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80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m We have ET. WE HAVE ET pic.twitter.com/fIPTXgsyoo Expand 4, Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More Chris Kohler @kobunheat-4m Close up. pic.twitter.com/inSKukib24 ATARI 75 Expand Reply Retweet FavoriteMoe lightspeedsound: videogamesarepurehappiness: maqdaddio: ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: coelasquid: derples: raisehelia: cavebae: estpolis: mrdappersden: They did it, they fucking did it. holyfducjk HISTORY holy shit! can someone explain this to me Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true. I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player. It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology. how can a video game possibly be that bad People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today. The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype. However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million. While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly. But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price? Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few. So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert. This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later.   It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales. Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives. Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link: https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times
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80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m We have ET. WE HAVE ET pic.twitter.com/fIPTXgsyoo Expand 4, Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More Chris Kohler @kobunheat-4m Close up. pic.twitter.com/inSKukib24 ATARI 75 Expand Reply Retweet FavoriteMoe lightspeedsound: videogamesarepurehappiness: maqdaddio: ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: coelasquid: derples: raisehelia: cavebae: estpolis: mrdappersden: They did it, they fucking did it. holyfducjk HISTORY holy shit! can someone explain this to me Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true. I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player. It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology. how can a video game possibly be that bad People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today. The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype. However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million. While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly. But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price? Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few. So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert. This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later.   It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales. Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives. Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link: https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times
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80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m We have ET. WE HAVE ET pic.twitter.com/fIPTXgsyoo Expand 4, Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More Chris Kohler @kobunheat-4m Close up. pic.twitter.com/inSKukib24 ATARI 75 Expand Reply Retweet FavoriteMoe lightspeedsound: videogamesarepurehappiness: maqdaddio: ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: coelasquid: derples: raisehelia: cavebae: estpolis: mrdappersden: They did it, they fucking did it. holyfducjk HISTORY holy shit! can someone explain this to me Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true. I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player. It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology. how can a video game possibly be that bad People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today. The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype. However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million. While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly. But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price? Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few. So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert. This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later.   It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales. Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives. Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link: https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times
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Animals, Bad, and Bodies : It was kind of a dick move to create animals that require air, then confine them to the If you are talking about dolphins they used to be wolf like creatures that due to scarcity of food they had to hunt in water so they slowly evolved into water mammals, dolphins still have claw bones but they are unnecessary and dolphins will get rid of them with time and will develop abilities to breath under water (This also partially applies to whales) actuallyjuststealingmemes They were what now? hey quick question why are you making other people ook at this? like why did you think this was a necessary thing to show aryone else ether than yourself? please keep this horrible thing locked away as your little secret for the rest of time. thanks Mother Nature, come out here I just want to talk @elodieunderglass horrible things with legs? Thank you so muchilll Ancestral creatures are Gorgeous, Valid, Perfectly Reasonable things with legs. In regards to the first comment, most things in the ocean perform gas exchange anyway so it isn't that bold of a move in some respects it's kind of a fool's move of terrestrial animals to leave the saline bath hat life started off in, since we now have to lug our dumb bodies around, full of carefully our cells are just Like That regarding the second comment on this thread, dolphins are probably fine mostly as they are, and I would not expect them to lose attrib utes to demonstrate their "evolving/progress- ing away from their origins." People think that evolution is like an unstoppable escalator that either kills you or forcibly moves you from primitive things to sophisticated things, but it isn't. Things don't become More Thingish with Time, that's not how evolution works There is no particular evolutionary pressure on dolphins to lose traits that suit their lifestyles perfectly well, Most of the high-pressure challenges that wild dolphins face today-fishing activities, pollution, habitat destruction, food network disruption and climate change are not going to exert evolutionary pressure on remnant bones; and the act of breathing appears to be as natural to dolphins as, well, breathing. For example, being able to breathe surface air means that dolphins and whales can move through water that has very low quantities of oxygen (such as highly polluterd water) where fish cannot survive, because there is not enough oxygen diffused in the water to maintain a constant supply for fish; whales and dolphins can simply surface to take a gulp of air With enormous lungs that are adapted to holding breath for incredibly long periods of time, whales and dolphins can essentially scuba-dive to areas of the ocean that other animals cannot access, as well as eying up things above the surface of the water, Ina rapidly changing environment, with food/ climate/water all doing things they ve NEVER done before, this offbeat mammalian funk- iness may even be the key towards sticking around and surviving a weird period of history Anyway, these are Valid Historical Legges and evolution is not a straight line from Bad Animals to Good Progressive Animals. As evidenced by how excellent and powerful these ancestral beasties are. They may be ancestral but they are MAGNIFICENT pictured: a good girl, valid and perfect in her- self, a stage of someone else's evolution but also perfectly complete in herself, somebody's daughter and somebody's ancestor but also just somebody in her own right, perhaps not as good at swimming as the cetaceans of the future, but perfectly acceptable in her moment of history, and in all other moments Thank you for this articulate obliteration of the teleological madel of evolution and its associated messed-up ideology. This thing about dolphin evolution cropped up in my feed today.
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Energy, Love, and Period: If you don't love me at my: Then you don't deserve me at my: Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event ★ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event lal also known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction, b was a sudden mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth 1213141 approximately 66 million years ago.31 With the exception of some ectothermic species such as the leatherback sea turtle and crocodiles, no tetrapods weighing more than 25 kilograms (55 lb) survived.I51 It marked the end offe the Cretaceous period and with it, the entire Mesozoic Era, opening the Cenozoic Era that An artist's rendering of an asteroid a- kilometers across colliding with the Earth. Such an impact can release the equivalent energy of several million nuclear weapons detonating simultaneously. continues today In the geologic record, the K-Pg event is marked by a thin layer of sediment called the K-Pg boundary which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of the metal iridium, which is rare in the Earth's crust, but abundant in asteroids.(6] As originally proposed in 1980 by a team of scientists led by Luis Alvarez and Walter Alvarez, it is now generally thought that the K-Pg extinction was caused by the impact of a massive comet or asteroid 10 to 15 km (6.2 to 9.3 mi) wide,el 66 million years boundary ago, 131 which devastated the global environment, mainly through a lingering impact winter which halted photosynthesis in plants and plankton.(910] The impact hypothesis, also known as the Alvarez hypothesis, was bolstered by the discovery of the Badlands near Drumheller, Alberta, where erosion has exposed the K-Pg <p>[<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/surrealmemes/comments/8b090q/rock_bottom/">Src</a>]</p>

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Animal, Evolve, and Fish: Two fish fighting over who gets to evolve into a terrestrial animal (400 million BC)

Two fish fighting over who gets to evolve into a terrestrial animal (400 million BC)

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Bones, Dogs, and Fucking: its tunny how science iction unverses s0 oten treat humans as a boring defaut everyman species or even the weakest and I want to see a scit universe where we're actualy considered one of the mare hideous and territying species How do we know our saiva and skin ois wouidn't be utra-corrosive to most other races? What if we strongest vocal chords and can paralye or ka the screaming at them? what if most sentient lite in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and ives in fear of us rare animat races who can move so quicly and chew shit up with our Like that old story theyre made of meat onty HOLY SHT THEY EAT CAPSACIN FOR FUN YOU GUYS IHEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN humans are a proud warrior race weh a pantheon of bloody gods Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc REMOVING A LIMB WLL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD WARNING HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE WARNING HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS WARNTIG HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROMSED WEAPONS SEE CLASSIFIED DATA HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BOOY 0O OH GOO THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GO0 More senously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life Our endurance shock resistance, and abiity to recover trom injury is absurdy high compared to amost any other animal we often use the phrase heathy as a horse to connote heartiness-but compared to a human, a horse is as fragie as spun glass There's mountng evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by toiong逮at a walking pace. without sleep or rest un t ded of exhaustion, ts called pursuit predation The only other animal that can sort of keep up wth us? Dogs That's why we use them for hunting And even then it's only sort of) Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient te did not evolive from hyper-speciaised pursut Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we dont need to overpower or outrun you, we just need to ousast you- and by any other species standards, we just plain don t ge e Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from vitually any injury that's not atal Even traumatik dismemberment isnt necessarily a career-ending injury for a human We heal from injunes with edtreme rapioity recovenng in weeks trom wounds that would take others months or years to heal The resuits aren't pretty humans have hyperactive scar tissue. among our other suvival-onented trats-bu ook at our We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most anesthetics or life support. in extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves- and survive Thanks to our extreme heartiness we regard as routine medica procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic n essence, wed be Space Orcs I do hope you realize Im going to be picking up this stuft and Our jaus have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way O WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAVV to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape and then we continue to wear metail in out mouths to keep them in place We formed cohabitative relationships with tny mamma's and insects we keep at bay from botnening us by death, often using ittle analouge traps And by god we will eat anything - We use borderline toxic peppers to season our tood e We expose ourselves to patentaly lethal solar radiation in the our skin e We risk hearing loss for the opportunity to see our favonte + We have a game where two peopie get into an enciosed area and hit each other untl time tuns outione of them pass out We willingly lurip 0ut ot planes with only a firey piece of cloth to prevent us trom splatering against the ground Our response to natural disasters is to just rebuild our buidings in the exact same places We climb mountains and risk treezing to death for bragging rights We invented dogs We took our one time predators and completely domesticated them On a planet ful of lons, tigers and bears, we managed to advance further and faster than any other species on the planet e Kingons and Krogan and Orcs aint got sht on us can we taik about how pursut predation is fucking tenlying it's one thing to face down a cheetah, which wil siam into you at 60 mph and break your neck its another thing to run very quickly to get away from a thing, only to have it just kind of show up to have it be intelligent enough to fgure out where you are by the fur and feather youve left behind, your tootprints and piss and sht, and then you think you've lost .it and you bed down for the night but THERE IT IS WAITING WHEN YOU WAKE UP and you spiti againt but it keeps folowing you always in the comer of your eye until you just de ok cov Sci-Fi, except humans are the scary cool aliens with unimaginable powers.
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Bones, Dogs, and Fucking: its tunny how science iction unverses s0 oten treat humans as a boring defaut everyman species or even the weakest and I want to see a scit universe where we're actualy considered one of the mare hideous and territying species How do we know our saiva and skin ois wouidn't be utra-corrosive to most other races? What if we strongest vocal chords and can paralye or ka the screaming at them? what if most sentient lite in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and ives in fear of us rare animat races who can move so quicly and chew shit up with our Like that old story theyre made of meat onty HOLY SHT THEY EAT CAPSACIN FOR FUN YOU GUYS IHEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN humans are a proud warrior race weh a pantheon of bloody gods Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc REMOVING A LIMB WLL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD WARNING HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE WARNING HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS WARNTIG HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROMSED WEAPONS SEE CLASSIFIED DATA HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BOOY 0O OH GOO THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GO0 More senously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life Our endurance shock resistance, and abiity to recover trom injury is absurdy high compared to amost any other animal we often use the phrase heathy as a horse to connote heartiness-but compared to a human, a horse is as fragie as spun glass There's mountng evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by toiong逮at a walking pace. without sleep or rest un t ded of exhaustion, ts called pursuit predation The only other animal that can sort of keep up wth us? Dogs That's why we use them for hunting And even then it's only sort of) Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient te did not evolive from hyper-speciaised pursut Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we dont need to overpower or outrun you, we just need to ousast you- and by any other species standards, we just plain don t ge e Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from vitually any injury that's not atal Even traumatik dismemberment isnt necessarily a career-ending injury for a human We heal from injunes with edtreme rapioity recovenng in weeks trom wounds that would take others months or years to heal The resuits aren't pretty humans have hyperactive scar tissue. among our other suvival-onented trats-bu ook at our We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most anesthetics or life support. in extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves- and survive Thanks to our extreme heartiness we regard as routine medica procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic n essence, wed be Space Orcs I do hope you realize Im going to be picking up this stuft and Our jaus have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way O WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAVV to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape and then we continue to wear metail in out mouths to keep them in place We formed cohabitative relationships with tny mamma's and insects we keep at bay from botnening us by death, often using ittle analouge traps And by god we will eat anything - We use borderline toxic peppers to season our tood e We expose ourselves to patentaly lethal solar radiation in the our skin e We risk hearing loss for the opportunity to see our favonte + We have a game where two peopie get into an enciosed area and hit each other untl time tuns outione of them pass out We willingly lurip 0ut ot planes with only a firey piece of cloth to prevent us trom splatering against the ground Our response to natural disasters is to just rebuild our buidings in the exact same places We climb mountains and risk treezing to death for bragging rights We invented dogs We took our one time predators and completely domesticated them On a planet ful of lons, tigers and bears, we managed to advance further and faster than any other species on the planet e Kingons and Krogan and Orcs aint got sht on us can we taik about how pursut predation is fucking tenlying it's one thing to face down a cheetah, which wil siam into you at 60 mph and break your neck its another thing to run very quickly to get away from a thing, only to have it just kind of show up to have it be intelligent enough to fgure out where you are by the fur and feather youve left behind, your tootprints and piss and sht, and then you think you've lost .it and you bed down for the night but THERE IT IS WAITING WHEN YOU WAKE UP and you spiti againt but it keeps folowing you always in the comer of your eye until you just de ok cov Sci-Fi, except humans are the scary cool aliens with unimaginable powers.
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80s, Bad, and Christmas: Chris Kohler @kobunheat 18m We have ET. WE HAVE ET pic.twitter.com/fIPTXgsyoo Expand 4, Reply Retweet ★ Favorite More Chris Kohler @kobunheat-4m Close up. pic.twitter.com/inSKukib24 ATARI 75 Expand Reply Retweet FavoriteMoe lightspeedsound: videogamesarepurehappiness: maqdaddio: ask-gallows-callibrator: vergess: coelasquid: derples: raisehelia: cavebae: estpolis: mrdappersden: They did it, they fucking did it. holyfducjk HISTORY holy shit! can someone explain this to me Thirty years ago a legendary ET game came to fruition, so awful that as the tale told, all unsold copies of it were buried in a pit in New Mexico. A documentary film crew has just unearthed the stash, proving the legend true. I don’t think people fully grasp just how awful it was. This one game, by the sheer merit of its unmatched shittiness, destroyed the video game and console market so thoroughly that the at home video game nearly went the way of the 8-track player. It was literally so awful that it nearly changed the entire course of technology. how can a video game possibly be that bad People don’t really understand why it was terrible though, and the reasons why are extremely important and relevant especially today. The game itself is bad, yes. It was built up to be an exciting hit for kids to play at Christmas in 1982. So much in fact, that retailers bought WAY more stock then could every be sold based on the hype. However, people at the time liked the game. It looks bad now, but the game itself was pretty on par with the times. It wound up selling 1.5 million copies. Which would be great, except Atari was expecting to sell 4-5 million. While initial reception was positive, critics started panning the game as critics do. While it was no worse than most other games at the time, it was stil frustrating and hard to play. It could not live up to the hype that had been built and negative press built up quickly. But what was ALSO happening was a flood of cheap imitations on the market. ET is a licensed game, and like all licenses comes at a higher markup. So if you wanted to buy a game for yourself or your kid, would you buy 1 game, or 2 for the same price? Atari was also screwing around with how they handled their distributors. Just before the game went to public, but AFTER the game had been bought and shipped, Atari announced that they were cancelling every existing contract with distributors and signing with only a select few. So distributors, now pissed off and with an abundance of games that were NOT selling and with prices slashed horribly to sell games that people were quickly losing interest in, retailers put their claims to return a collective 2.5-3.5 million copies back to Atari. Atari, unable to recycle the cartridges or resell them in any way, wound up burying them in the Nevada desert. This caused the Video Game Crash of the early 80s that put a dark mark on video games until Nintendo (and in some small part other game companies) to revive later.   It was the perfect storm. An over-hyped overpriced game sold to an increasingly frustrated and over-saturated market with retailers scrambling to make a dime while Game Devs blame the market for poor sales. Some say the proverbial planets are aligning again, with way too many consoles putting way too samey games on the market at way too high a cost with a strong dependence on Pre-orders and pre-order exclusives. Wanna give the game a shot?  Internet Archives actually has a copy of it at this link: https://archive.org/details/E.T._The_Extra-Terrestrial_1982_Atari_NTSC this is like the dutch tulip bubble of our times
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America, Animals, and Bad: <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://wildwoodlynx.tumblr.com/post/142454637374">wildwoodlynx</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://youmightbeamisogynist.tumblr.com/post/140951201818">youmightbeamisogynist</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pumbloom-initiative.tumblr.com/post/140950379483">pumbloom-initiative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://amberalloveragane00.tumblr.com/post/140950048704">amberalloveragane00</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://fabtrek.tumblr.com/post/140948000801">fabtrek</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://driftwood-in-the-sun.tumblr.com/post/138905911486">driftwood-in-the-sun</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://prettyarbitrary.tumblr.com/post/138863017040">prettyarbitrary</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://kijakazibibi.tumblr.com/post/138859916242">kijakazibibi</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://pthalocy.tumblr.com/post/138808610365">pthalocy</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://spontaneousmusicalnumber.tumblr.com/post/125884149498">spontaneousmusicalnumber</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thegrimshapeofyoursmile.tumblr.com/post/124019517446">thegrimshapeofyoursmile</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ellensama.tumblr.com/post/83397169464">ellensama</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://burntcandycorn.tumblr.com/post/83379533722">burntcandycorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://littlebluecaboose.tumblr.com/post/83364166806">littlebluecaboose</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://cosmictuesdays.tumblr.com/post/83306327022">cosmictuesdays</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://frenchie-fries.tumblr.com/post/83130244375">frenchie-fries</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://vergess.tumblr.com/post/83129430445">vergess</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://boltonsrepairshop.tumblr.com/post/83127498898">boltonsrepairshop</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><i><b>PSA - PLEASE READ AND SPREAD HE WORD!!!</b></i></p> <p><i><b>IF YOU SEE THIS PLANT AT ALL, DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!</b></i></p> <p>Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.</p> <div> Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes. </div> <div> <br/><br/> If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken: <ul><li>Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.</li> <li>Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.</li> <li>If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.</li> <li>See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.</li> </ul> If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions <i><b>PLEASE, DO NOT JUST READ AND SCROLL! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!</b></i> </div> </blockquote> <p>Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.</p> <p>Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.</p> <p><b>Do not burn it</b>, because the smoke <i>will</i> give you the same reaction.</p> <p>If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [<a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/40961.html">this guide</a>] for how to deal with it yourself.</p> </blockquote> <p>OH MY FUCK I HAVE THESE IN MY BACKYARD.</p> </blockquote> <p>Fucking invasives. Signal boost.</p> </blockquote> <p>Re-reblogging because I checked Snopes, and not only is this shit true, but the text on this is pretty much the same as it is there! Stay safe, kiddos.</p> </blockquote> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cfa0d1e81ce51f0c32b299e461056836/tumblr_inline_oa024mzChw1szybyb_540.png" alt="" data-orig-height="415" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/cf14aeef0599e74337c134e934df5722/tumblr_inline_n4d59lUdbH1r26u5c.png"/></figure><p>According to the US Department of Agriculture, these are currently the states and provinces in North America where Giant Hogweed is present. <b>Even if your state/province is “clear” that doesn’t mean that it is not there. If you see Giant Hogweed in your yard or anywhere please call your DOA! This stuff is mad deadly!</b></p> <p>[<a href="https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=HEMA17">Image Source</a>]</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Also here is a human for size reference. Since they are huge it should be easy enough to see and spot when fully grown.</p> <div> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7e7dd14968ed6907683e63bdad97604a/tumblr_inline_oa024nwbpK1szybyb_540.jpg" alt="image" data-orig-height="375" data-orig-width="500" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ebcaea53f269a0b28fad050598708fc8/tumblr_inline_n4dkaixgFj1qa6ymy.jpg"/></figure><p>The burns can also be very bad, far worse than any poison ivy. Just Google ‘Giant Hogweed Burns’ and you’ll see. It can cause bad blistering, red painful rashes, and more. Please be careful of this plant!</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They exist in Austria and Germany too. Please be careful!</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, if you are in the Iowa/Minnesota area (maybe farther, I don’t exactly know), there is a close relative (also invasive) with <b>yellow flowers</b> called <b>wild parsnip.</b></p> <p><b>Flowers (<a href="http://minneflora.com/images/identified/medium/wild-parsnip-pastinaca-sativa-02.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/ab0f47d7c2b261442f4ec5d9de8e0a3c/tumblr_inline_oa024n33sN1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/088cc309771269d9469b209760554bde/tumblr_inline_nsl1jzvDft1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b>Leaves (<a href="http://www.all-creatures.org/picb/wfshl-wildparsnip-06.jpg">source</a>):</b></p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9d8bd93b8ba769d89609f3041fede38c/tumblr_inline_oa024nf0TB1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="396" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/611028854908f9ba60409d3bea9a32fb/tumblr_inline_nsl1kaReIE1rufxdx_540.jpg"/></figure><p><b></b>It only gets to about half the size of giant hogweed but has <b>all the same toxic effects</b>. The plants in the pictures look small but I’ve seen ones at least 6 feet tall with stems two inches thick.</p> </blockquote> <p>A lot of pictures available of giant hogweed are fullsized and in bloom. Just because it lacks the flowers doesn’t mean it’s not hogweed! It is dangerous well before that point.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_oa024or7Ad1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="300" data-orig-width="400" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/3cc0be0fff722780d9de9cd4810a8862/tumblr_inline_o255orhynC1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>As seen above, another important detail when identifying them can be the stems. They often have this reddish speckling, and are covered in bristly hairs. Like the rest of the plant, you should<i> absolutely not </i>touch them either.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7f781a11d9a107b3f6cec41afc889d12/tumblr_inline_oa024ozjii1szybyb_540.jpg" data-orig-height="405" data-orig-width="540" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6f5119be3181b11fa6a6665160613d1a/tumblr_inline_o255vrbi4V1qdj278_540.jpg"/></figure><p>You can see here how the redness is mostly on larger, older portions of the stems.</p> <p>For those of you in Ontario, here is a link to some more information via <a href="http://www.invadingspecies.com/invaders/plants-terrestrial/giant-hogweed/"><b>Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program</b></a> . It has details on the plant’s growth, removal methods, and groups you can report sightings to.</p> <p>Unfortunately I lack information on herbicide use, but if the responsibility of removing giant hogweed somehow falls to the owner, please research local laws/restrictions concerning the use of things such as glyphosate (roundup). It is always possible to make things worse instead of better, so exercise caution in all areas, not just the handling/disposal of the plant.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is not bullshit. My sister works for the Cooperative Extension in New York and this is a big P.R. focus for them. They have trouble because somebody may spot some of these on a neighbor’s property and call it in, but they can’t get permission to go in and take it out because the neighbors think it’s “pretty” or they “natural” and want it to stay.</p> <p>Here’s another thing about it that makes it dangerous and maybe might scare some people into doing something about it: this time of year, (winter) the dried stuff is tailor-made for attracting kids: long, light, jointed. It looks like bamboo and they will use it to frame up little huts, make beaded necklaces, use as “sword.”, etc. The worst is it’s hollow which makes it perfect for BLOW GUNS.  Imagine getting that stuff on your lips….</p> </blockquote> <p>I work at an environmental science college and can also confirm this.  This stuff is bad bad bad news.</p> </blockquote> <p>To all you aspiring herbalists and just nature adventurers: please, pelase be careful</p> </blockquote> <p>I’ve brushed up against this stuff and it fucked me up for about two months. And the scars lasted for a year and a half after that</p> </blockquote> <p>What the FUCK!?? THESE ARE IN MY FYCKKKIGN YAAARD?!?!?! OUT BACK ?!</p> </blockquote> <p>oH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU</p> </blockquote> <p>Tis the season for giant hogweed warnings, my friends.</p> </blockquote> <p>Everybody please remember not to go out whacking around in the bush unless you know how to identify your local toxic plants. And please, for the love of it, wear pants! Hogweed will fuck you up, please report if you see it, but wild parsnip, poison ivy and poison oak are no fun game either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.birdandmoon.com/poisonivy/">This</a> little quiz can show you, even poison ivy can be tricky to ID. Stay safe!</p> </blockquote> <p>Oh Frack no my state was one of the ones highlighted nope nope nope. </p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-tumblr-attribution="animatedtext:HtQpGKsvVrwVEAUEJEk6Vg:ZPjWlu1nQN4oN" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_inline_oa0svmrVA51rw09tq_540.gif" data-orig-width="595" data-orig-height="577" data-orig-src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7af9c47f82fd79b505c1d43a42bdcdae/tumblr_nq3skjweF21rby04wo1_1280.gif"/></figure>
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Family, Food, and Life: THE TARANTULA KILLERS OF TEXAS. BY DR. G. LINCECUM. The Mud Dauber, Pompilus formosus. From SAY. An investigation of the extensive family of Mud Daubers would be an interesting and instructive study. It would necessarily include that of the various types of Spiders, from the great hairy Mygale Hentzii, down to the small- est, almost microscopic species; for nearly every type of Spiders has its special enemy among the Mud Daubers. The large, red-winged "Tarantula Killer" (the Pompi- lus formosus of Say) is, as far as I know, the largest of the dauber group. It takes its prey by stinging, thus instantly paralyzing every limb of its victim. The effects of the introduction of its venom is as sudden as the snap of the electric spark. The wasp then drags it, going back- wards to some suitable place, excavates a hole five inches deep in the earth, places its great spider in it, deposits an egg under one of its legs, near the body, and then AMERICAN NAT., VOL. I. 18 darwinsdilemma: The Tarantula Killers of Texas An excellent example of behavioral fine tuning during descent with modification (evolution) Spiders are considered apex predators of the small world inhabited by insects and other small terrestrial arthropods. But, being a spider has its hazards. One of those are the mud daubers, the name from my grandmother that I first knew them by. Some of these predatory wasps are members of Hymenoptera family Pompilidae and go by the common name of spider wasps. These winged marauders hunt down and kill spiders that are often larger than themselves to provide a sufficient cache of food sufficient for one of their larvae over its entire five instar stage development, i.e., one big spider for each descendent. Adult spider wasps feed on plants. Pompilid wasps are atypical among families of insect Order Hymenoptera that evolved eusocial behavior in the Cretaceous Period. (also see Evolutionary Origins of Eusociality in Insects). Rather, they lead a solitary life. Classification: Class Insecta, Order Hymenoptera, Suborder Apocrita, Superfamily Vespoidea (see note), Family Pompilidae Note: Ribosomal RNA analysis indicates that Vespoidea is paraphyletic (i.e., members have no common ancestor) and should be resolved into multiple superfamilies. Upper image is from a 1867 issue of American Naturalist (Vol. 1, No. 3, May, 1867, pp. 137-141) article entitled The Tarantula Killers of Texas, by G. LincecumLower image: Spider wasp airlifting spider prey, by Peter Wöhrer
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