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To Our Daybreak Community,
I’m writing today to let you know that, after much review and consideration, Daybreak is discontinuing development of EverQuest Next.
For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.
For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land. In the case of EverQuest Next, we accomplished incredible feats that astonished industry insiders. Unfortunately, as we put together the pieces, we found that it wasn’t fun. We know you have high standards when it comes to Norrath and we do too. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Next would not meet the expectations we – and all of you – have for the worlds of Norrath.
The future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak. EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished.
President, Daybreak Games
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Believers Rate Atheists About As Trustworthy As Rapists, Says New Study
Ronald Bailey | December 1, 2011
A new study, Do You Believe in Atheists? Distrust is Central to Anti-Atheist Prejudice [PDF], probing the attitudes of people toward atheists has just been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The abstract reports:
Recent polls indicate that atheists are among the least liked people in areas with religious majorities (i.e., in most of the world). The sociofunctional approach to prejudice, combined with a cultural evolutionary theory of religion‘s effects on cooperation, suggest that anti-atheist prejudice is particularly motivated by distrust. Consistent with this theoretical framework, a broad sample of American adults revealed that distrust characterized anti-atheist prejudice, but not anti-gay prejudice (Study 1). In subsequent studies, distrust of atheists generalized even to participants from more liberal, secular populations. A description of a criminally untrustworthy individual was seen as comparably representative of atheists and rapists, but not representative of Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, feminists, or homosexuals (Studies 2-4). In addition, results were consistent with the hypothesis that the relationship between belief in God and atheist distrust was fully mediated by the belief that people behave better if they feel that God is watching them (Study 4). In implicit measures, participants strongly associated atheists with distrust, and belief in God was more strongly associated with implicit distrust of atheists than with implicit dislike of atheists (Study 5). Finally, atheists were systematically socially excluded only in high-trust domains; belief in God, but not authoritarianism, predicted this discriminatory decision-making against atheists in high trust domains (Study 6). These six studies are the first to systematically explore the social psychological underpinnings of anti-atheist prejudice, and converge to indicate the centrality of distrust in this phenomenon.
Why are atheists so distrusted by believers? ScienceDaily reports one speculation from the lead researcher:
The religious behaviors of others may provide believers with important social cues, the researchers say. "Outward displays of belief in God may be viewed as a proxy for trustworthiness, particularly by religious believers who think that people behave better if they feel that God is watching them," says Norenzayan. "While atheists may see their disbelief as a private matter on a metaphysical issue, believers may consider atheists' absence of belief as a public threat to cooperation and honesty."
A recent Gallup poll noted (on the basis of an heroic assumption that a candidate for president was "well qualified") that 78 percent of Americans would vote for a Mormon, 67 percent for a gay, 89 percent for a Jew. Only 49 percent said that they would vote for an atheist. But there's good news -- in 1958 only 18 percent said that they'd vote for an atheist.
The Adventures of Pete and Pete Reunion at Cinefamily: Mike Maronna, Danny Tamberelli & Artie...the Strongest Man...in the World
By Paul T. Bradley Mon., Nov. 21 2011 at 11:30 AM Comments (5)
Categories: Culture, Nerdy in LA, Nostalgia, Over The Weekend, Television
Describing Pete and Pete to non-fans and newcomers is like describing an acid trip in Pleasantville to your grandma without making drug reference, "It's like, y'know...surreal but nostalgic...but like still kinda wholesome...but warped...only tastefully so." Ok fine, Pete and Pete is The Wonder Years on mescaline...or 11 days of voluntary sleeplessness. There there grandma, you know what mescaline is, don't act so coy.
The cast and creators of the venerable kids cult classic The Adventures of Pete and Pete joined an instant-sell-out crowd Saturday night at Cinefamily for their first reunion since the show's run ended in 1996. Both Petes, Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli, were joined by show creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, as well as writer Joe Stillman, director Katherine Dieckmann and, of course, Toby Huss as Artie...the strongest man...in the world.
The evening chronicled more of a "Wow, how did that even happen?" vibe than "We made the best thing ever, and it's a crime we're not amazingly popular." Turns out, making Pete and Pete was an amazing time, and given the particulars, a labor of love that may never ever happen again.
Paul T. Bradley
Tamberelli (little Pete) and Maronna (big Pete) now
In the spirit of endless in-jokes, the Cinefamily marquee read "KrebStar Film Festival," an homage to the show's company town in-joke about product ubiquity (the show featured an array of Leavittown-esque products like KrebStore 24, KrebEx, Krebgate Toothpaste, and even Kreb Scouts). The staff handed out "performance-enhanced" Orange Lazaruses (a brain-freeze inducing slushy orange drink) to the crowd. They even had a temporary tattoo artist on hand to dish out versions of Little Pete's mysterious tattoo "Petunia".
Paul T. Bradley
Little Pete's 'Petunia' painted on a Cinefamily superfan
For those of you who don't remember, the show began as 60-second shorts in 1989, in Nickelodeon's early days...those halcyon days when grossing-out and gagging-up were in their experimental phase. With the shorts success came a few specials, and then a full-blown three season series. This wasn't exactly the children's series world of producers Sid and Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost)...it was the manageable childhood surrealism that defines the lost late and post-X generation. Pete and Pete was an angst-less love letter from Gen-X adults to their younger siblings, nieces and nephews...well, the awesomely weird ones, anyway.
It featured two ginger siblings named Pete (don't ask why they have the same name) in a Springfield-esque stateless anytown called Wellsville, and chronicled childhood staples like field trips, summer vacations, school lunches, etc. from their own perspectives, not the forced moralistic perspective of adults. That's the best thing about the show -- the logic was one of childhood magic realism. Entire cars can be dug up on the beach and driven away, moms have radio receiving (and occasionally broadcasting) metal headplates and demonic bowling balls can augment familial strife.
Paul T. Bradley
Viscardi and McRobb, writers way ahead of their time
"The things we loved about it were the things that totally freaked out Nickelodeon when we were making it," Viscardi said. "They didn't understand some of the stuff we were doing, or so many elements of it. And we would say, 'No no, this is great, this works' and they would just be afraid of so many of the things that were going on. We just made things that made us laugh and did things that we enjoyed."
That's basically it in a nutshell. The writers made something that entertained them and would have entertained them as children. And in defiance of the logic of television, they got away with all of it.
Paul T. Bradley
Huss, left, in front of a giant picture of Artie
Much like his character in the show, Toby Huss stole the stage; occasionally mugging for the crowd and cracking some Artie-isms. Artie, a long john-wearing nerd with a striped t-shirt and slick hair -- kind of like a half-hipster half-Superman -- was either a figmemt of Little Pete's imagination, or an actual lunatic, it is never made clear. "The turning point of what it was and then what it became is when we brought Artie. I think when you bring in a character like Artie and what he represents..." McRobb started to explain. "What the heck did I represent?" Huss broke in. "I was trying to impress a girl," a reference to the character's origins.
Another staple of the show, offbeat celebrity cameos and musical guests, came with simple origins. "We just played the music we liked," McRobb said, "and we started getting those people to come on the show...once we had one or two celebrities, it became the cool thing to do, I guess." Among others, Iggy Pop, REM's Michael Stipe, Debbie Harry, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Buscemi all played somewhat significant roles on the show.
What did the crowd think? Well, one girl, on the way out had this to say: "That was the penultimate slash ultimate most awesomest thing that has ever happened to me...like ever...and, I mean, I saw Prince this year...but...wow." So there you have it.