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Messages - Burrito Al Pastor

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Skyrim
« on: November 12, 2011, 06:37:20 PM »
Is anybody playing this at close-to-minimum system requirements? I'm hearing scattered reports that it runs just fine on such systems, but I'm trying to gather more data.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: November 11, 2011, 11:26:21 PM »
You know, it's somehow reassuring to know that Frank Miller is every ounce as much of an asshole as I ever could have guessed. It would have slightly damaged my worldview if I found out that he was a really likeable, civil guy.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: November 11, 2011, 03:17:06 PM »
I live close enough to Oakland that Oakland news is within the purview of our major newspaper. So believe me when I say this: "somebody was shot in Oakland today" is, unfortunately, incredibly mundane news. This would be a non-story if it wasn't in close proximity to the Occupy camp; I would be rather surprised if this was the only Oakland murder this week.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: November 11, 2011, 12:36:03 AM »
and actually, i'll be the one to go ahead and say "all police are bad." the police cannot, by nature of what the word "police" means, ever be an ally to revolution or reform.

The police cannot. The men and women who make up that police force certainly can.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Best 10 Games From Obscure Platforms
« on: November 06, 2011, 09:38:30 AM »
The only obscure-system game I can recommend with sincerity is Tails Adventure for the Sega Game Gear. It's a great game, and possibly the world's most obscure Metroidvanialike.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: Occupy Wall Street
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:57:33 PM »
I don't think you're being fair, Thad. The Oakland police are really only trained to deal with black people on PCP. I'm sure they have no idea what a peaceful protest even is.

This. As Derek Kirk Kim recently said on twitter - "To those who have never lived in Oakland: there is no such thing as a peaceful mass gathering of people. A march about cupcakes would end with the same result."

Gaming Discussion / Re: Game News Dump
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:53:35 PM »
I would suggest that any person who claims that Elder Scrolls games are consistently excellent, but that Hellgate: London was not great, is guilty of a cognitive dissonance.

Real Life / Re: What I learned today!
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:51:28 PM »

Media / Re: Books
« on: November 02, 2011, 09:49:11 PM »
It's fine on my eyes with the words zoomed in, I like that I can get obscure out of print books though kindle but I'm not sure I'd spend 79$ on a device made specifically for it.

I started thinkin about the Kindle when I saw the new Neal Stephenson novel at the bookstore; it's like $40 and about six inches thick. Even if I was going to shell out that much money, I'd never read it, because I do all my reading on the bus or at school or during lunch, and I just won't carry around a book that big. (That's why I never got around to reading my copy of Anathem.)

But the Kindle version is $15. Four books like that, and it's paid for itself.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: I Don't Do Windows
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:43:57 PM »
Speaking of vim - there was a neat post via Daring Fireball about a fellow who gave up his macbook for an iPad, by (in part) SSHing to vim.

Media / Re: Movies in the Theater
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:28:24 PM »
In Time is just all over the map.

The plot is a big allegory, and they don't do much to hide it. Sometimes the acting is fun and the storytelling works; sometimes it's incredibly hamfisted. The biggest issue is that, for a movie where time is a very important plot point and a recurring motivator, there's a lot of weird jumps in the timeline. In one of the many scenes in which a character has JUST MINUTES/HOURS/SECONDS to live, there's a scene transition and suddenly it's not dark out anymore.

I can't think of any other movies I've seen in which an incorruptible cop is a bad guy. That's worth a point. (But they're bad cops. You can tell because they have leather coats.)

The design is great, too. There's a lot of brushed steel, and a lot of work was put into the cars; they all sound electric. And the cop cars have flashing white LEDs.

Finally, mad props for making a setting in which two-men-enter-one-man-leaves arm wrestling is a plot point.

Media / Re: Movies in the Theater
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:57:25 PM »
Well, I have friends who complained about the exceptionally misleading trailers, so that may or may not be representative of the actual movie with regards to your specific issue.

I have a friend who has played World of Warcraft for years and years. We told him about the new expansion last night.

He would have literally flipped the table if we had let him. For the rest of the night he just kept yelling "Six years! Six fucking years!". Basically, Blizzard has finally convinced him to quit - not from neglect, but with a new expansion of bullshit.

(A friend joked that Blizzard had to end the game somehow.)

Gaming Discussion / Re: Arkham City
« on: October 19, 2011, 10:24:23 AM »
PC version comes out in November.


Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: The new obituary thread
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:52:13 PM »
"I hope they malloc'd a place for him in heaven."

I wish I could remember where I saw that.

Thaddeus Boyd's Panel of Death / Re: The new obituary thread
« on: October 05, 2011, 04:25:24 PM »
It's tragic, but I'm a little annoyed that most news sources (including ones I use, like Hacker News) are just going to be saturated to uselessness for a week or so.

I suspect Steve Jobs would have been annoyed, too.

Media / Re: Movies in the Theater
« on: October 02, 2011, 07:50:08 PM »
Oh, Drive was fantastic. It was very deliberate, but I really liked that.

Great lighting, too. I don't usually notice lighting, but I really liked it in Drive.

Is it just me, or does the movie have a sort of timeless quality to it? The only real clue to when it was set was the size of the cellphones; otherwise, between the soundtrack, the Dirty Dancing-style hot pink cursive title, and then generally unaging L.A. sprawlscape, it could have been set any time in the past 25 years.

Media / Re: Movies in the Theater
« on: September 29, 2011, 06:09:06 AM »
Nope. It's not originally Sorkin's script - I believe he re-wrote it - and the movie doesn't much sound like his work. As for statistics, they aren't really brought up - they're a bit of a prop, they only show up in montages and passing references.

Media / Re: Movies in the Theater
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:57:14 PM »
There's a few obvious elements that make The Social Network and Moneyball seem similar. They're adaptations of controversial nonfiction books, each with an Aaron Sorkin writing credit and a traditionally comic actor cast in a serious lead role. The chief difference, I think, is that The Social Network wasn't just of interest to software developers - but Moneyball, I think, is almost certainly of interest only to people who care about baseball.

There's an XKCD about sports narratives that I've always felt was somewhat dismissive and somewhat unjustified. This is fundamentally because I like baseball; I love going to baseball games, and I love baseball narratives. And if you do not love the complex narrative of a baseball season, or even the fundamental narrative of a single baseball game - this movie holds nothing for you. There are scenes which are blatant, unsubtle appeals to emotion - but they worked on me, because they were deployed through the medium of baseball, and like many Americans, baseball holds a deep-seated primal power over me.

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