Friday, February 27, 2015

He's dead, Jim

It's not often a celebrity's death has any effect on me. But damn it, man, this is Spock we're talking about. Judging from the front page of Reddit today, I'm not the only one who felt this way:

Some kids made a shot-by-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now there's a documentary about it

I remember reading about this in a magazine years ago. (It had to be years. Who reads entertainment magazines anymore?) Supposedly, when the kid who plays Indy kisses Marion, it was his first kiss ever. That's crazy. And a little awkward. Who wants their first kiss to be immortalized on VHS?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TotalBiscuit's thoughts on Homeworld Remastered Collection

It seems just a few years ago space games was a dried-up genre. Now we have Kerbal Space Program, Sins of a Solar Empire, Space Engineers, and my current favorite, Elite: Dangerous. It just keeps getting better and better. Still on the horizon: Star Citizen, No Man's Sky, and a ton of others I'm currently forgetting.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Just some bad weather and some Shawshank shit

Just dropping in to let you know I'm still alive...

Better Call Saul
is pretty great. Reminds me why I loved Breaking Bad so much. It's exciting to have a spin-off that doesn't suck.

I'm loving The Escapists, too, which I purchased on a whim. It took me nearly thirty (in-game) days to escape from the first prison level, but in my defense I haven't been consulting internet guides and I got lured into the surprisingly pleasant monotony of working out with my homies and making license plates all day. 

I've been rereading a lot of my favorites lately. Neuromancer is a masterpiece any way you look at it and I've been looking at it from a host of different angles recently. It blows my mind Gibson was around my age when he wrote the novel. Every time I think about it I feel self-conscious about my own work. I try hard to bring the same level of texture to my own fiction. Neuromancer isn't a book that merely goes out of its way to avoid flowery prose, it throws it in a dungeon and tortures it.

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What sucks about living in Oklahoma is the local news really oversells how bad the winter weather's going to get, presumably to boost ratings, so nowadays you never know when it's the real deal. A local hardware store is usually selling a ton of salt, sand, and shovels at this point, but an interview with the manager claimed only one person has stocked up on such supplies. When I was at the grocery store earlier I noticed a shocking abundance of bread and milk.

And guess what? I just heard thunder. I can hear sleet pinging the outside of my window unit. Time to curl up with some comics, I suppose. Speaking of which, I like Marvel's new Star Wars comics, but at the same time I refuse to believe Luke and Vader came face-to-face between Episodes 4 and 5. It just skews the pre-existing stuff and, if one were to take it as canon, disrupts a bit of the overall rhythm. Or something. I don't know.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Back to the Future 2 writer Bob Gale on what they got right and wrong for 2015

It's been years since I've seen Back to the Future 2, but it was my favorite when I was a kid. It's easily the best sequel that was essentially a retread of the original. I don't care about the flying cars so much as I'm sorely disappointed we don't have Mr. Fusions.

Here's the link. From the article:

One thing that we absolutely missed completely was cellphones and smartphones. We didn’t figure that one out at all. If you were going to say, what would Doc Brown be surprised by if he actually got to 2015, that would probably be it. This is a technology that nobody saw coming in 1989, and it’s totally ubiquitous now and has totally changed how people live.