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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: tulpas :^)
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:29:10 pm »
There are tulpas on tumblr, so I reckon those Buddhists are just bullshitting about how hard it is.  I mean if the average OCD-impaired American teenager can do it, anyone can.

I suspect trollery:

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited Protest Fail Thread
« on: December 11, 2014, 08:58:44 pm »
I think they severely underestimated how fragile the Nazca lines are.  From what I can see, the way they went about it was intended to minimise the damage, but they didn't realise just being there could cause irreversible damage.

Of course, you should remember a lot of the information about how fragile the Nazca lines are is coming from the Peruvian government and not academic scholars, and the Peruvian government should not exactly be treated as an uninterested and neutral observer in this whole thing.

I mean, I've passed sites in Peru that are complete biohazards.  The Nazca lines only get special treatment because of tourism.

I think more money can be made with MLP/Fleshlight fusions.  The My Little Pony manifestation of the Real Doll.

That sounds like work.

That sounds like something that some fucker must have already done. I'd be AMAZED if not but I'm sure as fuck not going looking for this.

Now "My Little Pony Sex Doll" is in my search history.

It's for science.

And to give the guys and gals at the NSA something to laugh at this afternoon.

Coyote, your use of the term "piss baby" is both prejudiced and problematic.  Please desist immediately.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:52:15 am »
Probably 20-30%.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 11, 2014, 08:40:19 am »
Are you having a good day?

If so, don't click this.

But how can that be?  Torture is AWESOME.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Cop Rant
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:21:03 am »
I think he's like 80 or something.  And a doctor.  And possibly a gnome.

I mean, it's weird, but not age-wise.

Ah, patch day.  My favourite day of the year.

On patch day, the best entertainment, bar none, is going to the Bioware forums.  You are guaranteed at least:

- 100 pages of people pissing and moaning that the patch has not come quickly enough (because quality testing is for noobs and scrubs)

- 50 pages of whining that the servers have crashed due to so many people downloading the crash (even when they clearly have not, as people are managing to download them) and people blaming slow download speeds on everything except their shitty internet capabilities (guys, if I'm getting 1 MB/sec, trust me, there is no problem client side).

- 25 pages of whining that a patch was even needed.  Because beta-testing is really easy, amirite?  Speaking as someone who actually was doing beta-testing for another game not long ago, let me tell you that shit is complicated.  And the more complicated the game options and functionality, the more scope for unusual glitches and bugs.  Admittedly, I was not getting paid, but its still really hard to trigger some conditionals for some bugs.

- Another 25 pages of whining that the patch is insufficient, and does not go far enough.

- That one fucking guy who wont shut up about how he should have the option to force a lesbian character to sleep with his male one because Thedas needs to breed more elves and it is her duty to her people.  Seriously, dude, you want a rape option?

- 50 or so people bemoaning that Bioware "dont make RPGs anymore", even though that is a) inaccurate and b) has nothing to do with the topic. 

- Another 50 or so people reminding everyone that Eletronic Arts is "the worst company in America".  Because, you see, EA profits off the arms trade and sells overpriced weapons to both the USA and its enemies, and is engaged in profteering with regimes that deal in slavery, authoritarianism and oppression on a vast scale.  Oh, no, wait, that's most of the American arms and private military security industry.

- me, trolling the living daylights out of the above.

It is truly the most magical time of year.

Cain:  Pimpin'.

No, it's a classy joint, from what I can see.  Would have to be though, given property prices and rental in the area.

Is that some kind of euphemism? Because it really should be.

Yes, it is a euphemism for "babysitting teenagers whose parents have more money than time or common sense".  Oh, the massage thing?  Dunno.

In other news, I'm moving back to London.

Not only will I be living in central London for a ridiculously low rent, I will also be living next to a massage school.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:11:50 am »
Hey, so do you think this means the CIA now counts as an ongoing security risk to the USA?

Security has been stepped up at US facilities around the world ahead of the release of a report expected to reveal details of harsh CIA interrogations, the White House says.

Embassies and other sites were taking precautions amid "some indications" of "greater risk", a spokesman said.

A 480-page summary of the Senate report is due to be released on Tuesday.

It is expected to detail the CIA's campaign against al-Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11.

As well as detailing the controversial methods used by CIA operatives in an effort to extract information from high-value suspects, the report is expected to say harsh interrogations failed to deliver appropriate results.

Also, I am so surprised.  Torture is not only a moral abomination, but one that doesn't even work very well?  It's not ALL OF RECORDED HISTORY has taught us this.

Though I do wonder if at least some of the torture was intended to make testimony from key Al-Qaeda figures both unreliable and not admissable in court (Riyadh must be protected at all costs, after all).

Recently while waiting in a Taco Bell drive through a guy played "what are you waiting for" by Nickleback three times in a row and told me that "No matter where you are in life everybody need to hear this song."

Wow, that's an amazing troll. I'm going to try it on campus.

He wasnt trolling.

Well I suppose once you've gone through that, you know you can handle the worst life has to throw at you.

No.  Mainly because I forgot to turn the mic on.  Every time I shut down my computer, I have to unplug and replug the mic...and then there is the recording options, the mic line itself and the computer's own audio software suit.

If any one of those steps is forgotten, then it only records in-game.

I had to play around with the settings quite a bit to get something decent.  Mesh quality needed to stay at high, to avoid hideous shiny hair, which meant everything else had to go down in quality.  And even then, I was getting bad framerate.  So eventually I adjusted the recordings to 720p and 30 FPS, which results in a fairly stable 40-60 FPS for playing purposes.  It's occasionally dipped to the mid-30s, but only when loading very large areas with numerous NPCs.  And 30 FPS for the cutscenes.

So I've been playing around with both in-game and recording settings, so I'd like some feedback on this.

Way things are going, I probably wont be able to record until after Xmas (next two weeks: shopping for family, finishing counter-terrorism paper, work, in that order of importance.  Also if I get this job in London, I'll be moving around the New Year).  But I suppose that gives Bioware time to release the PC patch, which will be good.  And I can continue to do a gajillion sidequests while ignoring the main story.

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