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Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Oct 11 04:19:35
I recommend the first two and last one of this screaming kitty meme gallery:
http://imgur.com/gallery/TYpDSpR
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 07:18:09
I thought this was mostly garbage by a pseudo-intellectual at first, but towards the end there were a couple good points:
"Posting this linguistic analysis on the Blizzard statement due to several requests"
http://imgur.com/gallery/xd7yQOr

Bad points were that the Chinese specifically use topic sentences.. more like, that's just intro-academic and corporate writing. It's also not weird that Blizzard would indent sections — it's probably not copy and pasted, it's more like they were trying to be clear and corporate-y. It's also not unusual for corporate writing to use multiple voices and manufacture questions based on their perception of FAQs. That's just because they go through so many approvals before public release (author, co-author, public relations, legal department, editor, etc.) that there's very little left of a singular voice. That's why corporate speech is so empty: it's the platitudes of a multitude.

But, the Twitter person starts sounding legit with the grammar points:
• "using "When we think about..." instead of the present participle ("thinking", or something else...)" and
•""in CN there are no plurals ... see: "there is a consequence" (instead of the native EN phrasing "there are consequences")"

"There is a consequence" *does* sound a bit odd... And given that they didn't really reverse their decision — only minimized it slightly and did not touch on the Hong Kong protests at all — it could easily be seen as China-compliant language reviewed and/or penned by a Chinese employee. It makes for a fun conspiracy theory, anyways ;)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 07:25:48
"once again, hitman 2 proves itself to be one of the best games ever made"
http://twitter.com/CreamyElephant/status/1182655843537477635
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 07:40:47
lulz, update on Blizzard. 4chan peeps noticed that the Blizzard CEO's message was time-stamped with China's current time XD
http://i.redd.it/s27li8hye0s31.png
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 07:48:58
Arg, nevermind. I must be tired if I'm repeating rando interpretations without checking further ;p
http://www...se_they_post_their_statements/
As the top comment points out, Blizzard standardizes their press releases to GMT, so when they released the CEO comment (at about 7pm CST, October 11th), the time stamp reported the GMT of after midnight, October 12th.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 12:21:44
maybe WoW was designed just as a vehicle for chinese gold farmers
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 12:47:22
New Orleans adopting Chinese behavior:
http://twitter.com/WWLTV/status/1183032346032922624

McKobb
Member
Sat Oct 12 12:58:41
Those peeps are lucky!
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 16:18:04
reportedly at least 1 person has died, though possibly those 4 runners made it ok
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 19:05:00
Someone in the comment chain pointed out that you can see a construction worker on the yellow portion, moving left in frame, when that whole section falls apart... D:

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In the Imgur comments for this video from 2015, some genius said, "the guy in the pickup is a dumb fuck but the guy in camaro is slightly dumber", which is funny because the Camaro-driver was drunk, had an open alcoholic beverage (so police suspect he was actively drinking at the time), driving without a license, attempted an illegal lane change, and attempted to pass in a gravel/grass shoulder; while all the pickup driver did was box in the Camaro-driver after the initial provocation...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA7BASFqXIw
Anyways, I think the pickup driver made a good move by holding his lane at the beginning (he had right-of-way and maintained it somewhat safely), but after that he should have completed the pass of the 18-wheeler instead of boxing in the Camaro. The Camaro is totes at fault, it's only that road rage duels aren't a good idea ;D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 19:29:29
Arg, I'm tired again.. my point was that the Camaro-driver wasn't just *slightly* dumber, he was next-level dumb ;p

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Getting ready for Halloween:
http://imgur.com/gallery/kRBmJr8
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 23:32:32
pretty racist


re: Camaro video... if i was Mr. Jacobs (guy on the other end of the phone conversation), i'd assume he made up the accident just to get off the phone (answers call @ 2:19... "omg, a car accident!" 5 secs later)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 13 03:12:16
Yeah :D .. they probably had a rough relationship until the video evidence was shared ;D

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Not much has been happening on Imgur lately.. mostly just China stuff. So here's another kitten making a funny sound! :D
http://imgur.com/gallery/nNYJzPJ
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 13 16:47:44
Okay, this is Hong Kong stuff, but it's a cool flying kick too :D
http://imgur.com/gallery/oIUUGRm
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 13 19:30:43
Duckling slide [at a state fair?]:
http://imgur.com/gallery/8ADJ311
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 13 22:56:25
doggo wants to stay
http://imgur.com/gallery/LxeTPa3
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 14 00:24:07
As another litmus test for Imgurians, these people are defending this parent using her kids to cheat at skee ball because they think that the prizes you can get from skee ball aren't big enough (i.e., "[scam the scammers]")... yeah...
http://imgur.com/gallery/a0xQQBa
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 14 01:07:41
definitely bad values training


bear cub parkour
http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1674964665969667
(when people showed up to chase the bears out)
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 14 02:28:57
In the first couple frames... was that poop on the carpet? D:
I wonder if they broke glass to get in or if a door or window was left open..

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This may just be a prank (either by the person who claims to have found this blood or by someone who was just messing around with blood packets at night), but I'm choosing to believe that someone was attacked by a psycho, they tried to escape into a parked car, but the psycho grabbed them and pulled them into another car and drove away ;)
http://imgur.com/gallery/Xe1R02E
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 14 02:36:20
Famous comedian Arnold Braunschweiger shows off knife:
http://www.instagram.com/p/B2j9caXA2Kp/
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 14 18:34:27
good possible poop spotting :p

i'll guess prank on the blood


Brazil shootout
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=atygc_1570992378
that's the kind of recklessness i only do when i know i can reload
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 14 23:00:28
Good Bunker Hill comment on that one:
"Don't fire until you can see the hair inside their nose."
And this one was inevitable:
"Real life Leeroy Jenkin's. LOL"

Just an awful strategy and awful timing. He could have just hung out outside and let them do a "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" ending ;p

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"CDC Finds STDs At All-Time High"
[Onion: American Voices]
http://www...ds-at-all-time-high-1839029665
"A new CDC report found that combined incidences of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in the U.S. reached an all-time high in the last year with more than 2.4 million cases. What do you think?"
• "“Don’t look at me. I haven’t reported a single one of my STDs.” Clara Weaver - Candy Coater"
• "“The CDC should really mind its own goddamn business.” Shane Bass - Motivational Speaker"
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Oct 15 01:54:29
People like this were so annoying :p

"Department Of Education Vows To Crack Down On Cocky Little Assholes Who Hand In Test Early"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://www...k-down-on-cocky-lit-1839028936
"WASHINGTON—Vowing to take a stand against the smarmy fucks who must think they’re some kind of hot shit, the U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that it would crack down on cocky little assholes who hand in their test early. “The American public school system will no longer tolerate any student who dares to saunter up to the front of the classroom, slam their assignment on their teacher’s desk, and flash a shit-eating grin while saying ‘Wow, that was so easy,’” said deputy secretary to the Department of Education Mick Zais, adding that those who hum to themselves, yawn, or loudly open personal reading materials after turning in their tests with 20 minutes left on the clock will receive an automatic failing grade. “From today onward, any student who smugly asks the teacher for extra work or whines that they already checked their answers three times will be swiftly punished. Also, if a teacher catches some arrogant little turd high-fiving another high-achieving student in their classroom, they have the power to suspend them. Indefinitely.” At press time, Zais announced the Department of Education would also be cracking down on students who earned perfect scores on tests by punishing them with immediate expulsion."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 16 00:48:17
the Purge season 2 has started

they also had a 10 min morning show thing on before the first episode, all parts seem to be on Youtube... part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeI4DuZz_c0

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 16 01:30:20
bad mother
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=keWsC_1571128058

they seem too young... i'll side w/ the 'i'm going to kill you, fuck you' daughter

Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Oct 16 04:15:50
Lol, yeah, probably too young, but it’s okay if the daughter gets a pass for the “Fuck you!” :D

Lol@Purge morning show. Nice touch when the host, Rachel, laughed at Chad’s impending death. And I wonder how many co-hosts she’s killed to this point ;D

Interesting that they’re saying that purging is time zone specific. People could conceivably get 3 hours more or less purging if they did an Autobahn across the States. Seems like it would be easier to have a country-wide start time (Zone-adjusted) to avoid state border issues. Issues like, if a person is in CST during Purge hours and kills someone standing in EST whose Purge hours have concluded, can CST-person be charged with murder? The Purge universe is pro-body count, so maybe that’s legal, but it would be a bummer to think that the annual Purge is over and then get hit by a sniper from across state lines ;)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 16 16:37:30
i would say legal... the main episode deals w/ some timing issues that give some idea (though not a time zone issue)


"
The Vatican announced the launch of the "Click to Pray eRosary" Wednesday. October is the month of the Rosary.

The eRosary is an app-driven device that can be worn as a bracelet. To activate it, all you have to do is make the sign of the cross.
"
http://www...o-pray-erosary-trnd/index.html

sounds sinister
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Oct 17 05:57:24
That seems way too much like a satire article... but there it is, a real thing that the Vatican is doing... Wild.

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heartwarming kitty mini-story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7k5xz4HZkQ
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Oct 17 13:07:41
great kitty! hard not to think of impending doom though...

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MILLCREEK, Utah — A man was arrested Sunday night after police say he punched a child, fired gunshots at the child’s father and barricaded himself inside of his home in Millcreek.

On Monday morning, Unified Police identified the suspect as 61-year-old Richard Lindem.

According to Unified Police Department, the suspect was upset that two kids were riding a dirt bike in his neighborhood near 300 East and 4300 South (on Doreen Street). The suspect then allegedly confronted a 6-year-old boy and punched him multiple times in the head.

Officers on scene said the boy’s father confronted the suspect, who then drew a firearm and fired gunshots at the father. The father was not injured. The suspect then returned to his house and barricaded himself inside shortly after 3 p.m.

long distance video:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9dyZN_1571279503
smack at 0:37, gun pull at 0:50
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Oct 18 02:05:13
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - The caretaker of a Pakistani house of worship unleashed his pet lion on an electrician who was trying to collect late payment, local police say.

Police said the electrician visited the house of worship multiple times because his wages were overdue, and eventually got into a heated debate with the caretaker -- who then used his pet lion to attack the man.

Authorities said the victim did not initially file a police report because the caretaker promised to get him treatment and pay him compensation. A month passed and the electrician received neither, so he decided to file a police report.

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i'm thinking this caretaker can't be trusted
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Oct 18 09:15:48
Nothing wrong with having a conflict-resolution lion!

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"A man was arrested Sunday night after police say he punched a child, fired gunshots at the child’s father"

Those must have been loud mini-motorcycles ;D

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Looks like Onion keyed into that death-by-911 service ;)

"911 Operator Informs Black Caller That Death Is On The Way"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://loc...hat-death-is-on-the-1839063288
"“Thank you for calling 911, please sit tight and don’t worry, first responders will be there to end your life shortly,” said the 911 operator after confirming what Wardell looked like, as well as the identities of others present at the emergency situation, in order to arrange for sufficient agents of death to ensure the expiration of every black life present. “We’ve already dispatched several liquidators into the field, so just remain calm and you should be dead within 10 minutes. If you stay on the line, I’ll be able to talk you through your last breaths and make sure that we’re able to bring you and your loved ones a swift termination.” At press time, the 911 operator was advising the frantic black caller to move to a location where the responding officers would be able to clearly shoot him. "
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Oct 18 09:26:41
A top comment for this gallery featuring Spain riot issues:
"My world's on fire, how bout yours?"
http://imgur.com/gallery/C3I18fD
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Oct 18 11:38:08
pretty sure video #2 is just a kidnapping
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Oct 18 16:25:26
Nick Lestina made a frightening discovery at his Bagley home earlier this month.

Five inches of animal blood, fat and tissue from a neighboring meat locker had seeped into the basement through a floor drain, creating a scene worthy of a Halloween movie.

"Some things you just think you'll never see," Lestina said.

Lestina, a father of five, has lived next door to Dahl's Custom Meat Locker for 10 years. He said there was never a problem until Oct. 3, when he stopped home to pick up a power drill and noticed his sump pump spewing red liquid.

Two weeks later, the blood is still seeping into the basement and the Iowa Department of Public Health told the family it's not safe to live in the home.

<the lengthy article if you want lots more info for some reason>:
http://www...custom-meat-locker/3986184002/
(does have a photo that could trigger Dexter)

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 19 00:35:20
fox startles marmot

http://cdn...tographer-of-the-year-2019.jpg

"The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed, and the thread of energy between the raised paws seems to hold the protagonists in perfect balance."
~ photography judge

Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 01:58:30
"great kitty! hard not to think of impending doom though..."

Yeah, but at least they kept it out of the video ;D

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"pretty sure video #2 is just a kidnapping"

Does look like it. It's a bit creepy thinking that police can mob in plain-clothes like that...

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"(does have a photo that could trigger Dexter)"

So cool :D
Not for the homeowner... he seems sad. :p Maybe he could try to pump it back to the meat locker, giving them the same issue, then seal his pipes so there's no take-back-sies? That kind of retribution would be worth going in debt over ;D

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Cool video of dolphin doing a water surface breach:
http://imgur.com/gallery/ToWBbTS
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 02:01:01
"The expressive intensity of the postures holds you transfixed, and the thread of energy between the raised paws seems to hold the protagonists in perfect balance."

I mean, it's a cool picture, yeah :p

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Hulu apparently won't be getting the Purge season 2 as it airs, but USA is putting them up for free... albeit with commercials:
http://www.usanetwork.com/thepurge/videos/this-is-not-a-test
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 04:25:20
"the main episode deals w/ some timing issues that give some idea"

*just watched S2E1*
Pretty neat stuff! She said, "Liquidate," when referring to that robber's punishment, so maybe Felony violations of Purge rules get an immediate death sentence?

Time for this to get its own Movie Talk thread :D

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High school coach (and security officer?) disarms student who was planning to kill himself in Oregon high school (May, 2019):
http://www...h-keanon-lowe-disarms-student/
King Jeremy the Wicked only had one round in the shotgun, which is why it looks like a suicide was planned, not a killing spree. The video gets a bit emotional towards the end..
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 19 12:43:51
what a pathetic display, he should kill himself

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 19 12:54:35
1-man protest buster
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=yObf_1571459223

group appears to be "Extinction Rebellion, a global climate protest movement" (based on googling the 'walk the talk' sign)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 19:57:06
Lulz. Looks like he threw the phone? :D

I could try to give the Extinction Rebellion peeps the benefit of the doubt by saying that obstructing traffic flow (a sacred cow in many places) is a good way to disrupt common folks' lives and thereby force people to think of the direct impact that their commutes have on the environment... but at the same time, in the U.S., that particular sacred cow invites violence, so they should definitely expect this sort of thing more often.

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Horse turns a little too sharply:
http://imgur.com/gallery/6t5wyNr
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 19:59:45
BBC's "Big Cats" series manages to call this cute kitty both the world's smallest *and* "deadliest" cat:
http://imgur.com/gallery/RiYAHqK
..but it's based on its goal percentage ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 19 20:00:52
This isn't too interesting, but I'm book-marking it for later to add explosion effects:
(Truck drops propane tanks)
http://imgur.com/gallery/hg07NaA
McKobb
Member
Sat Oct 19 23:17:07
Reminds me of donkey kong!
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Oct 20 13:31:03
that cat might also deserve the "cutest" award of all of nature's killers
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Oct 20 16:00:34
this reminded me of Seinfeld's:
"Yeah, you better give me the insurance. Because I'm gonna beat the hell out of this [rental] car."

http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9FTqT_1571593533

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 21 21:59:17
fairly entertaining video:
(nothing great after 1:20)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9Q5nf_1571661897

Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Oct 22 02:17:12
lol... she didn't even see him fall the first time :D

"this reminded me of Seinfeld's"
*rewatches that*
lol. It's also like that Jackass "Rent-a-Car Crash-Up Derby" they did :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lciHCXQFkNk
Or Bam Margera's "The Rental Car"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOKz_MZluew
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Oct 22 11:32:45
yeah, those more fitting since Seinfeld didn't have the balls to go through with it :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Oct 22 22:23:16
Caddyshack 3
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=fZEw_1571516797

probably not his expected result, but he should've put those dogs somewhere safer regardless :p
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Oct 23 06:24:00
lol. I wasn't expecting that much destruction :D
I wonder if that worked...
♫ I'm allriiiiight! Nobody worry 'bout me! ♫

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"This is blade and sorcery, with a lightsaber mod."
http://i.imgur.com/KOYaHqc.mp4

I didn't consider the full effect of this until the second viewing: he turns off the lightsaber to go through a defensive block, then turns it back on to get the stab. Pretty cool trick :D ... not sure it would work in the Star Wars movies since the sabers don't go to full length instantaneously, but still neat here.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Oct 23 13:24:51
i'm impressed with the collision detection & modding ability :p


saw a story about caddyshack guy, apparently wife was complaining about roaches in the garden (possibly one crawling behind him at 0:25)
apparently he poured some gasoline down that hole
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Oct 24 05:37:10
I mean... gasoline is probably not the by-the-book way to get rid of garden roaches, but I still wouldn't fault him due to cool factor :D

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"i'm impressed with the collision detection & modding ability :p"

Yeah! That action/reaction must be pretty cool once you get used to it. Looking into it, the controllers have a vibrate feature, so maybe when you make contact with something it crash-vibrates for feedback. I really need to learn more about VR stuff...

I just (finally) finished Alien:Isolation, and it turns out that it's VR-supported now.. which would be extra terrifying D:
There were a *lot* of times while playing the game where I just had to pause to the map for a while to think through things and escape the alien's footsteps for a minute ;D
..in Nightmare mode, there's no map D: ..though "Escape" to pause probably still works.

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This comes from last Halloween season (2018), but it's a good Stuart and mom from MadTV act:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZppywGNf4qA
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Oct 24 12:34:36
i haven't tried any VR yet... Steam automatically made a VR group in my game list & is auto adding games that support it i guess (like Subnautica) so that's handy
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Oct 24 12:44:05
bat cleaning
http://twitter.com/SlenderSherbet/status/1187418652993380352

more images at instagram link
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Oct 25 06:27:13
Cute, but I don't want to know about the cleanup issue with an animal that killed so many people by dropping a banana in a pig farm ;D
(really bad and reachy 2011 Contagion reference)

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"Steam automatically made a VR group in my game list & is auto adding games that support it i guess (like Subnautica) so that's handy"

Oh neat. I just looked for that in mine, but it only lists "Steam 360 Video Player" and "SteamVR"... I wonder if games that make the list have been given *specific* VR attention — like integrating with a particular headset's features — but that games outside of the list will still work for basic look-around functions. I mean, it seems like any VR headset should allow you to look around a room while keeping the cursor position in the "center" (monitor direction if seated at a computer). This is probably basic stuff, but I'm having trouble getting clear info.

I did go on an hours long search for top-of-the-line VR equipment so I would know where the market is heading. I spent most of the time looking at the "Varjo VR-2 Pro", which, first of all, only sells for business-use (not for private individuals / consumers; it even demands a business tax ID before purchase), and which costs about $6000 plus a mandatory software license of about $1000 ( http://store.varjo.com/varjo-vr-2-pro ). With tax, that gets it around $9000. Price aside, it's super cool. Their whole thing is super-clarity — an end to VR's issue with the "screen door effect". The VR-2 Pro is their latest release, and it includes SteamVR support, which brings it back to the question: could it be used for regular Steam games such as Alien:Isolation? ;p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Oct 25 11:56:21
to be clear, i'm referring to the 'View Game Library' section, left panel... Steam originally just had a "Games" folder on the left where it dumps them all when you first buy

but at some point they added a "Favorites" group at the top (for your convenience i guess), and a "VR" group at the bottom (but perhaps only shows up if you have at least 1 item auto-added)

but yeah, games probably somehow have to designate they fit for Steam to notice or something
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Oct 25 12:02:21
...it's possible i clicked some pop-up checkbox or something a longtime ago asking if i wanted it :p i don't recall... i vaguely recall Steam announcing SteamVR a long time ago, not sure if there was some question associated that i clicked :p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 26 07:30:15
"to be clear, i'm referring to the 'View Game Library' section, left panel... Steam originally just had a "Games" folder on the left where it dumps them all when you first buy"

Oh, I see. A left bar with everything seems to be all I have — just one big list with favorites at the top. I see there's a way to manually add and label categories, and in Googling it looks like, yeah, Steam automatically adds a VR group to the leftbar when you have a VR game ("[If] you buy game with VR support ... steam automatically creates new category in your library you cannot remove" http://ste...s/forum/10/135512305400938464/ ). So that just means that I don't have any (officially) VR-supported games :'(

Alien:Isolation is only VR-supported with a developer mod called "MotherVR". It looks like it does like one would expect: lets you peak around but still control everything the same way. It's a mod, so aim is always where you look, unlike [Some? Most?] newer VR-supported games that let you look around while keeping a weapon pointed in the same direction. That must be because the original game developers didn't render a visible body in the 1st person view.. Anyways, BestBuy sometimes has a demo VR setup, so I think I'll be taking a serious look at this today :D

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A deer chases a jogger and dog:
http://imgur.com/gallery/jghgiaD
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 26 12:33:35
i'll say it got alarmed by the humans forming a circle around it


VR will probably just be something i want to get & never do... like a raccoon... :/

maybe there'll be an irresistible VR/raccoon combo package deal someday
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 04:54:38
Technology is changing all the time! RaccoonVR is probably on the horizon! ;D

"VR will probably just be something i want to get & never do... like a raccoon... :/ "

Could be the same for me. This may just be another case of me looking into the tech without purchasing. I went to my nearest BestBuy, but they didn't have VR demos. I spoke to someone who recommended going to the mall for that sort of thing.. which makes sense :D .. I'll see if that pans out tomorrow, but the Oculus website only lists a different BestBuy as a demo location, and for some reason that BestBuy won't offer demos until next weekend.

My biggest concern at this point is how noticeable that "screen door" is... the tech reviews make it sound like you don't see it unless you look for it, but that seems subjective. A screenshot at the top of this Valve Index review was helpful: http://www...review_my_new_king_of_virtual/ . Sounds like the Valve Index is leading popularity right now, but Pimax' 8K X releases in a couple of days (though the Pimax website makes it super obvious that it's a Chinese company with no English-speaking editors, and YouTube comments have pointed out that Pimax has been abusing its Kickstarter promises to siphon funds). Pimax looks like it has the best image quality and field of view (as per the reddit review and also this insanely long YouTube review which shows Alien:Isolation gameplay at 2:20:57 and Subnautica at 2:22:04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcZ0CXP0qgU . This second video reviewer apparently now works for Pimax (not at the time of this video, though), so he's been accused of being a shill...).

TLDR: From what I gather after tonight's research, while the Pimax 5K XR is the best combination of image quality (low screen door effect), field of view, and system requirements. The 8K sounds better, but in practice it requires really high end PC power... and Pimax may just be a Chinese rip-off anyways. That leads back to the Valve Index.. and while Gabe hurts us every day with no HalfLife3, we can probably trust his VR ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 04:57:36
*"after tonight's research, [] the Pimax"

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Basketball player's venting doesn't go as planned:
http://imgur.com/gallery/D4dGbfH
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 07:09:11
One more update :p
Looks like StarVR is the latest benchmark for VR:
http://www.starvr.com/products/#0
It nearly covers the total field of view (210° horizontal 130° vertical), and a reviewer said that you actually have to *concentrate* to see pixelation. They're using custom AMOLED screens and custom lenses to remove distortion. Unfortunately, they're only sending units to developers at the moment :'(
This makes 2020 look really good for VR :p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 07:35:43
"Raccoon mother pulling her baby away from the road"
http://imgur.com/gallery/sgEwg1k
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Oct 27 14:35:10
2020 sounds good or 2021... i may have need to escape reality
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 19:53:33
Everything will be fine! :D

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In this traffic accident (happened Thursday, October 24th, 2019) at least two peeps ran the light.. not sure if the turning vehicle also ran a light, though they obviously didn't confirm it was clear/safe before turning.
http://imgur.com/gallery/5RexMod
Pedestrian in the upper right gets hit, and a little kid gets a glancing hit...
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 19:53:38
...in this article they say that no one was seriously injured: http://www...destrian-crash-near-87th-grant
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 20:01:31
I thought it was an error by the news peeps to say that 4 children were hit, but apparently there were two people standing behind the person in the white sweater. You can sort of see at least one person behind white sweater.. All were sisters, as per this:
http://fox...ittle-girls-walking-to-school/
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 22:06:11
Person helps beaver with its dam project:
http://imgur.com/gallery/YLgMa2w
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 27 22:30:08
How to make a grown man feel like a bullied teenager who cannot escape his home situation:
("Conan Downsizes Jordan Schlansky’s Office - CONAN on TBS")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsjxtYAtbUg
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 28 02:17:47
that guy's revised office looks a lot like my computer area... & his attitude is a lot like mine...


great beaver shot, may his environmental destruction be successful
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 28 06:04:57
He reminds me of that Amy Schumer cell phone store description:
http://www...gj/inside-amy-schumer-mobile-c
"That's it, Steve. That's the spot. Guy on the edge. Nothing to live for. He's thinking of burning it all to the ground with a rifle he bought on the Mexican Internet until holy shit! This sweet woman gives him 10 seconds reprieve from his own screaming mind, so maybe the reckoning can wait for another day, huh, Steve?"
;D
Pretty good Joker comments for the Conan video. Peeps saying that Conan will get him to snap and kill him on air, and they'll think it's an act for a second ;D
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 28 06:05:27
Another good Conan segment:
"Conan Visits The Offices Of "Death Stranding" Creator Hideo Kojima"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlMpN26ts7s
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 28 12:26:31
i liked this bit too... making fun of the real presidential candidate who reported raising only $5 last quarter (starting roughly ~2:00)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnpROhKzzQo&t=123
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 28 15:55:49
Ahnold evacuated his home due to fires... seems like a missed opportunity to be filmed standing on his roof w/ some minigun-styled hose battling the fire

Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Oct 28 19:40:28
That def could have been a Terminator promo. He just cost the studio millions ;)

lol@Messam ad :D
That was awesome.

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I was going to post today's celeb gossip, but this raccoon trying to catch air is much more fulfilling:
http://imgur.com/gallery/6G00HRk
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Oct 28 22:43:01
i agree
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Oct 29 11:40:24
her strategy failed but points for originality:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9IpYn_1572304379

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Oct 29 16:59:23
SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A haunted house that promises an extreme experience that can last up to 10 hours requires participants be medically cleared by a doctor and sign a 40-page waiver.

The McKamey Manor experiences in Summertown, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, also require visitors be at least 18, insured, and pass a background check and drug test.

WFLA-TV reports that owner Russ McKamey offers thousands of dollars to anyone who completes the tour, but says no one ever has. He records each tour on video — for his own protection he says — and then posts them online, showing them quitting in humiliation.

It’s costs nearly nothing to enter: Just a bag of dog food. The website warns of physically demanding environments, but McKamey says the manor is a mental game.

very long video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LCB_k9jrYc

i skimmed... seems to be some twisted freak using BDSM/torture/burying alive tactics to humiliate people
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Oct 30 01:08:09
"seems to be some twisted freak using BDSM/torture/burying alive tactics to humiliate people"

Yeah. Sounds about right. Looks like he missed his calling as a government-sponsored torturer ;) .. Also looks a little like the "Stanford Prison Experiment", where a major design flaw is that when people say that they want to quit, the person in charge of allowing them to quit is part of the game and can say, "No" (at about 31:50, someone is asking to quit and gets denied for a minute). Looks like a rule is that in order to quit you have to say that whole long "stole my milk money" line, which isn't reasonable for people under duress.

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"her strategy failed but points for originality"

Another nice description there: "The power of taser compels her to have a lie down." :)

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At first glance, this guy may seem like a dick/asshole (maybe he still is?), but this happened in Bogota, and an etiquette rule for these turnstiles is to queue mainly on the right and let people leave on the left. You can see the large woman charging ahead to try to beat the person exiting so that she can get past the line.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_zJf2I4SIo
(Explained via Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/JusticePorn/comments/49h3r8/man_trips_woman_at_train_station/d0s7xfx/ )
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Oct 30 01:26:42
Someone added some march-metal to this duck flock:
http://i.imgur.com/8XcIrxf.mp4
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Oct 31 12:00:09
in that torture guy video he gets people to say there's no torture, but they are probably under threat of more torture if they don't say it :p

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fail video:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kjMrH_1572511450

...not how you'd expect
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Nov 01 06:10:06
lol.. yeah... I was expecting the fireworks to bounce back at his eyes or something.

"but they are probably under threat of more torture if they don't say it :p"
Exactly! :D
"[This psychopath won't let me leave until I say that this wasn't torture and that I'm not afraid of being killed by him and that this statement is totally made of my own free will even though I'm basically being water-boarded as I say it]" ;p

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Funny Onion headline:
"Real-Life Van Helsing Runs Over Kid In Vampire Costume"
[Onion: News in Photos]
http://loc...-in-vampire-costume-1839499953
Kind of reminds me of that Cyanide and Happiness:
http://explosm.net/comics/1246/
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Nov 01 06:21:02
!! GORE warning !!
Imgurian gets a cool cut (chunk of flesh missing from hand)
http://imgur.com/gallery/LR82SXH
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 07:08:17
"When you've no situational awareness"
http://imgur.com/gallery/ZvAAuO6
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Nov 02 12:09:03
i gotta put some blame on that garage door

they need the technology that lets it go straight up, especially right along a sidewalk
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Nov 02 12:33:39
crappy religion
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=sFTho_1572600280
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 21:03:32
Hmm.. maybe an educated member of the bourgeoisie started that tradition so that the overpopulating peasants would get infections and die? Is was worth a shot, anyways ;)

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"i gotta put some blame on that garage door [/] they need the technology that lets it go straight up, especially right along a sidewalk"

In fairness, yeah. It looks like the inner door there has the straight up system. Weird that the outer door doesn't..

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Florida woman needs food badly!
http://imgur.com/gallery/SbGWsPb
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 21:11:31
Kind of cheesy, kind of funny joke:
http://imgur.com/gallery/H0iHLcJ
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 21:31:48
...aaand I'm already over it ;p
Looks like it's already had the life drained out of it by meme-sters. Looks like at least 4 different versions of the same joke in the comments.

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Good delivery on this one (sound needed):
http://imgur.com/gallery/MSpCIpo
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 21:35:08
"Love at First Sight"
(two kitties — music helps)
http://imgur.com/gallery/amimdhS
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 21:38:13
Some good stuff on Imgur today :D

"How to pass out candy in middle class neighborhoods."
http://imgur.com/gallery/O3qAuzB
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 02 23:51:57
Hmm.. Diablo IV was announced at BlizzCon. There's a cinematic trailer with Jerome Flynn (Bronn from GoT) and also this gameplay trailer:
"Diablo 4 - Barbarian, Sorcerer & Druid Official Gameplay Trailer | Blizzcon 2019"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae42e8Flb5o
Looks cool at least — more like Diablo 2 dark colors than Diablo 3 cartoon colors — but it has some behind-the-scenes issues:
• Only online play (no offline single player?)
• Activision is (potentially?) monetizing via micro-transactions (another pay-to-win model)
• It's an open world explore game instead of semi-scripted levels

Might be too early to care.
People keep bringing up the Hong Kong issue, but while China is China (messed up to the bitter end), *if* Blizzard releases a good game, then it should be weighed on its own merits. It's the same thing for me with actors like Tom Cruise; I don't care if he's a Scientologist if he makes good movies. That being said.. who knows if this'll be a good game.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Nov 03 17:42:55
"Duolingo for Talking to Children - SNL"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsEsgp3H7CU
Wrath of Orion
Member
Sun Nov 03 19:18:39
D3 has turned into a good game. Just from what we know already, they appear to have learned from some of their mistakes with D3, so I'd say there is reason to be optimistic.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Nov 03 20:31:04
That's good to hear. D3 turned me off from its beginning, so I didn't really check up on it past the two or three months that it was talked about in UGT. The D3 wizard first-release looked like a cheesy anime character, whereas D4 is making the sorceress look cool (Western-style animation with dark, gritty texture), albeit with some unnecessary Shakira hip movement. It's making me want to get D1 to work again or just run through D2..

The art page looks reminiscent of D2, for sure:
http://diablo.blizzard.com/en-us/

This might need its own hype thread :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Nov 03 20:41:37
Squirrel launched:
http://imgur.com/gallery/hPVklQR
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Nov 03 22:17:34
i shall pray for ^him


i played Grim Dawn a few months back (almost certainly was in a Steam sale), it's Diablo-y

i don't vouch for quality or comparison though, as i was never as thrilled w/ Diablo 2 as most :p (& i didn't play Diablo 3)
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Nov 04 01:08:23
Grim Dawn gameplay seems nice. Kind of reminds me of Revenant (1999) but with better graphics. Cool that it incorporates decision-based story developments.. not sure I've ever actually tried a game like that. It's full price on Steam at the moment ($25), but it's in my wish list for the inevitable discount :D

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This was interesting..
From September 2018, this Police officer tells a man that he can slap him (i.e., slap the officer) and that he will not be arrested for it. The man does a slo-mo test slap (maybe doesn't even make contact), then the officer full slaps him and arrests him:
http://imgur.com/gallery/TxJAFSa
Article in the comments says that late last month the officer was charged with misdemeanor assault and could face more punishment (hopefully including a firing).
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Nov 04 12:05:12
yeah, firing would be good :p, not quite the right attitude for policing

i imagine the guy said something to offend the cop but can't imagine any comments where that would be acceptable
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