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 17:37 on 02-12-2011, valse de la lune
Against better judgment I started reading The Wind-Up Girl. It's one of the most amazingly racist things that's won an SF/F award ever, and that's saying something.
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at 17:03 on 02-12-2011, Melissa G.
That *would* be a devastating blow to humanity... Let me reassess the situation.
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at 09:53 on 02-12-2011, Arthur B
But if it's fake that'd mean HUSTLA DA RABBIT isn't real! :(
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at 08:20 on 02-12-2011, Melissa G.
Stumbled upon that via my FB friend earlier. I really, really hope it's fake. Just because I'm more comfortable with it being someone(s) with too much time on their hands than that someone is really THAT stupid/ignorant.
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at 23:42 on 01-12-2011, Arthur B
We want high-falutin', classy, and intelligent banter, do we?

May I introduce you to Texts From Bennett? The titular Bennett is a wonderful, glorious human being. By which I mean "a foul-mouthed fool".
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at 19:09 on 01-12-2011, Frank
For some reason, I thought ars technica's comment section would be more cerebral than the norm.
Goddamn I'm stupid.
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at 18:04 on 01-12-2011, valse de la lune
Apple responds with predictable weaseling and PR-speak. Readers of tech blogs are, just as predictably, acting fucking stupid.
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at 21:12 on 30-11-2011, Frank
iBoo Steve Jobs.
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at 19:16 on 30-11-2011, Shimmin
Apparently Siri has some curious omissions in its abilities. Almost tempted to say it looks like a Very Specific Level of Unable to Help. Seriously, what?
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at 18:00 on 30-11-2011, Robinson L
Apparently, Anne McCaffrey died last week. I'm rather sad. (And a little embarrassed it's taken me this long to notice.)
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at 01:46 on 30-11-2011, Michal
What happens when some lawyers from Cleveland decide they are a metal band?

Apparently, this happens.


Well, I was ready to Manowarrior it up when they mentioned "a Kingdom of Metal" but then the song actually started and I couldn't stop laughing.

It's adorable.
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at 23:54 on 29-11-2011, Guy
I can't recall exactly but I think someone expressed an interest here in "Cthulhu saves the World"? Anyway, it's presently available for cheap in a bundle with some other things, over here.
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at 22:00 on 29-11-2011, Ibmiller
I...do not even know whether to pull my hair out or...actually, I don't have another appropriate response.
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at 20:45 on 29-11-2011, Arthur B
What happens when some lawyers from Cleveland decide they are a metal band?

Apparently, this happens.
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at 16:24 on 29-11-2011, valse de la lune
I'm only in it for the kill streaks, to be honest. Plus: Constantinople. Really the work they've done with architecture is quite amazing even if the character models look awful.

Steam continues to insist AssRev comes out on PC in December. How quaint!
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at 15:52 on 29-11-2011, Axiomatic
But that's because climbing buildings and running on rooftops are the only actual FUN parts.
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at 13:43 on 29-11-2011, Wardog
I'm still lagging on AssCreed - I think partially because I basically want to play it like Barbie Horse Adventures. I ride around on horseback, looking badass, and climbing buildings. But when it comes to the actual ... y'know ... gameplay and shit I'm like "meh."
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at 20:10 on 28-11-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Melancholia is the only von Trier film I've been remotely tempted to see.

I actually haven't watched much of his work from the 1990s (though I do want to watch The Kingdom at some point), but I've loved what I've seen of his "Europe trilogy" from the 1980s. I'm always up for dreamlike reimaginings of Mitteleuropa, and he delivers that in spades in The Element of Crime and Europa. Still haven't been able to find a version of Epidemic with English subtitles, alas!

I also kinda dig the fact that he generally comes off as a real-world troll. It normally pisses me off, but I make an exception in his case. I don't know why.
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at 17:59 on 28-11-2011, valse de la lune
...quite literally, as it turns out, since the tutorial is Altair's ghost guiding you step by step. I've always joked how foolproof the AssCreed series was, but this is kind of a new low. Still, hey, parkour! Constantinople! AIR ASSASSINATIONS.
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at 17:33 on 28-11-2011, valse de la lune
Sorry Skyrim, AssCreedRev has got me by the nose.
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at 15:25 on 28-11-2011, Fin
I'm pretty sure the game doesn't include chickens the size of dragons as standard.


that's settled it. no skyrim for me.
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at 14:46 on 28-11-2011, Arthur B
I'm guessing the guy downs a bunch of poison and times things for comedic effect.

There's a similar video out there where the use of mods and exploits is more blatant. I'm pretty sure the game doesn't include chickens the size of dragons as standard.
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at 14:23 on 28-11-2011, Wardog
Yes, I wondering about that... *sadness* He seems more than usually fragile as well, though I have been one-shot by a bear.
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at 14:09 on 28-11-2011, valse de la lune
How... does he die by running into people?
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