///TF2 – Mann vs. Machine///
My favourite computer game, Team Fortress 2 (aka TF2) just got a new game mode called “Mann vs. Machine”. Essentially, instead of the game’s traditional dynamic of two teams of human players trying to kill each other, it’s a cooperative mode where human players work together to stop robots. I’d finally stopped playing TF2 after playing it way too much during recent weeks. Then this update arrived and I’m slightly hooked again.
One of the best parts, to me, is that TF2 is free-to-play (including the new game mode). Sure, you can pay money to get certain advantages, but I don’t believe in paying-to-win. I should really do a post about excellent, free computer games because TF2 isn’t the only one (although it’s probably the best). TF2 was released 5 years ago, yet it remains fresh thanks to a steady stream of updates, fixes, and surprises.
And on Tuesday I had my first TF2 Mann vs. Machine win (it’s really very tough)!
I followed up with another win on a different map (2 down, 1 to go) yesterday.
///The Movie Project///
We got to see The Dark Knight Rises this week. It might not be a big deal to go see a Batman movie under normal circumstances. But given our “new normal” situation of caring for a baby 24/7, this was a momentous occasion. It wasn’t a bad movie (especially compared to most superhero films), but it wasn’t a great movie, either.
///Catherine a.k.a. lolCat///
Everybody I know seems to think that Cat looks more like her Mom than like me. Frankly, I’m happy for her. Nevertheless, since some of you are internet friends who don’t otherwise have the opportunity to make such comparisons, I’d like to have your opinions. Here’s a picture of Cat’s Mom:
And here’s a picture of me (from 9 years ago which somehow makes it a fairer comparison):
Here’s this week’s pictures of Cat:
I took this picture when she was asleep. Totally trolled her:
She rolls on her front now. And gets her legs caught between the bars:
She loves blocks:
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///Tweet(s) of the Week///
@dalton_mcguinty you let cops run amok and beat citizens. Then you take away our union rights. What’s next in your dictatorship?
— TimelessFinance (@TimelessFinance) August 17, 2012
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Mine was purchased at Sally Beauty for under five bucks.
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I would encourage a teen to read “The Wealthy Barber” and then to read “The Wealthy Barber Returns”.
Money-Stupid Keyword Award goes to:
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Have fun dawg.
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Buying a condo is the worst condo-buying mistake.
should i buy a new sofa if i am in debt
lol wut? Keyword Award goes to:
dose a motor really need a pcv valve
Can a motor be built without a PCV valve? Absolutely. The PCV Valve wasn’t invented until WWII. Prior to this time, all un-burned hydrocarbons simply flowed out of the engine in the air, or condensed with moisture and dripped onto the ground. So it’d be grossly stupid to remove it. Further, I’m not a mechanic (I really know very little about cars) but I think the modern internal combustion engine operates as a vacuum. Removing a key joint, through which air is circulated back into the engine, might cause some issues.
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TF2′s new Mann vs. Machine game mode got me excited about robots.
And this guy feels the exact same way that I do about Five Guys’ Burgers and Fries:
///Quote of the Week///
“I like to say that while antimatter may seem strange, it is strange in the sense that Belgians are strange. They are not really strange; it is just that one rarely meets them.”
- Lawrence Krauss
1. I meant to put this in last week’s round-up but completely forgot. Insurance broker/expert Glenn Cooke, in a guest post for the Canadian Capitalist, challenges the commonly-held slogan of “Buy Term, Invest the Difference”. I really like when Glenn takes a critical look at these tidbits of folk wisdom, as he did on this blog when he wrote about oft-maligned permanent life insurance policies.
“When will [Gen Y] adapt [to their workplaces]? They won’t. Ever. Instead, through their sense of entitlement and inflated self-esteem, they’ll make the modern workplace adapt to them. And we should thank them for it. Because the modern workplace frankly stinks, and the changes wrought by Gen Y will be good for everybody.”
lol good luck, let me know when your unemployment/underemployment rate is below 53%. Who knows? We could be the next Greatest Generation. Except we’ll be too busy travelling Europe and dinking around with our iPhones. This article’s author compares Gen Y’s lackadaisical malcontent to the labour movement of the early 1900s that gave workers the weekend and, eventually, the 8-hour work day. Yes, the General Hipster Strike of 2009 — when all the loser BA students remained in their parents’ basements and became ‘independent consultants’ on LinkedIn — has really changed the economic landscape.
3. Crime Doesn’t Pay (Well) is an article about the fact that the average return from a bank robbery is very low, given the dangers involved and the high likelihood of incarceration. Oh, and the “being evil” part. Thanks Jack for sending this item along!