Almost certainly not Johnny Depp.|
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|Tuesday, April 5th, 2016|
| "A near-epiphany at the Supreme Court" - the US Supreme Court rules that requiring a rich person to use a public defender is a violation of their right to effective counsel.
They don't, however, extend this to the natural and inevitable conclusion that requiring *anyone* to use a public defender in the USA must also be a violation of their right to effective counsel.
(Not that I blame public defenders - they do the best they can under impossible conditions. There needs to be at least ten times as many of them, though, likely far, far more. Or the USA could stop putting so many people into the courts, that would work, too.)
|Sunday, April 3rd, 2016|
|Friday, April 1st, 2016|
|Thursday, March 31st, 2016|
|Wednesday, March 30th, 2016|
|Tuesday, March 29th, 2016|
|Today's awesome computer trick.
Finding a glitch that lets you write arbitrary memory to a stock SNES, using a stock SNES controller, while playing Super Mario World: Awesome.
Using that code injection to write and then play Flappy Bird?
|Monday, March 28th, 2016|
|Friday, March 25th, 2016|
| I kind of love the #cruzsexscandal hashtag on twitter for the sheer number of misogynist Trump supporters on it who are all "I might have been skeptical about ONE accuser but there's THREE". And if you look back 24 hours, they're all "Jian Ghomeshi is innocent!". Look back two months, they're all "Bill Cosby is innocent!"
Trump supporters: they hate women, and support Trump because Trump also hates women. They will rationalise ANYTHING.
|Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016|
|SFF things that are sure as fuck *not* getting my votes:
Things #1: "The Shannara Chronicles" is most definitely NOT going on my Hugo noms next year, and it's going below No Award on the final if other people's taste is Doctor-Who-level horrible and it gets nominated.
I had high hopes. TV miniseries doing an adaptation of "The Good Terry Brooks Novel" by Terry Brooks! Starring John Rhys Davies and Manu Bennett! And, uh. Um. Well....
Remember that scene you loved, the one you thought was exciting and awesome when you were a small child and read Elfstones? Remember those characters you though were awesome, the epic battles in the desperate defense against the army of demons? The suspense, heroism, the high drama?
Got all those clearly in your head? Yeah, none of them are in the TV show. They've all been replaced with high school subplots. Involving, in one episode, a LITERAL HIGH SCHOOL. Where one of the characters finds a bunch of old D&D dice. They spend a whole episode on the LITERAL high school and about 5 minutes on the D&D dice, but leave out the entire demon army until 15 minutes from the end of the series. Worse, remember how Elfstones was the book that broke with being a Tolkien pastiche and tried to be something more? Well, Chronicles Of Shannara is not that. It's fanfic on the Peter Jackson Hobbit movies, and as bad as they were compared to LotR? That's how bad Chronicles is compared to them.
Everything that was good or fun in the book is gone. The actors playing Wil, Amberle, and Eritrea do their best but the best of them is Amberle and she's, like, "good for MTV", not good. Manu Bennett has less to work with than he did in Spartacus and John Rhys Davies chews all the scenery but he's got a small part, so it's really not enough.
And then there's the pacing. Let me put it this way: I'm 95% sure JJ Abrams was an uncredited script consultant, because *wow* it's bad. It's Star Trek Into Darkness bad. It takes weeks to ride south to find the bloodfire but then one day to ride back, and on that day it's sunset for the whole time *and* then still sunset for several hours after they arrive. From the Elven city to the spot where the demon army comes through is At The Speed Of Plot which would be fine except it keeps taking DIFFERENT amounts of time. The main source of suspense in the book is whether or not the small party of
Hobbits heroes can get the One Ring seed of the Ellcrys to Mount Doom the Bloodfire before the demon army fights through the combined forces of Good Guys and kills the Ellcrys, releasing them forever. Except, in the TV show? The demon army doesn't move, and the Elves make no attempt to stop them. It takes until after the Bloodfire is found for the demons to even *begin* to move towards Arborlon, and that's actually okay because the Elves set their very first line of defense *inside* the city, inside the Ellcrys' garden itself, like 30 meters from the tree.
And, I mean, then there's just the DUMB. Our
Hobbits heroes fall into the LITERAL HIGH SCHOOL to have some more tweenager drama, and explain away the prom decorations and shit as "a pocket of the old world, preserved undisturbed for thousands of years". Not TWO SECONDS LATER there's a flood of bats leaving this mysteriously guano-less "perfectly sealed" "perfectly preserved" high school gymnasium. Because it occured to nobody that maybe there shouldn't be bats there.
It was just bad.
Thing #2: Sheila Gilbert.
I finished books 3 and 4 of that, and yeah, everything I said about the constantly-jarring lousy editing, worldbuilding mistakes, inconsistencies from sentence to sentence let alone scene to scene or book to book? It continues, constantly. It even gets worse, as Jim Hines makes an understandable-but-critical mistake when pulling from one of 2014's Hugo nominated novels because he clearly hasn't read it.... and nobody checks. Nobody caught his error. He hinges *his entire overarching series-long plot* on a detail that, if you've *read* the book he's pulling from, doesn't work that way. At all. It's like he used a Wikipedia summary, and his editor clearly didn't even ask.
They're still entertaining novels but they're facepalmingly-badly-EDITED novels, with constant failures of internal consistency. And I know Jim Hines thinks Sheila Gilbert did a great job and is nominating her himself, but no. If those 4 books are examples of her work, she's *not* "Best Editor". There are a great many editors where I have no idea if they're good or not, because I can't see their work. When I'm looking in the right place I *can* see Sheila Gilbert's work, and it apparently sucks.
|Monday, March 21st, 2016|
|Friday, March 18th, 2016|
|Tuesday, March 15th, 2016|
|Monday, March 14th, 2016|
|Sunday, March 13th, 2016|
|Saturday, March 12th, 2016|
|Friday, March 11th, 2016|
|Wednesday, March 9th, 2016|
|Tuesday, March 8th, 2016|
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|Sunday, March 6th, 2016|
|Friday, March 4th, 2016|
|Thursday, March 3rd, 2016|
|Thursday, February 25th, 2016|
|More book thoughts.
I read "The Fifth Season" and it was really good. My only objection to it is that it's *so clearly* "book 1" - nothing is resolved, there's almost zero story advancement (it's ALL backfill/flashback), and the primary motivation of the main character, the entire thing the whole plot is about? Stays not just unresolved, but *zero* progress is made on it, through the whole book.
It makes me want book 2!
It does not make me think book 1 deserves an award. If books 2 and 3 are as good as 1, I'd give The Trilogy a nomination and an award, but I hesitate to give one to The Fifth Season
|Wednesday, February 24th, 2016|
|Thursday, February 18th, 2016|
|Wednesday, February 17th, 2016|
|Tuesday, February 16th, 2016|
| Campaign manager: "OK, we're in third, we need something that really sells 'AMERICA'. Heartland, Made In America feelings. Let's brainstorm."
Marco Rubio: "Vancouver!"
Campaign manager: "Uh..."
Marco Rubio: "Vancouver! We'll use Vancouver in our ads. Distinctive Vancouver landmarks, Canadian flags, all that jazz."
Campaign manager: "Okay, everyone does love Vancouver, it's a wonderful place, but are you sure that really says 'America' to Joe Sixpack?"
Marco Rubio: "YOU'RE FIRED. New campaign manager, we're going to prominently feature Vancouver in our rah-rah go-America-go 'Vote Rubio' ads. Any complaints?"
New campaign manager: "None at all!"
I kinda wish Cruz had made this particular stupid own-goal.
|Free games, on Steam and off!
I did a Humble thing and got one thing I wanted, two things I wanted to try, and a bunch of spares.
Things on Steam:
I've got three full copies of Vertiginous Golf. It is, uh, I'll just let the developer speak for themself:
"Vertiginous Golf is a dystopian steam punk mini golf adventure game set in the skies above an alternate world where life on the ground is enveloped in permanent smog, constant darkness and never-ending rain."
I've got one free full copy of War Of The Vikings, a multiplayer-only combat game.
I've got an "ultimate starter pack" for Dirty Bomb, a F2P arena Shooter.
I've got skins for SMITE, a 30-day subscription for Curse Premium (a modding engine for WoW, Minecraft, Kerbal Space Program, and a crapload of others), and item bundles for Stronghold Kingdoms, Robocraft, Heroes And Generals, and Wildstar.
Anyone want any of them?
|Saturday, February 13th, 2016|
|Friday, February 12th, 2016|
|Thursday, February 11th, 2016|