Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 06:40 on 29-06-2009, Guy
If you've played Passage and are interested in the creator at all, you can see him here chatting in this teaser trailer for an upcoming documentary that has him and perennial cranky-old-game-designer Chris Crawford in it. You don't get much but he seems like a very nice young man. :)
at 17:35 on 28-06-2009, Arthur B
Man sees girl in dreams, tries to find her in real life. His YouTube account is the most tragic thing I've seen. Please, Adam, stop doing this to yourself. (Unless this is a joke, in which case great job and I hope someone gives you your own show...)
at 09:25 on 28-06-2009, Dan H
You have to wonder if they did that deliberately...
at 01:16 on 28-06-2009, Sonia Mitchell
I thought of you guys the other day when I saw a review card on one of Cassandra Claire's books in Borders. As closely as I can remember, it contained the phrase, "this book is comparable to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, and that's saying something!"

Yes indeed.
at 13:52 on 26-06-2009, Arthur B
If we're going down this road...

Q: What was Michael Jackson's last big hit?
A: The floor!
at 12:49 on 26-06-2009, Wardog
As one of my guildies quipped last night, Where were you when the King of Pop died? Grizzly Hills.
at 00:00 on 26-06-2009, Rude Cyrus
Michael Jackson has died, something I didn't think was possible, considering his less-than-human appearance. RIP King of Pop.
at 17:07 on 25-06-2009, Wardog
Rock Paper Shotgun on Ron Weasley's ejaculate. No, God, no!
at 12:52 on 25-06-2009, Arthur B
Using sockpuppet accounts to post 5-star reviews of your own work on Amazon is a dick move, but did you know that it's also against European competition law?
at 11:32 on 25-06-2009, Arthur B
The most insane political cartoons devised by man, hosted on a free comic hosting service that has a ferret for a search engine.
at 22:36 on 22-06-2009, Robinson L
Thanks Viorica! I'll be sure to pass it on.
at 18:52 on 22-06-2009, Viorica
There's this interview with Nichelle Nichols, where she talks about the fact that the kiss between Uhura and Kirk was originally scripted between Uhura and Spock, and the reactions the whole thing got, as well as Uhura's role in general. Actually, the whole documentary's a great source for information about what went on behind the scenes.
at 18:00 on 22-06-2009, Robinson L
Hey, uh, Viorica, got a question for you. In your response to Arthur's review of the new Star Trek movie, you said: "(apparently Gene Roddenberry originally wanted Spock and Uhura to be an item, and the network put their foot down)."

My sister is writing her own review, and she wanted to know if you have any sources for that factoid you could point her to.
at 02:15 on 22-06-2009, Viorica
Hell, if I was Robert Pattinson, I'd be thowing myself in front of taxis too. The really sad thing is, the fangirls will probably be blaming the driver rather than themselves.
at 01:07 on 22-06-2009, Arthur B
Best summary of Watchmen ever, as told by a man with sleep deprivation. (Second part here.)
at 00:56 on 22-06-2009, Arthur B
Amazing Russian version of Winnie-the-Pooh. In Soviet Russia... Pooh still eats Rabbit out of house and home.
at 19:17 on 21-06-2009, Jamie Johnston
"... Robert Pattinson was hit by a taxi in New York as he tried to run away from a crowd of teenage fans..."

No, no, you're supposed to get into the taxi and then get out on the other side. Have the 60s taught you nothing, young man?
at 15:35 on 21-06-2009, Arthur B
Soviet propaganda cartoons from World War II. Plenty of antifascist bile, with a side order of SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PURGE.
at 21:52 on 18-06-2009, Arthur B
at 21:22 on 18-06-2009, Shim
Come on guys, the moon is blatantly showing itself off here. It was totally asking for it. It was probably jealous because of all the attention other astronomical objects are getting, but now it turns out the attention wasn't what it wanted after all, well, maybe it should have thought of that before it started with all the orbiting.

(Actually, coming up with this stuff is pretty terrifying)
at 14:53 on 18-06-2009, Wardog
He's just *appreciating* the lunar form. It's a mark of respect.

I bet that's exactly what the probe said.
at 14:43 on 18-06-2009, Rami
That's one celestial body
Dude! That kind of talk is unacceptable! You shouldn't be objectifying moons, you should clearly be asking their opinions on things!