We’re pleased to announce that FFXIV: A Realm Reborn will be launching worldwide on PlayStation 3 and PC on August 27, 2013!
Along with the release date announcement comes information on pre-order bonuses, collector’s edition details and more! Visit our newly launched pre-order website to learn all of the juicy details!http://sqex.to/HXt
I preordered the PS3 Collector’s Edition. :3 CAIT SITH MINION, COME TO ME~!
Microsoft released an update recently for Windows 7: KB 2823324, and they’re advising you to uninstall it IMMEDIATELY. why? the article linked above explains it better than i can but long story short: IT IS VERY BUGGY AND CAN MESS UP YOUR COMPUTER TO THE POINT OF IT NOT STARTING UP. this is annoying as hell and i’m sure several of you have already experienced this hell (i haven’t because i saw this article on time, thank goodness). if you’re having trouble finding it or even having trouble booting up your computer, here are some ways to get rid of it:
TO UNINSTALL IT IF YOU HAVEN’T FALLEN VICTIM TO THE BUGS:
go to Control Panel > Programs and Features
look on the left sidebar. go to View Installed Updates.
search for “KB2823324” (make sure KB is in there, otherwise it won’t be recognized)
uninstall it and restart your computer.
TO UNINSTALL IT IF YOU HAVE FALLEN VICTIM TO THE BUGS:
restart your computer by presing the F8 key
select Repair Your Computer; select language and log on
select System Restore
start up your computer normally. doing this should uninstall KB2823324.
SIGNAL BOOST. SPREAD THIS SHIT LIKE WILDFIRE.
FYI. This update was released 4/9/2013. It was still in my ‘important updates’ section, so I just hid it (right-click > “hide update”). That way, it never installs that update.
They’re baaaa-aaack! A big “brood” of 17-year cicadas — which has been biding its time underground since the first Clinton administration — is forecast to emerge from the ground this spring along the East Coast, and will pop up as far north as New York City.
“Spectacular” and “amazing” are two of the words used by University of Maryland entomologist Michael Raupp to describe the East’s biggest influx of the annoying but mostly harmless bugs since a separate brood emerged in 2004.
This year’s “emergence” should be quite extensive, as the critters will likely come out all the way from the Carolinas to the Hudson Valley of New York, says John Cooley, a research scientist from the University of Connecticut.
“All the East Coast cities are in the path of the cicadas,” says Cooley, who runs the magicicada.org website, and requests reports from people who see cicadas this spring.
USA Today, “Waiting In The Wings This Spring: Cicadas!”
Hey, USA Today — stop sounding so HAPPY ABOUT THIS.
At The Verge, Elizabeth Spiers on Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer:
Here’s a theory: successful women are Rorschach tests. They acquire meaning that is completely divorced from the reality of who they are and what they believe and instead become symbols for what the observer thinks is significant.
Don’t buy it? Just look at Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Her recent book, Lean In, has provoked hostile criticism by many people who haven’t read the book, but find it offensive because the advice it offers doesn’t work for all women everywhere — and worse, think that Sandberg herself must represent all women to offer such advice.
The Verge is killing it lately. Love so many articles from them lately.
This shit is confusing, but even more so when you consider this is just the SOUTHERN way. My family’s half northern, half southern, and trying to figure out how to call the separate sides of the family gives me hives. Also, just my paternal grandma alone is one of SEVEN.
And did I mention the folks who live in the country use different slang than the folks in the city. Yeah, let me tell you, this is like 50% of the reason why I hate visiting relatives in China. Trying to figure out what to call them is about 80% of the battle.
My family still jokes about that time I was 8 and mistakenly called my gufu/姑父 (uncle-in-law on dad’s side) a doufu (yes, tofu) and then when told to “叫你姨妈 (call your auntie),” I said very loudly, “姨妈是什么东西 (what the heck is an auntie-on-maternal-side)?”
Whenever I meet older relatives, I’m told to immediately 叫/call them by title as a sign of respect (because I’m acknowledging their status in the family); conversely, younger relatives are expected to do the same for me. It gets doubly confusing, because not only does every relative have his or her own specific title (大姨妈, 二姨妈, 三姨妈, etc), but titles are ALL SPECIFIC TO THE SELF, so my second-maternal-auntie isn’t the same as my cousin’s second-maternal-auntie. I don’t know anyone’s actual birth names.
My brother still calls me 姐姐 (older sister); he once tried to call me by my name, and my mom sat him down and said as long as he was living under her roof to never do it again. My parents also never use my name when talking to him about me; they just say 你姐姐, like “Go get your sister for dinner” or “Go ask your sister”, etc. He’s 16 now, and we’re not… sure… what to do about the name situation, because it feels awkward to have him use 姐姐, especially in public? But he’s never used my name before, and it’s weird to even imagine him saying it, so…. shrugs helplessly.
worry about disrespecting parents ==> weird / awkward public situations ==> i feel u
GHG;LAJSDF BING I HAVE THE SAME THING W/ MY BROTHER. He even calls me “sis” in English, never “Yin”. It totally weirds his friends out but all the Chinese people I know just nod in understanding. Now that he’s grown, if he has to use Chinese, he’ll call me 老姐 haha.