I totally agree! People are having too many babies! In my hometown, the population has increased by almost 2,000 blokes in the last 24 years! If only the State would step in and stop letting so many people have babies!
Except for me, that is. My wife I and, I mean to say. We have three kids...but we're different! I make a bunch of money and I'm really highly educated! I went to an Ivy League school; I drive a Jeep, fully kitted (buy American!...made in Canada from parts fabricated in Mexico...), and my wife drives a BMW--Christ, it has a holographic heads-up and shows pedestrians at night; the car's a f~$~ing Schwarzenegger-hunting Predator! I live in a huge 5-bedroom house and I drink lattes from Starbucks every day--every day! So...you know...I get a bye. You do, too...right?
No...there are now two of you, and the copy becomes a new individual as soon as new experiences are realized. I know of no actual evidence or plausible theory that sincerely claims quantum entanglement-like properties with copied consciousness.
I used to learn a lot here; often, I'd come away from threads with so much to think about. I remember threads that had me pondering the very small to the cosmic all day long and into the night--no kidding.
The OTD threads were once very open and intriguing.
Somehow, over the last eight years, I've watched them become populated with both trolls and extremely --and painfully so-- sensitive-types.
Over the last year I've come to see virtually all truly interesting OTD threads either languish abandoned or get locked. My own posting history, once increased at least daily and often several times a day, now itself languishes--often I go weeks without a single thing to say around here.
Now I'm depressed. I miss the bad old days.
First shalt thou disallow any and all future petitions by he who is known locally on the interwebz as 'yellowdingo', then shalt thou count to one, no more, no less.
One shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be one, and this is the number less itself of petitions that he who is known locally on the interwebz as 'yellowdingo' may be allowed to submit.
Two shalt thou not count.
Neither count zero, excepting that thou then proceed to one.
Three is right out.
Here's a novella I have available at Amazon. It's free to read for everyone this weekend (Happy Birthday, America!). Wilum Pugmire (of the New Lovecraft Circle) recently reviewed it, and he seems to have enjoyed it; maybe you will too.
When I had my wisdom teeth out a few years ago they put me under.
All I remember is breathing in, and then being wheeled into the hall.
A few minutes later a nurse walked by, asked how I was doing, and I replied, "Pretty OK. I'm waiting to get my wisdom teeth removed."
I had no idea it had already happened.
So you seriously believe that everything Stephen King wrote prior to June 1993 should be in the Public Domain right now? He's still alive and still writing.
Now, I might agree that works should be officially considered for the PD following the death of the creator (say one year for argument's sake). Nonetheless, the Mystara shared-world is owned by a business entity, not a single author--there's no reason, save the complete dissolution of the company, to ever consider it unused and eligible for the PD.
As an author I'm very happy my legal rights to my own writings don't expire decades (hopefully) before I die.
So I'm watching this with a couple friends. All of us read the books as they were published over the years.
We know explicitly how this episode must end.
And yet we're still surprised and pissed and shocked and begrieved?!?
Yes. Yes we were. Bravo, HBO.
Whilst the lads go off to the desert (well Con#132) and are too enthsiastic to remember to lock their car. Then a car-jacker steals it, with all the non-cosplay clothes inside. Thus they end up at a diner where everyone thinks they are 15 (or nerds) & need their mothers calling - because they are so stupid. To which Howard affirms they are, as he asks for them to call his Mommy.
I just finished watching this episode--I laughed my ass off.
I now realize my superpower: the ability to interact with both nerd-geeks and everyone else.
Don't get me wrong--I like a challenge. I am usually quite challenged by normal mode (like I mentioned, I am not very good at video games). I'm one of those guys who really enjoys games, but the combination of available time and poor skills means it takes me a year to finish Halo: Reach (true story). I just finished Dishonored (started it in October), haven't even reached the half-way point of Bioshock: Infinite. But the difficulty against wandering monsters in D&D are all about rolls and balanced encounters. A level one mage doesn't stand a chance against a level 18 encounter with a death knight. But a skilled gamer behind a keyboard or controller is a completely different story.
I'm curious to know if I'm the standard casual gamer (I recently read that most people never get more than halfway through a video game)--how many people ever play a game at any setting more difficult than normal?
Who is really upset by the Metro: Last Light DLC / Preorder / Limited Edition release model? If it's a small set of hardcore gamers, then it seems like a potentially profitable strategy to sell a difficult setting to those people.
iPhone autocorrect is really kicking my butt today.
Or as that last sentence was originally typed:
iPhone 5 automobiles search rations kicked my brute toads.
Do a lot of gamers play in 'hard' mode?
I'm not actually very good at video games, and I always play in the easiest mode available.
I also notice that, like Crysis 3, there's really only one Xbox edition--the one that comes out 14 May and includes the 'limited' content.
The PC version comes in both standard and limited editions--the standard edition is $45; limited is $50. The PC preorder is limited to the 'limited' version.
I would be pretty happy if there were a standard Xbox version that was $5 cheaper than the limited: I'd definitely buy it, since I'll never even try 'ranger' mode.
IMO: The BS degree is only useful in getting the job, the rest of what will actually be useful comes from internships and the the important handful of senior level electives you take. The MS is laudable, but I'm not sure it will open any other doors for you, unless you really want an academic position or a senior organizational management position (which means exactly what it sounds like it means--very little field work and lots of office work).
My favorite professional drivers, encountered on a daily basis, are:
10. Drivers who wait and then pull out in front of you at the last possible moment.
9. Drivers who pull in front of you, and then slow down (especially awesome when there's no-one behind you).
8. Drivers who turn their radio up at the intersection in order to share their musical tastes with everyone else.
7. Drivers in queue behind you at the traffic light who blast their horn when you don't immediately accelerate at the green light.
6. Drivers who take an extra-special-long time to accelerate at the traffic light.
5. Drivers who drive under the limit in front of you, then speed up at the last second in order to beat the light--if they had just driven the speed limit the whole time, we both could have gotten through the light safely.
4. Drivers who sit at a busy intersection, where there's no traffic light, and wait until there are absolutely no oncoming cars, then pull out as slowly as possible.
3. Drivers who spin their tires at intersections, peppering my windshield with rocks.
2. Drivers who pull up beside you at an intersection and block your view of oncoming traffic...and creep forward when you pull out to see around them.
and the Number One Pet Peeve of the Moment....[drumroll aaaannnnddd rimshot!]
1. Drivers who go five or ten under the speed limit, don't use their signals, drift across the lanes, randomly speed up and slow down, brake at every traffic light, whether it's green or not, suddenly brake even when there's no-one in front of them (and we're already at or under the speed limit), turn on their signal after they parked in the turn lane... all while talking on a cellphone, f&~%ing with a GPS, or eating from a fast food bag.
BONUS!: √ Drivers who drive very slowly in front of you on the Highway, but speed up as you move to pass.
Please fragile life forms crossing the street, even in a crosswalk, remember that my ginormous murder-machine will actually kill you, my brakes are not anti-gravity tech that can stop on an atom, and the crosswalk is not a magical invisible force field of pedestrian safety +1--it is a bunch of lines painted on the road, really, that's all it is.
Please change the music on your iPod, answer your phone, text your friends, and set that next stone in minecraft after you are safely back on the sidewalk.
And please, really, look before crossing, even if you have a green hand/man of safety (nevernevernever cross when you have the red hand/man of doom!)--and especially look if your crosswalk is unlit, unguarded, and otherwise not in any way connected to anything except my eyeballs.