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Feminist vs Video Games

The first episode of this Kickstarter is out: Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women 

Random Thoughts
- Why hasn't there been a Zelda game starring Zelda?
- Lara is a great lead female character in the new Tomb Raider game. Progress! Watch the starting cinematic set up:

- I like the fact that in the simplest terms the summary for Bioshock Infinite is literary "saving a damsel in distress in a castle in the sky". I can't wait to see the subversion of that trope.

"BioShock Infinite US TV Commercial. This is the short version. The full version will be set to air during The Walking Dead on Sunday."

+ Bioshock Infinite Grasps the Cultural Chalice: With Bioshock Infinite mixing shooting, religion and politics Andy Robertson sat down with Ken Levine to talk Christianity, artificial companions and video-game violence.
+ Let’s talk about Anita Sarkeesian

My girlfriend is so pretty that I can't get over it


My girlfriend is so pretty that I can't get over it. Every week I celebrate the alignments of her features by parading a giant photograph of her lovely face around the town centre, I've written the words 'pretty face' on the picture's border, and drawn and arrow to direct people's attention towards it. It's not bragging, because it's her that's the pretty one, not me. I'm going to parade every week for as long as she lets me be her boyfriend, and probably even longer. Nothing's going to put me off, not even the shouts of 'had her' or 'been there'.

Dan Rhodes

sxsw musings

The progressive intensity of my social anxiety and the fact that I don't give a fuck about new music means I don't care about South By Southwest but alas, it is UNAVOIDABLE on Twitter. Thus I ran into this:

+ "Usher joined The Afghan Whigs onstage at the Fader Fort last night atSXSW two minutes into a cover of “Climax”

I have a strong belief that Rock music would benefit from cool colaborations as this. Also, I dream of a Tori Amos duet album and of a Michael Stipe duet with U2 as a band in one of their albums. To combine those two sort of, I also dream of one day fucking hearing the Tori/Stipe duet. I'm going to harras them on twitter until I get an answer.

+ Neil was at SXSW [1] [2]  
+ The new adaptation of "NEVERWHERE" has started 
+ Neil reading from his new book

likes and dislikes: a miscellany

[ things I've liked/liked about this week ]

>Best Text Message I got this week: "hey, doing laundry in the nude."

>I got early access to the Overrun mode of Gears of Wars: Judgement. It kicks ass and it helps me relax.
>Oh dearest Skyrim, the game that keeps on giving.

>A New Bioshock trailer came out, also I LOVED the Kick Ass 2 trailer. I just HOPE TO GOD that they tone down some of the horrible and unecesarry violence towards females from the comic book.  

>My Muse sent me this. We can't wait for Game of Thrones to start already! 

I think women are definitely the underdogs in Game of Thrones. Men don’t appreciate how women are very intelligent in this world and they do all their fighting silently and with words and they’re actually very good manipulators. The men underestimate them and that’s what makes the women underdogs but they’re very good at it. Men just don’t realise that they actually do have competition.
Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark


[ dislikes ]


<This fucking poser. Taylor Swift only wishes some Humbert Humbert would get ahold of her and set her straight. I don't know, it infuriated me seeing her with the Lolita glasses.

<I have an intensely high HATE for the HBO show "GIRLS". Alas, I hate watch it. My Muse and I like talking about it. Last weekend's episode was it for me: I don't find it funny or entertaining to watch these mentally ill assholes. FUCKING HATE IT. I RAGE.

<Giving up achtungbaby.org which I've had since 2000. Alas, at this point in time I can't keep up with the cost so I'm letting it go which means juan@achtungbaby.org is going to stop working and you need to use [[[ achtung.baby@outlook.com ]]] to reach me. Emails I ignore: Any music submissions and promotions stuff - I don't care about new music anymore. Things I read/want: actual feedback and letters about this blog. One nitpicky thing that's going to happen is that a lot of old posts are not going to have album art b/c I kept most of those images on ab.org. 

Reality is a very subjective affair

Reality is a very subjective affair. I can only define it as a kind of gradual accumulation of information; and as specialization. If we take a lily, for instance, or any other kind of natural object, a lily is more real to a naturalist than it is to an ordinary person. But it is still more real to a botanist. And yet another stage of reality is reached with that botanist who is a specialist in lilies. You can get nearer and nearer, so to speak, to reality; but you never get near enough because reality is an infinite succession of steps, levels of perception, false bottoms, and hence unquenchable, unattainable. You can know more and more about one thing but you can never know everything about one thing: it’s hopeless. So that we live surrounded by more or less ghostly objects— that machine, there, for instance. It’s a complete ghost to me— I don’t understand a thing about it and, well, it’s a mystery to me, as much of a mystery as it would be to Lord Byron.
Vladimir Nabokov