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03 Jul 11:41

Portland bureau shakeup catches Amanda Fritz off-guard |

In 2013, Fritz initially voted against Hales' budget, giving a lengthy speech that picked apart spending decisions. She has privately complained that the mayor often cancels scheduled meetings. And earlier this year, Fritz said she was "disgusted" by downtown planning efforts championed, in part, by Hales.

For her part, Fritz has proved an unreliable swing vote on one of the city's most controversial topics – a proposed street fee. Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick spent months trying to win over Fritz, but she ultimately wouldn't vote in favor.

Problems on the City Council reached seemingly unprecedented levels this year, when Hales and the four commissioners met with a mediator to sort out differences in private.
03 Jul 03:08

zeekayart: a guide for people who can’t tell the 90s from the early 2000s apart if people are...


a guide for people who can’t tell the 90s from the early 2000s apart

  • if people are dressed in neon, it’s the 90simage
  • if people are dressed in space age metallics, it’s the 2000simage

03 Jul 03:43

The Legend Of Koizumi - Koizumi's Final Rising Sun vs. Mao


first-ballot eternal autoreshare hall-of-famer

"For love. For courage. For friendship. RISING SUN"
02 Jul 18:16

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! - An Intense Restaurant Simulation



Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is a massive sequel to the surprise hit on PC and mobile, releasing in 2016 for Steam and, for the first time on consoles, PS4! The game has you rebuilding your own restaurant in a massive skyscraper, earning money by cooking and serving customers delicious food and building up your restaurant’s reputation from a zero star dilapidated café to a five star world famous restaurant. Along the way you’ll jump into other restaurants in the tower for shift work, star in the biggest reality cooking show ever, participate in tournaments all over the world, uncover mysterious ingredients, and tons, tons more. The breakneck pace and gameplay has been a staple of the game, and this sequel will be even faster and more challenging than ever.

Everything is new in this game, from the art by Camille Kuo, to the music by Jonathan Geer, to the large amount of game content, with over 180 foods, 1,000+ recipes, tons of unlockables and events, and dozens of hours of gameplay. I can’t wait to reveal the all new gameplay aspects and features of the game, as well as unveiling the entire food menu, so be sure to subscribe on either Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram below to get new updates weekly!
03 Jul 01:30

Things people with Social Anxiety do

by cute-gurls-club
Courtney shared this story from The Babe Brigade:
Wait people don't actually get physically ill from stress and anxiety? What's this "faking"?





•go to the bathroom to escape

•feel very uncomfortable without a phone or some other crutch

•dwell on a small awkward moment for much longer than necessary

•never go to any social event without a person that makes you feel comfortable

•follow said person way too much

•worry about the person beginning to find you obnoxious

•faking an illness to get out of a social event


Oh dear

02 Jul 19:24

cartozia: Announcing our guest stars for Cartozia Tales #8:In...


Maris Wicks! Ming Doyle drawing a Kelly Sue script about an otter girl!


Announcing our guest stars for Cartozia Tales #8:

In each issue, we divide the map of our world into nine sectors and assign a new one (at random) to each of our seven core contributors. To shake things up and keep us doing our best work, we also invite two guest stars to cover the open sectors.

I posted last month about our previous awesome guest stars, and I hope you’ll read (and reblog) that post. It’s really an impressive roster.

Issue 8 will make the roster all the more impressive. Witness:

Maris Wicksmariswicks), fresh from her wonderful book Primates and having finished her new Human Body Theater, will cover sector 6, where recently Gret and Hubert and Ilondra have found major clues about the Miasma in the heart of the Shambling Tower.

Kelly Sue Deconnickkellysue), the writer of the hit superhero book Captain Marvel and the phenomenal Bitch Planet, will team with the uncanny Ming Doyle ( mingdoyle) — of Mara, Contantine the Hellblazer, and more —for a story set in sector 8, where Minnaig the ottergirl has found herself in trouble in the dungeons of the Venerary.

We’re planning to have issue 8 ready to debut at spx in September. If you subscribe now, of course, you’ll be ready for it when it hits your mailbox.

(I’ll be back to posting on Monday, and I hope to have more news then.)

02 Jul 15:04

thestoutorialist: omgthatdress: DressMadeleine Vionnet...



Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.




Madeleine Vionnet, 1936

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Superhero ferocity

Also something Janelle Monae would wear

03 Jul 04:39

SAG-AFTRA Seeking Protection for News Crews After San Francisco Attacks - Variety

New York Post

SAG-AFTRA Seeking Protection for News Crews After San Francisco Attacks
SAG-AFTRA is seeking additional security measures for the protection of reporting teams in the aftermath of attacks on TV news teams covering a shooting death in San Francisco. Three attackers stole equipment from KNTV and camera operator Alan Waples ...
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03 Jul 06:04

2 killed, 1 wounded in Northern California shooting - Daily Mail


the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun

2 killed, 1 wounded in Northern California shooting
Daily Mail
COTTONWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man with a rifle killed two people outside a Northern California store and a stray bullet wounded a customer. Tehama County sheriff's deputies arrested 32-year-old John Noonkester on Thursday. He remains ...

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02 Jul 14:48

Pay me what you owe me dont act like you forgot


well that explains some things

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.

Pay me what you owe me, don’t act like you forgot

02 Jul 15:55

The state of the 64-bit transition in iOS, and what’s left to be done

by Andrew Cunningham

just works

July just started, but the Apple rumor mill is already looking forward to September, the month when we tend to get new iPhones, a new iOS, and other refreshed Apple devices. Right now, the usual sources seem to think we're getting new iPhone 6Ses that add Force Touch and faster modems but are physically identical to the current models, none of which should be particularly surprising. Yesterday, people digging through the iTunes 12.2 release found some evidence of new iPods, which would be a surprise—the lineup's last significant update came in September of 2012.

Supposing Apple replaces the iPhone 5C and gives us a revamped iPod Touch at some point between now and this fall, Apple could be in an interesting position: every iPhone, iPad, and iPod the company sells could be using 64-bit hardware and software. It already discontinued the last 32-bit iPad in June.

Since we haven't checked in for a few months, this prompted us to take another look at the state of 64-bit support in the iOS ecosystem. How is the hardware and software shaping up, and when can we expect iOS to go 64-bit-only as the Mac did a few years ago?

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02 Jul 11:41

Axelrod to Clinton: Don't 'overreact' to Sanders surge - Politico


'Axelrod had been appointed senior strategic adviser to the British Labour Party to assist party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 general election. A few weeks before the election, the Financial Times suggested that the American's level of interest in and involvement with Labour's campaign could be gauged by his visiting London only three times since his appointment, and a tweet in which he misspelt Miliband's name.'


Axelrod to Clinton: Don't 'overreact' to Sanders surge
Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod thinks Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton should not “overreact” to recent momentum behind challenger Bernie Sanders. “You know, I would be careful not to overreact,” Axelrod said, speaking from Chicago ...

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02 Jul 16:33

PSA: Amazon Prime offering discounts on new/upcoming games

by Kyle Orland


It looks like Amazon Prime members now have a new membership benefit to add to a pile that already includes free two-day shipping, video and music streaming, and free Kindle books each month. Prime members can also get discounts on select video games and accessories, including a number of new and upcoming releases.

Desctructoid has gone to the trouble of gathering a list of which titles are included in the surprise deal. That's a very handy thing, because these new discounts don't seem to be advertised anywhere on Amazon's site, even in the official listing of Prime benefits.

The only official indication the program exists appears as a small "Save with Prime" note on the eligible listing pages, which says "Members of Amazon Prime qualify for a lower price on this item when shipped and sold by Amazon." Users have to add the item to their cart and proceed to checkout to actually see the lower prices. If you want the savings, be sure you're buying the game directly from Amazon and not from a third-party "fulfilled by Amazon" seller when ordering.

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02 Jul 11:18

Laser Dog Monitor

by Liz Upton

boudin no

Dave Young lives in Denver with a baby, a wife, and a dog called Penny. Penny’s a good dog (good dog, Penny!) – she’s a softie around the baby, walks to heel, and doesn’t destroy things. All that good dog stuff.

But Penny has one weak spot. Dave says:

Her only issue is that she goes BONKERS for food. My wife and I have done a great job training it out of her when we’re around so we no longer have to worry about a cheese board sitting on the low coffee table, but I know she gets on the counters any time we are away. Sounds like a job for a machine!

How’s it work? There’s a laser tripwire, which triggers audio of Dave saying “Hey!” in a COMMANDING MANNER. The setup also takes a picture of Penny’s infraction using the Raspberry Pi camera board.

Full instructions are available over at Element14 so you can make your own. I’m already thinking about ways you could expand this project: Mooncake, the Raspberry Pi cat, doesn’t respond well to voice commands, but we think a Pi-powered water pistol could be just the ticket on those days we want to defrost prawns. Ideas for your own feature-creep in the comments please!

The post Laser Dog Monitor appeared first on Raspberry Pi.

02 Jul 18:25

Stop putting the contents of Thomas Jefferson's grave in guacamole

by Jon Bois

jon bois is a god

This week, an op-ed has made the rounds arguing that we should rob Thomas Jefferson's grave and put it in our guacamole. Enough is enough, argues Jon Bois. You should NOT do that.

Most important reason: It's profoundly disrespectful

Supposing Thomas Jefferson were some ordinary person, this moves beyond the realm of poor taste. It's a gesture of absolute disrespect, and even one of contempt.

As humanity whittles itself, slow as the whittling may be, into what we will one day become, many of the things we once held sacred are -- sometimes for ill but often for good -- shaved away. The sanctity of a burial space, however, is as un-compromised as it has always been. Its vandalism is an act of malice below even animalism, as creatures such as the elephant are known to create and respect resting places for their dead.

Is Thomas Jefferson's life intrinsically and objectively more "important" than yours or mine? Well, I won't hold court on that. I would also like to make it clear that criticisms of Thomas Jefferson's character, however essential to take into consideration any time we take his life and legacy into account, are beyond the scope of this particular article about guacamole.

Please feel free to register your discontent with the man, but if you ask me, reducing his personal effects to guacamole ingredient is less a gesture of protest, and more the immature doings of a no-count felon. Which carries us to our next point.

Second-most important reason: It's against the law

I am not your lawyer, nor am I your secretary. I will not do myself the indignity of researching Virginia's grave-robbery laws on your behalf. Nonetheless, I am supremely confident that municipal and/or state courts have been afforded more than enough legislature to send you to prison.

Third-most important reason: Whatever's in there is surely inedible, and perhaps very dangerous to eat

I do not pretend to know the entire contents of Thomas Jefferson's grave, but we're probably dealing with inedibles from top to bottom: bones, coat buttons, books, and Lord knows what else. This isn't a mere issue of nutritional value: eating such items could be highly dangerous. Consider how much of it might be traced with lead!

Fourth-most important reason: It would taste disgusting

You have finally shocked me. It does not surprise me that there are individuals who would do something as heartless and foul as to rob Thomas Jefferson's grave site -- if there is one lesson taught by our shared existence, it is that the human is a broken animal.

But while I do understand what absence of ethics allowed you here, I do not at all understand the motive that led you to this point. More than likely, the odor will be unpleasant, the texture will be hostile to your tongue, and it will taste like dirt. That you would expect anything different is entirely a mystery to me.

Fifth-most important reason: It isn't a sustainable practice, because there is a finite amount of stuff in Thomas Jefferson's grave

Thanks to a number of government initiatives, we're slowly making progress toward sustainable, responsible practices when it comes to our food. But if you think tuna is in short supply, you should see the contents of Thomas Jefferson's grave.

It's probably, what, eight feet long by three feet wide? Sure, there are probably enough remains and personal effects for you to make your guacamole. Oh, but now your friend wants some. So she takes some stuff from the graves. And then she tells her friends. And so on and so forth, until suddenly, the gravesite is cleaned out entirely.

You can't just grow a new dead Thomas Jefferson. It's a finite, exhaustible resource.

Sixth-most important reason: Guacamole is not your playground. There are rules.

I also insist upon this when I see people add goat cheese, or bacon, or even mayonnaise -- mayonnaise! -- to their guacamole.

Avocado, salt, pepper, lime juice, cilantro. Maybe some onion. At its essence, guacamole is both simple and elegant. It's perfectly balanced. I don't think there is a food on Earth so delicious that is so difficult to screw up. It's a gift. Some of you are incapable of accepting a gift, and so you defeat and humiliate yourself by trying to turn guacamole into your own stupid-assed funhouse.

If you want goat cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, olives, Thomas Jefferson's petrified gall stones, or sour cream in your guacamole, I say to you that you do not understand guacamole. You lack even the slightest appreciation of grace or subtlety. You are doing the dishes with a hammer. Stop it.

Seventh-most important reason: Acquiring the contents of Thomas Jefferson's grave would be a real pain in the butt

At this point we are forced to suppose that you are entirely determined to make guacamole with the contents of Thomas Jefferson's grave. Fine. I hope you're ready for weeks of planning and hours of hard labor.

Firstly, Jefferson is buried in Monticello, a highly-trafficked attraction that is protected by 24-hour security. Secondly ... well, do yourself a favor and run an image search for his gravesite. It isn't the marker-and-headstone deal you were hoping for. It's a giant stone slab with a large obelisk on top.

It can be moved, but you will need friends, and your work will not be silent. How one could successfully vandalize Jefferson's grave without paying off the guards is beyond me, and I doubt they're cheap. And now, after hours of back-breaking labor and thousands of dollars spent, you're left with a bowl of guacamole that not only tastes terrible, but is entirely unfaithful to the tradition of guacamole. You are a jackwagon. Enjoy.

Eighth-most important reason: You could break a tooth

There is so much stuff in that coffin that could send you straight to the dentist. If you insist on procuring Presidential effects for your guacamole, at least go with Grant's grave. There's probably way less stuff in there to break your teeth on, because he died poor as shit.

02 Jul 18:15

Chevy builds A/C vent for hot phones into new cars

by Ron Amadeo

our dystopian present


The Active Phone Cooling vent and charging platform.

4 more images in gallery

Smartphone heat output has been in the news lately. This year's flagship Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 810, is one of the hottest SoCs on record; due to the heat, it can throttle so much that for some workloads it's actually slower than its predecessors. Batteries don't work well when they're hot, either, to the point where—despite having a power source—they will stop charging completely at high temperatures. A hot car can exacerbate all these heat problems.

Now, Chevy has a solution: it built a special air-conditioning vent just for your smartphone.

Chevy calls it "Active Phone Cooling." On select vehicle models equipped with Qi and PMA wireless charging, Chevy has a smartphone charging bin with a vent aimed right at the phone. Turn on the AC and, in addition to cooling the cabin, cool air will be blasted at the charging phone. Chevy calls this an "industry-first technology" and says the feature is available on some versions of the 2016 Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Cruze.

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02 Jul 19:49

This is the most aggressive mid-game crotch adjustment we've ever seen

by Mark Hinog

baseball is the least interesting part of baseball beat

Sometimes you just gotta fix your crotch in the middle of baseball game:

Not only did the Cubs' Chris Coghlan need his crotch adjusted, the back of his pants needed it too:

Might want to get this changed Chris Coghlan! #Cubs @Cubs @TotalCubsMove

— Rick Strom (@RickStrom) July 2, 2015

(h/t @david_j_roth)

02 Jul 20:00

Review printrbot Play #3DThursday #3DPrinting

by Pedro Ruiz


Thomas Sanladerer shares:

Could Printrbot’s new Play be the greatest 3D printer ever made?

watch more on Thomas channel

Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

02 Jul 21:41

White House announces plan to revamp GMO regulations

by Deena Shanker

'call for more transparency, as well as inter-agency coordination to ensure the environment and public health are protected. It also states that the regulatory framework should allow for continuing innovation by industry, as well as public confidence in the safety of its products.'

The government is going to take a closer look at GMOs.

Just before everyone left for the Fourth of July weekend, the White House announced a plan for a major undertaking: A review of the laws regulating genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In a memorandum to the heads of the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Agriculture, the Obama administration said the initiative would modernize federal regulation of GMO crops, animals and microbes, but does not apply to biotech products in medicine.

US regulations for GMOs have not kept pace with advances in technology, the White House reasoned, and haven’t been updated since 1992. A major thrust of the memo is the call for more transparency, as well as inter-agency coordination to ensure the environment and public health are protected. It also states that the regulatory framework should allow for continuing innovation by industry, as well as public confidence in the safety of its products.

Today’s memo included three specific goals with a one-year timeline: (1) developing regulations that would clearly delegate responsibilities among the agencies; (2) creating a “long-term strategy” to increase transparency in the regulatory process and protect public health and the environment; and (3) commissioning an independent analysis of the future of the biotech industry.

Several organizations were quick to applaud the announcement. “Reform of the badly outdated system for reviewing GMO crops and other products is long overdue,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, which has been a staunch supporter of mandatory GMO labeling for food products.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which often urges the government for more oversight of food products but has not taken a specifically anti-GMO stance, also issued an encouraging response. “CSPI hopes the end result of the process that is starting today will be better regulation that addresses the real potential risks of [genetically engineered] products and assures the public that the approved products are safe.”

02 Jul 21:10

Marvel Embraces Cosplay with Cosplay Variant Covers

by Amy Ratcliffe

Jay Justice

Medusa Cosplay

If you’re a comic book publisher or video game developer, you’re likely aware of the role cosplay plays in the fan community. You only have to attend a single convention to witness the work and enthusiasm people pour into bringing their favorite characters to life. Marvel Comics is recognizing some of that effort by releasing variant covers featuring cosplayers for various titles in September. Judith Stephens will photograph the series and it will feature She-Hulk, Groot, Thor, and Medusa among others. Yaya Han’s Medusa costume is pictured above.

cosplayer variant covers

Medusa photo by Brian Boling, panel photo via Jay Justice

via Bleeding Cool

03 Jul 01:09

Aetna Said to Be Near Deal to Buy Humana for $34 Billion - New York Times


all carriers suck forever

Wall Street Journal

Aetna Said to Be Near Deal to Buy Humana for $34 Billion
New York Times
Aetna is near an agreement to buy its smaller rival Humana for about $34 billion, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday, in what could be the first in a series of mergers among the country's big health insurers. Under the contemplated terms ...
Aetna Said to Near $34 Billion Cash, Stock Deal for HumanaBloomberg
Aetna Nears Deal to Buy HumanaWall Street Journal
Aetna nears deal to buy Humana at $230 a share - sourcesTODAYonline
Seeking Alpha
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03 Jul 03:30

Knicks finalizing a 4-year, $54 million deal with Robin Lopez

by Liam Boylan-Pett


The Knicks couldn't get their primary targets but still signed a quality big man.

Free agent center Robin Lopez and the New York Knicks are finalizing a deal that will pay the former Trail Blazers center $54 million over four years, reports Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks were holding out for a chance to sign DeAndre Jordan, but when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, they focused their efforts on securing Lopez .

Lopez was originally expected to stay in Portland, saying after the season, "I would love to come back. I'm very open to coming back." However, after LaMarcus Aldridge made it clear he was leaving, the plan changed and the Trail Blazers decided to let Lopez go, too, in order to chase a younger replacement.

Heading into his eighth year, Lopez has developed into a great defensive big man. He's not at the talent level of his twin brother, Brook, but Lopez is a very serviceable body down low, who can alter a game defensively while hitting the close-range shots that he's expected to.

The 7-footer had a solid 2014-15 season, averaging 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game while providing a steady defensive presence. Sadly for the Trail Blazers, Lopez had to miss 23 games with a fractured wrist. He wasn't as effective after the injury, which coincided with Portland's slide during the final stretch of the season and in its first-round playoff loss to the Grizzlies.

Lopez was not the Knicks' first choice in free agency after missing out on Greg Monroe, but he could prove to be a great fit. New York needs all the help it can get on defense and Lopez is a very capable anchor on that end, blocking shots at a nice rate while also more than holding his own in the low block.

On offense he lacks the post game Phil Jackson was looking for in a big man, but Lopez's offensive rebounding and ability to finish inside without demanding touches will make him a good complement to Carmelo Anthony. As far as backup plans go, the Knicks could have done much worse than Lopez.

03 Jul 04:51

My E3 Meeting With A Pro-GamerGate Developer

Anita Sarkeesian’s name came up, and he dismissed her as a “totalitarian,” said her research was poor and that she was making demands. When the game developer Zoe Quinn’s name came up—recall she’s the developer whose ex-boyfriend wrote a post shredding her reputation that somehow kicked a lot of this GamerGate stuff off, and, yes, Quinn briefly dated one of our reporters—he snarked about how her game Depression Quest was just a web page and got attention because it was about depression. I sort of get his issues with Sarkeesian, though I feel her influence is exaggerated. Quinn seemed like a weird fixation, a vestige of Twitter fuming that seemed less relevant when said out loud. The pattern, though, was that people might be paying attention to them and their ideas.

Time and again, I sensed, he was annoyed about who was listening to whom, about who got attention, about whose voices were heard, about who was making an impact on games and games culture. That was the pattern.
03 Jul 05:17

peppermonster: meret118: sizvideos: Mad Maxs Furiosa in a...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.




Mad Max’s Furiosa in a Tampons commercial


This! This is how they should advertise period products!

This is how it’s done. Screw that blue liquid and twirling in white dresses in a shower of flowers. Just *punch a man in the face*, “buy tampons.” *punch another man in the face*

03 Jul 05:00

Big Issues: Midnighter #2 finds strength in the pride of its gay lead hero

by Oliver Sava

Each week, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic books of significance. This week, it’s Midnighter #2. Written by Steve Orlando (Undertow, Vertigo Quarterly CMYK) with art by Alec Morgan (All-New Captain America Special), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (The Omega Men, Wonder Woman ’77), and Pete Pantazis (Bizarro, Earth 2), this issue is a mission statement for the character and title, showing the titular hero as a proudly gay man fighting corruption and bigotry on his personal quest to self-discovery and romantic fulfillment. (Note: This review reveals major plot points.)

Midnighter #2 is a great comic on its own, but it gains extra cultural relevance by coming out less than a week after the Supreme Court’s historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, marking a major step forward for gay rights in the U.S. As homosexuality is gradually destigmatized and, in many places, decriminalized, diverse representations ...

02 Jul 14:00

srmxy: Ellen Page’s early filmography looks like it was...




Ellen Page’s early filmography looks like it was Photoshopped for an Arrested Development gag.

02 Jul 14:17

Photographer Captures Images of a Crow Riding on the Back of a Bald Eagle Mid-Flight

by Glen Tickle

takin amtraker

Eagle and Crow 1

Photographer Phoo Chan has captured some incredible images of a crow riding on the back of a bald eagle mid-flight. Chan explains that crows are territorial birds who will attack and harass much larger birds who invade their space. In this case, the attack included a slight pause as the crow perched itself on the eagle’s back for a brief mid-air ride.

More of Chan’s wonderful wildlife and bird photography can be seen on his Flickr page.

Eagle and Crow 2

Eagle and Crow 3

Eagle and Crow 4

Eagle and Crow 5

photos via Bored Panda

via Bored Panda

02 Jul 15:00

GURPS, the Classic RPG System That Lets You Play Any—Or Every—Genre

by Ed Grabianowski

not even once

You might use GURPS to play a fantasy campaign, then try a cyberpunk campaign, then switch to superheroes next. Or you might just have a wizard with a machine gun alongside a psi-mutant cyborg on a Sherman tank. That’s the power of GURPS.


02 Jul 17:39

Fire Emblem Fates Dabbles in Drugging Women to Make Them Like You, Gay Conversion Therapy - Fire Emblem Fails.

by Dan Van Winkle



We were originally happy to see that Fire Emblem Fates would embrace relationships and marriages between characters of the same sex (much like our Supreme Court!), but that was in the before-time. In the long long ago. Now we’ve learned some more details about ways you can interact with a non-heterosexual character in the game, and it involves drugging her drink to trick her into loving a dude. Those optimistic days suddenly seem so far away.

It should be mentioned that this scenario comes from the Japanese version of the game, and versions of Fire Emblem titles have had content censored in the past during localization for other regions, so it’s possible—maybe even likely—that it’ll be removed before its 2016 release in North America and Europe. However, it should also be mentioned that there isn’t a region on Earth you could release a game in where drugging women to coerce them into doing something is not awful—let alone the “gay conversion therapy angle.”

See, Soleil (pictured above being a f***ing boss) doesn’t like men. Some people have been asserting that she’s actually bisexual, but with translated lines like, “[W]hile the magic powder [that makes her see men as women] is still in effect, I think I’ll go take a peek at the other male soldiers in the army! Alright! I wonder what kinds of cute girls that ugly lot will become!”

And with the male main character (Kamui by default in Japan) telling her, “Thank you for accepting my proposal. I’ll definitely make you happy. On that note… you can’t flirt with other guys, okay? Though I don’t think I have to worry about that with you,” it seems like she’s pretty much only interested in girls. But her sexuality doesn’t even matter—that’s nobody’s business but hers. A game’s main character just shouldn’t be running around drugging people to make them more receptive to his advances when they were obviously otherwise not interested.

Actually, the awfulness in question only crops up due to her tendency to get weak in the knees around “good-looking” girls, as Kamui initially drugs her with the potion that makes her see men as women so she can practice withstanding his clearly undeniable beauty (nice ego, dude) and achieve her goal of being “smooth.” Of course, this eventually leads her to fall in love with Kamui as a man, because drugging women because you, as a man, know what’s good for them just isn’t enough horrible for one game.

The full translation of the characters’ “romantic” (read: creepy) interactions comes with even more condescension, like,

Kamui: Why… because before marriage, I can’t thoughtlessly touch a woman’s body. I understand your feelings… but please treasure yourself more.
Soleil: Okay… I get it.
Kamui: Good girl.

When we still live with the harsh reality of non-polygonal LGBTQ+ people being made to feel like they should try to be something they’re not at the cost of their own happiness—and the horrible, tragic actions such pressures can lead to—we can only hope that this will all be lost in translation when the game finally makes it overseas. Still, it’d be better if it hadn’t happened at all, and maybe in the future, Nintendo won’t undercut its own progress by taking one tiny step forward and then a Mario-sized leap back.

[We’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment on the scenario described above and whether or not it’ll make it through the North American localization process. We’ll update with their response.]

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02 Jul 17:17

Campers and Counselors Arrive at Camp Firewood in the Full Trailer for ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’

by Glen Tickle

actually fucking happening

Campers and counselors arrive at Camp Firewood in the full trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the Netflix prequel series to the 2001 cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer. The original cast of the film return with new additions like Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Cera.

An earlier trailer for the series was modeled as a VHS promotional video for the camp itself.

All episodes of the series are scheduled to premiere on July 31, 2015.

wet hot american summer first day of camp poster

image via Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp