Tina

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This Guy Gets It

“It’s admirable to want to apply the same standards to both sides, but straining to manufacture false equivalencies doesn’t accomplish that; sometimes, honestly applying the same standards to each side will result in a finding that one side, at least in that regard, is actually worse.”

He happens to be talking about Jon Stewart, but I think this is an important distinction in all disputes. It never helps when someone enters a flamewar and says “How about if everybody just admits they’re wrong?”

Sure. How about if rape victims take half the blame? After all, “it takes two to tango,” right?

Tina

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Future Rockstar Games

I just recently learned of the existence of Grand Theft Auto expansion missions set in London 1961 and 1969. And then today I saw a TV commercial for a Rockstar game set in the Old West (I assume the phrase Grand Theft Horse will be in many reviews). It looks similar to Gun, a game I saw Amos playing on his Xbox at his place.

I look forward to seeing various historical eras covered as Grand Theft Auto worlds. Being able to drive around really fast in cool cars and talk to colourful characters is a fun way to explore the period and soak up the nostalgia.

This opens the door for setting it in the future, either in a future history they build themselves, or in borrowed futures such as Shadowrun. Imagine Grand Theft Auto: Shadowrun! Granted, there aren’t any cool cars in Shadowrun, but they could make some. And it’s already a game where you play a sort of criminal, operating outside the law and trying to become rich and powerful. Only instead of being Italian or Bosnian, you’re an elf.

Alternatively, if Rockstar isn’t interested in doing GTA: SR, the Shadowrun people (is it still FASA?) could get a license to use Rockstar’s driving physics code and incorporate it into their game.

Also, provided they stick to the 1980s version, Grand Theft Autobot.

Tina

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Of Whom Does John Dingell Remind Me?

Monday night’s Daily Show guest was John Dingell, one of the longest-serving congressmen alive. He seemed like a pretty cool guy. His quiet, relaxed confidence in his progressive views was refreshing.

Anyway, he kept reminding me of someone, but I couldn’t think who. I thought I had figured it out just now, but it’s semi-unflattering, so there’s going to have to be a disclaimer afterward.

He reminded me of David Bowie in the early stages of progeria from The Hunger, when he first goes to the clinic to talk to Susan Sarandon.

Disclaimer: Despite reminding me of a rapidly-aging vampire, Dingell is still pleasant-looking, and at his age (83) one could do a lot worse than to look like David Bowie (one of the prettiest men ever) under aging makeup. I figure Dingell must have been really good-looking as a young man, and this photo from Wikipedia supports that hypothesis. He’s better looking than the other person in that photo, and that’s JFK, who was no slouch himself. Also, a Google image search of “David Bowie” and “Hunger” shows that his character, John, actually looks nothing like Dingell—though in fairness to me, I can’t find any images from the middle of his transformation, only from the beginning (young Bowie) and end (scary bag of old flesh). If only YouTube worked on this computer. Then I could see if there’s a video clip from the movie.

So now I’m back to square one. (The best of part of which was Mathnet, according to fruvous.)

Tina

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Mondrian Sighting

There’s a Mondrian-like painting in Kyle MacLachlan’s office in The Flintstones. It’s the Stone Age, so the lines aren’t perfectly straight.