No, this isn't some spambot hijacking my account...but I just got a coupon for 10% off any EVGA power supply
, and well, I have no need of it...so, anybody else want to use it?
Faced with the prospect of having to rely on votes from the opposing party in order to keep his position
, House Speaker John Boehner, the alleged Republican "leader" in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Friday that he will resign at the end of October.
Boehner is best known for his bizarre and unnatural-looking tan, for his habit of bursting into tears in public
, and for bending over for President Obama on virtually every major issue after mustering a brief and purely theatrical show of resistance
While he will most assuredly find many ways to screw us all on his way out the door
, I do not exaggerate when I say this is probably the best news I have heard in at least five years.
I'll let Curly Bill give voice to my final thoughts on the matter: object
NZ Flag Change
September 23, 2015
The US has a good flag. A damn good flag. It's so simple a child could draw it. It's iconic, aesthetically pleasing, could not possibly be mistaken for anyone else. My heart is swelling with pride... wait, no, that's my cholesterol level
By contrast, New Zealand's flag is, pardon my French, fucking terrible
. It was adopted over a hundred years ago at the height of British imperialistic, jingoist fevour, and boy, does it show.A.k.a the BRITAIN OWNS YOUR ASS flag
You can tell straight off the bat what my main problem with it is. Far more grating to me than its confusing similarity to Australia's flag, this piece of unimaginative shit not only denies my country its own voice and identity, it outright states that New Zealand is under British occupation. Quite literally, the official national flag of New Zealand is the Blue Ensign for the Royal Navy, with the Southern Cross added to it as a dismissive afterthought to give the rest of the world a vaguest possible idea of where we are in the world. You might as well not have the stars and blue background, the Union Jack is really all there is to the flag. We're a British province!
That's why I have been jumping for joy in recent months over the Flag Referendum
that's currently gauging public opinion, and if all goes well, we'll have a new flag by the end of next year. Are the current official choices perfect? No. I have some scepticism about them, which I'll get into later. But I would gladly pick any one of those flags over what we currently have. Even if this whole thing fails miserably - something I am sadly expecting - it will at least have gotten some discussion going, a place to start.
This might seem like kind of an odd question but I figured it might at least be worth a discussion. As I've really only started recently to build a Blu-Ray library, it's something I'm curious about.
I've been told that some "older" movies -- for example, those that predate the Blu-Ray format -- actually look better on DVD than they do on Blu-Ray, because the high fidelity of Blu-Ray discs can reveal picture flaws that would otherwise be less noticeable, particularly when it comes to CGI and special effects. So I've kind of been proceeding under the assumption that there was a general "cut-off date", before which it wouldn't really be worthwhile to go back and buy the newer format. But since it's purely anecdotal, I'd like to try to either confirm or disprove this assumption, if that's possible.
So I guess my ultimate question is, would it really be worthwhile to (eventually) start replacing some of my older DVDs with Blu-Rays, where available? Or is there, as I've been told, kind of a cut-off date where it's not really worth it once you've gone back a certain number of years before the BD format was introduced?
So, what are the thoughts on this one, being made by another company and all. The Gears remake is pretty good tho, so I have hope.
Also, Gears related, a tidbit from Cliffy B: "Boomers were names after the robots from Bubblegum Crisis, which was inspired by Blade Runner."
By now you've probably heard about this, but damn
The Telegraph wrote:
Story continues at the original link.
Tianjin: Death toll rises after huge explosions rock Chinese city
At least 50 people killed and 520 injured in series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China
By Nicola Davison, Shanghai
2:21PM BST 13 Aug 2015
At least 50 people died and more than 700 were injured in a series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China, shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
Witnesses described seeing a giant fireball up to 100 metres tall tear through the night sky as they rushed from their homes fearing there was an earthquake.
Between 300 and 400 injured people arrived at a single hospital in the aftermath, overwhelming health workers. More than 70 people were “critically injured” according to state media.
The most unusual thing about it is that the entire thing was actually captured on video. object
Man, I can only imagine how scary that must have been to watch in person.
Reddit Megathread with relevant links here
Big Announcements first. Microsoft is bringing DirectX 12 to Xbox One. And, Windows 10 will tie Microsoft games together across both the Xbox One AND PC. So that means all Microsoft titles going forward should have cross-platform compatibility enabled across Xbox One and PC. That means playing on Xbox One with your friend who is playing the same title on PC. This is the goal for all Microsoft's exclusives: whether that is attained or extended to non-exclusives or is added to previous titles remains to be seen.
Halo Wars 2 was also announced, and is the first exclusive that's guaranteed this cross-platform ability. I've watched most of the trailers here, and to be honest, they look outstanding. Especially Quantum Break, if it manages to meet its ambition.
I should have posted a thread about this when the trailer was first unveiled at Comic-Con, I fully intended to, and am utterly ashamed that I forgot to until this moment.
Bottom line: there is going to be an Evil Dead TV series starring Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. If that isn't enough for you (and it damn well should be), here's the trailer. object
There is really only one word which is truly appropriate in response. And I'm sure I don't have to tell any of you what that word is.
I'm not going to lie: it's getting harder for me to put on a sincerely jubilant mood at this time of year.
I remain as proud of my country, of the United States of America, as I've ever been. But I've never been more disgusted and ashamed of its government.
And as I'm sure everyone is aware to one degree or other, the country truly has been fundamentally altered in recent years, and forcibly so.
And I don't think the people who've been cheering these things have fully grasped their long-term implications.
Sorry to be such a wet blanket, but I'd rather be honest than try to fake a smile.
I found this exceptional piece of fan animation a year or so back, but forgot about it, then found again after all the hype with the new Star Wars trilogy beginning soon. It's done in the 1980s Japanese anime style, and it looks amazing.
Shame there's no voice over, though. But actions speak louder in this instance. object
Jesus. A severed head with Arabic scrawled across it has been found next to a Jihadi banner AFTER a car rammed gas canisters to trigger an explosion.
Very sad news
, the prolific and celebrated cinematic composer was killed in a plane crash on Monday.
An Oscar-winner who actually deserved the recognition, Horner composed some of the most memorable movie scores of the past 30+ years, including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
, The Land Before Time
, Field of Dreams
(a personal favorite), Patriot Games
, Apollo 13
, A Beautiful Mind
, and many, many others
A truly sad loss for the entire film industry.
...Because the name Medi-Gel was already taken.
Business Insider wrote:
A 17-year-old invented an ingenious way to instantly stop bleeding
Jun. 22, 2015, 9:31 AM
Imagine this: You're gushing blood. Nothing seems to make it stop. Then you apply a gel to your wound, and the bleeding stops within seconds. You're healed in minutes.
This is the premise of VetiGel, an algae-based polymer created by Joe Landolina — a 22 year-old who invented the product when he was just 17.
Landolina is now the cofounder and CEO of Suneris, a biotech company that manufactures the gel. Suneris announced last week that it would begin to ship VetiGel to veterinarians later this summer. Humans won't be far behind.
When injected into a wound site, the gel can form a clot within 12 seconds and permanently heal the wound within minutes, Landolina says.
"The fastest piece of equipment we have measures every 12 seconds," Landolina tells Business Insider. "So we know that it happens in less than 12 seconds."
The science that makes this all possible is surprisingly basic.
Each batch of gel begins as algae, which is made up of tiny individual polymers. If you break those polymers down into even tinier pieces, "kind of like Lego blocks," Landolina says, you can put them into the gel and inject that gel into a wound site.
Once it hits the damaged tissue, whether it's open skin or a biopsied soft organ — livers, kidneys, spleens — the gel instantly forms a mesh-like structure.
"What that means, on the one hand, is that the gel will make a very strong adhesive that holds the wound together," Landolina says. "But on the other hand, that mesh acts as a scaffold to help the body produce fibrin at the wound's surface."
Fibrin helps repair tissue over the long-term. It's what allows VetiGel not only to work fast in sealing leaks, but to actually heal the skin. Within a few minutes of application, the gel can be safely removed.
From classroom to company
As fast-acting as VetiGel is, its inventor may be faster.
Landolina invented an early version of the gel out of his grandfather's lab. He was still in high school.
As a freshman at New York University, he and a junior entered the gel in a business competition. Up against graduate students and university professors, they were they only undergraduates who entered. They took second place.
Over the next four and a half years, Landolina turned the prototype into a business. His project partner, Isaac Miller, became his cofounder and CFO. VetiGel started taking shape.
Today, Suneris is bringing VetiGel to the (four-legged) masses. The company is taking preorders from veterinarian offices and will begin shipment from its Brooklyn offices later this summer.
The first product in the rollout is a five-pack of 5-milliliter syringes that costs $150. Landolina says Suneris has its sights set on a US rollout first, followed by a release in Europe and Asia sometime early next year. The company has partnered with VetPlus, a British company focused on animal medicine, to expand its manufacturing across the pond.
A few years down the line, Landolina says, the goal will be to expand out of vet offices to help treat members of our own species.
He forecasts receiving FDA approval within the year for testing on human wounds. If all goes according to plan, VetiGel will first help military personnel and EMTs treat traumatic injuries. Then it will enter operating rooms and, finally, individual homes.
Landolina says Suneris has yet to observe any negative side effects of VetiGel. The company holds weekly meetings with veterinarians to ensure the product meets their needs.
VetiGel isn't the only wound-healing invention of its kind. Another product, named — oddly enough — Vitagel, also helps the body stop bleeding quickly using similar methods.
A future in which we no longer have to make a panicked, blood-spurting trip to the hospital? Sign us up.
I notice the article does not mention whether or not this will allow paramedics to eventually use Unity to instantly revive multiple people.
Although there have been persistent (and unfounded) rumors about such a thing since the early days of the PS3, it's official: Square is finally remaking Final Fantasy VII, for the PS4. object