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My eye caught by the headline "The Ascent of the Robotic Attack Jet," I thought first "dude, how awesome." But a bit later it occurred to me: this is totally leading to weaponized rat brains.

Better than cats, probably. I imagine cats might get carried away and then CLAW YOUR HAND WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS or something similarly catty.
 
 
 
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Six different versions of Axel F by The 8bitpeoples, about whom I really don't know a whole lot. Just a bunch of people with funny old hardware, fighting what amounts to the good fight. And what a good fight!
 
 
 
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21 March 2006 @ 02:24 pm
This American Prospect article, "The New New Gore" (via Making Light), is simultaneously pretty heartening and absolutely infuriating. Heartening because it sums up Gore's rad recent and semi-recent activities, but absolutely infuriating because so much of it reads as though the author were deliberately writing the most deplorable insiderish "narrative"-driven piece possible, using Political Fictions and The Daily Howler as kind of reverse guides. I guess if it's parody it gets props for subtle and believable deployment, but otherwise, dude!

On the other hand, I can say only good things about this video, entitled "Birds."

(If you only follow one link, totally go for the video.)

ALSO: A BONUS FOR THE KIDS, RETROACTIVELY MAKING THIS ENTRY "TWO PRETTY DIFFERENT THINGS FOLLOWED BY A THIRD THING SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO THE SECOND THING IN A VAGUE CATEGORICAL WAY BUT STILL PRETTY DIFFERENT FROM THE FIRST"

(Please note that the title will not be changed.)

The bonus is this nice Jose Gonzalez cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart." I found it on Puritan Blister.
 
 
 
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22 February 2006 @ 07:58 pm
Lum (formerly the Lum of Lum the Mad, although if you didn't know that already it probably isn't worth explaining) has posted an early look at Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday. Basically it rules (within definitions for "rule" that encompass "does a really hot job modelling an early Third World War, up to the year 1954"), and it's not out till April. So. (Long pause.)
 
 
 
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I'm pretty alarmed by these predictions from William S. Lind. Especially because he was more or less right about where our dumb war was going back in March 2003 (well, really anyone who had read The Sword and the Olive and learned anything from it could have called that one. And Mr. Lind can sometimes get exceptionally wacky. But this post is just depressingly plausible).
 
 
 
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After finishing Consider the Lobster (fast verdict: pretty much OK, but far from hottest evs) I imagined that John Ziegler, the sad sad little talk radio man profiled in "Host," the book's final (and probably strongest) essay, would almost certainly have had something to say about it when it originally ran in the Atlantic. And it turned out that he had, although it wasn't quite as frothy as I had expected it to be. What I thought more or less the bee knees, though, was that DFW "was invited on to the show to discuss, in a friendly manner, his observations (as well as some of the inaccuracies) in the article, but he was apparently too much of a coward and without enough gratitude for the access we gave him to even provide us with an hour of his time." "Apparently" indeed! Actually, I guess that works out to pretty frothy, once you get past the disingenuous part.
 
 
 
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19 January 2006 @ 01:07 pm
Chris Bray, who wrote for Suck as Ambrose Beers (I recommend pretty much his entire body of work there, but I think you'll find that this one has an especially prescient clang to it) is now a sergeant, and blogging from Kuwait. (via this Crooked Timber post and comment thread.)
 
 
 
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08 January 2006 @ 03:21 pm
I know how it is. One goes through life thinking, "nothing would give me greater pleasure than to contribute my distinctive cry of distress and alarm to a computer game about rampaging monsters ... but ... how?" This is how.
 
 
 
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The story of a night out in Moscow. I would say "may God bless and keep Vladimir Putin ... far away from us!" but I have a feeling that you'll probably have a similar experience in demilitarized Cedar Rapids after the EUN-enforced peace accords of 2038.
 
 
 
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"True story. I used it on Bobby Towne when he couldn't explain "Chinatown" to me in less than an hour, so I passed on it."

Anyway, I bring it up, becaus in only four words, counting the preposition, here's the thing: Total War in Space.

From the Homeworld people, with Martin Circulis as lead designer. I could just set myself on fire with enthusiasm, I tell you what.