Friday, June 30, 2006

May, uh, the Force be with you.... (heh, he said 'force'...)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords:
the Dating Sim

The Exile (female) and...

(Atton Rand) or (Bao-Dur)

This is for those of you who thought that there weren't enough 'romance' choices in KOTOR2 for the female version of the Exile....

... well, actually, it's more for those of you who think that having romance options in a video game, no matter how emersive, are pretty stupid and rather sad.... which should probably be most of the people who regularly read this thing, and actually speak to me.

(Tip for Atton Rand: Pick the line about pazaak twice, then smack him about the head.)

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John Rogers' "Conversations with Tyrone"

These are supposedly actual conversations that John Rogers has had with his friend Tyrone, and they're as funny as they are odd. Also, in a few cases, the follow-up conversations are just as funny. (My favorite is TGC #436: I Love Lucy -- Issue Zero!, where I Love Lucy fanfic is born.)

TGC# 5643 - Ju-On, Red State Version

TGC #36679 - In which Bo and Luke kick a New York Jewish elections worker to death ...

#36679 Cont'd: Sophie Mae's Choice

TGC #436: I Love Lucy -- Issue Zero!

Lunch Discussions #145: The Crazification Factor

Lunch Discussions #213: Canaries and Meth

Lunch Conversations #349: And Sometimes, They're Non-Starters

Again, I whole-heartedly recommend Rogers' blog, as it's almost always a good read... for us* knee-jerk liberal types, that is.

(*Well, maybe you, but people don't seem to understand that I'm about as liberal as I am conservative. And, no, that's not centrist, either.)

(Also, for the record: TGC = True Geek Conversations, he waxes geek with others, but the Tyrone ones seem to be the best.)

One last video for the, um, day...

Okay, firstly this is NOT work safe due to, ahem, liberal usage of the f-bomb. More like carpet f-bombing, to be precise.

Secondly, the joke gets old fast, but the surprise is probably worth sweating it out. (Buuuuut, maybe not.)

Thirdly, I can't believe I'm posting something about Snakes on a Plane. What the hell is wrong with me?

Anywho, here:

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I am such a video game geek, part the Xth.

This is a follow-up to this earlier post, on the old site.

Here's the trailer for North American release of Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra, the final chapter of the SF RPG saga:

(Quicktime Version) (Windows Media Version)

All I can say is that I'm anticipating August 29th... even though I'm probably not going to buy the game until it hits the bargain bin, like I did with the other two.

Also, since you're all saying 'but that trailer is just cinematics', and you're right, here's what game play looks like:

Sure, it's not the same, but it's still pretty good especially considering how dated the PS2 is. My personal favorite touch is the dialogue bubbles that move as Shion passes by the NPCs in the city.

One final gaming note, Square-Enix announced that Final Fantasy XII will be released on Oct. 31st in North America. (That one I might actually get when it's released.)

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

It's like I'm 13 again

Here's the first official teaser for the upcoming Robotech: the Shadow Chronicles, which is a sequel/continuation of the classic 80s anime import. (And, just because I know that people will do it, I am very aware that Robotech was a combination of three unrelated anime series. It doesn't change the fact that A. Robotech was anime, and B. it was an import.)

Monday, June 26, 2006

More tales of found blogs

This one's an enigma. I really don't have much to say about it, as I really can't figure it out. I mean, I comprehend the content, but I don't completely get where they're going with it. It seems like a research blog, but at the same time, it almost feels like it's some form of iArt.


It's the Clerks 2 trailer.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

High random spammy weirdness

I'm assuming that this blog is actually some insanely clever spam site, generated by a bot, but this is some bizarre randomly generated stuff. It's even more strange if I'm wrong.

My head a'splode.

Ominous clouds

From the Coast to Coast AM site:

I'm going to assume that the type of weather that this type of cloud cover precedes isn't particularly pleasant and that I should count my blessings that I've never seen them before... but, man, are those clouds eerily cool.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Quote of the _______

"Anyone who can't tell poop from lettuce doesn't deserve to be a senior partner. They teach you that in business school."

-Roger Ebert, from his review of Click.


A plea


Is there nobody out there who can explain that William Shatner being carried off by Stormtroopers pic?


I wasn't joking when I said I have no idea what was up with it. I really feel like I need to know the context surrounding it.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Everything will be METAL!!!!

From the makers of Home Movies comes Death Clock Metalocalypse. It's the story of a popular death metal band who happen to be idiots.

From Cinescape:
Brendon Small, known for the series Home Movies, co-created DEATH CLOCK METALOCALYPSE about a Norwegian heavy metal band called Deathklok. Although they rock to the top of the charts with gusto, they are also incredibly stupid and leave a path of destruction and mayhem behind wherever they tour. The new series will premiere in August on Adult Swim, the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network.
While the animation seems a little... uh, spotty... it does sound like a funny enough premise. Hopefully Teletoon will pick it up here. It might end up being the next Venture Bros., whose season premiere is this weekend... in the US.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

IMdB comedy bronze

I was checking out the IMdB listing for Superman Returns. For some unknown reason I decided to check out some of the message board posts, and found the following exchange:

Re: How do SR haters feel about being defeated so badly?
by - JaredThaJa-2 1 day ago (Tue Jun 20 2006 23:53:51 )

I think those Critic's cann Suck my Ass.

If I'm wrong I'll admit it, but that's not happening till I see it myself.

The Light shineth in Darkness, and the Darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:5

Re: How do SR haters feel about being defeated so badly?
by - chrisau214 1 day ago (Wed Jun 21 2006 10:18:41 )

I think those Critic's cann Suck my Ass.
You are such a good Christian boy. Do you worship Jesus with that mouth?


While obviously not as funny as the kid getting grounded by his mother on the World of Warcraft boards, I did get a chuckle out of this one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

21st Century Silicone Girl

Now I'm curious. Apparently, there's a paper somewhere that theorizes that Pamela Anderson is the first human example of Baudrillard's simulacrum. This idea sort of gels with my theory that she's the first post-human celebrity, or more to the point, the first post-human 'entertainer' that wasn't directly connected to the porn industry.

Just for a gist of the things, my theory is that she only became 'Pamela Anderson' after she modified herself, and that 'Pamela Anderson' is now the name of an artificial being that was once the human named 'Pamela Anderson'. The bit about the porn stars, at least in North American (and probably European) porn, is that the 'performers' (Ron Jeremy aside) tend to be so artificially enhanced that they're just meat robots now performing meat robot sex. Any real human sexuality has been diluted by artificial implants to make the human sexuality more appealing.

Good God, I'm applying Baudrillard to porn.

Help me. Help me, please.

(Update: Actually, come to think of it, either Joan Rivers or Phyllis Diller would've technically been the first post-humans, but Pam is probably still the first simulacrum.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Two Hong Kong movie myths that need to be busted...

1. Jackie Chan does not do all of his own stunts. He does a few, for publicity's sake, but he's doubled quite a bit. He's even been doubled by Samo Hung, for crying out loud. Samo 'The Fat Dragon' Hung. I love the guy's work, but he doesn't even remotely look like Jackie, yet he's doubled for him.

2. Michelle Yeoh does not do all of her own stunts. She's done a couple, but for the most part, she's doubled. See Wing Chun, where she's obviously doubled in most of the fight sequences, and it looks like she's doubled by a man, to boot.

Get over it people.

Presented without comment (save a pithy wisecrack)

Mmmmm.... Sanity Loss.

Saturday, June 17, 2006


A commissioned piece from John Byrne's site:

Friday, June 16, 2006

Quote of the _________

"I don't care if you think I'm racist. I just want you to think I'm thin."

-Sarah Silverman


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sha... huh?

I found the following image on Warren Ellis' blog.

Can anybody explain the context of it to me? Yeah, it's funny that Captain Kirk, who is probably 'singing', is being carried off by a bunch of Imperial Stormtroopers, but huh?

I get it, but I don't.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

That MySpace thing just sort of paid off in a surprising way

I originally signed up on MySpace to support Pete Williams attempt to get a second season of his show UnderGrads produced, and I thought that would be it. Then, for the hell of it, I joined Jim Mahfood's friendlist. Now, tonight, his brother invited me to his list, and man, I had no idea that talent ran in the family like this. (Actually, I don't even think I was aware that he had a brother, let alone one who's a kick-ass turntablist.)

If you drop by his site, I recommend the tracks You're So Vain and Upstanding Citizens... ah hell, I recommend them all. Damn, does that Mahfood family have talent.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Three things

1. Heh, Technocrati... Ah, sometimes my typos can be quite amusing to myself.

2. Yeah, after a few weeks of consideration, I think I really do like this template. No need to change a thing, and I think I can avoid installing Dreamweaver for yet another couple of months until I get the new HDD. (Car insurance is due 1 July.)

3. Billy Bragg re: MySpace. Followed by, MySpace re: Billy Bragg. (Note: While I love the guy's music, and agree with much of his politics, I find that he can be the Pat Buchanan of the left when it comes to self-serving, knee-jerk, political over-reactions.)

Okay, four things...

4. "Scuba... Say scuba. Scuba, scuba. Sounds funny. Scuba."*

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Quote of the ________

"Blogs are journalism at it's most fundamental level, it's not really the fourth estate, but it is a nice cottage on the outskirts of town."

- Me, here (sometimes I surprise myself.)

And yes, I do realize that I have apostrophe issues in the quote. So, sue me... well, unless you're from the Litman Law Offices, just send me a C&D order so I can figure out what my paranoid mind thinks that I've supposedly done wrong.


Friday, June 09, 2006

I think I'm flattered

Wow, if my deductive skills are as honed as I delusionally hope they are, I believe that Anne Galloway of has paid this little waste of time a visit. I'm utterly flattered, and more than a little embarrassed, considering how inconsequential this place is. My deduction is based on the fact that someone in Ottawa did a search of Technocrati for listings which contained her URL. Mind you, in this case, 2+2 could be giving me 12.

I gushed about Jim Mahfood earlier, but Anne Galloway is another person who inspires me. While 'Food is the creative side of things, she's the intellectual/academic side of things. To explain why I find her work, and thoughts, inspirational is hard for me to explain. Mainly because I don't 100% understand it myself, but it all spins out of my interest in post-modernist theory, virtual communities and social anthropology. All of which I'm firmly attached to my armchair with.

As an aside, I've got people (whom I suspect I don't know) specifically Googling me now.

Media update, the visual version

New-fangled version:

Listening (to) -
powered by

Watching -
powered by

Old-fangled version:

Watching- DVD: Underworld: Extended, Underworld Evolution, Ultimate Avengers, Fantastic Four, Fight Club, Clerks, The Venture Bros. Season 1, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Mallrats: Extended and some Bruce Lee flicks. TV: The finale for Battlestar Galactica.
Listening (to) - Medeski, Martin & Wood, DJ Shadow, Deltron 3030, and Blur.
Reading - Sundry comics, including The Authority, Planetary, Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men.
Playing - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and 007: Nightfire.

For the record, the old-fangled version is my preference.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


I'm absolutely shocked that I've never once encountered Despair.Com before.

Make that utterly shocked.

Thanks to Amanda for this one.

Suspect alleged allegations suspected

Dear media,

They're suspected terrorists, not alleged suspected terrorists. It's on the public record that they've been suspected of terrorist activities, so there's no allegations of suspicion involved. They are, however, alleged terrorists, as this point hasn't been proven in court yet. I just wish the media would stop butchering the English language, they butcher the truth enough, so why can't they just stop there?



Monday, June 05, 2006

EA may be getting some more money from me

Mere moments ago I learned that Henry Rollins is a character in Def Jam: Fight for NY. I think I may have to own this game now. (Interestingly enough, Glenn Danzig isn't in the game, despite having links to Def Jam.)

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Friday, June 02, 2006

Coining a new term

I thought up this term today: Semiotic Entropy.

Tentative definition: the progressive disintegration of signs and symbols, ie language, leading to the end of all forms of categorizational constructs - both natural and artificial.

Not sure if it's actually a viable term, but I just love the sound of it.

I'm such a sucker for Japanese RPGs

Here's X-Play's preview of the English language version of Final Fantasy XII. It looks, and sounds, incredible.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Here's something odd

I've just discovered that someone from the Litman Law Offices in Arlington, VA. has just visited my blog. (As in, within the past 5 minutes just.) They specialize in patent and trademark law.


Print is dead

Or, at least that's what Egon Spengler once said.

Anywho, I was reading this, and I began to think of my own reading habits of late as I consider popping in a DVD based upon a Marvel comic. A multitude of questions came to mind that all spring from a couple of base ones:

1. Do I read enough?

I mean, do I? And for that matter, what does 'read enough' mean, anyways? Is there some magic quota of text I must consume? Am I any less a person because I don't read even remotely as voraciously as I used to? If I started reading all the 'it' books, and ones recommended by billionaire talk show hosts, does that really count?

2. In the long run, does it really matter?

If a person never reads a book in their life, but leads an otherwise exemplary life, is their life less exemplary? Some of the greatest people in history were completely illiterate, yet they seems to have counted for something, right?

This is something I have no real answers for. When it's brought to my attention, I usually feel somewhat remorseful that I don't read like I used to. At the same time, I usually shrug it off minutes, if not seconds, later. Otherwise, I go on really not caring much at all.

When I was much younger... actually, scratch that. Shortly after I turned 30, I was actively reading at least two books a month, sometimes more, but something changed a few years back. Personally, I think it might be that I find no comfort in reading anymore, but it could easily be that I don't have anywhere comfortable enough to read.

I guess my question is whether or not my surroundings are at fault for my reading less, or if it's just that I just don't finding reading to be as essential as I used to.

Eh, who knows, and frankly, who cares?

I'll probably forget this all before 5pm rolls around anyway.

This is the way it is...

From YouTube, by way of John Rogers. For the record, the language is not work safe, but what the hell are you doing watching this thing at work anyways Mr./Ms. "$5 billion in lost work hours".

Less than meets the eye

I found this and I have no idea where it came from, or who to cite. That said, it should be good for a chuckle.