I think I figured out how to make Vanessa’s All Men Must Die playthrough work with ME2’s endgame. davecity - I know you were working on this too, can you check to see if I messed up my math/logic anywhere?
(this is plotting out the intentional death of all male crewmates, so if that’s a thing that upsets you - don’t click the link)
If you want Legion, I think you could manage it by doing their loyalty mission and not upgrading guns. In Thane’s absence, that will kill Garrus, and then you can kill Grunt by bringing him and Tali with you while Miranda’s putting up the biotic bubble. Then bring Tali and Legion (or Miranda, or Samara) to fight the Reaper baby, and the math should still work out the same way (if Legion is loyal).
If Legion’s not important, I think your plan is perfect!
You can't spell Guardians of the Galaxy without Gamora
Btw that is almost literally true and I would have come up with a much punnier title where I spelled Guardians of the Galaxy without the letters in Gamora’s name, but the lack of an M in the movie’s title kind of kills the joke.
Guardians of the Galaxy was good, but it was a little frustrating how it seems like a step back from most Marvel movies in its treatment of women. I actually thought Gamora was short-changed at the movie’s expense.
This is something I wrote after watching my GF encounter Elsa in DAII last night and getting freaked out.
Trigger Warning. This concerns abuse of mages, tranquility as a punishment, and someone losing their free will. I think it could be upsetting for some folks (I wrote it because it was upsetting for me).
Do you have a sciency way to accomplish this task?
Well, let’s see.
To thaw a 1.5 metric ton colossal squid frozen in a block of ice (the only way the fishermen who trawled the thing in could bring it home before it went bad), scientists put it in a big vat of brine just above 0 Celsius/32F. That allowed the fresh water to melt while still keeping the squid as cold as possible. Essential, since for a giant corpse with tentacles, certain parts are bound to thaw days before others and could become quite rotten before the rest comes out of the ice block if you’re not careful.
HOWEVER Captain America was still alive, which complicates things. On the other hand, even supersoldiers are significantly smaller than this record-setting colossal squid. This helps thaw logistics somewhat.
Much like the squid, Captain America would have to be kept at a consistent temperature throughout his body in order to be thawed successfully. If his extremities were to thaw more than a minute or two before his heart and lungs were thawed and reactivated, the tissue wouldn’t have any oxygen and would quickly die. What a shame to bring back Steve Rogers only to have him be the poster boy for gangrene. Brain tissue becoming metabolically active before the cardiovascular system began functioning would be even more disastrous— possible permanent brain damage.
And the GH-325 project was born
To keep his temperature as equal as possible across his entire body, something like the squid brine or (more likely) an antifreeze solution would be used. Immerse the Capsicle in brine until the entire unit is within a degree or two of thawing* to begin Phase II.
*Note that due to presence of salts, fats, protein, etc, the freezing point of meat is actually 28-29F. Apologies to non-US readers, sadly I only work with American meat and don’t know the freezing point of corpses/beef in Sane Country Units. That being said, Steve Rogers is 100% American meat. Fahrenheit shall be considered the appropriate unit for this project.
At the thawing point, it’s important to consider life support functions. I don’t know how fast human tissue uses up oxygen at refrigerator-range temperatures, but I’m going to assume that the sooner you have oxygen circulating the better. A heart-lung machine would be needed to oxygenate and move the blood around for a while before the heart gets started back up.
Meanwhile, because Captain America’s last un-frozen moments were spent deep underwater, there may be decompression issues at play. Whatever gas bubbles may have been present in his tissue are currently frozen in place, but when he thaws they can move about and create embolisms —> the bends. Better put him in a hyperbaric chamber just in case.
Since Captain America regained consciousness in a recovery room rather than during the thaw process, it may be safe to assume that he was sedated and/or placed in a drug-induced coma during thaw.
So at this point we’ve got a giant bathtub of brine, a heart-lung machine, oxygen canisters, lots of drugs, plus all the necessary monitoring equipment all inside a hyperbaric chamber. After thawing the antifreeze bath could be replaced with gradually warming water or saline solution in order to bring Captain America back up to normal body temperature. So many machines! This is US medicine at its finest.
Forced warm air blowers (hairdryers) are needed after Captain America is fully thawed, organ systems are reactivated, and he is brought back to normal body temperature. At this point it becomes necessary to dry and style Captain America and put him in period-appropriate jammies to sleep it off in a vintage hospital room. If you think hearing the wrong baseball game tipped him off fast, you should see him wake up with bad hair.
THIS IS THE BEST POST IN THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING.
Modesitt is one of those you see on the shelf all the time but don’t know if you should pick up—maybe I’ll give them a shot! Also, Oroonoko! Not one I would’ve ever expected to see! But idk how i feel about picking 5th Elephant over Nightwatch. :-b
I would recommend giving The Magic of Recluse a try - I read some of Modesitt’s others and some were good (when I was about 12-16) but I don’t think anything ever recaptured the…
In all honesty Nightwatch is probably the better book - but as great as Vimes is, the reason I really love the Vimes books is the supporting cast, especially Cheery, Angua and Carrot, so as great as it is I have more affection for Fifth Elephant.
jadesabre301 tagged me and I’ve been disobeying instructions and trying to wait til I had a lot of time to do this and I haven’t, so I’m just going to just do it!
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
1. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien Don’t even know what to say.
2. The Magic of Recluse, L.E. Modesitt Jr. I re-read this several times this book as a kid. I wonder if I would like it as much now, but I remember it as a grounded hero’s journey with lots of details that made it feel real - like the hero carefully negotiating prices at inns, since he’s on a budget and doesn’t tend to wander into ancient treasure hordes. It’s a fantasy world where the social and economic effects of fantasy concepts is really well explored: the fractured political climate when a single rogue wizard can turn the tide of a war, the systemic impact of mass-produced magic items, ways that minor wizards can make a living using their skills.
3. Pattern Recognition, William Gibson I adore Gibson, especially the latest phase of his career - science fiction that feels like it could happen in six months, or perhaps is happening now and only a few people know about it.
4. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov I went through a long Isaac Asimov phase as a teen, and this was always my favorite.
5. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley There’s a lot I could say but I’ll mention that the story of the writing of this book is one of my favorite historical anecdotes of all time.
6. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen I love Austen. This was the first by her I read as an adult. And Elinor is perhaps my favorite heroine.
7. Sunshine, Robin McKinley Just so good, we should all read Robin McKinley all the time.
8. Oroonoko, Aphra Behn I think if I read this now I’d see more clearly how problematic it is, but it was the first thing I ever read by Behn, whose work I really like. It’s the sexiest stuff I’ve ever read that’s over a hundred years old.
9. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett My favorite guards book, with lots of Cheery, Sybil, Angua, and the most insight we’ll probably get into the inner workings of Carrot.
10. History of the Peloponessian War, Thucydides Feel obligated to say I haven’t read this all the way through, but whenever I sit and read a section I find it fascinating, and that it scratches an itch in my brain that very few things do. The kind of story that Thucydides unfolds is one I think is really interesting.
videogames and movies have conditioned us to see the future as robot arms, laser eyes, indefatigable superhumans made perfect by technology
but let’s be real about the fact that in any world resembling ours the people running around with gleaming cyborg limbs are not us; they’re the elite, the wealthy, white men above the crushing weight of capital
if cyborgs and futurism are all about looking cool and being powerful then i don’t want anything to do with them
It’s complicated. By the time the Reapers attacked Earth, Liara’s title of Shadow Broker was largely nominal.
Shortly after the yahg Shadow Broker was overthrown, it became clear that he had taken a personal role in the business that was untenable for most organics. Yahg only need 2-3 hours of sleep per 40-hour cycle (the length of the day on Parnack) and the Broker was in constant contact with his operatives during the remainder of the time. Liara required more sleep and also, not unreasonably, wanted occasional time off to go have dinner with Shepard or just do something that wasn’t Shadow Brokering.
Fortunately, the Broker’s voice disguise software made it easy for Feron to fill in as “Broker” during Liara’s breaks. Both were capable in the role, but different strengths emerged. Liara excelled at analyzing reports, identifying falsehoods, noticing points of commonality or difference, making leaps from the gathered data. Feron handled more of the actual interaction: dealing with contacts, concluding deals, making threats. (Liara was certainly capable of all these things, but found doing them for too long wearying.)
After the Shadow Broker’s ship was destroyed and Liara was called to investigate the archives on Mars, it became nearly impossible for Liara to continue as Shadow Broker. She had neither the time nor the privacy and security to carry out dealings with the Shadow Broker’s web of informants. She and Feron agreed that Feron would select one or more of the Shadow Broker’s best agents to bring into the “Shadow Broker by committee.” Liara would continue to review and analyze reports over a secure commlink with Feron, but, for security reasons, would not be aware of the identity of his “co-Brokers.”
The Shadow Broker stands to be very useful to the Alliance in the ongoing war, which makes them a natural target for Cerberus. Given Cerberus’s access to reports from the Normandy’s earlier mission, the Illusive Man probably knows or can deduce that Liara took the Shadow Broker’s place. So, when Liara boards the Normandy, she contacts Feron and suggests a plan. She will make minimal efforts to conceal her Shadow Broker-related activities and allow rumors of her identity to spread. By doing so, she will distract enemies away from Feron and his colleagues, and it seems unlikely that this will make the Normandy a higher-priority target than it is already.
This explains why Liara is not particularly secret about her activities as Shadow Broker, as well as how she’s available for extended ground missions and dates with Shepard.
Aveline is one of my favorite characters from any video game ever. As many flaws as Dragon Age II has, it will always have a special place in my heart because of Aveline. Is she perfect? No. Is she awesome? Yes.
For a long time I hated the fact that you couldn’t romance Aveline in DAII. Recently, though, I started thinking about that in terms of this post I read some time ago about the romance between Wonder Woman and Superman that’s currently going down in the monthly comics. Specifically this part:
We live in a culture that treats a woman’s sexuality as something that men own and control. Wonder Woman existed to be one of the FEW things that was out of men’s reach. You didn’t own her. She wasn’t here for you or your pleasure.
And it struck me - Aveline’s so great because she’s so strong, in pretty much every way you can be: emotionally, mentally, physically. And while she may be hopeless at flirting, she is someone who makes up her own mind about what - or who - she wants. And Aveline makes the choice that what she wants is Donnic, a fellow guard.
And there’s nothing the player can do to alter that. The player can help her get what she wants or not, but Aveline isn’t like a tough fight that you can “win” if you use all the right tactics. She’s a person who makes choices that you can’t control. And I think there’s value in that, artistically speaking, and integrity, and even though I would have enjoyed romancing Aveline in the game, I’ve come to think that it’s kind of neat that you can’t.
That’s not to say that there would NOT be value or integrity in making it so you can romance Aveline, either (and I’m thinking here especially of any fan creators who might read this who like Aveline)! There are all sorts of reasons it would have been awesome - for one thing, it would have been a really great opportunity to showcase a romance with a female character who doesn’t perform femininity. But I also think it’s good that there are people that the player character meets who are cool and attractive but just aren’t that into you.
Do you want to create comics but have no idea where to start? Are you an aspiring comics writer or artist who’s looking for a chance to collaborate with others on a fun and uplifting project? Do you want to celebrate awesome female characters?
Writers are invited to submit a full script for a five-page comic. Artists are invited to submit at least two pages of sequential art. The winning creators will work together to make a comic book starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth!
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Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2014!
About Jill Trent:Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, is an inventor and freelance detective who solves crimes and beats up gangsters with the help of her scientific knowledge and her faithful life partner, Daisy Smythe! She first appeared in The Fighting Yank #6 (1943), published by Standard Comics/Nedor; after that, she appeared in The Fighting Yank #9 (1944) and Wonder Comics #8-20 (1946-48).