NtKGar

NtKGar

Real Name: G. Molloy
Gender: Male
Web Site: http://www.nekothekitty.net

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Neko the Kitty
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Comment on Filler: Dancing Angus #1 of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 31 Aug 2015 05:26 am
That's because he's cold.
Comment on #020: Arachnognition of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 31 Aug 2015 05:26 am
While I do enjoy Friendship is Magic, this is from 2004 :P
Comment on #1186 Neko remains the title character of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 28 Aug 2015 09:03 am
We're pushing Whitespace Neko on Tumblr at the moment. It's Neko with his tie and cigarette making snarky observations about life directly to the camera. Panels are stacked vertically so it's easy to read on phones, and it updates every day.

Also I've been having fun on Tumblr sharing gifs and whatnot, so check it out.

I think the main thing I've gotten out of Tumblr is I started watching Steven Universe, which starts out cute and funny and then goes down a tremendous rabbit hole of characterisation and science fiction weirdness as it explores just how truly Alien the alien characters are. There's about 70 episodes so far - most of them are ten minutes long but there are some 20-minute episodes and two-parters, and Paige and I watched them all over the course of a couple of days.
Comment on #211 "47 Minutes into the final boss fight" of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 27 Aug 2015 10:41 am
Jeff's nowhere near as good at video games as he thinks he is.
Comment on #1185 ring ring ring ring ring ring ring of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 18 Aug 2015 07:59 am
Today's Whitespace Neko is a pronounciation guide.
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We've also started running a Neko the Kitty tumblr! The tumblr username nekothekitty was already taken though, so we're at omgnekothekitty.tumblr.com.

The tumblr was originally going to be just the regular comic with the panels arranged vertically so as to be easy to read on phones. We're still going to do that elsewhere, but with the title change prompted me to turn omgnekothekitty into a side project.

It's just Neko smoking cigarettes and making little diatribes to the camera. At the moment it's updating automatically 4 times a day with the most recent Whitespace Neko strips from the archive right here (only with the panels arranged vertically and the ones with out-of-date references excised). The format's already established and the existing strips are going to run out tomorrow, so after that we're going to go for a new Whitespace Neko comic every day!

Neko's fun and easy to draw, so it's good tumblr and means you won't have to wait so long for your kitty giggles.

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I'm looking forward to the VR headsets coming out later this year, and naturally Tony's an early adopter. I'm actually friends with a doctor of computer science, and he's researching potential uses of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality devices, so I've had a chance to play with an Oculus Rift a couple of times because you can get some wonderful toys by saying they're for research. It's a very cool bit of kit. I'm not into technical specifications, but the sense of presence in the virtual world you get from it is incredible. It's like being transported somewhere else, and part of the research is into the effects of telepresence on the human psyche.

From my own experience, one of the most obvious effects is a tendency to make you lose your balance. Something like Elite or MechWarrior where your character is operating controls from a seated position seems the most obvious game design direction to go in at the moment. That and making treadmills more engaging.

I don't actually have Elite: Dangerous, and will probably have to upgrade my PC if I want to play it in VR, but I think I've already unveiled my future plans past that point.
Comment on #1183 Manifestations of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 04 Aug 2015 12:58 pm
(I think she's undeploying the metaphor)
Comment on #1183 Manifestations of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 30 Jul 2015 03:07 am
@PeyaLuna: That must be the Spanish Guy that had Jimmy Kimmel confused. Daaamn, he must have lied the hell out of his resumé.
Comment on #1183 Manifestations of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 29 Jul 2015 12:08 pm
Elmer Season
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I’ve been hearing a lot about Cecil the Lion recently. A lion living in a park in Zimbabwe who was lured out of the reservation and blinded with a spotlight so an American dentist could fuck up shooting him with a crossbow. Cecil survived for 40 hours after this, at which point said Elmer Fudd motherfucker shot the wounded and exhausted animal with a high-powered rifle like a pussy. Here’s Jimmy Kimmel on the topic with an appeal to donate to www.wildcru.org/, which is an organisation which researches and protects lions.

Now I’m not actually against hunting. There’s plenty of parts of the world where people get their meat by tracking it through the wilderness and killing it. It happens right here in Ireland. I get my meat from a shop like most people, but I know what meat is and am happy with my position in the food chain. Hunting for an animal you’re going to eat is at least as ethically sound as farming it and I’d be a hypocrite to protest it.

Trophy hunting is, however, a totally different animal. I think we've commented on fox hunting before as being a totally unsporting sport with no justification beyond simple bloodlust, and I’ll lump lion hunting in with that category. I can understand the reasoning behind it, kinda - you’re pitting yourself against an apex predator who can easily kill a human. Man vs. Beast in a deadly game of strength and guile and all that jazz. There’s a lot of machismo in that, I get it. It’s pointless, but I get it.

And I think luring a park animal into a trap and blinding the fucking thing defeats the purpose entirely. Walter James Palmer didn’t kill a lion, he killed a fish in a barrel, and was incompetent enough to let it suffer for nearly two days first.

If you’re hunting prey and your objective is to kill something you’re going to eat, then guns and traps and killzones are the way to go. The hunt has a pragmatic purpose and you want to get the job done. Grand. You use the tools that are available, it’s all licensed and regulated and ideally doesn’t damage animal populations beyond their ability to recover in time for the next season. Broadly speaking, it’s a civilised activity.

Hunting predators just to show what big balls you’ve got isn’t civilised. It’s practically the definition of barbarism, and if you’re going to indulge in that sort of thing then do it properly and use a goddamn spear. Anyone could kill a trapped, blinded lion with a projectile weapon if they wanted to. Give me a covered pit and a bucket of hand grenades and I could hunt Big Game too. There’s no bravery or honour in it, you’re just murdering something in cold blood because you’ve got the money. You’re not proving anything, it’s just blood for blood’s sake.

If you’re going to pit yourself against nature’s greatest predators for the sake of some messed-up notion of machismo, then if the odds of you getting killed for your bloodlust and hubris aren’t at least 50/50 then what’s the fucking point?
Comment on #1182 The Miracle Lounge of Neko the Kitty
NtKGar, 22 Jul 2015 05:17 am
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According to Wikipedia "The most common description of the chupacabra is that of a reptile-like creature, said to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. It is said to be approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 m) high, and stands and hops in a fashion similar to that of a kangaroo." To which I say 'sexy' and 'pretty' aren't necessarily the same thing, and the media's got a fairly fucked up concept of beauty anyway.

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We try to be socially progressive, we're just not terribly good at it.

I read quite a good book last week, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. It's about a pair of teenage brothers who are being hunted by wizards in modern-day Britain. The wizards get their powers by sacrificing people to demons, so they're bad news, though not necessarily unsympathetic the whole time. The World is very well-realised, the way Magic works makes sense, and the plot takes lots of lovely twists and turns. However what really elevated the book from fun pulp adventure to Probably Literature for me was the point-of-view character, Nick.

The narrator's a third-person voice which can wander around the world a bit, but usually never strays too far outside of Nick's head. Nick is the younger brother, he's sixteen years old and he reads like a traumatised teenager with learning disabilities. He's not stupid by any means, but he has trouble with language and emotion and is quite often a complete and utter bastard. He's not always likeable, but the story goes into his childhood quite a lot and he's a wonderfully realised product of his upbringing.

The Demon's Lexicon is Brennan's first published novel and the first part of a trilogy. I haven't read the other two books yet, but they're both out and are hitting the same 4-5 star reviews as the first book on Amazon. The author's also got a bunch of short stories and fan fiction up on her website if you like her style but don't want to stump up for the books.

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