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The bird-loving folks of developer Mediatonic (Amateur Surgeon, Foul Play) and avian-friendly publisher Devolver Digital are pleased to announce that the revamped Hatoful Boyfriend will launch for PC, Mac, and Linux on August 21st. Early birds can get 10% off the $9.99 worm by pre-ordering Hatoful Boyfriend before it launches on Steam (

Ornithological gamers with finer tastes at the top of the pecking order can fly away with the Hatoful Boyfriend “Summer of Dove Collector’s Edition” that includes the official digital soundtrack, an exclusive digital comic from series creator Hato Moa, exclusive wallpapers of Oko-san, and a digital St. Pigeonations 2014 Yearbook.


As the only human in St. PigeoNation’s prestigious school for birds you’ll encounter a feathered cast of characters and choose a suitable love interest all while managing elective school classes. Follow your heart as you choose your path and go on romantic dates you but be wary of fowl twists and turns along the way that could turn you love life upside down.

Longtime fans of the series can expect to discover an exclusive all-new scenario and ending designed by series creator Hato Moa.


“You nerds can keep your virtual reality headsets and your haptic feedback,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Pre-pubescent bird love games are the next big growth category.”

For more information about the leading romantic bird simulator Hatoful Boyfriend, Mediatonic or malevolent publisher Devolver Digital, please visit or start chatting up some local birds just to see what’s up.

There’s going to be a collector’s edition!


I finally downloaded Steam JUST so I could date pigeons.  again.  because I own the previous two as well.

Because it is relevant to my interests in OMG WTF games.









I will never get over the hate that surrounds Ohio.



As an Ohioan, this post truth.

i went to ohio

it sucked

As someone who grew up right along the Pennsylvania/Ohio border, I can vouch for this as well (and supply that PA is not much better).

I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life (in different locales, from the C-bus area to a small town wedged between cornfields and more cornfields), which results in a curious mix of hatred for my state and vague indignation when non-Ohioans show that same hatred. :P

My year in Ohio was one of the most stressful and yet most rewarding (I started dating my now husband) years of my life.  But yeah, everyone points out the astronaut thing.

I went to college in Ohio.  When we were looking at colleges we took train down through the Applacchians to visit several different colleges along route.  Since train routes circle Ohio like the middle has cooties, we rented car and drove up from West Virginia. (the train through the mountains of west virginia is SPECTACULAR. highly recommended)

Six hours were nothing changed in elevation except for whether they’d planted corn or soy. It was very exciting when we got to Columbus and saw A Hill. ooooh.

It was slightly less boring and 100% more creepy finishing car ride up to Toledo where you could get train again.  There were a lot of hauntingly dilapidated rust belt towns in between.  Places you just didn’t want to stop because they looked like all the color had leached out of them and if you stopped you’d start to bleach away too.

I DID end up going to college in Ohio and there were just some things I just never got used to:

  • the live bait vending machine in the middle of town, nowhere near anywhere you can fish. what were people doing with all these live worms?
  • Getting in the car to cross the street because yo couldn’t safely cross six lanes of highway to go to the grocery store.
  •  Going to the intersection with four grocery stories (not even kidding) and where you shopped depended on which lane you could get into on the giant vehicular death race.
  • The sky was totally clear when I got on bike. not even a cloud. 15 minutes later I can’t see for how hard its raining and am soaked to the underwear by surprise thunderstorm of doom. happened multiple times.
  • driving past the religious broadcaster that output at such high power it took over all the channels on the radio. you were listening to something else, too bad. JESUS.
  • WHO THE HELL PUTS LIMA BEANS IN GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN? AND CORN? I can’t even remember what chain it was, something like Ming Panda Garden Express.   something incredibly generic sounding
  • Drive through state liquor agencies


The Duelist #34 Volume 6 Issue 2 Feb 1999: RALV Phases 4-6



The Duelist Contents page: (Page 3)
Rage into the past with Edward Bolme;”


Reports on Trading Card Games by Cory Herndon (Page 73)
Table of Contents:
82 Hell Hath No Rage
by Edward Bolme
Saddle up, Buck-Garous! We’re raging back to the Old West!

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article on the whole wacky phrase 4-6 where they traveled back in time to the old west.

It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.”

Remembering India’s Forgotten Holocaust. 

Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”

(via mehreenkasana)

I first heard of British crimes like this in Mike Davis’ Late Victorian Holocausts which talks about how imperialism affected the Indian subcontinent’s food supply. The system which could feed everyone, even during hard times, was “centralized” to be “more efficient” by the British administration, leading to skyrocketing poverty and famine and a destroyed local ecology. 

(via jhameia)

For reference, they calculated similar impacts for potatoes, wheat, and rice. Compared to the average of those, beef’s footprint ballooned to 160 times the land, eight times the water, 19 times the nitrogen fertilizer, and 11 times the greenhouse gas emissions. Per gram of protein, the story is largely the same except that potatoes, wheat, and rice have less of an advantage due to their lower protein content.

Among meats, beef has a beefy environmental footprint | Ars Technica (via cbrachyrhynchos)

I really love beef, and I’m not about to go vegetarian, but I have been trying to switch my meat intake over towards pork, and this is why. 

(via shadesofmauve)

You take out a lot of environmental cost of beef if you select grass fed beef, preferably from a farmer using it as part of a mixed use crop rotation where they graze cattle on the fields during fallow periods.  Then they return fertilizer to the field and aerate soil, which cuts down on amount of fertilizer (largely petroleum based) that’s needed. depending on how long the cattle graze and timing on harvest, they also may also graze down weeds before the seed, so cut herbicide use.

But even if they’re just grass fed in full time pasture, you still cut out a huge amount of the footprint because you’re no longer growing grain for cattle… which they actually have a hell of a time digesting and increases the amount of methane they omit and tend to make them get sick more often, so they get overdoes on antibiotics. About 80% of antibiotics in US are giving to livestock as they also promote rapid weight gain…. and antibiotic resistance.

They of course get fed grain because it brings them to market weight a lot faster.  there’s so much supply of beef that the price is so low that most farmers can’t afford to take the slower route.  Of course with various climate disasters, the US cattle stock has dipped slightly due to brutal storms and blistering heat.  Some die in the field, some farmers send them to market early to try and break even because they can’t afford to feed or water their livestock.  But not enough, yet, to effect beef prices and raise prices to point where prices rise enough that grass fed meets supply and is more cost effective than feedlot… largely because the environmental costs aren’t built into price.

That said, some areas GRASS FED beef would be the best choice for an agricultural product because field crops aren’t viable due to terrain or soil conditions.  The issue is we’re using the best land to grow grain super fast for too many cattle crammed in tiny areas instead of spread cows over a really large area of semi-arable land.  

TLDR: if you really like beef, eat grass fed.  it still has a cost but does have a place in agricultural production.  Build market for that to get us away from the current system full of high hidden costs.

Jul. 29, 1910: Slocum Massacre in Texas

Read the rest at the Zinn Education Project, including images of telegraphs dispatches and newspapers from the time.  Also has resources for teachers wishing to cover the subject in their classroom.

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