The Lurkdragon's Lair

Fifty percent animals, fifty percent fandom, one-hundred percent nerd.

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ryttu3k:

Randomised Black 2 has come to its conclusion with a giant grab bag of legendaries that were not actually legendaries! We got:

  • Zekrom, who was actually a Cinccino
  • Kyurem, who was actually a Flareon
  • Cresselia, who was actually a Diglett
  • Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, who were actually a Lotad, Krabby, and Kecleon, respectively
  • Heatran, who was actually a Stoutland

And then, for added amusement, an actual Latios just hanging out in Reversal Mountain.

Not a bad final run!

Next fortnight, we’ll be starting something new - since there appears to actually be working 3DS emulators (!!!), if I can get it to run, I may be giving X a shot! Either as a straight Nuzlocke, or, if they have one by then, a randomisation :D If not, we’ll be doing a randomisation of Platinum! (Semi-blind, I’ve played the vanilla game but only up to the third gym or so.) Either way, should be fun, and thank you to EVERYONE who visited my streams over the past… several months!

Don’t forget, we named the Latios Shawn. (After a misreading of actual-Latios’ onomotopoea-cry as him screaming “SHAAAAUN!” because clearly Dr. Kosugi Sr. stole the Soul Dew) And he had Frisk.

Looking forward to whatever else we play! :D

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koryos:

Dominance Behavior in Canids

I didn’t really even WANT to make a post about this.

The alpha-beta-omega model of wolf packs is dead in scientific literature, hammered into the ground, so to speak, and it’s been dead for over ten years. So why am I still hearing about it on TV and reading about it in articles? Why are popular dog trainers that encourage you to “be the alpha” still taken seriously?

I think the unfortunate truth is that the idea that there are strong and ferocious leaders in wolf packs and that you, too, can take on that role with your dog is just somehow appealing to people. Almost romantic, in the older sense of the word. And because of this, it makes money. It sells werewolf media. It sells dog training classes. Educational science channels that have no business promoting this false ideology keep it on board because it gets people watching.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m pretty fed up with the whole thing.

Okay, let’s talk about dominance, particularly what the word even means, because popular media does a terrible job of explaining it.

Read more…

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One of my recent acquisitions was a white noise machine (from rewards points at work).

Oh my gosh I love it so much. It comes with a whole load, but my favourite are the rain and ocean ones, and this… humming trance thing it also has. Ocean and trance are nice for puttering around the apartment and being on the computer, and the rain one COMPLETELY DROWNS OUT THE BUZZY FLORESCENT LIGHTS OUTSIDE. It is WONDERFUL for helping sleep, and I have it on right now because the buzzy light just came on.

I love my white noise machine. There’s a few other sounds on it I like, especially the rain + thunder one, but that one’s no good for sleeping. (I have a hard time sleeping through thunder.) I’ll have to try out the rest as time goes by.

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sparkylurkdragon:

Oh look it’s Friday! Fridays are stream nights!

Streaming at 5pm Pacific as usual. We’ll hold a vote on what I’ll play in the chat; it’d be nice to get back to some headliner games…

Half an hour! And one enthusiastic vote for PMD2. XD

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pathopharmacology:

Like, I can see why people would describe Welcome to Night Vale in terms of Lovecraft, because for better or worse it’s pretty hard to draw on themes of cosmic horror these days and not invoke Lovecraft in some way, shape or form. The guy’s worldview was totally steeped in godawful racism and his prose just plain sucks, but his descriptions of a cold, uncaring universe in which humanity is utterly insignificant taps into a fear that’s very deep and very real: what if we really don’t matter? On an individual level, or a cultural one, or…hell, even a species-wide one? What if we really and truly don’t matter at all.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t think that’s what Lovecraft was attempting to explore; I think he was writing out his (RACIST) boogeymen and accidentally stumbled upon something that’s resonated deeply with a lot of people in the years since, and it’s also why I think WtNV is more a reaction against Lovecraftian philosophies than anything. It’s transformative, in the very best of ways.

Because when you drill down far enough, most of Lovecraft’s work comes back to the idea of, “The universe is vast and terrible and we’re right to be afraid of it. We’re small and our minds are fragile, and to look upon the unknown is to realize how truly alone we really are. It’s better that we don’t look.

Whereas Welcome to Night Vale takes a different course. It freely acknowledges that the universe is vast and terrible, and that we’re right to be afraid of it…because fear is one of the many things that makes us human. We’re small…but we’re resilient. To look upon the unknown is to confront the chasms of our knowledge, and to realize there are things we may never, ever know.

More importantly, Welcome to Night Vale reminds us that when we look upon the unknown, we are not the first to do so, nor the last. It’s simply part of the shared human condition, this fear of all things dark and mysterious and strange, and our insatiable desire to look at them anyway.

I mean, sure, yeah, conspiracies and cosmic horror, all very Lovecraftian things. But what it ultimately comes back to is the resilience of the human mind, and what it means to face the things we fear. Lovecraft thought we should never look.

Welcome to Night Vale thinks we should.

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Oh look it’s Friday! Fridays are stream nights!

Streaming at 5pm Pacific as usual. We’ll hold a vote on what I’ll play in the chat; it’d be nice to get back to some headliner games…

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ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

elfyourmother:

pictureamoebae:

imperfectsimmerr:

simnationblog:

Get The Sims 2: Ultimate collection for FREE!!!!
Simply go to “Redeem product code” in Origin and enter: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS
It is for 1 week only, so hurry!

its downloading right now! Is it just the base game or the whole thing?

In case anyone is interested…

i just tried it and it’s legit. ultimate collection is sims 2 + ALL expansions + ALL stuff packs. get it while it’s hot!!

It’s only for folks who already had a copy of The Sims 2. From what I gather it’s basically a ‘thanks for being loyal fans’ sendoff to TS2: a digital backup for people who had all the expansions, and the expansions for free to complete collections.

Oh, huh! I did once register TS2 on an older computer, but that’s long since gone. It let me redeem the code and it’s sitting in my library waiting to be downloaded, will it actually… do that or will it fuck up or try to make me pay for it?

Hmm. I couldn’t even find a place to redeem it, but then I’ve never owned it at all, so I’m betting it’s going by registration and not harddrive, so you should be fine. That was my experience with TS3, anyway: I was able to re-dl all my Store stuff after this computer’s first harddrive crashed.

Ohh, okay… I opened up the Origin program thing, and there’s an option to redeem a code. I’m not sure if it will actually download, but it’s sitting in my library with the other TS3 stuff I’m still downloading, so…

LOOK AT THAT I FAILED A SPOTCHECK… *redeems*

ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

elfyourmother:

pictureamoebae:

imperfectsimmerr:

simnationblog:

Get The Sims 2: Ultimate collection for FREE!!!!

Simply go to “Redeem product code” in Origin and enter: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

It is for 1 week only, so hurry!

its downloading right now! Is it just the base game or the whole thing?

In case anyone is interested…

i just tried it and it’s legit. ultimate collection is sims 2 + ALL expansions + ALL stuff packs. get it while it’s hot!!

It’s only for folks who already had a copy of The Sims 2. From what I gather it’s basically a ‘thanks for being loyal fans’ sendoff to TS2: a digital backup for people who had all the expansions, and the expansions for free to complete collections.

Oh, huh! I did once register TS2 on an older computer, but that’s long since gone. It let me redeem the code and it’s sitting in my library waiting to be downloaded, will it actually… do that or will it fuck up or try to make me pay for it?

Hmm. I couldn’t even find a place to redeem it, but then I’ve never owned it at all, so I’m betting it’s going by registration and not harddrive, so you should be fine. That was my experience with TS3, anyway: I was able to re-dl all my Store stuff after this computer’s first harddrive crashed.

Ohh, okay… I opened up the Origin program thing, and there’s an option to redeem a code. I’m not sure if it will actually download, but it’s sitting in my library with the other TS3 stuff I’m still downloading, so…

LOOK AT THAT I FAILED A SPOTCHECK… *redeems*

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ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

elfyourmother:

pictureamoebae:

imperfectsimmerr:

simnationblog:

Get The Sims 2: Ultimate collection for FREE!!!!
Simply go to “Redeem product code” in Origin and enter: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS
It is for 1 week only, so hurry!

its downloading right now! Is it just the base game or the whole thing?

In case anyone is interested…

i just tried it and it’s legit. ultimate collection is sims 2 + ALL expansions + ALL stuff packs. get it while it’s hot!!

It’s only for folks who already had a copy of The Sims 2. From what I gather it’s basically a ‘thanks for being loyal fans’ sendoff to TS2: a digital backup for people who had all the expansions, and the expansions for free to complete collections.

Oh, huh! I did once register TS2 on an older computer, but that’s long since gone. It let me redeem the code and it’s sitting in my library waiting to be downloaded, will it actually… do that or will it fuck up or try to make me pay for it?

Hmm. I couldn’t even find a place to redeem it, but then I’ve never owned it at all, so I’m betting it’s going by registration and not harddrive, so you should be fine. That was my experience with TS3, anyway: I was able to re-dl all my Store stuff after this computer’s first harddrive crashed.

ryttu3k:

sparkylurkdragon:

elfyourmother:

pictureamoebae:

imperfectsimmerr:

simnationblog:

Get The Sims 2: Ultimate collection for FREE!!!!

Simply go to “Redeem product code” in Origin and enter: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

It is for 1 week only, so hurry!

its downloading right now! Is it just the base game or the whole thing?

In case anyone is interested…

i just tried it and it’s legit. ultimate collection is sims 2 + ALL expansions + ALL stuff packs. get it while it’s hot!!

It’s only for folks who already had a copy of The Sims 2. From what I gather it’s basically a ‘thanks for being loyal fans’ sendoff to TS2: a digital backup for people who had all the expansions, and the expansions for free to complete collections.

Oh, huh! I did once register TS2 on an older computer, but that’s long since gone. It let me redeem the code and it’s sitting in my library waiting to be downloaded, will it actually… do that or will it fuck up or try to make me pay for it?

Hmm. I couldn’t even find a place to redeem it, but then I’ve never owned it at all, so I’m betting it’s going by registration and not harddrive, so you should be fine. That was my experience with TS3, anyway: I was able to re-dl all my Store stuff after this computer’s first harddrive crashed.

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