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wasted away the day reading tvtropes. From ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:

In the current generation of Pokémon, the maximum possible amount of damage dealt in one turn by single pokemon is believed to be this: A Shuckle with 614 attack stat from Power Split, two Helping Hands, two Flower Gifts, skill-swapped Huge Power ability, at +6 Atk, with x2 boost from Metronome item, using Me First boosted Rollout after a Defence Curl, with Same-Type-Attack-Bonus, on a 4x Super-Effective Critical-Hit, against any pokemon with a defense stat of 1 and 4x weakness to Rock. According to this damage calculation formula, the damage dealt on the 5th turn (when Rollout and Metronome reach their maximum power) is 721,898,952. Over seven hundred million. One imagines that if a pokemon were to be hit with an attack of this magnitude, rather than merely fainting, both the target pokemon and everything else in a large radius would be reduced to nothing more than an expanding cloud of ash and a smoking crater.
To give you an idea of how ridiculously overkill this all is, the highest Hit Points a Pokemon can have is 714.
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when you absolutely, positively have to kill every last Pokemon in the room...
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How I Met Your Mother ended last night, and the AV Club message boards are going bonkers. Lots of people hated it and think it tarnishes the rest of the show, but I thought it did pretty well. (spoilers below)

It definitely wasn't perfect. Not only was it a downer, but it just wasn't as funny an episode as it could have been, and it was sad to see Barney regressed to his shallow past and invalidating all of the character growth he's ever had. But I'm more inclined to believe that Barney's transformation into "perfect husband material" was a bit of Unreliable Narrator on Future Ted's part.

But mostly I think the big reveal--that Ted and Robin do end up together, but only after Ted loses his other True Love--does a good job of casting the rest of the series in a new, deeper emotional context. Now every moment of Destiny Ted shared with Robin wasn't a red herring. 
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No, +Nathan Skerbinc 
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I agree with pretty much all your points, +Matthew Kuzma .

Barney's redemption through a child was good.  But it also feels like I saw him redeem.   And he tried it and failed.  So, what, his love for Robin wasn't real?  Or good enough?  None of the explanations about them not working out justify having to go the kid route.  It's a great moment, but was that moment necessary?   Of the five people, that leaves Robin the only one without a child and also the only one not able to have a child.  As for great moments, I think Barney choosing Robin and never having a kid is a strong story.  None of his story is bad.  It's even good.  Could it have been better, I think so.  Basically it feels like it was a swap of potential good things that make Barney grow.

Yeah, I believe the whole death of Tracy was purposely played down.  The story was narrated with the whole I loved her every minute.  But the because they played it down, it makes all the story elements of "life goes on" feel like a life lesson told to you like you were hearing a child's fable.  Instead of feeling it.  He loved, he lost, he'll love again.  If it wasn't Robin, but a random other woman that feels just a bit more true instead of feeling like I just heard some kind of anecdote about lasting love.  Not bad, just less moving than I wanted.   

Ted and Robin, is fine.  But the rekindling of her love for Ted with the whole locket and speech from her mother and the brief scene with Lily where she kind of reveals she is hanging on to those feelings... it's a life lesson I don't like as much as Barney saying he'll always be honest and that changing her perspective.  Here is a man who is (and pretty much has always been) honest.  In fact, the whole locket thing between Ted, Robin and Barney kind of dismisses on the element that Barney has really only ever lied to Robin to bring her surprise happiness.  She still remains (at least from memory) the only one (until his child) that he was always honest with.  About who he was, what he has done.  It all seems undermined.   Not bad story-line, just dismisses much of what I thought was good between Robin and Barney. 

But I've been saying he ends up with Robin since season 4.  Though I thought maybe the story would be about how he met the mom and then divorced and married Robin.  In fact there is a picture of future them sans the mom and Barney from season 7 that basically nailed that home.

I really appreciate the idea that nothing goes as planned, but life goes on that this story does.  It just feels a bit like I heard a great tale versus a continued experience.   

I'm super happy with Marshall and Lily though.  Marshall is the one character that has always in the worst spots and worked his way out of them.  Their romance is the one is the best on the show, but also the one that was told most thoroughly. 
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A good read. As a wannabe programmer without enough skill to dabble (or drive and free time to learn more), I really wish there was a more straightforward way.
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Harold Ramis was one of my favorite directors. His light-hearted morality plays were right up my alley. I am more-than-usual-for-some-random-hollywood-type disappointed he died. If he'd lived longer, he might've made another great one (if not another best movie ever--i'm looking at you, Groundhog Day). Or maybe not. But we'll never know.

Now to wait for whoever picks up the mantle. Steve Pink might be a good candidate... If he can convert some of that zaniness into whimsy.
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I am arranging to go to #gencon2014   in August, and both of the friends arranging rooms the moment they were made available had trouble with the website, and in those scant minutes missed out on the window for block space. Now all that's left to do is hope for cancellation space in nearby $400 rooms or stay at the airport again.

#indianapolis  is clearly too small, or not trying hard enough to keep Gen Con (E.g. the largest U.S. gaming convention, an influx of 50,000 tourists...). Why again has the Moto GP been scheduled for the same weekend? Why is it so difficult to find hotels near the convention center? Blegh. 

I hate to say that it has jumped the shark but maybe it is time to find a new venue for that weekend. Or another convention. If I had the resources I might schedule "Anothercon" just to spite Indy. 
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There are so many cities that are bigger than Indianapolis. This is a trivial problem to solve.
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The last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD were good. Quite good. The show is finally finding its stride. There's lots of (internet) chatter about hating specific characters but I think everyone has their place. The terrible physics (mostly plane-sucking-out-of) as a plot device was the hardest part to take for granted.
Anyway, the plot had fallen into a holding pattern--I kept wishing they would connect the dots instead of doing case-of-the-week--and finally it happened and everything got shaken up. It was good.
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ABC does drama badly.  None of this show has been surprising.  The whole twist in the last episode is predictable.  ABC needs more suspense!
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A couple days ago I picked up the Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, and have been very satisfied so far.

Besides adding a new class, the loot system has been redesigned and there is a new endgame adventure mode. I've never been a big endgame player (Instead I have a bunch of alts) but it is good they created a mode with dynamic objectives which is a big improvement over running a certain boss/region over and over. 

Additionally, there is no longer the annoying "normal/hard/hell" structure. Essentially it means you can play on "hell" right away; no matter where you are you'll get monsters and gear appropriate to your level and the difficulty you chose. Which, conveniently, means you can level up to the highest levels on one play through of the campaign.

Returning to the game, my level 60 character found 3 legendaries in two sessions, and two of them were immediately useful. You get tons more cool loot now (and can craft it too), so now I have to weigh trading my existing, weak Magic Find (which has been mostly been removed as an affix) for better stuff. 

The new Crusader class is a lot like the Paladin from D2, with some focused tanking abilities and good ranged options if that's your bag. 

I'm excited to try out multiplayer. I don't know how characters of different levels work together. Play with me!
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+Nathan Skerbinc Cool!
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If you are getting into parks and recreation, I think it will work to start with season 2, episode 18. 
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No netflix? What is this, the industrial age?
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My seven-year-old nephew is playing Minecraft online with my eleven-year-old nephew while simultaneously facetiming to talk about what they're working on. They are collaborating on amazing things.

Sign of the times. I think back to playing Sopwith and Summer Games at that age. 
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Whatever. By high school we were modding Doom.
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Not thought-provoking, but pop cultured
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I feel like this is one area where George R.R. Martin gets it right when it comes to picking the best perspective to write from. He almost never writes anything from the position of "the protagonist/hero" -- it's almost entirely through the eyes of those with no hope of getting power, or who are deposed from power.
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