the-inbetween monthly archives for: July 2005

The ESRB And Jizz Eaters

At a nearby Microplay (Canadian game retailer chain), I asked the clerk if they were pulling San Andreas. He said to me that no Microplay stores are going to stop carrying it and that they already card people that want to buy the game, so the rating change doesn’t make a single difference to them. Wow. A sensible reaction. The other side of it is that they directly benefit from the other retailers’ over-sensitivity. Where as some of sellers are…

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Umbrella

This morning I could not find my umbrella. I searched all the obvious places in vain. I thought about the last time it rained and where I took my umbrella. I remembered walking to a GO Station with the umbrella, but I did not go on that train. I remembered taking it with me to work. Did I leave it on a Streetcar? Did I just forget it at work? No, I remembered taking it with me after work. Where…

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More Roadtrip Photos

I have uploaded the rest of my least crappy roadtrip photos to Flickr, save for the shots taken on the disposable film camera. As I do not have a scanner, those will not be going up anytime soon.

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Battlestar Galactica DVD

Scotty (James Doohan) was Canadian born? I did not know this. It always feel as though Canadians have a very strong presence in Sci-Fi TV. That maybe due to the fact that, to save money, many such niche series are filmed in Canada and, invariably, attract local talent. Like Battlestar Galatica, for example. While Battlestar Galactica Season Two is in full-swing south of the border, here it sits. Space, in its full wisdom, will not be showing this season until…

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Mild Coffee

When Team America: World Police was released into theatres, it was released with a scene removed from the movie so that it wouldn’t get the dreaded kiss of death, the NC-17 rating. It was a sex scene. A sex scene done with puppets. That seen made its way to the internet (duh). It was pretty tame and not worthy of an R rating, let alone NC-17. From this point on, let’s talk hypothetical. Imagine if a bootlegger managed to get…

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On Meteos

In a visitor centre just outside of the Confederation Bridge, I purchased one of those cheapie disposable cameras to act as a backup to my digital — when the battery inevitably died or the card ran out of space and I wasn’t anywhere near my laptop. The camera was primarily used in Halifax, and mostly at the Halifax Citadel. A bunch of the photos didn’t turn out so hot (mostly the ones I took indoors, in the Canadian Military Museum…

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Louisbourg photo

While at the Fortress of Louisbourg, I went through a slightly less traveled tunnel to the outside of the walls. There was a small brook and pond there, and the grass was very green. It contrasted well with the strong, stone walls of the fortress. It looked nice, so I took a photo. I posted it to Flickr. Then I looked at public photos marked with the tag “Louisbourg”, and lo and behold, someone else took the exact same shot…

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End of Trip

I’m back. I arrived back after 1am on Sunday, a week and six hours after I left. In those 174 hours, I travelled 5864km (give or take about 5km, not counting the ferry crossing), wrote 21 pages of a “travelogue” (rough, jumbled, hand-written text. I’m sure I could stretch it out to fifty pages if I was so inclined), and took about 300 photos (including 24 on a crappy disposable “backup” camera). That’s an average speed of 33.7km/h at all…

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Vacation Day 2

Greetings from the banks of the Confederation Bridge, nearly 1800km worth of road away.

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Vacation Itinerary

Today, Canada Day: do nothing, clean out the fridge, play BF2. Tomorrow, Saturday: stock up on some things, buy some gear, rest. Sunday: drive off, somewhere, for some amount of time, I don’t know. And that’s about as deep as my plans go. All that I know is that I will be in the car a great deal, I will see parts of this country that I have not seen, and I will be far, far away from the internet…

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Art/Game Debate

I’m on vacation now so I shouldn’t care about this, but this World of Stewart article on “Are videogames art?” is so wrong that I can’t help but be annoyed. The main point is that interactivity is, by its nature, not artistic since you aren’t seeing the work as “the artist intended.” (?) no two people will play a game in the same way, and therefore will not be basing their reactions on the same source material. Much of the…

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