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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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In other news, this whole "getting used to" fire season in California is fucked up. I get it, it's something that we have to deal with like East Coasters have to deal with hurricanes and Nor'easters, but Jesus Christ, it's so unpredictable.  :sad:

On the other hand, it's amusing as hell watching the moisture build to the east and head right for Arizona. We could totally use that rain, and we're sending it to the high desert for shits and giggles.

I'm super glad we're getting a lot of rain at regular intervals up here this season; last year was terrible, we had big fires everywhere.

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OK then.  I applied for a research position ages ago, and forgot all about it.

Thing is...it's a research position on pensions and public policy.  And I know nothing about pensions.  I just applied in the frenzy of sending out applications.  Only now they want to interview me.

Guess what I'll be brushing up on this weekend?

Oooooooh! Good luck!

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I was curious about the location so I looked it up. As you said, it looks very walkable according to Google Maps, street view shows a clear sidewalk under the freeway, and the walk is only 4 minutes. As shitty as Tucson is for pedestrians, they clearly deliberately made an easy path between the hotel and the convention center, which actually makes sense for a change.

Like weather-wise or walking paths?  There are definitely some streets that are a pain to walk on because of the lack of sidewalks, but there's usually at least a wide strip of dirt to walk on on one side of a busy street. 

But this heat will murder the fuck out of people if they're not careful.

Walking paths. Gotta bear in mind that I'm from a city that was built for pedestrians and there are few places you can't get to safely on foot, so my perspective is a bit skewed.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: August 17, 2016, 05:19:41 am »
I'm not sure if it got a release, but the "Museum of Simulation Technology" may be of interest to you. Puzzle game based around perspective.

I will definitely check this out. Thanks!

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It's my birthday.

In celebration of 34 years and not dead yet, I am making my husband take me downtown where I can go to a bar where Top Gun was filmed. No, I'm not fucking joking.

Happy birthday, Suu!

Thanks!

By the way, Tucson Comic Con offered me a hotel room. It looks shady as fuck, and I can't wait.  :lulz: I'm copping out of Long Beach, because they want me to buy a $400 insurance policy a month out from the con, and I'm calling shenanigans.  I'll eat the $300 table fee, because no fucking con is worth a $700 investment when I know I'm not making the return. Even San Diego doesn't charge that much. Fuck, neither does New York. I'm totally cool with insurance, but that seems a wee fucking ridiculous.

You'll see us at the Tucson one.  What hotel?  If it's one of the bad ones, you can bunk with us.

Arizona Riverpark Inn. It's like it wants to be a resort, but isn't. But the reviews don't suck.

It's on the wrong side of the highway and there is no pedestrian traffic allowed on Cushing Street (ie, you will need a vehicle).

...there's sidewalks on both sides of the street and it's not a busy street?  Plus every con at TCC sees that road gets inundated with pedestrian traffic?

I was curious about the location so I looked it up. As you said, it looks very walkable according to Google Maps, street view shows a clear sidewalk under the freeway, and the walk is only 4 minutes. As shitty as Tucson is for pedestrians, they clearly deliberately made an easy path between the hotel and the convention center, which actually makes sense for a change.

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It's my birthday.

In celebration of 34 years and not dead yet, I am making my husband take me downtown where I can go to a bar where Top Gun was filmed. No, I'm not fucking joking.

Happy birthday!

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:32:38 am »
Probably one of the best court transcripts you'll ever read:

http://imgur.com/a/skffp

QG - There's a shitload of potential marginalia and quotes in there.

 :lulz: This is even better than the video.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:21:12 am »
Rust is getting slightly more fun as I figure it out. Still not sure if it's for me, though.

Have you tried 'the Stanley parable' (it may be called something similar)

In an unrelated note, cities skylines is about the best simcity type game I've ever encountered. Strongly recommended.

Hoping for a firm date for mount and blade bannerlord soon. The siege mechanics look hilarious and the modding community is pretty solid. High expectations, and even if not met will be remedied by the community in short order.

This looks very interesting!

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I got Rust, which is basically Minecraft for adults. But shitty Minecraft with hardly anything you can do and full of assholes that kill you as soon as you wake up. Or you starve to death and lose all your shit.

I already regret spending money on it, and am wondering whether to keep plugging away at it in the hope it eventually becomes fun, or to just bail and get another game.

Anyone have any suggestions? Prefer adventure/puzzle games, and I don't like graphic novels disguised as games. I'm poor so I can't justify spending more than $30, and it has to run on Mac.

If you like minecrafty games wurm is really good.  It's a mideval survival game with a player modified world.  wurm online is an MMO,  free to play but costs to progress past a certain point (subscription fee, about $10 a month game cash can be earned in game and used to pay it) wurm unlimited is a one time fee game (I dont remember the cost, about $30 I think) and I haven't played that version but you can set up your own world and play on ones other people have set up.  Designed by the guy who designed minecraft with another guy who still runs it, much prettier graphics than minecraft and a generally friendly community if you go on the PVE servers, the PVP ones are kind of empty and hostile.

I might give it a look even though Minecraft already does Minecraft best. Alty's setting up Morrowind for me though, so that might end up being my time suck.

Hahaha, I've played this! I wonder if I can remember my login information. Assuming they haven't purged it.

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Rust has always been terrible.  The only fun is in playing it with friends and meeting strange assholes/being strange assholes.

I had a quick look on the Steam store, but the only games I can speak from on personal experience would be the enchanced editions of Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale.  They're not graphically intensive, won't break the bank price wise and come with a decent number of online mods.  The replay value is also reasonable, given the number of potential companions and good/evil choices.

I haven't played either of those... I'll check them out!

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I got Rust, which is basically Minecraft for adults. But shitty Minecraft with hardly anything you can do and full of assholes that kill you as soon as you wake up. Or you starve to death and lose all your shit.

I already regret spending money on it, and am wondering whether to keep plugging away at it in the hope it eventually becomes fun, or to just bail and get another game.

Anyone have any suggestions? Prefer adventure/puzzle games, and I don't like graphic novels disguised as games. I'm poor so I can't justify spending more than $30, and it has to run on Mac.



If you haven't played Braid, it's a very pretty and clever puzzle game. Right now it's $15, but you only really get 4-6 hours of gameplay from that so wait for a sale for bang for your buck.

There's always Portal, of course, which is fun, funny, and comes with the benefit of near infinite user generated puzzle content. Valve just outright gives that one away on Steam sometimes.

I actually have a fair number of older games, including Portal, Portal 2, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2, which I should perhaps revisit before spending more money on something else.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: August 15, 2016, 10:46:43 pm »
Rust is getting slightly more fun as I figure it out. Still not sure if it's for me, though.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: August 15, 2016, 09:24:10 pm »
I'm a bit more than two-thirds through Mary Roach's "Gulp" and it is, like all her books, a fun, quirky, informative read.

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I got Rust, which is basically Minecraft for adults. But shitty Minecraft with hardly anything you can do and full of assholes that kill you as soon as you wake up. Or you starve to death and lose all your shit.

I already regret spending money on it, and am wondering whether to keep plugging away at it in the hope it eventually becomes fun, or to just bail and get another game.

Anyone have any suggestions? Prefer adventure/puzzle games, and I don't like graphic novels disguised as games. I'm poor so I can't justify spending more than $30, and it has to run on Mac.

It's side scrolling 2-d but Starbound.

I will look it up! Thanks.

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