Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oh the Ebilness of it all

Force Sensitivity, Level 1

Ah yes there is evil all around us, but who are the truly evil, and who are faking it? Which persons will be straight forward with you and help you out on the path to enlightenment and who will lead you astray?

Well I am not posting any hints or spoilers, you will have to take the challenge and see for yourself. Because this is part of the Cheddar academy, in order to login in to the test you will need to be registered with the Irregular Comics Forum (your user name and pass word will be the same for both)

If you are led astray by `perceived knowledge' and end up with a low score, you can refresh your studies with the Darths & Droids archives. All the answered are there for the padawan with his/her eyes open to wisdom.

My final result was 30/32 (9/10 points) and I will be talking the challenge again after suitable meditations.

Several days later: You have successfully detected the evilness or otherwise of 32 people out of 32. You score 10 points out of 10.
\o/ (The padawan is humble, the padawan does not gloat)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Empire Strikes out!

Well if singing the Darths & Droids pledge wasn't bad enough for the Universe. Some Wise Cheddar master decided that being an order of multi-cultural space monks, that the Pledge of Allegiance needs to be translated into local dialects.
So, as with the previous warning, the enclosed audio may cause cerebral hemorrhage. Not only is my singing voice non-existent, but I am singing in a language I barely speak (I have been in Sweden for 3 years, but have only 6 months of language lessons)
So here we go, the first (second if you count the original artist's Hebrew version) translation of Darths & Droids in Swedish, and performed by The Swedish Chef.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Percentile Dice - Level 2 Force Manipulation

For some reason Youtube wants to censor the audio on my Video. I guess that they have never heard of Fair usage, Creative license, Fair Dealing or any of a dozen other `loopholes' for using samples and segments of copyrighted works. Of course the pressure likely comes from the RIAA lobby which doesn't really speak for the artists.

That rant being said and posted, here is the unaltered, original video with sound that YouTube does not want you to hear. As far as Cheddar challenges go, this was more difficult than most and the past week I've been having problems with my editing software. I ended up removing the program, and any programs that I thought may be clashing with it, cleaned my registry files (over 1700 errors found) and ran complete scans for malware, virus and Trojan programs. Now everything seems to be stable. This technological marvel is no match for the power of the Cheese, but for now it will fulfil it's roll.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Twenty sided dice

Make a video of yourself, wearing your Cheddar Monk robes, rolling a 20-sided die, and showing that it lands on 20 (5 points)

5 points Awarded :"An excellent demonstration of the three methods of Force Manipulation."

Cheddar leap

Take a photo of yourself, wearing your Cheddar Monk robes, in mid-air (3 points)
(you may click on the photos to see full sized)

The life of a padawan is a long and difficult one, even for such a simple task as jumping.

My first attempt barely got me off the ground. Attempts two, and three show improvement.

After an evening of meditations and practice, I achieved maximum altitude.

How ever not being satisfied, with this accomplishment, I went for
a super jump. I think that the concentration of midichloriens was too much for this old body, and my legs exploded.

I will be spending a few days in the re-generation tank to grow back my legs before attempting the levitation ball. I guess that in the tank I can practice summon fish.

Summon Bigger Fish

Take a photo of yourself, wearing your Cheddar Monk robes, with a big fish. The bigger the better. Post it somewhere on the Internet and post a link to it in the Cheddar Monk Academy forum
(up to 10 points)

Since my First effort to summon fish didn't turn out quite the way I intended, I went back and studied the Cheddar Monk handbook. The problem seemed to be I was in the wrong environment for fish, and my enunciation was not clear.

I went out to the coast and made a second attempt. This time I managed to Summon a Gianormous fish.

In reading the fine print in the handbook, I have also learned that when summoning a large predator, there is always the risk of a larger predator showing up to eat it.

I hope that some where in the next year of challenges, we learn how to banish kitty.

Levitation level I

Take a photo of yourself, wearing your Cheddar Monk robes, levitating a ball in the air. (3 points)

Convince the cheddar masters

Convince the Cheddar Masters to award you points for Negotiation. Make sure you tell us your registered Padawan user name.
NOTE: the Bolgging software either does not support the full formating that was used in the email, or I haven't figured it all out yet.

Padwan Hieraco

has your best interest in mind

Negotiations are the expertise of politician and lawyer
We could waste days discussing the benefits
But you know in the depth of your soul
That Awarding Points of High Value
will bring about peace
to this unsettled

Cheddar Monk Pledge of Allegiance

Loyalty challenge level 1 (4 points)
Record yourself singing the Darths & Droids Pledge of Allegiance. A full recording and the lyrics are available from this page. There is also an instrumental version you can download as a backing track for your singing. Upload your resulting audio file and post a link to it in the Cheddar Monk Academy forum. (If you don't have a place to upload to, you may e-mail the audio to us and we will post it. All audio files will be made public - that is part of the challenge; true Cheddar Monks are not ashamed of their singing ability!)

Please note that while the attached file is open to public domain, It may violate the terms set down by the Geneva Convention (Fourth edition) Part III Section I Article 32 [EARTH] which states (and I quote) "Article 32. A protected person/s shall not have anything done to them of such a character as to cause physical suffering or extermination ... the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishments, mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment'
No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed."

Other charters, conventions and Treaties may apply to planets and cultures with in the Cheddar Monk sphere of influence where this file may be directly or indirectly distributed.

Padawan Hieraco

Son of a Beach

Take a photo of yourself in your Cheddar Monk robes, exploring the distinctive terrain of Tatooine. (5 points)

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It started with a few days off and a pocket full of credits. I asked the Location officer at the Chedder Monk support line that I wanted to take a long weekend and relax on the beach. Somewhere sunny but not too crowded, where I could meditate in peace.

Two days later with ticket in hand and luggage ready I went to the space port. I had to check my cheese sabre in my luggage as it is classified as a weapon and is prohibited in the cabin (silly rule if you ask me) The flight was mostly business types, and the being in the seat beside me tried to interest me in buying something called `fuzzy dice' for my land speeder. a quick cheddar wave of the hand, and a whispered suggestion that he'd like to sleep for the remainder of the journey, and with that I was able to peacefully enjoy the rest of the trip.

15 hours later we arrived at the orbital station where we transfered to an atmospheric shuttle. Unlike the big spacer, this had windows and I was able to get my first picture as we departed the orbital station and followed a scavenger ship in.

As we orbited the planet, I was able to see the lights of the main city and space port as it lit up the dark side of the planet. The shuttle had problems with the inertial dampers and re-entry was rough as you can see from the picture.

Once on the ground, I discovered that they had not transfered my luggage from the deep spacer to the shuttle. I was left with what I had as carry on. I was not happy, and although I did my best to `influence' the travel associates to compensate me, Cheddar mind tricks do not work with the mindless drones that work customer support.

I became a little lost finding my way out of the city, and ended up in a part of town even a cheddar monk shouldn't travel alone. These two locals were kind enough to run me out of town to the Bed & Breakfast. They had some great `good cop-bad cop' stories to tell. They weren't keen on having their pictures taken, but a wave of the hand and they had forgotten their objections.

This is the couple that runs the B&B they were very helpful and went out of their way to make me feel welcome. If you are in the area, Look up Quiet Jinn & Tonica. They will make your stay worth while. (Jinn & Tonica loaned me some robes until I was able to get some new cloths in town)

Here I am heading out for my first day. I walked close to 30Km but never found the ocean. This planet has one hell of a beach, but not much water front property. You can see the spa behind me, and part of the satellite down link tower in the background.

I found a Sarlacc pit pit. This one seemed empty, but I sent my Astro-droid down to get a picture of me by the pit. Sarlacci inhabit pits all over the equatorial region. This pit was one of the smaller ones. It is best for the tourist to avoid these pits as sarlacci have a nasty habit of eating anything that falls into it's pit.

The next day was the Equinox day Bantha races. here I am with a sampling of the locals cheering on the banthas as they approach the finish line (I won 25 credits on Watto's Waddler). Not as intense as the pod races, but was relaxing after the previous day's walk.

Before heading out, I snuck down to the pits to watch the qualification races for the next weekend. Bantha are not only extremely large animals, but they are also extremely smelly. My advice to the traveller...stay in the stands, Closer is NOT better in this case.

Quiet Jinn took me out for the afternoon to the monument erected in memory of the cheddar monk Obi-Gon Frommie. The force was strong with him, and if you quiet your mind you can hear him say `May the fromage be with you'. This was the spiritual highlight of of my weekend. Don't leave Tatoonie without seeing it.

My final evening on Tatoonie, I sat with Quiet Jinn and Tonica, and watched the sunsets (or is it sunsset? sunssets?) I never did get to go for my swim, but it was a worth while vacation. Early the next morning, it was back to the space port for my return to the Cheddar Academy.

Closing note: My luggage did eventually find it's way back to me by way of some places called Bespin, Croissant, and Alderaan