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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!

(me)
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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(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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"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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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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(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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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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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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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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(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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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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It sounds like their category list is having some... problems tonight:

[Wonderslug] Under the heading "Crime Movies": What Women Want, 50 First Dates, Maid in Manhattan...
[Wonderslug] "Kid's TV": Jackass 2.5, White Chicks, Scary Movie 2...
[Wonderslug] Ah yes, and the well known British movie, Sixteen Candles.
[Wonderslug] Under "Thrillers" we have The Little Rascals and Winnie the Pooh.
[Wonderslug] http://i.imgur.com/OTpgT1a.png
[Wonderslug] I am weeping.
[littlepinkbeast] that's pretty impressive
[sptrashcan] That's one heck of an off-by-one error...
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Seen on a message board - tw: tolkien nerdery ;)

(poster 1)

No one else is gonna step in here? Okay.

Sauron did not craft the Silmarils. You're probably thinking of Morgoth, who was once Melkor, the Great Enemy to whom Sauron was a mere lieutenant. However, while youd then be closer, you'd still be incorrect. It was the Elf Feanor who crafted the Silmarils to capture the light of the Two Trees in Valinor. Morgoth became obsessed with possesing them and eventually stole them - which is what lead to the Elves leaving Valinor and basically every awful thing that happened from then on.

(poster 2)

And in doing so, and then refusing to part with them when their destruction could have saved the Trees of Valinor, and then letting his thirst for revenge for their theft consume him utterly, more or less caused everything else that would come later.

If you ever feel like a complete fuckup, take heart - no matter how much of a disaster you have caused, no matter how many lives you ruin, you can at least take consolation on this one fact: you will never fuck up as hard as Fëanor son of Finwë fucked up.
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Overheard from a passing group of fellow bikers just now:

"Eugene* has two seasons, Winter and Construction."

(* and by extension, the rest of the Willamette Valley)

Me, I tend to describe them as Cold Rain, Cool Rain, and a month or so of OH GOD THE BURNING.
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So, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues, "Embracing the Winds", is up, just in time for the anniversary. And aside from it trying to explain the whole "lol, a woman as a starship captain?" thing - which is embarrassingly dated a mere 50 years later, to say nothing of hundreds - I was struck by the span of time represented by the guest stars in this one.

You have Erin Gray, best known for a show on the cusp on the 80s (Gil Gerard, Buck himself, showed up in a previous ep); Marina Sirtis, who needs no introduction, as the voice of the computer (taking over from her mother, as it were); Clare Kramer, Glory from Buffy, which straddled Y2K; and Beau Billingsly, the voice of Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop, contemporary with the last; all appearing in a YouTube series which seeks to continue/reproduce a show that was made and broadcast in the latter half of the 60s.

To quote a time traveller who once visited the distant future of last year, this is heavy.
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Thought of the day:

MAME is now, itself, as old or older than the classic arcade games were in '97.
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Me while reading: Noooo! My poor sweet babies! AUTHOR, WHY MUST YOU TORMENT YOUR CHARACTERS SO?
Me while writing: This character has been orphaned, whipped, sentenced to death, thrown overboard by pirates, captured by enemy soldiers, near-fatally poisoned, put on trial for his life before an angry mob, tortured in front of his best friend, and thrown into prison again.
Me while writing: ...
Me while writing: Let's stab him.


(from fialleril, via tumblr)
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The first screening of Shin Gojira (aka Godzilla Resurgence), the new Japanese Godzilla (written by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno) was shown in Japan yesterday, and since then a lot of news has started flooding in... with some of the movie's alleged details being really weird.


This is my utter lack of surprise.
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"But surely these people engaged in a shady enterprise (as it were) will deal with me honestly and fairly and not try to steal anything that's mine."

And then your captain wakes up naked in a bathtub full of ice and "CALL AN EMH" written on the mirror.
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Here's a thought I had today:

When we say "so and so has/had a Dream", it's generally understood that we don't mean that they literally dreamed about it one night and woke up with the idea. Rather, that is how we contextualize the act of imagining a situation that Is Not, but Could Be (and Should Be).

I wonder if that idiom holds true in other languages, and/or how far back it goes. Did Bronze Age peoples, or Stone Age, have a concept or context for imagination and inspiration - looking at a thing, and thinking about how it could be different - outside of visions and hallucinations, whether divinely granted, nocturnal, or both?
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<PyroICFF> I am digging the new Doom.
<PyroICFF> I'm ten minutes in and have already punched two monitors which were attempting to exposit plot at me.
(me) "Fuck you, Durandal."


Oddly, this is familiar to you, as if it were from an old dream, but you can't exactly remember...