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"We Happy Few" [fic, gen] [Jan. 14th, 2016|01:35 pm]
[Mood |sadsad]

(I've had this Galaxy Quest ficlet sitting on my HD, about 90% finished, for a couple of years now. This seemed like the right time to finally finish and post it.)

Actors aren"t supposed to get PTSDCollapse )

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not a place of honor [Jan. 5th, 2016|07:15 pm]
"We found the... well, the Artifact at the center of a continent-wide blasted zone, surrounded by rows of barriers and covered with a capstone twenty kilozeks across and half a kilozek thick, with deeply-weathered engravings which read, according to our translators, 'IF YOU OPEN THIS YOU WILL ALL DIE.'"
"So you opened it."
"Well, of course."

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Episode VII (no spoilers) [Dec. 18th, 2015|01:59 pm]
[Mood |contentcontent]

It was good. It was Star Wars.
It was more Star Wars than Star Wars has been in a while.
(Now if only JJ hadn't crapped all over my other favorite franchise first.)

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THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM THE DUNGEON [Dec. 4th, 2015|06:47 am]
[Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

This morning's nightmare: being back in my college's computer lab, trying to drill down from/get out of a literally endless (ah, dream logic) series of bad fantasy adventure games, most of them with brightly-colored 90s graphics. Every time I actually managed to get a command prompt, I'd tyop [sic] something and the whole thing would start over.

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Does this inkblot show origami unicorns, or two bears high-fiving? [Nov. 9th, 2015|06:31 pm]
[Mood |geekygeeky]

INT. DAY - SUBURBAN HOME. The VAULT-TEC REP, an extremely average-looking man in suit and fedora, is sitting on the couch opposite the camera. He has just finished asking a series of questions about what makes you SPECIAL.

"Now, I just have a few more questions to see where you will fit into our Vault community."

"You're walking through a post-atomic wasteland. You look down, and see a little box turtle, flipped over on its back."

"Its legs wave feebly in the sun. But you aren't helping. Why aren't you helping?"

  • Of course I'd help!
  • Who cares, it's just a stupid turtle.
  • There's good eating on one of those...
  • Who writes this stuff?
  • [Attack]

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Great Scott! [Oct. 21st, 2015|08:52 pm]
[Music |Alan Silvestri - Overture]

Greetings from the FUTURE!

(Man, this is heavy.)

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It's Not CGI, It's HBO [Sep. 27th, 2015|10:27 pm]
[Mood |impressedimpressed]

Many people in my approximate age cohort remember this classic HBO intro, which they put in front of their movies from 1983 to 1987. And many might have assumed, as I did, that the flying chrome "HBO" that appears toward the end was an example of early CGI - which wasn't that bad at shiny objects, as long as they were relatively simple shapes and didn't have to really reflect anything in particular.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently saw this behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube and discovered that the logo was another practical effect: yes, they actually made an "HBO" out of sheet metal and put it up on a motion-control rig and filmed it. Huh.

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on Civilization and villainy [Sep. 25th, 2015|05:41 pm]
[Location |Fortress of Doom]
[Mood |megalomaniacal]

"Why do you all obstinately refuse to bow down to me and my exponentially-growing power graph?"
-- every player in every 4x game ever.

one respondent:
It's even worse in multiplayer. I find myself thinking things like "Do you not realize that you are only delaying the inevitable? You cannot beat me! Why are you still fighting?". Frankly I'm surprised that I haven't turned into a jRPG boss by this point. Maybe the hero needs to deal more damage to me before I assume my true form.

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doopity doo [Sep. 21st, 2015|11:53 pm]
[Mood |sillysilly]

"I really feel like this primary season, more than any previous, needs Oompa Loompas to sing of the moral shortcomings of each outgoing candidate."

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