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dronon
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Accrued linkage
Didn't get any responses about cooking chicken legs, so the MFF post is delayed, nyah. Instead, here are accrued links for everyone!


Culture:

An interview with a Saudi decapitator. This is what cultural relativism's all about. (Yike.)

niall_, you may be interested in this relatively new animation blog. Looks like it may become a source of some interesting clips if it develops further. (Thanks, porsupah!)

Found Magazine is about discarded text that people have stumbled across, and they've published compilation books. This prison love letter is worthy of mention, although I don't think it appeared in the magazine. (2:30, 1.2M)

Tangentially related to this is a stage show called Mortified, in which brave people read retroactively amusing angst-ridden diary entries and letters from their childhoods. I Hate Drake is a recent animation based on one of them. For more of the same, listen to a teenager's letters to his grandmother while coping with his parents' divorce. (9:10, 4.2M)

Games:

Gamma Bros. A nice little shoot-em-up against waves of little alien ships. Use the arrow keys to move, and the ASDW keys to fire. Collect coins to purchase occasional power-ups that float by. Don't let your shield damage get too low. If your partner character appears on the screen, you can touch him and he'll take your place.

If you've played Seiklus, a great exploration platformer that I heartily recommend, you might also enjoy Knytt. You explore a world, looking for pieces of a spaceship so you can get home. Nicely atmospheric, and a huge map. Some hints: pressing the 'End' key brings up a map of sorts, but the screen doesn't accomodate its entire width. Also, the far eastern end of the map where two of the pieces are located is inaccessible unless you find some of the secret passages or teleporters - there are spots where you can walk through what look like walls - this is pretty much the only way to reach the lowest screen level. There are also two secret key codes you can find for power-ups - the low-gravity one is a particular boon. Hint: DLLLD(DLL).

For something really atmospheric, there's flOw, which I'm not going to explain how to play, because that's part of its charm. okaree, this one's for you.

Further Audio and Video:

From Da Space, a video made of old footage clips to go with music by DJ Slade.

An elderly choir sings Sonic Youth's Schizophrenia.

The soundtrack for a Japanese version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

BBC 7 is broadcasting radio play versions of C.S. Lewis' Narnia series. This week they've started on The Horse and His Boy. Click on the days of the week under the titles to listen. They've still got The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe posted (start on Friday). I should mention that these were made by Focus on the Family. So far my only complaint is that the voice actor for Aslan, David Suchet (of Hercule Poirot fame) is really overacting and drawing his words out, as well as commanding with a rather Old Testament style. Otherwise, the quality of the production is really quite good! Starting this Saturday, there should be an audio version of The Box of Delights being posted as well.

And now, to outsider music. If you're entertained by any of the late Wesley Willis' work, you may be interested in... uh... an elderly ex-postal worker from New York slash beat poet/rapper slash dirty old man known as Bingo Gazingo. Mainly he recites his odd poetic rants over background music, for instance, in this (loud, non-pc) short clip from Oh Madonna (you stole my pants). For a slightly scarier example, there's a video clip of him reciting his "J.Lo" poem.

Now at this point, you probably can't stand the guy (as I can't either, except for very short periods), but I was happily surprised to find that he's done a very touching (if drawling) performance with Leo Abrahams, The More I Love You More. I seriously like this and find it moving in its own, odd way. If you don't like his voice, skip forward to the 2:15 mark, where the last minute becomes a nice, gentle if too-short instrumental. (3:08, 2.9M)
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momentrabbit From: momentrabbit Date: December 14th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
DLLLD(DLL)

... D2 2LD 2LD+L2 2L2+LD 2L2+D2 L2+LD LD?

Damn. Cheat codes are getting trickier.
niall_ From: niall_ Date: December 14th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where do you see + signs in the original? Shouldn't it be simply "2D2 6LD 3L2", since LD and DL are the same in multiplication?
momentrabbit From: momentrabbit Date: December 14th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Long multiplication, long story, and quite probably wrong.
fetlock From: fetlock Date: December 14th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dronon, give me a call friday after your off work, I'll come down and help you do your chicken. :) sorry for the slow responce I have been busy you got all the chicken you need or will we have to take a trip to the store?
dronon From: dronon Date: December 14th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Erg. Um, On Friday I'll probably be going to see Eragon in the late afternoon with some co-workers, picking up my groceries at the mall Safeway, then heading back to work to finish my workday, and do marination Friday night. Don't stress yourself, my friend, you do so much already. I'll give you a call when I can on Friday all the same to get verbal advice! How many drumsticks will we need? 30? 50?

okaree From: okaree Date: December 15th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I had a chicken comment! I just forgot to post it. :-) Anyway, Shake and Bake is like some sort of magic. I can't cook chicken legs worth a damn without it, but with it, they're perfect!
dronon From: dronon Date: December 15th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Aha! Thankee - I shall have to examine my box and see if there's an expiry date considering how long it's been sitting around. Thanks for the northern lights heads-up, too - if only it wasn't overcast here tonight!
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