1 October 2014
Check out Mexico’s vigilantes’ DIY tanks.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/140930/how-mexican-drug-war-vigilantes-cartels-diy-tanks

I’m not exactly sure where these roam or who they shoot, but drug cartels are very scary over there.

29 September 2014
Utopian Fund

http://tip.duke.edu/

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a gifted education program based at Duke University. Its purpose is to identify gifted children and provide them and their parents the resources for them to reach their full educational potential. 

I don’t think Abel’s gifted, though. :{ But if you ever need a candidate for charity, here’s a case that will probably do something useful with your money.

27 September 2014

crateofnonsense:

[…] posture and face remind me of Vael for some reason.

It’s his awkwardness throughout it all. He maintains awkwardness in every frame of this gif. 

You can see in the start that he looks at her, proceeds with his impulse to pull her toward him, but his pants are too slick; or perhaps she is heavier than he thought, and he slides to her instead. The final realization in those last milliseconds that he is now close to her. He looks away, quickly, then down, then over to her. He isn’t apologetic. He’s actually quite pleased, but still terribly awkward.

Also, I lost my cane and I’m pretty upset because we have a photoshoot coming up in which I could use it.

(Source: corallorosso)

26 September 2014
This week’s Weekly Humble Bundle: Leading Ladies

Humble Bundle’s released a bundle of games lead primarily by female protagonists.

https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

Check out Yawgh on that page for an example of a non-web game that could be made with GAM3. If only I could figure out how to abstract database queries to the client’s side… some day, that may not even matter. As much as I hate the hit-based model the industry subscribes to, there’s no denying that games with even a modicum of success can bring in a lot of money.

24 September 2014

Dropbox’s web UI is beautiful. I even got 250mb extra (yay) for finishing the Get Started quests.

18 September 2014
Is it bad if all my kittens starve?

Imagine you’re me. You’re looking through solutions for a code-related issue and you see on the sidebar of Stack Overflow: is it bad if my kittens starve?

How could you not click?

It’s one of those things that’s better without context, I’m sure.

Here’s the game. I think.

12 September 2014

For those of you unaware, several dozen Labour Party MPs traveled to Glasgow hoping to convince Scots to vote “no” in next week’s independence referendum. Scotland (generally) seeks to be independent of its United Kingdom masters.

So some guy from Glasgow welcomed the Imperials as any reasonable citizen might: with the Imperial March theme from Star Wars.

10 September 2014
“You’re wide-eyed; realizing.”

Having a good time writing Daiele. This is a tiny excerpt from my favorite moment in the game so far.

9 September 2014

I cannot resist the effect of making a base character and then applying different costumes to them based on their abilities.

Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 was a great game. They made a sequel for the Wii, but I’d never get around to playing it.

8 September 2014
Humble Store’s got a sale.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/

Until the 22nd. Every Monday they have a free game give away, and today is Warlock: Master of the Arcane.

Holding out for Crusader Kings DLC deal. I’ve fallen in love with the game, but GW2’s got a huge patch coming out tomorrow so ;~;

6 September 2014
Movies I’ve watched recently and what I think of them.

Posting solely in case any of you wanted to watch a movie soon. I do not imagine that I am some credible critic or that anyone really cares.

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http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oculus/
I don’t usually watch horror because it gives me anxiety: I’m a very anticipatory individual. I admit even watching a microwave tick down to 0:00 has been known to make me anxious. I get quite nervous just waiting to be scared by jump scares. I was quite pleased with this horror movie, even if it did have a few jump scares in it. (mostly toward the beginning) It spends a lot of time building up this sinister mirror and what it’s done in the past. When it comes down to the action, it’s frightening and very satisfying: I was pleased to see the measure of the mirror’s radius, its desire to snuff life, our application of technology vs. paranormal forces. The transitions between past and present in the house are unlike anything I’ve seen in cinema, and were natural and well done. Highly recommended, if you have a taste for horror. The jump scares are predictable.


http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/buried
What a fine example of cinema and story. A man has been buried alive in a coffin underground. Hell of an ending as well. Highly recommended.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hanna/
A very fun “chase thriller” about an extraordinary young lady and her father who are on a mission of revenge. The story of the daughter is interesting, it’s really something to see how she understands society after being away from it her whole life.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/take_shelter/
I found it hard to actually enjoy Take Shelter. It isn’t easy to watch someone slowly descend into madness, especially when they’re the head of household and their insanity is a serious detriment to the family unit. Still, it isn’t a bad movie, and if you like the premise, go for it.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/its-kind-of-a-funny-story/
It is a kind of funny story! And it’s also a movie best suited for adolescents. Wish I watched it when I was depressed so long ago. A teenager spends some time in an adult psych ward, and truly learns why he felt so miserable all along. Ending is done well.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mud_2012/
A dash of coming-of-age mixes into a very adult story with a pretty great ending. Recommended for all.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rescue_dawn/
A real-life tale of a soldier whose aircraft was downed in Vietnam. Tales of escape, imprisonment, insanity and comraderie abound. Recommended if you want to watch a “war movie”.

5 September 2014

garbagelover666:

boyexemplified:

yeahnodudehella:

Masculinity is so fragile.

MAN CAVE STRONG! PROTECT FAMILY, DEPENDABLE FISHING!!!

COMPASSIONATE SPORTS!!!! ELECTRONIC FATHER

(via sunshin3x5arcasm)

5 September 2014

As a generally dark fellow, I can vestigially relate to this. As an adult, I am less overt with my fashion, but I’m sad to say I cannot comfortably wear a trench coat any longer because it attracts too much attention from the more colorful people of the world. It’s just bothersome to weather their attentions. This is a touching video. So many parents would want to fix or change her.

They thought it was a phase for me, but I’d felt it since I was eight years old.

5 September 2014

crateofnonsense:

brianthuff:

Is there anything a natural 20 can’t do?

One day, I would like to get into some pen and paper RPG’s.

Same, I have four D&D books that I read for inspiration. The 

Crate, if you live close enough some day, we’ll start up a D&D campaign. I wonder who would be the DM.

31 August 2014
Oh man, MurCity.

This message is to notify you that we have just had to move one of your account’s databases ([MURCITY DATABASE] on [MY HOST ACCOUNT]) from the /var partition to the account’s /home directory under the “MYSQL_DATA” directory. 

This was simply due to the /var partition beginning to fill up and this database was one of the larger ones that could be easily moved.

I paused for a moment, and realized that two years after abandoning the game, the game was still running. Hunters have been generating and fighting for years.

While I did purge the battle tables often enough, there appears to have been so many hunters generated by now that there have therefore been more battles before a purge takes place, and now the battle table holds 65,000 rows and we’ve had 5,509,925 battles. Totaling 1.3 gigs because I was a kinda bad programmer back then!

The more I think of MurCity, the more I want to see it return, so I’m going to just stuff this away in the back of my mind, disable the scripts, and perform a proper purge before my entire hosting account shuts me out.