Archive for September, 2011


Pardon me, I've gone a bit misty…



First – Have a look at these lovely cosplayers:

Well done. I don’t know who you are, but brilliant job!

Second –

In celebration of completing my last end-of-course exam for my current career field training (passed with 92%!!), I will be playing TF2 all night on 29 Sep 2011, starting from the minute I get home and get comfy.

So for all you computer gamers, I’m going to need you to do a few things:

1. Log in to your Steam account

* If you don’t have a Steam account go HERE and sign up / download the Steam client.  Its Free and worth it.

2. Add me on Steam: Azsunyx

3. Search for & Download Team Fortress 2. It’s also FREE.

4. Once you’ve done all that go ahead and play the tutorials if you need to, I probably will not be online till 6:00pm Pacific time.  However, as soon as you see me pop into game…it’s on.  (I would say “when you see me log on”, but this means I would have to log out at some point….)

* If you’re not sure how to join my game, click on the “View Friends” button, find me, and if I’m in-game it should give an option to “Join Game“.  I apologize in advance if the server happens to be full, bad luck 🙂


I want to know who thought this was a good idea…so I can maim them.

Only one woman has room in her naughty bits for 7 dwarves, a wolf, and a sparkly vampire…

Oh Thor, please please please don’t fall for that “bite-lip, bat-eyes, force dialogue” routine…You can do better! Think of Natalie Portman!!

Fix your poison spell woman!!
Charlize! Surely times aren’t THAT hard, if you needed the money you could crash on my couch!

o_O I don’t know who this is….but seriously, she probably acts better when she’s in a coma, just leave her there and let the dwarves molest her…

 

I’m going to go throw myself off a bridge now….

18 Ways To Trick Your Body


Copied and made easier to read from: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/diy_health_remedies/

1. Cure a Tickling Throat

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, especially if it serves as a health remedy. Take that tickle in your throat: It’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

2. Experience Supersonic Hearing

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

3. Overcome Your Most Primal Urge

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” video.

4. Feel No Pain

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

5. Clear Your Stuffed Nose

Forget Sudafed. Here’s an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

6. Fight Fire Without Water

Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? Try this preventive remedy: “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.

7. Cure Your Toothache

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

8. Make Burns Disappear

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natual method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.

9. Stop the World from Spinning

One too many drinks left you dizzy? Ah, luckily there’s a remedy. Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

10. Unstitch Your Side

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

11. Stanch Blood with One Finger

Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don’t mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”

12. Make Your Heart Stand Still

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.

13. Thaw Your Brain

Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

14. Prevent Near-Sightedness

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.

15. Wake the Dead

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

16. Impress Your Friends

Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave like the French. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.

17. Breathe Underwater

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.

18. Read Minds

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.


Ümloud! 2011 is a night for gamers to get together, rock out and raise money for Child’s Play charity. But really, Ümloud! is the rockingest night of your life.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
7pm – Late-Night | 18+

Rock Band 3 on the Big Stage

Imagine playing Rock Band 3 on stage at one of San Francisco’s hottest music venues, DNA Lounge. Imagine that you’re plugged in to a serious sound system, and that laser lights and fog machines are swirling all about you. Imagine a crowd of screaming fans.

Are you pumped yet? Now imagine you’re helping raise money for charity while you’re rocking out.

At Ümloud!, you and your friends can get together, start a band and rock DNA Lounge’s main stage on Thursday night, December 8, 2011.

If you don’t want to play in the big show, you’ll have a great time seeing the wild performances on the stage! We’ll even have a free-to-play smaller stage upstairs will be rocking all night.

 

Learn more at http://umloud.org/

I ♥ ♥ Time Lords….


And I love ThinkGeek for embracing  wibbly wobbly timey wimey…stuff…

“When a Time Lord needs to send a message, technologies like pony express or email just won’t do. The psychic container is where it’s at: every bit of your message conveyed in exactly the way you meant it to be heard and felt by the recipient. Of course, if it’s a bad message, then the sight of the little flying box is not a welcome one.

This replica of the psychic container features motion-sensitive light changing effects. Tap the top to turn on the white glow. Tap again for white flickering mode (the most psychic-looking of the effects, in our opinion!), and tap yet again to go into color mode which cycles through a rainbow of colors. The Mark of the Corsair graces the front, reminding us that a Time Lord is eternal. The Doctor Who Time Lord Psychic Container makes a fun desk accessory or a nifty night light for your bedside table.”

It’s just $29.99 from Thinkgeek.

Click here for Doctor Who on Think Geek.


 

Humble Bundle has just released the “Frozen Synapse” bundle!

If you’re not sure what “Humble Bundle” is, the easiest way to explain is: Get a good deal on games, while supporting a good cause.

“Choose exactly how your purchase is divided: between the developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Child’s Play Charity. Also, if you like this deal, a tip to the Humble Bundle itself would be much appreciated!”

If you donate more than the average(which, right now, is $4), you will also get the “Frozenbyte Bundle” as well!

The games work on nearly any platform, are compatible with offline play…and my favorite part…you can redeem them via your Steam Account!

 

Zombinladin: The Axis of Evil Dead (short Film)


What if somebody found a rotting body at the bottom of the ocean? What if they somehow managed to bring that body back to life? And what if that rotting body just also happened to be Osama bin Laden?

 

On a side note, Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and bromance with Johnny Depp has turned poor Johnny into Undead-Liza-Minnelli…

Who else thinks that Mr. Burton may be slipping into some sort of psychosis?


Via http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/sep/23/zombie-map-world

“Using a keyword search for “zombies”, it visualizes the absolute concentrations of references within the Google Maps database.

The map reveals two important spatial patterns. First, much of the world lacks any content mentioning “zombies” whatsoever. Second, and related, the highest concentrations of zombies in the Geoweb are located in the Anglophone world, especially in large cities…

The results either provide a rough proxy for the amount of English-language content indexed over our planet, or offer an early warning into the geographies of the impending zombie apocalypse”


So many fall treats to choose from. This year I’ll be making these gruesome sweets,  undead cupcakes.  Devil’s food cake (I couldn’t resist the joke), with a simple cream cheese cream filling, topped with green frosting & dirt, with a zombie hand bursting through the surface.

I’ll be playing with the recipe a bit, of course.  To make a delicious cream cheese filling just combine a brick of cream cheese with a small tub of cool whip (or other tub based whipped topping), add sugar & vanilla to taste.  For added effect I’ll be dying mine blood-red, green, or ‘pus’ colored.

Also on my treat list are Oreo Truffles. They would be perfect about eyeball sized, and dipped in white chocolate.  Michael’s sells various shades of dipping chocolate for a talented and steady hand to add detail.  I’ve already planned for tiny pumpkin shaped Oreo truffles (dipped in orange colored white chocolate).  If I was more talented, I’d draw tiny jack-o-lantern faces on them all.

I may or may not be excited for Halloween.

 

And in case you haven’t prepared, the CDC has some great suggestions for your Zombie Outbreak Kit.