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Killer Aliens Are Pretty Darn Scary in Virtual Reality (Videos) | Re/code - http://recode.net/2014...
Killer Aliens Are Pretty Darn Scary in Virtual Reality (Videos) | Re/code
"Videos of people reacting to horror videogames are a dime a dozen in the world of “Let’s Play” videos online — because, let’s be honest, watching people get scared is pretty funny. This week, though, the genre got kicked up a notch thanks to virtual reality. Videos of people wearing the Oculus Rift while playing the new game Alien: Isolation, based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 film “Alien,” have begun to pop up on YouTube. How is this possible, you might ask, when a consumer launch date for the Rift hasn’t even been announced? Officially, it isn’t. Alien: Isolation’s developers, a British studio called Creative Assembly, demoed a small portion of the game at the Oculus booth at this year’s E3 gaming expo, to much acclaim. At the time, though, they said this was just a proof of concept and that the game would not launch with Oculus support. In the end, it appears the whole game is playable in virtual reality, requiring only a small and easy change to one file in the folder for the PC... more... - Me from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Supreme Court Reopens Abortion Providers in Texas — For Now - Planned Parenthood Action Center - http://plannedparenthoodaction.org/electio...
Supreme Court Reopens Abortion Providers in Texas — For Now - Planned Parenthood Action Center
"The new Texas law imposes some of the worst targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP), which place unreasonable requirements on health care centers. Here are the top three things you need to know about TRAP laws: Leaders in the anti-abortion movement have touted these laws as “safety” measures when they have nothing to do with improving the health of women — and everything to do with politics and restricting women’s access to abortion. An anti-abortion movement leader was even caught admitting that it’s about restricting access to abortion. There has been a traveling roadshow of dubious testimony in support of these laws in the courts. The medical community opposes TRAP laws because reproductive health care services are among the safest and mostly commonly sought forms of care in the United States. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show that abortion has over a 99% safety record. Leading women’s health providers confirm that abortion is safe, and that TRAP laws... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Steve C Team Marina
Was just discussing this with co-worker - I'm not allowed to go to Knotts Scary Farm (Halloweened out amusement park here in Oct) or similar Halloween scare the beejezus out of you places. My fight or flight instinct is set to fight so if something jumps out at me I punch it in the face then kick it in the balls then call its mother names.
The 16 year olds playing zombies for minimum wage probably deserve better than that. - Steve C Team Marina
I was nearly thrown out of Knotts Scary Farm years and years ago for inserting myself (and thus touching them) between a cast member and a little kid he was terrifying. - Soup in a TARDIS
Oh, Steve! I can just imagine this. Probably for the best that you don't go. XD - Spidra Webster
My friend got pulled off a hay ride accidentally once. Another time we were forced into the fun house after the hay ride and I crashed into 4 people when my flight instinct kicked in. I haven't gone back. - Heather
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
There are people who survived Ebola, right? Can we turn their antibodies (or whatever it's called) into a vaccine? #realquestion
Yes, "passive vaccine". - miki from Flucso
At least one of the nurses in Dallas has received a transfusion from a survivor: http://www.jconline.com/story... - MoTO: Team Marina
From what I understand, a vaccine is still a ways away. - MoTO: Team Marina
you can ask him, he works in us and he can answer! http://ff.im/1krFBj - fewdayslate
I think a number of Ebola patients have been treated that way. - John (bird whisperer)
The blood of these survivors, either thru transfusion or research, just may wind up saving thousands. That would be beautiful. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
^That's what I'm saying! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
It's tricky because while antibodies have some protective effect against viruses, the part of the immune system that usually takes care viruses is cell-mediated immunity, and that's not really transfusable. I think it's still unclear just how protective anti-Ebola antibodies are. - Victor Ganata
I think I seriously didn't understand how immunity against viruses worked. Thanks, Victor! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Victor Ganata
Puppy-sized goliath spider assaults Harvard University entomologist - The Westside Story http://thewestsidestory.net/2014...
Would you rather be assaulted by 100 spider-sized puppies or 100 puppy-sized spiders? - Spidra Webster
COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
RT @theonion: After Careful Thought, Teen Applies To College Where Family Donated Building http://onion.com/1ycknKa http://t.co/y0uF4qmo3u
RT @theonion: After Careful Thought, Teen Applies To College Where Family Donated Building http://onion.com/1ycknKa http://t.co/y0uF4qmo3u
Steven Perez
Death Of Northern White Rhino Leaves Only Six Left In Existence http://thkpr.gs/3581646 via @climateprogress
Death Of Northern White Rhino Leaves Only Six Left In Existence http://thkpr.gs/3581646 via @climateprogress
Andrew C (✔)
A problem I have with Tinder is how it forces me to confront my own shallowness.
Steve C Team Marina
'Airbender' tax credit shows how far states will go to woo filmmakers - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/enterta...
'Airbender' tax credit shows how far states will go to woo filmmakers - LA Times
"What happened next was not unlike the magic on screen. The visual effects were largely produced in San Francisco, but the film studio was given a tax credit as though they had been done in Pennsylvania. Citing "special circumstances," the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development granted Paramount a waiver that allowed the studio to claim a 25% tax credit on $29 million in visual effects work performed outside the state, according to a Nov. 12, 2008, letter to Paramount obtained by the Los Angeles Times in a public records request. The waiver saved the studio about $7 million. Or, put another way, it cost Pennsylvania that much in lost tax revenue." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
To woo any big business, really. The tax breaks system is like the credit based economy, imo. It snowballed and got all backwards. If all the tax breaks stopped, and everyone no matter the state had to do business on that same level, wouldn't we have fewer budget deficits? I seems likely. - Michael W. May
Yeah, this stuff is crazy. I really want to see film jobs stay in CA, but don't feel good about just getting into a race to the bottom with other states to see who can give away the most from the public coffers. To fucking corporations, too. - Spidra Webster
Starmama
99.5% certainty that Violet will be moving in with my daddy in Folsom CA <3 <3
lris
This fall is beautiful
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It is. The leafpeeping just in my neighborhood is pretty sweet right now. - RepoRat
We are getting some absolutely beautiful colors over here, as well. - Catherine Pellegrino
Steve C Team Marina
Lorde's 'Royals' banned in S.F.; K.C. station to play it every hour - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/sports...
Lorde's 'Royals' banned in S.F.; K.C. station to play it every hour - LA Times
"In a move that is sure to tip the World Series scales in favor of the San Francisco Giants, two Bay Area radio stations have banned the song "Royals" until their beloved team is finished playing the Kansas City squad that has the same name as the 2013 hit by Lorde in the World Series. KFOG Radio tweeted last week: "No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a 'Royals'-free zone."" - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Heh I was bugging some of the market workers by playing this song. - Rodfather
This bugs me - aren't the lyrics "we'll NEVER BE Royals"? Doesn't that seem perfectly correct for SF fans? - Ken Gidley
LoisMarketing
RT @_youhadonejob: Disney hasn't grasped the concept of pirates.
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Louis Gray
Averaging 25,000+ steps a day, for a week? Is such a thing even possible?
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You're amazing. Also, what are you using to get that summary? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Is that an android app? Or PC/Mac? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
So you were serious about that sleep thing being a waste of time. - Steve C Team Marina
That's from the web, Yvonne (and Stephen). - Louis Gray
That's awesome! - Miriella from Android
Jessie
Moana Release Date Confirmed; Disney’s First Polynesian Princess Sailing To Theaters In 2016 | The Mary Sue - http://www.themarysue.com/disney-...
Moana Release Date Confirmed; Disney’s First Polynesian Princess Sailing To Theaters In 2016 | The Mary Sue
"Goofy whale side-kick or bust: Disney announced today that the animated musical Moana is set for a November 23rd, 2016 release date, and in spite of some residual Disney misgivings, I can’t help but be excited. I mean, just look at that concept art. No matter what, Moana should be gorgeous. Disney’s upcoming animated feature also has a reassuringly-credentialed creative team–Ron Clements and John Musker of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog. According to Oh My Disney, Musker and Clement’s first entirely-CG film follows Moana, a chief’s daughter with a knack for navigation, as she sails through the South Pacific to appease her ancestors. Along the way, Moana teams up with the demi-god Maui, “encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Don't panic! (via Dr. S)
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Haha! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
love it! - Marie
Spidra Webster
When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have? - The Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-d...
When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have? - The Globe and Mail
"have a soft spot for Iggy Pop, partly because I interviewed him once and he was the soul of charm and erudition, like a particularly smart music professor who just happened to be wearing leather pants and eyeliner. On stage, he’s awe-inspiring, dancing like an electrified Twizzler. (I mean that as the highest possible compliment.) He still makes lean, ferocious music. At least he used to. As the head Stooge and godfather of punk revealed this week, he can’t actually live off music any more. Not that Iggy ever had the commercial clout of say, Justin Bieber – which is proof, if you needed, of a god-shaped hole in the universe – but he struggled along from label to label, alienating executives here, picking up new fans over there. But a new reality has tripped him up and it’s the same one shafting artists all across the world: Namely, that everyone wants to listen, and no one wants to pay. This week, Iggy gave a lecture for the British Broadcasting Corp. called Free Music in a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
" If Iggy Pop can’t make it, what message does that send to all the baby Iggys out there? In a society where worth is judged by price, for better or worse, what are you saying to someone when you won’t pay for the thing he’s crafted? A few days before Iggy’s lecture, Australian novelist Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize, the most prestigious in the literary world, for his Second... more... - Steve C Team Marina
Wow. On both stories. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Micah
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"You want chicken wings or chicken legs?" - Melly - #TeamMarina
wInGs a11 teh wAy¡ - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'll just have the dry white toast. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Much R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - Marie
And a Coke. - Melly - #TeamMarina
THINK!! - Xabaras (G.O.)
(lemme get my sax) - Xabaras (G.O.)
Definitivo - Federico Bolsoman
White meat please so no legs for me. - Steve C Team Marina
Mary Carmen
Morning #1 of boot camp in the books. SHE LIVES!
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Hello :) - Pete : Team Marina
Howdy. - Mary Carmen
Boot camp at what, 6 am?!! You're a BEAST. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yeah, it is at 6am. It's pretty great though....just when you feel like you're going to die, it's over. - Mary Carmen
Melly - #TeamMarina
Potty Training Day 4: No wet pants again. Now she's telling me when she has to go rather than me asking her if she needs to. She can now also get herself depantsed and on the potty all by herself :oD (Even if I wanted to help, I'm not allowed!)
Tomorrow is daycare, we'll see what happens when she's distracted by doing fun stuff. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Spidra Webster
Chore Wars :: The Brave Adventurers of FriendFeed - http://www.chorewars.com/party...
Chore Wars :: The Brave Adventurers of FriendFeed
Chore Wars :: The Brave Adventurers of FriendFeed
Anyone want to return to using Chore Wars competition to motivate one another? - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Melly is currently on top...er...she's #1. Followed by vicster. Then Alex Scoble... - Spidra Webster
I'm #4 and you're #13 Jenn. - Spidra Webster
You were right the first time ;o) I'll join back in :oD - Melly - #TeamMarina
I shoulda waited to tell Melly. She's burying us! - Spidra Webster
Naw, I don't have much else to add today, it's been a slack day! (Actually, that's not true - it's more that I keep having to stop what I'm doing every 5 minutes to attend to potty training duties) - Melly - #TeamMarina
Andrew C (✔)
I don't know that much about Mexican food, but it occurred to me today to cook my leftover chorizo into the black beans (from a can) that I was cooking with a little diced onion. Worked out great, so then this evening I made a sofrito (sliced onions, diced garlic, and diced sweet pepper) to go with the leftovers of that.
I've started looking at "mothership" cooking. A large base ingredient that purposefully triggers leftovers. - Johnny
I love that kind of cooking. I think 'roasted chicken' is probably my favorite, but that's likely because I know the most recipes to take advantage of the whole chicken. - Jennifer Dittrich
I like Johnny's term for it: "mothership cooking." Ha! - Corinne L
Heisenberg
Who is considered the best programmer in the world?
Alive or anytime? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not me. - Amit Patel
It's interesting we don't even have any nominations. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Da Vinci. in so much that he reverse engineered nature's code and reproduced it. - Johnny
A while back gamers were gushing over John Carmack. - Rodfather from Android
Ken Thompson maybe. But probably Don Knuth. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Most likely, it's not the best programmer in the world. There is an issue of acknowledgement. - NOT THE CRICKET
God! - Eivind
Gregor Mendel - WarLord
rönin
Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest - Yahoo News - http://news.yahoo.com/goliath...
Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest - Yahoo News
If that was me I would have instantly understood what I was seeing and then promptly crapped my pants. "Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider." - rönin from Bookmarklet
"When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was "cute," he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are "extremely painful and itchy," and can stay there for days, he said." - rönin
Anne Bouey
Baby Blues comic by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott - Comics Kingdom - SFGate - http://www.sfgate.com/comics...
Baby Blues comic by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott - Comics Kingdom - SFGate
Five-second rule? :) - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
Heh! - Stephen Mack
Heisenberg
Future historians will think the major problems of our day were getting pizza delivered and finding out when coffee was finished brewing.
And they aren't? - Joe
Andrew C (✔)
How food manufacturers calculate "serving size": divide product until fat/sodium/sugar/etc are acceptable "per serving".
Ain't that the truth! - Spidra Webster
I had a 3:2 rectangle pan of frozen lasagna. Serving size of 7. How the hell do you slice it up to make seven slices? Seven very thin slices? I don't think so. I think we made it for 6 servings or so. - Joe
Andrew C (✔)
One plus side of time moving on: sun-dried tomatoes are much less important now.
Melly - #TeamMarina
*closes depressing news tab* I need good, happy, heartwarming news stories! Hit me! #fb
Johnny
This is a sober bear... for he isn't shitfaced.
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