- Iron Man: My sensors are detecting movement behind that wall.
- Hulk: [smashes open wall, pulls out skulking Wolverine; the two menace and struggle a bit] HULK SMASH UGLY SIDE BURNS!
- Iron Man: Shouldn't you be in Canada, uncovering your past or something?
Things over-heard in LEGO New York City:
"Who’d win in a fight? Ice Man or the Human Torch? Oh, wait."
I don’t think Oscorp will ever be anything to me except “A totally legitimate and unsupicious office tower” now.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is odd. I want to love it. It’s utterly endearing. But as in past LEGO games, the game is only difficult when it is being obtuse and/or the camera is being awful and there is quite often so little to do I wish it was an animated feature rather than a game.
But it’s so utterly charming. Things to love about it:
Reed Richards is a little teapot:
Yes, acheivement writer. Yes it is.
The animations are brilliant. Just running around watching how they captured the personality and style of each of the characters is pure joy. When Captain America throws his mighty shield? It feels right. When Iron Man spins around with a little over-the-top flourish to shoot something behind him? It feels right. It’s great.
The one-liners. There’s a lot to wince at. It’s hit-and-miss. But it hits so well enough of the time that the winces don’t matter. Hulk when as Sandman gloats while the heroes try to reclaim Grand Central Station from him: “HULK HATE DELAYS!” “HULK HATE WALLS! WALLS ONLY KEEP PEOPLE APART!”
"What would The Green Goblin want with a totally legitiamte, not-at-all suspicious business like Oscorp?"
This is our first encounter with Mr. Fantastic. I tried to catch this from Fury’s perspective but I wasn’t fast enough on the draw. Richards, you’re such a creep.
I tried a 2-D printer once, and the paper jammed.
So now I just painstakingly re-create my paper copies by hand, like a medieval monk.
i tried using paper, but the edges crumpled
so now i just chisel my commandments into stone, like old testament god
I tried using stone, but it cracked and broke.
Now I just scream everything at passersby, hoping they’ll remember what I said so I can ask them about it when I need it.
I tried shouting things at passersby but they ignored me.
Now I emit allohormones in a gypsobelum that bonds selectively with the recipient’s hemolymph to reconfigure their bursa copulax into a copulatory canal. I can only say one thing, “I want to mate with you,” but really, what else ever needs to be said?
I love all of you.
Amusing as that was, though, the actual article is somewhat more sensible than it implies.
One thing to bear in mind is that the future of 3D printing and the future of in-home 3D printing are markedly different things. Consider even something as mundane as the material consumption involved. It’s less expensive to send materials to a central depot than to send them out to in-home printers. Bulk printers can be more efficient and powerful and can be operated by experts whereas in-home models will have to conform to a lot of specifications that have nothing to do with efficiently producing stuff.
People have decently functioning 3D printers in their homes right now. But I doubt we’re going to see a robust future of home manufacture. We’ll still need a robust shipping infrastructure to support conveyance of materials for printing … and that same infrastructure would easily support out-of-home 3D printing.
3D printing is going to change quite a few industries, but fundamentally the concept of 3D printing is not so different from many things we already do. It’s much more iterative than popular discussion about it lets on. It’s like this whole Cloud nonsense making servers of all things sound new, exciting, and revolutionary. Mass manufacture of 3D objects in as efficient and convenient a way as possible is a robust tradition. 3D printers have a place in that tradition.
Do they have a place in our homes? I doubt it.
As the author being lampooned in the admitedly delightful iterative jokes about put it:
"Until there’s a killer app for the desktop 3-D printer, though, I can’t see any reason for the average person to buy one. And I can’t yet imagine what this killer app would be. What could you manufacture at home in a manner that’s cheaper and more efficient than could be done in a giant factory? I’m open to ideas. If “customizable, personal designs” is part of your answer, remember that those designs will be limited to plastic, and that any use of wood or metal or suede will require additional procurement and assemblage, which means speed and convenience are out the window. There were very sound reasons behind society’s transition to centralized manufacturing.
Not sure which of the endings is the most Paragon-y, but Control was definitely my Shepard’s proper ending. Personally I think it fits the theme of the game better than the other two options, too.
yeah it just didnt feel right destroying entire synthetic races just to prove a point. it was the right choice for jane.
Exactly. The Destroy option is cool because it leaves the galaxy in a really interesting state … but it’s pretty bleak all around even if it’s the only ending that has one particular positive outcome … though how positive it is given the context of the Destroy ending is ambiguous at best. :P
And the middle option is … really discomforting in a lot of ways. It seemed like the bleakest option by far; in a sense it’s a more productive but then again more all-encompassing version of Destroy. I have a lot of issues with that ending’s ramifications and on top of THAT I’m not even sure I like it as an option from a less personal and more critical stance. It’s very Brave New World; not exactly bad but by the same token not really GOOD either—such a paradigm shift there’s almost no-where to go with it. Only Mass Effect isn’t predicated on exploring that kind of thing so as an optional ending it’s kind of out of place.
The end of a game of Tokaido.
I did rather well.
Very enjoyable game. Such a zen premise and experience. Yet is zen with rage and backstabbing as it’s one of the most cutthroat games I own. Interesting mix there.
If it’s one of the most cut-throat games you own, I must be missing a key portion of the experience.
I wouldn’t call it cut throat myself, but I can see how it would be. The game puts you into a position where winning is a matter of precise analysis and perfectly balancing interfering with your opponents and furthering yourself. It is a game of precision blocks, steals and gambits. It is, like Libertalia, an intensely mathematical game with a glossy overcoat that makes the math prettier and less intimidating.
Tokaido asks you to consider your relative score and it ensures that you can never get to far ahead (both literally and figuratively) without leaving yourself unprepared to keep that lead. Against players of a not-too-distant capability level from your own, it is a game that demands you flout your opponents at every turn not just at the most opportune moment.
from one insomniac to the next
this shit will put you out
there’s a whole line of these drinks pertaining to different things
apparently they’re all psychological except this one
but everyone I’ve talked to said this is the only one that actually works
the first time I only drank to where my index finger is in the picture, but I was out like a light in about 45 minutes
really helpful if you’re trying to fix your sleeping pattern for school
There’s one called Neuro Bliss and its literally what every pmsing girl needs. It’s happiness in a bottle.
I can testify that this shit is literally the fucking best okay. The neuro energy is like an energy drink but lighter and it makes you feel awake without it tasting like death. There’s a neuro focus as well and it makes it easier to concentrate on everything while still being delicious. There’s a whole huge line of them and they’re all different flavors and some are carbonated and some are not.
I see these at the grocery store sometimes.
Maybe I’ll pick one up next time I see it.
The Neuro line of drinks WORK 100% as a nightly buyer of Neuro Sleep i can fully attest to it’s effects as a very applicable sleep aid.
Neuro Trim is also good for having a full feeling, to keep you from eating too much.
IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY SLEEPING, BUY NEURO SLEEP IT WILL HELP YOU
SIGNAL BOOSTING THIS BECAUSE I TOO LOVE THE NEURO LINE.
Story time: My sleep schedule got fucked up because I worked at a movie theatre, which would mean late nights, getting off work at like 2, 3, or 4 in the morning. It would get cray. So when I needed sleep, but my body wasn’t giving me that satisfaction, I grabbed a NeuroSleep and THIS SHIT WORKS. I’ve never finished a bottle before falling asleep. Best part: Not habit forming and it’s cheap. What makes it work? It has melatonin in it.
It’s just loaded with Melatonin. You could cut out the middle man (packaging mark up, brand mark up) and have tighter control over your dosing by using melatonin pills.
You should be aware, as well, that melatonin dosing can sometimes interfere with blood pressure and blood sugar and that while it is only well studied in three month intervals, it is likely safe for long term use. More information here.
I haven’t looked into the other drinks in this line, but the disclaimers on the bottle make it clear that these products haven’t been tested rigorously for either effectiveness or safety. I’m glad these are working for some people, but please be safe.
p.s. Everytime someone says “non-habit forming” or similar I cringe. Tying your shoes is habit forming. Having a friend with unusual speech patterns is habit forming. Skipping lunch on Tuesdays so you can go for a walk in the nearby park and calm down before the weekly meeting is habit forming. Playing 2048 is exceedingly habit forming.
If you can do it you can probably be conditioned to do it over and over. I guarantee you something that affects your sleeping habits in a major way has the potential to become a habit you personally depend on whether or not any explicit chemical dependence is developed; that’s definitely something to be aware of. Being physiologically able to stop whenever you want and actually stopping whenever you want are very, very, very different things.
You know that feeling when you buy a game, and you know it’s going to be good?
“This will be a great time,” you announce to your spouse or cactus. “I have been convinced by this game’s art and premise that I will enjoy myself.”
WOO! Finally, found gaming friends in my area. And they’re super awesome.
11 hours of gaming goodness. I needed that.
Mitigates the whole not having a weekend again this week thing. >.< I’d so much rather work longer days with longer breaks than have a constant stream of less work. :\
But it’s ok because board games.
In Greek, whose color lexicon did not stabilize for many centuries, the words most commonly used for blue are glaukos and kyaneos. The latter probably referred originally to a mineral or a metal; it has a foreign root and its meaning often shifted. During the Homeric period it denoted both the bright blue of the iris and the black of funeral garments, but never the blue of the sky or sea. An analysis of Homer’s poetry shows that out of sixty adjectives describing elements and landscapes in the Iliad and Odyssey, only three are color terms, while those evoking light effects are quite numerous. During the classical era, kyaneos meant a dark color: deep blue, violet, brown, and black. In fact, it evokes more the “feeling” of the color than its actual hue. The term glaukos, which existed in the Archaic period and was much used by Homer, can refer to gray, blue, and sometimes even yellow or brown. Rather than denoting a particular color, it expresses the idea of a color’s feebleness or weak concentration. For this reason it is used to describe the color of water, eyes, leaves, or honey.
Michel Pastoureau, Blue: The History of a Color (via emmaylor)
The history of how and when civilizations and cultures throughout history began describing or ‘seeing’ or differentiating between the colors blue/green is fascinating
A whimsical and interesting exploration of this and related topics can be found at the ever-delightful RadioLab: http://www.radiolab.org/story/211119-colors/ :)