— James Saffell (@jbsaff) March 22, 2017
I had not, in fact, seen this one. And when I clicked I wasn’t expecting much. Now I’m just yelling at the screen Sing the whole thing! Sing all of the words! SING THEM ALL! (more…)
So this went kind of dark.
So You Want To Take Over a Timeline
On Homeline, So You Want To Take Over a Timeline was first published in 2011 by the sort of American hard-shelled libertarian publishing company that has both a cheerful indifference to being told what to do, and rabid lawyers on speed-dial. The book is flat-out banned in large parts of the planet, but not in Homeline’s United States. And, to add insult to injury, the text was promptly put into the public domain by the author and publisher, which means that the entire spectrum of anti-Infinity groups and organizations out there have potential access to as many copies as they need.
Something mentioned casually on Facebook sent me looking, and finding this:
That is a Zapata Racing Flyboard Air, which uses kerosene to run some turboprops that allow madmen to surfboard through the air like Iron Man. There was some stuff noised about last year about a US defense contractor purchasing the French company that makes these things, but that deal has apparently fallen through. Still: assuming that the designers can make these things something else besides an admittedly awesome toy, you can see why the military would be interested in Flyboards.
This is not news of the existence of habitable planets there, or life-bearing ones, or even water worlds. It is news that the TRAPPIST-1 red dwarf system has at least three exoplanets of loosely (rather loosely, mind you) Earth’s mass orbiting the star at a distance where liquid water is possible. IF those planets have an atmosphere like Earth’s and IF there isn’t something else there to muck about with planetary conditions then MAYBE the place won’t be absolutely inimical to terrestrial life. The system is only five hundred million years old, so I wouldn’t expect Great Old Ones or Arisians living on it, either.
TRAPPIST-1 is about 29 light years away, for those who were wondering. Sounds like an excellent time for figuring out how to get around Einstein, once and for all? Now that we have an idea of where maybe to go, and all that.
It’s certainly a great way to have gaming companies get their bug tests done for free. The game in question? Conan Exiles. I figured out how to mitigate some of the REALLY annoying aspects of gameplay – mostly involving turning off that stupid ‘you lose all your stuff when you die’ feature – but dear Lord but the building crafting system needs work. The combat is likewise not all that inspiring yet. And I am not entirely thrilled with the concept of being a slaveowner, even though it’s certainly a part of the Hyborian Age.
But it’s still fun. Steep learning curve, but fun.
[Screenshot for when I get to it later]
…Yup, somebody finally figured out how to get a working motorcycle into Fallout 4. I’ve tested it out, and it’s functional: there’s some weirdness with the camera angles, and if you go too fast you end up driving on stuff that the game hasn’t rendered yet, which can be hilarious. …But it works. It’s a goram motorcycle that you can drive, and that shows up on the map so that you can teleport to it again when you need to. People have been clamoring for this and/or cars since the game came out, and it’s finally here.
So much so I named one of my favorite D&D characters after him. Although this Marcus had roughly 3x the Wisdom score of mine*.
*Not a typo. I was trying to roll up a Paladin, and then I got a Wisdom of 5. So I just went with it. We decided that whatever I said, my character would do**. I suspect that it was expected that I would thus rein in my tendency to go gonzHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA yeah, that was never going to happen. But we had fun.
**This was the campaign where we made my character’s squire – who was being controlled by the DM – party leader. Because, really, it was the only sane thing to do.
They might just pull this one off.
If so, go them. I’ll feel a lot better about the live-action Mulan WHICH THEY HAD BETTER NOT SCREW UP. In particular, this scene must be perfect. I have used this scene for decades as an illustration on how you use your Intelligence stat in a game: (more…)
I picked Wylding Hall because Ken Hite over at Facebook managed to suggest that people who don’t read Elizabeth Hand are, in the long run, not fully succeeding in life. …So far, it been a lot of fun. Sixties rock and roll meets folklore; and it’s proper folklore, too. Which is to say: dangerous, unpredictable, and bleakly indifferent to your feelings. Worth the $2.83, easy.
And so, adieu to Northanger Abbey.
I am going to be simultaneously exasperated and apprehensive about something that I absolutely should not talk about – and that’s not an invitation to tease the information out of me, either. Half of the mistakes that get made in Dizzy City get made when somebody starts spouting off when he or she really should have known better. It never ends well, really.
This particular bit of foreknowledge should hopefully permit me to keep my mouth shut and my lid unflipped; but if I seem snappish for a few days that’s the reason why. It’s nobody’s fault here. If I do become too snarly, let me know so that I can stop doing that.
[UPDATE: I can stand down. There’s still jackwagonry going on, but it will not have any actual direct, drastic effect on my family. So I can relax! Yay….]