Lot of randomness as of late huh? Anyways, this is based on the Slender Man modern urban legend. Which in and of itself is a pretty amazing story! I recommend checking out that link to read up on the history. But the cliff notes version is that Slender was really formed from the online consensus which congealed into what we have now. Slender Man is sort of a creepy dude in a suit, sometimes with tentacles, that has no face, very elongated extremities, and can mess you up by looking at him! “Don’t blink, blink and you’re dead!” (sorry, had a Dr.Who moment) But yeah, “legend” has it, if you look at Slender Man, you can have memory loss, pass out, or even die! This is one of those ‘wins’ for the internet culture.
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Wow! Talk about one from the vault! This goes a good 14 or so years back! Anyways, I remember looking at some of those Capcom games, like Street Fighter and man, I couldn’t understand why in the heck the guys had such big bodies, BIG hands, and tiny tiny weeeee little heads! I know I know, it’s a stylistic thing, but I see this style in a lot of games/comics/and other genres and it’s just really frustrating! It seem like they make up muscles!
But the real kicker is the hand to head ratios… If you have hands big enough to crush your own head, then you’re doing something wrong! (and it’s not like your hands magically grow as your muscle mass grows… just look at some of those tiny hands body builders have!) So I always thought this is what would happen to those characters. >)
It seems those pesky terrorists have joined us in the modern times by utilizing the internets to conduct their plans to piss off various hornet nests around the world. See, back in the good ol days, they had to send messages via snail mail, radio, or spread vhs or pamphlets around to garner support. Now, they can just send an email or to get support from prospective members, they use internet forums. So lately the various powers that be have been combing through these forums looking for hotspots of terrorist activities. And to combat such activities… they’ve resorted to the oldest of practices… TROLLING!
That’s right, your tax dollars are financing 4-chan’s finest to fight off these minions of destruction! See, here’s the theory… if you can undermine the ideals of the people trying to rally support and new members to fight the devils in the west, then the willingness to join such groups will drop; since you know, it’s all about empowerment and praying on high risk individuals, so doing things to pull the rug out from under that empowerment will collapse that momentum.
Interesting idea… trolling the terrorist forums to undermine their causes and make them look like fools. Not sure how solid the psychology behind this is, but if this actually works, then it’ll be a powerful anti-terrorism tool! That and it gives us countries in the crosshairs a chance to fire back where it hurts! Their epeens!
So for whatever reason, this actually bugged me the other day while on a forum… someone had written “ocd” and I thought to myself “hey, someone needs to trim that little thing off the D to make it even” and that’s probably a bad sign… XD
Eh, at least us art folks can claim we’re being “perfectionists”. >)
In other news, seems that our friends down under just got a nice new “M” (R18+) rating for games! Good for the fight against the government constantly trying to outlaw them. At least this will provided some help towards the gamers saying, well, games are fun and the gov has no business sticking it’s nose into anything. Since, well, if the suits don’t like a game, they just try and block it. Personally, I’m not sure how bad or good the issue is down there currently, but every now and then you hear about some political jerk attempting to ban this or that. There’s also the issue of new games taking FOREVER to be released (as Ben from Zero Punctuation) for whatever reason. I’m assuming it’s probably something because of all these shenanigans but I could be wrong.
And a little late on the uptake, but in jolly ol, uh, Europe, they finalized the PEGI rating for sole use… good cause it standardizes things a bit, which is good for everyone. Also, follow the link, maybe it’s just me, but their warning labels look like Steam achievement icons! So… I guess M rated games win then? XD
Ok guys, I’m all for being healthy (preached not practiced) and trying to keep yourself in whatever shape you choose, but there are a few things to watch out for. Of which are the crazy “bootcamp” exercises and of course, the protein calorie blasts (ya know, the powder stuff that tastes like strawberry drywall). While the pursuit of good health should be encouraged, there are a few things out there that boast results without regard to what happens, well, after.
This is kind of representative of myself… while I never quite made it to step too there, I came to realize the detrimental health effects of trying to do hardcore type exercise with the powder junk were way too high for my tastes.
See, a lot of those “beef out now” and “bootcamp” type exercises are extremely high impact. This means that they can really injure your joints, and with me at least, it totally hurt the heck out of my knees… so that was the end of that. The better solution would have been to take the weights a little easier and just focused on low impact type routines.
And don’t get me started on that powder… uhg! While it’s alright on paper, ya know, the more you work out the more protein/calories you need, thus it helps… The issue starts because it’s an unnatural imbalance of nutrients. Which, as we all know, it’s all about balance. But while I was taking in ridiculous amounts of this putrid powder, I did some research and it turns out the stuff is very harsh on your body. As in, it can harm your kidney and liver kind of bad. Sooo… I decided to pull the plug on that one!
So what can ya do? Well, probably cardio is like the best thing ever! Low impact and keep the heart rate up for half an hour and you’re good to go! Sure, if you want to look a specific way it will take different variations of other techniques, but just be sure to do the research, because I for one don’t want to sacrifice longevity and my joints just so I can make my pecks dance.
Moral of the story, stay healthy and do your research! Also “no pain no gain” works only for the short term… just sayin… you can work hard without it causing damage.
I uh… um… yeah. Maybe this is what the aliens will do with our bones, you know, after the impending invasion. >)
For those that might not get this… In places such as Florida, folks collect those round things (called Sand Dollars) down at the beach or in the water, bleach them out, and put them on shelves or whatever.
(Also, instead of a poll, wondered what you all would be interested in seeing for future mashups (like the star wars vs star trek, or the steamboats). Or what other kinds of posters would you like to see? Good to get feedbacks and such. >D
Kind of based off of something I ran across on the Know Your Meme site. Apparently there was a transparency report released by Google a few days back with some concerning information. Long story short, various government agencies and companies asked Google to remove search listings that are politically confrontational or youtube videos portraying certain official groups in a bad light, to the tune of 6,321 removals in 6 months. Now, while it’s hard to place blame with Google (cause when some government officials ask you to do something, it gets a bit tricky to say no), this does play up the whole “evil corporation that sacrifices the customers’ rights for third party interests”. The real bad guy is the governments and organizations who pressure the companies (ie bullying) into compliance. (though Google should grow a pair and say no)
So basically, governments didn’t like what people have to say, Google folds, civil liberties lost. This right here is the whole fear behind the CISPA and SOPA! You know, the government and corporations influencing the ISPs and search engines to censor anything they deem unsatisfactory. That whole Big Brother thing we all worried about before. So yeah, it’s happening for reals now guys. But I guess they didn’t need any official legislation to control the internet afterall. Scary stuff guys! Kind of a loophole in that 1st amendment thing. Granted it’s all legal and compulsory by the company, but at the end of the day, an official governing body shouldn’t be trying skirt their own laws in order to fulfill their agendas. I for one… not happy.
I’ve had plenty of computers over the years and they seem to have massively dramatic exits from life. Usually taking with them all my files. Bleh…
Anyways, I think I touched on this before, but I was wondering the other day… If computers were ever able to not only mimic life, but mimic conscious thought. Like, on a higher level such as us humans. If that were to happen, would we change our views and accept this new artificial life form or would we always look upon it/them as a very sophisticated mime? I think we’d probably create every possible test to confirm intelligence an life, and probably most of those an average adult human would fail. And even then, I’m sure most people would diverge into groups that believe and those that don’t. All kinds of craziness. Then I guess at some point, we’d have to take a darn good look at ourselves and question what it means to be alive. Deep stuff I suppose, but the most likely outcome will result in some sort of violent feud between parties. Ah… good to be human eh?
And hey, maybe your new friends there will help ya! Haha, fat chance!
Anyways, if any of you were worried in the slightest that our universe gets cancelled on December 21st of this year, then you can rest easy with the knowledge that the end of days isn’t on its way. Sorry to ruin it for you.
So here’s the thing with all these Mayan folks. Despite all the human sacrifices and thinking the Spanish were friendly, these guys were actually pretty smart! Like really smart. They tracked all kinds of celestial events and even have some amazingly long calendars. And it’s that calendar issue that’s getting people all worked up. Well, not you guys, but others I’m sure. See, the Mayans liked numbers… 13 and 20 to be exact. They were like holy numbers. So, we see that a LOT in the structure of their timekeeping. Here’s how it goes; a day is 1. Duh! Then it counts up to 20 days. 13 sets of 20 becomes 260 days (used for ceremonies)! Then there’s 360 (a year). Then 7,200 days of the Ka’tun (20 years). Which goes to 144,000 days (20 Ka’tuns), called a Bak’tun (400 mayan years). December of 2012 marks the completion of the 13th Bak’tun, which isn’t cause for alarm, but mass celebration! It would have been something to look forward to! And 13 is a lucky number!
Well there you have it! The end! Calender done and all life ends right? Well… no. We’re just a little over half way there. 20 Bak’tuns will make up the Pik’tun, 2,880,000 days. 20 Pik’tuns is a Kalabtun. 20 of those is a K’inchiltun and 20 of those is the mother of all long counts, the Alautun. Which, of course, is a lotta tons of days! 23,040,000,000 days… that’s a bit over 63 million of our years… it’s a long time.
Oh, and no worries about the calendar just ending, they found a cave with some of the writings so we got an extension to that calendar by another few thousand years. Good times huh? But uh, we probably would be freaking out about this if some less than savory conquerors hadn’t burned all the texts in the first place. Just saying… never a good idea. >\
Might be a little slow on the draw with this one… but not too long ago (when I wrote down the idea), the Canadian Dollar had actually surpassed the US Dollar in value! Sure, it might only be just a few cents, but historically we US folks generally considered getting Canadian currency from vending machines to be something of a misfortune. Mainly because, in our eyes, it was mostly worthless. I guess you could slip one by if nobody was looking and sometimes the soda machines will take them, if they were an older model. But for the most part, you can’t use them for much of anything. I suppose you can say that about most foreign currencies, but Canada is like right there and our coins are pretty similar in shape, size, and color. Thus, we get a lot of them from time to time as well as bouts of rage from virtually losing a coin.
But now the glove’s on the other foot, eh! That Canadian Quarter you got from the vendomatic is (err… sporadically and temporarily) worth more than your stinky old US Quarter! Kind of a bad measure of economics I suppose, but at face value it doesn’t look very good for us. Ya know, since both currencies are soooo close in value, why don’t we just do the Euro thing and merge them? Our countries are kinda glued together so it makes sense… well… for simplicity anyways. Makes you wonder if we should just do a single global economy since it seems to be all tied together already.
Oh, fun little fact about currencies! A few years back they tried pushing the “Sacagawea Dollars” and I guess their idea of integrating them into the system was to stock vending machines with them… and only them. Kind of backfired because I remember getting a ton of them from soda/food machines and every place I went refused to take them. Guess it was because they looked like foreign coins. I think I ended up turning them in at the bank for real money. heh! >)