"Crumple zones, pop-up bonnets, exterior airbags - an increasing amount of a car's value was being dedicated to minimising pedestrian injury, to benefitting an individual who had contributed nothing towards the purchase of the vehicle."
I seem to be this
week's Upsideclone, again. I'll have no stem
cells left, at this rate.
|Quietly amusing stuff on the telly from Armando Iannucci,
there. Not as strange and flowing as his
things, but superb insecurity. I fear the hidden messages
in pies thing will be littering quiet moments in my
conversations for many months to come.
||Hurrah, I've finally gotten around to making a Dvorak card game of
And it actually captures the spirit of the RPG rather nicely - much
convoluted plotting and planning to get your fellow Troubleshooters
terminated in interesting ways. Six times. Fun.
Incontinence Sales Specialist - I struggle to imagine a career
more disturbing. "Good morning, sir, I'm calling from your local
hospital. I wonder if we could interest you in a stabbing?"
||The official K-PAX
film site has been updated to include
clip. Rather too much of an air of American feelgood drivel
about it, but I suppose it's only a trailer. Hopefully prot's
bored, amused cynicism towards our planet hasn't been replaced
with wonderment at how great America is, or anything.
"Using a complex and detailed economic theorem, coupled with a
study of all available historic data and projections, this report
shows that there is a statistically significant chance that the
total number of living macro-organisms living on the planet has
been constant throughout history as long as records began. Is this
simply a Mammoth Coincidence, or is this actual solid evidence
towards the reincarnation theories?"
Paragraphs that overlay alternative perceptions of the world, or
implant an image so striking that you know it's going to be around in
your head for the next ten or twenty years - short fiction is good,
|Weirdity; after being drawn to the name of Things
in Herds at mp3.com,
and taking quite thoroughly to their music,
it turns out they're playing in Brighton tonight. And again next
month at the lovely Concorde 2.
|I've just mail-ordered the Carfax album,
very belatedly. Going To London is very infectious indeed.
||Hm, prodding an Internet, that Mr Benn film with John Hannah
was shelved, in the end. I did wonder. Oh well.
|Ech, three hours of the 100 Best Kids TV Shows - although better than
endless student reminiscence for being able to actually show clips
and interview people, far too much of it was drivelly rentaquote. Giving
copious airtime to bleat about Betty Rubble being
sexy, then showing a whole fifteen seconds of Catweazel. With the
continuity Theakston reading sneery guessable-punchline drivel all
over it anyway. Good but bad. And no Ivor the Engine.
|My Life Story live on, a bit. Jake Shillingford and Aaron Cahill
have gone on to form Exile
Inside, who are actively recording stuff in a computery sort
of way - an MP3
exists. Equally intriguing to see Jake keeping a
sort-of blog, and
|Hm, I've also ripped off Cheapass's
Big Idea - The
Different Idea is rather simpler in its strategy, focusing more on
the unbounded joy of random
Glow-in-the-Dark Cigarettes and Chocolate-Flavoured Detergent ahoy.
||First draft of a Shaft
of Light card game, Shaft of Light being the film I mentioned yesterday.
It seems to play alright. It is bad to be late.
|More buy-one-get-one-free blogging; from the same site as the
previous is School
Colors Out Of Space - a tentacle-in-cheek Cthulhian
||A sysadmin variant
of Give Me The Brain. Amusing. For what it's worth, I've
subtly Dvorak'd the original
game for online MUSH play - if any Friedey's staff fancy a shift or two, or if anyone else
would care for the Brain-playing meme; nudge.
|Although bordering heavily on lunatic paranoia, this guide to
Subliminal Harassment in the Software Industry
has a few worthy insights. Quite sharply relevant to the dying
days of badly-run Internet companies, actually.
||"Cloning forces us to ask some hard questions. For example, which person, the original or the clone, gets to wear the goatee and be evil?"
|Apropos his recent Channel Four programme on 'mind control',
Brown has put some videos and interactive bits up on
Channel Four site. Some sterling
comment on - if he can subliminally trick us into thinking of a certain playing
card - how easily the rest of consumer and government society can take
advantage of lazy thinking and trick us into making particular decisions.
|Musing on the unknown game thing, Rocks
is a good example - a simple six-input Java game with connected internal
gubbins which affect the score. Worth playing even if you're not a
fledgling machine intelligence.|
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