I'm sure you've probably all heard by now, but there should be a thread for it anyway: former South African President Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95. There can be little question that the end of apartheid will be his ultimate legacy.
On days such as this, it's difficult to find published obituaries or retrospective articles which aren't both glowing and superficial. But this one in the Washington Post
seems to be pretty comprehensive.
You may have noticed that we had *ahem*
a bit of a spam problem the past couple days.
It's fixed now.
Quoting from the UK Daily Mail...
Bodies piled in the streets as makeshift mortuaries are overrun and Philippine typhoon rescue teams warn death toll will 'rise sharply' from the 10,000 already confirmed
By Becky Evans
PUBLISHED: 15:45 EST, 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 07:22 EST, 12 November 2013
Thousands of bodies are being piled up on the streets of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, as aid agencies warn the death toll will 'rise sharply'.
Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.
Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.
Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.
All I can say is...damn.
So this has been in development for quite some time: a new X-Men movie, once again directed by Bryan Singer, which will unite the casts of both Singer's original two films and 2011's X-Men: First Class
, in what promises to be a truly epic adaptation of one of the most groundbreaking and iconic storylines from the original comics. There have been a few teaser images and a promotional poster released to the public, but until now, there hasn't been an actual trailer.
I can't really think of much to say that could possibly add to that.
So AnimEigo wants to remaster BGC and put it out on Bluray, and are doing a Kickstarter to fund it's release. Bonus fetaures are going to depend on overall funding. Really looking forward to this, and thought I'd post the link here:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mad ... lu-ray-set
I forgot to post about this over a week ago when the news broke, but on October 1st international best-selling author Tom Clancy passed away.
Clancy was best known for his realistic and technically detailed political and espionage thrillers, several of which, most notably The Hunt for Red October
, Patriot Games
, A Clear and Present Danger
, and The Sum of All Fears
were made into very high-profile feature films starring Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Sean Bean, Sean Connery, Tim Curry, Willem Dafoe, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill, and Fred Thompson, among others. He was also credited as the creator of several of UbiSoft's longest-running and most popular game franchises, Ghost Recon
, Rainbow Six
and Splinter Cell
Clancy was 66.
This is a satirical, but also perfectly accurate, analogy for the forthcoming debate over raising the U.S. government's debt limit yet again...which is going to be starting in about five minutes or so.
As you're probably aware, today marked the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King's landmark "I have a dream" speech.
Some things are better left to speak for themselves. So...
By now you've probably all heard about this, seeing as how it's an international incident
and everything, but I feel there should be a forum thread to mark the occurrence and perhaps explore it from various angles.
Last Friday (August 16th) in Duncan, Oklahoma, three teenagers apparently decided to pass the afternoon by shooting Australian athlete Chris Lane several times in the back while he was out for a jog
. Lane, who was in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship and visiting his girlfriend, was pronounced dead at the scene.
While the details are still being investigated and a trial has yet to be held, what is known so far strongly suggests that the motivation for the murder was one of three things: racial animus
(two of the accused killers happen to be black, whereas Lane was white), some sort of gang initiation, or sheer boredom
. So that's lovely.
Self-declared, so-called "black leaders" in American politics such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who couldn't get to a microphone fast enough where the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was concerned and typically make a livelihood out of organizing racially-charged demonstrations and rallies, have been uncharacteristically reluctant to comment on this incident, as has President Obama
. Jackson did eventually release a statement via Twitter
that such senseless violence is "frowned upon", so I'm glad he cleared that up for us. Sharpton, who has a TV show on MSNBC, has yet to comment on the case as far as I know.
The lesson, from an observer's perspective, seems to be that some crimes are more worthy of attention (or more "equal", if you will) than others in the American media's eye.
What it says.
Stardock acquires Star Control rights from AtariArticle posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Development to Begin This Fall on New Star Control Game for PCPLYMOUTH, MI – July 23, 2013
– Stardock is pleased to announce that it has secured the rights to the classic PC franchise Star Control with the intent to develop a new Star Control game. Development on the new game will begin this year with a release date to be determined at a later time.
“We expect the new Star Control to come in the form of a reboot, similar to what Firaxis did with the XCOM series last year,” said Brad Wardell, president and CEO of Stardock. "We are looking at Star Control II
as a major source of inspiration.”
Entering its 20th year as an independent studio, Stardock remains one of the few development studios solely dedicated to PC gaming. Its critically-acclaimed PC games include the timeless Galactic Civilizations
series and the award-winning Real-Time Strategy game (RTS) Sins of a Solar Empire
, which has sold more than two million copies worldwide. PC Gamer Magazine recently chose Galactic Civilizations II
and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
for inclusion in the top 100 PC games of all time.
Star Control maintains a cult following as a beloved PC franchise, with the first title including options for melee or strategy gameplay set in a science fiction universe. The sequel—Star Control II
—expanded on the Star Control universe as an adventure game and shooter. Star Control II still holds spots on critics’ lists of the best PC games of all time among both new and seasoned PC gamers.
More information on the new Star Control will be announced as it becomes available.
For more information on Stardock, please visit http://www.stardock.com
I was, and am, a huge fan of the movie Pitch Black (or, as I like to call it, The Only Vin Diesel Movie That Doesn't Suck)
. It was an intelligent, realistic, and very well-executed sci-fi suspense/thriller with a great cast, memorable characters, and an alien planet that felt genuinely alien
. It also features what is probably the single most spectacular spaceship crash-landing sequence I have ever seen.
However, the sequel, Chronicles of Riddick
, was in my opinion a cheesy, cartoonish, over-the-top action wankfest that felt more like a video game than a movie; in fact it would have made
a better game than a movie (AND LO, IT DID
Having said all that, there is now a third movie coming out. And if this trailer is any indication, it may quite possibly be a very welcome return to the roots of the original film.
Also, Katee Sackhoff.
At Comic-Con, Zack Snyder brought actor Harry Lennix out to read a quote from The Dark Knight Returns
, and in so doing, to announce the premise of the follow-up movie."I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, In your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."
Well, not directly, which is something. Technically it hit the middle of Cook Strait this evening, but it was a 6.5 magnitude quake
still close by Wellington, and damage has been reported, though thankfully not at Christchurch level destruction, nor have there been deaths.
It's another reminder of just how volatile New Zealand's geography really is. Unlike Christchurch, Wellington itself sits right on top
of one of the world's main fault lines; the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates to be precise. Yet it is the seat of our government, link between our two main islands and has Te Papa Museum, housing most of our national treasures. Real
smart place to put everything important.
It was inevitable. So much so that I'm frankly surprised I haven't seen the concept before now, at least that I can recall offhand.
Yes...beautifully, gloriously inevitable.
I would like to thank whoever drew this for reminding me of what is truly important in life.