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  • API Question

    14 hours ago

    Dave Occasionally Bearded

    Hi everyone! Dave here from the engineering team. I just got a direct message from a user asking about a topic we talked about last year and after I wrote the response, I figured it'd be a good thing to post up to our group page as well.


    The question was (paraphrased): When is the Public API you've talked about going to be available?


    And here's my answer back! Longer read, so get a drink...


    Yes, we were hoping to have a public API available this year but we don't have it available just yet. The main reason for this is the large scale changes that are currently in progress. While we'd originally hoped to be able to re-work the structure of the current app quite a bit, our efforts earlier this year led to the discovery that we need to do some much deeper foundational work. Basically, the app right now is a single entity, and with that comes some issues. First of which, there's no reasonable way to provide a public API that would be performant by any stretch. Too many wires are currently crossed to open those gates.

    So we're currently, and have been for several months now, undergoing numerous large scale efforts to re-do the entire foundation of the app and shift to multiple service-driven components. This will bring us huge gains in reliability and scalability, but comes with the cost of pushing back a public API until that new architecture is fully implemented. 

    We'd love to have this API available sooner, but it's more important we finalize a solid architecture first and avoid the pitfalls that happened a couple years ago with the launch of the current site. Once those details are smoothed out, and since it'll be entirely service oriented, opening up a public API will not only be possible, but be doable in a way that provides solid security and an overall great user experience, both for those on the site and various apps, as well as anyone who decides to utilize the API directly!

    We've gone through a lot of changes in the past year, and all though our size of projects has increased vast amounts, our team has not, so I'm hesitant to give you any time estimates at this point so as to not establish false expectations. I'd say once the new SVOD experience is done and we wrap up most of the implementation of the new Community experience, we'll be in a good spot to start pushing for a public API. We'll be announcing those things over the next few months and you'll be hearing much more about the new SVOD experience very soon. 

    I'm excited to know that there are so many of our community members that actually want API access and its a personal goal of mine to ensure our engineering team delivers that! It may not be right around the corner, but I assure you it will be great when it does arrive!


    After I sent that response a question popped into my head, which is the main reason I'm posting here. What kinds of things would you all want out of a Public API? What would you be building with it? Nothing is finalized in any fashion as far as what that will look like, so now is your chance to get in your wish-list items and maybe share some ideas about what kinds of things would be fun to build with an RT API.


    Engineering <3's you all!


  • Day 177 Another Painting

    1 day ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    Finished this up today. I should be able to get at least one more painting done before I head to RTX next week.  


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  • Where the hell have I been?

    2 days ago

    madmanmoe

    Well, I'm still here! I know I haven't updated in a while, and it might look like I just dropped out of the RT scene, but I'm still here and I drop by every day to look up what people are doing. I do have to apologize though for the lack of contributions due to just so many things and one of which is just exhaustion. So, let's get started.


    First of all: Happy Eid. I know no one really here celebrates Ramadan, but we just finished fasting in Ramadan yesterday.  So now it is Eid (literally means holiday) and now I'm back to my regularly scheduled program. I say regular because for the last two weeks my day would go from 8pm to 5am a mix of breaking fast, some family time, and lots of prayers. 6am to 3pm i go to work, and 4pm to 8 i catch up on whatever little sleep I have left. So...exhausted.


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    That aside, I've inexplicably picked up my YT channel with a vengeance for some reason, and that reason is Nier: Automata.  I did a playthrough of it previously and finished it in about 8-ish hours. I knew that there were different endings to the game, but I never knew that each playthrough is a literally a different playthrough every time and told from a different perspective.  So the umbrella game is one story, but you're seeing it from a different side and different person every playthrough. It's awesome and its the first playthrough I do in all English so check it out.



    Also, I'm still doing a ton of Overwatch. I just started playing with these groups of folks and its the most fun I've ever had on overwatch playing with them. It's just nothing but shenanigans, sex jokes, and flat out weirdness. You might know some of these people as @MrWartburg and Pauline @crofteria from the RT community.  It was good times.



    As for the life-stuff: I'm still working on getting my fiance over here. I got immigration papers to keep working on, but I'm keeping hopeful and optimistic. 


    I'm also looking for another job, and hope something big works out. In short, the IRS has hit my dad HARD after he retired. He just barely bought a house with his retirement when the IRS went after all that was left over and he's pretty much bankrupt. Aside from the 1500 bucks a month he gets from SS, I'm the only one who can support him, my mom, and my little sister now and that's been kinda tough. It is basically a big reason why I don't want to go out as much anymore or travel or anything so that I can support them. Also probably drowning myself in video games might be an indication that I'm affected mentally by all of this.


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    Finally, I am still super excited about RTX. Its the only trip I have scheduled and I've been planning this a long time. I don't believe I will be going there this time as a journalist, but I am bringing my camera and headphoens mic and will keep an eye out on things to shoot...with my camera...photography! Don't start getting weird ideas now damn it! But yeah, if you have any ideas of things to film, skits to play, pranks to pull, or just wanna say hi for an RT montage (HOLY SHIT THAT'S A GREAT IDEA), then feel free to drop me a line here or come over if you see me or whatever. It should be fun.  Last time I collaborated with @Ratatoskr and @LanceMowilos to do some fun things, and this is what we did.



    and this:


    So would totally love to make more collaboration work. If interested, give me a call.


    Yup, I think that pretty much sums it up. How are you guys doing?

  • The memory of taste

    10 hours ago

    SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

    I'm up a little too late drinking coca cola and Malibu rum...this feels so familiar.


    When I was in college, I drank a lot of coke with a rum called Redrum. It came in a coffin-shaped red glass bottle and tasted like a Frankie Avalon & Annettee Funicello movie:super fruity and coconut-ty. I didn't get sloshed on this stuff...but I drank it when I could afford it. 


    I would pour it on nights when I hogged the phonelines to chat with my friends online. I would drink it when I'd watch Tenchi Muyo and Ranma 1/2 on VHS. I would drink it while I played video games.


    I lived a white rental house with 5 other Western WA University theater students. We called the house CAMELOT because it was "a silly place". We had Halloween parties in the Spring. We helped each other with lines and projects. We comforted each other when we didn't get parts. 


    And then rent went up and our out-of-touch landlord just gave up on us. We all had to move by Summer quarter and find...ugh...apartments. Houses were no longer something 6 college students together could afford on student loans and shitty fast food jobs. 


    I was the last to leave Camelot. I remained there for a moth after everyone left. I tried to pack up all of my shit and tie up all of the loose ends. I spent most of that last month missing my friends, smoking clove cigarettes, blasting Soundgarden, drinking Redrum and coke, and playing on my old Super Nintendo. It was the end of an era...and era I squandered...didn't know what networking was...did the whole "I'm gonna be bitchy like the other popular kids in the department so I can fit in" thing, and wasted money because I thought retail therapy was cheaper than actual therapy.


    Spoiler alert: It's not.


    After Camelot, my college life fell apart like a Michael Bay film. I was in an abusive relationship that kept me away from auditions, social functions, and better jobs. I lived in clutter. I didn't take care of myself. I could only land the shittiest of jobs. College was terrible and political and everyone did drugs and had sex with the department faculty...I had me and my cat and an empty stomach. I've nothing to show for the time between Fall 2001 and Spring of 2006 except for a bachelor of arts degree that can't get me a job and a box of my cat's ashes.


    Oh, and my favorite Lilo and Stitch coffee mug.


    But this drink...this coke and Malibu that I'm drinking...and sitting in front of my computer...and instead of typing on Livejournal, I'm typing on my beloved RT journal...brings me back to when I loved college and was surrounded by some of the funniest, talented, and inspiring people ever. The memory of this flavor is intense. It tastes like friendship, the creative spirit, and regret.


  • Gaze upon that which is glorious...

    1 day ago

    EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Porn Evaluator

    I find it fascinating that The Last Supper is my favorite meme.


    Win Anne Allan's masterpiece, Camp Camp: The Last Food Fight Fight, at RT SideQuest's Silent Auction for charity at RTX on July 6.

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    It's beautiful!


    (She'll also have some Camp Camp Chibi keyrings if you can find her at RTX.)


    (NOTE: Sidequest is a separate but parallel event at RTX. A separate pass is required for Sidequest events, but they're worth it. You will find RT/AH people at SideQuest events, but the best part is finding the community at them.)


    (PS. Thanks to desayjin for retweeting.)

  • Fact of The Day:

    3 hours ago

    IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

    Third president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, invented the swivel chair. The first of which he created he used whilst writing the Declaration of Independence.


    I guess you could say he really turned the situation around.


    ...


    I'll just go now.


    Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson#Inventions

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  • At Some Point This Journal is About Derp Doggo Gifs

    22 hours ago

    Lamkia Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

    Fuck.

    Fuck fuck fuck.
    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. Fuck fuck.
    Let's throw in some shit fuckity fuck cakes.


    I'm going to hate writing about this. Serious personal journals aren't my forte.


    Today I finished a terrible - no, that needs to be upgraded - the most mentally draining and relentless semester I've ever had. The winter and spring of 2017, they have not treated me well. It's like my thoughts were not my own. It was very well one of my lowest points so far, caused by several factors that joined together to deliver one massive blow.


    I repeatedly tried to do creative works to get me out of whatever I had, but it all turned to black. That's not an expression, but it fits so well. My hands felt tainted. As someone who is hellbent on being productive and always having a sharp mind, it was a mental state that I was very unfamiliar with. So when I needed to exhale, I mostly stuck to cosplay props and tiny passive projects to try to carry me out of that blackness.


    The only positives I can draw from it are that I feel better about who I am as a person than I did before all this. My outlook on things didn't change drastically, but it was a tweak that made me see things in a different light. Now I just need a change of scenery.


    After RTX I'm spending 6 months in Vermont tying up loose ends for school. After that? I'm....really not sure. My biggest priority will be finding a good stable job, ideally related to digital imaging. I might give the Czech Republic one last chance in a different city, stay in Vermont a bit longer, or maybe I'll move somewhere else entirely. Nothing is really tying me down to a particular place.


    That was probably too much.
    Or maybe just enough for internet friends I don't see in real life often.
    I'm not even sure why I wrote it. I never really talk about emotions and things like this.
    Maybe for closure.


    I really appreciate you guys. Even with the site functionality being shit, if it weren't for you guys on the site and my two best friends, as bad as it was, it could have been much worse. After a month of not feeling like trash, despite having an exam period, I can confidently say that things are alright now. RTX will be a great bookend for the suckville 2017 has been for me so far.


    As promised here are some gifs of doggos doing dumb things!


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    What are your favorite gifs of derp puppers? Or have any other dumb animal gifs? c:


    ~ Mish

  • Hi to sex in 60 seconds and the crazies

    2 days ago

    Treanomaly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold First with benefits

    So this is a story about an incredibly awkward night out that I had in Melbourne. This was before I moved down here and was living in QLD in a share house. One of my roommates was Canadian who was studying at the same university as me. He wanted to see Sydney and Melbourne before he left the country so we went during the semester break. His Swedish classmate met us in Melbourne and this one Wednesday night we went out. We found a small venue that had live musicians playing and started having a few drinks. The foreigners were talking to the girls around them (that accent confidence) and they soon found these two girls who came and joined our table. The girls were friends and the guys were really getting along with them and they invited us to go back to their place. I was going to just go home and let them go as I didn't want to be a lone guy while the other two couples did their thing, but they wanted me to come along. I should have just gone to our apartment as this is where the night started to get weird and awkward.


    So the two couples jump in a taxi out the front of the bar, so it's full because it's a five seater. They tell me to jump in the one behind them because the girls have a friend of theirs who's following them in that taxi, so I get in this taxi with this girl I've never seen before let alone met. So I get in and the taxi driver asks where we're going. I don't know, as I'm just following my friends in the other taxi and the girl doesn't know the address either so I just say "Just follow that taxi where ever it's going". Not the best start really. So we're driving and this girl and I start talking. She says she's friends with the girls in front, I say I'm friends with the guys. Normal so far. Then it escalates, and quickly. Really quickly


    She asks me if she can hold my hand and just grabs my hand. She then starts telling me about her boyfriend and something about their sex life. I wasn't listening too intently because she's holding my hand and I'm not comfortable with most people touching me. That's what I'm focusing on, "you're touching me. why are you touching me. Can I have my hand back". Until I hear the words "Do you want a blowjob?" and my minds brought to the conversation. "I'm sorry what?" I said. I was taken aback, I wasn't sure she actually said it but I also noticed the taxi driver was looking at us in the rear view mirror with this what the hell look on his face. She said, "Yeah we can just go back to my place and I'll give you a blowjob and you can f*#k me if you want. It's ok, my boyfriends not home." and I'm just astonished. We've been driving for only a few minutes and I've only known this girl for that amount of time. I don't even know her name yet and I'm already getting propositioned. Now the awkwardness is settling in. All I know about this girl so far is that she has two friends, has a boyfriend, is clasping my hand with both her hands and has offered sex to a complete stranger within minutes of talking to them. I'm not interested in her. I could be nice and say she's not my type, but the truth is, I'm just not attracted to her. And after talking to her for a couple of minutes, I'm still not attracted to her. My reaction to her proposal was to say to the taxi driver "don't lose that taxi as I don't know where to go if they get away from us". She then says "It's ok, if we lose them, we can just go back to my place". The taxi driver looks at me in the rear view mirror and I shake my head at him as if to say "No, you stay with that taxi. Don't disappoint me". She then starts grabbing my arm with one hand while still holding my hand with the other and moving right up against me and I just "I just want to make sure my friends are right so we'll just go with them" and try to move away a bit. 


    It then gets worse. She then tells me that she was taken advantage of by a guy while out with her friends and her boyfriend being really angry that some guy did that to her and her friends are really protective because of it. Of course they are right, because they let you ride in a taxi alone with a stranger. This just makes me even more cautious so now not only am I not interested, I also don't want anyone to think I've taken advantage of her. So I'm really watching this taxi driver and making sure I can see exactly where the other taxi is going so there's no chance of losing them. Anyway, we finally stop and they get out so we get out also. I go straight up to my Canadian friend and tell him I'm not sure we should be there. He wants to get somewhere with his girl so he goes up to the apartment so I follow them to watch out for them. 


    So you'd think the awkwardness would be over? Wrong! We get up to the girls apartment and she has a couple of roommates. The girls all know each other and start talking and there's another guy there who's just kind of sitting by himself so I start talking to him. Turns out, one of the girl roommates picked him up that night also and he knows nobody. They make some drinks and hand them out to everyone. So I'm sitting there talking to this guy for maybe 5 minutes or about two sips of the drink the girls gave us and one girl comes over and tells us we should leave now. The girl we followed then comes over and says it's ok, we can stay. The girl that was with me in the taxi is talking to the canadian so I'm happy to have that room away from her but he soon ditches her to go chat up the girl he met at the bar more. So she comes over to me and starts telling me that she wants to sleep with the canadian but that she'd rather me or both of us if we want to. I just sort of laugh and the other guy is just looking at me with this shocked face. I just divert and get her talking to the random guy and I go talk to the canadian and his girl. The two girl roommates come up now and tell me and the canadian that we need to go. I'm fine with leaving and I tell him we should go but he wants to stay and try to get somewhere with this girl. The two girl roommates then go to the kitchen and have an argument with the girl from my taxi while the police are talking to the other roommate at the door because someone made a noise complaint so I just leave. I just said "Sorry guy, I'm out. You should leave also" to the canadian and I squeeze past the police officer and the girl talking at the door. He comes after me and I thought he was going to try and convince me to go back but the said that the girls came up and said he should leave again so he did but the Swedish guy stayed because the girl he was with wanted him to stay. We found out the next day the Swedish guy left soon after because they were being weird again. So that's the weirdest night out I've had and quickest proposition I've ever had after meeting someone.

  • THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM PLAYING ANDROMEDA (SO FAR) PART 8

    2 days ago

    Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

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    -Whenever I go visit Daddy's room, there is a guard crouched down with a gun scanning the area. I never know what the fuck he's doing. I DOES GUARDING?!

    -Eos, for some reason, will not let me kill all the Kett. 

    -Just found out Angara are wizards. 

    -Found Jaal loving the Cultural Center. He can study my anatomy any day ....................................................................................... I'll see myself out now.

    -Bar fighting with Drack was so hilarious. We all know Sara Ryder's face is derpy, but I fell over dying watching her face do "the anger" before this fight. Was laughing so hard I couldn't even dodge the punch coming. Sadly the punch didn't help her face out.


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    (Bringing this back as reference..... I HAS THE ANGER....?)


    -That Krogan nest on Elaadan is the worst place to walk around. I jump off the edges and hope I get to my destination because I can't figure out the tunnels

    -Sometimes the map tells you to go somewhere and it is not the place you need to go. 

    -Found a Krogan in a corner tapping on the wall. At least give the poor guy a job to do.

    -Had my first frozen in combat moment. Of course it involved my phase jumping. 

    -How many times am I gonna ask; "Who the hell put Addison in charge?"

    -This game really wants me to romance Peebee. I will not god dammit! I refuse!

    -Found Peebee once again standing behind a wall staring at it while we were dying in combat. 

    -Speaking of Peebee, her almost getting me killed for her loyalty mission does not help her chances at romance. 


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  • Community Spotlight: RT Arizona

    1 day ago

    LadyOddDuck Call Me Duck

    by @SmileEveryDay


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    The previous RT Arizona pages ended up being a ghost town when Lazer Team premiered and many of us wanted a way to get in contact with other fans. So, we decided to revamp this community group. We're just over a year old and have fans up north, down south, and here in the center.


    We just added a new admin to the group, and they started some new social media pages. As our group expanded to over 500 followers, we needed some more admins to help with meet-ups across the state, and we did just that. Also in the last few months, we aired our very first podcast! In the next few months we're hoping to air some more and maybe start some gaming videos!


    As we finished our summer kick off meet-up, we started to plan more meet ups. We are so excited to have more people attend our meet ups and we may even be in the works of having a panel at Phoenix Comicon! We can't wait to see what exciting things the future holds for our amazing community!


    Connect with RT Arizona on:

    RT Site

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