Her heart sank into her shoes as she realized at last how much she wanted him. No matter what his past was, no matter what he had done. Which was not to say that she would ever let him know, but only that he moved her chemically more than anyone she had ever met, that all other men seemed pale beside him.
—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, A New Leaf 
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Xenoblade leads the way in splitting 3DS userbase ⊟

Along with debuting new hardware this morning (special edition new 3DS XLs for Smash Bros. and Monster Hunter 4G for Japan also snuck out), Nintendo announced a 3DS port for acclaimed Wii RPG Xenoblade.

Xenoblade is the first announced title (for Japan) that will take advantage of the new 3DS models’ improved CPU — meaning it won’t be playable on the older 3DS, 3DS XL, or 2DS systems. The situation is similar to the DSi, which received DSi-only games that older DSes couldn’t run. I remember quite a bit of confusion and anger over how that was handled..

I’m all for games that take advantage of increased capabilities in what’s effectively a new system, but not everyone’s happy to see the 3DS userbase split. Frequent contributor Daniel Feit justified his annoyance by pointing out that handheld lifespans are getting shorter: “Game Boy to Game Boy Color: 9 years. Nintendo DS to DSi: 4 years. Nintendo 3DS to *new* 3DS: 3.5 years.”

Oh, and Nintendo formally announced that Xenoblade’s hero Shulk is a playable fighter for the new Smash Bros.


New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.

City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.

When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she’s not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. “If you look really carefully, you can even see their hairs,” Bragdon says, pointing to a little hole in the sidewalk next to a sewer grate. “When we see something like this, what we say to each other is, ‘This catch basin is hot.’ You know, ‘This is ratty.’ “

Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent ‘Reservoirs’

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"When I was a little kid, my mother and I used to watch the ‘Golden Globes’ and I would dress up and she would get sparkling apple cider and we would make a tray of hors d’oeuvres and watch it together. And I would get up and make a pretend speech.”

Happy 28th birthday Lea Michele Sarfati (August 29, 1986)

August 29, 2014 – Gorgeous Sagaponack Post & Beam Home

400 Haines Path
Sagaponack, the Hamptons, New York
$995,000 | 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | Approx. 1,836 sq. ft.

This perfectly appointed home in Sagaponack North has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Most of this Post & Beam house has been redone or replaced recently, including the roof, kitchen, bathrooms, floors, doors, you name it! This location is close to everything, with easy access to the beaches and villages of Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, and East Hampton.

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