Category Archives: Rants

Zodiac Shift!

THIS JUST IN: Never mind, I didn’t bother to do enough research. Feel free to read this post anyway, but scroll down to Ishana’s comment to catch the real deal.

Despite sounding like the formation command for some sort of giant robot, this is actually some business both serious and trippy. Some important scientists have declared that, as a result of moon shenanigans messing with Earth’s orbit, the conventionally held dates for the Zodiac signs are in fact HELLA WRONG [sic]. Here’s what the old dates were:


Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Libra: September 23 – October 22
Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius:January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20

So that’s the classical system, passed down to us by the Babylonians. Tried and true, right? Apparently not. Here’s what the Washington Post declares is the setup now:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Setting aside the fact that this schedule puts a bizarre overlap day between every sign, it’s pretty jostled, eh? BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Either because of the tumult already happening, or for reasons unknown, there’s talk of officializing Opiuchus, the Snake, as the thirteenth Zodiac sign. It would fit in Nov. 29 – Dec. 17, squashing Scorpio down to 6 days, and coming before Sagittarius. Now, players of Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, or any other Ivalice game will already be familiar with fair Serpentarius, but it’s quite a shift for the rest of the world.

So, what do you think? I really don’t know at this point. The shift would throw me from Virgo to Leo, which is weird. Ophiuchus being added seems largely pointless, but I’ve played too much Final Fantasy to not be amused by it. There’s some precedent for the opinions of our regular commenters, though; Thaumaturgist has established her view on the Zodiac, and Ishana has mentioned on two occasions her views on arbitrary dates versus concrete ones. What do you think, though? Will this shift send you to a new sign, or stay the same? Is your new one better in your eyes, or worse? Leave a comment.

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Pat Prefontaine, Telus will not Make you Smell Like a Man..

…and Dolphins are not a Backwards Horse! Hello again, readers. I was peacefully watching television when I saw, not for the first time, a Telus ad featuring this Pat Prefontaine fellow. Take a look for yourselves.

Seems familiar, doesn’t it? A little too familiar. Telus is obviously trying to make their man smell like the Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa. But the result just smells fishy. Not because of the dolphins, though, because they aren’t fish. I think Mr. Mustafa might need to find a lawyer. Oh wait…

Suck it, Prefontaine.

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Thanks to SCIENCE, you can now force my non-existant posts on your friends and loved ones!

That’s right, if you like my posts for whatever reason, you can spam it to all your friends on Twitter! How is such a miraculous feat achievable, you ask? With the push of a simple button, friends! At least, I think it’s there. I don’t bother with this whole Twitter business, so I can only assume the button is staring you in the face as you read this, perhaps with flashing lights and maybe some implied monetary gain? Very good.

Rather than addressing my extended absence from this blog, I will end with a largely unexplained link.

Swan dive!

Friday’s Info Hints! Vol.I

Remember me mentioning something neat for today? Well, here it is! This is the first installment of Friday’s Info Hints.

Now, I’m sure many of you are wondering what Friday’s Info Hints is all about. Well, I’m wondering the same thing, actually. See, I was playing around with this anagram site, and I decided to check out the anagrams for Shards of Infinity. When I saw ‘Fridays info hints’, I decided to make it into a post! So, here now here we are. I dunno, I guess I’ll give you guys five quick stories, or something? Yeah, let’s go with that. Read the rest of this entry

Stan Lee wins at life forever

Welcome, true believers. I will go ahead and assume that most or at least some or at least one of you is familiar with the great Stan Lee. For those of you who don’t, here’s a quick rundown. Stan Lee is a prolific Marvel Comics writer, and he’s the guy who created people like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Hulk. He’s also worked with Japanese artists in creating properties like Ultimo and Heroman. Now, the thing about Stan Lee is that he tends to make cameos in movie adaptations of his work. And by tends, I mean always does. Always. Exhibit A (Sorry, I can’t embed it properly):

Now let’s go back to Lee’s Japanese creations, Ultimo and Heroman. Now, in the Ultimo manga, Lee appears as the scientist creator of Ultimo. In fact, in the Shonen Jump FCBD featuring Ultimo, Stan Lee’s character appears as the focus of a kickass poster in the middle. But I digress from the key point here.

The anime adaptation of Heroman premiered yesterday. I started watching it a few minutes ago, and I noticed this:

Movie cameos? Awesome. Manga cameo? Awesome. Anime cameo? You’ve taken this to a whole new level, Mr. Lee. I applaud you, good sir.

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Excelsior!

An Epic of Epic Epicness

The first poster for Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is out. Now, granted, many of you (who are still mostly but not exclusively imaginary) probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Fortunately, we can all speak the universal language of AWESOME. Check out the kickass poster after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

A Brief Rant on the Subject of an Ambiguous Term

PlayStation Network. That’s that thing were you can download stuff like games and demos for your PSP and PS3, right? Yeah, that about sums it up, I’d say. But I mean, obviously, you’re talking about a whole with two very distinct halves. Sure, maybe I could play a PSP game on a PS3, but good luck trying to run Metal Gear Solid 4 on a PSP.

What I’m getting at here is that there are very separate elements to the PSN, and I don’t think that’s a difficult concept to grasp. But apparently for notable gaming blog Kotaku, it is. Whether its their PSN Update or a preview of Mega Man 10, these guys never seem to notice the difference between the two, going so far as to apply the term to the PS3 half 99% of the time. And they aren’t the only ones. Wikipedia, for example, is prone to this as well. Painfully prone.

Now, going back to an earlier point, it’s obvious that if they talk PSN in an MGS 4 article, they’re talking PS3. But with games like Mega Man 10, and 9 before it, games that are specifically tailored to imitate one of the most basic iterations of the home gaming console, it wouldn’t kill them to be a bit more specific! I mean, if they can put a port of Mega Man 1 on the PSP, these games shouldn’t be any different! I suppose this makes divides the issue into two, but the point still stands.

The PSP is a powerful handheld in its own right, and there are many cases where games look like they’d run on the PSP, but don’t. So Kotaku, next time time you guys wet yourselves over the new Mega Man game, or some new Indie game hitting the online stores, distinguish the PS3 from the PSP!

Plus, Nintendo has WiiWare AND DSWare, so I think they’ve got a leg up on you, Sony. Quit slacking! /rant

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