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[GVMERS] The Rise and Fall of Motorstorm
  • I loved the first two back in high school and college. I'm glad they're both playable on RPCS3 so I can still get my fix from them.
    Really wish we could get some kind of spiritual successor to them; if anyone knows of a modern replacement, I'm all ears.

  • YouTube of Yore
  • I remember watching this pre-youtube as well, but it was in
    It looked very different back in the day.
    Another classic song is the llama song. I remember a friend showing that to me in '04.

  • A TL;DR of the Goldman-Sachs AI Criticism
  • Haven't found the specific article yet, but I believe this is his site. I'll keep looking, but this should be a good start.

    Edit: I'm big dumb. It looks like it's the first one on the list.

  • Awnings: a simple cooling tech we apparently forgot about
  • That reminds me of the barium sulfate paint that was discovered a couple years ago. It's so incredibly good at reflecting/moving heat that it could even cool whatever it's painted on. I'll have to find a source on this again...

    Edit: Here's one video where they talk about it.

  • Zoom exec calls in-office work mandate a ‘success’ — despite working remotely himself
  • At the same time, those who stayed were probably not as skilled and thus weren't able to find other employment. So the company's overall quality is going to diminish.

  • PXSX2 got a large update + a new Mastodon account to go with it
  • PCSX2 is actually pretty regularly updated. If you go with the nightly version, you'll get small updates nearly every day.
    In terms of controller support, it's pretty darn good. It's really easy to get a controller set up. I've tried both PS5 and XSeX controllers and they both work without issue.

    There are several emulators out there. On my PC I have Duckstation (PS1), PCSX2, RPCS3, fpPS4 (that's still in super early stages and needs a couple more years at least to cook), Dolphin (GC and Wii), Lime3DS, MelonDS, and Ryujinx (Switch). There's also XEmu (OG Xbox) and Xenia (360), but support for those are noticeably lower.
    Some of the emulators even work on Android: Duckstation, Play! (another PS2 emulator), MelonDS, Lime3DS, GBCC, Dolphin, and Yuzu/Sudachi (more Switch emulators). Though Yuzu/Sudachi are basically dead, so Idk if I'd recommend them.

  • Introducing PCSX2 2.0
  • It's pretty solid. There are still hiccups every now and then, but almost every single game is in a playable state.

  • PXSX2 got a large update + a new Mastodon account to go with it
  • Been replaying the R&C games lately. I'm gonna see how much better Deadlocked performs with this big update.

    Edit: Deadlocked still has some big slowdowns, but outside of that, it's perfectly playable; I finished a playthrough earlier today. I know the other 3 main games work well, too. I just need to try Secret Agent Clank and Size Matters.

  • Willow Jumped Up At The Right Time

    Watch: Figure’s 01 humanoids now working at BMW’s car plant in US
  • It's also going to keep getting better and faster at it, too.

  • The rent is too damn high
  • They should have just been honest with the audience and still went through with the play. I think that would have been fun to watch.

  • Beyond Good & Evil - 20th Anniversary Edition – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch
  • Sorry, I was referring to the Steam version. I don't think the Switch version would have it.

  • Beyond Good & Evil - 20th Anniversary Edition – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch
  • The Steam reviews aren't painting a good picture. That version has poor optimization as well as Denuvo.
    Looks like I'll just play the PS3 remake on RPCS3. That might be the definitive way to play it at the moment.

  • Tomba! 2 coming to PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC in 2025
  • Should've been called Twomba

  • How do you connect with people and make friends without social media?
  • Checked it out and learned there's Thursday Night Dodgeball near me. Ok, this is actually useful.

  • Arthur Has A Question

    Would you mind helping me understand the reality of trans life?
  • In a similar vein, YouTuber Alex Avila made a recent video on gender ideology. He also has another video about his childhood growing up as a trans child.

  • Portland police looking for suspect shooting at traffic cameras, causing $100K+ in damage
  • My main concern is his method. That is a very dangerous way to remove them, especially if he isn't taking into consideration what's behind his target.

  • Much derided BMI is useful for assessing fat levels in kids, study suggests
  • Which makes sense. The big reason that makes BMI inaccurate is it doesn't account for muscle mass. Tanks like Halfthor Bjornson, Brian Shaw, or Eddie Hall are all gonna be mislabeled as obese, when really they're just 75% muscle.
    Kids however, almost never have a lot of muscle mass (it can actually be detrimental to their growth plates if they were too muscular). So that problem doesn't show up for them.

  • Donors raise $233,000 to give US cart pusher, 90, chance at retirement
  • I pushed carts at a big box store for a year in my 20's. Fucking sucked. In an 8 hour shift you could easily walk 20,000+ steps and walk over 10 miles (GPS verified). And you do it no matter the weather. Pouring rain? Out there. Sweltering heat? Out there. -5F and 6" of snow? Out there.
    This work can be brutal, even for a young healthy person, let alone a 90 year old vet.
    The worst part? I was paid the exact same wage as the cashiers who stayed inside the entire time. About $10/hr on average in 2017.

  • 11 years after launch, 49M people still use their PS4s, matching the PS5
  • Something to keep in mind: Official support for the PS2 was only 12 years. The PS4 is now at 11 years.
    It will most likely have a longer officially supported life than the PS2.

  • Update From LTT On The Madison Situation Linus Tech Tips

    Linus Tech Tips is a passionate team of "professionally curious" experts in consumer technology and video production who aim to educate and entertain.

    Linus Tech Tips

    From the link:

    "There were a series of accusations about our company last August from a former employee. Immediately following these accusations, LMG hired Roper Greyell - a large Vancouver-based law firm specializing in labor and employment law, to conduct a third-party investigation. Their website describes them as “one of the largest employment and labour law firms in Western Canada.” They work with both private and public sector employers.

    To ensure a fair investigation, LMG did not comment or publicly release any data and asked our team members to do the same. Now that the investigation is complete, we’re able to provide a summary of the findings.

    The investigation found that:

    • Claims of bullying and harassment were not substantiated.

    • Allegations that sexual harassment were ignored or not addressed were false.

    • Any concerns that were raised were investigated. Furthermore, from reviewing our history, the investigator is confident that if any other concerns had been raised, we would have investigated them.

    • There was no evidence of “abuse of power” or retaliation. The individual involved may not have agreed with our decisions or performance feedback, but our actions were for legitimate work-related purposes, and our business reasons were valid.

    • Allegations of process errors and miscommunication while onboarding this individual were partially substantiated, but the investigator found ample documentary evidence of LMG working to rectify the errors and the individual being treated generously and respectfully. When they had questions, they were responded to and addressed.

    In summary, as confirmed by the investigation, the allegations made against the team were largely unfounded, misleading, and unfair.

    With all of that said, in the spirit of ongoing improvement, the investigator shared their general recommendation that fast-growing workplaces should invest in continuing professional development. The investigator encouraged us to provide further training to our team about how to raise concerns to reinforce our existing workplace policies.

    Prior to receiving this report, LMG solicited anonymous feedback from the team in an effort to ensure there was no unreported bullying and harassment and hosted a training session which reiterated our workplace policies and reinforced our reporting structure. LMG will continue to assess ongoing continuing education for our team.

    At this time, we feel our case for a defamation suit would be very strong; however, our deepest wish is to simply put all of this behind us. We hope that will be the case, given the investigator’s clear findings that the allegations made online were misrepresentations of what actually occurred. We will continue to assess if there is persistent reputational damage or further defamation.

    This doesn’t mean our company is perfect and our journey is over. We are continuously learning and trying to do better. Thank you all for being part of our community." -LTT


    Arthur Was Climbing The Ladder To The Loft


    Apollo With A Little Blep


    Gwen Saw A Squirrel Outside


    Arthur Was Curious About My Camera


    Showing Off His Danger Mitten


    Loving the Shoe


    Wally Was Excited To See Me


    Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver OST (1998) - The Greenhouse (Remastered)

    This song goes harder than it has any right to and I feel more people should be aware of it. And the few people who did get to hear in game only heard the first 60-90 seconds before the level ended.


    Canadian Haze


    Got My Car Tuned. More Info Inside.

    Context: I have a Ford Taurus AWD with a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 (288 hp & 254 lb-ft, stock). It had reached the point in life where it's old enough that I'm ok tinkering with it, but new enough that it's still worth tinkering. There was also zero info about tuning this engine and I wanted to fix that. So I brought it to a dyno. I went with an HP Tuners ECU. The only other "mod" to my car was a set of one-step colder spark plugs; everything else is stock. Edit: I also stuck with 87 octane.

    The shop managed to increase the peak wheel horsepower from 217 hp to 231; and the torque from 203 lb-ft to 222. Increases of 14 hp and 19 lb-ft, or 6% and 9%, respectively. Assuming the parasitic losses is the same, my new power at the crank is roughly 306 hp and 278 lb-ft. Pretty similar to the stock 3.7L that Ford made. But as you can see from the graph, other areas improved even more. Some sections received 20+ lb-ft, and 15+ hp above 5000 rpm. Mileage seems to have improved, too. However I still need to test that more. I've only had this tune for a week now.

    I haven't done many hard accelerations, but it does feel a little faster when accelerating. Pre-tune, I remember feeling a surge in power around 4000 rpm; I'm glad the dyno proved me right. In terms of feel, the most noticeable difference is in city driving. The engine feels so much more responsive when I start to press on the pedal from a standstill. But not in a jerky, aggressive way (unless I choose to floor it); it's still a very comfortable daily driver. It just "feels" more put together, if that makes sense.

    Total cost for the dyno and tune was around $1500-2000. Plus any extraneous repairs they required me to do before I could go on the dyno (I.E. I had a leaky transaxle seal that cost $525 to replace). So, I see why not many people choose to get their cars tuned. At the same time, I feel this was worth it for the science. If anyone has any questions, I'll try to answer them as best I can.


    Meute - Sail by Awolnation (Brass Instrumental Rework) Sail by MEUTE

    Listen to "Sail" by MEUTE on any music platform - Free smart music links by Songwhip

    Sail by MEUTE

    Abandoned by Bears - I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 (easycore) I Want You Back by Abandoned By Bears

    Listen to "I Want You Back" by Abandoned By Bears on any music platform - Free smart music links by Songwhip

    I Want You Back by Abandoned By Bears

    PSA To Rip Your Games If You Can. This Disc Is Borked.

    I found this big chip on this copy of SSX3. I no longer consider it safe to use; don't need it shattering inside my console and ruining that, too.

    Edit: For those interested in emulating PS1 through 3 games, you have zero reason not to. Normally the difficult-to-obtain part is the BIOS as it's proprietary. That normally requires a homebrewed console or questionably downloading it online. But Sony actually lets you download the official PS3 firmware update to your computer. That contains not just the BIOS for the PS3, but also the emulated PS1 & 2 BIOSes. There's a program a person made that pulls the emulated BIOSes for the PS1 & 2 (I forget the name; it's on GitHub). With those in hand, grab a DVD ROM drive (you can buy an external one for like $40) and download ImgBurn to start ripping your games and creating ISO's. PS3 games have some extra encryption so they need a different program called PS3 Disc Dumper. You also need a compatible Blu-Ray drive; RPCS3 provides a list of known compatible drives on their site. They mention their list is incomplete, so if yours isn't on it, there's still a chance it will work. And obviously the emulators for each console (DuckStation, PCSX2, RPCS3). There's a little bit more to it than that, but it's easier than you might think. Just need to do a bit of googling for the things I mentioned. I also recommend checking out each emulators' respective Discord servers. They contain helpful resources.

    Happy emulating!


    A Solid Reminder Why You Should Rip Your Games

    While I did manage to rip the game (I realized it was damaged after I pulled it out), it's no longer safe to use and its life is now limited.


    Baby Painted Turtle. Bonus Pic Inside.


    Found it near our front door and moved it closer to the river.


    Virgin Tiger Moth


    Both These Bees Were Taking A Nap On This Flower