Playpen

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 09:12 on 15-10-2014, Melanie
...Well, that was fucked up. The bit about npcs being in the "arms out position"[1] is a nice touch.

[1]I.e. the default position for human models that aren't being animated/posed. I mean, I don't know if it's the case for Ocarina of Time specifically, but apparently it's a common thing since that pose is convenient for editing purposes.
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at 08:13 on 15-10-2014, Arthur B
Creepypasta stories based around videogame glitches are not uncommon, but this one is actually really good.
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at 03:00 on 15-10-2014, Robinson L
Hmm, the blowout seems to have preserved my comment on Arthur's ascension to front page dominance, but not my follow-up speculation as to the possible metadigital effects. And I notice the clean-sweep of articles we've been commenting on has preserved that particular state of affairs. Convenient.

Arthur: Given the frankly ugly direction the associated discussions took - really, I'm surprised at some of the commenters' behaviour there

No need to be coy, Arthur. I'm perfectly aware that my later comments were completely out of line. Usually, I'm a mild tempered man, but something about the proscription of mirrors always manages to bring out the worst in me. I realize, of course, that none of this excuses my language, and I hereby apologize for my shockingly offensive statements, and in particular, any use of the phrase "proto-cranial attack squid."

And I know this will be controversial, but if the Cordova entries do turn out to be permanently lost, I for one will be slightly relieved. I've never seen a single Cordova film, but just the description in your articles gave me nightmares for the better part of a week. On the other hand, I'm sorry to see that we've apparently lost your brilliant piece skewering The Navidson Record - sounds like it was all mirrors and trick photography, to be honest. Ditto, your mammoth series on the works of Kilgore Trout, which I feel beautifully complemented and rounded out your Moorcock and Dick retrospectives (you even almost sold me on all the fishing related puns. Almost).

On the subject of stuff I'll miss, despite having no taste in music to speak of and even less interest in following bands, I'm quite sad to see Rami's moving review of the Spinal Tap reunion tour has also apparently been whisked away into the digital ether.

I think it may be just as well that we've lost my in-depth look at the Nintendo Digital Offline Operating Router, which, though it had its good points, was in hindsight far too meta. (Though I'm a bit peeved at having lost Andy's fantastic takedown of the Torchwood episode which to me shall ever be known as "that effing Dalek three-way/shooting spree episode," second only to series one's "Random Shoes" in my personal lexicon of bad Torchwood.)

On a completely unrelated note, are there any veterinarians on hand? I believe this horse is in grave need of medical attention. Or failing that, a priest.
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at 21:17 on 13-10-2014, sotrain515
I missed you, too, Ferretbrain!

Apologies for the technical difficulties over the last few days, readers. Unfortunately, they seem to have eaten my multi-part retrospectives on the Sutter Kane bibliography and the movies of Stanislas Cordova, and the backups I had on Google Drive seem to be corrupted - oh well, maybe I'll get around to reconstructing them later.


Well, if my opinion counts for anything (it doesn't) I'd really like to see these articles reconstructed and posted. Particularly one about "In the Mouth of Madness", one of my favorite horror movies.

...elyts ni kcab emoc ...ot gniog si ekil uoy mug taht ...swen doog tog ev'I


Man, and I just started watching this show on Netflix this past weekend! I marathoned the whole first season in a day. What a cool show.
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at 18:55 on 13-10-2014, Cheriola
Yeah, me too. I was getting worried the site had been hacked beyond recovery, or that you'd given up for lack of funds/traffic and cancelled the contract with your hosting company while I wasn't paying attention. Welcome back!
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at 15:13 on 13-10-2014, Axiomatic
Oh hey, welcome back, Ferretbrain! I kinda missed you.
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at 10:10 on 13-10-2014, Arthur B
We should maybe dish out for that new tech support team that Paul Feig has been talking up.
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at 09:04 on 13-10-2014, Shimmin
I think you're right. I popped up the server info and all I'm getting is "692 Error. There is no data, only Zuul" in every field. Can you ask Rami to check the containment seals?
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at 08:04 on 13-10-2014, Arthur B
It might be a server glitch, I've redownloaded again and this time it's just the bit where I mispronounce the name of the book as Bring Back Our Bodies and everyone laughs, looping over and over and over again with increasing reverb until it's unrecognisable.
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at 07:17 on 13-10-2014, Shimmin
That sounds the cut section from the middle, when my medication wore off? Don't tell me we archived that and dumped the episode...
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at 06:21 on 13-10-2014, Arthur B
Shit, you're right. And with the biopic in development hell the contract's going to be an issue for a good long while.

I tried redownloading the Bring Up the Bodies Text Factor episode but all I got was fifty minutes of you screaming and weeping, and I swear the original episode only had about five minutes of that at most.
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at 02:02 on 13-10-2014, Shimmin
It looks like my series through the Booker may also have been a casualty, but TBH I've been increasingly embarrassed by the gushing tone, so it may be for the best. I'm more concerned about the disappearance of TextFactor Summer Wars? I swear I squandered months of my life reading Bring up the Bodies.

Arthur, not sure if reposting the Cordova articles would potentially breach your contract re: the biopic? You know better than me, just thought I should flag it up.
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at 23:54 on 12-10-2014, Arthur B
Given the frankly ugly direction the associated discussions took - really, I'm surprised at some of the commenters' behaviour there - I think it's best that the missing articles stay offline for a bit.
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at 23:45 on 12-10-2014, Bjoern
That's a shame. I also notice that the "Travel" section under "By Theme" seems to be missing. Is there any chance you can repost your insightful backpacker's tips for Tlön, Uqbar and/or Orbis Tertius? Those seemed really quite helpful.
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at 21:58 on 12-10-2014, Melanie
Ouch, that sucks.

Still, glad the site's back online.
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at 17:12 on 12-10-2014, Arthur B
Apologies for the technical difficulties over the last few days, readers. Unfortunately, they seem to have eaten my multi-part retrospectives on the Sutter Kane bibliography and the movies of Stanislas Cordova, and the backups I had on Google Drive seem to be corrupted - oh well, maybe I'll get around to reconstructing them later.
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at 04:54 on 07-10-2014, Alasdair Czyrnyj
...elyts ni kcab emoc ...ot gniog si ekil uoy mug taht ...swen doog tog ev'I

WOW ARTHUR WOW.

I wonder if we'll ever find out what happened to Agent Chester Desmond? (I assume David Bowie made it back to his planet safely.) I also wonder what's going to happen now that Frank Silva's gone. I suppose that upsetting old woman from The Oregonian could use some work.
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at 20:17 on 06-10-2014, Bjoern
it makes me want to speculate who's been holding the copyright up to this point - somehow, I doubt it's a Hitler Family Estate

It went to the Federal State of Bavaria after Hitler's Death, so up to now the book never was properly "banned" in Germany, it was rather a question of copyright claims.

Bavaria first gave 500,000 Euros to create an annotated version of the book when copyright lapses, then it withdrew its support, then it said they'd ban even annotated versions going to court, then they said an annotated version would be fine and the current state of affairs is that a critically annotated edition might be acceptable, but this would have to be considered on a case to case basis once the critical edition has been finished.

Which, if I were a historian working on this, is not something I'd see as a clear-cut "yes". Might be a lot of time and effort to just get banned anyway.

The whole story shows quite well how problematic handling this part of our past and finding a proper response to it is... even to this day.
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at 18:02 on 06-10-2014, Robinson L
Also, Arthur is now once again lord and master of the front page.
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at 18:00 on 06-10-2014, Robinson L
Fin: I saw this chilling article earlier today.

That is, indeed, deeply disturbing. However, I keep getting stuck on this bit:

"I look at the US military and government, ironically, as having some of the very same problems as what the Call of Duty franchise has," Anthony continued. "We are both on top of our game. We are both the best in the world at what we do. We both have enemies who are trying to take us down at any possible opportunity."

Really, Anthony? Look, I happen to be of the opinion that here in the US, the threat posed by the military and government's "enemies" is vastly over-instated; and while I'm sure there are plenty of state and non-state actors who would like to topple said institutions, I doubt there are more than a handful who seriously believe there's a chance they'll ever be in a position to do so. That said, are you seriously comparing whatever skullduggery your rivals in the video games industry may or may not get up to with the tactics of people who are trying to overthrow a foreign government? Isn't that just the tiniest bit conceited?


Reaching back a bit,

James D: Blatant racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. isn't cutting edge at all, it's shit that was commonplace in decades past and is still pretty common today.

... And into Ye Olde Quote File. Well said, sir.


Reaching still further,

Arthur: It's worth noting that, what with next year being the 70th anniversary of Hitler's death, Mein Kampf is entering the public domain.

That's interesting, and now it makes me want to speculate who's been holding the copyright up to this point - somehow, I doubt it's a Hitler Family Estate.
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at 09:28 on 05-10-2014, Bjoern
Forbes author manages to hilariously miss the point.

Short version: If GamaSutra doesn't want ads pulled, it shouldn't allow women to have opinions that make straight, white dudes uncomfortable or critically question them.
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at 22:59 on 04-10-2014, Andy G
Exactly!
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at 14:31 on 04-10-2014, Arthur B
Something like the Tom & Jerry notice, then?
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