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Old 02-15-2009, 05:52 PM
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This thing will take a word and show you another word it might look like from the side if the letters were constructed in a certain.
My name works out to Shame, and "Saar" turns into anal. I think this thing has it in for me.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:21 AM
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For all that he runs a "radical journal", I gotta hand it to this Withiel guy. If Samuel Marchbanks Robertson Davies were still alive, these are the kind of complaint letters he'd write.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:11 AM
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http://www.xkcd.com/549/

XKCD takes on The Princess Bride. Must be read to be believed.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:31 AM
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Via fortemaster (a fellow Ottawan and fan of the site), here's the memoirs of the guy who designed the decon chamber.

Also, my new favourite blog is Save Your Generation by pistols at dawn. To see why, scroll down to where it says "labels".
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:38 AM
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Well, if we're gonna bring up RPG stuff, it doesn't look like "1250 things Mr. Welch can no longer do during an RPG" has been linked here yet.

And then there's the Post-Mortem Hall of Fame.
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Maybe this is dangerous, and maybe you've already heard of it, but I present... Dwarf Fortress, quite possibly the most complexly thought out game ever created. The graphics are basic, to say the least (though if ASCII doesn't take your fancy there are fan created tilesets available) and the learning curve is atrocious... but if you can get to the end of Wikipedia's article without at least feeling intrigued then you are no true nerd.
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I don't think I've seen this posted here yet: Drex Files
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This has got to be the only place on the internet not linked to TV Tropes.

And now it isn't.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:19 AM
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I coulda sworn we already linked to that. In any event...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NateTheGreat

My Contributor Page. I hope you don't mind me using the quote, mudshark. It's a favorite of mine, and is quickly becoming my official motto.
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Maybe this is dangerous, and maybe you've already heard of it, but I present... Dwarf Fortress, quite possibly the most complexly thought out game ever created. The graphics are basic, to say the least (though if ASCII doesn't take your fancy there are fan created tilesets available) and the learning curve is atrocious... but if you can get to the end of Wikipedia's article without at least feeling intrigued then you are no true nerd.
Is this an appropriate point at which to mention Progress Quest and then go on to praise Planescape, KotOR II and NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gA6...eature=related

If any of you like Whose Line Is It Anyway, here's a game where they make a Geordi LaForge joke.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:05 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWXcD...eature=related

Somebody took the normal swords out of the Inigo/Rugen duel from The Princess Bride and put in lightsabres! Sound effects and everything!
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A group of students put on a performance of the original Super Mario Brothers on stage. Complete with sound effects, music, and props for all of the enemies and powerups.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:56 PM
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http://xkcd.com/567/

Uh, is there an electrical guy out there that can explain this one to me?
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Heheh.

It's not electrical so much as perceptual. When an atom changes charge, it's usually because it loses or gains electrons. Protons tend to just sit around in the nucleus.

When an atom has one more electron than it has protons, it has a negative charge . . . but it presumably got that way by means of an electron being added to it . . . but that means its charge dropped from zero to -1 . . .

People are not used to associating "negative" or a "decrease" with "addition". But they didn't know about electrons and protons back in Franklin's day, of course, and so he called one positive and the other negative without any knowledge of what was really going on. As it happens, he guessed "wrong".


[edit]I think that some engineers -- electrical engineers? engineers in the armed forces? -- use the opposite convention, calling electrons positive and protons negative. This means that their currents flow opposite to everyone else's currents! But then, they use J to signify a current in an equation, whereas everyone else uses I. So they're just kinda weird like that.
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The latest Trek 11 TV spot.

PNQ: Does "This is not your father's Star Trek'' feel insulting to anyone else? 'Cause I find it very insulting.
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It felt insulting when they said it about ENT too. It's also literally untrue -- this IS my father's Star Trek. They went back to the same characters because they knew it would sell. Kinda hypocritical to pretend otherwise.

In other news: Fighting fire with fire, stream-of-consciousness style.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8037688.stm

It's official; Duke Nukem Forever is dead. For ten years I've paid tribute to the King of Vaporware, for ten years I've been tormented by those three words that haunt the dreams of every Duke fan, "when it's done."

Furthermore, I've been a fan of Apogee/3D Realms for much longer, so to hear that they've gone under depresses me greatly.
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http://www.bunny-comic.com/

Like xkcd, but daily, funnier, less geeky, and original. With bunnies.
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Bunny's a fun comic. The size of the archives is intimidating, but since it's a gag panel comic, you don't really have to read them all (unless you're some sort of near-neurotic completist... cough).

ShadowBent is an interesting sketch blog. I found it today while looking up a Ray Bradbury story (as I've noted before, he's probably my all-time favourite sf writer). Brian, the blogger, has done a sketch for each story in Bradbury's classic The Illustrated Man. His style is very much like that of Joe Mugnaini, a friend of Bradbury's who did the official illustrations for some of his books. If you've read the stories, the comment threads are worth checking out too.

And another thing: Kriegsaffe No. 9's reflections on doors. (K#9 is a guy I became familiar with through his extremely bizarre Azumanga Daioh fanworks. He's into Cthulhu and whatnot.)
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