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Celtics of Unusual Size [Dec. 1st, 2016|12:15 am]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

From the comments of the latest Wilde Life:

Pascalle Lepas
I think most pro bbal players are actually 7,000 feet tall. Please don't quote me on this, as I am not an expert.

Pascalle Lepas
Prove to me there isn't a 7,000 foot tall bbal player!

Holding a teapot?
wait, no, that'd be a foul.

I am, of course, referring to Bill Russell's Teapot, which may or may not exist somewhere between half-court and the three-point line.

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not the cyber dystopia we imagined [Nov. 14th, 2016|09:45 am]
[Mood |cynicalcynical]

(regarding yet another "Internet of Things" exploit)

[Meagen] You know the funny thing?
[Meagen] Back when people were predicting ubiquitous surveillance, it was a chilling thought because everyone sort of assumed it would be done *competently*.
[Meagen] I mean, if you wrote a dystopian sci-fi novel in the 90s and have your protagonist do this exact thing, people would've said it's unrealistic because who in the world would just make all cameras be unsecured internet access points?
[Meagen] I mean, hacking into a camera to make it turn off or tamper with its footage, sure.
[Meagen] But hacking into a bunch of cameras to use them as launch points for an attack on someone else? Come on. Why would cameras even be able to *do* that?
[PyroWork] Sad truth: The future doesn't belong to megacorps. It belongs to the technology equivalent of the double glazing firm.
[seebs] "double glazing firm"?
[PyroWork] They will sell you double glazing for your house!
[PyroWork] It will be installed wrong, and leak.
[PyroWork] When you attempt to seek remedy for this it will be to the discovery that the company does not actually exist anymore, but there is a new double glazing firm with a different name operating out of the same yard with the same phone number.
[PyroWork] They will also attempt to sell you double glazing.

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you all know the old joke about English, here's a new one [Oct. 31st, 2016|01:24 am]
[Mood |amusedamused]

"English isn't a language, it's three languages stacked on top of each other wearing a trenchcoat."

-- des-zimbits @ tumblr

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New Media is Always Bad [Oct. 30th, 2016|12:56 am]
[Mood |cynicalcynical]

So... I'm browsing sci fi shorts on youtube. And I came across one, set in the near future, where a woman is upset that her partner pays more attention to his augmented-reality overlay than her.
One of her complaints is that he takes pictures virtually, while she does it with an old Polaroid. She romanticizes the chemical process, the silver salts, the grain of the picture, claims that it has "life", etc.
Thing is, I'm old enough (just barely) to remember when instant cameras were the new thing to be sneered at. Now they're hip, retro, and authentic. Go figure.

(if you were really committed to your art, to the scene, you'd be grinding your own pigments and making your own canvas and brushes, not buying those from a store or, worse, letting a machine capture a sterile image for you at the touch of a button. :p )

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that old-time religion [Oct. 26th, 2016|02:18 pm]
[Mood |sillysilly]

(context: Civilization VI)

[PyroICFF] Goddamn Norsemen showing up and converting my cities to their heathen god!
[PyroICFF] I don't want to hear any good news about their stupid Jesus.
[me] I don't care if it rains or freezes / long as I got my Viking Jesus
[me] nailed to my sturdy longboat's prow (hey hey hey)

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not for the squeamish [Oct. 24th, 2016|01:57 am]
[Mood |uncomfortableuncomfortable]

Today's Google doodle reminds us that this would be the 384th birthday of that Dutch guy who squinted into a drop of water and discovered that absolutely everything is covered in BUGS bugs BUGS.

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Cozy catastrophe [Oct. 14th, 2016|10:31 am]
[Mood |awakeawake]

Been a while since I had an anxiety dream involving nuclear war.
What was surprising about this one was how completely and absurdly British it was, including how it almost immediately became silly self-parody.

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are you certain, Time Prophet? [Oct. 11th, 2016|03:21 pm]
[Mood |pessimisticpessimistic]

The fall of the Roman Republic is full of examples of a system not designed for the size and scope of what it was facing a hundred or two years later, and people breaking unwritten norms to address immediate struggles between conservatism and liberalism without considering the long-term effects.

Not that it could ever happen here.

time begins and then time ends
and then time begins once again
it is happening now
it has happened before
it will surely happen again

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forget it, you're on your own [Oct. 4th, 2016|12:13 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

(other poster) Yeah, all of [Grant] Morrison's stuff is gold.

(me) But the gold is dusted with LSD, so handle it with gloves, and don't lick it.

(other poster) Look do you want to understand the comics or not

(me) Now I'm imagining a page of UNDERSTANDING COMICS that has cartoon Scott McCloud holding a floppy-cover labeled 'Grant Morrison', looking up at the reader a few times and then back at the comic, and finally just setting it down on the table and walking out of frame.

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Rangers and Robots [Sep. 22nd, 2016|03:46 am]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

I haven't kept up with things D&D, so to speak, in years; my last solid point of contact was looking over the new books and noting the irony that, in an attempt to recapture market share, they were transforming the mechanics to make the game play more like the massively-popular computer games which were originally inspired by it. (Very snake-eating-its-own-tail, there.) I gather that a more recent edition has since dispensed with this and gone back to something more traditional, but that's about as much as I know.

But today, as a result of a friend's offhand mention of a bit of background from the official Pathfinder setting, I had cause to consult a wiki for same. And I was much amused, after a bit of wiki-walking, to learn that this fantasy world (yet another analogue for Earth, where the continents are differently shaped but all in the right places, and the cultures are likewise fictionalized but familiar) has had several starships crash-land on it.

It's so very Blackmoor, y'know? (See also Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, et al.) Forty years on, and we're still handing out laser pistols to barbarian warriors and having them make saving throws to point the right end at the monsters, some of which may be "metal men."

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