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by CWS

July 10, 2014

So, I'm getting ready to replace my C drive with a SSD. I have zero experience with these things. Is there anything I should know before I dive in?

Happy Independence Day (2014)

by The Phiend

July 4, 2014

Once again, it's that time of year! When I try to come up with some clever way to phrase "You can have a happy July 4th even if you aren't a resident of a country where that's Independence Day".


De-extinction event: Bringing back the Moa

by snowman1989

July 3, 2014

It sounds very Jurassic Park, but bringing back an extinct species could be possible in the near future. New Zealand's largest ever bird, the Moa, which towered above even the ostrich, could make a comeback.


Time to bring back... the moa

Trevor Mallard continues to push his idea that moa may one day roam in Wainuiomata, despite his leader saying the "moa is not a goer".

Labour's Hutt South MP presented the idea to 30 or so businesspeople at a development breakfast in the Lower Hutt suburb Wainuiomata.

While admitting it sounded "a bit Jurassic Park", Mallard said scientists had been making progress on techniques for using recovered DNA from extinct animals to reconstruct new life. Moa could return to the bush of Rimutaka Forest Park, he said.

"It would certainly give us international focus and, frankly, I can't think of a better place. Those valleys [behind Wainuiomata] are accessible without helicopter, with a one-hour walk."

Mallard said his speech at the breakfast meeting included why he loved the suburb and a long term look to the future.

He was aware that he had opened himself to "bird jokes and extinction jokes" but people once laughed at those who said the kiwi would return to Wainuiomata.

Asked about leader David Cunliffe's comment that "the moa is not a goer", Mallard said: 'The Moa will be a goer but we are talking 50 to 100 years out."

"Of course it's not official Labour Party policy".

He was not concerned about support from caucus colleagues on the issue.

Mallard insisted he was "absolutely serious" that New Zealand should be taking advantage of science as it develops.

"I only want the small moa in Wainuiomata. I don't want those that are 240kg and 3.5 metres tall. I'd like ones that I could pat on the head."

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said the discussion was worth having.

"I think it will capture people's imaginations. And after all, 20 years ago if we'd said kiwis would be back in Rimutaka Forest Park, people would have laughed at us."

I say it is feasible because the Moa was rendered extinct relatively recently, in the last few hundred years. The cut-off point for any DNA retrieval tends to be around 10,000 years from the best preserved remains, of which we have a lot of - some are even mummified. And we have some of the world's strictest biosecurity protocols, predator control programmes and conservation techniques that have influenced how the rest of the world's countries manage their own unique species.

But of course there's the counterargument from Jurassic Park. Just because we could doesn't mean we should. New Zealand's original ecosystem, which supported the original Moa, has been all but totally destroyed by colonisation and the introduction of invasive species, the severe consequences of which we are still having to deal with. Less than 10% of New Zealand's original forest cover still stands. Would a revived Moa species be able to survive in the modern world? And the ethical dilemma over genetic engineering is still strong here as well. Would we really be bringing back the original Moa, or an engineered clone? How would their behaviour develop without a pre-existing population (of which we know precious little about) to learn from? Would we be contaminating the rest of our surviving ecosystem with genetically modified organic matter?


by Loki Kola

June 11, 2014


Well, it looks like Bungie's got the magic back.

Elite: Dangerous

by Loki Kola

June 11, 2014


Tom Clancy's The Division

by Loki Kola

June 9, 2014


There's the most recent gameplay we've got. Both videos courtesy of E3 2014.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

by Loki Kola

June 9, 2014




1080p, 60 FPS
Dedicated Servers
Full Halo 2 Multiplayer intact
Separate Multiplayer for all 4 games
Over 100 maps running on original engines
All levels and game modes unlocked from the start
Custom playlists that allow you to combine experiences from all 4 games
4000 Gamerscore
Access to Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta Included
Digital Series 'Nightfall' also included






Link for brilliance

[Reveal] Spoiler: Sergeant Avery Junior Johnson and motherfuckin' Thel 'Vadam


Pretty sure 343i are just rendering different movies instead of using the in-game assets but still, holy shit.

So, the U.S. government now officially negotiates with terrorists.

by CWS

June 4, 2014

So. This past weekend, President Obama -- ever the spontaneous free spirit -- decided to unilaterally, and illegally, trade five extremely high-ranking Taliban leaders for one U.S. soldier who, by many accounts, deserted his unit and has spent the past five years enjoying the hospitality of, and filming propaganda videos for the Haqqani network, who rather uncharacteristically refrained from drawing, quartering and beheading him. The five Taliban leaders have since been delivered to a hero's welcome in Qatar.

Even for an administration which has defined itself by a staggering combination of blind ideology, rampant corruption, blatant dishonesty and stunning incompetence, this is by far their most serious transgression to date. This move legitimizes terrorism generally, and the Taliban specifically, to an extent that no American president ever has before. It sends a signal that we will recognize, deal with and reward those who take our people hostage, thereby encouraging them to do it much, much more. It is frightening to even consider the degree to which this action has endangered all Americans, both military and civilian, abroad.

Barack Obama likes to complain, incessantly and more than five years into his own presidency, about the problems he inherited from his predecessor (nearly all of which, he's exacerbated). We are, all of us, going to be dealing with HIS messes for the rest of this century, if not longer.

I also can't help but notice that most of the Obama cheerleaders I know have been curiously silent about this particular topic. Maybe I should give them credit for not trying to defend the indefensible?

Halo 5: Guardians

by Loki Kola

June 3, 2014

So, the new Halo game runs on a new engine, on Xbox One (of course), and is coming 2015. There are two Spartans featured on the cover: John 117 and another Spartan wearing the newer MJOLNIR Mark 7 armour. No idea whether this guy is a protagonist looking for the now-missing Master Chief, an antagonist, or what. Also, at this point, the Arbiter and Admiral Hood are attempting to come to peace with the Brutes who aren't batshit insane and obsessed with the idea of the Great Journey. This is somewhat foiled by the covert actions of insurrectionists, maybe ONI personal so high above our clearance we'll never understand their motives, and also Elites who aren't happy with the idea of brute allies/throwing aside the old Covenant.

Anyway, here's the cover art:


Batman: Assault on Arkham

by CWS

May 26, 2014

There's a new Batman animated movie coming out based on the Arkham continuity, starring Kevin Conroy and directed by Jay Oliva.

If that isn't enough to pique your interest (and it should be), here's the trailer.


H.R. Giger: R.I.P.

by CWS

May 21, 2014

I wasn't aware of this until just now, but apparently world-renowned artist H.R. Giger died on May 12th.

I suppose there's probably some irony in a Christian writing a memorial for a Satanist. But I will anyway.

Giger's work was truly unique, and his style unmistakeable. His most famous creation has profoundly influenced the realms of both science fiction and horror for over three decades, in print, on film, and even in toys and video games. As cliched as it is, in his case, it really is accurate to say that his art was not only visually striking and genuinely original, it was truly unforgettable, if often in large part because it was simply so disturbing. His chosen playground was a part of the human psyche that many people don't even want to acknowledge, let alone spend any significant time staring into.

An artistic tribute to Giger, his creations and his work can be found here.

The Flash: TV series

by CWS

May 17, 2014

I gotta admit, this looks a lot better than I would have expected.


Marvel may own the big screen these days where comic book continuities are concerned, but it's starting to look like DC is quietly taking over the small one.

Dreams (Teen Titans)

by CWS

May 17, 2014

An idea for a very short TT ficlet(?) occurred to me a couple days ago, so I quickly hammered it out. It's short enough that I can easily repost here, verbatim.


A Teen Titans story
Written by Corey W. Smith

I hate dreams.
They’re the one aspect of my mind over which I have absolutely no control. And believe me, I’ve tried everything to address that. Nothing works, not even the mirror.
Most women can remember their dreams in detail, with little difficulty. I have to make a deliberate effort not to remember mine. For everyone’s sake.
Sometimes I wake up crying. And then it takes everything to regain control before anything gets broken. But those aren’t the worst.
Sometimes I wake up in a full-blown rage. Anger so deep it almost hurts, physically, to swallow it. The other Titans have no idea how many times I’ve completely destroyed my room in my sleep. And they never will. My privacy isn’t just my shield, it’s also theirs. But those aren’t the worst, either.
Sometimes I wake up terrified, almost screaming, and I can never remember why. And it takes me a long time to calm down afterward. Also not the worst.
And then, sometimes…sometimes, I wake up hugging my pillow as tightly as I can. And it takes me a few seconds to figure out why it isn’t still hugging me back.
Those. Those…are the worst.

Farscape Movie "Is Officially Happening"

by CWS

May 1, 2014

This news came out a few days ago, but I forgot to post about it here then.

The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening
Robert T. Gonzalez
Filed to: FARSCAPE 4/20/14 4:18pm

Back in February we brought you news that a Farscape movie was supposedly in the works. Now Rockne O'Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening.

Confirmation comes by way of

Just a little bit of, maybe interesting, information to report. ;-p Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O'Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution... who was also Farscape's creator and showrunner - has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

SpoilerTV followed up with a quote from O'Bannon establishing Justin Monjo's involvement:

"Yeah, yeah it's the worst kept secret…We're far from production, but yeah, the first step is Justin [Monjo] working on a script for us. We'll keep our fingers crossed."

That's slightly different from what we heard back in February when the rumor was that Monjo had already written a script for the spinoff. Who knows what the actual status of that script is?

Here again is the summary of the reboot's reported plot, via


Set to follow the awesome comics written by our favorite Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn's son, D'Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him). Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hide their son on Earth to grow up. Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents.

If you've never seen Farscape, know that you have completely missed out on one of, if not THE best sci-fi TV series ever made. And you should rectify that immediately.

And Now, for a Public Service Announcement on Manufactured Outrage

by The Phiend

April 23, 2014

For anyone who's had to suffer through the frustration of someone claiming a scandal where none exists.


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