It was brought to my attention today that some of you have not seen this. Given the title, need I say more?
None of the Wordpress/Buzz interop plugins around at the moment are meeting my needs, so it looks like I’m rolling my own. Needless to say, there’s a certain amount of lag time there as I fit doing this between various other spare-time activities. So: I’m working on it.
In the meantime, your assignment is to read some sci-fi. Wil McCarthy’s The Collapsium, to be specific, which I picked up on a recommendation and did not regret.
Wow. This place has been kinda dead lately.
Well, I know some of the Zigguratti are busy with wedding planning. Others are just plain busy. I, for example, recently completed a move across the country.
Complicating the issue is the origin of ZOD: It was originally a mutual link/rant/whatever-sharing site and much of that traffic has been supplanted by the use of Google Buzz. Which is a pretty handy tool for a lot of things.
The good news is that in my copious free time (now that I’m not moving for a while, one hopes), I’m looking at ways to link them without just spamming up the place. More updates as events warrant.
Meanwhile, the trailer for the film version of RED, an Ellis comic that I’m rather fond of. There are quite a few changes — Warren’s thoughts on those here.
For peeps not on teh buzz:
I typed all this into Buzz for the other Ziggurati, then realized that a mere Buzz could not contain my nerd love/rage (depending on the series).
SG-1 is fun, delightfully meta, and has seven or eight good seasons. That said, if you’ve only watched seven or eight seasons, skip ahead to the tenth season episode “200″, which is totally worth it. I enjoyed all ten seasons, but most of seasons nine and ten are kind of tacked on filler (except for the aforementioned “200″). Because I love SG-1 so much, though, my nerd love does support the last two seasons okay. Season 10 was better than Season 9.
Someone did up Dr. Horrible as if it were an NES game. With 8-bit renditions of the songs and everything (which you can download even for the songs not in the video!). It is awesome.
I mean, where else are you going to find Galactus holding a Gundam puppet? And Joss Whedon…well, you’ll see.
I knew I was in trouble when I saw what the puzzle in the xkcd book worked out to: A longitude and latitude plus date and time.
Yet again, Randall Munroe has given us a time and place in the future and left us to our own devices. The last time this happened, ChibiDan, Post, Brooke, Diven and I ended up in a park with hundreds of other people from all over the world, and we had a blast. This one’s in Golden Gate Park, on June 26.
Many of you probably haven’t seen this new video by hip-hop artist Timbaland, featuring “One Republic”, about it being “Too late to Apologize”.
…but this is not what I came here to talk about today. I came to talk to you about the video “Too Late to Apologize” by King George. Yes, that one. Featuring Thomas Fucking Jefferson.
The internet tells me that someone is filming a TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones”. You who know more about these things: is it really going to happen or is this old news; does this make you excited or just disappointed that it’s not Erikson?
I would love to see someone make this into a controller. Nintendo, I’m looking at you.
Mass Effect 2 is really, really good. Follow this simple decision tree to experience video-game related enjoyment:
Do you have a 360? If not, buy one.
Do you have Mass Effect 1? If not, buy it.
Play Mass Effect 1.
Do you have Mass Effect 2? If not, buy it.
Play Mass Effect 2.
Pine for Mass Effect 3.
Neither game is perfect, but both are reasonably fantastic.
Meanwhile, here is a really, hilariously long review of Final Fantasy 13. In summary, I don’t think he liked it very much.
You need to turn this mutha up real real loud…by which I mean watch Human Target.
I wasn’t planning on watching Caprica, since these kinds of spin-offs are almost always very contrived and/or watered-down. People were making noises though, so I gave it a go. Caprica doesn’t particularly suck. Some things about it are very good. It is definitely not a show, as I think Rhad can attest, that one will want to jump in on mid-stream. This is partly because the show doesn’t spend sufficient time explaining everything that’s going on; it feels like it really wants to have 60 minute episodes. The acting and production are good, and the plot is potentially very William Gibson, which I obviously find appealing, though I have my doubts as to the show’s ability to follow through on this. For a science fiction fan, Caprica is probably worth following, for now.
As for Japanland, I haven’t been watching much anime of note in the past while, except for some good remakes. I caught the first to episodes of Sora No Woto. I don’t know about the story yet (interesting world at least: post-apocalyptic, kind of Haibane Renmei esque but less opaque), however this show is gorgeous in HD. Absolutely gorgeous.
Some spoilery critiques of Caprica below…
So, in addition to the 1:1 scale Gundam, Japan has another life-size giant robot. A 1:1 scale model of Tetsujin 28 (18 m high) was completed in Kobe in Falll 2009. Here’s some more info on it. If you don’t know who Tetsujin 28 is, be ashamed of yourself.
Money quote from 2nd article:
“The only thing I would change about the statue itself are the eyes â€“ theyâ€™re painted and therefore opaque, when they could have been semi-translucent and lit from within like the street lamps â€“ though that may have sent the statue into dangerously awesome territory causing everyone to pee their pants.”
Thanks to Sabah for the heads-up on this.
Burn Notice has the easiest set-up in the world for awesome television: badass ex-spy with hot trigger happy ex-girlfriend tries to survive contactless and resourceless in Florida. It has no excuse to be bad, but it is. It’s sloppy directing: the pacing blows and their attempt to create a laid-back Florida atmosphere in their action show undercuts its tension. The dialogue is delivered like nobody really cares what’s going on.
Castle has the most generic TV show plot I can think of: homicide detective solves murders. But it’s really good. The dialogue is snappy at the right times to cut the tension, and serious when the tension needs to build. It’s funny, well-paced, good scoring. Characters have the right amount of screen-time. The minor mystery aspect of the murders is in the right place: you can figure out what’s going on before the characters, but won’t all the time: it’s a common mistake to make “mysteries” either intractable or trivial to the viewer/reader.
Castle also has some fun role reversal going on: Beckett is the strong female detective (but not in an annoyingly smug way), and Castle (Nathan Fillion) is a prissy writer who shadows her for story ideas and, usually futilely, attempts to help. This show only clocks in at 1 or 2 Mulder-Scullys, unlike Bones which seems to be maintaining something absurd like 7 or 8 (more like Boners, amirite?).
It is ten dollars on Steam. I just bought it.
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Okay. Wrong question.
Holidays are a good excuse to donate to charities and causes, which help us affluent white folk feel like we’re zomgactivists while sipping overpriced lattes and complaining about politics / poor service / lousy sex / etc. The internet makes this easy (both the donating and the complaining) and provides a plethora of wells in which to vomit disposable income. I think of it as part of the new years hangover recovery process.
Absent other ideas, it’s hard to feel bad about supporting wikipedia / wikimedia foundation, IMO.
This is about as preachy / disgustingly self-righteous as I get for the year (not counting spaces v. tabs debates … I wonder if there’s some way I can donate toward making everyone use tabs for indentation), so feel free to condemn / ignore.