October 25th, 2008

Atlantaean Ship

Some rambling thoughts...

You know what's really great but I can't find anywhere? GINGER Altoids. Found them once a few months ago in, I think, an airport, and never seen them before or since. But they were great.

HOW THE HELL do you make barbeque, etc., potato chips? It's not just figuring out the right spice mixture (though obviously that's a major trick -- it's not just spices but some kind of sweetener, maybe something like cornstarch, what?), there's some trick to making the chips themselves and getting the stuff to STICK.

I think "Speed Racer" is the second movie I've really liked that TOTALLY bombed (as in, didn't even come CLOSE to making its money back at the box office. The first -- which beats it hands-down in Total Bombery -- was Cutthroat Island, which IIRC cost about $120M to make, and earned $18M at the box office. (I think Speed Racer cost about the same and it earned I think $40+M, so in adjusted dollars it cost less and made back more)

Secondhand smoke: Are there actually studies proving it's bad that were done by disinterested parties? I've run into someone claiming there aren't.

Why exactly do we get "bags" under our eyes?

I am known for being an anime fan, so it sorta makes sense that I get Japanese spam, but why the hell am I suddenly getting Russian spam?

I love aspects of current video games, but I wish I could WRITE some that work the way I know they could. Alas, this would require an army of programmers and artists.
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Poisonous&Venomous

The Teraport Wars!

As everyone knows, I'm a fan of Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary, a sometimes-comedic, sometimes-serious space opera following the adventures of a mercenary team ("Tagon's Toughs") who happen to have hired the eponymous, amorphous, BLAM-loving Sergeant Schlock. Schlock is a "carbosilicate amorph", meaning that he's sort of an animated blob of clay, like a living claymation figure with a taste for violence.

The newest dead-tree compendium of the Schlockiverse is "The Teraport Wars". This marvelous slick paperback volume represents one of the high points of the adventures of Schlock and the Toughs, with a lovely balance between low humor, high adventure, low adventure, high humor, and BLAM. Lots of BLAM. And THOOM. And other sound effects involving destruction.

If you have not purchased any Schlock before, I urge you to spend money on all the Schlock that's available. Buy extra copies for your friends. Howard's a nice guy and needs the money so he will continue to write more Schlock, rather than have to go back to having a boring day job.