controversial development

I’m pro-gun control. I am pro-sensible-safety-measures. There should be a fingerprint lock on your gun that unlocks your gun. Maybe the same security measure we apply to our fucking cell phones we could apply to an instrument of death- how does that impinge on your second amendment rights? It doesn’t. Shut the fuck up. It does not.
—  David Cross - Making America Great Again! (Netflix Original)

History’s Ten Greatest Polymaths

10. Benjamin Franklin

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution.

9. Immanuel Kant

German philosopher who is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of modern Europe, and his influence on Western thought is immeasurable. He was the starting point and inspiration for the German Idealism movement in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, and more specifically for the Kantianism which grew up around him in his own lifetime. His works, especially those on Epistemology, Metaphysics and Ethics, such as his masterworks the "Critique of Pure Reason" and the "Critique of Practical Reason,“ achieved a complete paradigm shift and moved philosophy beyond the debate between the Rationalists and Empiricists which had dominated the Age of Reason and the early Age of Enlightenment.

8. Baruch Spinoza

Dutch Philosopher who laid the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe. He developed highly controversial ideas regarding the authenticity of the Hebrew Bible and the nature of the Divine. His notable ideas were Pantheism, determinism, neutral monism, parallelism, intellectual and religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. He came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. Spinoza's magnum opus, the posthumous "Ethics,“ in which he opposed Descartes' mind–body dualism, has earned him recognition as one of Western philosophy’s most important thinkers.

7. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.

6. René Descartes

French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. Dubbed the father of modern western philosophy, much of subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day. Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy continues to be a standard text at most university philosophy departments. Descartes’s influence in mathematics is equally apparent; the Cartesian coordinate system—allowing reference to a point in space as a set of numbers, and allowing algebraic equations to be expressed as geometric shapes in a two- or three-dimensional coordinate system (and conversely, shapes to be described as equations)—was named after him. He is credited as the father of analytical geometry, the bridge between algebra and geometry, used in the discovery of infinitesimal calculus and analysis. Descartes was also one of the key figures in the scientific revolution. In his theology, he insists on the absolute freedom of God’s act of creation. Descartes laid the foundation for 17th-century continental rationalism, later advocated by Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz.

5. Archimedes

Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time, Archimedes anticipated modern calculus and analysis by applying concepts of infinitesimals and the method of exhaustion to derive and rigorously prove a range of geometrical theorems, including the area of a circle, the surface area and volume of a sphere, and the area under a parabola. Other mathematical achievements include deriving an accurate approximation of pi, defining and investigating the spiral bearing his name, and creating a system using exponentiation for expressing very large numbers. He was also one of the first to apply mathematics to physical phenomena, founding hydrostatics and statics, including an explanation of the principle of the lever. He is credited with designing innovative machines, such as his screw pump, compound pulleys, and defensive war machines to protect his native Syracuse from invasion.

4. Aristotle

Greek philosopher and scientist. At seventeen or eighteen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BC). His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great beginning in 343 BC. The fact that Aristotle was a pupil of Plato contributed to his former views of Platonism, but, following Plato’s death, Aristotle immersed himself in empirical studies and shifted from Platonism to empiricism. He believed all peoples’ concepts and all of their knowledge was ultimately based on perception. Aristotle’s views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance, and were not replaced systematically until the Enlightenment and theories such as classical mechanics. Some of Aristotle’s zoological observations, such as on the hectocotyl (reproductive) arm of the octopus, were not confirmed or refuted until the 19th century. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which was incorporated in the late 19th century into modern formal logic. In metaphysics, Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Judeo-Islamic philosophical and theological thought during the Middle Ages and continues to influence Christian theology, especially the Neoplatonism of the Early Church and the scholastic tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Aristotle was well known among medieval Muslim intellectuals and revered as “The First Teacher.” His ethics, though always influential, gained renewed interest with the modern advent of virtue ethics. All aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today.

3. Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, iconology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal. Today, Leonardo is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.

2. Isaac Newton

English physicist and mathematician (described in his own day as a “natural philosopher”) who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,” first published in 1687, laid the foundations for classical mechanics. Newton made seminal contributions to optics, and he shares credit with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for the development of calculus. Newton's Principia formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which dominated scientists’ view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. Newton’s work removed the last doubts about the validity of the heliocentric model of the Solar System. Newton built the first practical reflecting telescope and developed a theory of colour based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into the many colours of the visible spectrum. He formulated an empirical law of cooling, studied the speed of sound, and introduced the notion of a Newtonian fluid. In addition to his work on calculus, as a mathematician Newton contributed to the study of power series, generalised the binomial theorem to non-integer exponents, developed a method for approximating the roots of a function, and classified most of the cubic plane curves. Beyond his work on the mathematical sciences, Newton dedicated much of his time to the study of biblical chronology and alchemy, but most of his work in those areas remained unpublished until long after his death.

1. Nikola Tesla

Serbian-American inventor, discoverer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, theoretical and experimental physicist, mathematician, futurist and humanitarian. Tesla was a hyperpolyglot who could speak eight languages fluently including: Serbo-Croatian, English, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin. Tesla has more original inventions to his credit than any other man in history. He has been accounted for 278 patents in 26 different countries. He was the true father of radio and a man far ahead of his time. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system that we still use today. He was the first to invent and patent a commutatorless alternating current induction motor that led to an AC/DC war with Thomas Edison. All electrical machinery using or generating alternating current is due to Tesla, without which our long distance trolley cars, our electrified power lines, and our subways would be impossible. The Tesla Induction Motor, the Tesla Rotary Converter, the Tesla Phase System of Power Transmission, the Tesla Steam and Gas Turbine, the Tesla Coil, and the Oscillation Transformer are perhaps his better known inventions. In his labs he conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. He is also the father of remote control, building a wireless controlled boat exhibited in 1898. Although not recognized for, he was the first to discovery the electron, radioactivity, cosmic rays, terrestrial resonance, stationary waves (standing waves), and the first to invent fluorescent light bulbs. He first demonstrated wireless energy/power by lighting his phosphorescent light bulbs wirelessly in a demonstration given before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,1893. He also theorized a particle beam to be used for defense in war, and also to produce an artificial Aurora Borealis to light the night skies. In his later life he wanted to bring humanity so much more with his inventions and discoveries, but lacked the investments and funds to finish his work on a large scale. He would eventually die penniless and alone in his New York apartment, but like all the greats above, he lives on through all his inventions and contributions to this world that last until the end of man.

bloomberg.com
Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions
The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

The investigation also has absorbed a money-laundering probe begun by federal prosecutors in New York into Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, said on Thursday that he was unaware of the inquiry into Trump’s businesses by the two-months-old investigation and considered it beyond the scope of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be examining.

“Those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the Special counsel; are unrelated to the election of 2016 or any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and most importantly, are well beyond any Statute of Limitation imposed by the United States Code,” he wrote in an email.

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The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments in Trump buildings, Trump’s involvement in a controversial SoHo development in New York with Russian associates, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and Trump’s sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008, the person said.

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In 1980, a controversial case developed after Lindy Chamberlain claimed that her baby had been eaten by a Dingo in the Australian bush. Chamberlain had been camping near Ayers Rock with her family when she claimed that nine-week-old Azaria was snatched by the wild animal. After two inquests and a thorough police investigation, she was shockingly tried and convicted of the murder of her baby daughter. Thousands of people fought to clear her name and, in 1986 new evidence was found that suggested that the dingo story was in fact true. Azaria’s tiny jacket was found and Canine hairs were located in and around tent. It was concluded that she had been telling the truth.

Lindy Chamberlain was released after 3 years of prison time and was awarded $1.3 million in compensation by the Australian government.

My Worst Thought

I’ve developed a…’controversial opinion’ doesn’t feel as if it comes close to adequately covering it. ‘Heresy’ falls far short. ‘Blasphemy’ might be in the neighborhood.

I think - as an ongoing character template meant to sustain numerous stories - I prefer the potential of this Mr. Freeze…

…over this Mr. Freeze:

To be very super clear upfront, I’m not saying Batman & Robin is a better Freeze story than Heart of Ice. I actually ended up loving that movie, but “I’m afraid by condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy” isn’t quite on the same tier as “Think of it, Batman. To never again walk on a summer’s day with the hot wind in your face and a warm hand to hold. Oh yes; I’d kill for that.” Though if we’re throwing stones, it’s worth noting that episode also includes the line “Rest well, my love. The monster who took you from me will soon learn that revenge is a dish… best served cold.

The thing about classic Freeze is that he’s absolutely perfect…for maybe 3 stories. You know how people discuss “the Two-Face problem”, where the only stories of substance people can seem to think to tell with him are about how he became Two-Face, and him getting cured and it not taking (even All-Star Batman, with its very solid new twist on him, is still also banking on whether or not he can be rehabilitated)? Same problem with Victor: you can do 1. He tries to kill people to cure/avenge Nora (Heart of Ice, Deep Freeze), 2. He does something sentimental because of Nora (White Christmas), or 3. Nora is cured but his life still sucks because he’s Mr. Freeze (Sub-Zero, Cold Comfort, Meltdown). Unlike Harvey, there isn’t even the possibility of moving him outside that paradigm, because his entire deal as a character is that all he cares about is bringing her back, no frills or side gimmicks. While most of the time the changes are ill-advised, I don’t find it shocking in the least that the likes of Judd Winnick and Scott Snyder have tried to switch up his deal to put him in a place where you can do new stuff with him, because while that makes for a spectacular one-shot or two it leads to some crushing diminishing returns for a recurring villain.

The guy in the movie on the other hand? I genuinely can’t believe I’m saying this, but there’s a little more on the bone to him. Yes, he makes silly ice puns and I’m not saying he should do that all the time in the comics,* but we also get this:

You can still do classic Sad Freeze stuff with him, and that he’s a character who can encompass both of those takes interests me. He seems less like a cartoon at points so much as prone to severe mood swings, moving on a dime from having his henchman sing along to The Snow Miser while puffing on a cigar and luxuriating in his criminality to sneaking off to watch his wedding video and mourn his wife in private. And it’s made equally clear this isn’t just a switch that was flipped: Nobel-prize-winning scientist and two-time Olympic decathlete Dr. Victor Fries is shown to be a goofy, awkward, giggling dope in his wedding video, and he mentions making his solid steel survival suit intentionally a size too small because he wants to look skinny. This is a guy who’s fundamentally insecure except when he’s belting out freeze puns, and that gives a deeper in than “he and Batman are both sad about their dead families”.

Obviously he’d have to be at least somewhat subdued, but picture it: Victor Fries is in the reverse position of Bruce Wayne, living a life without confidence or love and having finally gained it, seeing the death of his loved one coming and having every possible physical and mental advantage in order to save her, and he fails. So miserably in fact that he catastrophically injures himself in the process, and what’s worse she’s still hanging on by an impossible thread that won’t let him give up hope and move on. Batman has to tell himself that Thomas and Martha would have approved of what he’s done, but Fries actually has the fading chance of getting to receive that validation. And so like Batman before him he decides to embrace what’s happened to him and Show Them, Show Them All! that he’s a force to be reckoned with in control of his world. 

Everything’s of course still in service of Nora at the end, but suddenly you can do other stuff with him. He can have weird themed crimes to decipher. He can pursue his own goals. He can have more than one emotional state. He can, yeah, have a room full of crooks sing The Snow Miser to him while he puffs on a cigar, because with the one source of meaningful positive reinforcement stripped away he craves validation until he can get it back, even if it means bending Gotham and the underworld to his whim, because that’s the life he’s been consigned to. And the odd attempt by Batman to rehabilitate him takes on a new light: clearly he’s of two minds about his situation, burying his feelings beneath his gimmicks and at least somewhat capable of being reached, but while Batman questions his own motivations on occasion, this Freeze literally surrounds himself with a chorus singing his praises and addresses even his most ridiculously petty concerns of self-image. This unselfaware, superhuman nerd belting puns and loving his new life of crime and throwing himself into everything about it that can distract him and fill the great gaping hole in his heart left by the tantalizing loss of the one person who ever cared, and his failure to save her, feels like a more interesting comparison to Batman than what we’ve traditionally had. Them both seeking validation through justice/crime to make up for the loss of a loved one, with Freeze trying to achieve the actual validation of Nora coming back and accepting and forgiving him for his non-sin of not saving her before, strikes me as richer than ‘they’re both sad because someone died but Victor took it worse’. And it’s a more open-ended story driver to boot.

* This is absolutely a lie, he does need to make ice puns all the time.

Studio Perriot's Sakura

What I hate about Studio Perriot is that they always try to fit Sakura in the sassy-hotblooded-inconsiderate-childish-ungraceful-manly-loud-average looking stereotype of main shounen female.

No, Sakura is always considered to be a controversial character development by critics, because she’s too different and unique from cliche shounen girls. She’s strong-willed (not the same as loud and childish hot-blooded), and unexpectedly mature. She has good brain, intelligence is her sexiness, and god her frame is stunningly high fashion with minimum bust, toned booty and super long slender legs.

At the same time she’s considerate, caring and gentle in her own ways. She’s passionate and full of emotions, yes, but she’s not spoiled (like in RtN) or irrational.

She’s more like a woman, not that tantrum childlike girl in anime.

I think SP based too much on shounen female stereotype and the way Sakura acted in the beginning of series (which she has changed, A LOT).

I don’t like SP’s Sakura at all. They destroyed an incredibly unique character in shounen history to fit in the category.

And that’s so wrong.

Why I believe that Joseph Oda is not dead (an essay, I guess).
I’ve finished The Evil Within yesterday and I must admit I’m shaken to the core. But it’s a pleasant vibrations, y’know, the ones you get when you find something incredibly perfect, something that feels like it’s been created specially for you and The Evil Within is exactly this type of the game.
I liked Joseph Oda from the very first moment I saw him, however it took me the whole game to fully understand his character and analyze his fate and role in the story and now, after a sleepless night of thinking hard, I’m sure that there is no way for Joseph to be dead. In this post I want to summarize all the evidence proving that Joseph is alive though may not be all too well. If anyone have other argument concerning this topic you are always welcome to PM me and we surely can discuss it. I looked closely, but of course I can miss something. ^___^’
0) I’d like to begin with the pretty controversial idea that Japanese developers would’n just go ahead and simply kill a single Japanese character in the cast in this pretty distasteful way he got shot by Julie. Not like it goes without saying, sure, but there is such a tendency.
1) And now for the main part - we never saw the body. There are dead Marcelo Jimenez and dead Oscar Connelly, but Joseph is not there. We also see Tatiana passing by and Julie is leaning over Sebastian. Both of the women are working for some organization and assisting in performing the experiment. We also hear the male voice speaking about someone’s vital signs, addressing someone ‘sir’ and there is no way this person is Julie who is with Sebastian, because, well, obviously she’s not a sir. Also Julie is pretending that Sebastian is dead, so he could be left with other dead people, so others think he’s dead. It can mean only one thing: someone else in the baths is alive. Of course it can be Leslie or even Ruvik’s brain, but the main point is that Joseph is not in the bath that makes me think that he’s alive and is taken away.
2) Even Sebastian refuses to believe that Joseph is dead at first. He’s accusing Julie for killing him simply and only because he didn’t find Joseph’s body and assume the worst, while actually it’s just his pessimistic assumption and nothing more.
3) Sure Joseph has been injured by Julie’s bullet, but it’s unwise to assume she shot him dead, firstly because she seems to know what she’s doing, then again because the world they are all in works differently. Please note that at the end of the game Sebastian was pierced through the chest by the huge spike and survived, so in the comparison with this, the bullet in the shoulder doesn’t sound that bad.
4) Finally, I’ve got a strong feeling that Joseph is important character for the plot. He’s like a red thread in Sebastian’s layer of the story: thin and invisible for the first glance, but it’s definitely there. I guess it’s correct to compare Joseph Oda with Jill Valentine from Residen Evil series and this girl got through a lot of stuff and become even prettier and stronger. Also Sebastian obviously cares deeply for Joseph, so the organization that is responsible for everything that happened can use Joseph to influence Sebastian’s actions if necessary. In any way The Evil Within’s story feels a lot like like a good prequel for something really huge and epic, leaving a lot of questions with no answers and a lot of possibilities for the upcoming sequels.
This is all I can think of right now, guys.) Let’s just be optimistic because as you can see our optimism is actually not so unfounded.

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Black Narcissus: A stranger in a strange land, Prince set out to create his own magical kingdom, where all he needs is your— kiss

“Hybridism is heinous. Impurity of races is against the law of nature. Mulattos are monsters…”–Treatise on Sociology, Henry Hughes, 1860

A passion play in the classic rock critical mode looms loftily in the clouds:

The Rolling Stones play Los Angeles in October 1981. The opening acts are the J. Geils Band, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and at the bottom of the bill, Prince. The Stones, J. Geils, and Thorogood are all reasonably good examples of the rewards available to white musicians playing black American music. All three draw deep from the well of blues and soul, all three point proudly in the direction of their R&B roots. The addition of Prince to the show, therefore, seems a gracious gesture on the part of the headliners (somebody must have cut a deal), a well-intended symbolic acknowledgment of a young black rocker hailing from the same neck of the woods as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Steve Wonder, and Little Richard, a 22-year-old Phenom who writes fantastic songs, produces and plays every note on his albums, has as much juice as Jimi Hendrix, as many moves as James Brown, and more jazz than either one. It is an acknowledgment that Prince is an inheritor. It is also a disastrous misunderstanding of a contemporary rock audience’s tastes and prejudices. Prince is pelted with abuse and booed from the stage. What he has inherited, a stadium full of Stones fans don’t want.

He sang his own songs, posed heroically with his guitar, stalked and strode the stage. He wore black bikini underwear, not a black leather jacket. He danced brilliantly at a time when dancing was disco and disco was an obscenity.

Rock had developed a history, sculpted by white boys (the reason rock critics liked Elvis Costello so much, David Lee Roth said with dead-on accuracy, was that rock critics look like Elvis Costello).

“The two-caste system in the Old South drove the mulattoes into the arms of the blacks, no matter how hard some of them tried to build a make- believe third world for themselves.” —Roll, Jordan, Roll; The World The Slaves Made, by Eugene D. Genovese, 1974

After the L.A. disaster, Prince again retreats, maybe truly intimidated for the first time. Uptown was a smaller kingdom than he’d figured; fantasies were thrilling, but reality was an ass kicker. Still, for someone as young and resourceful and ambitious as Prince, a disastrous defeat points to challenging new possibilities for a decorative triumph.

Controversy came out a few months later. He couldn’t believe, he sang in the title tune, all the controversy that had developed over whether or not he was black or white, straight or gay. He loved every word of it. He’d started it with the time-honored device of refusing all interviews, turned up the flame by inserting into Controversy the Lord’s Prayer and a reductionist manifesto nursery rhyme: “People call me rude/ I wish we all were nude/ I wish there was no black and white/ I wish there were no rules…”

Uptown, and his dream of what it was going to be like, disappeared. A new world was what he offered this time, the Second (absolutely no slight pause) Coming. His tone was positively messianic. Sexuality, he insisted, is all we ever need. No money, he was certain, and especially no clothes. Moreover, he’d located the cause of our problems and secured its solution, too. “We live in a world overrun by tourists…inventors of the Accu-Jac…they teach the kids that love is bad.” The solution? “"We need a new breed/ Leaders, stand up and organize…” He was talking, as he almost always did, with his own needs in mind. And presenting himself as the new leader.

The odd thing about it was the degree to which his uncomplicated philosophies went forth into the world of complexities and fulfilled themselves. A single Prince tune played in a new wave dance club could improve the atmosphere—and the dancing—for an hour at a time. And finding the bedroom of female new wave clubsters decorated with the dripping-wet Prince poster that came with Controversy ceased to be a surprise and became a certainty. Prince was carving out a constituency that was black far more often than white, female far more often than male, young far more often than not. It was the kind of constituency that gets a pop voice little respect and a lot of condescension.

And there was no telling if his constituency would stick. If his earlier club dates at the time of Dirty Mind had been attended by audiences that were said to be a startling mix of race, gender, class, and style, Controversy hadn’t been getting any white airplay so that by the time Prince’s tour played the San Francisco Civic on Valentines’ Day 1982, the attending faithful were almost absolutely not white.

The opening act was The Time, with their first hit single, “Cool,” under their belt, from their debut album that was produced by someone named “Jamie Starr.” Everybody involved strenuously insisted that Starr was most definitely not Prince behind those Foster-Grants. “Cool” had been all over black radio for months. It was easily the biggest, freshest funk hit of the season, and it meant that the biggest hit Prince had ever had was under another name than his own.

After the Rolling Stones debacle, he’d subdivided himself, disincorporated, sliced his persona into sections that could meet head-on a segregated marketplace’s sets of assumptions. The Time did some of what Prince might have been doing if the rigid rules of rock had allowed him a little latitude. They mixed funk and new wave pop and a lot of R&B; onstage, they came off like Little Richard fronting the Specials, but maintained glacial gangster cool at all times. “Ain’t nobody bad like me!” Morris Day would crow while a dapper roadie-valet held a gilt mirror in place for him to primp his pomp. Their backdrop was a sketch of steps and stoops on a city street and their version of Uptown was anywhere an attitude is the first article of clothing you put on in the morning. And they showed up dressed to kill.

Unlike a rock band, where all involved studiously avoid dancing lest they be suspected of being frivolous, The Time danced like demons, in slick unison steps and with loose individual inspiration. Some of their shtick came straight out of an older tradition of black show business, stuff that could have played the black vaudeville circuit 50 years earlier, but in the same instant they seemed to be inventing it.

Prince’s own show was a rock act on a hockey-rink-to-stadium scale, and if it had the dance audience standing still often, no one walked. The parts of the persona that he showed off played in clanking rock tempos more often than not. He played left-field Hendrix licks and gave himself and the guitar mutual orgasms. He did a version of Dirty Mind’s “When You Were Mine” that was exactly the sort of thing that makes rock critics crank all the way up to “majestic,” “redeeming,” and “tragic” when they’re describing their most recent Bruce Springsteen experience. He was demonstrating the simple fact, whether white folks were around to see him do it or not, that his absolute mastery of a vast vocabulary of style—not only R&B/funk/black but any “rock” style he took a shine to as well—was complete and captivating.

After Weeks Of Controversy, Arkham Development Vote Has Been Decided.

Critics question whether decision is best step for Gotham.

“This is a case of compromising for what’s best for the people of Gotham. The Arkham District will be developed into both low cost housing, as well as a much needed site for waste disposal.

This is the best of both plans – together in one.Meanwhile, Arkham Asylum will be retrofitted to meet today’s standards and re-opened. Gotham deserves a world class treatment facility for the mentally ill.” – Mayor Aubrey James

Victor of Danganronpa 3:

Maizono Sayaka

Reasons?

1. Her images from previous series remained nearly intact.
2. Didn’t get a controversial character development.
3. Her death was still not forgotten.
4. Managed to get a VA and some nice lines too.
5. She didn’t appear for long, but all of her frames were animated super beautifully in high quality.
6. And she still managed to appear in the bonus voice drama too.

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The Great Dunes of Scotland by David Langan
Via Flickr:
To me this photograph is all about fringes. It is on the fringe of dawn, the fringe of winter and the fringe of the land. Incidently this photograph was taken looking North towards Menie and Donald Trump’s controversial golf course development. The dunes in this area were renamed by Trump to “The Great Dunes of Scotland”. Details of my website can be found on my flickr profile. From the website you can find information on my workshops, blog, prints and other social networking profiles.

After thinking about it...

And practically lying awake for most of the night thinking about it. This whole ‘ubisoft’ thing with Assassin’s Creed Unity, it’s really tearing me up inside. And NOT because they didn’t have time to make a female lead or female co-op partner.

But by the fact that people are SO freaking jaded by it, that some don’t even want to buy the game. People are arguing left and right and are completely divided on the subject.

Yet no one is saying “Hey, you guys worked really hard for 3 years and it shows! This game looks amazing and I want to play it!” No one ever thinks of the hard work game developers put into their games. The time people got upset over Mass Effect 3’s ending was a similar problem. Everyone was so upset with their choices and things– they didn’t even bother thinking about the creators themselves, not until later.

Game developers aren’t preforming monkeys, they may bring games to you, the people, but they do not have to do everything you say or for you. People who are degrading a great game developing company are no better than the person who left that comment about designing woman in games.

Yes what Ubisoft have stated was not the best choice of words, but it doesn’t mean you should go out and start talking shit about them. At least be nicer about it and send loving letters or some other form of social interactive medium to let them know “Hey, we appreciate you and would love it if you would make a female character in this game, we know you like strong woman characters. Can you please make another one?”

It’s that simple.

There, I’ve finally gotten up the courage to speak my mind. Now, please. Be civil about all of this. Thank you.

Literally one of my least favorite arguments against socially progressive ideals in video games is the whole “don’t mess with the creator’s artistic vision” thing. The idea that women/minorities are threatening the creator’s artistic vision by demanding better representation/less sexualized videogame characters. Like with the whole Tracer ass pose controversy. The developers had said that they wanted to make the game available to everyone, and when people pointed out that that wasn’t very accessible, they changed it, without fuss, and without losing time or money, since they said they already had an alternate pose made for her. No harm, no foul, people were only helping them accomplish what they said they’d wanted to accomplish. And suddenly it was a shit show, cis het male gamers pitched a fit and started yelling about sjws threatening the creator’s vision. Even though that was the exact opposite of what had happened. Now it’s happening with dishonored with people getting upset over fans seeing Emily as a lesbian, saying that it’s messing with arkane’s artistic vision, even though the game’s developer has said multiple times that representation is important and that they’re trying to do better this. Not to mention the bullshit that happens every time bioware releases a new game.

They claim they’re protecting the developers interests, when in reality, they’re just hiding behind the developers to justify their own agendas. They don’t actually care about artistic vision unless it matches their opinions

Power Toughness city

Welcome to the Magic Power/Toughness city!  Whatever your size, we’ve got something for you.

Maybe you like the bustle and business of the high-rises down in the lower quadrant, including the commanding view from 2/2 Towers and 1/1 Way. The Square Stats river runs right under the skyscrapers and all the way out to Emrakul Heights.

Right across midtown you can see the economics of Power/Toughness City as the toughness side of the river is more packed, with taller buildings and more tenants, particularly in the far reaches of 0 Power street, the popular tourist area known as The Wall (the Rolling Stones’ favourite spot!).

Over on the power side of the river it’s quieter, but it’s known to be a more aggressive neighbourhood.  But come here to check out the music scene - Zurgo and the Thunderblusts play every night at the 7/2 bar.

In the suburbs around the city, there are many undeveloped wildernesses for you to explore.  7/8 is the first of the city’s parklands.  Controversially, development does continue into those areas - see the newly opened Meandering Towers for the infamous “hell” graffiti that someone sprayed on their sign.

The titans of the financial and entertainment worlds out in the expensive double-digits areas.  Most live close to the river, but check out the beautiful sunset from Chez Nova or the back-to-nature feel of the Redemption Trees.

So book your flights now (we have over 1,250 fliers living in the city already) - Power/Toughness City is open for visitors!

Honestly, whenever there’s some controversy in video game development, it’s always so ridiculously cringey to see the response from a collection of gamers.

Tracer’s pose removed from Overwatch because the devs wanted to replace it? People flip a bitch over censorship and how SJWs are ruining the game. Blizzard releases a pose that’s a bit more creative and in line with what they wanted? Haha take that stupid SJWs (that had nothing to do with the discussion in the first place)! You have been TROLLOLOELD by BlizZARD, (the same company we were just accusing of being FEMINAZIS)!!

Rust randomizes player appearance, race and even gender? Trying to sell the game to tumblr!!! Let’s totally ignore the fact that this was done with the intention of fucking with people in a unique manner, doesn’t impact the gameplay, and is honestly kinda interesting. No, it’s those damn SJWs forcing their beliefs onto us!

I see far far more people getting offended over devs giving people choices or exercising their creative freedoms; far more people ranting and raving about fictitious SJW boogiemanz censoring the industry, than suspected ‘SJWs’ actually getting offended over things not being more politically correct and trying to shut things down. (Yeah, it has happened before. Rarely, and oftentimes due to cultural differences and localizations, nothing to do with any politically correct bull, and definitely not to the scale that people piss about.) The comments section of any article of PC Gamer, regarding a game that’s had some run in with drama lately, gets completely clusterfucked with this level of cancer. It’s fucking stupid.

Yeah there’s shitty people in the game dev industry but holy fuck not every action a developer does has to have political intentions, and that fucking goes both ways. Stop making every little fucking thing political.

It’s so fucking embarrassing.

“Creative freedom only applies to stuff I agree with”

Things.

Shut up. Make it count. Down South. Airports. Bottled water. Bleach. Vitamins. Being sick. Being bored. Being alone for a long time. Last year’s calendar. Fast cars. Cage Matches. Controversy. Misinformation. Research and Development. Stature. Status. I could make you feel so good. Slippers. Smores. Ass. Cum. Valedictorian. Yellow. Organization. Organic foods. Bed hair. Mouthwash. Clean sheets. A chance to start over. Falsehoods. Safety deposit boxes. Alaska. Swimming. Work. Play. Sorry. Not sorry anymore.

“Game of Thrones” Recap: Stark Reality

Few of these developments hold a candle to the episode’s most upsetting and controversial development: the wedding night of Sansa and Ramsay. In the books, Lady Stark’s place in this storyline is held instead by a childhood friend, groomed to impersonate Arya and dupe the Northern lords into believing House Bolton has wed itself into Winterfell’s ancient line. What befalls her is no less awful than what happens to Sansa, but because she’s a comparatively minor player in the saga rather than one of its most prominent and beloved figures, the events hit even harder here. The groom’s sadistic grin, the bride’s look of resigned and mounting agony (so reminiscent of Daenerys on her first night with Khal Drogo all those full moons ago), the tears of Theon Greyjoy as he’s forced to watch —  these faces will be hard to forget.

So yes, Sansa’s rape by Ramsay is of the show’s own devising, and it feels every bit the violation it is. But by involving a multidimensional main character instead of one introduced primarily to suffer, the series has a chance to grant this story the gravity and seriousness it deserves. The novels present this material through Theon’s eyes, relegating Bolton’s bride to a supporting role in a man’s story. Sansa has a story of her own, of which this is now an admittedly excruciating chapter — but she, not Theon, is the real victim here, and it remains her story nonetheless. The next chapters will be hers alone to write.

I reviewed tonight’s Game of Thrones.