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.
Grimdark authors seem to coalesce around the Westeros forums to defend their work.
Oh you know, feathers and flocking.
Suddenly everything makes sense.
It's amazing how much current Islamophobic/homophobic rhetoric is cribbed from stuff like this.
Morrowind was my favorite Elder Scrolls game - Oblivion was just so genericly...generic, whereas Morrowind was interesting. Haven't played Skyrim yet because I doubt it will run on this rig.
I have't played it yet, but I hear that Skyrim has destroyed the most interesting part of Tamriel, Morrowind. Is this true?
Dredging up this because I realise I never gave Axiomatic a full answer.
The Red Mountain did erupt and the Dunmer did evacuate most of Morrowind. But that happened 200 years ago and they (for the most part) went back afterwards; at least one character on the run from the Tharol says that they're going to go to Morrowind because the Dunmer don't get on too well with the Dominion.
On a related note, the Prince of Nothing series is amazing, but someone pointed out to me that there are only three female characters in it, and they're all whores, and my first reaction was, Holy shit, there were three of them?
What an absolute fucking cesspit. When I see things like this, I can't much give a shit for calling out and shredding women bloggers for saying something slightly off anymore.
Deep breathing. Deep breathing.
Michal, I'm glad you liked "The Fall of the Kings!"
Of course, this is the same reason you think that the Terez scene was poorly written - that it somehow reenforces a trope of the bitchy-lesbian-being-getting-raped-into-submission (and similarly to Parker/Stone regardless of his intent, the effects could be disastrous?) and that Abercrombie could have written it any other way because the way he wrote it, Terez exists only to be raped for the sake of showing the audience how terrible Glokta is. And that somehow this is wrong.
But I don't see that. Why is wrong that Terez exists only to be raped? Is it poor story-telling? That's a criticism I could understand. But Kalbear and others give counter-examples like making her heterosexual, or having Glokta threaten her brother. What is wrong with taking a previous trope - the rape of a lesbian - and using it? Similar to Stone and Parker, I don't see what they did as wrong, and I don't see what Abercrombie did as wrong. Neither parties condone the scene, nor do I agree that the scene is as titillating as some would think. And even if it were, why does it matter? The scene is from Jezal's point-of-view and he's an idiot. If it were the most erotic scene Abercrombie has ever written, it wouldn't matter because it's conceivable that Jezal is stupid enough to experience it like that.
The new film, while it probably has about equal measure of dialogue and references, has nothing more - so those of us with expectations from the first film went in (foolishly) expecting more, and got the same stuff, only worse.
And much, much dumber.
I didn't even know that Strange Horizens had short stories. I thought it was just reviews. Ooops.
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 :-)
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.
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.