the-inbetween monthly archives for: August 2005

Onion Archives

The Onion, America’s finest news source, redesigned recently. That’s nice. The big news, as far as I’m concerned, is that the archives are now fully viewable and searchable (I think they were “premium” before). Now you can see all the greatest fake online news of the past nine years. For example, this was the edition when I became (legally) an adult. “Cordless phones” and the Lewinsky debacle. How nostalgic. From the same month: Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On…

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My Perfect Albums

Plastic (eh) recently asked about “perfect albums” — An album in which every track is great, each one worthy of being a hit. An album with not a single song I would skip past and nothing mediocre or even average — and the result of the tally was: the most perfect album is Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” There is no argument from me about the merits of OK Computer, but I agree with some of the comments there: “Fitter Happier” is…

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My Television

My Television: now with less green!. After a bout of good luck, it was inevitable that negative fortunes would strike back at me. Lightbulbs started bursting, muscles started straining, people leaving, and, lastly, my television blew. Sort of. It was some annoying Zellers commercial that did it in. There was a lot of green in it. Strong, oversaturated green. My screen started to overload a bit, static built up, it flickered, and then snap. The picture went black and slowly…

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Wandering Boy, Flying Daggers

I had originally intended to write four mini-reviews, covering four different types of media — interactive game, music album, film, and book (for once, non-fiction!) — but after writing the first two the following two never came. The two that I had written then sat in limbo for a week. Might as well post them. Lucky Wander Boy seems like it would be an obvious book for me. The plot focuses on a nostalgic gamer (though he’s purely nostalgic, not…

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greasemonkey escapist

I’m not sure what the origin of this… comic thing is, but it amused me greatly. Do not tell Jack Thompson of its existence, though. On a similar level of stupid, I made my first second ytmnd, ff3battle. Moving on to more technical matters, I really, really like the concept of the Greasemonkey extension, even though I do not have it currently installed (I have not bothered to reinstall after the, now resolved, security concern.) It gives the user power…

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badlands

Cheltenham Badlands Photo Set, from Sunday afternoon

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Corrupt Imagery

I love how truncated or corrupt JPGs render (depending on the renderer). This was supposed to be a black and white image. “Glitch art” can be really interesting as long as its generation doesn’t interfere with your work (like, say, through a software crash) or, in the case of interactive glitch art, you don’t have to use it. As much as I like Untitled Game for its concept, I wouldn’t want to play it for more than a brief moment.…

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Why I have not been on XBox Live lately

I’ve played some PC Battlefield 2 here and there, but apart from that my online gaming has been relegated to, maybe, loading some Colin McRae Rally 2005 scorboards through Live. There is a good reason for this. Apart from Forza, all of the Top Ten XBox Live games are of the “played one, played them all” variety. Halo 2 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Tom Clancy`s Ghost Recon 2 Rainbow Six: Black Arrow Battlefield 2: Modern Combat Demo Forza Motorsport…

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The ESRB and Ontario

The other big problem with the ESRB is that it lacks regionality. Here is an American organization creating ratings for titles based on American value systems despite the fact that these same games are being sold in Canada. An American organization that caves to American government pressure. Our ratings come from such an organization? As a Canadian, I have a problem with this. You could argue that since this is a voluntary system, it shouldn’t matter either way. However, that…

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