To all you guys saying I was late to the party,  This is the first time I have seen this lol. Fuck yall.
https://youtu.be/4hfSpK47gTs

 

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This is a long time coming, been over a month since I actually visited this absolutely gorgeous beast. Her name is North Carolina, designation BB-55, and otherwise known as “Showboat” for being so pretty. She is berthed, or rather beached, in Wilmington, NC, off of US-421 on her own little road named “Battleship Road” off Cape Fear River. If you’re on the East coast, or near North Carolina, you owe it to yourself to see this ship. She is by far the best ship I’ve visited, condition wise she really looks like she could be towed out to sea tomorrow, and there is so much to see and do with her, and ticket prices being only like $12 to $15, its a fucking steal. This ship will take up your day. If you plan on going, set aside the whole day, there are tours but you can self tour at your own place and there is no where the tour goes that you cannot go alone. She has so much to look at, so much to see, I really cannot explain how much stuff there is on this ship to see. There are a lot of ladders, or stairs so steep its actually a ladder with a hand rail, and tons of knee-knocker risers in the frames so if you go wear shoes or boots. No flip flops, no slides, no heels. You can bring your own food and drink, too, and drink is highly encouraged because she is not under and AC, well ventilated in most parts but aside from fans there is no temperature control on her.

So I’m pausing to try and formulate just what all I should say about her, literally I am overwhelmed with stuff to talk about.

So I took close to 600 pictures and videos, but I’m not putting them all up because, fuck, but in some of the pictures I’ve taken you will see her T H I C C and beautiful hull, her awesome guns, her massive size, her strong armor, just, just so much. I really do not know what to say, I do not know what to describe. If you want to know something specific about her just ask, I’ll eagerly answer your questions.

As for recommendation and things you should know before you go:

Wear close toed and good fitting shoes, and make sure your feet will be comfortable. There is a lot of vertical movement on her, and no elevators, there are trip and toe-stubbing hazards all over her. Watch where you step.

Bring water or something to hold water. She is hot (and hawt), and big, and there’s usually a lot of people in very tight places entirely enclosed in metal.

She is tight, if you are claustrophobic, I’m sorry, but there are just too many places where you will be grinding against a wall or hunching over to fit into a ladderwell or space.

Don’t wear baggy clothing or have many things dangling from your person. There are gears and handles and pipes and grates and such EVERYWHERE, things like that WILL get snagged on them and as welcome as holes might be at the time in clothes it’s not fun tearing clothes.

There are some spaces that are more accessible to others, and those that are not as accessible than most. An example is her rudder room. The ladder into her rudder rooms requires going down a very steep ladder, that is maybe only a foot wide, through a hatch that’ll probably make you lean on the ladder to fit. Before you go gung-ho into these places look very closely to see if you can actually fit in there realistically. When I was there a woman locked up on this ladder and needed to be helped out. It’s very rare that it happens they say, but just be careful.

Wear a hat. You’re going to hit your head. You will. Wear a hat to pad the hit, please. And be very careful, I’m not a tall guy yet I still hit my head just trying to stand up in the turret.

ALMOST EVERYTHING IS ACCESSIBLE! Yes! You can climb into turret 3, climb into the dual-purpose 5″ batter mount, play around with some 20mm guns, and when I first went you could sit on the 40mm Bofors turret and swing it around with the manual controls. But last time I went the Bofors were off limits, but people still messed with the guns as you’ll see in the video, if I post it.

There are some breathtaking views from her high rises. You want some elaboration? It’s literally what I just said.

She is only open from 8AM to 5PM. Every day of the week. Holidays are weird so check her website.

Other than that I really got nothing. Now I just have to pray that all my pictures I’m gonna try to upload fucking work.

Also, she is sexy af.

Her nickname “Showboat” was given to her after WW2, and after she had been retired, decom’d, and purchased by North Carolina, by the Governor of North Carolina, because of how pretty the ship was sailing down through the river. The name stuck and, well, she sure is perdy.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor NC was the first ship to pull into harbor, and being the newest ship in the USN, the sailors and survivors said that she was the most beautiful ship that they had ever seen.

Just some fun facts about this beauty.

* All CE’s are complete ahead of schedule. Now I have the rest of the month to draw porn and learn blender. Hooray!

I had another sexy story fantasy in my head months ago. The story was about an ageing airfield where older jets went about their lives, some working, some in retirement. One day a Dire jet adopts a young infant child and raises her as his own. She grows up accustomed to living machines, and doesn’t see them as big dangerous hulks like some of the human population are want to believe. One day, She is courted by an old blue F4 who desperately desires to have a human in his life. Worried about how to tell her father, She waits for him to land home, and sheepishly asks if it is ok to be “good” friends with the eligible bachelor planes living on the airfield. The father asks if she has anyone specific in mind, and the human woman clams up.

Father plane, Then confesses to his daughter that he adopted her because “I’ve been trying for 20 years to get a human to accept me. As you know, It is hard to win the hearts of humans. After soo much failure, I thought that If I could raise a child around our kind, she would see that we are good people too. Maybe one day, she would be the human who accepts the machine no other person would spare a second glance at. I had to become part of the solution.”

Through some extra prodding, he found out it was the Blue phantom that liked her. He still had to be a dad, watch out for riffraff and all that..  but the story ends with her sleeping with that sheepish blue Phantom nesting in the hangar next door. His tail sporting a sharp edged mobius.

I think adoption is something many machines would turn to, in order to acclimate more humans to their cause. The humanists on the other hand, are probably pissing blood knowing that this could happen.

*Movies** Ive gone to 4 of the most recent blockbuster movies and I have this to say:

1) Unless you just want a popcorn kids movie, you should avoid “Ready Player One.” To quote Ingo, The movie doesn’t know what audience it is truly for. Essentially a movie about nostalgia for  30+ year-olds, in a movie meant for 12 year-olds who have never seen or heard of the Delorean or Gremlins.  While I at the time thought it was a fun movie, I knew going into it, it was going to be a video game movie. As we all know, video game movies are terrible. 6/10

2) Black Panther. If you don’t like cape movies, skip this.  I care about the marvel movie verse simply because I’ve watched like 12 of the movies and now I feel like I should see Infinity war through the end (not every movie needs to be a film school masterpiece). knowing nothing about the comics, I had very little faith in black panther movie only to have my expectations subverted.  What I thought I was getting was an sjw movie, what I actually got was a really fun movie with great costume designs and great actors mostly taking place in the fictional futuristic African city of Wakanda. This movie has less action then say- Captain America did, but the proof is in how much heart went into developing the culture around Wakanda. Lots of dream sequences and men on armored Rhinos ready to kick ass. Fuck it I don’t care, loved this movie. 8/10

3) Annihilation : I don’t have much to say about today’s sci-fi movies, other then they tend to be very samey while relying on common tropes to keep the plot moving. Someone who is supposed to know better, pokes an alien, and everyone except the cute main character dies. This movie at first- seems to be like your usual tropish sci-fi, until the characters delve into the shimmer. This is where the movie gets good. The shimmer is an original take on corrupted alien influence that takes the survivors only as far as they can meet the source of the invasion. You think the movie will resolve with the main character triumphing over the shimmer and its strange influence, but the final climax spells a different picture. I wont spoil it anymore, but Do go see it at least once. theirs some original shit in this movie. 7/10

4) Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson. This is the best movie so far all year. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets nominated for an Oscar in some aspect of its make. Its not easy to describe the subtle nuance of the this animated movie without seeing it or being familiar with the director’s other works. The story is about a rivalry between a an old wealthy Japanese family and the one thing is hates the most: Dogs. It sends all of the Dogs in the city to an island of trash to starve to death. A savior in the form of an Orphaned boy, flies to trash isle in order to save his childhood pet, and the k9 uprising begins. Go see this movie if you can. Its great. 9/10

 

**Games completed**

1.) HZD: Frozen wilds: Just a quick summary, this DLC was pretty nice to play, heavy on content with new machines to kill and an all new cauldron to explore. I will say though, that If you’ve already finished the game, its more likely to feel like more of the same. That’s not a bad thing really, unless you have open world fatigue like I do. Still, this extends the base game out by 16 more hours in an already beefy experience. I liked it.

2.) Southpark; The fractured but Whole DLC Casa Bonita.  I’m not sure how to rate this. One one hand, we are talking about a 4-5 hour DLC max. Was that worth 25$? I’m not so sure it was- even if I did have fun. You fight new bosses and get to use a new team member – one of the cigarette smoking Goth kids who can summon Satan as her special super attack. Kenny tries his hardest to save his kid sister from the vamp kids birthday party and the whole thing culminates in a (spoiler) fight with Micheal Jackson.  Ubisoft still owes me one more piece of DLC. Until I can play that, its difficult to judge the true value of the season pass.

3.) What became of Edith finch: This game was billed as an Indy art game of a story about this cursed family who’s members died off in horrible, and mysterious ways. The game looked good, and the story was well narrated. You can reach the end in about 2 hours, making this a very short game you can mess around with on a half day. I’m not sure this game was for me however. Cant put my finger on it. I think maybe it was because of all the hype it received in 2017 that I thought it would be better then it was. Wait for a sale on this.

4.) Divinity original sin 2: Quite possibly one of the greatest Crpg’s ever made. So bursting with combat, encounters, shit to steal, and people to help. according to steam I messed around to the tune of 234 hours (that cant be right- I must have fell asleep with the game running..) This is the best value per time spent you can get. The new undead class is soo fun to play along side the cannibalistic elves, and holier then thou lizard race. Theirs tons of secret treasure to find, and topography you can bend to your will with the right magic. My only gripe with this game, Is that the ending was almost non-existent compared to the rest of the story-rich maps you play. Why couldn’t they have made the ending semi playable like in the first game? This isn’t really a reveille, I’m too lazy to write a proper one. In the meantime, Ive heard this is coming to ps4 so console gamers can enjoy it. Good on you Laurian studios. keep making these kick ass experiences.  9/10

 

Quality pass on Atoll lab notes:

Atoll Lab is officially complete. Here are the major changes you will find in the comics tab:
Page 3: credited cerebral error and gunnerrott
Page 29: censored explicit stuff with leaves
Page30: censored explicit panels with a new implied panel.
Page53: first few panels took out a piece of silent dialogue and messed with the opacity.
Page 19: Fixed some problem with rockets shoulder in the splash panel
Page 65: Contrast changes.
Page 6: contrast change, Small dialogue edit. Took “William” out. I don’t think that call out is really necessary.
I decided to let the first 15 pages go as far as contrast is concerned. Mostly because I am lazy, but also because it serves as a nice gradient to how I improved from beginning to end. Special thanks to Ghettodan who is working on the Russian translation of the comic for me now. If you are interested in reading Atoll lab in Russian Give me a response here.

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  • OK so I fucked up and should have posted 3 months ago when the New year was actually still the “New year”. But I figured I’d do it when I finished Divinity Original sin 2 for a review. To be honest I hate sitting down and writing huge paragraphs. But I always seem to let the updates pile up until I have no choice but to make a wall of text. Here is your wall of text: (Special thanks to Hydro who drew Ingo and I holiday cards even though they never made it to our place *grumble *grumble*)

 

  • This year has been a year of firsts really. First time living with a boyfriend, First time with Hookah, Discovering Kratum, and first time going to a couple of hard core EDM shows.  We went n saw 1)infected mushroom, 2)Diesel boy, 3)Carl Cox at the Midway in San Fransisco. I can confidently tell you that Ive been slammed in a mosh pit, nearly puked in a bar trash bin, took my gold hat and cut a rug dead center of the blast area of the sub woofers. Little people in suits and ties playing with finger lights, old 70 year old men in military dress blues rocking a whiskey to the hardest shit you’ve ever heard. Face painters, and random dudes fishing for MDMA. People coming to dance wearing only bra and panties, and some people dressed as dinosaurs chilling out to the high powered sound system. Shit didn’t stop till 3Am either. What I will say about Infected mushroom was that it was really cool to see the team, especially the guy who played the guitar on stage. I love some of their singles and could hear them sampling songs from their library. As far as the set went, It was good- yet I prefer their singles more. That crowd was more about the Psychedelic theme in nature: Weirdos and hippies. We left near the end of their set exhausted but excited for more. Ingo introduced me to Diesel Boy, a world renowned Drum & base DJ who tore up the floor at the DNA lounge while people outside roamed the street looking for the GDC after parties. We saw The Carl Cox last Friday and sweated it out for 6 hours to the most electrifying house music this side of the pond. This crowd was more horny and a lot more druggy then the other shows, but everyone was enjoying themselves. Everyone. It didn’t matter that you had to fight your way to the bar to get a drink, you did it- and you got the fuck back in there. I recommend you go to a EDM show at least once.  Just don’t get caught bringing in outside liquor.

 

***This month I’m taking off for the 12 continuing education credits I need to earn to keep my day job. Its going to take about 2 weeks to do. So I only have room to make the minor changes to the finished Atoll comic. I’ll be back in May to continue Prince Tomcat/Calamity comic while I work with Ingo to learn the 2018 version of Blender.

***Atoll Lab short story Is officially done for now. This weekend I intend to edit a couple of pages towards the beginning/middle for quality and contrast. If you liked the 2 porn pages currently showing in the Atoll Tab, You have 1 week to save the original versions. No dialogue will be edited, so it is safe to read from front to back.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this project. I started this comic in April of 2015 during the beginning of my 2nd year of medical school. It has taken a ridiculously long time, one page a weekend in between requests and other things I owed. I started a patreon to showcase these comic arts and It got me through a particularly stressful 3 trimesters. Originally meant to be a mechaphillia porn comic, I advanced the story, and realized pretty quick that I had grown beyond this basic idea. I fell in love with the world I had made up. And so I resolved to just finish my thoughts here, independent of whether or not anyone would take interest. Some of you did, and I am very happy.

Special thanks to Cerebralerror, Gunnerrott, for turning the shitty dry ass k-rations I call dialogue into something manageable. Good editors/proofreaders are valuable and should be squirreled away when you find them. Shout out to the love of my life Aeroingo, who took time out of his music career to talk me down, and prop me up when I felt like shit some days. And shout out to GhettoDan who is helping me with Russian translations.

  • In February, I took Ingo and May to see what was to be my first Broadway show. I couldn’t have started with a better show either, That’s right: I saw The book of Mormon. It was fan-fucking-tastic. A collaboration between Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, the guys painted a hilarious story of a young Mormon missionary who dreams of being sent to Orlando Florida so he could visit Disneyland while doing his missionary work. Instead He is teamed up with a sidekick whilst being sent to Uganda where 80% of the poor black African villagers had AIDS. The people walk around starving under the tyranny of a local drug warlord (who shoots people in the face). The two young Mormon elders must reconcile their differences and deliver the small Ugandan town from Evil. Great songs, Great laughs, and interludes where Jesus spoke to the audience with the voice of Cartman from south park. Go see this show if you possibly can, Its incredibly worth it. But beware of scalpers who May end up buying out the theaters only to turn around and sell them through a re-seller at twice the price. I learned the hard way that the only way to get cheap tickets to hot shows is to camp the shows websites waiting to strike the moment they drop.

  • Recently re-discovered one of the very early childhood books I read before I even knew how to tell time. I wasn’t sure what conversation lead to me to scour the internet for the name of this, but with assistance I was able to remember just how far back the living machine thing possibly went.  Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel named” Marry Anne” (the machine is a girl!). While I cant remember what the story was about, the face of the shovel really burned into me as this friendly amazing..thing. Almost like she was this huge dragon that loved her human enough to work her treads off. I think the story was maybe based off the industrial revolution?? But kudos to the artist. In any case, was their was a book, commercial, movie about living machines that might have sparked all of you guys as young impressionable kids? If so I’d love to hear it.

^ worlds most beautiful roar

  • Lastly, My boyfriend and I started the kedo diet around the end of January. For those not acquainted with the kedogenic diet, It involves adhering to a strict carbohydrate cap of 40-50 grams of carbs a day. The idea of the diet, is to cycle out your readily available sugar reserves and starve out the gut bacteria that craves and uses the sugar before it uses fats. We started the diet, and gym late January and now I am proud to announce that as of April 4rth I have lost 55lbs. Ahead of schedule in my 100lbs loss before the end of the year. ;;thumbs up; If you are looking to get serious about weight loss, and are willing to give up carbs for a year or two, Check out this link: https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/

To be Continued…

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HAPPY NEWYEAR!!

Ok, So I have been very unproductive since the new year turned around. Ive neglected e-mails, a bill or two, and more then a couple CEC’s. I also neglected to talk about my trip to the the Ohio USAF museum last December. I take thousands of photos every place I go, so I just put up a few succinct highlights. First let me just say, this museum is world class and has some of the rarest aviation machines around. If you ever see yourself near Dayton Ohio, admission is free and they are open all year round except for Christmas and thanksgiving. Sneak or buy as much water as you can because the hangars have very dry humidity controls throughout the whole area. Simply being there the whole day will dry you out after a few hours. bring comfortable shoes as well (Ingo learned this the hard way), and bring a little bit of cash because their gift shop is one of the best museum gift shops Ive seen since the uss Midway museum.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Portals/7/images/expansion/XB-70_and_R_and_D_Gallery.jpg

The museum touts having over 360 different aircraft on display in 4 separate mega hangars. You can find everything from the v2 missile, to the Xf-85 Goblin. The only thing not shown here was the Saab Drakken, and the Avro vulcan you can find rotting away in the sun at castle AFB. Much of these planes seem ordinary at first glance, but have amazing reasons why they got their place in that museum. For example, its fairly common to find a delta dart at an aviation museum right? This museum had the exclusive “cornfeild bomber” the f-106 who’s pilot ejected only for the plane to fly and land itself gently into a cornfield with barely a scratch. They had an Nasa x-planes gallery with the “decent crafts” used to mine data for the eventual space shuttles decent back into normal altitude.

I uploaded a couple of new movies I took of the museum, but this one is where I loose my shit over the f-117. I lament the fact that 2 days is just not enough time to see everything or go on all the tours. Both tours we were on were very entertaining, especially the spy satellite tour.

Their are no navy planes in this museum. Apparently for that you need to go to the Pensacola in Florida, the US navy museum. Never the less, I don’t think their is anywhere else we can go but over seas to truly top all of this, so this will be my last vacation report for a while. Go visit this place, do it.

Anyway, this is a bit of a half post. I’ll have more to post on about as soon as I complete Divinity Original sin II so stay tuned.

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Last Sunday after live stream I checked my ps4 in desperation, taking Ingo’s advice about changing party composition (thus altering some invisible number values). I had to do this because this game is full of strange bugs, many of which can be fatal, and leave you unable to continue playing the game. A certain battle takes place under southpark’s police station that, Unbeknownst to you, if you choose the wrong team the game will soft lock in every scenario. I bitched and moaned to several people after checking the bug forums on ubisoft. Told a couple of people to just wait a few weeks till they patched the problems that pervaded on both the ps4 and the PC. Earlier my game soft locked after fighting the city ninja atop a construction tower. This was only resolved a day later when my game save mysteriously “updated” some value changed, and I appeared back in southpark with the mission complete after rounding the level for 20 minutes looking for the way out. In an even earlier then that scenario, my screen went completely black after a certain encounter involving cartman’s mom. I still maintain that this game is actually pretty quality entertainment, jokes landed well, music was fucking great, battle system was much easier to navigate. Game was complete in about 25 hours.  Its hard to talk about this game without spoiling it so I will be cheap and just leave a link to an ACG review of it instead.

 

My one huge problem is that, Ubi pushed this game out the door with a 60$ price tag, full of bugs, additional 20$ DLC, and a campaign that only ran for 25 hours (your mileage will vary). At that price, considering I consume single player campaigns lasting upwards of 50 to 70 hours, I think this game would have been a far better value proposition at the 30$ mark. Ive heard others speak about the comparison of the movie ticket price which is typically 15-22$ per 2 hour experience, to the value you get from videos games in comparable dollar amounts. Ingo had mentioned that you’d be hard pressed to get anything less then 5$ per hour entertainment wise in any other genre other then video games. If that comparison holds true, then a comparable 8 hour movie experience equaling 60$ means that a game that only runs for 25 hours is still a steal. This also means that I have to assume that I have become an old entitled gamer over the years. Intentional eating only games from companies that over delivered at the sacrifice of a bit of quality or experience. Perhaps this will be a problem that I as an old rpg gamer will have deal with in the years to come.  Even now I tend to bitch that I don’t have time for many games as it is.

Still, My Gut tells me that I should have waited till next year when the game had fallen in price. A 30-40$ price point would have been ideal for me.

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Also, My Birthday was on the 28th. Happy Birthday to me and thanks for the sweet gifts from Ingo, krill and my father. You guys are awesome.

♦ from Daniil 🙂

Thank you krill for the Donation. <3 We need to talk.

I purchased a silly hat from my now favorite hat store GrassrootsCalifornia. Behold! The shiniest hat in existence! https://www.grassrootscalifornia.com/products/orange-cosmic-mermaid-gold-glitter-snapback

As I told people on telegram, “I don’t think I could live never having had my head shine like Jesus on the way to the Indian buffet at least once.” I recommend this store and its premium limited edition art lids. They are a bit pricey, But your hat game WILL get noticed.

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I mentioned in a previous post that I would post more videos of the last 2 trips I went on. Welp, Turns out I’m an awful cameraman and some of these things weren’t good enough to show. What Is marginally good enough to show can be found in my channel if you click the video window, It should take you to YouTube proper and then just click on my portrait.. or better yet here.

 

I Kickstarted this game about 3 years ago, 1. Because it was a CRPG, 2. Because In-exile is the safest bet in town when it comes to crowdfunding a game, and 3. Because the game in question was billed as “a spiritual successor game to the 1998 hit Planescape torment” but written using famed game creator Monte Cook’s latest and greatest game world. Now that I’ve beaten the game, I can say that I agree largely with the Metacritic user score of 7.0. even though a 7/10 is considered a “low to average score”  by today’s warped standards. that is to say, that I think this game is a good game. What saves it, is the creativity of the world and npcs behind the Numenera game world, but a successor to Planescape torment- this is not. Their has been a glorious resurgence with classic top down isometric western rpgs as of late. I was there for Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity, For paradox’s Tyranny, Laurian studio’s Divinity original sin, and for In-Exile’s recent build of wasteland 2. All of these games where good in their own right, and had worlds rife with history, strange characters, and many paragraphs of shit to read…lots and lots of shit to read. Tides of Numenera Is worth a play imo, but only if you are super serious about Crpgs. They did a great job of not following the same system of game play as everyone else, opting for actions that are instead largely determined by 3 simple “effort” stats and how much of these stat pools you are willing to spend per rest, “Might, Intellect, Dexterity” on anything from a combat maneuver, to grabbing a falling object, resisting a memory, deceiving others ect. The game’s world is full of a rich yet minimally understood history of the planet now known as ‘The Ninth world”. This is a place where Earth- a billion years in the future, and after countless civilizations have risen and fallen, have left all of their wild, dangerous tech behind for the people living in the aftermath to piece together.  Life goes on, the people endure visitation from aliens and other spectral creatures from parallel realities. This is a sort of sci-fi steampunk world. It would be fantastic, but their are certain issues that keep this good game from being a great game.

1. The plot is incredibly slow, and eliminates all sense of player urgency by spoiling most of the best plot points in act 1. I don’t want to spoil it, but this story is more about you being a detective and finding out how things got to be the way they are. If you are looking for an action packed game with huge plot twists and turns, Its really not going to be here for you. This game is a slow burn.

2. Largely uncompelling party members in a backdrop of incredible NPC stories, and world building efforts make traveling with them just an excuse to have a couple of meat shields around if you piss off the wrong guy. (However, Erittus the token shallow pretty boy Glaive character’s story turned out to be really fucking cool in the end,  you just don’t learn this till the game is nearly over).

3. Bugs, and a combat UI that really needed a couple more days in the oven.

On a much better note, This game is not without its pluses too. This game lets you be an asshole if you so desire, a feature that has been sanitized out of many AAA rpgs as of late. The game drives home the idea that you and the sire that created you, have caused countless major changes in history- good and bad. Your presence is revered, feared, studied by the npcs that have come to know the mysterious race known as “the castoffs” You aren’t hamfisted into being an altruist, but you can be if you choose. Also, Virtually any way you choose to build your main character will not paint you into a wall, because you can upgrade your party members to have the conversations that you cant have. The writing is overall superb, and the concepts within the space of the Ninth world I find are very much up my alley. If you like aliens, and the concept of transdimensionality then I think this game could possibly be for you. But if you revel in MinMaxing a character for epic combat then this game will probably put you to sleep. Still a great value for 20$ though. I took my time.. got 55 hours out of it. its a solid B-

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Ok So, It has been 100 days since my new life has begun. I am coming up on my 37th birthday with a wonderful career future ahead (Thanks in no small part to my dad). That said, even though taking time to get a full years worth of professional credit on my resume is NOT a waste of time, Dad was right on one thing. Be wary of people dicking you around even if you get hired.  Employers can string you along for a loong long time without actually physically hiring you. I think Its bullshit that my love and I can be working full time hours but continue to be boondoggled out of our healthcare benefits because company bean counters find its cheaper to rent then to own in the long term. To Ingo: I don’t know if you are reading this, but the Theater group doesnt pay you what you are worth even by Missouri standards. If that was true, you’d be getting medical benefits like a real employee for the 50 hours a week you pull. I believe in you though. We will both improve as time goes on. Thank you soo much for the birthday gift. The home is becoming a wonderful machine shrine and I think youl be really happy over here.

Got back in contact with Jaimie/frenchy. They seem really happy living in the Indiana Forrest with their menagerie even without the internet. I must make a point to visit them for a few days in the spring.

** I also want to emphasize again, Thank you sincerely to all the patreon subscribers who give a dollar to the tip jar, As Ive had to hire an outside group to monitor this website in case things break. I am not Code literate at all, and those services however simple they may be, don’t come terribly cheap.

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https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/jppy8g/are-soldiers-getting-too-emotionally-attached-to-war-robots

 

Random disgusting fantasy from telegram:

A new air force recruit: she comes to Davis-Monthan AFB for the first time

This place is located in the New Arizona Republic (because in the future USA no longer exists)

But this AFB is the size of a city, it is home to “The Horde”

The Horde is a massive 400 plane detachment of thunderbolt IIs

Plus 200 more of their families and children

And that is in addition to the thousand other attack planes, transports, trucks and other personal that live there

More then were ever realistically built

But the rest circulate in other detachments

The Horde is well funded, and they run a lot of background checks on “new blood”

Hold social gatherings to meet new people and machines

Some parties get very crazy

Thunderbolts are boisterous and loyal..

One convinced a new recruit to stop being nervous about the prospect of being hit on or made love to and just.. let him do it.

He got her panties pulled off with his tongue and his tendrils grabbed her tight toned behind

He slipped into her doggy-style from under his tail boom

He needed To go slow

She needed to stretch for his aroused size

Male Dire machines do not get erect because they are already metallic and hard

Instead, arousal makes them swell and drip

You have a very excited plane when he is thick and dripping

Nothing turns on a machine harder then knowing a human is between their landing gears

Even if it takes female planes a little time and some beer to soften a timid male up

(a nice warm little male human with a hard dick and a beating heart to brush their own tail against)

The ladies want little guys to try and grab their tails too

They want the men to WANT their big chassis

Anyway

One a-10 is slow fucking this girl who is face down and ass up

And drunk on nanomachine overload

And another thunderbolt presses his big dangerous Gun nose under the wing of the first male

Close to the girl he nuzzles her leg “me next??”

So the other male,

He sees the woman covered in hot grey fluid under the tail of the first male

He knows she is in a hot nano stupor

The other male is lost in ecstasy and is not necessarily bothered by this intruder

The fluid absorbs into the blood while humans fuck or get fucked

Nanites mimic dopamine neurotransmitters

Gets you feeling calm and rewarded

You are less likely to freak out

And the woman was being fucked and stretched full of it

Not too big,

It’s never bigger then a human can handle (The smaller probe)

She moans and the other thunderbolt takes this as consent when the first one has his long deep machine orgasm

She gushes and drips from her steaming backside

Vagina quivering and hot

The first male groans and closes his eyes beside her

With her ass up in the air, the cool air wafts across her crotch and it feels empty

Until the 2nd male grabs and hoists her hips up and against his tail.

She clutches and stares at the ground with surprise

Feels an even larger hotter cock stuff into her pussy

Hot fluids everywhere

The new male fucks her slow and carefully

She feels everything ..

Her knuckles curl and twitch

She cums again

Toes raking against the ground from having her hips lifted

They are keenly aware of her

They listen to her breaths

Monitor her heartbeats with bioscanners

The 2nd male finishes.. his heavy tail caresses her back and ass for an eternity shivering.. quaking with engine power

He finally let’s her back onto the box where she now feels so empty and worn again

Surely their is nothing left?

The first male gets a 2nd wind.. he moans and taxi rolls over the top of her

Effectively climbing back on top just as hard as he was before he started

He completely fills her up

And his tendrils plays with her clitoris

He teases another orgasm out of her tender shy clit

But she can’t handle it anymore.. too many nanites..

She goes unconscious

They take her sweaty opened little body to a quiet place where both nest over the top of her side by side like a mother hen sits on her chicks

When she wakes up, both males will be friendly rivals

They will both ask witch one she likes the best

If she refuses to tell , then both will taxi away happy they had a very sexy time

But for now.. one cannot let the chance for a human mate to pass up

Sure she didn’t know their names

But they didn’t know hers either

“Corporal so and so lady”

She stays asleep for a long time and her body shakes uncontrollably in the night. Nerve tremors brought upon by rapid corruption

This only happens after a human has been a big slut with machines

Too much nano fluid enters the blood stream

And change happens much faster

It’s not painful… but it is disconcerting

Like Parkinson’s shakes.

The two males are silly

They give very big scary grey fang smiles with huge Gau8 guns

Like “welcome to the air force!”

Big teeth, Huge guns and waggling happy rudders.

 

 

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Last weekend I attended Reno Air races 2017 with Atoll lab editor Cerebral error and site story author Unknownjester. Since learning about the existence of the races 3 years ago, Ive made the nearly 4 hour drive to the desert every year without fail. This year was slightly more special because I was armed with the kind of cash I had always dreamed of having: Blowing 4-600$ on the weekend alone. The big draw this year was going to be the Texas flying legends demo, an A-10 thunderbolt II with  P-38 heritage flight, A Harrier flight, And the possibility of the B2 spirit or the B1-b doing a fly over Stead airport. Armed with this knowledge I had fantasies of how it was going to go down. Id drag one of my compatriots under his fav jet, and we’d experience what it was like to be lost under the magnitude of such a magnificent craft (the mechanics view). I had been waiting Months for this, and checked the airshow website for updates bi-weekly. The trouble with the Air races is that the static military display attendees are almost never static. you can count on the High rollers division to be there with their c-130’s, and the Hawaiian air national guard to be there with their c-17, but everyone else is random as to whether they will show up. I promised Jester he’d have a plethora of f-16’s to lay under as I had done so the previous year. Only to find they brought one and only one witch was cordoned off in thunderbirds livery.  They had plenty of Eagles, Hornets, super hornets, A-10’s, and small interceptor jets. Tons of L-39’s covered in racing sponsorship, and 2 Harriers to boot. Our major pitfall was having a tight schedule I had to adhere to to get cerebral back to the SFO airport in time. So we weren’t sure if wed buy a 2nd ticket for sunday to fuck around and see the main shows again for the final time. It was decided for us: The schedule was all fucked up this year, and we needed to attend both days to get the full experience. The P-38 only flew on Sunday because they needed to get a prop regulator for one of the engines. The B2 only did its flyby on Sunday because it coincided with a football game going on in another state. If you only went on Sunday, You’d be ripped off to know that the Harriers bailed on their own demo Sunday leaving the Texas flying legends to pick up the slack. Otherwise, I sprang for Pitt tickets, and it was fucking worth it.. all the good WWII shit was back there, including the good bathrooms.  The other major Highlights of my trip was getting to purchase a discarded 30mm A-10 shell from one of the pilots. I also me Brian Schul who was signing his books and shaking hands. If you don’t know who Brian Schul is, hes the Author of Sled Driver, one of the quintessential reads for any fan of aviation related to the Sr-71 black bird. You can read it in a PDF here since the old version is out of print: http://www.titanatelier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Sled-Driver.pdf

 

^ Filthy plane kissers

The guy in white/green is Cerebral, This is just a small highlight sample of the pics I snapped. This year alone Ive posted a billion pics already So I thought it best to just pick out a few highlights and leave the rest to the movies I will upload later from here and from Whiteman. We didn’t get that awesome prime Rib I was hoping for either, all the steakhouses were overbooked till 9pm. But I did get a hold of this amazing birthday cake sized plate of curly fries that the average fatty could never forget. I’m taking my Ingoplane to Reno next year with a pitt pass and I hope its at least as glorious if not more so then it has been so overall.

*If you are thinking of going to The Reno Air races then I have a couple of tips for you. 1. use sunblock even if you think it is snowing outside (I didn’t get sunburned this year, but the lack of humidity sapped all the moisture from my lips enough to cracks them. Use lip balm if you can). 2. 10-20$ in parking puts you very close to the race entrance where drinks are more affordable. Don’t get caught walking a mile in temps that can give you heat stroke some years just to get to the good shit. 3. Touch, sit under, and enjoy the planes.. These suckers aren’t cordoned off usually. Now is your time to get all the selfies you can handle. 4. Check the schedule board often.

^ If anyone out there knows anyone with an etsy that makes custom clothes, Id like to have a raptor hoodie made for my beau. I’m serious. Just like the ones these girls have. Please let me know. Money is no object.

**** STAY TUNED I WILL HAVE MOVIES SOON**

 

^ mashup discovery courtesy of cerebral. This is how I felt about planes on that 4 hour trip home.

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I just got off the crazy train that was HZD and wound up on another strange and wonderful ride that was platnum game’s newest masterpiece brought to you by Japan’s eccentric game developer Yoko Taro. This, as well has Horizon Zero dawn are my 2 picks for game of the year. What I expected was something very similar to the old Drakenguard formula from long ago. I did not know who Yoko Taro was in these days, But I did note that the atmosphere, characters, and overall theme of his games was very grim dark. I played Drakenguard in the childhood home where I had grown up, distinctly remembered hanging over the chewed up brass of the beds end guard, and cursing at the screen for a final true ending boss fight I could not beat. This boss fight– had I beat it, would have clued me in to the bleak world that is Nier in a nutshell. It would be hard to talk about this game without spoiling it, so I wont talk about the plot. I will say, You should immediately go out and support this masterful piece of storytelling if you have a ps4. Don’t waste it on some bullshit like Fifa, or Cod. What I can tell you, Is its a game about sentient machines, about androids, robots, pods.. and what it means to feel, be alive.. be human. A proxy war for humanity leads to a revelation for 3 characters over 3 1/2 chapters of game play. Combat runs at a smooth 60pfs, in a dynamically changing environment. Keep beating the game, and you’l find each play through results in a new perspective of the game with a different play style to master. Combine this with one of the best sound tracks, and you have a recipe for the game that saved platinum games from financial disaster.

Beware, this game is not a happy one. You might also need to do some back story research on characters from the ps3 game “Neir” to truly understand most of the pieces of information you find laying about. Also, avoid purchasing the version for PC, as it has not had its bugs patched for several months, and may be prone to crashes.

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^ Cool weapons

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9IBaWhUwAEUPU_.jpg^ Giant oil rig mechs.. more likely then you think!

A++ game.

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Id also like to recommend an audio book to listen to if you real life behind the scene stories about how the gaming industry works. “Blood, Sweat, and Pixels” By Jason Schrier. In this book are many interviews from the likes of naughty dog, obsidian entertainment, bioware. in it youl learn about some of the biggest debacles that happened over the last 2-3 years and just how hard it really is to get a game to market. Very interesting listen.

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Next week is the 2017 Reno Grand National air races. Ill be attending with Cerebralerror and Theunknownjester. If any of you are going, let me know and we can meet up.

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I wanna talk a little bit about this game “Horizon: Zero Dawn” I just beat two nights ago. 2017 has seen a swath of really good AAA titles and this one is no exception. This, is easily my game of the year. However when they first started advertising this thing a year and a half ago, I had zero faith that it could even be good. the concept was so grandiose, I thought to myself that it was probably either going to be fucked to hell by the publishers into a mindless shooter (that wants to be farcry 3), or a half-baked idea with robot dinosaurs with an immature plot. I am glad I was really wrong on this..

***WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE GAME***

If you intend to play this then just skip this post. You’ve been warned.

1. Lets talk about the plot and of Ted Faro. On its surface, the plot of Horizon is relatively non complex: You are an outlasted woman of a pseudo primitive native American tribe trying to come to the terms with the fact that large foreboding replicas of robot animals (a remnant of the ancient metal devil your Goddess fought in times past) are growing ever violent. You gain the respect of your tribe just in time for outsiders to appear and murder your father prompting you to leave your sacred lands on a quest for revenge. Salt in a retelling of the origin of Skynet from the terminator series, and you get where I am going with this. As you progress the story, you start finding audio logs and other tidbits of backstory about the world you live in. This is the real genius of this game. You find out about 2 key individuals: a man named Ted Faro and a woman named Elizabet Sobek. Ted Faro in particular, was a bajillionare ceo of a robot company living high on the hog in far far future Denver Colorado. He one day decided that some of the money wasn’t enough, he wanted ALL of the money, and converted his company over to building military robots to quell the various terrorist threats around the globe. Ted instructed his software team to build a comprehensive combat suite between a trio of machines that A. couldn’t be hacked, B. could replicate themselves on the fly, and C. could convert biomass into emergency fuel if none was available. Mr. Faro in his confidence then sealed the fate of the world by instructing his team to NOT build a backdoor to the system. Various companies with deep pockets ordered these robots for various duties until a group of them encountered a software glitch causing them to ignore commands and proceed without limitation. These war machines replicated themselves into the thousands, far outpacing the losses they sustained fighting the humans who saw them as a threat. Mr. Faro knew he had fucked up big time, and reluctantly asked his former employee Mrs. Sobek for ideas on how to contain this problem. Elizabet Sobek was also a robotics genius, but choose to focus on green solutions for her robots. Their personalities and business practices collided making Sobek and Faro very much rivals. Sobek analyzed Faro’s mess and to her horror, realized that nothing could be done. It would take decades to brute force hack the system faro had created. Not enough time to stop the perfect storm of a robot plague from turning every living thing on the planet into food. Humanity had just 15 months left before all life on earth would be annihilated. You read various logs, holo playbacks, audio recordings of the events leading up to project Zero Dawn. Ted was forced to use all of his capitol in an attempt to save humanity. To build a sentient super computer with various subsystems that could work in tandem to brute force hack the robot plague (witch took decades), and terraform the destroyed planet into a world humans could live in again. Because of Faros short-sighted assholery, all the civilians were conscripted into the army, and sent to die against the robot army, all under the impression that they were buying time for a super weapon to be created to save the world. They weren’t told that world couldn’t be saved.

Faro never stops fucking up till the bitter end though. One of the subsystems of GAIA of project zero dawn, known as Apollo, was meant to house the whole of humanities knowledge, art, history, culture as a means to re-educate the new humans once terraforming was complete. Stricken with grief, Ted Faro came to the conclusion that the decisions that lead him down the path to destruction where symptoms of a larger problem of society. “Knowledge was a poison that would harm humanity in the new world” he thought. And so, he erased the Apollo system and murdered the zero dawn team before they could rebuild it, thus returning everything back to a primitive state. What Faro couldn’t see in his short-sighted mental state, was that taking away human knowledge of the past, only doomed the humans 1000 years later to repeat the same mistakes they could not re-learn form Apollo. Humans were still killing each other day after day.

2. The robots of the new and old world. Below are a few samples of concept art of the dozens of mecha you find in the world of HZD. Everyone thought they were robot dinosaurs because they put the most dinosaurish one on the box. The Machines of the new world all served very specific purposes regarding the new terraformation. These were not designed by people, but rather by the sentient super computer GAIA . The machines were a machine’s interpretation of animals from it’s database all given background jobs like tilling the soil, clearing away dead robots, purifying the air of toxins. They only turned violent upon the advent of the HADES subsystem. Hades by desighn, was the system that took over to wipe out everything GAIA had created if it didn’t turn out right the first, 2nd, or 3rd time. However, emancipated from the command chain, Hades was free to corrupt and influence witch machines were coming out of the cauldrons(Giant underground mega factories). Where as only geo-centric machines existed, now animalesque death machines like the thunderjaw were emerging to kill people. Their is also a very important visual distinction between the machines of the old world, Ted Faros military war robots that don’t look like animals at all, versus the ones that do-Influenced by GAIA. you will notice it straight away like salt n’ pepper, How this game has a great dichotomy between the natural world and the artificial one in the cauldrons. It makes the experience of the machines so much more powerful when the world is not already so full of tech that everything blends into the overall background. You truly have time to appreciate the mecha desighns as you hunt across the landscape. One last thing,  because the machines are the most powerful things on the planet, the ancient cultures worship their strength and every aspect of their clothing style reflects the various components pulled off of dead machines. I thought this was very cool. the various head-dresses and armor with pieces of solar paneling and wire braiding thought.

3. My no. 1 pet peeve about ancient open world games, be it fallout or Skyrim or HZD: Why is it you can go and explore places humans haven’t been to for hundreds of years, and they have an item box full of shit like fresh apples, sticks, flowers, and just about anything that people of that long dead civilization would NOT have in their post-apocalyptic office cubicle? Doesn’t anyone care how immersion breaking this is?  Like skyrim where..in the bowels of the earth inside of cairns where ancient Norse viking priests were laid to rest, right next to them is a cracked urn with a hot turkey dinner inside just waiting for you. Bullshit. If your going to do this, just put in a bunch of random shit the player cant take with them because time has decayed most of what is inside of it into unusable dust. Or- your character doesn’t even recognize half of it anyway so you cant take it. Its a minor gripe, but one i’d like to see fixed.

These images are courtesy of the website of Miguel Angel Martinez :  http://www.bymonje.com/

I don’t typically buy into DLC anymore, but HZD’s got a massive one coming up in November I don’t think I’ll be able to miss. If you want a really nice experience with good sound design and cool as fuck mecha, DO please give this one a go.

In the meantime I have created a telegram sticker of vegas the f-111 for gryff (finally fixed the nose paint) let me know what you think.

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