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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2014, 10:56  Blue 
 
Tim1_2 wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 10:13:
The bird is nice and warm and cozy in something's stomach.

That's entirely possible, you can't think I didn't know that when I put the little guy back in the yard. With dogs to terrorize other predators for almost 14 years now, the yard is "somewhat" safe, but as nin referenced, I heard a fox near here not that long ago, so obviously nature taking its course could mean the end for him, as it does for so many others.

But reading up on this also made it clear that this can also be a natural part of leaving the nest, and that parent birds are actually capable of finding and returning fledglings to the nest when they fall out, so unless exraordinary circumstances are involved, it's best not to intervene. To properly save a bird would also required a degree of care I may not be capable of providing, so there's a good chance I would have just ended up killing it myself.

Sing along with me. Born free...
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 17, 2014, 07:10  Blue 
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 20:07:
PHJF wrote on Jul 16, 2014, 12:29:
Armchair scientist strikes again!

http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/nutrientschap12.pdf

Interesting, I admit I've never done much research aside from being really pissed off and a bit worried after repeatedly getting letters from my water company, to the tune of: "sorry, you shouldn't have been drinking the water without boiling it last month!" or their annual water reports where they failed EPA water standard tests for fertilizer runoff, bacteria, heavy metals, medical type molecules etc.

Apparently there is a nice middle ground of dissolved minerals, sans industrial and biological contaminants I should be aiming for. Because of the above, I bought a water filtration system for the house a few years back, so I guess I'll start getting some gatorades or vitamin waters in the short term.

Screwed no matter what you do, apparently.


This is not about water that's been simply home-filtered. The water in the article probably makes water run through a brita look like mud.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2014, 16:37  Blue 
 
Sir Graves wrote on Jul 15, 2014, 16:26:
Keep in mind, though, that from everything I've read bearded dragons are definitely a lot more involved than skinks and whatnot, especially with diet. Basically, if you're at all squeamish about (or just don't want the messy, noisy hassle) feeding your pet live insects and mice, then I'm not sure a beardie is for you (stopped me from buying).

Every article I read about them says that live crickets and the occasional mouse are a MUST for growing bearded dragons. I wasn't at all interested in that myself.

Indeed the reason I liked the idea of the skink was because it sounds like if you wanted to, you could get away without feeding one any crickets at all. From what I understand about beardies is that when they are young their diet is mostly insects, as you say, but once they've grown, they mostly eat greens, supplemented by some crickets.

But they also aren't obsessed with eating living things, compared to the gecko, who basically lives on crickets. So they make pellets to feed them that comprise a complete diet. I haven't decided for sure that I'm going to get one, so I certainly am not set on how I would feed it, but knowing that this is one way to feed them is comforting.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $48 Million
27. Re: Star Citizen at $48 Million Jul 15, 2014, 09:05  Blue 
 
Alamar wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 22:22:
Wow... Blue really likes Star Citizen... First time I ever saw a news post pushed to the top of the page...

-Alamar

When I first posted it, it accidentally was part of the story above it, rather than standing alone. Right after I fixed that, the letter covering the news was added, so I figured I'd repost the story with the addition of that information.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 12, 2014, 21:45  Blue 
 
Ant wrote on Jul 12, 2014, 21:43:
Blue, you should keep ants and don't feed ants to geckos.

I do keep ants, I have thousands of them... But like a lot of people who keep their cats outdoors, I keep my ants outside. Everyone seems to like it better that way.
 
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33. Re: Blue TOngue Jul 12, 2014, 21:43  Blue 
 
Darth Guybrush wrote on Jul 12, 2014, 20:22:
Unless I am mistaken the Blue Tongue is a protected species and it would be illegal to get one.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-tongued_skink

? I don't see anywhere that it says that.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 12, 2014, 19:53  Blue 
 
BobBob wrote on Jul 12, 2014, 19:42:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_composition

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2014, 10:22  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 09:36:
Your yearly excitement with 7-11 always makes me grin.

So, do you go there any other time of the year, or just this one day?

I don't even always make it there this day, but it does get me excited. I may have explained this before, but when I was growing up in Brooklyn we'd visit friends on Long Island, where I became very jealous of the cheap soft drink bonanza offered by 7/11s, and I think a fascination remains to this day. This was reinforced on one super-hot day when we happened in for a Slurpee, which was insanely refreshing at that moment, reminding me how welcome something like that can be on a day like this.

Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 11, 2014, 09:57:
"I'm thinking of selling my theremin, I haven't touched it in years"

That one made me laugh.

I didn't get the pavlov reference,the irony bus stop one or Benoit B Mandelbrot though.

First two seem easy enough to figure out, but the Mandelbrot one flew over my head too.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 9, 2014, 14:03  Blue 
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 13:30:
nin wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 13:20:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 13:12:
Can't you pound it back down with a rubber mallet? Or even put a piece of scrap wood on top of the sill and hit it with a hammer.

Yeah, when all else fails, hit the shit out of it!


Well, we ARE men. The forceful solution is always the right one!

Haha, indeed. Got the window moving again. Now we need to get one of those little adjustable screens. There's actually a space for a storm screen there, but I don't seem to have it. I wonder if it's a standard size that can be replaced?

And for the record, the quarantine was simply keeping the door closed so the bugs wouldn't populate the rest of the house before I got this under control.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 8, 2014, 13:12  Blue 
 
MisterBenn wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 12:52:
garrywong wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 10:17:
This is the biggest collection of click-bait titled articles I have ever seen on Blues

I'm not sure what happened today. That "19 Maps" piece was just awful. It sounded like something about the history of the planet - but I actually got a list of which states begin with which letter and a diagram of what the US would look like if every state were a kitten. I like the levity in OooB but the inclusion of that was a bit of a low point!

It is a satire of clickbait articles, which I personally found very funny.
 
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News Comments > Sacred 3 Preorders
10. Re: Sacred 3 Preorders Jul 3, 2014, 11:46  Blue 
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 21:06:
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jul 2, 2014, 21:02:
Did the people that formerly made up Ascaron make this or did they sell off the IP?

Deepsilver owned the IP.. and yeha, it's a different studio

Keen Games
Makers of such shovel ware as
Virtual Villagers (2009, Nintendo DS)
What's Cooking with Jamie Oliver (2008, Nintendo DS)
TNT Racers (2010, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Playstation Portable)
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (2007, Nintendo DS)

This developer never before made a PC Game, yet alone a hackn's slash.

They were *announced* as the developer of a PC game (albeit web-based), but that was cancelled.

http://www.bluesnews.com/s/114597/star-trek-deep-space-nine-mmog-announced

http://www.bluesnews.com/s/134319/star-trek-infinite-space-cancelled
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 3, 2014, 10:56  Blue 
 
Verno wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 10:47:
Yeah it's mirroring the issues we see in kids today - lack of exercise and too much crappy food. I guess I shouldn't be surprised when you look at the people who are responsible for them. I think a lot of people buy dogs thinking that it will force them to get outdoors and exercise more. After awhile they discover that they still don't like physical activity and then end up just shoving it in the backyard once in awhile. I have family who does that and clearly just aren't up to the responsibility of pet ownership yet refuse to give or sell the dog to someone who wants it.

My dogs have always been well trained but all dogs beg to some extent, people just have to learn how to say no which shouldn't be hard. I don't know if they feel guilty or are just too stupid to realize what they're doing but paying some company thousands to fix such a simple problem is simultaneously depressing and hilarious.

Neither of our dogs ever begged, because they never got enough reinforcement to suggest it would do anything. Hudson the wonder dog did show some signature terrier independence by stealing food left within her reach on the coffee table if left alone, but I could leave the Gunnar-man alone with a steak on that table and he wouldn't touch it because he knows it's not for him. In fairness, it's a lot easier to achieve this state with an Airedale and a poodle... I understand how tough it can be for owners of food-oriented dogs like labs and beagles, but still, no one is forcing you to feed them.

And owners who don't walk their dogs shouldn't have them.
 
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2. Re: etc. Jul 3, 2014, 10:47  Blue 
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 09:37:
"Proves", "evidence", these are complicated words for VG247.

I was actually going to add: "And Donkey Kong proves gorillas throw barrels," but decided I was being too, well, me.
 
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News Comments > Z Remake Tomorrow [Updated]
6. Re: Z Remake Tomorrow Jul 3, 2014, 10:24  Blue 
 
Darks wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 10:00:
No links? No Screenshots? I would think that anyone wanting to get their game released and get out attention would require at least some screenshots of this new game.

There were a couple of pieces of art accompanying the announcement. I didn't find them helpful, but after this comment I added them in so you can judge for yourself.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 3, 2014, 10:17  Blue 
 
Verno wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 09:42:
I'm not even slightly surprised that people are overfeeding their pets given how many dumb parents overfeed their kids and refuse to admit that they are fat. Reading that article is a wake up call for how many irresponsible pet owners there are and how over the top the pet care industry has become - pet hotels, pet spas, doggy facials etc. I mean holy shit just read this:

Besides the ‘‘pawlates,’’ the camp was filled with swimming, nature hikes, treadmill trots, facials, massages and healthy treats like organic granola, string beans and carrots.

Hahah. Train your dog, exercise it regularly, take it to the vet and don't feed it horrible bullshit. It really isn't that hard to give a pet a decent life.

I have to say this one astounded me too. I have had three pets as an adult, and not one of them has ever been even an ounce overweight. It does not take much willpower to avoid overfeeding them.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2014, 11:31  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 09:43:
What'd ya get, Blue?

PAYDAY 2 (+DLC), The Hitman Series (+DLC), the Saints Row series, Dark Souls, Fallout: New Vegas, Defy Gravity (thanks Bats!), and Pixel Piracy.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2014, 12:27  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 12:20:
Had the same experience there, Blue. Yeah, I'll never go back to them again.

Maybe you thought I meant we were at Five Guys, but I didn't actually call out the place by name. It was actually a place called Rare, and the fault may have been partly mine, as I did not see where it said the burger I ordered was flambeed (I ordered it for the meat mix). Even then, though, I still can't imagine preparing any burger without searing it. My pals who ordered normal burgers didn't have a problem.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 27, 2014, 11:29  Blue 
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 11:13:
Jivaro wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 10:18:
Dude...they were asking the draftees "so who are you wearing?" as part of the post draft interview. That is just.....sad.

As always, money doesn't buy good taste.

I think in this case it has the opposite effect. It seems they cared a lot more about their clothes looking expensive than good.
 
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News Comments > Dawn of War Swaps GameSpy for Steam
2. Re: Dawn of War Swaps Steam for GameSpy Jun 27, 2014, 09:11  Blue 
 
nin wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 09:05:
Isn't it technically swapping gamespy for steam?



When I wrote it I guess it just seemed like it meant swapping one for the other, but now that you point it out, it does seem more logical this way.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight
81. Re: Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight Jun 22, 2014, 09:49  Blue 
 
Redmask wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 08:51:
Iurand wrote on Jun 22, 2014, 04:43:
Kitkoan wrote on Jun 21, 2014, 17:31:
Purposefully cripple product = unequal treatment. Or, as their own developers put it "is PC only, who cares."

Was that confirmed?

Yes it was commented in the games source files, you can see it yourself as just as easily.

AAA publishers view the PC as an unimportant platform outside of DLC and microtransactional revenue. That's why all of the innovation on PC is happening outside of that space.

That comment is for PC graphics code amid a bunch of console code. Doesn't that seem more like a comment meant to denote what platforms the code was for rather than a buried public statement of platform prejudice? That DsoG link even says the same thing.
 
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