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?
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".
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.
There's the most recent gameplay we've got. Both videos courtesy of E3 2014.
HAHAHAHA MS JUST TAKE MY MONEY YOU LIKE IT THAT WAY DON'T YOU BABE
1080p, 60 FPS
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
Access to Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta Included
Digital Series 'Nightfall' also included
EDIT: FOR SHEER FUCKING AWESOME object
WHAT'S THAT AT 1:26 YOU ASK? WHY I DO BELIEVE IT'S THE MOTHERFUCKING ARBITER IN HALO 5.
EDIT 2: SOMEONE UPLOADED COMPARISONS TO REDDITLink for brilliance
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. 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
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?
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:
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. object
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.
I gotta admit, this looks a lot better than I would have expected. object
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.
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.
This news came out a few days ago
, but I forgot to post about it here then.
The Farscape Movie is Officially HappeningRobert 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 TV.com:
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 Tor.com:
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.
For anyone who's had to suffer through the frustration of someone claiming a scandal where none exists. object