Saturday, March 15, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 3/15/14!

thousand yard stare [thow-zund-yard-stehr]
1. A phrase coined to describe the empty, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom is also found in and used to describe other victims of trauma.

EX. Check out the newest episode of the Game Grumps's Pokémon Fire Red series that, due to footage being lost, was animated by linzb0t; in which, Egoraptor describes a Lt. Surge's Pikachu being shell-shocked by the Pokémon war described in-game and by fans and having the thousand yard stare. That is perhaps the most adorably tragic thousand yard stare imaginable.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 3/13/14!

disintegrate [dis-in-tuh-greyt]
1. To separate into parts, disassemble, or break-up; deterioroate.
2. To reduce something into particles, fragments, or parts.

EX. I know he has already been out for a couple weeks, but I still think I'd like to talk about one of my new favorite champs, Vel'Koz the Eye of the Void.

I've always been a big fan of Void champs (see Malzahar) and Vel'Koz is an interest spin on the concept.

The Void is a plan of existence beyond Runeterra that is both enchantingly enigmatic and terribly simple; the denizens of the Void are consumed by hunger. All four of the Voidborn champions in the League of Legends have a strong desire to consume; Cho'Gath seeks to consume the world, Kog'Maw is always, always "HUNGRY!", Kha'Zix seeks to consume deadlier and deadlier prey, and Vel'Koz seeks knowledge.

Vel'Koz may or may not be a member of the race of beings described as the Watchers by Lissandra but we do know he is from the Void. Unlike the other Voidborn, his concerns seem to be, rather than based on consuming matter, consuming knowledge. Vel'Koz enters Runeterra and the first thing he does is shoot a laser at a small animal, disintegrating instantly, and move onto more interesting subjects for observation. Vel'Koz learns through destruction and he certainly can learn a lot about Runeterra on the Summoner's Rift by destroying the other champions. But... what are his tools of destruction?

Vel'Koz passive puts a stack of Organic Deconstruction on a target when he hits them with an ability and, upon taking three stacks, the target takes true damage. This means that Vel'Koz can deal a lot of damage by hitting up his combos with his abilities. His Q, Plasma Fission, is a skillshot projectile that shoots a blast in a straight line and explodes into two projectiles at a 90 degree upon hitting a target. It is a good slow with great range and damage. His W, Void Rift, is his bread and butter ability for dealing damage and putting stacks of Deconstruction on target. He laws down a line of damage that, after a short period, explodes and deals additional damage. This can lay up to two stacks of Deconstruct on target and can be cast as Vel'Koz moves and simultaneously with his other actions with ease. His E, Tectonic Disruption, is a knock-up that can set up his other abilities for a combo or help him flee from foes. Lastly, Vel'Koz's ultimate, Life-Form Disintegration Ray, channels a blast of damage in a straight line that slows targets hit and adds stacks of Deconstruction. The longer they stay in the laser's path, which you can change the direction of, the more stacks they take and the more damage they take. Ultimately, Vel'Koz is a champion that works best on the back line of a team and can serve up interrupts and poke before ultimately ending his foes with his ultimate or true damage to lead to some awesome long-distance kills.

I really dig Vel'Koz as a mid but I'm also experimenting with him as a support... Hm. More research is more required.

P.S. I love how his alt skin was previewed in Lucien's alt skin art and Creator Viktor's art.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Most Game Grumps animations manage to get across the humor of the Grumps via animating their dialogue or the gameplay they were playing as they narrated. Occasionally, the animation transcends the original context of the moment and, not only makes sweet love to my eyeballs, but makes sweet love to brain.

When I see something like that... INSTA-SUBSCRIBE!

Thank you, TheArtistKnownAsSIR! More Wolfjob.

On a related note, if I were to record myself playing a Pokémon emulator and attempt some sort of Nuzlocke challenge, which game/emulator should it be? I have a slight preference for Yellow or Emerald, but I'm totes up for some suggestions.

The joke is boobs.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 3/11/14!

cosmos [koz-mohs]
1. The world, or universe, organized into an ordered system.
2. A complete, orderly, and harmonious system.
3. Order; harmony.
4. A tropical American plant of the genus Cosmos cultivated for their brightly colored flowers.

EX. Observing and considering the cosmos can make you feel small; after all, what is a man to the world? What is a planet to a star? What is a star to a galaxy? What is a galaxy to a universe? What is any finite object or objects observable compare to the seemingly infinite? Can one person, one finite observer, ever begin to comprehend the cosmos?

There are the sorts of questions that might come to mind when watching Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the classic educational television series covering a variety of scientific subjects presented by astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980, and these are the sorts questions we still ask ourselves over 30 years later. Since Sagan's death in 1996, his widow, and co-creator of the original Cosmos program, Ann Druyan, along with Steven Soter, a producer from the original seires, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sought to bring a sequel to the original Cosmos to television. Unfortunately, they struggled for years with television networks who failed to see the broad appeal of the show. This seems slightly odd, considering the original award winning show has been seen by 500 million people in over 60 countries. So, how did we get a new Cosmos program?

Seth MacFarlane, the television juggernaut (love him or hate him) is the world's highest paid write in television, created a lot of extremely successful television (once again, despite his critics), and has a very sincere passion for science and science fiction. Even though MacFarlane is quoted as saying that he was the "least essential person in this equation", his involvement probably helped. But it would be unfair to give him all of the credit for the Cosmos sequel finally getting the okay.

The other big factor is that, after the success of many science focused programming and films, science has become mainstream. We live in a world where a scientific thriller, Gravity, about an astronaut being stranded above Earth was a huge hit and took away more Academy Awards this year than any other film. We live in a world where Bill Nye the Science Guy's debate with a creationist goes viral. And we live in a world where Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most popular American scientist. He has his own meme. He has been feature in DC comics in a Superman comic (pictured above). And so, Neil deGrasse Tyson gets to host his own Cosmos series every Sunday night on ten different Fox networks including National Geographic.

I've already watched the series premier and, despite some controversy and criticism, it is a beautiful piece of television, both thought-provoking and soul-stirring. Tyson's soliloquizing against the brilliantly rendered imagery is a perfect combination. I recommend this sort of programming to anyone and everyone.

Many people are afraid to think about the immense reality the cosmos because it makes them feel small. But I don't concern myself with feeling small. I feel like, rather than being part of something small, rather than being part of something finite, and rather than there being a clear end of the discoveries to discover in sight, that we are all part of something infinite. And that may be intimidating, but it is also compelling.

So, join Neil deGrasse Tyson on the infinite journey of human discovery and keep moving toward the horizon. There is no end to the journey, but there are many discoveries. Life doesn't "end". It "ands".

Watch the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey HERE.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Sometimes what America needs is the sort of hero that is simultaneously a robot and simultaneously a horse and simultaneously a cyborg and simultaneously a good caretaker of infants.

Sometimes we need a robohorse. Correct?

Then we've got the newest single from Ninja Sex Party.

This video has a lot of things that I'm sure you're looking for in a music video: dragon-slaying Danny Sexbangs, girls with pink hair, guys in dragon & unicorn onesies, Ninja Brians, Dragon Dances, Jewish weddings, and even the Manticore.

Fun fact: Ninja Brian is a theoretical physicist specializing in string theory and supersymmetry when not running around and killing people around Dan. Seriously.

I've been playing as much League as I can lately cuz I want to build up my character roster a little bit before working to force my position in ranked. I'm shooting for Silver, since my previous best was Bronze 1, but need to crystallize the position I want to play most in ranked. I've been playing a lot of Jungle lately, so I might play Jungle solo, and I've been experimenting with a bunch of different supports, including Zac.

As always, I'll keep you updated.

Brought to you by Mahou Shoujo Aatrox!