August 26, 2019

Seen In Hong Kong

I want nothing more than to make a joke like "the protesters can't lose, they've got the rubber ducks", but the situation is on too much of a knife's edge.  Not that I'm any expert on China internal politics... in fact, those rubber ducks up there know more about it than me... but I'm of the opinion that a Tienanmen event is only being held at bay by the impossibility of keeping it from foreign eyes.

If ducks help, nothing could be better.

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August 20, 2019

HE DID IT!!!

Everybody, head over to Brickmuppet's place... Old Dominion University FINALLY ran out of hoops to make him jump through.


Do you know what this means?


There have been times during his 30-year odyssey that it's seemed like they've been inventing reasons he couldn't be given his degree, but finally... FINALLY... they ran out of stupid excuses.

Congratulations, Brickmuppet!  You persevered in the face of abject stupidity to get that which you've so desperately wanted for so long... which kinda feels like a metaphor for life in these here times.

Bravo.

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August 19, 2019

The Kraken Is Displeased

I had something else in mind for a post today, but then I saw this:

...and suddenly I changed my mind.  If the video continues to not work, click right here!

I quite enjoyed my time in the original Kerbal Space Program, but it was created by people who didn't actually know how to code.  As a result, its an big unoptimized mess of spaghetticode that nobody currently working on the game knows... partly because most of the people who did the original are no longer part of Squad due to some very unfortunate circumstances.  Every patch and every update made the mess just that much larger, reportedly causing new bugs every time old ones were repaired.

KSP 2 is being rewritten from the ground up by professional game developers.  This can be both a blessing and a curse, of course.  Part of the thing that made original KSP great was the passion the creators had for it... they liked blowing up their LGMs as much as the fans did.  The new people involved won't have that same "spark", so to speak, but... well, y'know.  I'm looking forward to seeing a LOT more.

Oh, and unless I miss my guess, at both the 1:32 and the 1:42 timemarks, we get to see friggin' ORIONS.  Finally I get to build me a Michael of my very own!!!  Bring on the Fthtp!

Lastly, at the very end, there's a "thank you" message to someone named Shaun Esau with the hashtag "Build Fly Dream".  Here's what that refers to:
A lot of the beats from this video, one of the best "fan trailers" for the game out there, get repeated in the new trailer.  It's a nice touch, one that shows that at least the new marketing department "gets it."

I'm enthused.

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August 09, 2019

Automated Night "Rail"

The Yurikamome Line from Shimbashi to Toyosu isn't technically a rail line since... well... no rails!  It's rolling stock is all rubber-tired people movers running on concrete "tracks".  And it's 100% automated, all computer-controlled.

No real reason to post this, honestly.  It's just pretty watching the lights and sites of Tokyo, Odaiba, and oh, Tokyo Big Sight is the 11th stop.  And it almost makes me feel like I'm a functioning human being.  Duck.  Whatever.  

Enjoy, won't you? 

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