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Quick update, I'll most likely be back later this weekend, but for now, stay cool and enjoy what I've found today. We're heading into the Stanley Cup Finals, and it's been such a great ride. And the Penguins have been playing Mario Kart during intermission on the ice! Ride, Mario Kart, it's a pun!
The trailer for Finding Dory:
Last month marked the final issue of the latest run of DC's Midnighter, it's a causality in their new something-or-other event that is throwing most of their titles back to square one (I don't follow comics that much, so I can't explain it, sorry). But Midnighter, aside from being beautifully drawn and well written, was the gay icon we needed:
This is a book I needed when I was younger, and for people to have it now, in the next generation, is my greatest accomplishment of all.”
It is a shame, although it was not cancelled because it's led by a gay character, just economics and the reality that it's really, really hard to launch new mainstream comic books that aren't about the regulars everyone already knows about. But what I find really sad, is that it is the only comic from Marvel or DC fronted by a gay character. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (Movies and TV shows) has been going on since 2008. In that time (unless I"m missing someone) we've had one gay character who was in three episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before he was written out. Not to mention we've yet to have a movie starring a woman (Captain Marvel releases in 2019, but what ever happened to the Black Widow movie?) and we're just now getting to having one led by an actor of color (Black Panther, 2018).
Deadpool is supposed to be pansexual, and while Ryan Reynolds has said many times he'd like him to have a male love interest, the only times in the movie (which I loved by the way) they could have brought up his sexuality, they turned to tired homophobic jokes about how he didn't want to be pegged by his girlfriend. There's now a 'strong chance' we'll see an LGBT character in the MCU, but seriously, this is the best we can do?
I wrote all of that, then I was reminded of the Netflix shows, where there is a prominent lesbian couple in Jessica Jones and Daredevil (season 2), and rumor is the one character will be the first to be in all five Netflix shows. So we've got one!
We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go (I'll be writing about the Padres next time as well), but it's important to keep the pressure on for these things. Gay kids are everywhere and into a myriad of interests (sports, comic books, etc), we need to make sure that each one sees themselves and a better future in their interests, to give them hope.
Okay, one last bit on my soapbox, an amazing picture of a gay couple in Melbourne, a beautiful look at our community as we fight the tide of the world, together:
The death of David Bowie has a hit to queer and oddball white kids. Frank Ocean says (sweetly and sadly) that the death of Prince is the same, but for people of color.
Are gay men more masculine that straight men? Science (and language) say yes:
In case you missed it, Loretta Lynch's powerful speech on trans* rights in response to HB2.
And speaking of HB2, I'm not a fan of her, but Megyn Kelly does some great work here while interviewing the governor of North Carolina.
Okay, that's it for now, but I'll be back soon!
I’ve been listening to my console friends rejoice about finally being able to mod Fallout 4 on their fave systems. But that modding comes with a restriction if you’re on the XBone.
Mods are coming to the Xbox One version of Fallout 4, but, they won’t work exactly like the wild wild west of PC modding. The XB1 is a closed platform owned by Microsoft, afterall, so there will be some restrictions. In a live stream event Bethesda detailed some of those restrictions, the most significant of which being that mods for the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 have to be smaller than 2GB.
2GB doesn’t sound like too much. In fact that would drive me insane, especially with the mods that I find for Skyrim which can span into the double digits. Though I’m sure the console peasants won’t mind, as they’re already used to living with restrictions anyway.
I think I’m starting to feel better, though I’ve mostly been sleeping and taking lots of different over the counter medicines. Decided to return to the Windows side today to play some Skyrim since I haven’t played much in the last few days of feeling like hell. I met a custom companion, not sure what mod they’re from but I decided to add them long enough to give them some clothes. They were in a dreadful woven tunic and trousers before I reached into my infinite swag bag to make them almost as fabulous as I am.
Also made it to Morthal for the first time during this playthrough and managed to make a master vampire explode.
I thought that looked pretty epic. Might pick up on it again tomorrow after work if I have any energy left.
I don’t know what’s more stupid, the IT’s at the hotel disabling Windows Update so this doesn’t happen, or Microsoft for not thinking of all the doom and gloom people have to put up with when having to deal with their pushy OS.
“My hotel can’t check me out because their computer decided to just go for it & is currently in the middle of updating itself to Windows 10,” he said.
It’s pretty bad when Hotel California has fewer restrictions. I mean you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. Maybe Microsoft got the idea from The Eagles, but like every other idea they’ve stolen they got it bassackwards.
Found a cool open source driver and UI for the Steam Controller.
They don’t have an rpm package for CentOS 7, but compiling it should be easy enough. This will be really nice for games that don’t cooperate with the Steam UI properly, IOW DOSBox which yes, I have installed under Linux. There are some old classics I’d like to play using the Steam Controller (like Jazz Jackrabbit) which gave me absolute hell under Windows.
Man, what a crazy story.
Today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the first-person account of St. Paul resident Austin, who has spent the last decade dealing with myriad problems caused by a man who lives only a few towns over, but who has been misusing Austin’s Social Security number to buy cars, open lines of credit, and even get health insurance.
The pisser is that the authorities won’t do anything about it.
He claims that his attempts to get local law enforcement to care have been fruitless, even when police were presented with a folder containing several years’ worth of evidence and a definitive paper trail.
According to Austin, a St. Paul Police Dept. sergeant told him, “The only way we can really do anything is if you capture him on video using your card.”
That’s cold. You’d think with a large collection of evidence the police would be more than willing to shove their boots up the guy’s ass. I’d be furious.
This guy seriously operates on a Steve Irwin form of insane.
The video itself is educational, even if done by a professional maroon. If it were me I’d probably invest in a flamethrower.
Due to what my cold has been doing I’ve pretty much kept to myself. On Sunday when I came home from work I basically showered and passed out (in bed, not actually passing out) without eating anything. I slept for about 15 hours on and off… a new record! I think the massive amounts of sleep are helping me though. I have more energy than I did the other day. Other than sleep copious amounts I’ve been working on my Linux side just to try and keep my brain semi-active. Tried to test Tomb Raider under CentOS 7 but it fails, that’s for another time though.
The weekend was absolute hell for me. I kept getting random cough spasms that would last anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. A couple of them would take place while I helped two different customers,ended up getting someone to take over helping them until I could get some air back into my lungs. Fortunately most of the customers were respectable. I only had one old lady giving me the evil glare. Today was much smoother, but then I only had to work 4 hours.
This is probably one of the more embarrassing colds I’ve had to deal with… but half of our department already likes to call in sick constantly (intentionally or not, but mostly intentional)… Plus in my position it isn’t as though I can call in sick very easily.
I’m already feeling tired again. I think I’ll stop here. If I’m feeling better when I wake up I’ll try and make an appearance.
Alright, let's see what we have today, first up, very important Star Wars news: my favorite vehicle (the A-Wing) will be back in Episode VIII! Yes, giant nerd, I have a favorite Star Wars vehicle.
Also in Star Wars news, sadly, the voice of Admiral Ackbar has died, but watch him say his iconic line 8 different ways.
Muggles play skydiving quidditch:
A porn site blocked access in North Carolina over HB2.
Also in response, a bunch of breweries joined together to make a "Don't be mean to people: A golden rule saison" beer. Awesome.
And in case you haven't seen it, required viewing, debunking 'bathroom bills':
Wil Wheaton looks awesome in drag with his glitter beard!
Amazing ad campaign from a gay South African rugby team:
Oh hey, big surprise, the people shouting about religious freedom, really only care about themselves. And by that, I mean that conservative Christians want to be able to discriminate against the queer community. A mosque in Virginia was blocked from opening, but there's no outrage about it from the right.
And speaking of, this is really accurate, and check out the scene with them eating lunch, it's pretty important:
Okay, that's it for now, have a great one!
I found this to be interesting. It’s currently a hit thing to do in Japan, and since I was there I decided to go through the mental motions myself. If you do try it tell me what you thought of at the end.
I kinda screwed up at the end when they told me to think of a color and a tool. I thought of the color orange and the biggest tool I could think of.
A bit more….
Guess I’m the 2%
Yep, not the entirety of Halo 5 but it’s forge.
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re bringing this same spirit of creation and collaboration to the PC later this year with Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10. Best of all? It will be absolutely free. In addition to the evolutions already present in the mode on Xbox One, Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition for Windows 10 will include some exciting new features designed specifically with PC users in mind, including:
- Keyboard & Mouse Support – For the first time ever, Forgers will have the option of using a keyboard & mouse allowing for more precision control than ever before.
- Increased Resolution – Support for multiple resolutions including 4k.
- Test and Play with Friends – Enlist the help of Friends to help build, test, and play your Forge creations on Windows 10.
Build on Windows 10 and Publish to Xbox One – Experiences built on Windows 10 can be published to and played on Xbox One, opening the doors for countless new experiences to be enjoyed by players all over the world.
Wow! You mean a keyboard and mouse have more precision than a controller? Wow, congrats Microsoft… It only took you guys over a decade and a half to figure that one out but, better late than never right?
It’s a good thing I’m not really interested in the Halo series, because once again they’re making Halo an exclusive to the Windows 10 platform. Much like when Halo was released during the Vista era in an attempt to convince users to upgrade from XP. Sorry, but El Dewrito kinda already beat you guys. Plus it’s not limited by what version of Windows you run. Watch, Microsoft will probably come along and find some way to remove them from the face of the earth…
Some of you might remember awhile back when I wrote about the pro’s and con’s of Steam, where I pointed out the good and bad with their recent choices. Probably one of the biggest points I touched on was the Steam Mobile Authenticator. I went into detail about how dependent Steam is on having your account tethered to a cell phone at the client level. But what about people who run dedicated servers for TF2, CS:GO, etc? I’m one of those people, and you want to know what the status is? Fucking stupid.
Last year I had to close down my CS:GO server when I discovered that I had to have a phone number attached to my account in order for it to function in anything but LAN mode. I decided to say screw it since it was the least popular server that I ran. Today however I noticed that for whatever reason my MvM Quickplay server was running insecure despite being set otherwise. Upon doing some research I discovered that a phone number must be associated with the Steam account the server is running off of. Oh, it’ll run. But in insecure mode, great huh? I feel like I’m being blackmailed… Either give us your phone number or your quickplay servers will never be secure again.
Fuck you Valve, and fuck the lowest common denominator for being stupid enough to get scammed, and practically forcing server owners like me to suffer the consequences of their stupid fucking actions. What the hell is the point of having a phone number tied to a server? I can at least kind of sort of see the point in clients having a phone number tied to their account for security reasons and VAC banning users who hack on an alt account tied to the same phone number, but why servers?!?!?!?!
The server software Valve provides for their Source Dedicated Servers is free, creating Steam accounts is free. It doesn’t take much to make an alt account with a cheap cellphone and a small game purchase on your account. So what fucking point are they trying to make?
Now I’m in a position where I’m contemplating if it’ll be worth it to get a cheap android to prevent this from happening to my other servers, or if I should just shut down when their time eventually comes. My MvM server was one of the more popular TF2 servers in my collection and I hate seeing it go because of Valve wanting a fucking cell number. If I do get an android though I’ll only use it for my alt server account. I’ll remove the battery and shove it in the drawer when I’m done. I fucking hate this.
Grand Theft Auto 3 is getting it’s own Open Source engine called OpenRW. I love hearing stories like this, the more games that are playable under Linux the better (with excellent ports of course).
On another note, Dota 2 which is already working under Linux will be getting Vulkanized. Well, the good kind.
We’re going to release vulkan support soon, probably sometime next week. That DLC checkbox is an error and shouldn’t be visible yet. Sorry for the confusion.
That’s awesome. I’ll be even more hyped if and when other source titles join on the vulkan bandwagon. Especially gmod, the optimization is piss poor on Linux when I run it on the highest settings.
That looks really good to me right now. Partly because I love all those fruits, and partly because I still feel sick and have cravings. -_-
At long last, we are ready to announce that hotel bookings for 2016 are officially open. Mysterium will take place at the Best Western Plus CottonTree Inn, located at 10695 Auto Mall Drive, Sandy, Utah, 84070.
The hotel is a little ways outside of downtown Salt Lake, but there is public transportation available to get from the airport to the hotel, along with taxis/shuttles/rental cars. We’ll post information about getting to the hotel from the airport as we get closer to August.
We have secured a rate of $94/night, which is available from Friday, August 5th thru Tuesday, August 9th. Rooms with both one and two beds are available.
We have also secured a limited number of rooms for Thursday, August 4th at a rate of $130.
You can book your rooms by calling the hotel directly at 800-662-6886 and pressing 2 for the Sandy, Utah location. When you call, tell them you are with the Mysterium convention to get our group rates.
We realize that a limited number of more expensive rooms for Thursday isn’t ideal as most attendees like to arrive on Thursday. We anticipate that most people should be able to get a room, but, because some might choose to arrive on Friday instead, we will be sure not to schedule any of the “big ticket” presentations/events until later in the day on Friday. We’re currently working on the schedule and will let you know when that is available.
Don’t forget to register here: http://www.mysterium.net/registration/
We’re really sorry for how long it has taken to get hotel information out this year, but we’re very happy with the hotel we’ve chosen. We can’t wait to see you all this summer!
Mysterium 2016 PR Bah’ro
It’s the “Neko Nyam Cha”, a series of cat-shaped manju steamed buns designed to be served in steam baskets like a yum cha meal. Only this time, there are cats on the menu.
Never had Steamed buns, but I do have an authentic bamboo steamer and some recipes… I might have to make some not so cute looking buns someday. The ones in the article sound good, especially the caramel and matcha ones, even the lemon one has my interest.
I ended up taking it easy today. I think I might be developing my annual bronchitis. I started feeling strange just before mother’s day when I was exposed to lilies at work for a long period of time, and the chemicals tend to make me sick. I was actually worried that I’d be getting an ear infection as that has happened in the past, but so far I’ve just been dealing with a sore throat. Which I have proceeded to cram as much ginger, citrus and honey down as possible. That and Ricola cough drops…
Aside from that I had my hair appointment today, and I’ve gotten the reboot of the main slacker’s website back up and running as an anti-social network of sorts. A place where people can go and post statuses, pictures etc. Check it out and join if you want.
I will continue to make changes to it, but for the time being I figured it would be a nice basic setup. I’m still not going to setup a forum as there doesn’t seem to be much of a call for one. I’ve been hanging around in other groups, watching them try to put together forums. They make valiant efforts putting them together and getting the word out to join, but the forum scene seems to have died off unless you’re either part of a large gaming community or a niche website with a lot of traffic. Community guild/clan forums aren’t what they used to be, which is kinda sad.
I’d much rather use forums than use facebook, teh google plus, etc etc… That and with chat and VoIP programs it also kinda leaves forums in the dust… although it would make it more awkward for community newcomers compared to just joining a forum. Then again some of today’s people with their smartphones don’t even know how to use forums. Which is evident by what I’ve seen on certain forums recently, notably on Steam forums and even the Cyan forums.
I remember when a former co-worker of mine tried to get me to check out Project Spark. It was a Windows 8/XBone exclusive, and it didn’t strike me as a good reason to ditch Windows 7 (like most OS exclusives being released today). Looks like I’m not really missing out on it either since Microsoft and the studio responsible for this game will be pulling the plug on it.
“This was an extremely difficult decision for our team that we do not take lightly,” Team Dakota community manager Thomas Gratz said in a statement. “When Project Spark transitioned away from active development last fall, many of our team members moved to other projects within Microsoft Studios. While this means there have been no layoffs at Microsoft, it also means it’s simply no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping Project Spark up and running with meaningful updates and bug fixes, so we have come to this hard decision.”
I’m not sure about the logic behind this. There are games on other platforms that haven’t been touched in years by developers… so why does Project Spark have to be taken off the market? Seems rather short sided to me, and good reasoning not to back anything heavily backed by Microsoft especially going by their track record. Giving up on their smartphone, giving up on Win 8 and going straight to 10, giving up on shipping a Kinect with the XBone because of the creepy requirements, closing the studio responsible for Fable after basically telling them to completely rewrite the new fable, oh… and of course:
Of course this doesn’t bother me at all. I learned a long time ago not to invest too heavily into Microsoft’s products, it’s much more painless that way.