Things to do while you compile

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Armadillo of Doom, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    My contest entry is roughly as big as Dustbowl, even though 90% of the first stage doesn't exist yet (the second and third stages are fine, long story). So I'm compiling away, and even with my beast of a machine (built myself, thank you very much), it still takes forever and a day. So I'm curious, what do you all do while waiting for a semi-final compile of your map?

    1. Make and eat a sammich
    2. Lie in sun w/ dog
    3. Bother the admins w/ stupid questions
    4. Check favorite online comics
    5. Try to play other games and fail, b/c compiling eats up most of my dual-core cpu
     
  2. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    6. Fap
    7. Read up on the latest internet memes to make sure you know what people are talking about when they say I'M CHARGIN MA LAZOR
    8. Post a developer blog but realise you can't get the latest screenshots of your map because you haven't compiled the damn thing yet
    9. Talk aimlessly on Vent about how much of a bitch hammer is when it doesn't compile properly
    10. Watch a film
    11. Practice solving the rubik's cube (which btw, I can do)
    12. Theorise about the next map you will make
    13. Open the garage door (remotely) and watch the terrified chickens in your garden with glee
    14. Complain loudly about how slow the PC gets when its compiling so that others nearby get annoyed
    15. Make stupid threads like this
    16. Search desperatly for information about the release date of the next bitching update for TF2
    17. Try and work out why valve used 1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8...9...10 instead of a sensible percentage scale
    18. Send text messages to those half way around the world before remembering its midnight for them
    19. Fiddle with the endl;ess junk on your desk
    20. Tidy your messy desk

    *note I only do some of these as my compile times are usually too short for some of the longer tasks
     
  3. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Ditto. But when it comes time to compile a release-ready thing, that's when it pays to have some backup activities.
     
  4. Hawk

    Hawk L7: Fancy Member

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    During the quick compiles I either watch TV for a bit or play some kind of game on my DS. Sometimes I draw. The quick compiles usually last from 7 to 15 minutes.

    For the final-quality compiles, I usually just set those up to go overnight. They take around 6 hours.
     
  5. Spike

    Spike L10: Glamorous Member

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    Masturbate
     
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  6. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    your doing it wrong

    :p
     
  7. ZargonX

    ZargonX L3: Member

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    I go play Rock Band.
     
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  8. The Asylum

    aa The Asylum

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    My latest beta of cp_normandy took close to 15 minutes to compile, so I played "Cortana" on Halo 3, Legendary.

    I'm not sure why I hate myself so much.
     
  9. apocguy

    apocguy L2: Junior Member

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    1. I walk to the kitchen and drink some water from the faucet.
    2. Walk back to computer to see that VIS is only at 1...
    3. Repeat 1.
    4. Take a leak.
    5. Drink more water.
    6. Check computer, VIS is at 4...
    7. More water, more leaking.
    8. VIS is at 6...
    9. Take another leak, I guesstimate that this compile will help me lose 5lbs.
    10. Check scale. Was 185lbs. last week, now 175lbs.
    11. VIS at 9...
    12. VIS done... Damn time for RAD.
    13. Stare at lava lamp.
    14. Compile finished, but I am sleeping.
     
  10. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Your compiles shouldn't be finding leaks, you're mapping wrong.
     
  11. apocguy

    apocguy L2: Junior Member

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    When I said leak I meant urinate.
     
  12. YM

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  13. apocguy

    apocguy L2: Junior Member

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    Yea that seems to be the common reaction to most things I say :glare:
     
  14. Earl

    Earl L6: Sharp Member

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    I usually compile with the -low flag, so my instances of minesweeper or freecell don't get too laggy. :)
     
  15. TheDarkerSideofYourShadow

    TheDarkerSideofYourShadow L10: Glamorous Member

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    Well, right now I'm learning to juggle. However, sometimes I actually do the school work that I'm supposed to have been working on.
     
  16. JTG

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    1: Use restroom
    2: Watch Monty Python
    3: See where my cat's gone to
    4: Get some food
    5: Stare into space
    6: Read some Lovecraft
    7: Periodically walk back into room to see where compile is, cuss, walk back out
     
  17. Hawk

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    Wait, based on how long it's taking? What could I be doing wrong, when fast compiles go so quickly?
     
  18. Spike

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    I've seen +80 hours compiling for Goldsource (not me)
     
  19. Armadillo of Doom

    aa Armadillo of Doom Group Founder, Lover of Pie

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    Cthulhu for the win!
     
  20. Dox

    Dox L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    1. Read up at TF2maps.net
    2. chat in the chatroom
    3. read webcomics
    4. read news (Cnet, slashdot, wired, and if im bored, Fark)
    5. check my RSS feeds (I use google reader)

    Usually my compiles dont go over 3 minutes unless its a release compile so I dont have time for much else.