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Sep. 19th, 2017 07:45 am
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We are in the car on our way to the airport. I am excited but mostly terrified.

Gonna try and take pictures while we're up there. Gonna try not to have a panic attack on the plane, too. XD

But I am excited, under the nerves. Travel! New places! [personal profile] forests_of_fire! Should be fun.

Mod Post: Off-Topic Tuesday

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:09 pm
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Another devastating Category 5 hurricane, this time "Maria", has caused massive damage to Dominica, and is heading towards Guadalupe.

In what is either a bizarrely surreal end-of-season plot twist or, more worryingly, a normalisation of appalling behaviour, former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer made an appearance at the Emmy's and was smooched by celebrities who would have been excoriating him a couple of months ago. Words fail.

Toys'R'Us in the US has filed for bankruptcy protection, which does not bode well for the huge chain of stores in America (Those stores abroad, like the ones in the UK and Australia are not directly affected as yet)

Sort of on-topic, Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men's latest episode is an interesting discussion of the intersection of politics and comics as it applies to the X-Men, perhaps mainstream comics most consistently politically active (if not always successfully) comic. Definitely worth a listen.

Aung San Suu Kyi is facing criticism for not speaking out against the apparent ethnic cleaning of Royhinga Muslims going on in northern Rhakine state of Myanmar.. The situation is complicated by the military being a distinct from the Government, and the balance of power being uneven, but it seems disappointing at best, that Ms Suu Kyi has not spoken against it.

The unholy offspring of political backstabbing and circle-jerking otherwise known as "the UK Brexit strategy" continues with Ministers contradicting each other, re-hashing old and outdated lies and an PM who can't sack the worst offenders because A) She can't risk the backlash, and B) It leaves her no one else to blame when the shit hits the fan come 2019.

The latest, and probably last, wave of Lego Dimensions figures came out, including Beetlejuice, Powerpuff Girls and Teen Titans Go. The existing LEGO Batman Movie Robin and DCU Cyborg figures assume their cartoon appearances when in the Adventure World, which is cute, and there is even one final use of the TARDIS docking port where we briefly see a Nightwing minifigure I'd really like, but will never. I think the lack of a unifying storyline, as they had in Year One, has not done the title any favours (nor has the ongoing cost of the assorted packs, despite it still being a fun licence-crossing game). And it does mean that the long rumoured Lord Vorton figure might never see the light of day.

And I'm a little behind on the news of the upcoming Miraculous Ladybug Season 2, including the number of new Miraculous holders we will see, such as Le Papillon/Hawkmoth's boss named... well that would be telling. :)
This video has serious spoilers about the identities of a number of new heroes, as well as a couple of new abilities for Ladybug and Chat Noir/Cat Noir, so be warned.
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Posted by Alex McLevy

One of the strange side effects of our increasingly media-saturated cultural landscape is the seemingly porous border between creators and consumers. In a world where the average person knows the basics of what goes on behind the scenes on a film set, and every form of entertainment has countless documentaries and…

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Posted by Chris Kohler

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR isn’t a game that you can buy, but a virtual reality installation in Bandai Namco’s VR Zone attraction in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It promises to put you in the driver’s seat for a Mario Kart race, and that it does. It’s pretty fun, but you’re not really missing out on much if you don’t play it.

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An O’Reilly Auto Parts lawsuit alleges windshield wiper fluid freezes even though the wiper fluid is advertised as protected from freezing down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against O’Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc., based in Springfield, Missouri. According to the lawsuit, O'Reilly has known since at least 2010 the windshield washer fluid turns to solid material and cannot be pumped through a wiper fluid system.

In addition, O'Reilly also allegedly knew this would leave drivers without the ability to clean the windshields, creating a safety hazard while driving.

The plaintiff says he purchased O'Reilly Auto Parts wiper fluid since 2010 because it was advertised as handling temperatures of -20 degrees, but then had to purchase different washer fluid because he couldn't count on the wiper fluid.

The lawsuit also claims the plaintiff had to pay for repairs to his wiper fluid system to fix the problems caused by the freezing liquid.

According to the lawsuit, the washer fluid can't be pumped through the system because the liquid turns to a solid and leaves a driver unable to properly clean the windshield even above -20 degrees.

In addition to freezing in the small tank that holds the windshield wiper fluid, the fluid allegedly can freeze on the windshield and make driving a hazardous job.

The lawsuit alleges O'Reilly concealed knowledge about the faulty wiper fluid and made false promises about the product not freezing while knowing the fluid would freeze.

According to the lawsuit, O'Reilly's fraudulently caused consumers to buy products that couldn't stand up to the marketing hype, something that allowed the company to make money by deceiving consumers into purchasing the product.

Court documents say plaintiff Paul Weishaar filed the lawsuit to recover his money spent to buy the allegedly defective wiper fluid.

The O’Reilly windshield wiper fluid lawsuit currently includes consumers who purchased the product in Missouri.

The class-action was originally filed in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court in St. Louis, but was moved to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - Weishaar v. O’Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc.

The plaintiff is represented by the Holland Law Firm, and SWMW Law LLC.

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Posted by Brian Ashcraft

Typically, when Sony releases themed game hardware, the consoles come out the same day that the games do. That’s not the case for this Monster Hunter World PlayStation 4.

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Leaving Academia

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:16 am
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Here is an essay about a professor leaving academia

I went to U of I.  There were parts of it that I enjoyed, and the culture wasn't that bad.  But I can see parallels.  For me it was more a matter of looking at the way education was going, and deciding not to get involved in public education as a teacher.  It was obviously going down the tubes, and that was decades ago; it's infinitely worse now.  So too, many colleges.  :/  I couldn't stop it.  I could sure get the hell out of the way.
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Posted by Brian Ashcraft

A new Earth Defense Force game has been announced. Titled Earth Defense Force Iron Rain, it is slated for a 2018 release in Japan. 

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Posted by Chris Kohler

Cat-collecting game Neko Atsume is coming to PlayStation VR, Sony said today. So now you can surround yourself with infinite cats without all the health hazards that usually entails.

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Poem: "So Closely Allied"

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:34 am
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "separation and reunion" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been posted as a birthday present for [personal profile] callibr8. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Daily Happiness

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:47 am
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1. I actually slept in until ten, which is not something that usually happens lately even if I have the opportunity.

2. I had a nice relaxing day and didn't go anywhere or do much of anything.

3. Cooler weather means cats in the bed.

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Posted by Brian Ashcraft

The latest Final Fantasy heading to the PlayStation 4 is fan favorite Final Fantasy IX. Update: It’s out now, and mildly enhanced.

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Posted by Brian Ashcraft

Today in Tokyo, Sony is holding its annual pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. What announcements will Sony make? What surprises will there be? Watch here and find out.

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