Self-aware metafiction of nostalgia, and flow-breaking, immersion-breaking gameplay, such as when a Skyrim bandit gets an arrow in the face, shrugs, and says, “I guess it was nothing.”

The game “Deadly Tower of Monsters” is not just an exercise in nostalgia. Obviously, the people who made it love 1950s B-movies at least as much as I do.

However, they went in an interesting direction that I wouldn’t have been able to do.
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Lots of folks are seeding Gintama, I guess

I’ve been kind of busy lately.  I’ve been leaving my room, walking around outside, dealing with humans.  It’s pretty unusual behavior for me.  Thus I haven’t had time to finish watching Jojo, and while I was preoccupied, somebody started a new season of Gintama without telling me.  I had been expecting a message tied to an arrow, like in the ninja movies.

But I checked the seeds and wow! Lots of people like Gintama enough to seed it.  The torrents went from zero to more than 5 megabits in less than a minute.  So now I have to actually watch it and comment.


To Do Lists are Genius!

[Calculate] the measurement of Milan and Suburbs

[Find] a book that treats of Milan and its churches, which is to be had at the stationer’s on the way to Cordusio

[Discover] the measurement of Corte Vecchio (the courtyard in the duke’s palace).

[Discover] the measurement of the castello (the duke’s palace itself)

Get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle.

Get Messer Fazio (a professor of medicine and law in Pavia) to show you about proportion.

Get the Brera Friar (at the Benedictine Monastery to Milan) to show you De Ponderibus (a medieval text on mechanics)

[Talk to] Giannino, the Bombardier, re. the means by which the tower of Ferrara is walled without loopholes (no one really knows what Da Vinci meant by this)

Ask Benedetto Potinari (A Florentine Merchant) by what means they go on ice in Flanders

Draw Milan

Ask Maestro Antonio how mortars are positioned on bastions by day or night.

[Examine] the Crossbow of Mastro Giannetto

Find a master of hydraulics and get him to tell you how to repair a lock, canal and mill in the Lombard manner

[Ask about] the measurement of the sun promised me by Maestro Giovanni Francese

Try to get Vitolone (the medieval author of a text on optics), which is in the Library at Pavia, which deals with the mathematic.


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A safe space where SJWs evolved from men?

Baloo/Ex-Army tell this story:

After registering, one of the first threads he came across was the question, “Are there any right wingers anywhere!?.” (meaning on the forum) Some people had answered already, saying they were conservatives, talking about right-wingers as a different classification than conservatives, stuff like that, mostly very mild. So he answered the question this way:

Neither “right-winger” nor “conservative” has widely agreed-upon definitions. Both terms should be defined whenever they’re used, especially in forums like this, that include people of many different places and with very different experiences. Me, you can call Alt-Right (I was Alt-Right before Hillary popularized the phrase) or “libertarian nationalist” (google it) in that I believe in libertarian principles about the way the Founding Fathers did, and that I think the nation-state is the best guardian of these principles and its inhabitants. Another way to look at it is that I’m the sort of Goldwater “conservative” that was the default conservative before the Trotskyites left the Democratic party, joined the Republican party, and began calling themselves “neoconservatives.”

And guess what happened next? One of the SJW’s on the forum wrote:

Oh look it’s a brand new member starting off by announcing he’s a racist.


And I naturally expected this just to be the reaction of one of the more childish members, but no, I received an email right away, reading:

[Y]ou have been permanently banned in response to your message Are there any right wingers anywhere!?.

So basically, this is what obese leftist sci-fi fans think they are like:


And this is what they are really life:

But there are also a lot of sci-fi writers who are super-athletic, like this guy with his super-manly chest hair:

I feel a little sad that I can’t log into that glorious online community, because it is probably full of writers and aspiring writers who resemble the folks in the above photographs…


Note that you can’t see the flames in that thread without signing up for an account, and you can’t sign up for an account without agreeing to the following:
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Keiichi Matsuda Destroys Installation at Davos

I’m officially withdrawing as a Davos cultural leader. I refuse to let my work be used to legitimise this grotesque charade #wef17

Keiichi Matsuda
Visual artist Keiichi Matsuda, the man behind the prescient VR-themed nightmare Hyper-Reality, was tapped to be a “Cultural Leader” at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos,
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Poets have lots of trouble sleeping for some reason

One of the most celebrated and terrifying poems of the second half of the 20th century — and one of poetry’s great treatments of insomnia — is Philip Larkin’s “Aubade.” The 1977 poem describes an experience all of us have at some point, that of waking up much earlier than we’d intended and, unable to get back to sleep, lying in a hazy torment in which all our life’s anxieties are amplified tenfold. The anxiety that hounds Larkin turns out to be the prospect of his own death:

I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
Till then I see what’s really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how
And where and when I shall myself die.
Arid interrogation: yet the dread
Of dying, and being dead,
Flashes afresh to hold and horrify.

Larkin wants us to see that these states prefigure death itself: death too will be an affair of “soundless dark” in which “all thought [is] impossible” and the individual — supine, rigid, gaping at nothing in particular — is quite alone. We are all speeding toward the endless acreage of death, and it’s a paradox of life that we only fully glimpse that fact against the clarifying backdrop of night and darkness. Insomniac poets glimpse it with particular sharpness, and often seem proud of this: afflicted by a crippling illness, they yet occupy a place of lonely, privileged insight, gazing out from an observatory of solitude and sleeplessness at a misguided humanity, lost in a hypnosis of daily tasks that divert it from its destiny.
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Horror and cyberpunk fiction

Thrasymachus wrote:

The first season of the HBO program “True Detective” featured a strongly pessimistic character who many thought had ideas based on the horror author Thomas Ligotti. A homicide detective who had suffered the death of his young child, this man concluded horror was an inescapable element of life, and probably its primary element.

One might conclude it’s better never to be born in the first place, and some do. The philosophy of anti-natalism is most commonly associated these days with author and blogger Sarah Perry.

One does not choose to be born; your parents make the choice for you. Is it ethical to make this choice for another person knowing at a minimum they may suffer a lifetime of pain? And that depending on your beliefs, they could suffer many lifetimes of pain or an eternity of pain?

Life wants to live. That’s what life is. Things that do not want to live do not continue living long. Every living thing must die, but it can extend its life in some way by reproducing. Life isn’t something you possess, it is something temporarily entrusted to you, to be passed along in turn.

If something is worthless, you may keep it but not pass it along, or you may not even keep it. If something has some value you keep it, maintain it and pass it along.

Life is substantially horror but it is not only horror. Just surviving is an accomplishment to be proud of. Hope that things will be better for you, and your descendants, springs eternal.

Horror is a basic fact of life, maybe the basic fact of existence for corporeal creatures, but we can and do overcome it. As somebody once said- we are the fight.

The cyberpunk novel Hardwired has a lot of horror. Most of the characters want to live for a long time, but some of them just want to die in a pleasant way. (One Ethical Nihilist, in particular, wants to be killed by a sexually alluring person.)

A big theme of the story is that people who sacrifice their humanity for power are monsters. But the heroes are only effective if they are somewhat monstrous. The heroes are very much characterized by several struggles – first, the struggle against external threats, and second, the struggle against their own will-to-power, and third, the struggle against their own self-destructive impulses.

One could conceivably ask whether EVERY character in Hardwired is really an Ethical Nihilist. They all see themselves as doomed.

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