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It's the end of the world as we know it... Oct. 13th, 2004 @ 10:07 pm
You now have no excuse not to read Portal. Unless, of course, your excuse wasn't that it involved lots of searching for the right place to look and was more that you didn't like hard SF.

The game's still more interesting, I think, though that might be because I played it first. It seems to generate more of a sense of immediacy, which helps to get you past the admittedly confusing first part. And, of course, it has totally pointless genealogies and mental profiles for every character in its databases.

Still, it's worth a look for its concept, setting and style. And since it was written in 1980, there's the added incentive of seeing how wrong the technology predictions were.

Seen... Mar. 16th, 2004 @ 11:39 pm
...on an advertising board:

Everybody recycles in the City of Stirling.
City of Stirling, City of Choice.

Hmm. Cognitive dissonance.

...in UCC:

A violent cartoon. You know the sort of humour where you go, "This should be (and, in fact, may be) deeply disturbing, but somehow it's still funny," and then have no idea of how the punctuation should go at the end? This was like that, except that, for me at least, the "disturbing" part overrode the humour part. I mean, I could see that the essential parts of cynical humour (bad stuff happening to someone you don't care about) were there, but the bit where I actually became vaguely ill (and believe me, it takes a fair bit to make me ill these days) kind of took the fun away.

Maybe it was the fact that the *only* thing to laugh at was something else's pain - there were no clever set of circumstances leading up to any of it - and that it was sustained for several minutes. And that there were many more cartoons along the same line (available on DVD now!), which I declined to watch.

If you're wondering why I'm ranting for so long about it, maybe I just need to reaffirm my humanity and take a holier-than-thou attitude for a little while. The whole thing was reminiscent of a hyper-Itchy and Scratchy, and even that was sometimes a little more disturbing than humorous. That, however, was social commentary, while this actually had a crowd of people around roaring with laughter. Life is becoming like The Simpsons, an exaggerated version of itself.

Anyway, on a rather more positive and less melodramatic note, I'll probably actually finish a short story soon for the first time in a while that hasn't been because of a deadline. It'll give me a reason to update Oblivion. :)
Current Music: eclectic, as always

Update time. Feb. 22nd, 2004 @ 09:03 pm
So, reminded about LJs by a discussion about why people don't have them, I post again.

RP news:

In Nomine is a really cool system, but I'm not sure if it's cool by default or just made cool by the people playing it. Hitherby, the Kyriotate of Jordi therein, is amazingly good at simulating a very, very strange mind.

I'd wish for an In Nomine campaign to be run in Unigames, but it seems like a *really* high maintenance game. (Imagine having to know the worst nightmare, current needs, highest destiny and worst fate of every NPC the party comes across.)

Also, Paranoia is getting updated, and it's now Paranoia XP. Could be good, could be bad, although The Computer imposing digital-rights management does send shivers down my spine.

Other stuff:


Holy war alert. Jan. 21st, 2004 @ 11:32 pm
So I'm listening to 94.5 and the announcer is talking about the Skyworks, rather unsurprisingly. She's going on about all the nifty stuff that they have, like the official rights and beat-timed fireworks, and then continues with, "...and remember that all the other stations are just guessing with their soundtracks."

Rrowr. Not talking about anyone in particular, are we?

Honestly, this whole thing reminds me one of the episodes of The Games. The problem that official sponsors of an event always have is that no one else cares that they're official unless they have some connection to back it up. All 94.5 has is a gimmick, and that ain't nearly enough.

Sigh. I think they should just elect champions and have a Gladiators-style battle over the Swan at the Skyworks. That'd probably raise advertising revenue for them both.
Current Mood: amusedamused

First Post, Part II Jan. 15th, 2004 @ 01:54 am
There's a vague sense of deja vu in posting to a page which, to all practical purposes, doesn't exist. It isn't helped by the matching colour scheme, either. (Just don't follow the links; you'll let the atmosphere out.)

I should probably update Oblivion to reflect the changing times, but I can't be bothered at the moment. I'll do it tomorrow; you can all read this then.

The rest of this post is a ramble about PC gone mad, so I've cut it.Collapse )
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