Archives for the month of: November, 2011

I want.

via Eric

via io9

sometimes it’s fun to fantasize about a distant world of beings you’ll never understand, like in a campaign of h&h. good thing no one actually ever really dies forever. what a weird game mechanic, so the game just stops at that point? and you don’t get to play anymore? i wonder if they did that to class-balance or something

And, ‘Cthulhu Cheats’:

next time you invite cthulhu over for a little 4e make sure you check out what he’s working with over there

none of his dice remotely meet the standards for what you and i would call closed solids, let alone a good old d20

he rolls in here with stats you’ve never even heard of. since when do you rank atrocity up there with dexterity and wisdom, what class even uses that

what a doucher, he’s barred from my games ever since he imprisoned me on the plateau of leng for telling him he already used his daily

via Eric

All I want to do is this:

sleeping koala

But I have to do this:

via Eric

You can watch the first 17 minutes of Jamie Benning’s amazing documentary online. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

Raiding the Lost Ark is an in-depth insight into the making of the 1981 collaboration between Spielberg and Lucas. This fan made Filmumentary contains behind the scenes video, rare interviews with cast and crew, reconstructed deleted scenes and subtitled facts.
This is a preliminary version of part 1. It’s pre-QC and pre-audio mix.

At last! ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two! First part here. Other possible titles for this post: “We actually slept eight to the muffin.” “[background] zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz” “I’m sorry, could I have a drip of water?”

*sigh* Amazing. Check out the thunderstorms, too. I highly recommend watching full-screen.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.

HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.

Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by Betke Edition
janjelinek.com | faitiche.de

Editing: Michael König | koenigm.com

Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
eol.jsc.nasa.gov

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

  1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
  2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
  3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
  4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
  5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
  7. Halfway around the World
  8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
  9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
  10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
  11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
  12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
  13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
  14. Views of the Mideast at Night
  15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
  16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
  17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
  18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

The most delightful thing I’ve seen in a long time. io9 calls it “a delightfully weird cartoon about a trigonometry-loving T-Rex” and that about sums it up.

Ellen sent me this, and I’m pleased to say that the first couple paths I chose – I’d read all of the books on them. But this basically makes for one huge checklist, and I still have a ways to go before I close this one out. After I finish ‘Never Let Me Go’ I’m going to be looking for a new series since I previously completed Louise Penny’s fantastic Inspector Gamache series. I really loved ‘A Game of Thrones’, but since the series follows the books so closely, I think I’ll hold off on the next book until after season 2 airs. I haven’t read ‘Watership Down’ or ‘the Once and Future King’ or ‘Anathem’. I also haven’t read many of the classics: Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov, LeGuin, Dick, Vonnegut, Clarke. Suggestions?

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