Friday, April 27, 2012

Thundertoss Top 200 KOTH (King of the Hill)


When: 10:30 KST/03:30 CEST/Fri 21:30 EDT/Fri 18:30 PDT

CastersAscend & Thundertoss

Replays: (See Replay Packs on left side of that page)

Format:  Top 200 Players (Grandmaster priority, top Masters permitted)


  • $20 for each 5 wins.
  • $10 for dethroning a 5+ win player.
  • $10 for "Match of the Night"

Players: join the chat channel "top200koth" on the NA server, and send a message to Thundertoss.

Thread: Top 200 KOTH (with prize $$!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Security Now Podcast

I really like the Security Now Podcast with Steve Gibson, alternate podcast link on TwitTV, Steve is a total Nerd Baller, he has had Nerd jobs since he was 13 years old!

For more on Steve Gibson see Wiki on him or his webpage

He also provides some useful computer software, including freeware.

Computer Nerds may want to look at SpinRite (Note: SpinRite is NOT free) his HDD recovery tool, it works on pretty much any HDD, even things like Tivo and console games. 

I find this podcast useful for Computer news and tidbits, and sometimes neat Hacker tidbits.

Not saying it is for everyone, I am not a true hard core computer geek myself, but I usually understand enough from this show to know if I want to google or look up links mentioned to learn more.

I also like the fact that they provide several resources for each podcasts, including transript, below is a list from Gibson's website:

Each episode has SIX resources:

High quality 64 kbps mp3 audio file
Quarter size, bandwidth-conserving,
16 kbps (lower quality) mp3 audio file
A web page with any supplementary notes
A web page text transcript of the episode
A simple text transcript of the episode
Ready-to-print PDF (Acrobat) transcript  
If you have any other tech or computer security podcasts that you recommend, please suggest them in the comments section below. No need to log in to post. GL HF, Cliff

WhiteRa & Stephano streaming!

Glad I have two screens so I don't have to make a heartbreaking decision



Sunday, April 22, 2012

WhiteRa vs Sheth

WhiteRa vs Sheth, cast by Mr Bitter & Rotterdam, from Season 3 of the NASL

Game 2  ||  Game 3

Stephano vs Thorzain Bo3

From EG MCSL Season 7 Millenium vs. Mousesports, Stephano vs Thorzain, a Bo3, cast by Incontrol.

A Battle between Ballers ^_^

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Starcraft 2 Thoughts: Defending vs heavy Ghost & Nukes

This game, Liquid`Jinro(T) v SlayerS.Brown(P), on Daybreak, from Korean Ladder cast & uploaded by Ipp, from RagequitTV on 4/20/2012, shows Jinro's Ghost/Nuke focused late game vs Protoss.

I was impressed with Brown's strong defense to this Ghost/Nuke style Jinro used, my comments & thoughts, with spoilers below the VOD.

SlayerS Brown was using good tactics, that displayed a solid understanding of the difference between his race (Protoss) and the enemy Terran.

Yes, everyone knows the differences, but not everyone integrates those differences fully into their strategy and tactics.

Brown clearly did in this game.

After an even fight, no one ahead or behind, at 41:09 game time ( 29:36 VOD time) he instantly warped in 19 Zealots and pressed attack again, since he knew Terran couldn't rebuild that fast.

Additionally, tactically speaking, that played to the weakness of the Ghosts, as a spell caster, when they use up their mana they are much weaker!

I think the Protoss' unit comp was important as well, though not the unit comp I would use vs heavy Ghost, Brown was making a lot of HT, and keeping a lot of Archons around.

That seems counter intuitive, since an Archon is basically nothing but a glowing ball of shields, and EMP drops shields 100 points at a time, but I think Brown was doing this to try and draw EMP's from the Ghosts.

EMP costs 75 energy, and it takes at least two of them to seriously weaken an Archon, and a Ghost with no energy to cloak is a lot easier to deal with, also Jinro was using Ghost/Marauder/Viking, and Archons are neither Armored or Light.

So Archon would not get hit by bonus damage from Ghost or Marauder attacks!

Plus you would maybe do some splash damage to cloaked Ghosts with that many Archons.

Brown was also keeping 2-3 units cued up on each Robo (you can see this at ~45:44 game time/32:52 VOD time), I found that very interesting, normally in the early game that is a bad idea, because it ties up resources that could be better spent on something that will complete sooner.

It seemed like Brown was doing it deliberately though, perhaps he was trying to minimize replacement time on his Robo units?  I am not sure why he was doing it, but I am pretty sure he was doing it on purpose.

If anyone has any thoughts on that please share them in the comments section.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Thundertoss Top 200 KOTH (King of the Hill)

Thundertoss' weekly Top 200 King of the Hill continues, showing the top players duking it out in a King of the Hill format.

(normally the show runs around 8 hours, tonight may be shorter because of MLG & Dreamhack this weekend)


When: 10:30 KST/03:30 CEST/Fri 21:30 EDT/Fri 18:30 PDT

CastersAscend & Thundertoss

Replays: (See Replay Packs on left side of that page)

Format:  Top 200 Players (Grandmaster priority, top Masters permitted)

  • $20 for each 5 wins.
  • $10 for dethroning a 5+ win player.
  • $10 for "Match of the Night"

Players: join the chat channel "top200koth" on the NA server, and send a message to Thundertoss.

Thread: Top 200 KOTH (with prize $$!)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kings of Tin: Slasher Night

Kings of Tin,  djWheat & WackStevens, with Slasher.

For more on Kings of Tin, including a list of all previous guests, and VOD's of previous shows, go to

When: 08:00 KST/01:00 CEST/Mon 19:00 EDT/Mon 16:00 PDT


Nerd News: Using Top 3 Nerd Skills to get out of speeding ticket!

Full story at io9, if your running NoScript you will have to allow i09 & gawker to view, actual paper/argument used at

Was worth a chuckle and a grin IMO, and I am sure my sister that is a Math Prof will find this amusing, not to mention, considering how she drives she may need it to ^_^ (had to put that in there in case she reads this!).

As the Article at i09 points out, the fact that another car obscured Officer's view probably had more to do with case being thrown out, though I have heard from friends that know something about law & court, Judges often like pictures charts, graphs, etc.

So that might have had something to do with it as well.



Sunday, April 15, 2012

Starcraft 2 Thoughts: PvT play

I really liked Harstem's (P) play in this game vs FXOBratOK (T), cast by Duckvillelol.

My comments with spoilers below the VOD.

I like Harstem's style of Active defense, he does a very good job of scouting and preparing for drops during this game.

At ~11:14 game time (8:11 VOD time) he smoothly deflects a planned elevator attack with good scouting, by 1 of the 2 Observers he had out. and positioning Stalkers to 1 or 2 shot the Medivacs.

It cost him the Observer, but he instantly starts making a second.

He lost severl Observers in this game, which as a Coach I think is a VERY good thing, he was losing them because he was being very active in scouting with his Obs, almost aggressive level of scouting you might say.

Well into the middlegame he was keeping two Observers on the field, except for the brief amount of time it takes to make a replacement when one is killed.

Think about it this way, each of those Scans to kill an Obs cost the enemy a Mule, in addition to the information provided by the aggresive scouting.

I found Hartem's (P) base layout in his main interesting, not sure if I like it or not, I will have to do some testing to be sure.

I think part of the reason for the wall, never got to see for sure, is because he plans to rely on HT warp in & Feedback, vs Medivac, as a key part of his base defense.

The wall, pretty clearly shown by Duckville at ~17:00 game time, would allow him to warp in a HT, or two, on the opposite side of the wall from enemy's Drop, giving time to Feedback & then morph to Archon if needed.

Then at ~13:36 game time (9:52 VOD time), Harstem warps in a HT and Feedbacks Medivac, he was also using the Stalkers as support to cover the Main mineral line, while the slower Zealots stayed by the Naturel mineral line to defend those Probes.

At ~11:14 game time (8:11 VOD time) he smoothly deflects a planned elevator attack with good scouting and Stalker in position to 1 or 2 shot the Medivacs.

I really liked Harstem's HT play, he made them a useful part of his early base defense, and he also used them well offensively, even though BratOK had Ghosts out, he seems to favor having the HT trail the main army, and using Blink to try and snipe Ghosts, or scare them ^_^

I am biased in favor of HT though. 

I favor getting HT first, I don't like trying to make Colossus before 3 bases, generally speaking, I think HT make for a far smoother transition out of Gateway focused play.

A Phoenix opening is a different situation IMO, I like Robo Zealot Drop transition into Colossus for Phoenix openings.  For more of my thoughts on Phoenix PvT openings see Starcraft 2 Skills: PvT Beating Bio with Phoenix & Drop.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Gaming Jobs: Valve Job openings

I regularly post about Gaming Jobs, and other Job Openings, that I think Nerds might be interested in applying for, the most recent I have found is

If you would like to see other posts about jobs click on the Labels Gaming Jobs or Job Opening.

Both of those Labels, and many more, can be found in the Label Cloud at left side of this blog.

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Thundertoss Top 200 KOTH (King of the Hill)

Thundertoss' weekly Top 200 King of the Hill continues, showing the top players duking it out in a King of the Hill format.


When: 10:30 KST/03:30 CEST/Fri 21:30 EDT/Fri 18:30 PDT

CastersAscend & Thundertoss

Replays: (See Replay Packs on left side of that page)

Format:  Top 200 Players (Grandmaster priority, top Masters permitted)


  • $20 for each 5 wins.
  • $10 for dethroning a 5+ win player.
  • $10 for "Match of the Night"

Players: join the chat channel "top200koth" on the NA server, and send a message to Thundertoss.

Thread: Top 200 KOTH (with prize $$!)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nerd News: "Porn site sponsorship causes split over fighting game community's self image"

Ars article, Porn site sponsorship causes split over fighting game community's self image, in summary it seems that Brazzers is looking to sponsor, or is sponsoring, Joe Ciaramelli, aka "LI Joe", a Mortal Combat, and other fighting games, pro player.

I don't think this is a good direction for Esports. 

I wouldn't want to be affiliated with Brazzers, or similar companies, not because of the sex, but because in my opinion, the porn industry exploits people with severe problems.

So for me, the question is more about the values & attitudes of the companies involved.  I really don't care to be associated with people I can't respect and trust.

Something like Dr. Drew and Loveline, would be totally different in my opinion.

Though there is a lot of explicit talk about sex and drugs on Loveline, Dr. Drew works on educating people, to help them make good, informed, decisions.

Dr Drew works on building people up, not taking exploiting their weakness.

LXG/SGT Open for all Master/Grand Master #2

Event is live now 18:00 CDT April 4th


More info at

Slush vs Beast

Slush vs Beast cast by Husky

I am a Root fanboy, but haven't seen many of Slush's games since Root broke up :(

So decided to post this recent VOD of one of Slush's games that Husky cast.

HSM Easter 2012: Boyo (P) vs Zinger (Z) this Friday!

HSM Easter 2012: Boyo vs Zinger

Holiday Show Match (HSM) Easter 2012: Boyo (P) vs Zinger (Z) in a Bo7



Date:  April 6, 2012

Time:  20:00 [8:00 pm] EDT


Overview:  The HSM is a new series of SC2 Showmatches sponsored by Cliff's Esports Corner & NanMan, we plan to have HSM for several holidays every year, we have at least three more planned this year.

Prize Pool for the first HSM is $75, and we are following Totalbicuit's model, so the winner will receive $50 and the loser will receive $25

Since the HSM is a holiday event, the show will be cast from replays.

While we would would prefer a live event, just like you do, this way the players are free to spend the holidays with family and friends, and everyone can still enjoy the HSM over the holiday, when there are not many Starcraft 2 events (other than the IPL 4 in Vegas T_T)

NanMan will cast live (he will not have seen games ahead of time) Friday, and we plan to have the VOD's up by the next day.

More Information:

Starcraft 2 Skills: Learning Cheese in PvP

Some very well done Cheese, cast by Crota.

PSA: "Facebook logins aren't being properly protected on iPhones, iPads and Android devices"

Story at Sophos,

Sounds like  more of a problem when you play Facebook games on my first read through.

The Sophos story is citing Gareth Wright's Blog at

Though the Sophos title mentions Androids, I did not see anything in the actual articles to support this being a problem on Android.

Though I am not a computer programing nerd, so perhaps this is clearly a cross platform issue?

In any case, one more reason to be very careful with Facebook.

For similar Blog posts click on labels at bottom left of the post security, iOS, passwords, or hacking.

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Nerd News: A new game from the Creator of Minecraft!

New game on the way, read details here, the description vaguely reminds me of RedDwarf & Hitchhikers Guide:
In 1988, a brand new deep sleep cell was released, compatible with all popular 16 bit computers. Unfortunately, it used big endian, whereas the DCPU-16 specifications called for little endian. This led to a severe bug in the included drivers, causing a requested sleep of 0x0000 0000 0000 0001 years to last for 0x0001 0000 0000 0000 years.
It's now the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD, and the first lost people are starting to wake up to a universe on the brink of extinction, with all remote galaxies forever lost to red shift, star formation long since ended, and massive black holes dominating the galaxy.

Screenshot here

You can follow Notch, if your not already, at!/notch

Ret vs PiG

Liquid Ret vs tt PiG cast by c0mmissar1

oGsVines vs coLgoswser

Vines vs Goswser cast by MrLlamaSC

ColTriMaster streaming Korean Ladder

Go TriMaster!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nerd Lore: Secure Cloud Storage

When I looked into Cloud storage some months ago, SpiderOak seemed to be the most secure option that fit my needs.

Ars did a story on it today, SpiderOak: Dropbox for the security obsessive.

Good write up by Ars, and as always, there is a lot of useful information in the comments as well.

Since Ars has so many smart Nerds in their readership ^_^ not that I am biased or anything.

Learning Starcraft 2: PvT Storm Build

DesRow Tweeted this last night, my time, I found it interesting, I have been playing with some HT builds myself vs Terran.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Stephano Streaming

Thought he tweeted that he wouldn't stream for long this time :(


Nerd News: Kim "SaSe" Hammar Talks Pro-Gaming

Rachel "SeltzerPlease" Quirico, interviews  Kim "SaSe" Hammar about Pro Gaming, for the Razer Academy.

HSM 2012 Easter: ZingerXPn

Zinger is in the Holiday Show Match (HSM) Easter 2012, click link for more information on the showmatch, but this Blog post is about Zinger.

Zinger is a GM NA Zerg, he is Korean, but was born in the United States.  He is currently a College Senior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) majoring in Computer Engineering, and he has a job lined up as soon as he graduates.

He started playing more competitively in SC2 when he discovered that his College, had an official team in the Collegiate Star League (CSL). 

For more on CSL:

Zinger's CSL team, is currently ranked very high in the league and they will soon be playing in the playoffs. 
One of his college teammates suggested he join, the primarily Korean, clan PlayXP (XPn) as it had a strong roster for practice partners.

Zinger greatly improved his play, "by constantly pestering my clanmates for practice matches" after joining XPn.

Zinger hasn't participated in any matches representing XPn until recently, he was not part of XPn's roster during the American Pro League season.

I first saw ZingerXPn play in a LXG Open, several months ago, before he made GM. 

His play reminds me more than a little of Violet, so I wasn't surprised when I learned while interviewing him, that Violet is one of his favorite Zerg.

Both NanMan (founder of LXG) and myself, became instant fans of Zinger, and started following him, after that LXG Open.

Zinger is my favorite non pro player, though both Zinger & myself want him to become pro or semi pro.  I have been doing what I can to get him recruited by a pro team.

I should have asked him if his parents would support him going Pro? 

I wonder if Korean parents are more accepting of that than a lot of foreigner parents?  Great question for followup interview!

More on Zinger:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Kings of Tin Tonight with empire.viOlet

Kings of Tin,  djWheat & WackStevens, with Violet.

They should place at least masters I think with Violet helping them ^_^

When: 08:00 KST/01:00 CEST/Mon 19:00 EDT/Mon 16:00 PDT


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Minigun vs KnighTLighT from Thunders' Top 200

ColMinigun vs  KnighTLighT, cast by NanMan.

Replays from Thundertoss' Top 200 KOTH, can be found on the left side of his blog though they run behind at times, Thundertoss is at and/or involved with most big SC2 events, which is one of the factors that can delay replays getting uploaded.

Starcraft 2 Skills: Build Integration

In this Idra vs sWs game, cast by Ipp of RageQuitTV, you can see that though Idra is changing his build, or strategy, he doesn't seem to have all the element coordinated yet.

I am not picking on Idra here, it just seems clear to me that he is either changing some of his game play, because of the influence of Stephano, or at least testing some of those concepts.

Since Idra is such a high profile, skilled player, I feel these games that show that even high level GM's have a learning curve for new builds may provide inspiration to others.

See also Idra vs Bound for a related post.


My comments & observations, with spoilers below the VOD.

Early in the game, Ipp makes a point about Idra not getting Roach speed, I think he missed the fact that Lair hadn't finished yet, so Idra couldn't get Roach speed till it finished.

I like several of the things Idra did or tried to do in this game, I really like him taking the Gold as 3rd, that is something I have been coaching Zerg players to do on several maps.

Since I am convinced in general it makes defending an expo easier for Zerg, Zerg units tend to be short ranged or melee units, so they need to get good surrounds.

The Central Gold bases on almost every map that has them is far more open than normal Naturals or thirds.

However, at ~13:26 game time (9:47 VOD time), Idra puts his 4th hatch down in the normal location for a 3rd.  I believe that was a rather large error.

I think he should have taken the other Gold base, the one closer to his Protoss opponent.

This would have provided several advantages:
  • faster reinforcement for his Roach aggression
  • deny logical 4th base to his opponent
  • lots of minerals with 2 Gold bases, so he could have spined up a lot more, like Stephano does at times
  • would have provided another layer of defense (aka Defense in Depth), both for his first gold base, but also for his main, layered defenses enable flanking, rear, & surrounding attacks
  • in connection to denying his enemy a Gold base & adding a layer to his own defense, even if he lost the second Gold, he would have taken some of the resources from it, so it would be worth less to his enemy, additionally it would cost the enemy more time and units to take it, so if the game was really close it might throttle opponents income significantly even if enemy took it away from Idra
  • It would also have strengthened the containment on Protoss

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