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Does this inkblot show origami unicorns, or two bears high-fiving? [Nov. 9th, 2015|06:31 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

INT. DAY - SUBURBAN HOME. The VAULT-TEC REP, an extremely average-looking man in suit and fedora, is sitting on the couch opposite the camera. He has just finished asking a series of questions about what makes you SPECIAL.

"Now, I just have a few more questions to see where you will fit into our Vault community."

"You're walking through a post-atomic wasteland. You look down, and see a little box turtle, flipped over on its back."

"Its legs wave feebly in the sun. But you aren't helping. Why aren't you helping?"

  • Of course I'd help!
  • Who cares, it's just a stupid turtle.
  • There's good eating on one of those...
  • Who writes this stuff?
  • [Attack]

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Great Scott! [Oct. 21st, 2015|08:52 pm]
[Music |Alan Silvestri - Overture]

Greetings from the FUTURE!

(Man, this is heavy.)

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It's Not CGI, It's HBO [Sep. 27th, 2015|10:27 pm]
[Mood |impressedimpressed]

Many people in my approximate age cohort remember this classic HBO intro, which they put in front of their movies from 1983 to 1987. And many might have assumed, as I did, that the flying chrome "HBO" that appears toward the end was an example of early CGI - which wasn't that bad at shiny objects, as long as they were relatively simple shapes and didn't have to really reflect anything in particular.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently saw this behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube and discovered that the logo was another practical effect: yes, they actually made an "HBO" out of sheet metal and put it up on a motion-control rig and filmed it. Huh.

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on Civilization and villainy [Sep. 25th, 2015|05:41 pm]
[Location |Fortress of Doom]
[Mood |megalomaniacal]

"Why do you all obstinately refuse to bow down to me and my exponentially-growing power graph?"
-- every player in every 4x game ever.

one respondent:
It's even worse in multiplayer. I find myself thinking things like "Do you not realize that you are only delaying the inevitable? You cannot beat me! Why are you still fighting?". Frankly I'm surprised that I haven't turned into a jRPG boss by this point. Maybe the hero needs to deal more damage to me before I assume my true form.

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doopity doo [Sep. 21st, 2015|11:53 pm]
[Mood |sillysilly]

"I really feel like this primary season, more than any previous, needs Oompa Loompas to sing of the moral shortcomings of each outgoing candidate."

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With great power comes... [Aug. 17th, 2015|03:08 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

Today I read an amusing suggestion on a forum thread for why there are so many half (quarter, etc etc) dragons running around in certain fantasy settings. Consider that dragons are pretty much the closest that mortal beings get to true gods (and in some settings, they straddle the line). Well, what's one of the things that the gods are notorious for doing?

Of course, when it comes to making half-____s, both gods and dragons are far outdone by plain ol' humans. It seems that for almost anything you can name, there's someone somewhere who wants to **** it. (See Rule 34.)

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today's typo/coinage [Aug. 15th, 2015|06:08 am]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

wristwitch (n): see omnitool.

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the very definition of "malware" [Aug. 6th, 2015|10:07 am]
[Mood |amusedamused]

Poster: "I'm getting attacked by malicious software every time I read [a forum thread about the Terminator franchise]. Thought you'd like to know."

Admin: "I took a look and don't see anything but some images and a Youtube video. Are you sure it's not on your computer? Can you post a screenshot?"

Poster: "It was on my computer, I'm updating my malicious software protection now. Thanks."

Me: "Insert Skynet joke here."

11 likes and counting.

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What's in a name? [Jul. 22nd, 2015|03:21 am]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

(from one of the forums I read:)

Per revised forum naming conventions developed after extensive observation, it has been decided that we will no longer classify this Pluto discussion as a "thread". Hence forth, it will be labeled an Intermittently Discussed Forum Object.

This IDFO will be closely monitored to see if it throws off mass in the form of a new separate thread, or perhaps crashes into or otherwise merges with the Science thread.

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