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Cops See it Differently

24 February 2015 - 08:03 PM

Since we have pages long threads on this board about various shootings, these have a few attempts at improving relations with the public. Also some failures. Definitely worth listening to. Some interesting insights at least.



Checking in with the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) to see what (a segment of) the (fau...

17 February 2015 - 01:27 PM

Obviously it isn't a be all end all predictor, but it is one metric (however fallible) and it can be fun to see what people think will do well. Interesting to see Avengers Age of Ultron is hitting what I assume is record highs for the site.

Avengers Age of Ultron $509.91 May 1, 2015

Ant-Man $153.09 Jul 17, 2015

Fantastic Four $111.30 Aug 7, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens $346.06  Dec 18, 2015

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $294.94 Mar 25, 2016

Captain America: Civil War  $258.24 May 6, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse $182.28 May 27, 2016

Doctor Strange $115.21 Nov 4, 2016

Star Wars: Episode VIII $272.07 December 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Part I $371.40 May 4, 2018

Sunless Sea gets a 10/10 on Eurogamer

06 February 2015 - 06:43 PM


Do you keep the trinket or cast it into the water? It would be a symbolic gesture, sure, but the ripples through your story will be genuine. Drop the keepsake back into your pocket and you'll be keeping the preposterous promises made to a young lover after a drunken night together. Drop the keepsake into the sea and, eventually, she and it may be forgotten. Then you will be free to find refuge in the next warm and welcome body (and, so long as you make to back to port, there is always another).

If a game is a series of meaningful choices, as per the designer Sid Meier's oft-repeated, oft-abused maxim, then Sunless Sea is more game than most. The choices pile up quickly, then escalate. Sure, you're a merchant captain now, but who were you before that? Poet? Priest? Veteran? Urchin? And by what measure would you consider this new life a success? By discovering your dead father's remains? By becoming a well-regarded travel writer? By dying wealthy? Who will serve as your crew in this endeavour? Do you care about their personal hopes and ambitions? Do you care enough to help them out and, when the time comes, free them from your trade

Choices are often pinned to the bottom of these pieces of dialogue and description. Will you, for example, loot a host's home, or search for clues as to their past? The choices available to you depend on your current attributes, which quantify your aptitude for healing and morale, detection and perception, trickery and knowledge or blunt attack power. Some islands have stories that unfurl only over multiple visits. In time, checking in with your favourite communities en route to more perilous and unknown locations becomes a treat.

Looks atmospheric and original. I don't think we've talked much about it other than a mention that it won the award for "Best Words" in 2014.
Here's the Kickstarter that got funded long ago: https://www.kickstar...ter/sunless-sea

From reddit comment to FB group to major motion picture

06 February 2015 - 04:32 PM


Warner Bros has bought the rights to a film idea about members of the US Army time-travelling to ancient Rome, which was originally posted as a comment on Reddit.

Reddit user The_Quiet_Earth posted the following question: "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I travelled back in time with a modern US Marine infantry battalion or MEU?"

Author James Erwin (username: Prufrock451) responded with an elaborate comment about the 35th Marine Expeditionary Unit preparing to deploy to southern Afghanistan but appearing instead in a field outside Rome on the wet bank of the Tiber River.

Here's a taster of what's in store. This scene takes place the first morning after the MEU landed in Rome:


"At noon, two Sea Knight helicopters roar over Rome at 12,000 feet. Stunned, the pilots swoop in lower and lower. After a half-hour of sightseeing, coming in as low as 1,000 feet, they can no longer deny the evidence of their eyes -- this is not the place or time they had occupied the day before. They leave to report. Behind them, they leave a city in chaos, as terrified Romans flee the awful creatures in the sky. Sacrificial pyres fill the city with smoke, and priests of every religion shout in the streets."

Obama's attorney general nominee thinks pot is more dangerous than alcohol. She...

29 January 2015 - 07:27 PM

Obama's attorney general nominee thinks pot is more dangerous than alcohol. She's wrong. (vox.com)

US attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday said at a congressional hearing that she disagrees with President Barack Obama on his views that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) asked whether Lynch agreed with Obama's statements to the New Yorker that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol. Lynch responded, "I certainly don't hold that view and don't agree with that view of marijuana as a substance. I certainly think that the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion — neither of which I am able to share."

But the empirical literature is actually very clear on this issue: marijuana is much safer than alcohol.