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The Homework vs. Videogames Dilemma Is Finally Solved

Fun fact: the reason why Gandhi is such a power-hungry, nuke-happy, war mongering asshole in the Civ games is because of a programming error made back in Civ 2 (I think it was Civ 2).  Each world leader was rated on an aggression scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most peaceful and 10 being the most aggressive.  Gandhi of course was put at 1, but when a civilization chose Democracy as their government their aggression rating would fall by two points.  This meant India would go down into the negatives, which the game treated as being hyper aggressive off the charts, think a 1000 on the 1-10 scale.  

The game designers thought it was such a funny bug that they purposely coded it into all of the later Civilization games.  

Gandhi, you monster.


Special Effects and Makeup in Film/TV History: Rob Bottin & John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (Release date: June 11th, 1982)

Bottin is arguably one of the greatest special effects artists in modern film history. Much of his work throughout the 1980’s utilized groundbreaking techniques & pushed the medium to extremes never before attempted at the time. His work remains iconic, inspirational, and greatly loved by sci-fi & horror movie fans worldwide.

Bottin began his career in special effects at age 14 by studying under Rick Baker (who won an Academy Award in “Best Makeup & Hairstyling” for his work on the 1981 film “An American Werewolf in London”). At age 22 he was hired by Carpenter to produce the 5 critical creature effects in his new film “The Thing”, giving young Bottin significant creative control in how the mutated alien life forms would look and move. Bottin worked non-stop on The Thing for 57 weeks, from April 1981 to May 1982 (in fact he worked so continuously that upon completion he checked himself in to a hospital for 2 weeks due to exhaustion). As the effects budget for The Thing swelled from $750,000 to $1.5 million, Bottin’s effects crew grew to over 40 sculptors, illustrators, designers, painters, and mechanical effects specialists.

The grotesque & paranoid vision presented in “The Thing” proved to be too grim for most audiences at the time, especially considering Stephen Spielberg’s family-friendly “E.T” was released only 2 weeks prior to “The Thing”. Despite it’s commercial failures, the film has risen to cult-classic status & is totally a must-see for anyone who appreciates expert SFX make-up and practical effects!

{tune in every Friday for a quick ‘n tasty write-up on our fav SFX make-up & practical effects artists/work in film & tv!}

-Mayar Baynham

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the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people

you dont need vaccines, I havent had any and Im still doing great

wow, what a compelling argument. you’ve got me

in other news, i am still alive therefore death must be a myth

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