Sunday, November 22, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Scientists in Brazil have just identified a new species of...daddy longlegs, and they’ve named it...Smeagol."

2. "For decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury."
This time, however, the Crocodile had an unusual request: The Islamic State, he said, was shopping for red mercury.
Abu Omar thought he might have a lead. He had a cousin in Syria who told him about red mercury that other jihadists had seized from a corrupt rebel group. Maybe he could arrange a sale. And so soon Abu Omar set out, off for the front lines outside Latakia, a Syrian government stronghold, in pursuit
3. PCG:
In Cities: Skylines (read our review here), you can follow around the various NPCs who move into your city. However, when there's tens of thousands of citizens, and you're swamped with the tasks related to building and managing a metropolis, it can be hard to keep tabs on a single person's life for very long, and difficult to find them again later.

I thought I'd fix this problem by creating a city in which only a single home could be built. Then I'd see who moved in and keep track of their lives. Here's what happened.


Having only four citizens in the city, you'd think it would be easy to spot them. It ain't. Clicking the high school tells me two students are inside it, and I also determine that someone has enrolled in the college down the street. But I don't actually see anyone, including Oscar, outside. Days pass and I still haven't actually seen the Richardsons in person.
4. Today's movie deals at Amazon include:

X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) [Blu-ray] for $9.99

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) for $4.99

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [Blu-ray] for $17.99

Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray + DVD) for $9.96

It Follows [Blu-ray] for $8.99

And Ex Machina, which is incredible, is streaming for free for Amazon Prime