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Chaos Theory sniper rifle rant, oh my!

The sudden leap in number of entries is a bit jarring for me – guess I just have a lot of say for some reason. Anyway, I finally noticed the new comment that’s been sitting on my Dashboard since August. I rarely get comments as it is so it apparently took me one and a half month to realize and a half more to do something about it.

(Warning: RAAAAGE following.)

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Snippets : October slash-and-dotting

Because you can never have too many links to material not written by yourself.

Oct.28 Unrelatedness: Y’know, I’ve suddenly found out that slashdotting is an actual term. Good thing I didn’t put that in the title…

Scientists report experiments showing black holes cannot be ‘naked’

That is, a black hole can never lose the event horizon. Basically, you can never see the actual singularity. I guess this is comforting for when the “micro black hole” scenario at the LHC wins out and the Earth collapses from gravitational overkill.

African continent to be divided by new ocean in 10 million years

This would be more relevant if humans can even survive the zombie apocalypse, deadly global pandemic, alien invasion, rise of the machines, second coming, the day after tomorrow, and all the ‘mayhaps’ shit thrown at us.

Deux Ex 3 details revealed

In keeping with the pessimism, this is rather foreboding. Eidos Montreal seem to be trying to streamline the game into another Call of Duty-style shooter, even though gameplay complexity and freedom was pretty much the whole point of Deus Ex, AKA THE BEST FIRST PERSON SHOOTER EVER (ahem). Now it just sounds like STALKER (or possibly Crysis), but without the gritty atmosphere or the awesome environment, respectively.

And no, no matter how surprisingly good this becomes, the diehards will hate it.

And now, something completely different: my two-month-old entry on Mirai Fukuin has somehow catapulted into my top-five posts in the last week. What the.

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The LHC Will Kill Us All, Possibility #245

From Slashdot:

Physicists have been playing with Bose Einstein Condensate (BECs) for over 10 years now. But in 2001, one group discovered that placing them in a powerful magnetic field could cause the attractive forces between atoms to become repulsive.

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This was little more than a curiosity when only a microscopic blob of cold matter was involved. But superfluid liquid helium is also BEC. And physicists have suddenly remembered that the LHC is swimming in 700,000 liters of the stuff while being zapped by some of the most powerful magnetic fields on the planet. So is the LHC a Bose supernova waiting to go off? Not according to the CERN theory division, which has published its calculations that show the LHC is safe. They also point out that no other superfluid helium handling facility has mysteriously blown itself to pieces.

All right, move along, nothing to see here. But if an Earth-shattering kaboom – or kaphumf, in the case of black holes – does occur you’ll be sure to find us apologising from our fleeing private space shuttles.

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Fate/unlimited codes : when all's said and done…

I’ve written quite a bit on unlimited codes lately – generally comments of the “OH GOD THIS IS AWESOME” variety – so it’s somewhat late to point out that I was actually disappointed when I first saw it in action.

Of course, I haven’t played the damn thing yet; just as well, since it’s not the, er, ‘solidity’ of the gameplay that’s lacking.

Anyone who has read the text will attest that Fate is quite a splatterfest (did that rhyme a bit?) what with all those Persons/Implements of Mass Destruction. It doesn’t venture into the “my kung-fu is stronger than yours” territory. Characters die bloody messy deaths.

Which makes it an odd contrast with the hack-and-slash of unlimited codes. Granted, it’s not bad to follow standard fighting game conventions, but as it stands, the game might as well be Dead Or Alive : Holy Grail War Edition.

It might be just me, but I was honestly expecting more along the lines of Bushido Blade.

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