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Doodled at a coffee shop. > >

The Life And Death Of Skyrim’s Lydia - Rock, Paper, Shotgun →

A while ago, I was banging on about the random events in the world of Red Dead Redemption and how they helped increase the sense of immersion and my fondness for that game (at least, the first time you encounter these random events. After six or seven attempted horse-jackings, it all becomes rote bullshit).

Skyrim, on the other hand, is genuinely amazing. There's so much to do -- not just story stuff, but random, one-off things -- that you find yourself investing deeply in the characters. I found myself nodding along to John Walker's story of 'his' Lydia. It's a totally accurate description of how this game gets its claws in you and you find yourself doing things (and enjoying doing things) in the game that sound completely cracked if you try to explain them to other people.

Dead End Thrills does Skyrim →

Okay, I'll admit, I'm a little obsessed with Skyrim right now. But look at these landscapes and tell me they're not amazing. Everyone gushed over how great the facial animation system was in LA Noire. I think the cloud generation system in Skyrim is even more impressive. This one is my favourite of the lot.

Cultural Differences →

In Ireland, Bagels and garlic bread set for sharp price rise as VAT rules change

The price of bagels, croissants, garlic bread and a range of other similar products is likely to increase significantly in the weeks ahead after Revenue decided they were not sufficiently bread-like to be exempt from VAT.

Meanwhile, in America, U.S. Decides Pizza Sauce Is a Vegetable

A joint Senate-House panel of American lawmakers has caved in to the frozen food lobby by voting to uphold school lunch regulations that stipulate that tomato sauce in pizza counts as a vegetable serving.

I never thought I'd say this, but maybe it's time Pat the Baker and Mister Brennan got together to form a lobby group of their own.

Quentin Tarantino is our Woodie Guthrie

What I’m saying, basically, is that Quentin Tarantino is our Woody Guthrie; he is the Woody Guthrie of mondo and the midnight movie.

Regardless of how you feel about Tarantino and his movies, I recommend that everyone reads Christian Thorne's amazing essay "Tarantino, Nazis, and Movies That Can Kill You" (part 1, part 2).

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Riff Raff - 1976 and 2011. Part of Irina Werning's amazing Back to the Future 2 series.

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Christian anti-abortion ‘social justice’ group hands out fetus dolls for Halloween (For the story and video, click image or here; Found at Jesus Needs New PR)

Back in the radio station I worked in, we used to get all these things that were like Argos catalogues for God-botherers. You could buy bumper stickers like "My other car is a HEAVENLY CHARIOT" and stuff like that. At the back of the catalogue were all these pro-life tchotchkes. You could buy these plastic foetus models to hand out at anti-abortion rallies. You could buy them in bulk. Like 30 for $50.

I always wanted to get a batch of the little ones, put them in the freezer, and use them instead of ice at parties. Except I'm not sure I trust the manufacturers to use the kind of high-quality plastic that wouldn't give me cancer or whatever.

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Three stages of Tom Waits.

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One of the problems for the fashion-conscious protestor in 2011 is figuring out what message you want to send. A bandana sends one message. A V For Vendetta/Anonymous mask sends another message. What if you want to send both messages at once? A V mask wearing a bandana just looks stupid.

Etsy user GiantEye has you covered.

Fold this bandana in half to transform into the famous fawksy provocateur from the comic pages. It's perfect for protecting yourself from sudden dust storms and outbreaks of authoritarianism. Keep your neck warm during those cold sit-ins. Use it as an impromptu rucksack to cart your gear from Zuccotti Park when the cleaners come. Cut eye holes to wear as a full face mask for added anonymity. Flag Fawkes. This is the hanky code for revolution.

(via jwz)

Poetry of Twitter Spam, Redux

A while ago, I wrote about the poetry of Twitter spam, where a particular spam-bot was generating an odd series of tweets that, strung together, looked like bad teenage poetry.

That was two years ago. Technology has advanced. Neven Mrgan points to @horse_ebooks as an example of how Twitter spam-bots are now producing profoundly entertaining non-sequiturs that could be some of the most entertaining stuff found on the internet. In fact, some of these are so perfectly crafted I'm having trouble believing that it isn't actually a person pretending to be a spam-bot.

Some of my favourites from @Horse_ebooks:

"OBSESSED WITH GAMBLING"

"1 2 You can use the power of your mind to find a shiny, cool car hidden in a paper bag. Your incredible mental powers"

"The difficulty of seeing with very large instruments"

"It s a FACT - Most Doctors, Nutrition Experts , Celebrity Chefs and Best Selling Authors are DEAD"

I'm wondering what linking to a known spam account will do for what little Google-juice I have - whether Google is going to push me further down its search listings. But honestly, I've enjoyed these tweets so much, I don't care. It's totally worth it.