTMV4\"
4. If you want it on your desktop, create a shortcut of the exe file.
5. make sure both your WC3 and your World Editor are closed!
6. Go!
Note: needs to be 'Run as administrator' under Vista to run entirely properly (thanks to Dagguh for this information!).
*) you need WinRAR to unpack it.

Some images from the site:
Dota Themes: Barrens:

Dota Themes: City

Dota Themes: Snow

Dota Themes: Hell

Dota Themes: Highlands

Notice that it doesn't mention anything abt Mac as yet (curses!!), so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll come up with something soon. 

All credits to Good jobs guys!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Conceptart - Newcar Park


Seriously futuristic! So when can we see this in Malaysia?

Sultan displeased with rumours


JOHOR BARU: The newly-proclaimed Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, has expressed displeasure over rumours that people had been reprimanded for not wearing proper attire of mourning for his late father.
Johor Council of Royal Court secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli said Sultan Ibrahim Ismail had related his concern over the rumours.

"His Royal Highness relayed (his concern) to me this morning. He has heard the rumours and is not pleased. He is very concerned.

"Never has Johor issued a directive to force people to wear (clothes for mourning). There is not an iota of truth in the rumours," he said in his office at Istana Besar here.

Rahim also denied rumours of policemen or personnel from the Johor Military Force detaining people who were not wearing the mourning attire.

By tradition, the people are required to mourn the death of rulers for seven days.
Johor adopts a standard mourning attire of songkok with a white band for Muslim men, white veil for Muslim women and black armband on the left arm for non-Muslims. Those wearing uniforms are required to wear the black armband.

Rahim described the nasty rumours as "nonsense" and said those who wished to mourn the late Sultan Iskandar should do it sincerely.

"If Johoreans want to mourn his majesty's death, they should do so out of sincerity, loyalty and love for Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

"If one does not wish to wear it, one needn't do so. There is no force to do so," he said.

Rahim also announced the proper way to address the current sultan of Johor's consort and eldest son.

He said the sultan's consort would be officially referred to as "Yang Maha Mulia Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah", while the sultan's eldest son, who is Raja Muda Johor is referred to as "Duli Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim".

Rahim said both their titles would be used until further notice.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Why does God allow good people to get hurt?

Why does God allow good people to get hurt?

"God isn't about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. He's all about you making choices- exercising the gift of free will. God wants you to have good things and a good life, but he can't gift wrap them for you. You have to choose the actions that lead you to that life."

.... Jim Butcher, The Warrior (Short story based on the Dresden Files settings)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Random stuff from Terry Brooks (The Sword of Truth series)

Faith is a device of self-delusion, a sleight of hand done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim. In simple terms, it is trying to breathe life into a lie by trying to outshine reality with the beauty of wishes.

Faith is the refuge of fools, the ignorant and the deluded, not of thinking, rational man.

In reality, contradictions cannot exist. Te belive in them, you must abandon the most important thing you possess: your rational mind. The wager for such a bargain is your life. In such an exchange, you always lose what you have at stake.

Wizard's rule

"People are stupid. They will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true."
"The greatest harm can result from the best intentions."
"Passion rules reason."
"There is magic in sincere forgiveness, the magic to heal. In forgiveness you grant, but more so, in forgiveness you receive."
"Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie."
"The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason"
"Life is the future, not the past."
"Deserve victory."
"A contradiction cannot exist in reality. Not in part, nor in whole."
"Willfully turning aside from the truth is treason to one's self."

Photoshop - Changing from CMYK to Single/Duotone

Hey man, this is for you:

Step 1
Convert to grayscale

Step 2
Once in the duotone menu, choose "monotone" under the pulldown.
Then click the color swatch for the first color (it is normally black).
Then you can choose your pantone color.
This will convert your photo to a pantone color.

Step 3
This will give you a pantone channel only.
You can now save this out as a Photoshop DCS 2.0

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ninja Assasin

I didn't get the chance to catch this in the theatre (awww mannnn) sadly. I actually saw the trailer on youtube sometime back and it was really awesome. Rain, the superstar r&b popstar from the land of the rising kimchi is awesome!! Searching on youtube I found this vid of Rain training for the movie with the guys from 8eleven (these guys actually trained those guys in 300 and the Matrix trilogy). Awesome stuff. Makes me wanna pick up Ninja training or something, dang those moves are awesome.