Appreciating Science

Science is Fascinating

This tickled my fancy, I saw a rant the other day about the number of people proclaiming they “Fucking Love Science” when what they really like is catchy quoted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, and atheist views. That isn’t science, science is working hard to gather data to prove something.

Via VectorBelly

The Rule

The Rule

I don’t pretend to be as choosy about my film watching choice, I’ll watch almost anything.

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Except “Brides Maids” Annabel and I started watching that movie a couple of weeks ago and we had to stop watching it after half an hour because it was so bad. The horrible thing is that in a way Brides Maids fits this rule, the women discuss each other, dresses, food, farting, getting along.

Sure there is talk of men in the film but it’s in the back ground. And yet it’s still an absolutely awful movie. The characters are:

  • The bride to be, whose defining feature is that she is getting married.
  • The main character who is unlucky in life and love and everything. Also she’s jealous that her bestest friend in the whole wide world has other friends.
  • The annoying one who’s only just married.
  • The annoying one who’s married with kids.
  • The one who is a female version of Zach Galifianakis’ character from the Hangover.
The movie had no redeeming features what so ever, which is a shame because it was hyped up to me as being better than The Hangover a movie I didn’t think I’d like but ended up really enjoying.

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Via The Rule | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

Final Fantasy Ultimate Box Good Idea Bad Execution

Final Fantasy Ultimate Box packs all 13 games for $450 from PSOne to PS3, with some extra commemorative goodness

Square are releasing a 25th anniversary Final Fantasy Box Set! I’m not going to lie when I saw this my first though was wow I really wish I could afford $450 for this, then I actually read the article. In order to play this box set you have to have 4 different game consoles:

  • FFI, FFII and FFIV-FFIX are all PS One games
  • FFIII is a UMD for the PSP (So screw you if you have a PSP Go)
  • FFX, FFXI and FFXII are PS2
  • FFXIII is PS3

Discounting the fact that FFXI is an online game which is probably dead at the moment (I’ve not checked) this is still a bit cheeky. How hard would it have been to port these to the PS3? You know so you could play all these games on one system, I know older PS3 systems can play PSOne and PS2 games, but they upscale the games horribly (I’ve been playing FFIX on my PS3 and it looks terrible).

Also FFXIV isn’t included in the box? It’s hardly ultimate then is it? (You do get a pair of Moogle Earrings for your character if you happen to play FFXIV at least that’s my interpretation of the Japanese)

What about FFX-2 &FF-XIII-2? Oh they aren’t included either?

The Game Boy Final Fantasy games? We don’t talk about them…

Also of note is the fact that the PS One Final fantasy games that are rereleases of the SNES games (IV, V and VI) are suffer from really bad lag due to poor emulation and disc read requirements.

You also get a plaque but seriously 35,000 Yen? Thats a bit steep considering anyone who is actually a fan of the series will have half if not all of these already in the format they are distributed in (I think I’ve got all of them some of them in 2-3 formats).

It looks more like a “We could make a lot of money by burning ISO’s we already have to disc with some snazzy packaging because it happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the series” move by Squeenix rather than a move that shows they care about the fans and actually want to pay homage to the series that brought the company back from the brink of death.

Why not release this for the PS3 of the PS Vita? I’m sure the Vita can handle every one of these games apart from maybe FFXIII and even then it can probably handle that.

I’d buy a Vita that had all these games bundled with it on a memory card and I’d pay $150 -$200 more than the price of a Vita for the privilege.

I’d buy this for the PS3 if it came on 4-10 Discs and had all the games upscaled beautifully to run on my PS3 (I’m not asking for them to be re-rendered but that would also be a plus).

I’d buy remakes of Final Fantasy 4 – 9 (I’m sick of roman numerals sue me) with modern graphics, I’d probably pay the same price I would for a modern game for each of them.

What I’m not going to do is buy a bunch of games that I already own mostly in the format that I already own  them in just because they have been released in a prettier box.

Then again I’m, probably not the target audience for this, Japanese Final Fantasy fans rival Apple Fans in their devotion to the franchise, I’m sure they will eat this up. I’m sure square could release a box that was a Final Fantasy 25th anniversary commemorative turd and it would still be snapped up by their fan base. Come to think of it that is what they have done here…

Via Engadget

It’s Not F*cking Profound!

I posted the above quote to Facebook because I was annoyed at the number of people that had put up complete and utter crap superimposed on a pretty picture in the interest of looking or feeling deep and meaningful and someone replied with that image. Fair play to them but my point still stands.

It’s not profound! It just isn’t, I hate the practice, it’s all over the internets clogging up the tubes! Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest all of them have people guilty of this. I want to rant about this but it annoys me so much I actually can’t be bothered expressing the vehement hatred I have for this practice. So I’m just going to shut up and let you get along with your day…

 

Abdul Is Not A Name!

f0rbseh:

Cap’s being all gentlemanly and then Hawkeye appears leaping through the eye with a wisecrack.Oh Hawkeye, never stop being awesome! 
[Taken from The Ultimates 02 #12]

See, not an asshole. Ok Clint is being a bit ridiculous here but his family are dead and he has been tortured by this point.
Cap is just being a gent&#8217;.

Disregard the content of this, yeah sure the idea is that Captain America is trying to be a nice guy to the terrorist super hero or something (I don’t read the Ultimates so I don’t know what is going on).

The guys name Abdul Al-Rahman that’s not a real name!!!! Abdul means servant of, it’s actually “Abd” the “Ul” part is actually a prefix for the next word and just means “The”, Abdulrahman is a name it means the servant of  “Al-Rahman” or The “Rahman”; Al-Rahman being one of the 99 names of God meaning the merciful. The name Abdulrahman means servant of God, Abdul Al-Rahman means The The servant of god.

WHICH MAKES NO SENSE!

Sometimes Abdul is used as a a short form of Abdullah, literally Abd-Allah servant of Allah, servant of God. But not many people would use it like that, and they wouldn’t use a shortened version of their first name if  they were then going to say their family name.

Just because it sounds Arabic doesn’t make it okay! It irks anyone who speaks the language and enrages them, especially since you aren’t strictly supposed to use Abdul as a prefix for anything other than one of the names of God. Some people name their children Abdul-Rasool, servant of the prophet, but that is frowned upon and considered blasphemy in most circles…

/rant

The image is apparently from Ultimates 02 No. 12

Image From Pocket Full of Geek

My Thoughts on Vegetarians

Warning this blog post is highly inflammatory… And a bit of a rant….

I saw this on my Tumbr feed and it got me thinking about something that’s been annoying me for a while….

Think Twice About Becoming Vegan…

In today’s trendy artsy world, more and more young people are becoming vegan every single day. The reason most of these people become vegan is for the protection and welfare of animals. They encourage vegan meals, no meat, cheese, dairy, eggs etc. What most vegans do not realise is that there is a dirty underworld to the growing and manufacturing of this disgusting world trade that is kept well hidden from society.

Above is a picture taken in Indonesia of a carrot being prepared and slaughtered. The carrots are first skinned, then drowned, and can be eaten raw or are cooked in boiling water.

Also above is a disturbing picture of potatoes being ripped from their home. The preparation is the same as the carrots.

Bananas grow together in a herd. When they ripen, they are stolen from their family, and whilst they are still alive their skin is peeled back and their entire body is usually in eaten in about 6 bites.

In all honesty I think Veganism is stupid, it’s actually bad for you, any diet that requires you to take dietary supplements to remain healthy is just wrong. I’m not too hot on vegetarianism either, but if you chose not to eat meat then that is your problem more meat for me.

I don’t care what your basis for being vegetarian is unless you don’t like the taste of meat then it’s just pointlessly cutting items out of your diet, we evolved as omnivours, our digestive system is built to process meat.

I’ve heard people argue that if we want to eat meat we should be involved in the process of rearing it, and killing it. That’s complete bull crap… Do you know how much meat there is on a cow? Apparently a cow that weighed 1348 pounds yields 757 pounds of usable meat…  That would mean that ever time I wanted a quarter-pounder I’d be wasting 756.75 pounds of meat! That’s just stupid! Even if I froze all the meat that I got from my cow it would have rotted by the time I got around to eating it. The way things are the meat gets used up and isn’t wasted.

Also one of the main reasons that we evolved culture, art, and science is because we delegated producing our food to a small subset of society, they busy themselves producing food for us, which gives the rest of us time to stop and think.

SO… If your basis for not eating meat is that you disagree with people farming and think that in order to be able to justify eating meat one should have reared and killed the animals themselves, please stop listening to music, stop appreciating art, stop reading, refuse to take medicine, don’t watch TV, get off your computer. They are all the products of people who had the free time to do things other than constantly wonder about hunting for animals to kill and eat.

What gets me is people who object to eating meat on moral grounds but own pets and are quite happy to feed their pets meat, don’t they realise that the food they feed their cats/dogs is meat that has been reared to be eaten? It’s probably the least ethically sourced meat in the world, for all I know they actively torture the cows that make the beef that my cats eat. But cats have to eat meat, they actually can’t be vegetarian because they will die…

In conclusion: if you don’t approve of eating meat you hate kittens. How could you hate kittens?

Eat meat think of the kittens…

 

Via Yeahdardy

Steam Punk Outfit

This is a really cool photo of Model Nicotine in full Steam Punk Regalia, I found the image on UFunk with no credit or attribution, it’s not hard to find the source of an image these days why are people so Lazy… It’s taken me a whole minute to find her profile page on a modeling website and her own page on which I found out that she has a whole lot of other Steam punk photo’s, none as impressive as the one above.

I find it a little disgusting that somone can post a picture of somone else that is essentially a work of art without bothering their ass to find out any attribution, the caption on UFunk is just “Cute Steam Punk Girl” that’s it…

Via ModelMayhem. (And as I mentioned above UFunk, see attribution of sources, it’s easy… )

Hide your First Born Kinect is Coming!

I got an email today from Microsoft warning me about the imminent release of Kinect… Apparently in order to play Kinect you have to dress in shades of green and not Cos-Play a Big Daddy from BioShock.

Colour me cynical but the artistic styling of the above image screams Wii Fit. It’s clear what Microsoft’s target audience for this is, the Wii is 4 years old and given that it’s essentially “Two Game Cubes duct taped together” the graphics technology behind the Wii is about 9 years out of date, and it wasn’t exactly cutting edge to start with given that Nintendo decided to go for affordability and “fun” over power when they released the Game Cube.

The X-Box 360 on the other hand is only 5 years old and was built for raw graphical power and ease of development so it can make prettier pictures then the Wii and do so much faster.

It’s no secret that Microsoft and Sony are after a bit of casual gaming pie, they have chosen two distinctly different ways of doing this though, Microsoft going the controller-less route which at first seems more intuitive, but it lacks feedback. It’s all good and well dancing in front of the TV like a Muppet, but you when you try to interact with the game you have to do so by way of mime, there are no buttons which I think is the biggest flaw in Kinect. Sony on the other hand has gone for essentially copying the Wii remote but in such a way that they don’t step on any Nintendo patents. The ridiculous coloured balls on the Sony Motion controllers have been a turn off to a lot of people I’ve spoke to, they don’t gel with the whole PS3 aesthetic, which is Big, Black and Powerful. It’s like having pink furry seat covers on a Humvee. They do have buttons though, which means that you can interact with the game/navigate menus without having to memorise  scripted dances.

Personally I’m sceptical of the whole motion sensing fad anyway, I have a Wii and a Wii balance board. And the only thing it ever gets used for is Wii Fit and recently playing super Mario Galaxy and New Super Mario Brothers; Neither of which really need motion control. I essentially use the Wii like a really sophisticated scale and as a Game Cube. I may be an old school gamer but when I play video games the only things I want to be moving are my thumbs and my index and middle fingers, the rest of me could be in a vegetative state for all I care, because that’s why I play games, to Veg out.

I know that lots of people use their wee as a party accessory, but to be honest in my experience it is only novel the first couple of times it comes out then it gets boring. Also I tend to have more than 4 people round for a “Party” and given the amount of space a bunch of Wii players takes up they become hard to ignore for the other 10-20 people there, thus the party ends and becomes a spectator sport, which isn’t very fun.

The point of this rant was that I’m sceptical about Kinect… I think I got a little lost down the road, but in short I think that Kinect is going to be one of those things that tons of people buy use for a month or so then it’s going to sit there gathering dust, just like most Wiis do, I have about the same amount of hope for the Play Station Move, but at least it has a lower cost of entry, you can buy the basic pack for £49.99 or so which is less than half the Kinect’s £129.99 price tag, sure you will have to buy more controllers and more nunchucks (I don’t actually know what Sony are calling them but that’s what they are a wireless rip off of the Wii Nunchuck) but to start with to test it out you have to pay less which I think will make a lot of difference, except for the fact that you have to actually have a PS3 or an X-Box to get either of them, which adds at least £200 to your purchase price…

This is going nowhere an turning into a rant. I will close with the most petty reason for my dislike of the Kinect, it’s name, it’s just rubbish, and pretty much every time I’ve typed it here I’ve had to correct it from Kinnect to Kinect…

/Rant

How Apple came up with the design for the new iPod Nano and Shuffle

I can’t believe I didn’t notice this before. Apple have refreshed their line of cheap iPod, by gimping the Nano and adding a touch screen, and making the shuffle tiny and reverting back to their it’s old design (Why they didn’t call it the shuffle classic I don’t know). The above image shows an artist’s impression of the design process behind the new iPods.

Personally I’m a little disappointed that they haven’t released a new iteration of the classic, as someone on twitter said to me I think apple don’t know what to do with the classic.

The Classic’s form factor is almost perfect for what it does, there is no point in increasing the hard disk size; as although it can play video there is little point in doing so on such a tiny screen, and believe me I’ve tried watching TV shows on it while at the gym it’s was not a pleasant experience. Upgrading the hard drive to flash would mean decreasing the capacity or make buying one require a mortgage, both of which are not really viable.

The reason I got a classic when I did was because I have over 80 gig of music on my iPod, I don’t want to have to sift though that to make play lists for a smaller iPod and I’m not going to pay £329 for what is essentially a downgrade in size.

Sure the iPod touch has a touch screen and apps and a camera, but I carry around a phone that does that too. I’m not going to use my phone as an MP3 player either because the battery on modern smart-phones lasts at most a day when you only use it as a phone, using it as an MP3 player too would mean that I’d pretty much have to charge it three times a day.

So I stick with my classic with no upgrade path in sight and you know what I’m happy with that, I’m on my third iPod in the Classic series, I got a 4th gen iPod which died a horrible death,  a 5th gen one which I left on a plane, and my current “Classic” which does everything I want it to. The hard disk is just right, the battery life is just right and the size of the device is just right. I feel like Goldilocks in iPod-land. You can have your Papa bear iPod Touch, or your Mama bear iPod nano my Classic is just right for me.

On a side note, if you really want to rile up an Apple store employee you should call the “iPod Touch” the iTouch, they hate it when you do that.

Via  The Jason Calacanis Weblog.