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32 years old
November 10, 1987
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  1. In Topic: Anime

    14 May 2020 - 11:47 AM

    View PostD, on 06 May 2020 - 06:36 PM, said:

    Kakushigoto is (so far) the best anime series since Shirobako. Change my mind.

    No! If I do that you might find our I'm a dirty manga artist!
  2. In Topic: UFOs, UAPs, Lights in the sky!

    30 April 2020 - 07:35 AM

    View PostSilencer, on 29 April 2020 - 01:36 PM, said:

    As someone who enjoys watching Ancient Aliens and UFO Hunters to laugh at them, I generally fall in the camp that reckons nothing with the ability to travel to our planet from far, far, far away has either: ever been here or: has ever been caught on camera.

    Nothing in that footage suggests alien technology to me. They're poorly focused FLIR images and from my limited knowledge of aviation, don't demonstrate any behaviour not attainable by current levels of technology here on earth.

    Hell, UFO Hunters used to have a decent scientist on the show - they looked into some FLIR footage captured by the crew of a police helicopter. Looked like some weird, oval shaped object that was spinning.
    They spent most of a 40 minute episode on this. It was "compelling", the witnesses in the helicopter were "trained to observe" and were sure it was aliens, or at least unexplainable - the footage was analysed by an expert who couldn't be sure what it was, but he was confident it wasn't a helicopter or plane.
    In the last ten minutes of the episode, the on-show scientist is like, "I want to try something..." and goes and gets a FLIR camera, and has a helicopter fly around a bit while he films. He brings the footage back, and is like, "back when I was flying imaging missions for NASA, I used to see things like this if the focus was wrong".
    Loads up the footage, and sure enough, helicopter engine looks almost identical to the footage that kicked off the episode, if a bit higher quality. Because the engine is the only part of the helo that shows up on thermals at distance, especially if the focus is off.

    Of course, the other guys on the team (who frequently declare "it's exactly the same!" When looking at one triangle and one oval) were not sure it was 'exactly' the same. Let me tell you, it was pretty much fucking identical.

    The point being, FLIR footage is hard to interpret, and is dependant on the right settings to get a clear image. If it's not focused right, you pick up the outline of the engine only, and engines tend to have rotating parts, and look really weird. At least one of those clips, I'm like 99% confident that's what we're seeing, and the others I'm in the 90% confidence range. Of course, it's "unidentified", because with just that footage you can't tell if it's a drone, a jet, a helicopter, or what, let alone which specific type that aircraft is.

    Sadly, despite our technology advancing leaps and bounds since the 40s, we still have nothing remotely close to evidence of alien life or technology, and in a lot of cases, the footage has not got better along with the technology improvements. And even things like FLIR, have made it easier to be confused by footage, because people don't know that what they're seeing is so heavily influenced by the camera as to be unrecognizable as the standard aircraft it is.

    What then if the helicopter starts saying HAK HAK HAK? I know how that goes down.
  3. In Topic: The game I'm playing is...

    29 April 2020 - 07:56 AM

    Almost finished Trials. It really is faithful to the old game.

    Unfortunately the post-game doesn't entirely make sense in context with the main story (you finish the game and then get plopped just before the fight with the big bad, and then go to do an elongated sidequest whilst the big bad is just like 'aight I'mma wait here for a bit then'). Don't get me wrong, it's still fun and the fourth class is pretty sweet, but I feel like it should have been made into an actual postgame rather than an additional sidequest before wrapping up.

    Overall though it's fucking excellent. I'm going to be streaming it on hard with a new party from Tuesday.

  4. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    27 April 2020 - 07:47 AM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 26 April 2020 - 05:05 PM, said:

    Yup I definitely don't trust the Tories not to sneak some extra little bits into emergency Covid legislation...

    "When is security governed through scrutiny?"

  5. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    23 April 2020 - 07:54 AM

    View PostMacros, on 20 April 2020 - 07:23 AM, said:

    With Imperial Guard they're meat bags that can hurt and die so much easier

    You realise it's HERESY to not want to fight and die for DA EMPRAH I hope.



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    10 Nov 2019 - 00:37
    Has it been a year? Yeesh. Happy birthday again. At least you're back reading.
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    Maark Abbott 

    09 Nov 2018 - 18:52
    Thanks ^^ I'll read a sugary manga. Madoka looks promising...
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    09 Nov 2018 - 18:45
    happy birthday Maarky Maark. I hope you get a book that revives your urge to read. Bonus points if it isn't grimdark ;)
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    Maark Abbott 

    12 Jan 2017 - 07:17
    It's true. Mu tends to be my profile picture in most places. Her or Mai. Gotta maintain the harem, after all.
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    The Lord of Moon's Spawn 

    11 Jan 2017 - 16:41
    And just so you know, I'm just trying to irritate you by spelling ya name with one A. :p
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    The Lord of Moon's Spawn 

    11 Jan 2017 - 16:37
    Konichiwa, Mark-chan :)
    Sorry for the late reply; lol, I'm nor even sure why I made this account. So yeah. But Hail Hydra, ya know. Haha.
    Also, belief it or not, I kinda imagined you'd have a BB avatar, after I'd seen your cover image. Nice to see I'm not always wrong. :p
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    Maark Abbott 

    10 Jan 2017 - 06:39
    Sosuke-tan! Kon'nichiwa!
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    The Lord of Moon's Spawn 

    08 Jan 2017 - 23:41
    Aizen here. (Lol.)
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    Maark Abbott 

    23 Nov 2015 - 07:28
    No chance.
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    10 Nov 2015 - 07:57
    Happy birthday. Now have a birthday shave - I dare you. ;)
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