> mention an intention to resume normal updates
> computer proceeds to blow up
> OF COURSE!
> mention an intention to resume normal updates
> computer proceeds to blow up
> OF COURSE!
I mention this since there was a recent article on Ars Technica talking about the current state of the region, and how it compares to another famous “zone” created due to a nuclear mishap. And that reminded me (as did some of the commentators), of an extremely informative chart that Randall Munroe of XKCD created, showing all sorts of sources of ionizing radiation you can encounter in the real world.
In case you’re wondering, a sievert (Sv) is roughly equivalent to 100 RADs, so, yes, the radiation poisoning and fatality that occurs at the 1k mark in Fallout is spot on, as no human has ever survived such exposure, and you’re pretty much doomed once you get close to that value.
Just some random info I figured you all might be interested in, as fans of these series or if you’re writing a story and want to get these facts correct. Or just, because, knowledge!
EDIT: Yes, I am aware of the fact that you actually can purge small amounts of radiation by consuming certain things IRL, including vodka; the “joke” which a lot of people seemed to have missed (by my calling it “magic”) was that, in a videogame, it always works. I mean, think about it. Even in games where you suffer penalties for, say, lower health or broken bones or whatever, soon as you “fix” those, you’re perfectly fine. The only exceptions would be those that take this madness to a whole other level (or that lack healing at all).. and that.. is not for everyone.
Some of you may already be aware of this, as I was, but there’s a point in both Fallout 3 and New Vegas where you can get (and use) nuclear launch codes, and in both cases these codes are nothing more than a series of zeroes. Almost as bad as what some idiot would use to lock their luggage!
The scary part is that, not only was this actually true in reality during the Cuban Missile Crisis (and possibly before); but it remained the same right up until the end of the 1970’s. Turns out that things were somehow even worse than this, and we also had a real-life General Ripper in charge of the system as well. So all that stuff about the Commies nuking the world? It really was a lot closer to happening than most realize, via recent behind-the-scenes revelations. How can things possibly be worse than the password to cause armegeddon being a buncha zeroes, and an unstable guy in charge having those codes? Read on.
It’s a little more complex than that, but essentially, due to various loopholes and failures in the system; the world came very close to ending in atomic fire.
Just a little something for the holiday; I know, it’s been quiet around here, but.. things! So many messages to respond to, so much of a backlog of various stuff to work on! Have some cute. :3
Happy Valentine’s Day. :3 Listen to the best song called “The Power of Love.” (Seriously, fuck Celine Dion’s version. It sucks.)
Do you like Huey Lewis and the News? I think the band really came into it’s own, commercially and artistically..
I blame Homage. Before she went home, she told me to respond to these (and similar) questions this way, and said that you’d all know what she meant. I love her, but I swear sometimes I just don’t understand how she sees some things..
This seems like an appropriate time to reblog this.
So, how’s about that last night of commercials, eh?
I think there was some kinda sports event too. And maybe a concert. I could be mistaken though!
So I wanted tonight to be the night for things to change, updates to resume, and all that. I figured I’d change the theme for the blog as well; and the one Doomguy and Serious Rainbow are using was a good candidate, as it both looks and features the way I want.
I need a theme that does the following: Friends icons displaying and sorted in order of updates, a header that allows an image (as I have right now), a background, large areas for displaying both text and images, and no awful scripts or “infinite scrolling” which makes it a pain in the ass to search archives or even browse beyond the most recent entries. Basically like what I have now, but better.
Recommendations for a theme?
Normally I only mention Steam sales that concern you reader-types, and maybe Good Old Games, but this is a little different. For the next few (four) days, The :Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is free on the Nintendo eShop for, well, the game’s anniversary. You’ll need a DSi or 3DS to get this, but like Steam promos, once you’ve registered it to your account by “buying” it for $0, you’ll own it forevermore. Nintendo doesn’t do this sorta thing very often (and this game might not be available normally either), and it’s freakin’ Zelda, so that’s why I’m mentioning it.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem to have Internet multiplayer, just local wireless, but if you have some friends then at least they can get some copies and ya’ll can play together. If not, looks like they added a single-player mode, which the Gamecube original and GBA minigame lacked. Free is free though!
A letter from the author herself, and well worth reading:
Sorry I didn’t get this up last night; RL stuff yet again. Let’s pretend I did? Ok? Ok! End of the month is soon! SOON I SAY! Thanks for remindin’ me Kkat & Cherry Pie!
Since I DO always have an excuse, at least, it’s ‘cause I was watchin’ my sisters’ kids, and also finally got to finishing Pokémon Y. I didn’t get to assemble the team I want yet, but workin’ on it!
Last night, my father came home and brought up New York City’s new mayor, who is quite a bit different from the city’s last two, each of whom were famous both within and beyond; Michael Bloomberg, and before him, Rudolph Giuliani.
Now, neither of those men were perfect. Bloomberg was the rare example of a rich guy who was using his wealth for good instead of evil (he only took a salary of $1, because as the 10th richest man in America, he didn’t want to be taking taxpayer money), but this also led to him doing a few “nanny state” things, like that whole incident with the soda. Similarly, Giuliani is the one responsible for turning NYC into one of the safest big cities in the world, after it previously had a reputation for being “a place you wouldn’t want to live in” during most of the 70’s and early 80’s. But he also seems to have been infected with “teh stupids” that’s taken over the modern Republican party, plus all that stuff with a mistress and, eh, politics.
But this new guy, Bill de Blasio, is pissing me off and I don’t even live there anymore, though a lot of family and friends do. He’s been in power for not even a month, and already his first priority isn’t something actually important, like taxes or employment or any of those traditional things you expect a politician to focus on. No, it’s banning the horses in and around Central Park.
Now, as someone who deeply cares about animals; in particular those which help and work with humans (dogs and equines are the best examples), this infuriates me because this is someone who doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. No, it is not cruel for horses to be drawing carriages around, especially not the ones in the park. They are heavily regulated and their health is checked on a frequent basis, and they live full lives, not shorter or overworked ones. In fact, they get a mandatory 5 weeks of vacation at a farm where they can relax, graze, and be free from the chaos of urban life, in addition to oridinary days off from working. How many humans would like to have that kind of stress relief as a minimum package?
Yes, there’s been incidents where the horses have freaked out or there’s been some sort of problem with them, but you can literally count those incidents in the last few years on a hand and a half. How many traffic problems do you think there were in that amount of time? Or ones involving people on the sidewalk? Doesn’t mean we’re banning cars, wheelchairs or LEGS.
And then it comes down to the real reason behind all of this, which legitimate news sources can’t actually say, since they’ll get sued for libel, but as an opinion, well, I can actually state it: this isn’t about the treatment of the horses, it’s about money. Guy’s just been elected, and there’s already a scandal? Wow, good job. And don’t try and fool yourself that it’s about anything else. You don’t take a MILLION in donations and attacks on your political opponent and honestly expect us to believe that this has nothing to do with it? I’m sure those real estate fellas who want the prime NYC land they’d be able to get if the stables were gone isn’t a factor either. Nope!
Long story short, this infuriates me because this man is not only lending credence to freakin’ PETA's arguments (yes, they’re involved too), but it’s also drawing attention away from genuine incidents of animal abuse. The fact the same city councilwoman who’s made this a big deal is also involved and previously slashed the number of ASPCA officers who oversee the welfare of the animals in the last 3 years, is also suspicious and despicable. (see the Times article)
I try not to get involved in political discussions because of how toxic they are, but ya know what? I’ve said before that I identify with Littlepip a lot, and I do. And that means standing up for, defending, and giving a voice to those who are unable to do so. The horses can’t talk, and the men and women who care for them are being drowned out by the sound of money and power. You see someone mention this on Twitter or Facebook or whatever (as it’s been all over for me, and I don’t even go there much), you point them here, and to the articles I’ve linked above.
Help these animals by reading and spreading the truth. And if injustice is being done to them? Then have action taken to make sure it doesn’t continue. Simple as that. You need more reasons? Read the articles. They give plenty, and show what they’re really like.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with my dog.
So I was gonna make the New Year the start of everything anew, but then reality ensued, so I hope to get back to daily updates and actually answering the thousand questions piled up in my inbox at the start of the new month instead.
In the meantime, there’s a whole story going on about the horses in New York City; this is an MLP + Fallout blog, so if I rant about that (cause ponies), then that’s on-topic? Sorta yes / no?
EDIT: Yeah, I know the Post is probably the worst thing to link to in an argument short of Fox News, but that’s cause the other links I had in mind for such a rant would be used instead. But if I do that now, then that kinda defeats the point. I’m from Brooklyn myself, so totally aware of the paper’s rep. Need to end the post with a question mark for it to let me keep an ask box open, though?
TOFFEE. Fallout Equestria in a nutshell.
I love you Cap’n.
Neither I nor this Tumblr are dead. Things are slowly improving here in reality, and I’ve got something big planned as a “comeback” to make up for the last few weeks, so stay tuned. I just wanted to let ya’ll know, and your messages aren’t being ignored. They just.. will be answered. Soon.
In other news, I got permission from another modder to use their fixes for Euclid’s C-Finder, so I’ll be including that in the next version of my Fallout fixes and content mod. Feel free to discuss it either on it’s chat page or over here on Steam.