Jul. 18th, 2008 12:01 pm
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)'s choice for quote of the day is interesting, to say the least.

"When I die, my money's not gonna come with me. My movies will live on for people to judge what I was as a person. I just want to stay curious."
~ Heath Ledger
slyjinks: (Marvel Rodimus: Alt Mode)
GM envisions driverless cars on horizon

I gotta say, my reaction is pretty well split between, "Cool!!" and, "ogodogod, let me know when these things are first getting on the road so I can get off it for a bit." I'm not quite sure why I'm getting that second reaction, though. I mean, when you think about it, can they really be that much worse than human drivers?
slyjinks: (Hubble Shot: Glory)
Cards from heaven have dead man talking

I'm just hoping that my mom doesn't get ideas from me posting this.


Aug. 9th, 2007 08:03 am
slyjinks: (Rodimus Prime: Request Denied)
Baby Named Superman.


Basic summary: These people are upset because the New Zealand government won't let them name their baby 4Real, so they're naming him "Superman" instead and just calling him 4Real.

WTF is wrong with people? Do these guys hate their baby or something? GAH!
slyjinks: (Redbay: Something Fishy)
I've found this on several news sources, but the following item appears to be the most complete.

Man beats peacock he claims is a vampire.


This is just one of those things that are too weird and too random for me to have made up.
slyjinks: (Head: Orange Soda Or Death)
Mirror Considered for Sunless Village

To me, this totally sounded like something out of a Discworld novel, although some of the other folks in my chatroom thought it sounded like a wacky Decepticon plot. Either way, I find it amusing, especially considering this is apparently not the first place to try it.
slyjinks: (Hubble Shot: Yin Yang)
Wookiee Impersonator Arrested in Calif.

There's just... nothing I can say about this article that would be any funnier than the headline already is.
slyjinks: (Confused Haze)
The idea of screening for embryos for intentionally 'defective' babies has come up. This is weird and kind of disturbing.

Lines that jump out at me:

“You cannot tell me that I cannot have a child who’s going to look like me,” Reynolds said. “It’s just unbelievably presumptuous and they’re playing God.”

Wha-? Who's playing God here? "Playing God" usually refers to science running amok, not... people who oppose science running amok.

Karen Krogstad, a 25-year-old partly deaf student in Bozeman, Mont., said she understands why parents “would go to great lengths to make sure their child will be deaf.”

She and her deaf friends “see ourselves as fully functional human beings who can’t hear. People who wear glasses, are they disabled? No, but if you have hearing aids, to assist with hearing, you are labeled as disabled.”

You know... I wear glasses, and I know a lot of people who wear glasses. Most of them wouldn't "go to great lengths" to make sure their children need glasses.

One thing's for certain. Whether this is true now, or just has the potential for becoming true, Natural Selection is living on borrowed time.
slyjinks: (Two Face: Eeeeeeevil)
Black holes probably won't swallow the Earth, after all!

Whew! That's good to hear! I was really worried about that one! XD

Also: I totally need a mad science icon.
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Woman pays $14,000 for rented phone.

This may sound horrible, but I can't help but laugh at this. I mean, her granddaughter is all up in arms about how these people are preying on the elderly and what have you, but the woman's been renting the phone for fourty two years. She wasn't elderly the whole time!

Meanwhile, looks like the old lady would have been perfectly content to keep renting her old phone. She doesn't even like the replacement!

I can't even bring myself to feel even mildly annoyed at AT&T over the business. I mean, if people want to rent telephones from them for thirty bucks a month... *shrugs* they're a business. If people want to rent telephones from AT&T for thirty bucks a month, AT&T is going to let them rent telephones for thirty bucks a month. They'd be stupid not to.

Boy. Weird.
slyjinks: (DigiSaph: Hiya Kick)
Pluto has been demoted from a 'planet' to a 'dwarf planet.'

Charon's back to being Pluto's satellite. Ceres and Xena are up for consideration for 'dwarf planet' status.

Cybertron has been reclassified as 'a big hunk of metal floating around in space,' while Unicron has been declared, 'a nucking huge, scary robot.'

Don't talk to me about Cybertron transforming into Primus. This is my universe, dammit!
slyjinks: (DigiSaph: Breakdance)
There's been a lot of talk lately over whether or not Pluto gets to stay a planet. The latest proposal under consideration would not only allow it to stay a planet, but would add three new planets to our solar system, and possibly bunches more.

That's all well and good, but what I really want to know is, does Cybertron get to keep its planet status?

According to the definition being proposed, apparently not! One of the requirements of being a planet is that you have to be orbiting a star, and ol' Cybertron has lost its a long long time ago. Thus, Cybertron would not be a planet, but a big round chunk o' metal in space. Poor Cybertron!

This does not mean it can't improve its lot, though! Most variations of Transformers canon have planetary (or now, round-chunk-o'-metal-tary) thrusters included sooner or later, so it's not hard to imagine the Transformers eventually parking the thing around some star some day. Good source of energon, too, and hell, Cybertron almost ent up as part of our solar system not once, but twice in the cartoon! In fact, since American G1 cartoon continuity ends with Rebirth, those who decide not to move on to Beast Wars can quite cheerfully just move Cybertron back a bit, otherwise leave it around Sol, and be done with it. Instant planet status!

Unicron, however, is in quite a mess. His wandering, gypsy ways means that he can never regain the "planet" classification. On the up side, the new definition means a decidedly larger array of potential snacking material for the planet-eating spheroid (numnumnum!).

As you all should know by now, I've never much cared for the Primus origin for Transformers, instead preferring the goods-to-be-sold origin. For those who complain that it's more mundane, that's the point! From the perspective of my own species, I think humans and their accomplishments seem so much cooler when seen from the perspective of beings that are descended from amoebas, rather than a species plopped on this Earth fully formed and already having their full array of abilities. Same thing applies to fictional species. A species created as a product and began existence as slaves but had to overcome that just strikes me as a lot more interesting than a random god just waved their god-wand and *poof!* Instant transforming robots (that, for some reason, have driver's cabs and cockpits).

But I digress.

What I'm saying is, although I don't like the Primus origin and will never use it for any ficverse I might have (assuming, for a moment, that I will one day get unlazy enough to write fic), for some reason I'm now getting a very silly mental image of Cybertron finding a nice, new solar neighborhood, settling down in a proper orbit around a respectable star... just so Primus can point and laugh at Unicron because Primus gets to be a planet and Unicron does not!

"Ha ha! Not a planet, not a planet!"

This, of course, would backfire because in order for Primus to point and laugh, he'd have to transform, and once he transforms, he stops being round and therefore FAILS at planethood himself. D'oh!
slyjinks: (BOOM! Bwahahahaha!)
About three or so years ago I came to a realization: reality has become a science fiction movie.

As evidence, I present this article.

You know, for a species that's been extinct for so long, the mammoths have certainly been making the news a lot lately.

Sadly, these guys aren't trying to do it on the sly with misappropriated funds, so it's not quite so entertaining. Ah, well.
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Setting this article here so I can find it later.

Now, before anyone says anything, yes, I know complex language has its place. I’ve enjoyed reading it from time to time, and I’ve enjoyed playing with it from time to time. Words are terribly fun toys. Also, I'm a little wary of the testing methods they used. For example, it doesn't say whether all the more complexly written writing used the more elaborate fonts. If the simple writing always used Times New Roman and the complex writing always used Juice, it wasn't a very good study. Unfortunately, the article doesn't make that clear.

Certainly this does help explain why Devastator, as dumb as he is, tends towards clunky, overly complex syntax. Hee hee.

Personally, I have to admit that I've always been most blown away by the effective use of simile, metaphor, and anthropomorphisms, all of which can be accomplished with relatively simple language. Of course, when I say 'anthropomorphisms' here I'm not referring to furries, but to the more traditional use of applying human and human-like qualities to anything that isn't human. For example, if I were to write, "He wore a smile so false that his honest eyes wanted nothing to do with it," that's anthropomorphism, since eyes alone can't be honest and can't have their own wants.

I just wish I was better at pulling stuff like that out of my ass. XD I need to start reading more Hans Christian Anderson again. :)

Rhyme and rhythm also have their place, even in prose, but they're even harder to use effectively. Bah. The good stuff is always so difficult.

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