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Thu, Dec. 17th, 2009 01:16 pm
Anyone interested in a free trial of Champions Online? They're starting up a new referral program, looks like an unlimited time with a level cap of 15 (out of 40, which is high enough to do the tutorial and the low-end content of the first three zones).

A few other restrictions:

"What restrictions apply to accounts using a guest pass?
The following restrictions are placed on all accounts using a guest pass:

A level cap of 15
Cannot trade player-to-player, send items via mail or use the Market Place
Cannot send in-game tells except those on the friends list (but can receive all tells)
Cannot participate in zone chat
Cannot send a friend request, or team/supergroup invites (but can receive and accept them) "


Give me an email address and I'll get you an invite.

If you upgrade to the full version and pay for a month's subscription, that gets me a 30-day game-time key code —— but I have a lifetime subscription so I can't use it, and the keys are transferrable, so you'll basically get your second month free.

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Wed, Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:00 pm
I finally got around to watching the end of Kyle XY, and MAN, I have not been as disappointed in how a series ended (or how the writers/directors wanted to take the series if it ever restarted - Julie Plec Answers Questions About Kyle XY) since Cowboy Bebop.

Ugh ugh ugh. Kyle and Jessi made a perfect yin-yang sort of relationship, Kyle's innocent, logical, contemplative where Jessi's devious, competitive, adventurous, and in the last season they were rubbing off on each other - Nicole tells Kyle he's angrier, lying comfortably; Jessi shows the beginnings of restraint and sacrifice.

Julie Plec talks about Kyle's "prophet" destiny, how he's to wander the earth alone fixing things ... we already have The Pretender, and the Kwisatz Haderach. The crap about a relationship between Kyle and Jessi being "ultimately self-destructive" pisses me off. I feel like that degrades Jessi. First, the idea that Jessi's broken - Kyle even addresses that in-character: he had all the advantages, he got a ride out of the lab on a gurney, not an explosion, and got a loving family instead of a drunk guy with a knife. Sure, Jessi's messed up, but it's easy to love someone who's perfect, and Amanda, as written, is too sweet and too close to perfect to be real. I loved watching their relationship grow in the first two seasons, but I'd like to think that's what every first-love is like: too sweet to be real. But I also don't know anyone whose first love was their only love, or who married their first love and was happy. Ugh, so mad.

I was really hoping for a sort of Reverse Hancock. The show establishes that while logic and experimentation allows for the discovery of new abilities, it is emotion that fuels those powers. Instead of Hancock throwing himself out of a hospital to get away from Mary and save her life, go the opposite route: when Kyle and Jessi are together, they can do things they wouldn't have imagined possible, but apart, they lose their focus, their drive, and their moral center; they become more and more normal.

Start at the cliffhanger; Kyle mind-wipes Cassidy, goes full-on Dark Side for a while. Give Amanda an opportunity to see just how scary Kyle's world is, give the Tragers a chance to see Kyle isn't just an innocent, super-smart teenage boy, that he has responsibilities (dare I say it, a destiny), and give Jessi a chance not only to grow as a person (stick her with 'saving' the Tragers every week while Kyle's off on his mission of Terrible Vengeance), but save Kyle from himself.

You could have Kyle and Jessi learn that, since they need to constantly challenge their own expectations to grow, they need a partner; since their powers need strong emotions to fuel their abilities, the more they trust each other, the deeper an emotional bond they can form, and the stronger a bond, the more powerful they become. Eventually, they can fulfill their Latnok-anticipated roles, but with each other, they don't need a secret-society support structure because they can do anything; with each other as sounding boards, they don't ever have to worry about doing anything shortsighted or evil. They'd be the future of mankind, a metaphor for life, science, religion, and marriage all rolled into one.


Or, you know, instead, Kyle can be some weird solitary Jesus/Muad'Dib/Jarod/JC Denton clusterfuck-hybrid, Amanda can get her heart broken again, and Jessi can be free to fulfill her nightmare-destiny of being alone for the rest of her life.

Fuck you, Julie Plec.

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Sun, Aug. 16th, 2009 01:29 pm
Two posts in a row about almost the same thing: is anyone looking at picking up Champions Online? Open beta starts tomorrow; only way to get into Open Beta is continuing from Closed Beta or having Pre-Ordered. That being said, is anyone in Closed Beta or waiting for a pre-order code?

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Thu, Mar. 26th, 2009 01:39 am
IF you haven't already hit Rolling Stone for Matt Taibbi's article, go now:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/26793903/the_big_takeover/print


The kicker:

"The most galling thing about this financial crisis is that so many Wall Street types think they actually deserve not only their huge bonuses and lavish lifestyles but the awesome political power their own mistakes have left them in possession of. When challenged, they talk about how hard they work, the 90-hour weeks, the stress, the failed marriages, the hemorrhoids and gallstones they all get before they hit 40.

"But wait a minute," you say to them. "No one ever asked you to stay up all night eight days a week trying to get filthy rich shorting what's left of the American auto industry or selling $600 billion in toxic, irredeemable mortgages to ex-strippers on work release and Taco Bell clerks. Actually, come to think of it, why are we even giving taxpayer money to you people? Why are we not throwing your ass in jail instead?"

But before you even finish saying that, they're rolling their eyes, because You Don't Get It. These people were never about anything except turning money into money, in order to get more money; valueswise they're on par with crack addicts, or obsessive sexual deviants who burgle homes to steal panties. Yet these are the people in whose hands our entire political future now rests.

Good luck with that, America. And enjoy tax season."

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Thu, Mar. 19th, 2009 09:15 pm

I cackled insanely for at least a full minute after I found this at work today:
 

From: <dsfa-furisiki@Bourdon-Haenni.dk>
Date: 3/19/09 4:38PM
Subject: The reduced pricing structure may encourage many douche bags to spend more time in Starbucks doing douche bag type things on their laptops and listening to Maroon 5 on their Zune devices.


You can almost taste it, can't you?

 

Either the people writing spam headlines are getting really bored, or they're getting smarter;  if that had come into my normal inbox instead of the spam-bucket, I'd probably have clicked the link.


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Tue, Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:19 pm
Working through a backlog of tickets, I found an email that began as follows:

"This is an automated reponse to your email.

No one will ever see or read the email you just
sent"


and for some reason I spent the next five minutes laughing hysterically.

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Wed, Nov. 19th, 2008 04:26 pm

Warren Ellis fans will have already seen this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/09/germany-serial-killer

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Tue, Oct. 14th, 2008 06:59 pm



Hotlinked because I'm too lazy to copy and upload to my own space.

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Wed, Oct. 1st, 2008 12:30 pm

If you're writing a rambling screed to a faceless corporate entity to provide clarification for your previous rambling screed, it's probably best to proofread your clarification for obvious errors:

[My last email dt contain all the relevant data and its formatting may
have been garblsimos@hermes~/Desktop/Downloads$ cat *attack*





I kind of hope that's not just an accidental copy-paste, I hope his cat actually saw what he was writing and took justice into its own furious little paws.

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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2008 12:27 pm
Tangential to BrawdYmchwil's last post:

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/09/23/what-went-wrong.html

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