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 19:16 on 18-12-2011, valse de la lune
I read them when recommended some, but I must say that the online zine format isn't all that conductive to reading.
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at 17:11 on 18-12-2011, Michal
This just occurred to me...does anyone here actually read the short stories on Strange Horizons? Because I realize I almost solely go there for the articles/reviews.
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at 16:39 on 18-12-2011, Frank
Totally. Why was there so much squee?
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at 15:32 on 18-12-2011, Sister Magpie
TBH, I found the first Sherlock Holmes incredibly boring.
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at 18:20 on 17-12-2011, Ibmiller
So, dispensing with any semblance of brain, Sherlock Holmes 2 was...not good.

Also boring.
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at 13:46 on 17-12-2011, valse de la lune
Quite, and this too. Comments are, of course, predictable as egg on toast.
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at 11:24 on 17-12-2011, Rami
Is it just me, or is this mostly on the ball?
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at 20:14 on 16-12-2011, Ibmiller
I have to say I'm distinctly nervous about Brave, especially since Up and Cars 2 really, really didn't work for me. Except for the first ten minutes of Up. But everything after that was just not terribly interesting or cohesive.

Also, Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! I don't care if Google and Google.co.uk ignored you this year! I wish you were here to write dystopia with good manners :-)
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at 03:53 on 16-12-2011, Guy
You know how extreme metal bands have those really awesome and totally unreadable logos? Thanks to this guy, now Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber do too.


Michael Buble, awesome. Bieber's satanic enough that his one kind of makes sense.
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at 21:04 on 15-12-2011, Michal
We've totally missed the boat on that whole cyberpunk dystopia thing, but there's still hope. (I do, in fact, own a trenchcoat. I just don't have the cybertech body enhancements to go along with it yet.)
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at 20:32 on 15-12-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
and tom paris invented an engine that could go to infinity. the drawback of which could be cured so easily it happened off-screen. in a series about getting home.

And that engine he invented? It's exactly the same as a regular warp engine, only with a fancy new form of dilithium in it. To make a crude analogy, it's the equivalent of switching from Yorkshire to Columbian coal and discovering you can make a steam locomotive break the sound barrier.

(Honestly, that's one of the things that pisses me off the most about latter-day Trek: the fact that no one writing it seems to give a shit how the technology works anymore. I'm not demanding you swear fealty to the laws of nature, but I would like if you could friggin' remember the rules you wrote for yourselves way back when.)

brannon braga is a genius.

He has to be. Who else other than a genius could be given a show with the premise "Humans colonize dinosaur times" and think to himself "I know what I'll do! I'll make the colony functionally identical to modern-day America, and I'll center the plot around an incredibly fucking tepid family drama!!!"

No normal man would think these thoughts. Genius is the only explanation.
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at 18:51 on 15-12-2011, Arthur B
You know how extreme metal bands have those really awesome and totally unreadable logos? Thanks to this guy, now Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber do too.
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at 10:29 on 15-12-2011, Fin
and tom paris invented an engine that could go to infinity. the drawback of which could be cured so easily it happened off-screen. in a series about getting home.

brannon braga is a genius.
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at 10:06 on 15-12-2011, Arthur B
And for the rest of the series everyone pretends it didn't happen.
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at 09:31 on 15-12-2011, Wardog
Two words: newt babies.


Is ... is that the episode were Janeway and Wossname de-evolve into giant slugs and shag each other?
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at 19:31 on 14-12-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Oh, and Voyager rules.

Two words: newt babies.

No, that's unkind; invoking "Threshold" is the Godwin's Law of Star Trek. I liked Voyager back in the day, but now I see it as a show that could put out some decent episodes, but one that never lived up to its original premise or found a better premise to replace it. It was wasted potential, which is the real tragedy in my mind.

'Course, Enterprise was all that and more, but that's another story.

It looks pretty good, although I get the distinct impression that the first half of the movie playing out the tired old "But I don't want to be a 'proper lady,' I want to be a tomboy!" scenario.

Well, maybe, but it's Pixar, and their craftsmanship more often than not makes up for other potential weaknesses in their films. (Mind you, it didn't with Cars, but we don't talk about that movie in polite company.)

As for me, brain-rotted TF2 fanboy that I am, I'm wondering if Gary Schwartz is doing a voice for the movie. Then again, it would be hard for him to top his previous work as the best CG Scotsman ever made.
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at 17:45 on 14-12-2011, Michal
Be not afraid, Michal. You're smart and an excellent writer, and you'll rock. :-)

Aw, thanks Cammalot.

(Meanwhile, I did end up reading The Fall of the Kings while you were gone from the Playpen. I liked it very much.)
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at 15:15 on 14-12-2011, Robinson L
Frank: This makes me cautiously hopeful. Fingers crossed the baddie won't be a woman.

It looks pretty good, although I get the distinct impression that the first half of the movie playing out the tired old "But I don't want to be a 'proper lady,' I want to be a tomboy!" scenario.
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at 21:57 on 13-12-2011, Shimmin
For anyone who, like me, is still a decade behind on gaming, there is a big Christmas sale on at GOG. By which I mean, I've just bought about twenty games for about forty quid.
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at 18:41 on 13-12-2011, Frank
This makes me cautiously hopeful. Fingers crossed the baddie won't be a woman.
Oh, and Voyager rules.
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at 05:26 on 13-12-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
And now, from Twitter, synopses from the lost eight season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"A temporal virus that infects the crew’s ancestors reveals a mystery involving human evolution. Data & Geordi’s prank war gets dangerous."

"A derelict space station harbors a dangerous secret from Guinan's past. Riker's one-man play has a lot of shirtless scenes."

"Riker befriends elves to survive while stranded on a planet similar in flora to Southern California. Picard misses his childhood sailboat."

"Picard's poems come to life and seize the ship. Data's new obsession with his ventriloquist dummy is starting to affect his work."

Ehh, still better than Voyager.
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at 10:02 on 12-12-2011, Cammalot
Be not afraid, Michal. You're smart and an excellent writer, and you'll rock. :-)
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at 13:23 on 11-12-2011, Wardog
Hmmm, there's a reasonably interesting article over at Eurogamer about Dark Souls versus Skyrim - his conclusion is basically that Skyrim is stale and rubbish whereas Dark Souls is proper story telling for proper gamers, but the article itself is quite interesting. Unfortunately since all I've done in Dark Souls is DIE, it's hard to really, err, access this amazing story-telling.
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at 08:17 on 11-12-2011, Michal
Thanks, everyone!
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