Games

{"content":{"id":1076,"title":"Weekly Links - Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nRemember when Rosanne got Tom Arnold his own show? \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/8Q18uKadksk\"\u003eA very tongue-in-cheek ad\u003c/a\u003e for the show, followed by Stephen King advertising the new Dark Tower book. \r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nA Tumblr entirely dedicated to \u003ca href=\"https://antiriker.tumblr.com/\"\u003eanti-Riker memes\u003c/a\u003e. Reading it through, I get the feeling that the maintainer doesn't actually hate Riker at all!\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nOn a related note, what are the chances that the new Picard show's secret plot twist is time travel and/or time travelling into the other timeline's past? Star Trek's last non-prequel was eighteen years ago and they've now got countless prequels-to-prequels. They seem pretty committed to being prequel-only at this point.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nIn my opinion, the greatest - or at least greatest looking - web comic of all time is \u003ca href=\"https://www.alessonislearned.com/\"\u003eA Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible\u003c/a\u003e, which was active in the 00s. The illustrator later did the artwork for the game Braid.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nSome extremely brave scientists in India blog about \u003ca href=\"https://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/king-cobra-nests/\"\u003eresearching King Cobra nests\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.lysator.liu.se/c/ten-commandments.html\"\u003eThe Ten C Commandments\u003c/a\u003e. Not to be confused with the Biggie Smalls song.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2020-01-06T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-01-05T18:15:57.000Z","updated_at":"2020-01-05T18:22:47.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scary\"\u003escary\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sitcoms\"\u003esitcoms\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=star_trek\"\u003estar_trek\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tng\"\u003etng\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=old_memes\"\u003eold_memes\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=old_comics\"\u003eold_comics\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_zeroes\"\u003ethe_zeroes\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=snakes\"\u003esnakes\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=animals\"\u003eanimals\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=c\"\u003ec\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me Edition

  • Remember when Rosanne got Tom Arnold his own show? A very tongue-in-cheek ad for the show, followed by Stephen King advertising the new Dark Tower book.
  • A Tumblr entirely dedicated to anti-Riker memes. Reading it through, I get the feeling that the maintainer doesn't actually hate Riker at all!
  • On a related note, what are the chances that the new Picard show's secret plot twist is time travel and/or time travelling into the other timeline's past? Star Trek's last non-prequel was eighteen years ago and they've now got countless prequels-to-prequels. They seem pretty committed to being prequel-only at this point.
  • In my opinion, the greatest - or at least greatest looking - web comic of all time is A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible, which was active in the 00s. The illustrator later did the artwork for the game Braid.
  • Some extremely brave scientists in India blog about researching King Cobra nests.
  • The Ten C Commandments. Not to be confused with the Biggie Smalls song.
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Ex Bawks Is HUUUUUGE

{"content":{"id":1028,"title":"Weekly Links - Politics Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://github.com/marcpaq/b1fipl\"\u003eA Bestiary of Single-File Implementations of Programming Languages\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nAncient Clickhole Corner: \u003ca href=\"https://www.clickhole.com/now-that-univision-isn-t-our-corporate-owner-anymore-w-1833891542\"\u003eNow That Univision Isn’t Our Corporate Owner Anymore, We’re Free To Rip Into Their Dumbass Logo\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHVrY_xLM3c\"\u003eBusiness Card Stylophone\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.cracked.com/blog/10-stories-about-weirdest-video-game-production-ever/\"\u003eThe Greatest Vapourware Story Of All Time\u003c/a\u003e. Probably the second-most expensive video game ever made, still in alpha, years behind schedule, and the developers posted a picture on Instagram of their new $20,000 coffee machine.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nAnother great old Joe Armstrong article: \u003ca href=\"https://joearms.github.io/published/2014-06-25-minimal-viable-program.html\"\u003eMinimum Viable Program\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI had always heard that Americans don't have Smarties, which seems weird. It turns out they also don't have \u003ca href=\"https://www.cbc.ca/life/food/7-canadian-snacks-you-can-t-get-in-the-u-s-and-the-backstory-on-why-1.4102299\"\u003eketchup chips, cream soda crush, or Coffee Crisp\u003c/a\u003e, which makes me understand why they elected Trump: if my life was that horrible, I would also want to destroy my own country.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-10T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-09T20:22:29.000Z","updated_at":"2019-11-10T01:26:06.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient_clickhole\"\u003eancient_clickhole\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=instruments\"\u003einstruments\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=food\"\u003efood\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=politics\"\u003epolitics\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Politics Edition

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Social Media

{"content":{"id":973,"title":"Weekly Links - Our Glorious Future Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nHave you heard of xlogo? If you use the X Window System, \u003ca href=\"https://simont.dreamwidth.org/242297.html\"\u003ethis is pretty neat\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nAncient Clickhole of the week: \u003ca href=\"https://www.clickhole.com/these-elderly-people-s-stories-of-an-early-unsafe-vers-1825126728\"\u003eThese Elderly People’s Stories Of An Early, Unsafe Version Of Disneyland Will Terrify You\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nC gets a lot of shit on the Internet, yet still persists and thrives. Your operating system is running C code right now, for example. For all its cruft and quirks, there are just certain niches that C fills which languages like Rust unequivocally do not, no matter how many think pieces are written. It also requires discipline and planning. Here's a lighthearted \u003ca href=\"https://www.lysator.liu.se/c/ten-commandments.html\"\u003eTen Commandments Of C\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/rabbit\"\u003eIncredible short film\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://github.com/FoxDotBuild/woof-alert\"\u003eA dog collar that converts all barks to emails\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nValve is a company that went from rich to ridonculously rich due to a side project that was the product of their bizarrely relaxed organizational model. Their \u003ca href=\"https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/apps/valve/Valve_NewEmployeeHandbook.pdf\"\u003eemployee handbook\u003c/a\u003e is both interesting to read and very well-designed.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-07T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-10-06T16:56:01.000Z","updated_at":"2019-10-06T17:38:27.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient_clickhole\"\u003eancient_clickhole\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=c\"\u003ec\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=horror\"\u003ehorror\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=unix\"\u003eunix\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=linux\"\u003elinux\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=design\"\u003edesign\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Our Glorious Future Edition

{"content":{"id":886,"title":"Weekly Links - Chinese Etymology Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nWiktionary \u003ca href=\"https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E9%A1%A7%E5%B7%A6%E5%8F%B3%E8%80%8C%E8%A8%80%E4%BB%96#Chinese\"\u003ehas some excellent etymologies\u003c/a\u003e. Edit: of course some clueless idiot edited the charm out of it before this post dropped. \u003ca href=\"https://en.wiktionary.org/w/index.php?title=%E9%A1%A7%E5%B7%A6%E5%8F%B3%E8%80%8C%E8%A8%80%E4%BB%96\u0026oldid=53867398\"\u003eHere's an archived copy\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nEvery time I turn on Chrome it informs me that \u003ca href=\"https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/saying-goodbye-flash-chrome/\"\u003ethey're completely killing off flash\u003c/a\u003e, as in, not even allowing unsupported versions to run. This means thousands of free browser games, from the time before micro-purchases, are gone forever. Mobile and HTML5 have failed to produce even one game as good as \u003ca href=\"http://www.xgenstudios.com/play/stick-rpg-2\"\u003eStick RPG 2\u003c/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"http://gameinabottle.com/\"\u003eThe Gemcraft series\u003c/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions/\"\u003eFrog Fractions\u003c/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"https://www.kongregate.com/games/sarahnorthway/rebuild-2\"\u003eRebuild 2\u003c/a\u003e, \u003ca href=\"https://www.kongregate.com/games/juicybeast/burrito-bison\"\u003eThe Burrito Bison Games\u003c/a\u003e, or countless others. We accidentally gave the internet and mobile to about five or ten companies and now the future fucking sucks!\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nBut that bad Internet news is slightly offset by some good internet news: \u003ca href=\"http://whopayswriters.com/#/results\"\u003ewho pays writers\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI love Rails, but I wish there were a better, more simple reference. In the meanwhile, \u003ca href=\"https://jdc.io/rails-migration-data-types-mysql-postgresql-sqlite\"\u003erails types and their underlying meanings in Mysql, Sqlite3, and PostgreSql\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/1X_Uui4wLvI\"\u003eThe Original Talking Moose\u003c/a\u003e, a forgotten classic Mac app.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-the-phrase-hubba-hubba-come-from-724400/\"\u003e\"Where did the phrase hubba-hubba come from?\"\u003c/a\u003e\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-25T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-18T16:53:13.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-25T12:23:03.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=language\"\u003elanguage\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=chinese\"\u003echinese\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ruby\"\u003eruby\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ror\"\u003eror\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_internet\"\u003ethe_internet\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sql\"\u003esql\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=apple\"\u003eapple\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=retrocomputing\"\u003eretrocomputing\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Chinese Etymology Edition

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Tetris

{"content":{"id":840,"title":"Weeky Links - Relaxation Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThe first song ever synthesized by a computer was \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/41U78QP8nBk\"\u003eDaisy Bell\u003c/a\u003e. I had no idea the song's use in 2001 was a reference to that.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.kfish.org/~conrad/music/Kobi/\"\u003eMachine-generated music that is actually really good\u003c/a\u003e. A lot like what they would play at night on the local university radio when I was a kid.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://astronaut.io/#\"\u003eA few seconds from various Youtube videos with very few views\u003c/a\u003e. Surprisingly interesting.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI like computer games but I'm happy to call myself a 'casual', because gamers are the worst people in the world in every way possible. \u003ca href=\"https://www.cracked.com/article_26528_5-gaming-controversies-that-were-mindblowingly-stupid.html\"\u003eExtra-hilarious gaming controversies\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nOne of the entries about mentions a guy having objects thrown at him for playing Jiggly Puff. \u003ca href=\"https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/esports-juan-hungrybox-debiedma-everybody-hates-jigglypuff\"\u003eHere is his defence of himself\u003c/a\u003e. \"People don’t like it when I pop off after victories, especially when they come via Jigglypuff, and they definitely don’t like the methods I use to win tournaments. But that doesn’t matter to me. Every story needs a bad guy. In some ways, the role suits me nicely. After all, as far as I’m concerned, my destiny has already been written.\"\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nKC Green has created another webcomic, this one being a very NSFW gag strip. \u003ca href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/B0JezQcgsYX/\"\u003eMy favourite is the ASMR lady\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-28T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-27T17:13:08.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-27T17:38:30.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=old_comics\"\u003eold_comics\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weeky Links - Relaxation Edition

  • The first song ever synthesized by a computer was Daisy Bell. I had no idea the song's use in 2001 was a reference to that.
  • Machine-generated music that is actually really good. A lot like what they would play at night on the local university radio when I was a kid.
  • A few seconds from various Youtube videos with very few views. Surprisingly interesting.
  • I like computer games but I'm happy to call myself a 'casual', because gamers are the worst people in the world in every way possible. Extra-hilarious gaming controversies.
  • One of the entries about mentions a guy having objects thrown at him for playing Jiggly Puff. Here is his defence of himself. "People don’t like it when I pop off after victories, especially when they come via Jigglypuff, and they definitely don’t like the methods I use to win tournaments. But that doesn’t matter to me. Every story needs a bad guy. In some ways, the role suits me nicely. After all, as far as I’m concerned, my destiny has already been written."
  • KC Green has created another webcomic, this one being a very NSFW gag strip. My favourite is the ASMR lady.
{"content":{"id":825,"title":"Weekly Links - Tears In The Rain Edition","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI haven't seen the new Alan Partridge, but I have seen \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/77IZttD_pU8\"\u003ethis\u003c/a\u003e, and it is good.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nWeird Universe discovered these \u003ca href=\"http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/reset_ge_smart_bulb\"\u003einstructions for resetting a GE smart bulb\u003c/a\u003e, which seems like a parody, but is apparently totally legit. Laziness if often more difficult and tiring than alternative. I'm pretty happy walking over to the light switch. \r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nA story of a man who \u003ca href=\"https://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/tiara-of-saitaferne/\"\u003eaccidentally forged an ancient golden crown\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://writing.markchristian.org/2019/06/29/communicating-cartridges/\"\u003eSega Channel\u003c/a\u003e and other early experiments in online consoles. I was a kid when Sega Channel happened. Lots of people had Segas but no one's parents were shelling out for Sega Channels. Those commercials, though.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://bit.ly/30wRT1C\"\u003eCSS pattern generator\u003c/a\u003e. Pixel art is fun.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.smk.dk/en/explore-the-art/highlights/vilhelm-hammershoei-interior-in-strandgade-sunlight-on-the-floor/\"\u003eMy new favourite 404 page\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-14T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-13T17:03:38.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-20T14:19:24.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tv\"\u003etv\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comedy\"\u003ecomedy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=uk\"\u003euk\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=history\"\u003ehistory\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=nineteenth_century\"\u003enineteenth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ukraine\"\u003eukraine\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=france\"\u003efrance\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greece\"\u003egreece\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=css\"\u003ecss\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=webdev\"\u003ewebdev\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=internet\"\u003einternet\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=danish\"\u003edanish\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=denmark\"\u003edenmark\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Tears In The Rain Edition

{"content":{"id":816,"title":"Weekly Links - Pop Art Edition","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/2b7.jpg\" class=\"card-image not-tall\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nAn arctic fox travelled \u003ca href=\"https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-48824181\"\u003e3500km in 76 days\u003c/a\u003e, ending up in Ellesmere Island (pictured, photo by Paul Gierszewski).\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/pUVWS7eloEc\"\u003eThe best/worst game ending of all time\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nIndividually, they are useful and not much more, but covering a screen, \u003ca href=\"https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Animations_of_katakana\"\u003ethese animations of katakana\u003c/a\u003e are beautiful.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI didn't care about synthesizers, but someone made a \u003ca href=\"https://learningsynths.ableton.com/\"\u003ekicking web app\u003c/a\u003e and now I care a lot.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://www.mnftiu.cc/category/best-of-2018/\"\u003e2018 in review\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"http://theoria.art-zoo.com/interview-with-gene-swenson-andy-warhol/\"\u003eThis interview where Andy Warhol explains his art\u003c/a\u003e is as good as or better than his art.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-07-07T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-07-06T16:07:19.000Z","updated_at":"2019-07-06T16:27:47.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=norway\"\u003enorway\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greenland\"\u003egreenland\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=canada\"\u003ecanada\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=animals\"\u003eanimals\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=nature\"\u003enature\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ice\"\u003eice\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=snow\"\u003esnow\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mountains\"\u003emountains\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=pictures\"\u003epictures\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=music\"\u003emusic\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=usa\"\u003eusa\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japanese\"\u003ejapanese\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=pop_art\"\u003epop_art\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=20th_century\"\u003e20th_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japan\"\u003ejapan\u003c/a\u003e"}

Weekly Links - Pop Art Edition



{"content":{"id":663,"title":"Mass Effect 3 (2012)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI only played the Mass Effect games years after this was released, so the original incomplete ending wasn't a big issue for me. Super fun, much more consistent expansions, incredible atmosphere of war and finality. I hate to be one of \u003ci\u003ethose\u003c/i\u003e Canadians, but I loved starting the game in Vancouver (and the weird fact that Bioware is located in Edmonton, of all places). I appreciate that they would put so much effort into building such a complex universe and so many unusually well-developed characters, and end it so finally that there is no real opportunity for a meaningful sequel.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-25T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-25T21:00:30.000Z","updated_at":"2019-04-25T21:02:15.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mass_effect\"\u003emass_effect\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=sci-fi\"\u003esci-fi\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=canada\"\u003ecanada\u003c/a\u003e"}

Mass Effect 3 (2012)

I only played the Mass Effect games years after this was released, so the original incomplete ending wasn't a big issue for me. Super fun, much more consistent expansions, incredible atmosphere of war and finality. I hate to be one of those Canadians, but I loved starting the game in Vancouver (and the weird fact that Bioware is located in Edmonton, of all places). I appreciate that they would put so much effort into building such a complex universe and so many unusually well-developed characters, and end it so finally that there is no real opportunity for a meaningful sequel.

{"content":{"id":704,"title":"Spiderman: Shattered Demensions (2010)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nA game I got on sale years ago. Not bad for what I payed, and not bad for a game based on a property. A few parts were extremely fun, but the more tedious parts dragged it down enough that I never made to to the end, putting it off again and again until I stopped thinking about it entirely.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-05-24T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-05-08T21:39:36.000Z","updated_at":"2019-05-08T21:42:45.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":3},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spider_man\"\u003espider_man\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Spiderman: Shattered Demensions (2010)

A game I got on sale years ago. Not bad for what I payed, and not bad for a game based on a property. A few parts were extremely fun, but the more tedious parts dragged it down enough that I never made to to the end, putting it off again and again until I stopped thinking about it entirely.

{"content":{"id":644,"title":"Jet Force Gemini (1999)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/21c.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cdiv class=\"card-image-caption\"\u003eWhat is he holding?\u003c/div\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nFirst you watch a bunch of great-looking cutscenes, then create a save slot (press one button, looks really cool), then sit back for some more cutscenes. Then walk for about 15 seconds, then talk to a guy who offers to show you a long cutscene (psychically). Then your character walks across a large field. Then, after nearly an hour invested, the gameplay finally starts and it is \u003cb\u003eawful\u003c/b\u003e.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThere's not much going on in terms of level design or game mechanics, so they just made the controls difficult - hyper sensitive and your aim is constantly dragging - to disguise the fact. This is what happens when you spend all your budget on cutscenes.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-04-20T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-04-10T17:11:17.000Z","updated_at":"2019-04-10T17:18:12.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=third_person_shooters\"\u003ethird_person_shooters\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=n64\"\u003en64\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Jet Force Gemini (1999)

What is he holding?

First you watch a bunch of great-looking cutscenes, then create a save slot (press one button, looks really cool), then sit back for some more cutscenes. Then walk for about 15 seconds, then talk to a guy who offers to show you a long cutscene (psychically). Then your character walks across a large field. Then, after nearly an hour invested, the gameplay finally starts and it is awful.

There's not much going on in terms of level design or game mechanics, so they just made the controls difficult - hyper sensitive and your aim is constantly dragging - to disguise the fact. This is what happens when you spend all your budget on cutscenes.

{"content":{"id":512,"title":"Super Mario RPG (1996)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/1b4.jpg\" class=\"card-image\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI've not liked video games before, but this gave me a special kind of profound disappointment, not commensurate with the ~$5 I payed for it on the Wii Store (RIP).\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nI spent roughly twenty years hearing about how great this is and hearing it called a classic. It's the same boring Mario look and the same boring Mario plot (Bowser kidnaps the Princess... with a twist). It's the most tedious gameplay a JRPG has ever had, and in a genre that's driven by story, you can't do much with characters whose personalities are one word or less.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-03-30T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-02-01T16:49:22.000Z","updated_at":"2019-03-30T00:14:17.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=snes\"\u003esnes\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=jrpgs\"\u003ejrpgs\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=rpgs\"\u003erpgs\u003c/a\u003e"}

Super Mario RPG (1996)


I've not liked video games before, but this gave me a special kind of profound disappointment, not commensurate with the ~$5 I payed for it on the Wii Store (RIP).

I spent roughly twenty years hearing about how great this is and hearing it called a classic. It's the same boring Mario look and the same boring Mario plot (Bowser kidnaps the Princess... with a twist). It's the most tedious gameplay a JRPG has ever had, and in a genre that's driven by story, you can't do much with characters whose personalities are one word or less.

{"content":{"id":510,"title":"Half Life 2: Episode 2 (2007)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/1b2.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nMaybe it was too good. Valve kept one upping themselves until they gave up on single player entirely. The industry, already moving towards multiplayer at that point, has never even tried to top this, which makes it seem as fresh and exciting as when it came out 12 years ago (!). Can you imagine a game from 1995 looking and feeling as good in 2007 as this does now?\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-02-27T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-01-31T17:38:09.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:27:31.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=nature\"\u003enature\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=fps\"\u003efps\u003c/a\u003e"}

Half Life 2: Episode 2 (2007)

Maybe it was too good. Valve kept one upping themselves until they gave up on single player entirely. The industry, already moving towards multiplayer at that point, has never even tried to top this, which makes it seem as fresh and exciting as when it came out 12 years ago (!). Can you imagine a game from 1995 looking and feeling as good in 2007 as this does now?

{"content":{"id":416,"title":"18-12-09 Weekly Links","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThe USSR had a nuclear testing range roughly the size of Slovenia or Israel. \u003ca href=\"http://englishrussia.com/2018/09/11/how-nuclear-weapons-tests-were-conducted-in-ussr-trip-to-semipalatinsk-test-site/\"\u003eNow, it has a lovely museum\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nElves aren't blonde and Hobbits don't have big feet. \u003ca href=\"https://www.tolkiensociety.org/author/faq/\"\u003eThe Tolkien Society FAQ\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nWaluigi was made to fill a grid, yet somehow manages to be the best character in any Mario game. \u003ca href=\"https://www.mariowiki.com/Waluigi#Relationships\"\u003eA long, detailed three paragraphs about his relationships with other characters\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://patentpandas.org/stories/company-patented-my-idea\"\u003eGoogle tried to patent someone's work after rejecting them in a job interview\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nOldie but goodie: \u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE\"\u003eOrson Welles having a series of hilarious tantrums\u003c/a\u003e while recording advertisements for frozen food.\u003c/a\u003e \"This is a very wearying one. It's very unpleasant to read. \u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cu\u003eUnrewarding\u003c/u\u003e\u003c/i\u003e\u003c/b\u003e.\"\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2018-12-09T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-12-08T18:49:37.000Z","updated_at":"2018-12-09T15:48:50.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=russia\"\u003erussia\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tolkien\"\u003etolkien\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=waluigi\"\u003ewaluigi\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=luigi\"\u003eluigi\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=evil\"\u003eevil\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=food\"\u003efood\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=games\"\u003egames\u003c/a\u003e"}

18-12-09 Weekly Links