June 27th, 2006

Brad @ Burning Man

Distracted Gamer, ergo, Quicktakes

Auto Assault patched their servers today, fixing a rather frustrating bug that had been "gate-keeping" my main character. Now the fun is back big time, even bigger than before, and while I may have something for tomorrow, tonight I'm too distracted by my fun to think out anything especially weighty. That makes this a good time to go digging through the bookmarks directory of things I set aside regularly because I might want to comment on them, but end up having less to say than I thought. Which is to say: you get Quicktakes.

Privilege. By now probably half of you have already seen this. I have several friends who will go right up a wall over this, because they're right in the cross-hairs for a wonderful article by Barry Deutsch, aka "Ampersand" at Alas, a Blog. For those of you who insist that there is no such thing, I give you: "The Male Privilege Checklist."

It Takes More than Controversy to sell me a movie, it takes even more than attempts by people I hate to get me to not see it. I'm all into Forbidden Lore, yes, but on the other hand I'm not interested in wasting my time on a movie that I think will be boring, trite, or poorly made just because it also ticks people off. Which is why I've only seen seven of what Entertainment Weekly called "The 25 Most Controversial Movies Ever." Although to be fair, I'm planning on seeing one more of them when I get around to it.

The Other Alice and Wendy Story. I saw in the news that Alan Moore is in the process of getting his 3-volume Alice Liddel/Wendy Darling cheesy slashfic reprinted; the sample pages I saw reaffirmed my belief that the man hasn't written anything worth reading in over a decade. I'm rather more interested in the premise behind somebody else's take on those characters, and more: Cheshire Crossing. It assumes that neither Alice Liddel, nor Wendy Darling, nor Dorothy Gale were believed when they said that they'd traveled to other worlds. (Yes, I know that Dorothy Gale is an anachronism. So are half of the characters in LXG. For an interesting enough premise, I'll cope.) But unlike in most of the sequels (including, yes, unlike in the rest of the Oz books), Cheshire Crossing makes the much more plausible assumption that their parents sought professional help to cure their daughters of this delusion. All three have been through extensive psychotherapy; Dorothy, being from America, has even had a great deal of primitive high-voltage electroshock therapy. And now their parents have been persuaded to enroll all 3 of them in the same boarding school, whose headmaster (we find out) does believe them, and wants to find out more about them and their other worlds. He also has exactly the right headmistress to deal with 3 girls with magical powers: Mary Poppins. Only the first issue is out, and I admit the artwork is a trifle primitive. But the premise has my attention.

Well, There Went Two Hours of My Life. Who knew that there was a website with fourteen hundred 1980s music videos on it?

Hey, Wait a Minute. I don't know what to make of this funny, but deeply wrong The Onion satire: "Report: U.S. May Have Been Abused During Formative Years."