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Last Posted March 25, 2022 at 4:03 PM
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#25 PugChamp-Helper in Projects

Nice work, kodeeey. It's very cool that the extension shows how many people are added up in a selected region without the user having to open up a PugChamp tab to check. I'm looking forward to seeing what other ideas you and the community come up with.

Off the top of my head, I can think of a few possibilities for features like custom sounds/page backgrounds, cleaner-looking pie charts/tables, an option to auto-embed linked images in chat (note: potentially dangerous), or an option to hide messages by default from certain users (sort of like how Discord lets you click to reveal/hide messages from users that you have blocked). The effort to implement those features may not be worth it, however, given their minor impact.

posted about 3 years ago
#9 Laptop recommendations in Hardware

I bought a Dell XPS 15 (i5-7300HQ, 8 GB RAM, 3840x2160, GTX 1050, 256 GB SSD) for grad school when it was on sale and really like it. The performance for typical tasks is great, and text looks really sharp. I read a lot and also program, so I really value the screen. I wouldn't recommend playing games like TF2 on this laptop, but in my experience the XPS 15 is capable of running TF2 between 40-80 FPS at 1920x1080. If I had my desktop and 144 Hz monitor here with me, I wouldn't really have bothered to try playing scrims on the XPS 15. It's not worth it, and, as you mentioned, it's best to keep your laptop focused on productive applications. Nevertheless, many people have chosen to repaste and/or undervolt their XPS 15s for better gaming performance.

Pros:
- great display
- fingerprint sensor has been surprisingly convenient, especially with 1Password
- good performance
- good battery life
- solid design
- keyboard backlight if you want it (I keep it off)

Cons:
- webcam position is suboptimal (note: I don't think I've ever used the webcam on this laptop)
- GTX 1050 isn't really necessary for standard use

I've heard great things about the MateBook X Pro as well. A Chromebook may be sufficient for your needs, but I personally wouldn't want to use one as my main computer.

posted about 3 years ago
#7971 stream highlights in Videos

https://clips.twitch.tv/RoundNaiveEggBudBlast

posted about 3 years ago
#58 What's your 2019 resolution? in Off Topic

I think it would be helpful if people not only shared their resolutions, but also shared what they're planning to do to achieve them. That way, people reading this thread who have similar resolutions might have an easier time sticking with them.

For example, I liked Apt's resolution to "cut back on soda intake". Personally, this became easier for me in 2018 after I purchased a water filter pitcher for my fridge, as this encouraged me to primarily drink cold filtered water. You may also wish to blend your own beverages at home.
It helps to read more about the potential negative effects of soft drinks. Note that fruit juices may be a deceptively unhealthy soda replacement: "one 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is roughly what’s in a can of Coke".

mopsy's resolution to "Maintain current friendships and build new ones" is also good. I regret not talking to my friends more last year, especially now that I'm out of undergrad and in grad school. Often, it's easy to feel that you might be bothering them or that your friendship has become too weak to make it worth it to send a message. The main thing to remember is that maintaining a friendship requires effort from both parties, and if they aren't yet reaching out to contact you, you might as well make the first move and ask them how things are going. I wouldn't say I'm particularly good at keeping in touch yet, but it's something for me to work on this year.

posted about 3 years ago
#14 Another Day at the Office LFP + subs in Recruitment (looking for players)

This sounds like a solid team to try out for. taiga is a chill guy who happens to be really good at both TF2 and Ratz Instagib (he's even on the first page of the FFA leaderboard).

Check out his Twitch stream (https://www.twitch.tv/yaihga) and make sure to smash that follow button.

posted about 3 years ago
#11 lft demo and medic IM in Recruitment (looking for team)

https://clips.twitch.tv/MagnificentApatheticDotterelKappaWealth

posted about 3 years ago
#22 PugChamp-Helper in Projects

Yes, hopefully NA support will come soon.

Actually, I've uploaded a better file to use that takes ESEA history into account: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/minicircle/esea_tf2_data/master/esea_data_full.json

In this file, "Invite (current)" means that the player is currently on an Invite team, while "Invite (historical)" means that the player is not currently on an ESEA team but was last rostered on an Invite team.

Here is a screenshot of what my local fork of the extension looks like for NA PugChamp using this data:

https://i.imgur.com/09SkfJT.png

posted about 3 years ago
#18 PugChamp-Helper in Projects

I wrote a basic Node application to match Steam IDs found on NA PugChamp to current ESEA league status. At the moment, this application does not take a player's previous ESEA history into account. If you would like to add PugChamp-Helper support for ESEA/NA PugChamp, or if you're just interested in the results, you can access the data here: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/minicircle/esea_tf2_data/master/esea_data.json.

Thank you to san antonio 1998 green mustang for the help with Cloudflare issues. Thank you to ESEA for nothing. PM me if you have questions.

From the list of NA PugChamp players, the following ESEA users were detected:
- 73 Invite players
- 161 Intermediate players
- 125 Open players
- 1455 PugChamp players that have an ESEA profile but are currently inactive in ESEA

The rest of the players did not have a valid ESEA profile. Note that it may make sense to recompile the data after ESEA Season 30 starts and players have settled into their teams.

(edit: corrected numbers)

posted about 3 years ago
#17 PugChamp-Helper in Projects

Looks great! I saw this extension in action in a stream highlight ages ago but had no idea what it was called. Based on the Citadel docs, I'm pretty sure adding basic ozfortress/AU PugChamp support would be really straightforward if you can ask for and obtain an API key.

This might be inaccurate, but I think after you get a key, you can make a single request to https://warzone.ozfortress.com/api/v1/leagues/15/ (i.e., Season 23, the latest completed season) and collect all of the rosters. Each roster object provides a division string (Premier, Intermediate, etc.) and a list of players. Each player object provides a Steam ID, making it easy to map Steam IDs to divisions. You can then have your extension cache this map by using the `chrome.storage` API.

Additionally, you may wish to use a linter to automatically fix some of the minor inconsistent indentation/brace usage in your source code.

posted about 3 years ago
#35 Scratchh LFT S30 in Recruitment (looking for team)

Last time Scratchh was LFT, I posted the following:

minicircleScratchh also has strong DM on scout and sniper. He will hopefully keep improving his previously contentious attitude. His gameplay is pretty consistent; honestly, his reputation would be so good if he was never allowed near a chat box.

Nothing has really changed in the past 5 months. In terms of DM, he's definitely IM-capable. He needs to stop associating with racist morons and acting like them -- until then, he'll keep embarrassing himself. I really want to believe that Scratchh saying "no more toxic" actually means something, but I'm doubtful. Hope he proves me wrong; give him a shot if you have patience to spare.

catfaceyou can't just be toxic up until the day that you post a lft and then say you're reformed that's not how it works

yep

posted about 3 years ago
#88 Free Game Megathread in Other Games
xtradvis there a way to bookmark threads or get notifications cause i keep missing deals from here.

You can get Steam notifications about free games by subscribing to this thread from the "Free Game Finders" Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/freegamesfinders/discussions/0/648814845208555516/?tscn=999999999999

You don't have to join the group to subscribe to the notification thread. They have posted about non-Steam games too, such as Destiny 2 (when it was free).

posted about 3 years ago
#6 LFT roamer in Recruitment (looking for team)

squidie is the real deal. as I've posted before, "you should have no hesitation in trying him out". his combination of gamesense and humor make him a great player to pick up. there's no doubt that he'll improve at roamer if given the chance on a serious team - he's already proven that he can play the game well on other classes.

posted about 3 years ago
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posted about 4 years ago
#35 CoLLeGe in Off Topic

graduated from undergrad at UT Austin (biochemistry), currently studying at Harvard

do I regret my thousands of hours spent playing/watching TF2? not that much, actually - there are a lot of cool people in the community, and the plays that people have pulled off in this game are legitimately inspiring

would I recommend this game to new players? absolutely not

posted about 4 years ago
#8 LFT demo mid/high open in Recruitment (looking for team)

Legitimately one of the biggest sleeper picks in open - it is insane how good he is at both landing pipes on demo and overall gamesense on medic. It may sound like I'm exaggerating, but trust me, you should have no hesitation in trying him out on demo this season if you are leading an ambitious open team. Plus, he's a friendly guy. squidie is a player to keep your eye on.

posted about 4 years ago
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