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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
2:05 am
Velociraptor Adventure!

You are a Velociraptor.
You are from the Cretaceous period, where you were a deadly predator. But now it seems you are in an electrified paddock.

It's like a choose-your-own-adventure in forum format -- the author/artist posts a pic and description, and the forumites offer suggestions as to a course of action, until a general consensus as to what would be most awesome is reached. It reads like Jurassic Park would, if it was written by the guy who does Dr. McNinja.

Seriously, how can you resist a story where early on, the titular velociraptor decides to <spoiler>name himself Bolt Vandertooth?</spoiler>

Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, August 8th, 2010
2:20 am
Youtube post!
Catchiest 6 minutes of Russian History ever! I think I'll have this song stuck in my head all night, at the very least.

Current Mood: educated
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
2:32 pm
Don't think she's a Horsea


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, July 1st, 2010
1:09 pm
"That's called Sokka style! Learn it!"
So who wants to go watch The Last Airbender tomorrow? Who cares what the reviews say? It's frickin' Avatar! Appa's in it! And elements shall be bent! What could go wrong?

Current Mood: anxious
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
12:13 am

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, June 25th, 2010
6:11 am
Imagine you're a mouse in your standard Flash physics-based platformer. You have to get the cheese and get back to your little mousey-hole, and use platforms, crates, teeter-totters, weighted switches, trampolines, etc. to accomplish this. Pretty straightforward, right? Especially when you get to be a mouse Shaman with the ability to summon various object to do your bidding.

Now add 30 other mice to the mix. Not AI mice, mind you -- for real mayhem you get players. Only one or two of you get to be the Shaman each stage, ostensibly with the goal of faithfully shepherding your flock to the cheese and back safely. Or flinging the disobedient heathens of the nearest cliff, whatever.

I present to you, Transformice!

(Note: as awesome as it would be for the game to have Breakfast Machine as a soundtrack, I have to confess that whoever made that video added the sound himself. And the lightning & shaking effects around the Anvil God, but I assure you it deserves it!)

If you login (only takes a name & pass, no email or other shenanigans required), you can spend your carefully hoarded cheese for things like eyepatches or top hats, and as you progress you'll be allowed various titles depending on your accomplishments After a few name attempts that were already taken (sadly somebody got to Churuya before I did), I've ended up with the mouse Ebi [Accomplished Shaman]. The great thing is, you can make your own rooms in addition to being flung to the mob, so you can practice your shamanism away from the screaming horde, or potentially get a halfcat room going and try out some stages with only a handful of mice.

The one downside is that the game's been featured on Kotaku not that long ago, and so the server gets hammered during prime time. The physics engine can get a bit wonky when there's multiple large-magnitude forces competing (witness Anvil God), but as far as I'm concerned that's as much a feature as a bug.

Current Mood: mousey
Thursday, May 27th, 2010
4:15 am
"Aggressive Quadrotor Maneuvers" would be an awesome band name!
Here's a technology video that should have the added bonus of causing anyone who's played through Half-Life 2 to twitch at least a bit:

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
10:06 pm
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
What would have happened if, instead of marrying somebody stupid enough to name his firstborn son Dudley Dursley, Harry's aunt had married an Oxford Professor? That's right -- FANFIC TIME!

Come for the metagame-like manipulation of the rules of Rowling's world, stay for the discussions of Bayesian probability of supernatural events!

Chapter One link here:

Excerpt from Chapter Two:
- - - - -
Harry sent his parents a glare. "I am a conscientious objector to the child draft, on the grounds that I should not have to suffer for a continually disintegrating school system's abject failure to provide teachers or study materials of even minimally adequate quality."

Both of Harry's parents howled with laughter at that, like they thought it was all a big joke. "Oh," said Harry's father, eyes bright, "is that why you bit a math teacher in third year."

"She didn't know what a logarithm was!"

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
2:46 am
Go ahead and give up now...
...because The Alot is Better Than You at Everything.
Reading semi-literate youtube comments just got ten times better!

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
12:34 am
A warning for Sunday:
The Easter Bunny is tired of your shit.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
5:06 pm
The Sodomizer!
Don't worry -- it's just a name!

More videos...Collapse )

Current Mood: amused
Monday, January 11th, 2010
11:39 pm
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
1:05 am
It's just a jump to the left....
So, I was bored last night and decided to check up on Achron again. Turns out I should have been paying closer attention -- apparently they've begun pre-orders for a 1/1/11 release! However, these aren't your usual pre-order! Basically, what they're doing is giving you access to their Alpha build for playtesting right away (with 5 single-player missions so far). As they get features completed/implemented allowing you to "patch" up to what they've put together so far (multiplayer is slated for mid-February). The pre-orders go for $30, but they started January with a 33% discount for the first 500 pre-orders. I dunno if any of the discounted ones are still available, but even at $30 it sounds well worthwhile. I know some people I was talking to earlier tonight expressed immediate interest, so I'm posting the relevant links below:

Achron site pre-order page
Achron release calendar
Game FAQ

On a <deadpan>completely unrelated</deadpan> note, my birthday is this Sunday... ;-)

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
3:20 am
By popular request:


In other news, apparently Cao Cao's tomb has been discovered. You may commence with the Dynasty Warriors quotes...... now.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, December 13th, 2009
9:49 pm
Friday, December 11th, 2009
12:37 am
My mom wants a mug from the farmer's market for Christmas, so I'm going down there this Saturday, supposing it's not closed. My plan was to take the bus, but if anybody wants to make a morning out of it, lemme know!

Current Mood: happy
Friday, December 4th, 2009
2:08 am
The Tain
Apparently the Decemberists made a 20 minute music video/interpretation of an ancient Irish epic. I thought a few of you might find this of interest:

Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
1:57 pm
I want to go see The Fantastic Mr. Fox this weekend. I only know of three theaters in Bellingham - all three Regals, the one at Bellis Faire, the one at Sunset, and the three screens one where Ravyn, Dusty, and I were subject to the awful Transformers sequel (I think that's Seahome).

I work Friday night, until 8 on Saturday, and until 4 on Sunday, and the only theater showing Mr. Fox is the Seahome (?) one. Tentatively I'd like to see it at 7:15 Sunday night, but if somebody is interested in getting their furfaggotry on and can find a better showtime, I'm in!

Current Mood: happy
1:24 am
Oh my
Obama wants to impose homosexuality in the workplace, according to one of our most trusted and educated sources of information, the Family Research Council.


Current Mood: amused
Monday, November 30th, 2009
10:24 pm
There's hope for you yet, Ravyn!
Now if they could only do something about the name...

Current Mood: impressed
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