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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:34:08 +0200

Holy fuck. I knew we were almost here, but this is the first time I've seen something like this actually done. Pretty soon, dialogue trees in games may be a thing of the past.

#vr + #chatbot + #speechrecognition

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:33:39 +0200

The US Surgeon General has done the research, and guess what? You know how cigarette manufacturers lied about secondhand cigarette smoke being safe, and then started selling e-cigarettes and claimed secondhand "vaping" is perfectly safe, and a bunch of people believed them? Yeah, in a shocking twist, they were lying again. Secondhand e-cigarette vapor is, apparently, slightly less toxic than traditional secondhand smoke, but not enough to make it any less irresponsible to vape around children or, frankly, any adult who hasn't explicitly consented to let you poison them.

#vaping #secondhandsmoke #smokers #cigarettes #ecigarettes #vapists #corporatelies #health #psa #dontgivemecancer

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 01:59:17 +0200

How do you defend against a knife attack? Spoiler alert: For the most part, you don't. Unlike the knife fights we might see in the movies, real knife attacks are usually ambushes launched at close range, where even trained fighters are unlikely to have the time and space necessary to prevent getting stabbed. Your best bet seems to be to recognize the tells of an approaching knife attack, and get out of the situation. Specifically, watch for people entering your personal space sideways, with one hand hidden. If this happens... Well, basically, run like hell.#selfdefense

Original Post from Kevin C. (KevinC):

This looks interesting! TL;DR: don't get in a knife fight, even if you have self defense training you are gonna get cut.

Slightly longer:

"there are a couple things that stand out.

One, is that the knife is often hidden until it is used. You usually don’t see somebody waving a knife and threatening unless their goal is to rob or intimidate you, but not stick you. Guy wants your wallet, and figures you’ll give it up if you see the blade.

The second is, the attacker will, most of time, attack with his free hand first — a slap, hit, or clear, and while you are focused on his first strike, he slips the second in. Seven of ten times, in this study.

Third, serious knife attacks are like sewing machines — you don’t stick once and quit, you perforate somebody like you are chipping ice with a pick and you need a lot of it fast. Five or six stabs or slashes in a hurry. Average knife attack is less than fifteen seconds, and the longer it goes, the more you get stabbed.

If, once this goes down you have a gun but don’t already have it out and ready to shoot, you aren’t likely to get to it before you are pincushion."

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:05:21 +0200

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:02:39 +0200

The Flash Season 4 That We Deserve

Here's my problem with the Flash: Every time they pull a cliffhanger, I have an awesome version of what should come next in my head. But instead, they just casually undo it in the first 5 minutes of the following episode in the lamest way possible. So after the season 3 finale, I already know the season 4 in my head will ruin the real season 4 for me.

In my head, we pick up a year and a half later. Wally is the Flash, with Jesse Quick at his side and Cisco, Harry, and Tracy making up his main support team. Joe & Julian continue to act as their police contacts. They haven’t heard from Frost in awhile, and don’t know what she’s been up to.

At first, Wally and Jesse seem to make a great team, and are talking about moving in together. But as the episode progresses, we start to glimpse cracks in their foundation caused by the stress of working together. We see Wally struggling to fill Barry’s shoes and earn everyone’s trust as their new leader, and as he overcompensates for this he treats Jesse as his sidekick, while she sees herself as his partner.

We see Iris in the Time Vault, staring up at the newspaper clipping. The photo of the Flash is now clearly Wally under the mask, and the by-line has changed again: The story is now by Iris West-Reiner. She spends much of the episode questioning what this means, and at the end of the premier, her boss introduces her to a new reporter she’ll be working with: Jamal Reiner.

Meanwhile, Wally and his team go up against a group of metahuman criminals, and think they’ve won only to realize at the end that the villains they defated are part of a much larger, organized group. Cut to the villains’ lair, where we learn that Frost has built a new, metahuman-only organized crime syndicate, and she’s preparing to go to war over the territory of every human crime family in Central City. No speedster nemesis this time.

As for Barry, well... he’s with the Speedforce, paying his penance. We’ll see him only once every few episodes, just so the audience knows he hasn’t been forgotten, in brief, surreal glimpses of his Speedforce prison. We all know he has to get out, eventually... But not till well past the midway point of the season, after everyone in his life has been forced to accept that he’s gone and moved on with their lives. He’s allowed to return only by making a deal with the Speedforce: It only needed the speedster part of him to take Jay’s place, not the human part. He’s allowed to return to Earth in exchange for leaving his powers behind in the Speedforce prison.

By that point, Wally has had to make a hard leadership choice that went against Jesse’s wishes, which results in earning the group’s trust as their leader but implodes his relationship with Jesse, so Jesse and Harry have returned to Earth 2. He does his best, but finds himself struggling to deal with this loss and still be the leader the team needs. Meanwhile, Iris is falling in love with the man the future newspaper has predicted as her future husband.

When Barry returns without his powers, at first he’s strangely at peace—a new zen Barry, with the weight of his past lifted by his penance. As he discovers his loved ones have all moved on without him, he struggles to hold onto his newfound attitude as he searches for his place in this new world. In the finale, as the team has to go toe-to-toe with Frost’s metahuman army, Barry seems out of the loop, but with no Wells in sight, ultimately turns out to be just the mentor Wally needs.

Tue, 23 May 2017 02:31:04 +0200


Maybe it'll work if it's a prequel...

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:38:36 +0200

Original Post from Keith Wilson:

Donald Trump, as it turns out, has stumbled into taking on two experienced Washington players on their home turf—in skirmishes that will play out in public Capitol Hill hearings with Comey even as Mueller slogs along with what is likely to be a quiet, tenacious and by-the-book investigation into the heart of the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia.

h/t +Jaxon Lee 

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:26:57 +0200

This looks like fun. Pity it's on Fox. I give it 9 episodes.

Aired out of order.

#scifi #tv #theorville #sethmacfarlane

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:09:31 +0200

We have to save the Internet... again....

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:06:00 +0200

Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey, which he admits was influenced by Comey's investigation of Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to win an election that, Trump says, "democrats should have won," falls squarely under the definition of "obstruction of justice."

Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. In fact, it was one of the key accusations in the impeachments of Presidents Nixon and Clinton.

Time to contact your congress people.