February 1st, 2017
|09:39 pm - On nerd films.|
There's something I'm desperately waiting for Marvel movies to use again.
There will be, at some point, an EPIC Hugo Weaving reveal, as the Red Skull returns. Everyone (including Captain America, who saw it happen) thinks the Red Skull touched the Tesseract and was disintegrated.
..... but that's not what happened. You won't see that special effect again until TWO MOVIES LATER, and it's not called out when it happens. No connection is made by the characters, but the visual FX are *absolutely identical*.
The Red Skull does not vanish because the Tesseract disintegrates him. He touches the Tesseract and disappears in a vertical beam, shimmering in all the colours of visible light. That's not disintegration.
That's a bridge. A rainbow bridge. The Red Skull is carried off by BIFROST.
And oh yes, he's coming back.
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January 31st, 2017
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January 25th, 2017
|02:31 pm - I love living in the future?|
Northumbria University fined 400,000 GBP after a an experiment intended to study the effects of caffeine on exercise gave two volunteers 30g of caffeine each, instead of 0.3g.
(This is 2-4x the LD50 of caffeine in humans, BTW.)
The lab had switched to using powdered caffeine instead of tablets, and did the dose calculation on a mobile phone app, and neglected the decimal places. And nobody thought "hey, taking caffeine powder doses like it's a Costco-sized bottle of protein powder, that's MAYBE A LITTLE WEIRD?"
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January 22nd, 2017
OK, fixed crossposting again. Sheesh.
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January 21st, 2017
|05:30 pm - Wherein I have thoughts on the ethics of punching Nazis.|
As people who've been around here for a while will already know, I'm a big fan of Nazis and Nazism. Specifically I'm a fan of having them as villains, in video games, so that you can shoot as many stupid Nazis in their stupid Nazi faces as you want, without ever feeling bad about how you're maybe killing an innocent person who doesn't deserve being shot in the face.
But there are still real-world Nazis as well, and occasionally the question comes up "should you punch stupid Nazis in their stupid Nazi faces?"
Well, the answer is simple logic.
1. A Nazi who has been punched in his stupid Nazi face is objectively and unarguably better than a Nazi who has not been punched in his stupid Nazi face.
2. A Nazi who has been punched in his stupid Nazi face twice is objectively and unarguably better than a Nazi who has only been punched once.
3. In fact, for any value of N, a Nazi who has been punched in his stupid Nazi face N+1 times is better than a Nazi who has been punched in his stupid Nazi face N times.
4. The best possible Nazi, thus, is one who has been punched in his stupid Nazi face an infinite number of times.
So by punching a stupid Nazi in his stupid Nazi face, you're improving him. You're doing him a favour. At no point should you ever *stop* punching a stupid Nazi in his stupid Nazi face.
January 16th, 2017
|07:27 pm - True TV stories.|
I enter the room.
torrain [watching Zoo on Netflix, pauses TV and turns to me]: "The bears are developing endoskeletons."
Me: "Wait, bears ALREADY HAVE endoskeletons".
torrain: "Yeah, I think they mean exoskeletons".
Me: "Well that's OK then."
torrain: "I was mostly seeing how long it took you to catch that."
This show is apparently exactly what it says on the tin.
January 13th, 2017
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