Archive for August 22nd, 2007

Are Your Babies Inside Your Parents?

August 22, 07

From The People’s Cube

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Two other cartoons regarding killing babies at You Reach Your Right Hand In, And Pull The Baby’s Brains Out and Back to the Future Stem Cells.

Super Mario 64 Speed Run

August 22, 07

In an overdue continuation of my old post on Super Mario Speed Runs (with Youtube links that still work), here is the awesomeness of an absolute PRO rushing through Mario in 3D!

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Click this link for the Youtube speed run of the groundbreaking Super Mario 64 (64 stands for the N64 game console that it was first made for, not that there are 63 earlier Mario games!) from here (note how the player manages to avoid talking to time-wasting Lakitu)…

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To here!

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Thanks to my brother, who sent me the link with the following (very apt) description:

Even better than the Super Mario one. This one has parts that will definitely make you go “?!?!!?!?!???!!!?”

Yes, the player definitely takes advantage of various glitches in the collision detection to pass through the polygons. It must have taken tons of experimentation to find all the necessary ones.

When you hear a ‘click’ sound like a camera shutter, he is changing the camera mode. Maybe that makes the glitches possible as the angle zooms in? You hear in often enough just before some freaky collision detection happens. 

The stuff he does may seem impossible. And trust me, as someone who’s played Mario 64 to the finish, IMPOSSIBLE IS PUTTING IT MIDLY!

Most especially at 6 minutes 35 seconds into the video, where he finishes the stage by grotesquely breaking the laws of nature! You don’t need to have ever played Mario 64 to have a clue that this is definitely NOT how the game is meant to be won!

The guy runs and leaps throughout the stages blindly, not slowing down or shifting the camera angle to see where Mario is heading. He obviously has the entire layout of every stage mapped out, allowing him to head directly for out-of-view platforms, just barely reaching them! No wasted movement at all! And to save time between paintings, he enters a completed stage and uses the quick-exit command.

After he gets each star, Mario comes out of the painting and text appears describing what mission was just completed. That gives you some clue as to how the game designers meant that particular star to be gotten – which of course the pro player bypassed completely. (The text when Mario jumps into the painting is irrelevant – you’re meant to finish the stated mission next, but the player ignores it.)

For example, ‘Blast Away The Wall’ at 1 minutes 59 seconds into the video ordinarily requires you to launch Mario from a cannon into the brick wall. The impact destroys the wall, allowing you to grab the star encased within. But with some camera angle changing, the player grabs the star by phasing through the wall!

And finally, in the game’s ending credits you can see just how many levels the player skipped by taking advantage of the infamous reverse-long-jump butt-slide to skip minimum star requirements for doors.

This is the definition of hardcore pro player. Now, if only there were some way to make money from such l33t single player gaming skills…

PS. Via Dueling Analogs, 16 minute speed run.

Many Peer Reviewed Scientific Studies Defy Global Warming ‘Consensus’

August 22, 07

A very poignant blog post at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

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As you may know, the global warming zom-believers constantly harp on the claim that the vast majority of ‘respectab’e, reputable scientists’ already agree that global warming is real, is human-caused and is going to have dire consequences for us all.

In a buzzword: Consensus.

If anyone disagrees with the conclusions of Al Gore, the IPCC and NASA’s James Hansen, why, they must be in error, non-scientific,  religiously motivated, sponsored by oil money… And most definitely a tiny little minority of kooks.

So this blog posting raises the pertinent issue: What about all of the peer-reviewed scientific studies that contradict the IPCC’s purported research and theoretical computer modeling? 

What about all the established, non-oil sponsored scientists who do not give their consensus on the issue?

What about all the data that outright refutes the claims of CO2 alarmists – data compiled through fully disclosed methodology, unlike the USHCN which still refuses to reveal how and why it arbitrarily adds 0.5 degrees to the mere 0.1 degrees recorded by its climate record stations?

The post has a very nice compilation of the various, scientifically sound, peer reviewed studies that each refute a portion of the great global warming myth-cum-bullying campaign. Links are provided to each quoted study at the bottom half.

Taken together, they demolish and strip naked the propaganda myth of ‘consensus’ that the GW hysterians use to bludgeon all individual opposition into submission.

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Excerpts from New Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies Chill Global Warming Fears:

Washington DC – An abundance of new peer-reviewed studies, analysis, and data error discoveries in the last several months has prompted scientists to declare that fear of catastrophic man-made global warming “bites the dust” and the scientific underpinnings for alarm may be “falling apart.” 

Recent scientific studies may make 2007 go down in history as the “tipping point” of man-made global warming fears. A progression of peer-reviewed studies have been published which serve to debunk the United Nations, former Vice President Al Gore, and the media engineered “consensus” on climate change.

[Headlines of some the links provided at the original post:]

August 2007, the UK Met Office was finally forced to concede the obvious: global warming has stopped.

Belgian weather institute’s (RMI) August 2007 study dismisses decisive role of CO2 in warming.

New peer-reviewed study finds global warming over last century linked to natural causes.

A July 2007 review of 539 abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals from 2004 through 2007 found that climate science continues to shift toward the views of global warming skeptics.

Several recent scientific studies have debunked a media hyped UK study alleging there has not been a solar-climate link in the past 20 years.

An August 2007 NASA temperature data error discovery has lead to 1934 — not the previously hyped 1998 — being declared the hottest in U.S. history since records began.

Numerous U.S. temperature collection data errors exposed by team of researchers led by Meteorologist Anthony Watts in 2007. [Samples in my post Ground Based Temperature Recording Stations - Stupid Locations for Measuring Global Warming]

A July 2007 analysis of peer-reviewed literature thoroughly debunks fears of Greenland and the Arctic melting and predictions of a frightening sea level rise.

Even the alarmist UN has cut sea level rise estimates dramatically since 2001 and has reduced man’s estimated impact on the climate by 25%.

A May 2007 Senate Environment & Public Works report detailed a sampling of scientists who were once believers in man-made global warming and who now are skeptical.

WordPress Blog Stats Graph in Months

August 22, 07

Just FIY, you can now display your Hits graph in Days, Weeks or Months. Months let me see my hits since the start of my blogging.

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See also Top Posts Since I Started Blogging (And How to View It In WordPress) for how to view the total hits for all your individual posts since you started blogging.


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