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"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie," said Michael Bay as he took the stage to discuss his new vision for the reptilian reboot. "These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable."
The funny thing is that the franchise always had a load of aliens and sci-fi, and the goo that turned the turtles into mutants in the comic turned out to be from a research institute run by aliens. There was a whole arc about it. Yet fanboys are absolutely flipping their wigs. They are buying wigs in order to flip them. I am schadenfreuding so hard.

This is just another example of people saying Hollywood is original, then complaining when they change something in a way they don't like. And then there's the possibility that Bay meant "alien race" as in "strange and weird race".
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A firm called Fashion Architecture Taste, which is the equivalent of That Guy in every college-level art and English class ever, has a fake plan for a "typical family house". It includes an oddly shaped room called the "mastabatorium".

And that's all there is to say on the matter.
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...and investigating a murder or something. Meanwhile, in the sewers, a young cop with tattoos on either side of her stomach who looks like the lead of Dead Winter got bit on the arm by a zombie, which she apparently killed. There are two non-feral zombies in there with her, and there's an overhead shot of a croc torn in half with its brain missing.

Cut to the cop with her brand new croc-tail tentacle arm.

Unfortunately, that's when I woke up.

*As in Vampire: The Masquerade.
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Stories written by geeks tend to have a higher amount of references than most. Shout outs in fanfics are pretty much expected, but they tend to crop up in original fiction as well. For example, open your copy of "The Color of Magic".

Where's yours?

Over four thousand miles away, and shut up, Rhetorical Device.

Those first two guys on the road are pastiches of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, tow famous fantasy novel characters you've never heard of. The very first characters we hear in Discworld about are from another series entirely.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. In that case, the characters are from the genre under parody, so their presence there makes sense. And there are load of refs in DW, most slipped in so artfully that you might not notice them. Given that most fanfic writers haven't been knighted for their writing, it tends to be a bit clumsier. Every time I read "I'll be in my bunk" in, say, a Harry Potter fanfic, I wince on the inside.

Which brings me to Charles Stross and "The Atrocity Archive". By volume, the book has more references than Shinji and Warhammer 40K. And it may be entirely justified.

Our narrator, Bob Howard, is the type of semi-hapless protagonist destined to be played by Simon Pegg. Several years ago, he was working with some advanced mathmatics and computer theories, and nearly wiped out a good portion of the midlands. Turns out math and computers can summon Things, and Bob finds himself working for Capital Laundry Services, the arm of the British government that deals with the supernatural, and is assigned a job in tech support and computational demonology. The pay is poor, the hours irregular, and the work soul-threatening.

In case you couldn't guess, he's a geek. Hence all the references. The question is whether they're in there because of Bob's character, or Stross's. I try and hold down my Shout Outs myself, but since Stross actually used to work in tech support himself, he seems to feel no such restraint. It doesn't exactly enhance or detract from the book, it's just...there.

The book itself is pretty good, though. Bob has a magic PDA, and the story reads like a "stale beer" spy novel with tentacles in. He's a wizard, not a fighter, and tries to keep his head down. Stross uses several historical events for background flavoring.

Caveat: It's downright opaque if you're not a geek or a nerd. You know how a lot of science fiction/fantasy fans seem to bristle at the implication that their choice of genre is less worthy than "serious" literature? Stross writes geeky sci-fan and doesn't afraid of anybody. If you want a story by Stross with several of the same themes, read "A Colder War".
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I got a utility knife today.

It's nice, but I'd still prefer a machete when the zombies come.

DS get!

Mar. 8th, 2009 07:19 pm
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I got a DS!

Much to my disappointment, I won't be able to use my brand-new DS at work after all.

On the day before my parents got back, I remembered to call and ask my boss about toting around what's ostensibly an entertainment device around the store. No dice. I can still use it at break, though. I'd use it on the bus, but there's always the risk I could get too deep into Advance Wars, look up, and find myself knee-deep in zombies.

Also, as of last Thursday, the flash cart and case I ordered haven't arrived. The supplier's tracking is kind of screwy, but Hong Kong Post says it left-

Wait, I thought you were against piracy.
I am, Rhetorical Device!

So why are you getting a flash cart?
So I can run Colors! and text readers/writers on it, duh.

Doesn't buying a flash cart used for piracy, even if you're not perpetrating it yourself, encourage piracy?
Well, that's an interesting question with many fascinating implications-LOOK OVER THERE!

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Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don’t change your clothes, don't fix your hair.
Just take the picture.
Post the picture with no editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.
Give me delicious brains.

There's something in my nose.
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This troper has a zombie kit. Two of them; one of surviving a zombie apocalypse, and one for switching teams if one is bitten before they can escape. I'm either going to be a prepared survivor, or the hardest goddamn zombie to kill ever.


Jun. 3rd, 2008 06:56 pm
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I have started to look at vehicles and think of them in terms of their usefulness during a zombie apocalypse.
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Since my last post, I've been calculating my chances of surviving an zombie apocalypse.

Not good. )

What are your chances? Feel free to post it on your journal. And don't forget to check the Zombie Survival Wiki.
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  • Film: World War Z(softcover)
  • Director: Max Brooks
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Release: 12-09-06
  • Finished: 9-2-08
  • Tie-in: Movie (in production)
  • Catchphrase: "BRAIIINNSS"
  • Pitch: The end of the world as we know it.

This is probably the scariest book I have ever read.

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5 out of 5. Not at the top, not yet, but close.

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