Jan
20
2017
0

Just got back from Hidden Figures.

My wife had off, so we went to go see it.  Short version: oh, yeah, go see this movie.  This is a really easy call to make.

Slightly longer version: good, solid movie that did an excellent job at making you understand what it was like to be black, female, and good at math while working at NASA in the early 1960s.  The three leads were all fantastic. Of the three, the one I liked the best was the Dorothy Vaughan character: she was the one who most thought like a player-character. I enjoyed how she finessed things in that movie. I do love a good, morally sound scheme that goes off without a hitch.

Seriously, Hidden Figures is a fun flick with lots of space stuff in it. My wife also felt that it did a good job with making the math cool, although they could have done more to show how WHOMP WHOMP, WHOMP WHOMP, WHOMP WHOMP (I’m not a math guy). So you should have a good time.

Jan
19
2017
0

Great moments in gaming/Kickstarter theory, Full Frontal Nerdity style.

OK, here’s the premise: the group at Full Frontal Nerdity are going to play a game where ‘The object is to construct the game as you play.’ The board is whatever you come up with, the pieces ditto, and the rules get defined by all the players. And that’s mostly it.

[…And I’m deleting this next part, because I just realized that it wasn’t an actual witty observation about Kickstarters and indy games. It was, instead, a fairly comprehensive torpedoing of the joke behind this particular strip. Which wouldn’t have been very nice of me, especially since the joke was enough to make me laugh.]

Still, might be a fun thing to try on a weekend.  With players who aren’t like the ones at Full Frontal Nerdity.

Jan
19
2017
12

Welp, this was not the path we expected to be taking…

…at least, it wasn’t the one that I was expecting to be taking. But it’s the one we all ended up on; and we all seem to have gotten through it with our personal honor intact.  Thanks for keeping me company on the road, now and hopefully for a good while yet in the future. As I said, back on New Year’s Eve:

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Jan
19
2017
0

Tweet of the Day, Cows Eating Skittles edition.

…I got nothing, folks.

Jan
19
2017
2

Good Omens coming to TV THANK YOU GOD THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER

Everything is awesome, the world is a wonderful place, and things will be OK:

Amazon has confirmed Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be adapted into a TV series to air next year.

It’s appropriate timing as the 1990 novel is set in 2018. Something of a dream collaboration among sci-fi fans, it’s a comedic tale of an angel and a demon who try to stave off the Apocalypse, having decided they enjoy life among humans too much. There’s also a mix-up about the true identity of a young boy identified as the Antichrist.

Ignore the petulant whining from the BBC about the state of the universe: clearly a world where Good Omens is coming to the screen isn’t a horrible place.  By freaking definition, in fact. Comes out in 2018, six part series, don’t know who is directing or starring in it yet.  And I do not care.

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Jan
19
2017
1

Creature seed: The New Saxony Silk Rat.

Blame this.

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The New Saxony Silk Rat

(rattus sericum)

 

This species of domestic rat appears to have been cultivated for its wool for at least six thousand years.  It is somewhat larger than a Norwegian rat: feral specimens average about a foot and a half long, and about three pounds in weight (a fully-bred Silk Rat is a bit larger).  The species is fully domesticated, and make affectionate, intelligent, and loyal pets.  The wool of the Silk Rat can be gathered or sheared without harming the rat, and is particularly valuable for its uncanny resemblance to silk. Depending on the location, in fact, Silk Rat wool is either openly sold as a silk substitute, or it is passed off as actual silk. The species is typically kept in check by local predators; most carnivores find them tasty snacks.

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Jan
19
2017
8

The latest ‘Power Rangers’ movie trailer.

Well. The Power Rangers movie may not suck, but my kids aren’t going to go see it. I guess that there are enough adults by now who grew up watching the show that it won’t matter that it’s not geared towards the under-ten crowd.

I’m not really disapproving. I didn’t watch the Power Rangers myself when it was on – I was a decade too old, more or less – so I don’t really know if this is even annoying to the folks in their twenties and thirties. For all I know, they’re going to be on a full nostalgia kick over it.

Jan
19
2017
6

Recipe Alert: Uncle Moe tries to make Ice Cream Layer Cake.

Background: I saw this recipe on Facebook for an ice cream pound cake, and said Hey! I could make that.  So I did, based on what I remembered from the video.  Because sometimes you have to live a little, people. …Also, I couldn’t remember at the time precisely where I saw it, or who made the video (I did, later).

Here’s the video, for contrast. The Pioneer Woman’s Ice Cream Layer Cake:

So.  Let’s get dangerous*. (more…)

Jan
18
2017
4

‘Paint it Black.’

Wait a second. Since when have the Rolling Stones had any problems of a magnitude that were sufficient to justify this song?  They’ve been on top of the world since before I was born.

Paint It Black, Rolling Stones

Jan
18
2017
0

The evening got away from me.

Mothership  Zeta DLC in Fallout 3, to be precise. I had forgotten that it was in there, right up to the point where I got abducted on my way to somewhere else…

Jan
18
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, @Arbys Has A Credibly Geekish Social Media Wing edition.

This is remarkably well-played. Shoot, Arby’s social media people apparently even have a small budget. Or at least somebody good at cutting up cardboard.

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