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‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 New Trailer

‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 New Trailer: Humankind Faces Off Against Flesh-Eating Beasts

Funimation has released another trailer for Season 2 of the manga series, ‘Attack on Titan,’ in which giant beasts attack the city of Shinganshina and threaten to wipe out humankind. Here’s the official description of the series from IMDb.

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Protecting what’s left of humanity are three walls — Wall Maria, Wall Rose and Wall Sheena — and after breaking through the first wall in season one, it appears that the second wall will also be breached in season two.

speaking of trailers, i was super stoked to see the first one for season two of ‘Attack on Titan’, which i’ve been eagerly awaiting for what feels like forever… loved the first season and thought it was pretty kickass, so can’t wait for this one to finally get here.

i usually like to chill and binge watch my anime, but this one might be a weekly tune-in show for me… damn you jayden for getting me hooked on some of these anime shows!

#chuckle

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New Justice League Trailer

The new ‘Justice League’ trailer is here, omg, omg, breathe, please everyone just breathe, akjsdhfgkas;

here’s the new Justice League trailer that droppped over the weekend, in case you haven’t seen it yet… and some people are understandably freaking out a bit, which i get… i’ve watched this trailer at least 3-4 times now, and yeah it does look pretty awesome — but i also thought the trailer for Batman v. Superman looked pretty damn good… same with the first trailer for Suicide Squad…. ummm, so yeah, think i’ll cautiously reserve judgement until it hits theaters and read some reviews.

at the moment, i’m just waiting for the new Guardians movie to come out :)

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

well gang, it’s definitely past time i got outta here and got this weekend started… supposed to be pretty nice, so hopefully that stays true and can actually enjoy being outside for a change.

Top or Bottom?

have a great weekend, mang!

** don’t be a dbag, make a choice.

#TGIF

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Movies

18 More Years of Star Wars? Oh Hell Yeah!

Disney is looking at creating ‘another decade and a half of Star Wars stories’ after Episode IX

According to Variety, Iger reaffirmed that Disney would not digitally re-create Carrie Fisher’s General Leia as they had done in last year’s Rogue One, but also stated no other changes were being made to the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi in light of Fisher’s passing earlier this year. “Her performance remains as it was in [Episode] 8,” he said.

The CEO also dropped some hints about the upcoming standalone Han Solo film, confirming some long-standing fan expectations that it would explain how the character came to possess the Millennium Falcon. According to reports, Iger also said that the film will show how Solo met his Wookiee sidekick Chewbacca, and that audiences will “also discover how he got his name,” an unasked question if ever there was one.

Most importantly, Iger spoke about Disney’s further plans for the future of the Star Wars franchise. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, it announced that it would produce Episodes 7, 8, and 9, as well as look into releasing new films beyond that. Those additional films ended up becoming the three standalone films that have already been announced, and which kicked off in earnest with last year’s Rogue One. But Iger reportedly revealed that Disney is looking at what comes well beyond that, exploring “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.”

damn, kinda crazy to think that they’re sitting around and thinking / mapping out the next slate of Star Wars movies and that it’ll go into the 2030’s.

no complaints here, though!

#FeelTheForce

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Video Game

Mass Effect’s Weird Facial Animations

Former Mass Effect animator speaks out on Mass Effect: Andromeda’s visuals

Cooper began his thread with a reference to the surfacing of a harassment campaign against a female, former Electronic Arts employee who was incorrectly scapegoated as the source of the game’s animation problems, calling it “despicable” to target a single person for what was clearly a team failure.

But he went on to stress the enormity of animating an RPG with significant story choices in it, compared to a more linear title.

The number of hours of facial animation alone that developer teams are expected to craft for current generation RPGs has risen significantly over time. This has lead to developers taking on simplified facial animation tasks and to the creation of algorithmically generated animations based on dialogue text.

ahhh, well okay, that makes sense… “algorithmically generated animations” would explain why the facial animations that i’ve seen people complaining/bitching about this past week or so look… off… and downright weird — especially apparent in this one vid i saw where they compared Mass Effect 1 which came out over 10 years ago… that was understandable, and kinda shocking to be honest.

with all the hoopla about it, i held off on buying the game… still might when it hits the bargain bin, but we’ll see.

one guy said he’s already put over 90 hours into the game and to be honest, i just don’t really have that kinda time to sink into a game… that being said, the multiplayer does look pretty damn fun ;)

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News Online/Web

Robots Will Replace Us

Robots will take a third of British jobs by 2030, report says

A third of existing British jobs are at risk of being taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) within 15 years, a report reveals.

As many as 30pc of existing roles in the UK could be automated by 2030 with the most at risk industries being waste management, transportation and manufacturing, according to an analysis by PwC. However, the report stressed that automation won’t result in rocketing unemployment.

“The UK employment rate is at its highest level now since comparable records began in 1971, despite advances in digital and other labour-saving technologies,” said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC.

Mr Hawksworth anticipates that manual and routine tasks will be susceptible to automation, with social skills and creative roles being more protected. “That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI,” he said.

feel like we all have a feeling that this not only coming, but it probably inevitable… between all the recent advancements in AIs and robotics, half of us are probably gonna be out of a job.

thankfully, they still need coders/designers… at least for now, and if that ever changes in the future, hopefully i’ll be retired by then.

#KnocksOnWood

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ISPs Can Now Sell Your Web History

The Senate Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Web History

Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before selling their web browsing data to advertisers or other data companies.

The rules, which passed in October of last year, govern the collection and selling of private data by ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Those rules would have required internet providers to ask for permission before selling data about your usage, like web browsing history and location, as well as data about finances, health, app usage, and more. The Senate just voted against it.

interesting read… still kinda mulling it all over in my head, but i appreciated reading some of the history leading up to the vote, etc… to be honest, i just figured they were already doing that shit in the background and don’t really care too much.

on the flipside, i’m not overly keen hearing about my TV “watching” me and gathering / selling my viewing habits to advertisers… so i guess i can get confusing and be a bit of a mess.

#hmmmmm

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First Trip to Japan?

A Perfect 2 Week Itinerary for Your First Trip to Japan

It doesn’t matter how long you plan to stay in Japan. It will never be enough. After your first day you’ll want more. More food, more interesting (and often quirky) culture, more beautiful sights, more cities, more nature. And life will never be the same again after using those high-tech toilets for two weeks. You wonder if you should ignore your return flight and add another week / month or two. That’s Japan. Be prepared.

So if this country has so much to offer, how are you going to fit everything in two weeks? Well, you’re not. After my first Japan experience, I’m ready for round two. But I’m very happy with this 2 week-itinerary as a first introduction to Japan. It has a bit of everything: food, culture, sights, cities and nature. And it will definitely make you fall in love with this beautiful and fascinating country.

You might as well jump right in and get ‘lost in translation’ in Tokyo. Depending on where you’re coming from, you’ll probably also need some time to recover from your jet lag. So take a couple of days to explore the different areas of the city and get a taste of Japan. Continue…

i have a friend in India who’s getting married sometime in the next year or so, and really wants me to come out… so might have to start saving my pennies for that, since it’s not exactly super cheap flying halfway around the globe — but if i do end up going, i’d love to take off some extra time and visit japan for a week or two since it’s been on my list forever.

An Inside Peek at Kyoto’s Secretive Geisha Culture

#excited  #thumbsup

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Post London Attack Questions

What Britain Must Ask Itself after London Attacks

U.K. authorities have been preparing for a terrorist attack of this kind for years.

At 2:40 p.m. London time, a terrorist drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge. Then, reaching the north side of the bridge over the River Thames, he smashed into the gates of the British Parliament. Leaving his vehicle, he fought with police officers just inside a Parliamentary checkpoint. He was then shot and killed by armed police. Regrettably, before he died, the terrorist murdered one police officer and two other individuals and injured at least 20 others.

By utilizing a motor vehicle and knife and by targeting police (though this may have been pursuant to a desire to enter the Houses of Parliament), this assault follows Daesh (a.k.a. ISIS) methodology. And coincidentally or not, today is also the first anniversary of the Daesh attacks in Brussels. It is so far unclear whether the attack is linked to or inspired by Daesh — but I would bet very strongly that it is.

Regardless, British officials must now answer three pressing questions.

First, was the suspect operating alone or as part of a larger cell? Here, we must recognize that Britain’s terrorism environment is diverse. There are the loser-lone-wolfs in the vein of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter, but also skilled, multi-member cells. Daesh has previously planned highly compartmented, multi-stage attack plots in Europe. And in January 2016, it specifically threatened London’s Tower Bridge (not Westminster Bridge) and the then-prime minister, David Cameron. Authorities must quickly identify the suspect’s connections and learn whether (as with Daesh plots in France) he was advised by operatives abroad.

This leads us to the second question: Was the suspect known to the authorities? I suspect he was. British counterterrorism authorities retain a highly advanced database of jihadists and their sympathizers. This is helped by the fact that U.K. spy agencies have great latitude to identify and monitor terrorist suspects. The challenge, however, is that the number of terrorist suspects in Britain reaches into the thousands. Correspondingly, counterterrorism investigators must prioritize resources on those individuals they believe to pose the most significant threat. They cannot monitor everyone all the time. That said, if the suspect does turn out to be a known threat, political pressure will grow for a reintroduction of the now-defunct “control orders,” which imposed electronic tagging on terrorist suspects in lieu of prosecution.

Third, the U.K. must consider how well it responded today. While the Paris and Brussels attacks led the British to improve their response capacity to so-called roaming attacks, more must be done. Until now, the specific focus has been on investment in improved SWAT counterterrorism capabilities. But those efforts have been prioritized for London. Two immediate issues for the British are that the physical security of Parliament and the personal security of the British prime minister and the Queen are inadequate. Continue…

there’s always plenty of questions in the aftermath of these types of aggression / attacks… and sadly, we’ve become quite used to asking and hearing all the responses over the past decade or so… with so many terrorist attacks, after awhile i wonder if most people simply kinda tune it out?

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Personal

Let’s Get Personal

oh man, my very first set of personalized license plates came in today! naturally i grabbed a philips screwdriver and put it on right away.

i think i’ve had the same plates on my car(s) for the past 15 years or so… i’ve often thought of getting personalized plates, but never really got around to it… then i found myself sitting in the fucking DMV for a couple hours a few weeks back and went ahead and ordered them while i was there, figure’n why the hell not.

i can’t help but crack a goofy smile everytime i walk up to my car now…

gotta luv it :)

#chuckle

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Online/Web TV

Stranger Things 2

not sure how the hell i missed this ‘Stranger Things 2’ trailer that apparently was shown during the Super Bowl… but i did, somehow.

still a ways off, sure… but i’m looking forward to it!

PS. still can’t get jayden to watch it. damnit.

#sigh

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Ev Williams, F*cking Nuts

Ev Williams has lost his goddamn mind…

Ev Williams is a brilliant man. His vision for online publishing offers up a near-utopian vision of what a democratized internet looks like in Medium. He also once ran a couple of other businesses you may have heard of: Twitter, which he co-founded, and Odeo, a popular podcast app that may have actually launched before the public was ready for it, and years prior to the new podcast boom.

And then he lost his goddamn mind.

Earlier this year, Williams laid off 50 staff members. He also announced Medium would be removing ads from the site until the company found a better way to monetize its content. Ads, he said, “[are causing] increasing amounts of misinformation…and pressure to put out more content more cheaply — depth, originality, or quality be damned. It’s unsustainable and unsatisfying for producers and consumers alike… We need a new model.”

He’s right. All of those things are spot on, and we need a new path forward, a path that pays journalists and publications for their hard work, and one that rewards sites consistently putting out great content.

No argument there.

But I have my doubts as to whether this is it. Today, Williams took to Medium to announce a subscription model. For just $5 a month, you can get a handful of extras, including: exclusive content, early access to a new UI, and an offline reading list — which most of us already have, in Pocket.

If Ev Williams truly believes this is the “something better” to turn the corner from ad-supported publishing, then I stand by my original statement: he’s lost his goddamn mind.

i’ve been digging Medium since it was launched, and think that Ev Williams is one helluva guy… he’s definitely got my respect for what he’s managed to do and accomplish over the past decade or so, especially in the online space etc…

…but damn, i’d have to agree — he’s lost his g’damn mind.

i’m sure as hell not paying $5 a month to view Medium.

#FuckThat  #weaksauce

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

hard to believe it’s already wednesday… man, talk about the last few days being a blur… geeesh… but that’s all good, and usually makes getting some chill time over the weekend that much better… speaking of which, i feel a mini gaming marathon coming on ;)

happy hump day!

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News

London on Lockdown

UK Parliament on lockdown; police treating as terror attack

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has issued a statement:

“There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is underway. My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

“I would like to express my thanks to the police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

so basically, some guy mowed down some people on the bridge… then ran away on foot and stabbed a police officer? least, that’s what i’ve gathered so far… damn man, either way, always sad and a little crazy to hear this kinda of shit happening.

personally, i think the UK parliament should reconvene as soon as they get a thumbs up on it being secure…

#ugh  #disgusted

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Video

Innuendo-Filled ‘Surf’ Video

NSFW: Literally Everything Is Sexual In This Amusing Innuendo-Filled Video

oh man….

#hahaha

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Titty Tuesday

Titty Tuesday

i’ll usually try to post a handfoo of random boob shots, but damn… is nina looking particularly juicy on this mag cover or what?!

g’lord mang.

#gulp  #squeeze

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‘Walking Dead’ Pin-Up Girls

The Women Of ‘The Walking Dead’ Reimagined As Sexy Pin-Up Girls

haven’t even watched the show in ages, but you know me and pin-ups… gotta luv it ;)

#ThumbsUp

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Humor/Funny Political

Man Radicalized In Congress

Authorities Believe Man Radicalized While Serving 18 Years In Congress

WASHINGTON—Saying that being confined in such a volatile environment was known to have devastating psychological repercussions, FBI officials reported Wednesday that Ohio man Patrick Kinsey had apparently become radicalized during his 18 years spent inside of the U.S. Congress.

“We’ve uncovered evidence that leads us to believe this elected official became heavily influenced by hardline extremists and religious fanatics during his time serving in the country’s legislative branch,” said FBI spokesperson Irene Jessup, adding that the representative appeared to have fallen in with a powerful fundamentalist faction during his first days in the congressional chamber and quickly adopted their strict interpretation of a fringe ideology.

“While he may have arrived as a seemingly ordinary moderate, we believe he’s been completely indoctrinated in this rigid mindset and is currently recruiting others to join him and take up radical causes. At this time, his worldview has become so narrowed that he responds to any outside beliefs with apocalyptic rhetoric and by making grandiose threats.”

Jessup further revealed that it was clear the political extremist was fully intent on bringing about the total destruction of the U.S. government.

on a day when my twitter feed seems to have been overtaken with people dropping quotes from the 2nd day of Gorsuch being grilled by democrats up on the hill… i found this to be rather funny.

#chuckle

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There’s A New iPhone!

Stop Everything, There’s a Red iPhone 7 Now!

SOME MORNINGS—NOT MANY, but some—you wake up to a new iPhone. Surprise! This is one of those mornings. And while today’s new iPhone acts just like the old one, it adds a certain special something. It’s red.

Yes, red, a bright, brilliant, gleaming red, a shade so bright it makes rose gold blush. The case is read. The buttons are red. The fiddly little nano-SIM tray? It’s red, too. The Apple logo? Not red. Sorry! But it really pops against all the rest of the red.

Inside, of course, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have all the same internals as their space grey (and so on) counterparts. But that’s okay! New gadgets don’t have to be functionally different to make a difference. The new iPhone looks like a direct line between Commissioner Gordon and Batman. It looks like it’s been doused in Big Apple Red nail polish. It looks like it was made from Iron Man’s shoulder pads. It’s red, you know?

And like the rest of Apple’s RED (the brand) products, a portion of the proceeds to toward the Global Fund, a group committed to fighting AIDS around the world. It’s available Friday, March 24, starting at $750 for a 128GB model.

hold the presses!!! but seriously, i gotta say it does look purdy… though i kinda wish they’d gone all out and made the front red as well.

speaking of apple, looks like they have a “new” iPad they released this morning as well.

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TV

Iron Fist Ain’t So Bad

i completely forgot that ‘iron fist’ was released on netflix this weekend, until jayden mentioned it yesterday and i was like “oh shit, you’re right!” — so i fired it up and watched the first couple episodes, and i gotta say… i didn’t think it was that bad at all.

of course, i only watched the first 2 episodes before heading off to bed, but still… if it was really that bad, i’m sure i wouldn’t have wanted to keep watching it… sure was tempted to, but really didn’t feel like pulling a binge watching all-nighter going into monday morning… i’m not exactly 20 anymore, so fuck that… anywho, from what i’ve seen so far i thought it was actually pretty damn good… not sure i’d say better than dare devil, but still good.

anywho, just an initial impression…

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