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.

 

Jan
26
2017
6

Permit me to apologize in advance. [UPDATED.]

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….]

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Jan
23
2017
21

Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Supposedly, that’s the name: “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.” Which definitely suggests that we’re going to see at least the Jedi training stuff from Empire Strikes Back being evoked in this film. Although… not to be unkind about this, but: the Jedi do not exactly have the best historical track record when it comes to either the Force, or the proper care and feeding of the galaxy.  For that matter, neither do the Sith. In fact, they’re both pretty much filled with habitual screw-ups, aren’t they?  Possibly they should just junk the whole thing and start over.

“But… but… but… lightsabers!”  Yes, yes, lightsabers are cool.  But old dudes on remote planets distributing laser swords is no basis for a system of government.

Jan
17
2017
10

Tweet of the Day, This Is Why We Don’t Have Self-Driving Cars edition.

OK, I’m going to cheat, here.

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Jan
16
2017
3

The half-Taunting Horizon Zero Dawn trailer.

Yeeeeah it’s probably just as well that Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t going to be on the PC. It would quite possibly eat all of my time.  And leave temporal crumbs on the floor.

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