PC game suggestions?
Posted by aardvocate 8 years ago
I'm looking to buy a PC game, preferably a first person shooter. I've never gotten into PC games before, since I've never had a decent computer and have always preferred console games (longtime Nintendo devotee, with the exception of the 16-bit era when I opted for Sega). And since I've gone with Nintendo for my console gaming, I know I've missed out on a lot of FPS goodness--I haven't really gotten into it since GoldenEye and Perfect Dark. And obviously the Wii doesn't seem interested in venturing too far down that road.  
 
Now that I have a new computer, I'm curious where I should start for PC games. I love stealth/spy style FPSs and good multiplayer play. So far it looks like the Orange Box might be a good start. Thoughts? Suggestions?
File under: "Maybe we don't need the police involved?"
Posted by aardvocate 8 years ago
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities say a Tennessee couple got into a fight using Cheetos.  
 
The Bedford County Sheriff's Department say a 40-year-old man and 44-year-old woman became involved in a "verbal altercation." Somehow, the orange puffy snacks were used in the assault.  
 
Deputies say they were charged with domestic assault. No one was hurt.  
 
According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, both posted bond of $2,500.  
 
[linky]
Please help: To-do list web application
Posted by aardvocate 8 years ago
I'm always impressed with how well and quickly LFers can recall or find good links on request. Here's one from my wife: she's looking for a web application that will maintain her to-do list for her. In particular, she'd love it if it could show her at glance "here's what you have to do [today/this week/this month/in 6 months]," and email her reminders when things need to be done soon.  
 
Your help is appreciated!
I see what's going on here.
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
Connecting to server...  
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.  
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!  
Stranger: hi  
You: Hello there  
Stranger: from?  
You: USA  
Stranger: Brazil  
Stranger: female?  
You: male  
Your conversational partner has disconnected.
Knock knock
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
 
(linky)
Omegle... the fun never ends.
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
Connecting to server...  
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.  
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!  
Stranger: O  
You: P  
Stranger: T  
You: U  
Stranger: Q  
You: R  
Stranger: L  
You: M  
Stranger: N  
You: O  
Stranger: P  
You: Q  
Stranger: R  
You: S  
Stranger: T  
You: U  
Stranger: V  
You: W  
Stranger: X  
You: Y  
Stranger: Z  
Your conversational partner has disconnected.  
Omegle: I've never met a more hilarious Stranger
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
Connecting to server...  
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!  
Stranger: OOH BABY BABY  
Stranger: BABY BABY  
Stranger: OHH BABY BABY  
Stranger: BABY BABY  
Stranger: TWO CIGARETTES  
Stranger: IN AN ASHTRAYYYYYYYY  
You: Two turntables  
Stranger: MY LOVE AND I  
You: and a microphone?  
Stranger: IN A HUMMER  
Stranger: THEN A STRANGER CAME ALONG  
Stranger: AND EVERYTTHING WENT WRONG  
Stranger: NOW THERE'S THREE CIGARETTES IN THE ASHTRAY!  
Stranger: I WATCHED, HER TAKE HIM, FROM MEEEEEEE  
Stranger: AND HIS LOVE  
Stranger: IS NO LONGER  
Stranger: MY OWN  
Stranger: NOW THEY ARE GONE  
Stranger: AND I SIT ALONE  
Stranger: AND WATCH ONE  
Stranger: CIGARETTE  
Stranger: BURN AWAY  
Stranger: hi  
Stranger: sorry about that  
Stranger: i have tourettes  
You: Online tourettes, eh?  
Stranger: Yeah its horrible  
Stranger: not many people acknowledge it  
You: I can imagine.  
You: No  
Stranger: but it just means i cant stop typing country and western song lyrics  
Stranger: oh no..  
Stranger: i feel a tick  
Stranger: SAID HEYYYYYYYY GOOD LOOKING  
Stranger: WHAAAAAATCHA GOT OOKIN  
Stranger: HOWS ABOUT COOKIN SOMETHING UP WITH MEEEEEEEEEEE  
Stranger: HEY SWEET BABY  
Stranger: DONT YOU THINK MAYBE  
Stranger: WE CAN FIND US A BRAND NEW RECIPEEEEEEEE  
Stranger: I GOT A HOT ROD BOARD  
Stranger: AND A TWO DOLLA BILL  
Stranger: AND I KNOW A SPOT RIGHT OVER THE HILL  
Stranger: THERE'S SODA POP AND THE DANCINGS FREE  
Stranger: SO IF YOU WANNA HAVE FUN COME ALONG WITH ME  
Stranger: shit  
Stranger: so sorry about that  
You: Hey, it's alright.  
Stranger: I wish i could control it  
You: I'm sure you'd like to.  
Stranger: it would be nice  
Stranger: its something I've had to get used to  
You: Probably makes everyday internetting difficult.  
Stranger: ALL MY EX'S LIVE IN TEXAS  
Stranger: AND TEXAS IS THE PLACE  
Stranger: I REALLY LOVE TO BEEEEEE  
Stranger: ALL MY EX'S LIV IN TEXAS  
Stranger: THATS WHY I HANG MY HAT  
Stranger: IN TENNESSEE  
Stranger: sorry.. sorry  
Stranger: yeah it makes it very difficult  
You: I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit.  
Stranger: im on an internet dating forum and its horrible  
Stranger: everyone just thinks im mental  
You: I mean, I don't want to be rude or belittle your affliction in anyway, but there is some high entertainment value.  
You: Well, hopefully you'll find someone that understands.  
Stranger: Its ok, i can see that, I would also find it funny  
Stranger: I doubt it, everyone just thinks im a hillbilly  
You: I've known some good and honest hillbillies.  
Stranger: but i mean sometimes it ok  
Stranger: beause  
Stranger: SEE I BEEN THROUGH THE DESERT ON A HORSE WITH NO NAME  
Stranger: IT FELT GOOD TO BE OUT OF THE RAIN  
Stranger: IN THE DESERT YOU CAN REMEMBER YOUR NAME  
Stranger: COZ THERE AINT NO ONE THERE TO GIVE YOU NO PAIN  
Stranger: LA, LA, LA, LA, LALALA, LA!  
Stranger: LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LALALALA!  
Stranger: sorry sorry  
Stranger: ugh  
You: Does it affect your day job at all?  
Stranger: that one hurt a bit  
Stranger: well im an company director, it's ok most of the time  
Stranger: just sometimes when im writing out emails or briefings  
Stranger: i'll end up spewing out a load of country and western lyrics  
You: Ahh... but there's always delete, right?  
Stranger: at first everyone was shocked and thought it was very unproffessional but they all are aware and accept it now  
Stranger: Yes but I dont notice it sometimes  
You: I work for a company that communicates with IM a lot; probably wouldn't be a good situation for you.  
Stranger: if i'm busy or stressed it can slip under the radar  
Stranger: That would be terrible  
Stranger: MAMA'S DONT LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS  
Stranger: DONT LET THEM PLAY GUITARS  
Stranger: AND DRIVE MOTORTRUCKS  
Stranger: MAKE THEM BE DOCTORS OR LAWYERS INSTEAD  
Stranger: MAMAS DONT LET YOUR BABIES GROW UIP TO BE COWBOYS  
Stranger: THEY'LL NEVER STAY HOME AND THEY'RE ALWAYS ALONE  
Stranger: EVEN WITH SOMEONE THEY LOVE  
Stranger: A COWBOY AINT EASY TO LOVE, HE'S HARDER TO HOLD  
You: It's probably hard for you to keep a Twitter account too, huh? With the character restrictions and all.  
Stranger: HE'D RATHER GIVE YOU SONGS THAN SILVER OR GOLD  
You: Ooh, sorry, didn't meant to interrupt.  
Stranger: IF YOU CANT UNDERSTAND THAT HE MIGHT DIE YOUNG HE'LL PROBABLY JUST DRIVEAWAY  
Stranger: ughhh  
Stranger: ahh its ok  
Stranger: yeah my faccebook page is a travesty  
You: I can only imagine.  
Stranger: im really sorry, this has ruined our moment  
You: Your friends probably have a lot of country songs on their walls.  
You: No, it's okay.  
You: I'm learning a lot from this.  
Stranger: It's important people understand this condition  
Stranger: People just ridicule it most of the time  
Stranger: It's not always country music, just for me it is  
You: I agree. When did you first discover you had it?  
You: I see  
Stranger: When I was a teenager, first started using the internet and people just thought I was messing around  
Stranger: but i really couldnt help it  
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Periodic Table of Typefaces
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
The Trilogy Meter
Posted by aardvocate 9 years ago
 
 
[hat tip]
34
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
A sample of my ever-evolving thoughts on abortion
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
The science community has so far been unable to define the beginning of human life in such a way that there can be no mistake about its validity. As a result, different people have different beliefs about when life starts, and they consequently believe that anyone with a different belief is wrong. In general, "pro-lifers" believe life begins at conception and "pro-choicers" believe life begins sometime after that (some believe at "viability," some at birth, etc.).  
 
From this basic disagreement, that despite all the arguments made for the various sides is inevitably reduced to a difference of beliefs, stems the endless screamings, arguments, rallies, legislation, and court cases that are the "abortion issue." My own belief is that all of these efforts should be focused on finding real ways of reducing abortions: positive steps toward reducing rape, increases in adoption options, increases in sexual education and birth control availability, etc. Perhaps we cannot all agree on whether an abortion is "wrong" and therefore on its legality. But I think that most would agree that the non-legality-related avenues toward abortion reduction are for the good regardless.  
 
I'm not saying, then, that we should just keep abortion legal and work to reduce it. Nor am I saying that we should make it illegal. I'm saying that wasting any more breath, energy, time, or money on arguing either way is a pointless and harmful avenue so long as it is clearly not possible to reach a consensus on the beginning of human life.  
 
(And yes, I realize the irony and possible hypocrisy in using time and energy to argue against arguing about abortion legality.)
Tricky Cats
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
 
Russian clown Yuri Kuklachev has a troupe of cats who do handstands, crawl along high wires and balance on balls and he says the secret to training them is realizing that you can't force cats to do anything.  
...  
"Each cat likes to do her own trick," said Kuklachev, whose show has not been the target of animal rights protesters. "Maruska is the only one who does the handstand. I find the cat and see what they like to do and use that in the show."  
...  
"I have a cat now that loves to be in the water," he said. Kuklachev said the breed of cat made no difference to their abilities, although Persians tended to be lazy. He adopts cats from shelters and trains the offspring of the cats he has.
[Click for more.]  
 
 
Anybody here have a cat that likes to do something particularly unique?  
NBA Trade Simulators
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
I think these are really neat, but since my sports links tend to get heavily voted down, I'm putting them here:  
 
ESPN.com Trade Machine  
 
RealGM Trade Checker
Bryant Gumbel on the Winter Olympics
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Bryant Gumbel's closing monologue on a recent episode of Real Sports (I heard a sound bite from it on the radio this morning, and found this transcript on pajiba):  
Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don’t care about them and won’t watch them. In fact, I figure that when Thomas Paine said that “these are the times that try men’s souls,” he must’ve been talking about the start of another Winter Olympics. Because they’re so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the winter games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something’s not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what’s called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won. And try to blot out all logic when announcers and sportswriters pretend to care about the luge, the skeleton, the biathlon and all those other events they don’t understand and totally ignore for all but three weeks every four years. Face it — these Olympics are little more than a marketing plan to fill space and sell time during the dreary days of February. So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they’re done, when we can move on to March Madness — for God’s sake, let the games begin.
Lyric
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Judging from picture books, apparently  
heaven is a partly cloudy place.
 
 
 
-Rilo Kiley, from "Don't Deconstruct"  
 
John "Stare Creepisis" Edwards
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
 
 
 
For some reason, this makes me laugh
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
RomanceFilter
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
+  
 
 
As of 12:00 a.m. CST, January 1, 2006, aardvocate and MuManda are engaged to be married. No, we didn't meet on LF, but we did meet on the internet, a little over a year ago.  
 
Now you know.
Bacon Cookbooks
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
 
 
Latest evidence of prisoner abuse by Americans: bad cigarettes
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Iraq defendant gripes about cigarettes, food  
 
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A co-defendant in the trial of Saddam Hussein complained on Wednesday about the quality of cigarettes the U.S. military gave him while in custody.  
 
Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Saddam's former intelligence chief and one of his most feared sidekicks, also said the food was bad and he was not given blankets. He lost 18 kilos in just two months in captivity, he complained.  
 
"We were detained by one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet it was only after four months in detention that they gave me cigarettes," said Barzan, charged with crimes against humanity.  
 
"And then they were of the worst quality in the world."  
 
Saddam and his co-defendants have frequently berated the Americans and their Iraqi allies over their treatment.  
 
The former president complained earlier in the trial about having a notepad confiscated and having to walk up several flights of stairs to the courtroom because of a broken elevator.
Caption?
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Level 21
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
(Whence I may never emerge.)  
 
 
 
Into the desert...  
 
 
 
...in your face, space coyote!  
In Which a Bit of lorddimwit Is Captured From Chatter
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
* * * lorddimwit runs in, produces a small semi-automatic weapon, and unloads six rounds into the couch cushions  
lorddimwit> die, you fucker! die! DIE!!!!! AHAHAHAHAAA!!!  
lorddimwit> wait...  
lorddimwit> you're not Al Roker!!!  
* * * lorddimwit runs out again
What is your Insane Zodiac Sign?
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
"This is a sort of a MadLib and is just for fun": The Insane Zodiac Sign Generator  
Great concert picture
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Listen to this, right now
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
"The Mariner's Revenge Song"  
by The Decemberists  
 
We are two mariners  
Our ship's sole survivors  
In this belly of a whale  
It's ribs are ceiling beams  
It's guts are carpeting  
I guess we have some time to kill  
 
You may not remember me  
I was a child of three  
And you, a lad of eighteen  
But, I remember you  
And I will relate to you  
How our histories interweave  
At the time you were  
A rake and a roustabout  
Spending all your money  
On the whores and hounds  
(oh, oh)  
 
You had a charming air  
All cheap and debonair  
My widowed mother found so sweet  
And so she took you in  
Her sheets still warm with him  
Now filled with filth and foul disease  
As time wore on you proved  
A debt-ridden drunken mess  
Leaving my mother  
A poor consumptive wretch  
(oh, oh)  
 
And then you disappeared  
Your gambling arrears  
The only thing you left behind  
And then the magistrate  
Reclaimed our small estate  
And my poor mother lost her mind  
Then, one day in spring  
My dear sweet mother died  
But, before she did  
I took her hand as she, dying, cried:  
(oh, oh)  
 
Find him, bind him  
Tie him to a pole and break  
His fingers to splinters  
Drag him to a hole until he  
Wakes up naked  
Clawing at the ceiling  
Of his grave
 
 
It took me fifteen years  
To swallow all my tears  
Among the urchins in the street  
Until a priory  
Took pity and hired me  
To keep their vestry nice and neat  
But, never once in the employ  
Of these holy men  
Did I ever, once turn my mind  
From the thought of revenge  
(oh, oh)  
 
One night I overheard  
The prior exchanging words  
With a penitent whaler from the sea  
The captain of his ship  
Who matched you toe to tip  
Was known for a wanton cruelty  
The following day  
I shipped to sea  
With a privateer  
And in the whistle  
Of the wind  
I could almost hear  
(oh, oh)  
 
Find him, bind him  
Tie him to a pole and break  
His fingers to splinters  
Drag him to a hole until he  
Wakes up naked  
Clawing at the ceiling  
Of his grave  
 
There is one thing I must say to you  
As you sail across the sea  
Always, your mother will watch over you  
As you avenge this wicked deed
 
 
And then, that fateful night  
We had you in our sight  
After twenty months, it seemed  
Your starboard flank abeam  
I was getting my muskets clean  
When came this rumbling from beneath  
The ocean shook  
The sky went black  
And the captain quailed  
And before us grew  
The angry jaws  
Of a giant whale  
 
(oh..)  
 
Don't know how I survived  
The crew all was chewed alive  
I must have slipped between his teeth  
But, oh, what providence  
What divine intelligence  
That you should survive  
As well as me  
It gives my eye great joy  
To see your eyes fill with fear  
To lean in close  
And I will whisper  
The last words you'll hear  
(oh, oh)
Caption?
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Ukiah, CA
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
Haiku is Ukiah spelled backwards. Now you know.
This song gives me chills
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
"In The Backseat" by The Arcade Fire  
 
I like the peace  
In the backseat  
I don't have to drive  
I don't have to speak  
I can watch the countryside  
And I can fall asleep  
 
My family tree's  
Losing all its leaves  
Crashing towards the driver's seat  
The lightning bolt had enough heat  
To melt the street beneath your feet  
 
Alice died  
In the night  
I've been learning to drive  
My whole life  
I've been learning
Toyota i-Swing
Posted by aardvocate 12 years ago
This didn't seem worthy of a link post, but I had to share it:  
 
 
Toyota i-Swing Rolls at Tokyo Motor Show  
If you thought the Segway was a ridiculous vehicle, you'd better brace your eyeballs; they're about to do some serious rolling. Yesterday at the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota showed off its conceptual i-Swing personal mobility thingamajig. Like the Segway, the i-Swing works by leaning into it, but it also learns the driving habits of its user, which has some benefit or other. More importantly, people are sure to get out of your way when they see you come careening down the bike lane in one of these three-wheeled death traps. It's entirely too telling that the i-Swing has no extra seating for the user to pick up a date.  
 
[from Wired's Gear Factor]