Modok Grey

Fifty Shades of MODOK

He floats toward me, the metal carapace necessary to prevent his enormous head from crushing the rest of his tiny little skeleton pushing me against the wall of the elevator. Before I know it, he's got both of my hands in a vice-like grip above my head with a retractable clamp I didn't see him deploy and he's pinning me to the wall using his shriveled legs. Holy shit. Another appendage - it is becoming apparent that his suit contains many - grabs my ponytail and yanks down, bringing my face up, and his gigantic lips are on mine. It's only just not painful. I moan into his mouth, which encompasses most of my head now, giving his tongue an opening. He takes full advantage, the very tip of his skateboard-sized tongue swiping back and forth across my mouth. I have never been kissed like this.

My tongue tentatively strokes his and joins his in a slow erotic dance that's all about touch and sensation, all bump and grind, like I'm vainly licking a damp comforter that someone is swirling around my entire head. He brings a many-segmented exoskeletal appendage up to grasp my chin and holds me in place. I am helpless, my hands pinned, my face held, and his little bitty legs bracketing my hips. I feel the industrial-grade titanium of his armor against my belly. Oh my... He wants me. MODOK, howling-mad super-genius, wants me, and I want him, here... now, in the elevator, if it is even possible to access his erogenous zones while he is encased in metal and bristling with weaponry.

"You. Are. So. Sweet. You. Inferior. Mental. Gnat," he shouts in my face, each word a staccato.

The elevator stops, the doors open, and he bobs away from me in the blink of an eye, leaving me hanging and coated from my shoulders to the top of my head in saliva.

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Gamers Can't Be Trusted With This Boob-Jiggling Tech

"in Japan, the interpretation of beauty is very different to that of the US."

The game's "Softness Engine," as it's called, is used to render skin and breast physics in a fighting game series known for its abnormally busty, scantily-clad characters. It's also remarkable in that it allows players to adjust the jiggling.

"What is important to remember is that Dead or Alive is a series developed in Japan, where the interpretation of beauty is very different to that of Europe or the US," he said. "Our philosophy is to try and make a game that our fans can enjoy, both in the East and the West, and regardless of gender."

I was talking to Tecmo Koei's public relation representatives in the US before Hayashi's comments came to light. When I said I wanted to write about the Softness Engine, they were responsive. After I specified that I wanted to write about breast physics, they stopped returning my emails.

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Apparently Apple would prefer that I not activate 2-factor auth.

I was thinking about enabling it on my Apple ID, but that seems to be impossible.

I have no idea what the answers to my "security questions" are -- if I ever filled those out at all, I almost certainly just pounded my fists on the keyboard until the prompt went away -- and the alleged option to reset them using my recovery email address does not exist. Apparently the only recourse at this point, despite having two verified email addresses and a credit card in their system, is to call them on the phone and speak to some flunky like an animal.

So no 2-factor for me, I guess. Well played, Apple. Well played.


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Today in reservoir-pissing news

S.F. water manager faces suspension for urinating in reservoir

A mid-level San Francisco water manager is under fire for urinating into a reservoir that's a source of drinking water for 2.5 million Bay Area customers.

City Hall sources tell us that Martin Sanchez, a $111,000-a-year maintenance planner for the Public Utilities Commission, will probably be suspended without pay for the maximum five days allowed as a result of the Jan. 6 incident at the Priest Reservoir in the Sierra foothills near Sonora.

Utilities commission spokesman Tyrone Jue said the 674 million-gallon reservoir had been "completely drained" for maintenance when Sanchez used it as a urinal. Although the urine posed no health danger, Jue said, his action was "not acceptable." [...]

A commission insider sent us a copy of an anonymous complaint to higher-ups alleging that a number of employees had seen Sanchez urinate "several times" in the reservoir -- including the day they learned he had passed an interview for a management promotion and that they would soon be reporting to him.

At least this time they didn't "need" to drain it, since it was already drained. In the interest of full disclosure, I think you should know that I have peed in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and so we'd better drain them right away.

"Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish fuck in it." -- W. C. Fields.

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Fare evasion is terrorism.

Not paying for Muni is apparently a gateway drug to suicide bombing.

Police believe it is good policy for anti-terrorism enforcement to include patrolling public transit for fare evaders, according to the department's former top transit officer.

The SFMTA, which operates Muni, uses funding from federal anti-terrorism grants to pay for fare evasion enforcement, via a group called the Muni Task Force.

Fare-evasion enforcement is a way to catching more serious criminals, Ali said, "who in some cases possess firearms while on Muni coaches."

Homeland Security representatives told The Examiner that extracurricular use of the funds may be legal if the Police Department says catching fare cheats is an anti-terror tactic, and if no one openly complains about the practice.

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youtubedown handles 1080p and 4K now

I updated youtubedown to support 1080p and 4K video. Let me know if it breaks.

Some time last year, Youtube stopped serving up usable videos in any resolution higher than 720p. They used to offer 1080p and 4K (formats 37 and 38) but those are no longer offered. Apparently the new party line is that for anything higher than 720p, you are expected to download a 1080p video stream that has no audio in it, and a separate audio stream that has no video in it, and mux them on the client side.

Which is convenient and awesome.

So now youtubedown does that, if you have ffmpeg installed. If you don't have ffmpeg, or if you specify --no-mux, you max out at 720p like before.


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Urban Putt

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Computational Demonology at the Media Lab.

MAS.S66 - MIT Media Lab, Course Description:

When Aleister Crowley defined magic as "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will," he might as easily have been describing technology. In fact, "magic" is still the word we use to encompass the wonders of a new technology before it becomes ubiquitous. [...]

With a focus on the creation of functional prototypes and practicing real magical crafts, this class combines theatrical illusion, game design, sleight of hand, machine learning, camouflage, and neuroscience to explore how ideas from ancient magic and modern stage illusion can inform cutting edge technology.

Topics will include:

  • Stage Illusion as Information Display
  • The Neuroscience of Misdirection
  • Magical Warfare: Camouflage and Deception
  • Magic Items and the Internet of Things
  • Computational Demonology
  • Ritual Magick as User Experience Design

I suspected this was a joke, or a Laundry Files LARP, but it seems to be real.

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Transmissible obesity

Poop transplant from fat donor makes you fat.

With the occurrence of weight gain after FMT in this case, it is now our policy to use nonobese donors for FMT. The untoward consequences of using nonideal FMT donors are important, because patients may prefer to use a family member rather than an unrelated or unknown stool donor due to the perception that these sources are safer.

However, studies have shown that FMT using a frozen inoculum from unrelated donors is effective in treating relapsing CDI. In addition, most "professional" stool donors for FMT are selected on the basis of good health, including a normal BMI. This case serves as a note of caution when considering the use of nonideal donors for FMT, and we recommend selecting non-overweight donors for FMT.

Important takeaway: professional poop donors are a thing that exists.

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You'll find my robot's balls require extra attention today

Research Prosthesis2012

It was attempted to use planetary gears to realize the mechanical implementation of postural synergies since it might provide better accuracy than differential pulleys and might be easier to fabricate than designing a differential hydraulic system. Then the synergy outputs will be rotations (instead of being translations as in the other two options). The most direct way to connect these synergy outputs to the finger joint axes is to use flexible shafts. What's more, rotations of these flexible axes would not be affected by a possible presence of wrist motions. Using worm gears and gears, rotations of these flexible shafts drive all the finger joints.

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