Friday, October 31, 2014
Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.
First paragraph of Rolling Stone's profile of Stephen King:
Stephen King's office building sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road on the outskirts of Bangor, Maine, just down the street from a gun-and-ammo store, a snowplow dealership and, appropriately enough, an old cemetery. From the outside, the anonymous building looks like a new branch of Dunder Mifflin, a very deliberate choice meant to keep King and his tiny staff safe. "We can't be on a main road because people would find us," says one of his assistants. "And it's not people you want to find you. He draws some weird people."On his heavy use of cocaine:
But the books start to show it after a while. Misery is a book about cocaine. Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan.And the Dark Tower:
Yeah, it did. I mean, The Tommyknockers is an awful book. That was the last one I wrote before I cleaned up my act.
I'm never done with The Dark Tower. The thing about The Dark Tower is that those books were never edited, so I look at them as first drafts. And by the time I got to the fifth or sixth book, I'm thinking to myself, "This is really all one novel." It drives me crazy. The thing is to try to find the time to rewrite them. There's a missing element – a big battle at a place called Jericho Hill. And that whole thing should be written, and I've thought about it several times, and I don't know how to get into it.On politics:
I never really cared for Tom Clancy's books, but it wasn't because he was a Republican guy. It was because I didn't think he could write.Via.
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Details on Telltale's upcoming games:
In Game of Thrones we're taking that multi-protagonist design even further with five playable characters from the same family whose choices affect everyone in the family, and that adds a whole new layer to things that we're really excited about.
We are on track to launch both premiere episodes of Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones before the end of , so stay tuned.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Playing GTA as a horror movie slasher:
This dude plays GTAV on passive mode, so he can’t kill or be killed. He also plays creepy music through his mic and slowly, wordlessly stalks people across the city.
At which point he turns passive mode off and stabs his victim to death.
Substantial drop in price on Mondo's first toy, one week after being posted for preorder, explained in this way:
We had planned on listing Lil' Mikey for under $100 from the very start, but for reasons beyond our control, we were unable to make it happen before the official release date. For the past week, we have been fighting to bring down the price for you guys, and today we are proud to announce that Lil Mikey will now be available for Pre-Order for $85 (plus shipping).
From an interview with Guillermo Del Toro:
We unfortunately were involved on a game that took about two and a half years’ pre-production with THQ that was called Insane, and then THQ went under before we could make the game, but I learned a lot there.
With Hideo we are still in the early stages. I don’t think the game will come out for another couple of years.So the bad news is Silent Hills is years away. And the worse news is that his prior game history indicates the game may never come out. I suppose the silver lining is there will be plenty of time for more demos like PT.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute, according to current and former department officials.
One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s—I mean they start with engines that were literally made in the ’60s and, like, packed away in Siberia somewhere.Today:
A private Orbital Sciences-built cargo launch to the International Space Station ended in a fiery explosion just seconds after liftoff Tuesday night
Painted water tower for The Art of the Tag. Opening night: sat nov 1 7-10pm @myplasticheart #boundlessbrooklyn #watertowerA photo posted by Chris Buzelli (@chrisbuzelli) on
A photo posted by Chris Buzelli (@chrisbuzelli) on
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Prepare to be locked in a room with up to 11 other people and a Zombie that is chained to the wall! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your freedom. To find the key you must locate numerous clues and solve riddles. Every five minutes the hungry Zombie’s chain will be released another foot. Within an hour, the Zombie will be able to reach you. You have 60 minutes to the find clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the door and escape the room without getting eaten!(Here's a review of the downtown LA experience.)
If you're looking for a slow burn horror movie to watch, try The House of the Devil on Netflix. Sort of like a bizarro version of the game Gone Home.
The 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a good Netflix choice, too. Creepy aliens, although I think it's mostly a warning about divorce and marijuana cultivators in San Francisco.
Playing DnD tonight! I drew my character Snorra, she’s a bored teen half-orc with a lot of enemies, little sense, and a giant fear of embarrassment.
Finally playing DnD again. Here’s my Cleric, Roy, 13-year-old child of destiny. His dad was a survivalist who convinced Roy that he is mankind’s only defense from the oncoming darkness (whatever that is). Dad’s dead now, though, so we’re off to adventure. He worships the sun and he’s here to help.
Of all of Uber’s numbers, one is particularly important: $90,766. In a late-May post on its blog, Uber cited $90,766 as the median annual income of a driver for UberX in New York City.
In several months of reporting on Uber, I have yet to come across a single driver earning the equivalent of $90,766 a year. Those I’ve spoken with report that they gross around $1,000 a week after commission and sales tax—but before gas and other expenses—for annual income closer to $50,000. And despite broadcasting the $90,766 figure far and wide, Uber has so far proved unable to produce one driver earning that amount.
Some interesting bits of trivia I learned from the gorgeous new coffee table book, Star Wars Costumes:
1. George Lucas insisted on all costumes having no visible fasteners.
2. Luke's Tatooine pants are colorless Levi's.
3. One of the Duros in the Cantina scene is wearing a costume from Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
4. Lucas ordered that the Hoth Rebel uniforms be destroyed so that they could not be reused on other films.
5. Children were dressed in Hoth Rebel uniforms and placed in the back of the hangar to make it look bigger.
6. Yoda's face is partially based on Albert Einstein.
7. A stuntman suffered a broken arm when he accidentally fell into the Sarlacc.
8. Leia's slave bra was modeled in wax, kept in a ice chest, and then placed on her body to be formed as it warmed with her body heat.
9. Lando's guard helmet was inspired by a baseball glove.
10. The Emperor is played by a woman in The Empire Strikes Back, and her eyes were replaced by a chimpanzee's eyes in postproduction.
The book is about as great as a coffee table can get. It's oversized, but not absurdly heavy. The photographs are large, unmarred by text, and make even the simplest costumes look like holy relics:
Every costume is accompanied by lengthy descriptions of their creation and glamorous photos, with the more complex costumes getting several pages of coverage, and in some cases foldouts:
Pilot and skiff guard helmets are gathered for comparison:
And there are even costumes from deleted scenes:
The 232-page hardcover is currently 38% off at Amazon and comes out tomorrow.
Guy gets a ring gifted to him by his uncle. He doesn't want it so he returns it to the manufacturer.
Man takes care of a hotel in the winter and writes a dull book
Old man travels to Venezuela to visit a waterfall
A rich orphan beats up a clown
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Voldemort's name of Tom Riddle was changed in many languages to create an anagram. For example:
French TOM ELVIS JEDUSOR JE SUIS VOLDEMORT
Danish ROMEO G DETLEV JR JEG ER VOLDEMORT
Dutch MARTEN ASMODOM VILIJN MIJN NAAM IS VOLDEMORT
Faroese TOM EVILDO REGER ER ERI VOLDEMORT