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Oh my God, man! Pull yourself together! Have you ever even kissed a girl?
http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi2669519129/
(J/K, of course) wink.gif

 

LOL!  biggrin.gif  Haven't checked out the link yet, but I'll bet it's the Shatner/Trek SNL thing...

 

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Hi guys. I'm fine. : )

 

So, I'm really looking forward to BioShock Infinite.

 

She lives!  And types...

 

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Did I mention how much I'm looking forward to this game? Yes? Well...

 

I vaguely recollect you mentioning something about that.  I know it's supposed to be (and somewhat has to be) different from Rapture, but I hope to God that Columbia's got a similarly rich backstory - complete with a healthy dose of pseudo-science.  And of course, it better have a touch of that dystopian post-apocalyptic feel to it.  That was my favorite part of the other Bioshock installments.


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It is stupid good. If I wasn't so hopelessly addicted to League of Legends, I would be playing it right now. Dishonored's graphics weren't what I was originally thinking of, but a game is about the gameplay, not the shinies. It wins gameplay in spades.

 

Speaking of which, do we have any other summoners in here?

 

Yep, this is what I've been hearing from everyone I know. I don't play LoL myself, but lots of my friends do. After all, I do live in the same city as TPA, and it's still in the post-championship frenzy after they toppled Azubu Frost.

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I saw some League of Legends competitive gaming on one of the 24 hour computer gaming TV cable channels in Korea. It was a little intriguing but mostly impenetrable. I couldn't even figure out how to figure out what was going on. If I was the sort of person to do street drugs, I suspect it would have been a much better TV show.

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post  I saw some League of Legends competitive gaming on one of the 24 hour computer gaming TV cable channels in Korea. It was a little intriguing but mostly impenetrable. I couldn't even figure out how to figure out what was going on. If I was the sort of person to do street drugs, I suspect it would have been a much better TV show.

 

That's the reason why I don't play. I'm a casual gamer at best, so any game that requires a steep learning curve (and LoL has a DEEP learning curve) starts to wear down on my interest level real quick.

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I thought that comment you made on the ramen stand in Anchorage was quite a amusing piece of trivia.

 

My wife's mentioned it a few times, but she's never eaten there. I really want to try it, to see if it's really all that. Our flight didn't make any stops, though. I think we'd have to be on one of the flights to Incheon from NYC or Washington DC to win a visit to Anchorage. Freight planes don't have passengers who might complain about wasted time, so they get to have more frequent stops if their corporate overlords have decided that carrying more cargo and less fuel is more profitable than carrying less cargo and more fuel.

 

(for those wondering if they missed something, this is apropos a throwaway comment I made in the Heir appreciation thread)


Edited by ardgedee - 11/3/12 at 6:14pm
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As a spectator I really hate the fact that LoL is starting to take so much money from the StarCraft 2 scene.  I can totally understand why more people want to play LoL (hell, I'd rather play it than SC2 if I wanted to be competitive), but it's such an awful, aesthetically void game to watch.  It's just, like, "here's some stuff!"  The games are also long as ****. 

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That's the reason why I don't play. I'm a casual gamer at best, so any game that requires a steep learning curve (and LoL has a DEEP learning curve) starts to wear down on my interest level real quick.

My friend tried to teach me. All I know how to do is to shoot and troll 

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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post  My friend tried to teach me. All I know how to do is to shoot and troll 

 

I don't even know how to do that... BTW, nice avatar... I guess Takumi finally got a new car worthy of his old one, but where's the panda scheme? He still needs to deliver his tofu... haha

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I don't even know how to do that... BTW, nice avatar... I guess Takumi finally got a new car worthy of his old one, but where's the panda scheme? He still needs to deliver his tofu... haha

its actually just  a promotion for the New 86 Takumi is still rocking his AE86 ^^ Actually in the newer chapters of the manga he is driving against another person with an AE86 coupe....... 

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its actually just  a promotion for the New 86 Takumi is still rocking his AE86 ^^ Actually in the newer chapters of the manga he is driving against another person with an AE86 coupe....... 

 

I figured as much; it was just a quip... I'm expecting many a people to paint the FT86 panda, though... in fact, one is likely to show up at SEMA, probably.

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I figured as much; it was just a quip... I'm expecting many a people to paint the FT86 panda, though... in fact, one is likely to show up at SEMA, probably.

Speaking of Initial D stage 5 is going to be on today ^^ cannot contain my excitement 

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It is stupid good. If I wasn't so hopelessly addicted to League of Legends, I would be playing it right now. Dishonored's graphics weren't what I was originally thinking of, but a game is about the gameplay, not the shinies. It wins gameplay in spades.

Speaking of which, do we have any other summoners in here?

Man the Koreans are really smashing the NA teams. Monsters that they are. And yes, I follow League way too much for my own good. wink.gif
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As a spectator I really hate the fact that LoL is starting to take so much money from the StarCraft 2 scene.  I can totally understand why more people want to play LoL (hell, I'd rather play it than SC2 if I wanted to be competitive), but it's such an awful, aesthetically void game to watch.  It's just, like, "here's some stuff!"  The games are also long as ****. 

I have to agree, at least the length. The current metagame where they all just kill the small monsters for gold before going on into big fights seems to have been shaken a bit by the more aggressive playstyle the Korean teams brought in though. May be the metagame would change in the coming future. This current passive metagame is what made it so boring in the early stages of a match IMO.

I'm kind of confused why you said that it's "aesthetically void", would like to understand more. I watch SC2 though, so no hate from me. In contrast, I can't understand much of any SC2 match except that suddenly one of them make a push and then win by god-knows-how LOL.
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I vaguely recollect you mentioning something about that.  I know it's supposed to be (and somewhat has to be) different from Rapture, but I hope to God that Columbia's got a similarly rich backstory - complete with a healthy dose of pseudo-science.  And of course, it better have a touch of that dystopian post-apocalyptic feel to it.  That was my favorite part of the other Bioshock installments.

 

What I love about BioShock is that each installment takes a different approach to fundamentalist ideology, taking it to such a glorious extreme that it becomes laughable (in a good way). With Rapture you had the ridiculous "individual objective progress at all costs" of Ayn Rand Andrew Ryan and the "collectivism above the individual" of John Stuart Mill Sophia Lamb**. The developers attempted to show how these extremes both lead, in their own ways, to problems: there was no sense of community in the first game to hold things together when it all went to hell due to unchecked, selfish ambition, and in the second game the "needs" of the community became so great they nullified any other relationship, even that of the "family" (Big Daddy and Little Sister).

 

With Columbia, they seem to be going in a whole new direction, and I absolutely love it! BioShock 2 was fun, but the story was really best on the level of its probing Ryan's past interactions. The ghostly traces of the first game were the best aspect of the second, which didn't have much of its own twisted charms to go on, and was mostly running on these vapors. With Columbia, they seem to be ditching Rapture entirely and starting fresh. That's good. Again though, Rapture is still exercising its trace presence in what Columbia is not. From a purely environmental standpoint, Rapture was all about confinement and claustrophobia, and Columbia seems to be about openness and unbound freedom. I say "seems," because I suspect it's actually the same as Rapture, just more subtle. The true brilliance of BioShock is that the gameplay was, itself, a reflection of Rapture. It deconstructed the notion of choice in games, about how much freedom the player really has, and it was about struggling within the confines of a specific delineated path ("would you kindly do this" was really about asking the gamer to do something when, if he/she wanted to play, really had little choice). The fact that you were at the bottom of the ocean and things were going to implode inward was a potent, if heavy handed, symbol of this.

 

Columbia however is more subtle. You seem to have a lot more freedom now, flying through the air with your skyhook in hand. But look: you're STILL on rails, on a pre-defined trajectory. Similarly Columbia has that overdetermined "land of the free" Americanism going on, presenting itself as a place of freedom, yet promoting a very specific set of core values that just happen to include freedom as a subset in name only. In other words, that sort of "patriotism" that involves "keeping foreigners out of our free society" (see the murals in the game footage) and whatnot.

 

Should definitely have that BioShock goodness in spades. Columbia is that hilariously oversaturated parody that Rapture was, only maybe even more ridiculous from the looks of it. I mean... "the mechanized patriot?" An automaton George Washington with a pepper mill gatling gun and American flags sticking out of his shoulders? GOD YES.

 

A totally different aesthetic than speakeasy Rapture, but one I welcome enthusiastically.

 

 

 

 

**A lot of gamers wanted to associate Lamb with Marx, too. Both are gross simplifications (especially of Marx), but worse still In either case the developers are pushing for an interpretation that such collectivism ironically leads to the enthronement of a Christ-figure. Hence the name Lamb. Think of the passage in the Gospels about putting discipleship before your family. So you get a Stalin with certain brands of communism, because ultimately they can't truly eradicate belief in a higher binding, singular absolute (in contrast to a pure Badiou-ian multiplicity). What the developers got so right here is that they link religious fundamentalism to hardcore determinist evolutionary psychology / biology as two sides of the same coin. Lamb's altruism is forced, and she wants to eradicate "bad behaviors" by forced genetic manipulation. Similarly you get this militant YouTube atheism saying they want to eradicate all religion and that the world would be better for it, electing Richard Dawkins to the position of their messianic figure and basically substituting religious fundamentalism of one sort for another (in this case science, which is the unquestionable foundation with which to measure all reality).


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Oh how I wish I could go to this concert.

 

 

1000

 

 

 

OOIOO w/ Gamelan

 

SAICOBABA w/ YOSHIMIO

 

The Floating Guitar BOrchestra of BOREDOMS

 

DJ EYEShhhhh, and YA△MA

 

 

* * * * * * *

 

....OH MAN!!!!

 

I so want to go to this thing. So much concentrated awesomeness in one place, liable to rip a hole in the fabric of reality. I can only assume the Floating Guitar BOrchestra of Boredoms is their latest incarnation, after their "V8redoms" drum circle phase, in which they play with multiple guitarists. Mentioned it a few journal entries back, but details are pretty scarce as sadly most recent Boredoms stuff is.

 

 

Apparently the BOrchestra opened for Deerhoof in Shibuya. Droooooooooooone.....

 

 

SAICOBABA playing the "Flower of Life" New Years 2010 party. Kinda a poor quality video, but damn that's a cool lightshow. Also if you listen carefully you can hear the expert level of sitar playing going on here. I so wish they'd release something post-Kedar Lodge...

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Apparently the BOrchestra opened for Deerhoof in Shibuya. Droooooooooooone.....

 

Funny thing is the sound I associate most with Deerhoof is a brief but insane drum freakout/breakdown that I heard on an Odd Nosdam mixtape (iirc, it immediately follows a Philip Jeck drone piece, which made it even more jarring; I should listen to it again to be sure). About as antithetical to a drone as the Ramones are to chamber music.

 

And since I'm thinking about implausible and drony tracks, one of my sharpest memories of eYe Yamatsuka is while browsing a record store when one of the clerks started playing a disturbed mumbling, moaning voice backed by a harmonium doing its own thing. It went on and on for about a half hour. I asked about it, the answer was this:

 

 

 

Zohar by eYe and John Zorn. As I recall, the original CD didn't mention either of them as performers (only production credits), and the premise as stated on its standard Avant/Tzadik overwrap was that these were found 78 rpm shellacs of Judaical mystics from something-or-other, complete with a tiny black and white photo of old, heavily bearded, brim-hatted men. This came out in the early days of the Tzadik label, when it was still exclusively dedicated to alternative and underground Jewish music. The Wikipedia article on the album, linked from the pic above, straightfacedly says that the album is inspired by historical recordings. Tzadik's own catalog description straddles the reality and the put-on as I remember it: "The Mystic Fugu Orchestra masquerades as 'newly discovered' recordings from the Mystical tradition of Kabbalah - paralleling 14th century author Moses de Leon's original presentation of of his Kabbalistic classic 'The Zohar' or 'book of Splendors' as having been discovered by him and actually written by Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai centuries before." To this day I suspect that this was intended a little more mean-spiritedly than the catalog's description sounds, more mockery than satire. Close to two decades later that one listen has still managed to haunt me, which is not bad for a prank.

 

 


 

I'm having difficulty doing a proper writeup of the new custom IEM I mentioned a couple pages ago. This morning was the first time I've had a good extended listen on the he-man home rig, and for the first time I've really heard them sound not so great. I'll be listening on other headphones to make sure the problem isn't in the system, but it's a blow to my half-formed opinions and somewhat more solidly-formed expectations.

 

I've had to do some reorganization of computer files across our household this week -- and so I haven't been able to dump my photos from the trip yet, somewhere around 6,000-7,000 of 'em. Probably less than a thousand actual distinct things: I do a lot of serial snapshooting so that I don't lose a promising picture to blurriness or poor framing, but it means I face a lot of weeding. And it also means I have a handy excuse to postpone photographing the new customs. Which means an excuse to not work on that writeup. None of which are good excuses. But at least, for now, my wife will finally be able to back up her research work to a local dedicated data store in addition to the ever-so-slow cloud backup we use. I felt obligated to prioritize real honest-to-Sagan scholarly research to my goofy opinions-slinging.

 


 

Near the end of our trip in Korea, I was struck with a sudden desire to get a good wallet-style case for my iPhone. While we wandered the Hongdae area on Friday night (which completely packed and totally nuts, but in a good way), I spotted one that looked almost but not quite what I wanted for about 12k KRW (eleven-ish bucks). I got cold feet, not being certain what budget we had left for the trip and not being able to tell whether it had card slots inside, which I considered necessary, so I punted. Since then I've had non-buyer's remorse, though, and I've spent far more time than necessary trying to track it down, as well as seeing what else there is.

 

I haven't bought anything yet but I've been struck by how much better the Koreans are at designing phone cases. Wallet-cased phones are ubiquitous on the subways in Seoul, among women and men both, and the Korean accessory companies' best products seem much more attentive to a balance of functionality and attractiveness than their Chinese, American and European counterparts. So, yeah, this has mostly led to even more non-buyer's remorse, though leavened with the awareness that most of these products were (and probably are still) not on the shelves anywhere, the iPhone 5 still existing only as specifications on Apple's site for most people there.

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