"Here's a really cool software thing that's cool and awesome!" "Tell me more!" "You're totally intrigued by it because it's awesome and cool!" "I am! I am! Show me!" "First, install ocaml--" "You are dead to me."
Today is City of Heroes' last day of operation, which is very sad for me.
Though I'm very happy with many of the projects I've worked on over my career, I am most proud of the work I did on Cities. To my colleagues who built and sustained Paragon City, thank you. It's a blow that it will vanish after today.
At the same time that I'm amazed that it lasted over eight years, I am somehow surprised that it won't be there tomorrow. After so long, I always felt like it would always be there in some form or another. But the very nature of an MMOs means that is no "retro-gaming". You can't stick in an old disk and play it for old times' sake (like I did a couple weeks ago for Rollercoaster Tycoon). It's just gone forever.
It is enormously gratifying that other people loved City of Heroes -- *my* game -- and made it their home for so long. I salute all those Heroes (and Villains) who chose to dispense justice (or evil) in Paragon City. Thank you.
I just backed a cool Shakespearean "choose your own adventure" project on Kickstarter and was looking up something about Hamlet when I realized that I had never donated to Wikipedia. It seemed silly to back a Kickstarter for something so frivolous and not donate to a resource I use every single day. So, bam!
Board shorts, snorkel and mask are packed. So are Ticket to Ride Europe, Seven Wonders, Kill Doctor Lucky, three other Cheapass games, Fluxx, Mhing, two decks of cards, Zombie Dice, 6d6, and my Nexus 7.
Skimpy outfits don't look good on everyone, but this pooch pulls it off. It's just proof that a great wig and the right expression can bring even the most daring look to life. The Best FIFTH ELEMENT Cosplay Ever [Badass Digest via Fashionably Geek]
I was wondering idly if men still had to register for Selective Service. No one at work knew what I was talking about, but guess what: they are supposed to. I suspect many men do so by checking a box on their school loan application. Also, I didn't know that any permanent resident (including non-citizens and illegal aliens) must do so.
Now, if I can only remember how I got on this tangent...
Selective Service System Home Page Feature Story: States With Driver’s License Legislation Report Increased Selective Service Registration Compliance WASHINGTON, DC (June 2003) – States that have joined the national movement to require young men to register with Selective Service before they can ren...
City of Heroes trivia: This track was the placeholder "combat music" during development of the powers and combat system.
We eventually decided to not use combat music; too many different zones with different music to match and a fear that players would get bored if we didn't have enough clips. This is also the reason why the "neighborhood music" fades out after a while.
Some nice visualizations for the US presidential election based on electoral votes (a proxy for population, largely) and money spent.
I've often wished that country-wide election maps were drawn by county where the county was scaled based on its population. Not only would you get a more accurate picture of how people many were actually "red" or "blue", you'd also be able to see how these splits often have more to do with geography than state boundaries.
We've reshaped the United States based on where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential election. The result? One weirdly telling map.