‘My, Earth really is full of things’

typed for your pleasure on 8 November 2006, at 12.52 am

Sdtrk: ‘The maze’ by Zeigenbock Kopf

Yes, despite all evidence to the contrary, I actually do have interests in subjects that aren’t Gynoids or RealDolls. ‘The devil you say!’ you say. ‘I say!’ say I.

+ Two of my favourite architectural ‘modes’ are Space-age (duh), and Urban decay. Combine the two, and you get the abandoned and possibly haunted San Zhi resort area in Taiwan!

Behold: the ruined corpses of good architecture

+ file under ‘Games That Are Too Spectacular To Be Released Domestically’: Derek sent me a link a couple of weeks ago to Kamiwaza, a game for the PS2. Made by Acquire, the wonderful humans who developed the ‘Way of the Samurai’ series (which I still play now and again), Kamiwaza has you controlling a thief in Edo-period Japan, sneaking round, not being seen, and emptying houses of their precious bootay. He’s got the traditional green-with-white-vines bag that thieves used to use back then — must’ve been union rules — but apparently it’s near-bottomless. If you scope the videos on the site, you’ll see he’s nicking things that are like three times the bag’s size. It looks fun and entirely engaging, and that’s why it’ll never reach the States. But then, I’d said that about Zettai zetsumei toshi, Katamari damacy, and Okami, so…

+ If Shi-chan bowled more often, this would be a fab gift for her, methinks: a Brunswick-made Hello Kitty bowling ball. It’d go well (?) with her Hello Kitty vibrator. That vibe makes a great shoulder massager, by the way, much how I suspect the bowling ball wouldn’t

+ Laibach have a new release out, entitled ‘Volk‘? The devil you say! As long as it sounds nothing like ‘Jesus Christ Superstars’, I’ll be pleased, cos that album sucked so very, very much.
Apparently Laibach, much like 98% of the world’s population, have a MySpace. Guh. Have I told you how much I despise MySpace? Dodgy layouts / unnecessary .mp3 ambushes / scene & emo kids / shitting all over proper English — this would be the death-rattle of civilised society as we know it. Unless the MySpace blog I’m viewing is by or sponsored by the actual band — for regrettably, quite a few of my favourite artists and people have ’em — I immediately disregard whatever’s written on it. It’s much like if the original creators of the Magna Carta were to have written it up in crayon on some sheets of wrinkled control paper; there’s no way you could take it something like that seriously. Heh. MYSPACE: Making Livejournal Look Stylish and Credible.
Sorry, was I ranting? Mea culpa! Anyway, new Laibach Cd out now

+ I’m catching up with a few television shows, thanks to INTERNET PIRATES, such as Life on Mars, recommended by my friend Marika — a police officer from our time gets struck by a car, and wakes up in 1973. Has he travelled back in time? Is he in a coma? Who knows??!?; Dexter, a serial killer working for the Miami Police is attempting to catch another sociopath who murders and dissects his victims with (literally) surgical precision; and Torchwood, the Doctor Who spinoff — Buffy + X-files + a dash of contemporary Doctor Who + swearin’ and snoggin’ + Capt. Jack Harkness = Torchwood. It’s… okay. It’s certainly no Doctor Who, I can tell ya that. Proudly filmed in Cardiff, a fact that they’re not willing to let anyone forget…
Honestly, I need to forgo watching any further episodes of all of those shows until I’m done watching all 50 episodes of Turn A Gundam and Kamen rider 555, as those have been sitting idly by

+ Last Saturday eve, my mate Jeff showed me two of his latest DVD acquisitions: Classic Media’s ace reissues of (most of) the Showa-era Godzilla films. He’s grabbed ‘Mothra vs Godzilla’, and ‘Godzilla raids again’, and if you purchase them from the site, they’re a snip at $15 apiece. Each DVD contains the original subtitled film, as well as the domestic release, and a passel of extras. Plus, the packaging alone is pretty impressive.
Apparently, they’ll also be releasing ‘Ghidorah the Three-headed Monster’, ‘Monster Zero’, and ‘Terror of Mechagodzilla’. *throws devil horns*

+ Despite the unavoidable fact that Lady Sovereign is filthy Townie scum, I found myself laughing like a drain at her ‘Love me or hate me‘ video, as any video featuring a ghost hamster is A-OK in my book. Hell, anything featuring a ghost hamster is something to be treasured

+ Finally, finally, finally. One of the finest anime serials ever made is getting a worthwhile release on DVD!


GAINAX’s ‘Aim for the Top! Gunbuster‘, released through Bandai’s Honneamise label, will be out domestically in February. That package alone is raw sex appeal.
Now all Honneamise (the distributor) has to do to win my total approval is re-release one of the finest anime feature films ever made, ‘Wings of Honneamise‘, and give it the same treatment. We await with bated breath

+ And it appears Blogger has been rolling out a new iteration of their bloggin’ software; this version (Blogger Beta) apparently — finally — has categories.


*now shaking with rage*

ta very much to Derek & Jeff for some of the links

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4 have spoken to “‘My, Earth really is full of things’”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    “Have I told you how much I despise MySpace? Dodgy layouts / unnecessary .mp3 ambushes / scene & emo kids / shitting all over proper English — this would be the death-rattle of civilized society as we know it.”

    I agree. I think MySpace is ugly, advertastic, and full of unacceptable restrictions (do whatever you want with CSS, all other things are forbidden to you) The “friends” system is too monolithic, makes for a piss-poor contact management system and the whole enterprise contributes to the degeneration of the written word by encouraging unacceptable acronyms, contractions, slang and shorthand.

    As for the Blogger Beta, its been around for a few months. I looked at it briefly. It mates your Google account to Blogger more completely (chat, email, picassa, blogger, all one UID).
    Further, it is running on a completely different server farm. The blogger you love to hate is running, for the most part, on the same hardware that it was running on when Google acquired blogspot. The new Blogger Beta runs on Google’s servers and will reportedly be far more reliable.

    The only blogger I’ve encountered that uses it (and talks about it) has told me that he has been able to continue publishing, posting, and receiving comments whilst the rest of us have been down. Take that for what its worth.

    My biggest problem with blogger beta is that they have not yet offered any sort of migration tool. That is, for those of us with big blogs, they don’t have an easy way to move all our many narcissistic posts from old blogger to new blogger. I’m 3 posts shy of 400, and don’t really wanna do it manually.

  2. Davecat writes:

    That’s a wee bit ridiculous that Blogger Beta doesn’t yet have a migration tool. What did they expect people with longstanding Blogger blogs to do? ‘Shouting etc etc’ is just over 400 posts; transferring all of those manually would require me to employ slave labour, and I’ve already gotten into trouble for that sort of thing once.

    And ugh, MySpace. Most real blogs are a series of posts, with an included profile. MySpace sites are a profile, with a near-vestigial blog. People don’t write anything of substance on a MySpace page, it’s all ‘OMG HI2U THX 4 THE ADD’, or they post a series of overly-large pictures instead. Either result makes me want to embark on a killing spree. I mean, moreso than usual.
    As Benito would’ve said it, whenever I hear the words ‘MySpace’, I reach for my gun.

  3. SafeTinspector writes:

    Well, I was partly wrong. They are migrating users over, but this migration is apparently by invite only. Until you are invited, you can create a beta blogger blog, but your existing blog is marooned on the old blogger servers.
    Linky from the pollyanas at the Blogger team.
    And Linky from someone not-so-pollyana.

  4. Jeff "Wolfgang" Lilly writes:

    I like how the Hello Kitty bowling ball comes in a 16 lb. weight. Not to suggest that girls are weak or anything, but I’ve never met a woman- even a big, strong one- that uses a 16 lb. ball. Heck, I’m 6’6″ and I don’t use a 16 lb ball! So the question is… who is this being marketed to?

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