There are, of course, a large number of things in Skyrim that are wonderfully done. The combat is fun, the fact that you can play it as a hack and slash or a stealth game is great, and the variety of armor and weapons is fantastic. Something that doesn’t get talked about much, or at least I don’t see much about it, is the Apocrypha section of the Dragonborn DLC.
It is seriously messed up.
Apple has come under fire in the past 24 hours as their iCloud online storage service was apparently hacked and a good number of nude celebrity photos were stolen. In a report at Business Insider, the number of celebrities affected is quite large, and includes Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Aubrey Plaza, Avril Lavigne, Brie Larson…
Now, I’m not here to pass judgment on anyone. Granted, I’ve gone my whole life without taking a single nude photo of myself to store online, but that’s largely because, I’m no hot female celebrity…
Over the past couple weeks, there has been a bit of, shall we say, controversy over a certain topic in the gaming world. I have been studiously avoiding becoming dragged into it, largely because the childish drama surrounding women in gaming hasn’t been worth dealing with. I have better things to do than be told I’m a horrible human being, that I am helping destroy the gaming industry, or that I have some sort of nefarious agenda. Mostly, I haven’t been in the mood to receive a cavalcade of empty threats from people who have a severely warped perception of reality.
Since protests in Ferguson, MO have erupted in the wake of Mike Brown’s death, coverage has been a little… spotty. It’s hard to know who and what to believe as it’s such a complex and convoluted situation.
Social media has put media power in the hands of the people, giving them a voice and creating a PR nightmare for the powers that be in Ferguson. It’s worth noting that these first-hand accounts of the activities in Ferguson are not exclusive to people of color, active protestors, or even residents in general.
Let’s just jump right into the heavy stuff, shall we?
Although there’s been some backlash lately against music streaming services, that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down. Just last month, I finally made the leap to Spotify Premium and I’d be lying if I said my life isn’t monumentally better as a result. Finally, I can listen to “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn even when I’m underground. So, it’s no surprise that YouTube has decided to try its hand at a streaming music subscription service. Although it’s not yet official, new screen leaks suggest that YouTube will be realeasing YouTube Music Key to compete in the streaming game…
T-Swizz’s new video to “Shake it Off” dropped today and the Internet is conflicted as to whether or not it’s okay to love the sh*t out of it.
Though the song is catchier than God’s own voice inviting you into heaven and the video is Audrey Hepburn circa “Funny Face” on steroids, the Internet is a little caught off guard by the 1980s-style twerking going on and it’s wondering if we have another Miley circus on our hands.
So, is Tay-Tay appropriating “black culture” for commercialization and being ultra-racist about black stereotypes? Well, not really.
Do we have a cultural appropriation issue in this country? God yes. But Taylor isn’t doing that. It appears to me that the minds behind this video concept were very careful…
Is Rosie the Robot finally a reality? Jibo, the world’s first “family robot,” wants you to think so.
A sidekick companion that can do ordinary robotic things, such as control your smart home and help you with email and phone calls, Jibo will also read your children bedtime stories, laugh at your jokes and take lots of lovely family photos…
Doree Lewak of New York Post shared her opinion on feminism’s POV on catcalls yesterday, complete with photos of herself dressed in the sexiest clothes she owns while construction workers look upon her derrière and her badly curled hair blows in the wind, framing her weakly made-up face– seriously, learn to contour.
(This image has since been replaced because she realized it was a jerk move.)
If I sound like I’m pitching a bitch fit, it’s because I am…
…I totally realize this woman is trolling the Internet for site traffic in the interest of her own career but that doesn’t stem my rage any because feminism suffers in the wake of stunts like this.
When a woman speaks for women everywhere from the platform of, “Hey, don’t pretend you don’t like it. You’re asking for it! You should be flattered!”, it undermines every other valid claim of street harassment and tiptoes dangerously close to parallel issues of rape.
Apophenia is the condition of seeing patterns and meaning in data that is, in reality, unstructured and meaningless: it’s seeing shapes in clouds, malicious intent in a passing glance from a stranger, or a someone’s destiny in tea leaves. Humans aren’t the only creatures that misinterpret information, but we’re by far the best at it, intuitively seeing patterns in chaos and interpreting random events as omens. You’d think after two thousand years of failed prognostication we’d have resigned ourselves to not knowing what the future holds, but the business of fortune telling has never been better. Today we have Data Mining and Predictive Analytics to give form to the chaos swirling around us, and while it may not be any more accurate than the Cumaean Sibyl, Big Data is accompanied by loads of complex programs and algorithms, which seem just as inscrutable and obscure as the will of the gods. Of course, computers can’t really free us from the uncertainty that afflicts our lives, but they can let us play a video game that simulates being an intermediary between the world of men and the divine, like in the new game from Silversting Media: Oracle…
One of the things I love about the iPad is that it’s such a great time management and optimization tool.
Concrete example; on Wednesday I had a doctor appointment set nominally for 9:45 AM. In reality, my name got called just before 11:00, and the consult lasted longer than I had anticipated. Some of the frustrated folks in the waiting room queue were fuming about the holdup, and I might have been, too, if not for having my iPad with me.