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at 18:06 on 14-02-2012, Robinson L
Well, since we see his expression first, I couldn't really help registering it. After that, the close-up on the baby looked less "hel-lo handsome" and more "I will devour your soul!"

Seriously, just try dubbing that ubiquitous Dun Dun DUNNN! musical sting over the close-up and see how well it works.
at 15:52 on 14-02-2012, Arthur B
Jacob's facial expression didn't register on me because I was in shock that the directors actually attempted to make a newborn baby do a "hel-lo handsome" facial expression.
at 15:00 on 14-02-2012, Robinson L
Arthur: Oh god, they're actually doing it. They're actually using the whole werewolf/baby love affair plot point from Breaking Dawn in the movie.

I dunno, from the graphic, it looks more like Jacob's just realized that baby is the antichrist.

But yeah, I'm feeling a significant amount of morbid curiosity to see how they're going to try to get around the whole massive creepiness factor. My prediction: whatever they do, it won't be enough.
at 12:26 on 14-02-2012, Andy G
Wow and I felt bad enough for the makers of the final Harry Potter film being straitjacketed into the ridiculous plot of the book ... though I'm almost quite curious to go watch it and see how they at least attempt not to make it utterly ridiculous.
at 19:44 on 12-02-2012, Arthur B
Oh god, they're actually doing it. They're actually using the whole werewolf/baby love affair plot point from Breaking Dawn in the movie.
at 19:31 on 10-02-2012, valse de la lune
I adore how Bakker fails to engage the person who brings up "uh one of your female characters forgives and falls in love with her rapist, wtf?"
at 19:16 on 10-02-2012, valse de la lune
Lol, on the edge of publishing oblivion. Goodness, I should like to hope so.

The people fellating him are something. "Oh, let's infantilize women, that'll get people open to the idea of equality!" Where did these clowns crawl out from?
at 16:37 on 10-02-2012, Arthur B
Update on the Bakker thing. Apparently he's aware that he's alienating potential readers, to the point where his agent is taking him to task about the blog, and at points he really does feel like he's the pretentious fraud people say he is, and he reckons his books would probably sell better and his family wouldn't be poor if there weren't these issues with the content turning people off.

So he's going to keep plugging away doing what he's doing and hope for a "Hollywood ending".
at 07:18 on 10-02-2012, Arthur B
Oh wow, Double Fine has Ron Gilbert onboard this project too? Sign me up.
at 03:02 on 10-02-2012, Ibmiller
Frank - no, Grossman's "The Magicians" does not get better. It gets worse. And yet, I read the sequel. Which is also worse.

Schafer - wow. I just hope this game becomes at least fractionally as successful as Minecraft.
at 00:19 on 10-02-2012, Axiomatic
The subject under discussion

So has anyone been following the Tim Schafer kickstarter?

For those not 'in the know', he's a video game designer who did stuff like Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango. And he wants to make a point-and-click adventure game.

But everyone knows that's a dead genre, and no publisher will ever give you money to make one! So Schafer makes a kickstarter, and asks for $400,000 to be pledged in 33 days in order to make this game.

It has now been 24 hours since that happened.

26,690 BACKERS, $1,026,341 PLEDGED OF $400,000 GOAL, 32 DAYS TO GO

at 16:19 on 09-02-2012, Arthur B
Why is the man so fond of repeating himself.

Because he believes if he loses over and over and over again bit by bit he'll win over 1% of the audience each time and save us all from the Semantic Apocalypse.
at 15:51 on 09-02-2012, valse de la lune
But didn't he already do that when he declared SOCIAL EXPERIMENT? Why is the man so fond of repeating himself.

Maybe that's why his books are all doorstoppers.
at 14:01 on 09-02-2012, Arthur B
It's a bit more nuanced than that - he's saying he lost, but that was his plan all along, so really he wins!
at 13:37 on 09-02-2012, valse de la lune
So what he's saying is... "I WIN! Because I say so"?

Elodie's little story must have touched a nerve, there.
at 07:56 on 09-02-2012, Arthur B
R. Scott Bakker declares victory, because the whole argument only proves correct his argument that people's worldviews set them up for confirmation bias. Except, of course, his own worldview, which is exempt from that because he is a philosophical nomad and totally isn't just buying into a fairly fringe group worldview centring around apocalyptic-transhumanist takes on neuroscience, oh no. He's the genuine individual who's transcended all that, it's everyone else who's the rube.
at 02:19 on 09-02-2012, Michal
Hey folks, remember back during the first Text Factor when the ferrets talked about how silly a reality show based around books would be (but did something similar anyway)?

Well, I just realized Canada Reads ("the battle of the books") is exactly that. One panellist was almost crying yesterday when she spoke about why she voted off a particular book. There's a live studio audience and everything.
at 09:21 on 08-02-2012, Arthur B
But is he going to blame Nick for criticising his online behaviour, or is he going to blame you for poisoning Nick's mind with your women's magic?
at 07:32 on 08-02-2012, valse de la lune
Nick Mamatas is linking his posts calling them meltdowns. This is going to drive Bakker to a whole new height of rage--he seems to find it most grievous when other men disapprove of him. Like he's being betrayed by his fellow men, who by all rights should be rallying to him in the face of angry feminists.

at 22:20 on 07-02-2012, Arthur B
Double post because the more I look at this:

He's going to go all Dave Sim next

the more apt it seems. From what I remember of The Prince of Nothing - which is admittedly very little - there's points where it has the same sort of fever dream quality to it that Cerebus did from High Society until the point where I stopped reading (three guesses where that was).
at 21:10 on 07-02-2012, Arthur B
Well, valse, if you were just trolling that'd be one hell of a result. 1 post to generate six months of hilarious rage? Devastating victory.
at 21:09 on 07-02-2012, Janne Kirjasniemi
With the exception that he hasn't really made anything worthwhile to simmify from. Also points for having hit... something with that post.
at 20:56 on 07-02-2012, Janne Kirjasniemi
Oh. Wow. He's going to go all Dave Sim next, when he should probably try and write better books or something. Or admit that it's all gone a bit overboard.
at 20:41 on 07-02-2012, valse de la lune
He refers to me that way to spite me, at a guess--he seems to believe that to keep misgendering me would drive me into a meltdown or something.

Did I mention that my first, and only post, about Bakker was from six months ago? And that his latest posts are made in the last few days? Yeah.