Apr
12
2017
5

[Josh] Brolin to star as Cable for Deadpools II – V.

Well, strictly speaking they’ve just signed [Josh] Brolin to play Cable in Deadpool 2, and he’s got a four picture deal accordingly.  If the Deadpool series starts tanking then that’s that.  On the other hand… since Deadpool is pretty much the only non-MCU, but Marvel-derived project that isn’t collapsing under the weight of its own suckitude*, there’s a pretty good chance that Brolin’s going to be wearing that costume in a bunch of movies. Assuming that Deadpool doesn’t go running for the MCU.

Which they may not want to do.  The MCU is owned by the Mouse, after all.  The deal that would be have to be made to get Deadpool working with Disney is kind of frightening to contemplate.

Moe Lane

UPDATE: I was distracted by the smell of tasty, tasty chicken-under-a-brick.  As Constant Reader Canthros in comments noted: Josh, not James.

*Spider-Man no longer counts. Unless Homecoming sucks.  Please, God, don’t let it suck.

Apr
09
2017
1

Item Seed: Creepify.exe.

Creepify – Google Docs

 

Creepify.exe

 

This free PC browser extension would be strictly mythical, except that it appears just a little too often for that to happen. Its exact form varies from incarnation to incarnation; the browser used and the type of files it processes is never the same twice. So far, the only computer type that a version will appear is the PC. This equally relieves and offends Apple-using occultists.

 

For roughly 99.999% of the population, the only thing that Creepify.exe does is take an e-book’s text and ‘creepifies’ it by adding scary adverbs at random, switching out innocuous adjectives for alarming ones, and replacing all the proper nouns with names and places that are considered to be more baroque and unsettling. Creepify.exe is a free app; which is good, because the end result is usually extremely stupid and sometimes not even comprehensible.  

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Mar
22
2017
6

Tweet of the Day, OK, After THIS I’m Done edition.

This being:

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…)

Mar
17
2017
1

Forbidden Book: “So You Want To Take Over a Timeline.” [GURPS 4E]

So You Want To Take Over a Timeline – Google Docs

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.  

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Mar
10
2017
1

So, hey, hoverboards are a thing now.

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.

Feb
25
2017
1

‘Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.’

I’ll say this for Fallout 4: between it and the radio mods I’ve been listening to a lot more stuff from the mid-Twentieth Century.

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Louis Jordan

Feb
22
2017
2

TRAPPIST-1 red dwarf system has at least three exoplanets in sweet spot.

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.

Via Facebook.

Moe Lane

Feb
15
2017
3

I’m starting to understand why Early Access exists.

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.

Feb
13
2017
--

NOW MY LONE WANDERER HAS A MOTORCYCLE.

HO HO HO

[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.

Feb
03
2017
10

Deep Concept of the Day, Marcus Was Always My Favorite edition.

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.

Jan
30
2017
1

The Final ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer.

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…)

Jan
27
2017
1

Book of the Week: Wylding Hall.

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.

 

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