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Me: Think I'm going to beat Hollow Knight again, but not 100% it this time.

Me after getting 97% completion: Yes, this is exactly what I meant. All according to plan.

Stolen from a comment section:

I heard the CEO of Ikea was elected President of Sweden.

He's still putting his cabinet together.

Police, Amazon, Surveillance 

It turns out Ring is worse than we thought. If you have a Ring system, police can go to a website and fill out a form, and Amazon will grant access without review, due process, or a warrant. We knew they were collaborating in some form, but we didn't know today it was this turn-key.

This applies to your neighbors too, unfortunately. We are already living in a surveillance dystopia.
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I can't tell if someone thought people wanted this or if they came up with some new physics programming and tried to ham-fist it into a feature that players "get" (read: must) use in the new zones.

I just don't get it.

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So apparently the next WoW expansion has some sort of mechanic called "Dragon Riding," and as someone that has played on and off (and at one point was a Try-Hard raider) I find this concept incredibly confusing. Because we've been riding dragons since the first expansion.

From what I can tell, it gates flying behind an unlock, and changes it to "gliding." ... which is essentially just flying, but worse.

This is being pushed as a back-of-the-box feature for the expansion.

Started another run of Hollow Knight today and just... man this game is awesome. I can't get over how much there is in it and how tight and polished everything feels. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but in my book it's about as close to a perfect game as you can find.

I played Fall Guys for about an hour and I feel like I saw everything there is to see.

Like clearly that's not true... But I've never seen a game so undersell its replay value as this one. Once the novelty wears off there's just nothing there to bring you back.

Endwalker Spoilers 

"Is FF14 an Isekai?" answered in order of expansion.

ARR - No, it is not an Isekai.

Heavensward - If Isekai is a metaphor for being somewhere that is not your home and feeling out of place, yes. Otherwise no.

Stormblood - Same as Heavensward.

Shadowbringers - Oh yeah. This is an Isekai.

Endwalker - FF14 is an Isekai and it has been since ARR.

I think Disney is paying attention to viewer reactions to Lightyear, because before the movie came out all the trailers focused on Buzz (who is basically a cardboard cutout and has no personality) and now the trailers all focus on his robot cat (who is likeable, cute, and funny).

I don't think it's going to save the sales for the movie, but i appreciate the effort.

Saw an optometrist for the first time in about six years. Minor prescription upgrade, but her biggest feedback was "... Do you use the computer a lot?" I laughed and told her I work in IT. She casually went "... You should get some eyedrops."

I did and Holy wow it doesn't hurt to look at things anymore. Why did no one tell me about this.

YYH also came out in 1992, so like... this warning was pre-internet. Imagine not yet having access to *all human knowledge* and going "This is kind of a lot. Maybe don't take it in all at the same time and out of context."

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Yu Yu Hakusho Spoilers 

There's a character in the third major arc of YYH that basically gets black-pilled after he's forced to watch a video compilation of every atrocity mankind has ever committed called "Chapter Black." This becomes his motivation to open up a door to the underworld that allows demons to pass into the human world unimpeded.

If that isn't a tale of morality for why you shouldn't be constantly online or reading the news I don't know what is.

Political strategy, disability 

Casual reminder that if your idea of a new world requires disabled people to die in order to accomplish your goal, that you are just another oppressor.

I can see the wheels turning. I can see the numbers being crunched in your head, wondering if it would be worth it. If anyone would even care. Knock it off.

Did you know that the Sega Saturn discs were straight CD-ROMs, and that the music on them was often encoded to be playable by a CD player?

My mother discovered this fact when youngling Sandrock came into the car holding his jewel case for Sonic R with a big grin on his face.

If you have a smartphone I highly recommend using Airguard. It passively scans for airtags and other smart trackers, and if it finds one that hangs around for too long or shows up in multiple locations it alerts you. It also allows you to trigger a sound if you're close enough.

This obviously won't protect you from state surveillance or anything like that, but it will let you know if someone is trying to stalk you with off-the-shelf tech by, say, hiding one on your car or belongings.

It's probably impossible to know, but I wonder how much responsibility Dan Olsen's "Line Goes Up" documentary had on killing the NFT mythos and causing that particular market to collapse.

I've never seen an anti-crypto video go viral so quickly, and have such a positive reception. He really did a fantastic job of laying out all the reasons that NFTs, and crypto as a whole, are a giant scam. And the timing of it going viral compared to the collapse in value of NFTs is interesting.

Rewatching Bleach and delighted to learn I can still recite the opening bars of ~Asterisk~ verbatim.

Hey, good news: crypto is still in the toilet and NFTs are still a laughing stock.

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