"...Winter Storm Atlas took a huge toll on folks in Western South Dakota earlier this month.
With reports of up to 58″ of snow and almost hurricane-force winds, South Dakotans were struck hard with an early season blizzard of historic proportions...Estimates are that upwards of 70,000 cattle, horses, and livestock perished in the storm. That means many ranchers lost all of this year’s calf crop and a good majority of their cow herds...I’ve encountered many losses in ranching, having several cattle at once struck dead by lightning, but I cannot imagine what it must be like to see dead cattle and horses strung out for more than 100 miles." [more inside]
posted by bakerina
on Oct 12, 2013 -
A culmination of a series of unanticipated circumstances — and, finally, a most unfortunate programming bug — has over the last few weeks produced a new and unforeseen dimension of hellishness within Diablo 3: hyperinflation
posted by Pyrogenesis
on May 26, 2013 -
A massive rare 'superstorm' is currently bearing down on Alaska
, with hurricane force winds (100+mph gusts), blizzard, sea-surge flooding. "This is going to be one of the worst storms on record over the Bering Sea". The storm passed through an area of unusually high sea surface temperatures. "This may help explain
why the storm is turning from an ordinary Bering Sea disturbance into a ‘superstorm’." [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Nov 9, 2011 -
Just wait till we're alone together. Then I will tell you something new, something cold, something sleepy, something of cease and peace and the long bright curve of space. Go upstairs to your room. I will be waiting for you...
As a rare October blizzard drifts a blanket of white across the Northeast just before Halloween, what better time to settle in and read (or watch) Conrad Aiken's
most famous short story, "Silent Snow, Secret Snow."
About a small boy who increasingly slips into an ominous fantasy of isolation and endless snow, it could be viewed as a metaphor about autism, Asperger's syndrome, and even schizophrenia before such conditions even had names. In addition to the 1934 short story, the tale has also been adapted as a creepy
1966 black-and-white short film
(also at the Internet Archive
) and as a Night Gallery
) narrated by Orson Welles. Or for a more academic take, see the essay "The Delicious Progress"
examining Aiken's use of white as a symbol of psychological regression.
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 29, 2011 -
BlizzCon, the monumental annual event that Blizzard Entertainment puts on every year, just wrapped up this weekend. It concluded with a massive party and concert, during which George Fisher was at one point invited on stage. Mr. Fisher is also known by his stage name "Corpsegrinder" and is the singer for heavy metal band Cannibal Corpse. In order to introduce him to the audience, this snippet of an interview with him
was played (YT link). In case it's not totally clear what's getting beeped out, here's the unedited version
(YT link, NSFW language). [more inside]
posted by kavasa
on Oct 24, 2011 -
) has yet to be released, but that hasn't stopped the open beta
in Korea from being played so extensively that standout players and strategies are becoming clear well in advance of the limited US beta
. Moreover, tournaments are taking place and, while probably inaccessible to those unfamiliar with StarCraft
, many matches are available to watch in very high definition on YouTube, complete with surprisingly professional and insightful commentary by SC
Despite not being a major SC
fan, I found myself embarrassingly absorbed by a monster 47-minute Terran vs. Protoss battle, TheLittleOne vs. LiquidNazgul: parts one
. It's an excellent crash course in SC2
culture and terminology as well as a fun watch and great match. There are many
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Apr 16, 2010 -
Kotaku interviews Dez
, the producer of Whores of Warcraft
), as well as Mia Rose and Hannah Harper, 2 porn stars recently added to the rolls of addicted World of Warcraft
players. Apparently, Dez has at least 2 level 70 characters, and plays in a guild with Hannah's husband, where she's taken her Blood Elf Priest to level 26 already. Talking about Phat Lewt not getting you hot? How about some Bare Maidens
? (gee, NSFW, you think?). Dez also has a fascinating MySpace
page, mostly for his ...interesting mix of friends.
posted by thanotopsis
on Feb 7, 2007 -
WoWFilter: It's official.
The Burning Crusade debuts today in Los Angeles at BlizzCon
, a company-sponsored event that is also showing off Starcraft: Ghost
. The convention has been sold out for nearly 3 months now. Surprisingly, even after selling out all the tickets, Blizzard went on to announce that The Offspring
will perform (with an opener from Christian Finnegan
), there will be a fully equipped exhibit hall, and the event will take place right next to Disney Land
. The convention opened its doors this morning, and Blizzard promptly put up the official site for the expansion. The only question that remains is: What is the new mystery playable race for the Alliance? My vote is for drunk Panda Ninjas.
posted by thanotopsis
on Oct 28, 2005 -
Diablo II Goes Gold!
The official release date is now next week, 6/29/01. Diablo was addictive, Hellfire was even worse. I spent a six months playing Diablo II non stop and now this. I hope my wife doesn't kick me and my Assassin out the door.
posted by me myself and i
on Jun 24, 2001 -