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  1. Guest

    Organic Shame!

    I really do have an addiction problem: I can't stop thinking about the kung po beef fom my local Chinese takeaway *slobbers* Really, its actually getting to be a problem, if I eat kung po constantly for the rest of my life it'll still be too rarely; I could chew my way through a fu**ing cow covered in kung po sauce and cashew nuts, I swear to God... This is a day of food talk. And I've had a minor revelation about the state of the world; consumerism and the illusion of `consumer choice`; all because of food. I shall now share: Consumer choice, in many contexts (such as within any one supermarket for one) is fabricated to a large extent to keep us worried and insecure about our lifestyles, and this makes us receptive to any quick-fix recipe or `organic` alternative that, hardly coincidentally, costs twice as much the product that's probably been serving us well for years. Its all about baked beans, you see. I'm sure we've all bought baked beans from a supermarket before and this extremely simple & basic purchase illustrates my point right here; you go into the canned food aisle vaguely trying to find something you can live with yourself for eating besides baked beans, but resign yourself to the fate that awaits us all and pass over tinned runner beans and carrots and potatoes cursing yourself in some tiny way for having to prepare all your vegetables yourself (instead of having maids, chefs and butlers to do, obviously ) and you know you're only going to actually pick up a simple can of baked beans of five; you are not expecting an assault on the common sense gland - there are fifteen f**king types of beans on offer on these shelves and hell, you know somewhere deep in your cynical soul that they're all the same - I'd wager a fair sum of money that half the cans you see on the shelves with different labels, from different brand names, and with different levels of alleged healthiness are made in the same bloody factory. Organic baked beans? Don't make me laugh. You've paid through the nose so that your food can taste the bloody same but your deluded sense of self-satisfaction wont allow you to realise there's nothing different in taste between organic fruit, veg and general produce and the genetically modified stuff! Its been tested and the bloody farmers who grow it cant even tell the difference, no; all that's happened is this organic food has become less efficient to produce and more costly for everyone involved - and the infuriating thing is that its all because the media is capable of whipping up such a frenzy that the simple story a few years ago about how a lot of our food was genetically modified without our widespread realisation of the fact has created an entire new industry: the organic food industry - and it is simply an industry that wastes time. Of course, it keeps the money in circulation and whenever that happens the government gets to collect about 22% of our money when we earn it, and another 17.5% when we spend it, so they are hardly going to do anything but publicly support it are they??!! I discovered this in a flash as I discerningly reached for can of Waitrose's finest `organic` baked beans and spied the lonely regular beans on the shelf below. Then I kicked myself for falling for this most ancient of tricks: all they do is slam the opposition to strengthen their own position; It was just like Cartman running for class president all over again .... - Organic food is morally superior. Well, is it? Organic food is still treated with pesticides and fungicides, its just that those chemicals are derived directly from naturally occurring plant and animal sources, and this simple explanation makes everything think everything is okay because anything `natural` in it's origin can't be bad for us now can it; never mind the fact that certain natural vegetable extracts are at least as deadly as anything we've cooked up in a lab; never mind the fact that animal poisons are more virulent than anything man-made at all, no - if its `organic` and `natural` it is better, obviously!!! Of course none of the poisons of nature are used to treat crops but the point is than by blanketing all things `synthetic` and `man-made` as unnatural and bad, and making all things organic and natural good, we are treading a dangerous path where the decisions about what would be best to use to, for example, keep a certain insect away from a certain crop, cure an illness, or disinfect an outbreak of a disease, could be made because of the label that substance has been given or the category into which we have allowed it to slip, and not its actual benefits. And that's just the morals (but morals are a whole different story anyway ) of doing the right thing in extreme and unforeseen circumstances; what about those we can see all too clearly? My main gripe with `organic` food is that the resources we use in countries like the UK and the USA to make expensive, time-consuming and needlessly land-intensive organic foods could be better spent making far larger quantities of `genetically modified` food keeping the cost of our living down and allowing us to maybe help other countries who have no such luxuries! To that end also there is a huge amount of food that is wasted by the regular old-fashioned `GM` food industry because of simply ridiculous things like `how round is my tomato` and other bulls**t like that, so that also is the cause of a helluva lot of needless waste; waste all in the name of our own vanity, and of obscene and damaging standards that we have allowed to be set for us by the same sonsab*tches who make 15 varieties of baked beans and scare us into buying the most expensive one. One more rant: Genetic modification; tweaking the genes of a variety of potato so that the potatoes grow larger, with less infection, and perhaps even more quickly - this is what genetic modification does for you and this is what has been labelled equally as evil by the media who wish us to buy more papers with more scares stories and then buy more potatoes with more natural chemicals used on them - but gentic modification is what farmers have been doing for centuries, except they called it Selective Breeding` and yes, it is an evil and insidious practice - selective breeding is why we have domesticated dogs who can't even act naturally because they've been bred and bred and bred until they're the biggest joke in the animal kingdom But in the realm of foodstuffs we have been modifying the genetic makeup of everything we farm for thousands of years, just because people are doing it in those scary sterile labs and faceless white-coated lab technicians are handling the syringes and not a fat, red-faced, burlesque farmer with a flat tweed cap and an "oo-arr!" for every occasion do we feel threatened by this. - And anyway, everything we have, every single item we own, have invented or possess derives from nature, no matter how tenuously, because it all comes from the earth and the sky, all of it: scientific labs and microscopes and test tubes and scalpels and engine oil and plastic toy cars and even the synthesised chemical treatments that might kill or cure us in a hundred years time are all `organic` because we created them from nature, or at least we created the tools that created them, or created the tools that created the tools that... etc etc etc. There was nothing on this Earth 10,000 years ago that we still have today except all the stuff we have made from what was on this Earth (and mountains and stuff ) - it may not look very similar, but a washing machine and an Oak tree are still both totally organic in their origins, and we can hardly be anything other than organic ourselves and we made the washing machine, from natural substances no less, and even if it did take a few thousand years to get from a lump of iron ore to a steel axle pin that secures a vital part of a washing machine into place it is still created by organic beings from organic substances, however convoluted that route may have been.
  2. Guest

    Organic Shame!

    I really do have an addiction problem: I can't stop thinking about the kung po beef fom my local Chinese takeaway *slobbers* Really, its actually getting to be a problem, if I eat kung po constantly for the rest of my life it'll still be too rarely; I could chew my way through a fu**ing cow covered in kung po sauce and cashew nuts, I swear to God... This is a day of food talk. And I've had a minor revelation about the state of the world; consumerism and the illusion of `consumer choice` is screwing us over; all because of food. I shall now share: Consumer choice, in many contexts (such as within any one supermarket for one) is fabricated to a large extent to keep us worried and insecure about our lifestyles, and this makes us receptive to any quick-fix recipe or `organic` alternative that, hardly coincidentally, costs twice as much the product that's probably been serving us well for years. Its all about baked beans, you see. I'm sure we've all bought baked beans from a supermarket before and this extremely simple & basic purchase illustrates my point right here; you go into the canned food aisle vaguely trying to find something you can live with yourself for eating besides baked beans, but resign yourself to the fate that awaits us all and pass over tinned runner beans and carrots and potatoes cursing yourself in some tiny way for having to prepare all your vegetables yourself (instead of having maids, chefs and butlers to do, obviously ) and you know you're only going to actually pick up a simple can of baked beans of five; you are not expecting an assault on the common sense gland - there are fifteen f**king types of beans on offer on these shelves and hell, you know somewhere deep in your cynical soul that they're all the same - I'd wager a fair sum of money that half the cans you see on the shelves with different labels, from different brand names, and with different levels of alleged healthiness are made in the same bloody factory. Organic baked beans? Don't make me laugh. You've paid through the nose so that your food can taste the bloody same but your deluded sense of self-satisfaction wont allow you to realise there's nothing different in taste between organic fruit, veg and general produce and the genetically modified stuff! Its been tested and the bloody farmers who grow it cant even tell the difference, no; all that's happened is this organic food has become less efficient to produce and more costly for everyone involved - and the infuriating thing is that its all because the media is capable of whipping up such a frenzy that the simple story a few years ago about how a lot of our food was genetically modified without our widespread realisation of the fact has created an entire new industry: the organic food industry - and it is simply an industry that wastes time. Of course, it keeps the money in circulation and whenever that happens the government gets to collect about 22% of our money when we earn it, and another 17.5% when we spend it, so they are hardly going to do anything but publicly support it are they??!! I discovered this in a flash as I discerningly reached for can of Waitrose's finest `organic` baked beans and spied the lonely regular beans on the shelf below. Then I kicked myself for falling for this most ancient of tricks: all they do is slam the opposition to strengthen their own position; It was just like Cartman running for class president all over again .... - Organic food is morally superior. Well, is it? Organic food is still treated with pesticides and fungicides, its just that those chemicals are derived directly from naturally occurring plant and animal sources, and this simple explanation makes everything think everything is okay because anything `natural` in it's origin can't be bad for us now can it; never mind the fact that certain natural vegetable extracts are at least as deadly as anything we've cooked up in a lab; never mind the fact that animal poisons are more virulent than anything man-made at all, no - if its `organic` and `natural` it is better, obviously!!! Of course none of the poisons of nature are used to treat crops but the point is than by blanketing all things `synthetic` and `man-made` as unnatural and bad, and making all things organic and natural good, we are treading a dangerous path where the decisions about what would be best to use to, for example, keep a certain insect away from a certain crop, cure an illness, or disinfect an outbreak of a disease, could be made because of the label that substance has been given or the category into which we have allowed it to slip, and not its actual benefits. And that's just the morals (but morals are a whole different story anyway ) of doing the right thing in extreme and unforeseen circumstances; what about those we can see all too clearly? My main gripe with `organic` food is that the resources we use in countries like the UK and the USA to make expensive, time-consuming and needlessly land-intensive organic foods could be better spent making far larger quantities of `genetically modified` food keeping the cost of our living down and allowing us to maybe help other countries who have no such luxuries! To that end also there is a huge amount of food that is wasted by the regular old-fashioned `GM` food industry because of simply ridiculous things like `how round is my tomato` and other bulls**t like that, so that also is the cause of a helluva lot of needless waste; waste all in the name of our own vanity, and of obscene and damaging standards that we have allowed to be set for us by the same sonsab*tches who make 15 varieties of baked beans and scare us into buying the most expensive one. One more rant: Genetic modification; tweaking the genes of a variety of potato so that the potatoes grow larger, with less infection, and perhaps even more quickly - this is what genetic modification does for you and this is what has been labelled equally as evil by the media who wish us to buy more papers with more scares stories and then buy more potatoes with more natural chemicals used on them - but gentic modification is what farmers have been doing for centuries, except they called it Selective Breeding` and yes, it is an evil and insidious practice - selective breeding is why we have domesticated dogs who can't even act naturally because they've been bred and bred and bred until they're the biggest joke in the animal kingdom But in the realm of foodstuffs we have been modifying the genetic makeup of everything we farm for thousands of years, just because people are doing it in those scary sterile labs and faceless white-coated lab technicians are handling the syringes and not a fat, red-faced, burlesque farmer with a flat tweed cap and an "oo-arr!" for every occasion do we feel threatened by this. - And anyway, everything we have, every single item we own, have invented or possess derives from nature, no matter how tenuously, because it all comes from the earth and the sky, all of it: scientific labs and microscopes and test tubes and scalpels and engine oil and plastic toy cars and even the synthesised chemical treatments that might kill or cure us in a hundred years time are all `organic` because we created them from nature, or at least we created the tools that created them, or created the tools that created the tools that... etc etc etc. There was nothing on this Earth 10,000 years ago that we still have today except all the stuff we have made from what was on this Earth (and mountains and stuff ) - it may not look very similar, but a washing machine and an Oak tree are still both totally organic in their origins, and we can hardly be anything other than organic ourselves and we made the washing machine, from natural substances no less, and even if it did take a few thousand years to get from a lump of iron ore to a steel axle pin that secures a vital part of a washing machine into place it is still created by organic beings from organic substances, however convoluted that route may have been.
  3. This is no way invalidates my previous entry by the way I still want all you buggers to buy my entire arsenal from me!! But I found a writing site, helium - http://www.helium.com/ - and this question caught my eye: "Why men seem to only look for physical beauty." And I then indulged myself and anyone willing to read my thoughts with everything written in blue below Now before article I would just like to mention how deeply, deeply ironic it is that I have a pretty good grasp of why this is when what has actually happened with myself and the girl now stayin in India goes directly against the grain of these ideas, but hey, I'm not like most guys at all because I tend to (it has been a depressingly recurring theme in my life [/emosity] get waaaaay too attached to a girl as soon as I sleep with them - generally to the exclusion of all else. But nevertheless, the meat & potatoes of why men base their choice of sexual partners and why we are generally looking for physical beauty first and foremost in women is, according to your truly, as follows: There are 2 things to consider here, and an understanding of the most likely biological explanation for the bias towards physical attraction as the main reason for choosing sexual partners (both genders do it, but yes more obviously it is men) is needed to really get a good answer to the question: Why do men pursue attractive women more often than `ordinary` women and why do women tend not to base their judgements in this area on physical attraction as much as men? First, the science - The most likely reason WHY people are attracted to typically `beautiful` people is genetic, if you use the term broadly and in the context of our perception (which is far more sophisticated than is commonly acknowledged), rather than actually studying a person's DNA before choosing them as a mate. Until biolabs are installed in every single area where people on this planet are likely to talk to each other we'll just have to do this the traditional way! We want attractive mates because the physical features that we can actually perceive instantly that make a person attractive imply strength and healthiness, characteristics that we want out children to have in order to best survive their lives. Lean, muscular bodies and faces with strong, defined bones show strength and survival ability through inferred physical fitness, although seeing as we no longer have to fight off praire dogs and other humans for our dinner this is arguably a vestigial trait from the past. The well-proportioned faces that we find attractive will belong to people who can pass on their that attractiveness if we have children with them, so we want them for our sexual partners. This is a very generic and simplified way of explaining the whole biological history of humanity, but a simple & brief look at the details can provide an understanding of this: People have been genetically altered over hundreds of thousands of years to be more and more inclined to select their sexual partners for reasons of strength and healthiness because each time a pair of our ancestors did this, they were more likely to have strong healthy children who survived and had children of their own, who received the genetic material that made them more likely to do what their parents did and select partners for reasons of strength and health. Being inclined to select mates for physical fitness is a trait passed from parent to child and incrementally affects the entire chain of descendants that arise from that coupling. The weaker children of people who selected for other reasons stood less chance of surviving - thats evolution, baby. Now there is a huge amount of extra detail and circumstantial modulation to this theory, (an important part worth noting is that evolution may have favoured what we find attractive for other reasons such as those features tended to belong to people free from disease, for example, and therfore we evolved a preference for those non-survival-orientated features that we still find beautiful today) but basically thats it, and the important thing is to remember that this, happening over hundreds of thousands of years, made the whole of humanity more and more likely to do this as each generation advanced and in turn made the next generation based on these selection preferences. Thats the science bit, broadly speaking. What the issue is for us today is the manipulation of these desires by the global media so that we are given an almost perverted idea of beauty and the need to be beautiful because it makes us willing to pay for products & services that claim to do just that. Men are more sexually open and more aesthetically driven because of their (our: I'm a guy by the way) basic subconscious biological desire for healthy, attractive children who stand a good chance of survival. Women actually gestate the children and have a great deal more time to think about other traits such as generosity, intelligence etc. so they think and analyse information about potential partners more quickly and more deeply. Again, this all comes from the thousands and thousands of years of biological `steering` towards the people that we are today. Another thing to bear in mind as a result of the manipulation of our perceptions of beauty is that women, especially, who feel they are not attractive enough lose confidence in themselves and their attractiveness, and confidence is one major thing we would want our children to have, as it equates, very basically, to happiness and contentment with one's life. And who wouldn't want that for their children? Exactly. Going back to genetics for a second, there is one more good reason why men are likely to think about brief physical attraction more than women, and that is that men are inclined, genetically, to have many sexual partners. This is a result of the fact that men do not carry a baby through pregnancy so they can impregnate many women, which increases their chances of having many children and basically `living forever` through a genetic legacy. Women have to carry a baby for 9 months then, typically, feed it and care for it for another 3-6 months at the very least so their choices are naturally more well thought-out because they have to devote so much time to each child, whereas men only really have to devote an hour or so, being brutally honest. This is not a statement of how things should be this is just genetics; my views are irrelevant anyway but suffice to say I believe in faithfullness because it is POLITE, and it would be hurtful to do otherwise. Like all men however I am inclined to find many women attractive at the same time, as women are too! - The last thing worth mentioning, although really this is a topic suitable for (another) ten thousand books as it is one of the most important things to people, is that society's influence, especially the media, is explicable when you look at how the world has changed in the last hundred years: people get to communicate now like never before and ideas are shared globally in days, hours and minutes, instead of decades and centuries as they were for the previous thousand years. As people got together and connected with others so quickly the ability of business' to contact so many people with offers of products and services becomes phenomenal. With this comes the analysis of what will be possible to sell to people, and the first and most powerful thing that is easily exploited are our sexual desires. The rest, as they say, is history. And no, I did not think of the biological reasoning here myself, the credit goes firstly to Charles Darwin who actually spent far more of his life developing his theories of Sexual Selection than he did to the theory of regular evolution - the last third of his life was spent almost exclusively in the study of this idea which goes to show what a brilliant mind he had, regardless of the truth (as if it was in any real way discernible no, anyway ) and also that the common perception and appreciation of such an important historical figure can be so amazingly off-centre. The major credit goes secondly to Geoffrey Miller and his exceptional book The Mating Mind (available at Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mating-Mind-Sexual...ie=UTF8&s=books ) because although it is rather heavy reading, it is still some of the most fascinating work ever commited to paper thats subsequently found itself in front of my eyes. Credit thirdly goes to my deep level of cynicism regarding the worldwide media and humanity in general
  4. Guest

    Pure English Brilliance

    I dunno how much of this I'll actually get away with, as these are the opinions of my good friend Christopher ; or, `CrispyFur` as he has been known to us for a few years, due to his alledged plushy fetish (ewwwww...) that we insist he has and he usually insists he has too. This says something about the guy, but not as much as this email I received from him not 10 minutes ago: `Saw the definitions for 'British' on some online dictionary that included such doosies as: british: british people complain a lot and can be hypocrites. Snob. Gay accent. Yellow Teeth. Drinking Problem. None of which I actually disagree with. Still, there were loads of entries either like this or 'english people are actually very good people.. etc. etc.' so I thought I would write my own definition to the mix.. thought you guys would find it as gut wrenchingly funny as I did writing it. Stupid damn Americans... British: Volatile sadistic geniuses. Speaking as a British person, I would like to say how shocked I am that the insults directed at us here concern mainly our accents and dental hygiene. It is true that we have a murky colonial past, which probably accounts for a lot of the ill will, but most people are forgetting a critical aspect of our so-called 'British' identity. We are all incurably evil. Personally, I enjoy being a drunk, erudite snob with bad teeth and a sexually ambiguous accent. It will in no way diminish the joy I'll feel as I target my death beam squarely on Paris and flick 'engage'. I couldn't care less if my gay accent forces some Neanderthal homophobe to wrestle with his prejudices. Just because his anus was split by 'uncle Jed' as a child and he is coming to realise the counseling fee might well have been wasted due to his secret, insatiable, love of cock does not tar the majesty of my words when I say; 'Wipe them out. All of them.' Nor do I care if the stench of my teeth churns your stomach to such a point that you're forced to dispel the hideous mix of Pop Tarts and Republican semen that you suckle on each day. In short, gay accents and bad teeth only enhance the experience of reigning fiery annihilation down from an orbiting death ray platform, I assure you. Yours, A British Person` I mean c'mon, I laughed so hard I nearly dislodged my sense of humour - that s*** is f***ing funny I could almost be forgiven for nicking someone else's work for my blog just as I'm sure George Lucas would forgive anyone so clearly obsessed with his original trilogy for assuming the best feature thereof for his own sadistic machinations. Probably. Assuming that hamster-faced f*** can stop relieving himself all over his original masterwork for long enough to register the notion Oh, and a brief complete-lack-of-apology to all Americans for any comments made
  5. THURSDAY DECEMBER 14TH, ABOUT 9:00 AM.... Oh dear god is it morning already? Please y'honour, may I be excused from taking part in the world today? - I have a note from my liver.... What did I do last night? Got damned drunk and bought loads of stuff online that I really shouldn't have, eh? Mmm-hmm? Uh-huh. Well on the plus side I should have a rather nifty (and excellently priced) replica of the Zatoichi (Blind Swordsman) sword, carbon steel and everything, on its way to me via the glories of our next-day postal courier network. Chances are I'll have it by January 8th or thereabouts, then I should have bought it for someone else in a Christmas-generosity stylee, in all probability. Unfortunately for `someone else` however, I have a very finely tuned sense of what I like, and there ain't no way no-how that I'm gonna be agonising about all these presents for everyone else, and then leave the most important person right out of the picture! No, if I find anything on my present procurement perambulations that's just too cool then someone else is gonna have to go without this year I can always duplicate the gift my Dad received from his loving & grateful son last year - a lump of coal, gift-wrapped (with shaking hands, mostly from laughing. No I'm not joking. Yes, it was quite the amusing spectacle, especially when he got coal dust all over his clothes and everything. Am I a bast***? Well yes, but its an acquired skill.). On the note of Christmas, especially Dad's at Christmas, I feel the need to ask exactly why it is that they are so bloody hard to find presents for??!!? What is it that Dads sign up to upon becoming Fathers that totally nulls their ability to want anything halfway reasonable, interesting or tangible? There's probably a form somewhere that forces them to become intractable bastards about this time every year. Those of you (chaps) with children know what I'm talking about; you are the reason your families get stressed at this time of year!! hehehe - Mothers are easy; Mothers have interests and hobbies, and they want new stuff for which to use within said hobbies and interests. Dads, well, Dads have everything they bloody need already and whatever they actually think they want is far too specific and tailored for anyone else to actually guess it right, and perish the thought that they could leave a discreet little list somewhere around the place so we'd all f***ing know!! Old gits, they do it on purpose you know, its kind of like the reverse of how women test men all the time; this one is based on men testing their families all throughout the Christmas season, trying to keep us on our toes to see if we actually give a s*** about them enough to find something decent. Or to see if we've just been paying attenion actually its not the reverse at all its exactly the same as what women do ... - Now there is a gripe among some people that the last-ditch book buying is the refuge of the ill-prepared and the unimaginative, and well, yes its true that books are an easy way out as long as you know people's interests and hobbies. Thing is though, there aint no goddamned way I'm gonna even be able to get any time off work for real-life shopping with high streets and suchlike, being as I work 6 days a week, climb, dance and read or write for a whole evening after work as well, and have to fit a skirmish into my Sundays then I really have no time to shop anywhere but t'internet! Lets hope everyone is gonna be happy with some illegally downloaded music, pornography, and toy guns this year THURSDAY DECEMBER 21ST, AGAIN, ABOUT 9:00 AM.... Hey check it out, you've been time-travelling in my blog, how badass am I eh? Eh? Well I dunno 'bout that, but I'm a little bit less of a bas**** than I thought because I haven't resorted to wrapping any more lumps of coal up this year, and I now have presents for everyone which I think is amazing! I also have 2, count 'em: 1, 2; Zatoichi swords one for my mate Dan and one for me - yup, they are that good. I'm chuffed to buggery with 'em, and Dan is gonna be over the moon. I managed to find something for my Dad totally by accident as well; I pre-ordered the 25th anniversary edition of The Secret Policeman's Ball, a comedy event that ran in the 70's and 80's with every comedy giant of the time and a bunch of other famous faces too (Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Tommy Cooper, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore et al even bleedin' Sting and Eric Clapton were involved!) and I did that months ago, totally forgot about it, and now it arrived on Monday and its the *perfect* thing for Father dearest. That, and a few bottles of exceedingly fine Chianti, make his Christmas a pretty merry one, I reckon Mother has books on Yoga, good books that I researched carefully. And some wine of her own, because we all appreciate a good ######-up at our place, even if it is only once a year My friends made the real score this year though, Dan is getting a sword (I mean come on, he's not even expecting a christmas card and he's gonna be better off to the tune of one fine-*albatross* blade this year; yeah, I rock) the girls I go climbing with are each getting a Powerball which should help them out loads in improving finger strength and easing tendon aches, and half a dozen other people are getting books of varying degrees of sickness, practicality, and literary interest. And Claire, who does my hair, is getting a David Hasselhof calendar. Its a long-running joke and she actually will put it up at work, I know it, so in essence I've forced a whole office full of people at B&Q headquarters to stare the 'Hoff right in his hairy pecs for the next entire year - Christmas spirit? - my work here is done
  6. Guest

    Hitman Movie Will Rock..?

    A good very friend of mine sent me this email this morning, I reckon he's got the nail right on the head - "Not only has the HITMAN film been approved, it no longer has Vin Diesel! http://www.joystiq.com/2006/12/05/deadwood...n-hitman-movie/ I will be happy if: 1) They don't just base it around the 'hit gone wrong, mole in the agency, all other hitmen been found and killed by over zealous (and of course in fact a 'bad guy' cop) and Agent 47 brings them all down` formula. 2) they have at least 2 fibre wire deaths. 3) He kills a dog with a poisoned sausage 4) He remains completely expressionless as in: no smiling, frowning or any facial expression whatsoever. Botox the f** out of his face if necessary 5) It absolutely has to be 'rated R' 6) He doesn't end up 'developing feelings' for Diana. Well, anything other than 'MURDER FEELINGS' 7) They don't involve the president. Agent 47 has to rescue the president etc.. or 'the republican party is evil and hires hitmen' kinda lameness. 8) It's the hardest mission of his life c**p and He's all bloody and 'fighting hard with a ripped shirt` type idea in the last act. He needs to be constantly wearing a suit (or comedy outfit) and EASILY WIN. So, essentially, I just want a film of an expressionless killer in a suit murdering people in an extremely graphic way for two hours. actually, F*** yeah I quite literally would buy that for a dollar." I see no problems at all with this Lets keep our bleedin' fingers crossed eh...
  7. In response to this post of mine: edit: Hah!! Its been deleted! So I guess there are plenty of people who can't handle any anti-religious commentary here Well tough s*** because it's not going anywhere, if people can link to Christian sites in their signatures and proclaim their messages of faith (i.e. atempting to enforce their beliefs on others, the classic religious bully-boy tactic) then I can damn well do the same. Anyway - in response to a post I made about religions being handy tax-gathering devices for fearful `customers`, a member here PM'ed me with this link: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/ He invited me to take the test in the bottom right of the page, which I did. The test blew me away: I had no idea that people could be so damned stupid to be cowed by this insanely glib, unreasoned, irrational rhetoric. So I replied with some of my own - and here it is: This is gonna rile some people up, so bear in mind it is my opinion even if it does simply fly in the face of all that you hold dear. I would dearly like to upset as many Christians as possible to be honest, because only then is there a chance, a chance that they might start thinking about things instead of merely obeying their imaginary lords & masters. My background is that I was a Catholic church attendee until I was 12, I even served at church the whole time. I talk a lot with my Father, who is a Deacon in the Catholic church and is finishing his Master's degree in Theology this year. I disagree with him completely in terms of belief, but in deference to the old guy I have at least used Capitals for all the words that Christians seem to think deserve them Now, the way religions actually work is this: because we do not know where the universe came from, we don't know what was around before it, we don't know what happens when we die we feel uncertainty and fear in a most profound and immediate way. This a bit scary, so we invent stories to comfort at least our children, if not ourselves, because we can instill in them answers to questions that haven't been thought of yet, so having the information to reference as soon as these questions are first pondered by children; as they reach adolescence; makes the kids in question pre-wired to believe that they have the truth of knowledge within them. This is how and why most religious people are trapped by their beliefs, not having ever been given the opportunity to think for themselves. I know a lot of people discover religion later in life, most of these people were already brought up, however loosely, with at least a particular religion, and often the same one that they `discover` later on. Most of the rest do it out of fear of death, to put it bluntly. Christianity shares a lot of the basis of its beliefs, rituals and practices with an ancient religion called Zoroastrianism, which was largely the same deal about God being so damned awesome that no-one and nothing was allowed to be worshipped but him. See the first 4 commandments for similarities (incidentally I find it highly suspicious that God, being so damned awesome, required FOUR out of only TEN bloody commandments i.e. almost half of 'em to make his point about no-one being allowed to do anything but kiss his *albatross* ). Also Zoroaster, the prophet upon which the Zoroastrianism religion is based, dished out a lot of spiel about saviours being born of virgins etc. Judaism is largely derived from Zoroastrianism, Christianity largely derived from Judaism. Now which one is correct? Did the the Zoroastrians hit the nail on the head 3000+ years ago? Are Jews all correct then, or indeed now? What happens to them when they die - they are worshipping a different (albeit only vaguely different in the case of the Jews) God? They're breaking 3 bloody commandments - and what's worse is that they're sticking by their decision!! Uh-oh - its the fiery lake for the lot of 'em!!! For that matter, what about the Muslims? Here's where you really hit a problem because they worship a single god but they'll be damned if they'll accept that its the same as your Christian all-powerful being, so who is right? Christians say the same thing but, its funny y'know, but both Christians AND Muslims both believe that THEY ARE CORRECT. Crazy huh? I guess one massive group of billions of people is going to go into the fiery pits of hell for getting it wrong. Oopsy daisy!! Here a well-meaning and well-indoctrinated Christian would say that the pits of hell are not really a problem for anyone who believes and repents against their sin. Well, actually, thats exactly what Muslims are not doing because they will call the first 3 Christian commandments at the very least a load of complete BS thereby sinning rather a great deal, and therefore they are not repenting, and therefore they are not going to get a taste of Christian paradise. Maybe they'll get their Muslim paradise for being good Muslims, however, but that leaves all you Christians rapidly in `le creek de la merde` without so much as a paddle to your name. This is one of them there dichotomies, and its one that no religion has an answer for. Two religions both exclude each other's validiy on the basis of this belief, which menas that one at least is completely and utterly wrong. If one of them is right, then, that means that EVERY OTHER RELIGION CANNOT ALSO BE CORRECT Ergo: they are all not correct, ergo: they are based on lies, or at least on bad guesses, except the `one` that has it right. But what about the majority - because the sum of all religions pitted against any one other religion is gonna make up the majority of humans on the planet - will have it wrong, will not repent because they believe themselves to be right, so god - the all-loving God - will see the MAJORITY of his much-loved children burn in eternal fires. What a total c**t!!!!??? And this is just point one of my multi-point plan. Keep reading.... Hinduism has a whole host of gods, who Christians will say are just the different faces of the same god, and Hindus may still get into heaven because although they worship different facets of the true God, they still worship him in their own way. Wanna know what Hindus think? They think they can shove your one god up your behind and go to the fiery pit yourself for belittling their mighty religion. Ya know what, thats what all religious people say when someone comes and claims that another religion is correct, although these days Christians at least use fewer torture chambers and mass executions to make our points known And I know the argument defending the; for want of a more politically-correct term; MASS MURDERS COMMITTED BY THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH here too: "we furthered our own understanding of our religion, and as we did we removed the elements of it that were wrong" (waging war on Islam- a la the Crusades, mass torturings- a la the Spanish inquisition, mass ridicule of all quests for actual knowledge instead of guessing (wrongly) all the laws behind the physical world- a la almost all opposition to science before Darwin got it right about human history) and you know what? It sickens me. It sickens me how Christianity has the sheer brazen *fruitcage* ing cahonas to tell people that "ooh, we were wrong about something, but its okay because we're right about everything again now, honest. No, its not like last time, we've got it right now. Honest. TRUST us" Biggest load of bo****ks? When Christianity realised that they couldn't make people believe in the Old Testament, they just DENIED IT. The whole *fruitcage*-ing thing. Christianity now basically denies the Old Testament, instead saying that it is a useful teaching aid to get people to understand the message of God. But of course the New Testament is true, because, well, without it there is no Christian religion. Of course the New testament is true, after all, its nothing like the Old one now, is it? Its New. I think Christianity is on VERY thin ground, myself. Now the real way that religions wotk, as I first mentioned, is this: They scare you by playing on your fear of death, your fear of life, your fear of the unknown, and your fear of suffering by inventing rules that will apparently grant you the answers to the questions, and the means with which to avoid all unpleasantness. Coincidentally these rules combat most of your biological drives. Actually its no coincidence: - this is the way and the reason that religions actually work. Listen very carefully: You are told that one way to avoid eternal hellfire and suffering (hellfire and suffering that you didn't even KNOW about until you were told by Christianity that they were a problem, hmm, funny that, another "coincidence" perhaps.... ) is to obey a law against adultery, for example. Fair enough, treat others as you would wish to be treated (I didn't say ALL the bible's teachings are useless, this on is a good guideline for living life. Because it is a good guideline it is something that lends plausibility to Christianity, but also actually betrays its true identity as a masquerade; a false God in itself that is designed to appear plausible in enough ways to make you accept the implausible without question). But most religions go so far as to make even THINKING about the other sex (apart from your wife/husband: relationships permitting but only those sanctified by god, of course ) as bad as going around having sex with everyone in sight!! Wow, talk about a catch-all clause. In this case Human Beings would not even exist if were not for `adultery` in the eyes of the Commandments, not having the wish to go and have sex would make us totally redundant as a species. Men are designed to be adulterous!!! We are genetically disposed to inseminate many women so that we have a good chance of fathering enough progeny to survive ourselves through familial support and achieve the only kind of `everlasting life` that is actually feasible by continuing our bloodline - religion goes against the one single thing that we CAN worship as the true creator of our world: our sex drives. Sex is better than God, for without it you really would not exist. Now this commandment makes Christians very tense, very conflicted, very bound up in an internal struggle and THEN your bible tells you that to follow its teachings and restrain yourself from committing `adultery` will give you salvation. With so much of your willpower and thoughts devoted to fighting this internal drive that made you what you are today (literally) you will be far more easy to convince of many other spurious beliefs and ideas that also only serve to further indoctrinate you into believing what is, at the end of the day, a story. A good story. But simply a story, nonetheless. - In specific reply to the guy who asked me to look at that website: Religions lead their followers, followers follow their leaders. Seems to me the place to be is as one of the leaders, I guess thats what the website you mentioned wants you to think too: spread the word, entice others into Christianity - TAKE SOME OF THE POWER FOR YOURSELF. No wonder it is appealing. I fully understand what the bible can teach and that the morals are helpful, and that if everyone obeyed them then the world would be a far, far better place. That doesn't make it any less wrong, however. What I find most offensive about all religions is that they have the sheer bloody arrogance to tell people that they KnOW HOW THE WORLD GOT HERE. That they KNOW THERE IS A GOD. That they have the cheek, the goddamned *fruitcage* ing AUDACITY to tell me that what THEY have `worked out` (read: heard from some guy with a bigger beard and trendier sandals) what is correct when answering the most important questions human beings have ever contemplated! Without giving anyone time to think of their own answers! The bloody nerve!! I will never listen to the opinion of someone who tells anyone what to think - especially about the Big Questions -; organised religion is like a organised crime or a dictatorship in this respect, no matter how benevolent the actual content of this opinion. I haven't forgotten how lavish the Vatican is, and I haven't forgotten how much money all churches around the world take from their servants every week. I know that you (the guy who PM'ed me) don't believe in this practice, but any religion commanding hundreds of millions of people who do believe in that AND DON'T *fruitcage* ING TELL THEM THEY DON'T HAVE TO is basically as evil an institution as the IRS, or the stalking through the accounts of your dead relatives & claiming their pound of flesh at every turn; as evil as the Mafia enforcing their `protection` rackets; as heinous as Nestle and their powdered baby milk scam throughout Africa: parishioners across the planet are like the helpless children in Africa, the beaten-up shopkeepers and business people, and the bereaved and burgled next-of-kin standing beside whatever they hold dear as it is gradually replaced with fear, poverty, helplessness or all three. What annoys me more than anything, of course, is that without organised religions there would be so few nightmares and terrors and hellish spectres in the minds of the average person. The night was just an abscence of darkness, until religion peopled it with the guilt-driven demons of judgement. **In specific reply to the guy that sponsored this question** I know you will think that many of these points do not affect you because you believe only in what you want from the bible, but you are doing the exact same thing that you accuse others of doing in taking the parts that YOU feel are right and are simply IGNORING THE INCONVENIENT ONES.
  8. Now I was gonna be really clever and annoying and mention this song about 3 weeks ago when I first heard about it, but now I can't pre-empt the release and you'll just have to believe me when I say I know the guy behind it, or rather, his daughter. So this guy sat down one day and thought "We need a World Cup song, it'll make some money and be a good little chant for the fans - this promising jingle came in from a club owner the other week we could use that, hold on a mo' while I just call Frank Bruno Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters to help me record it, and then we'll be all set... Now most people can't just get on the blower and do that, but apparently Mr XXXXXX can 'coz he's a millionairre entrepreneur and property tycoon, so he did. And this is what they made: http://www.whodoyouthink.com/video.php The animation looks suspiciously like Rob Manuel et all over at B3ta.com did it, dunno if that's the case or not but the official site for the song and the whole shebang is right here: http://www.tonedefallstarsuk.com/ Its amazing how you can make a whole merchandising machine and website about a simple song isn't it? Look, its even on sale at Amazon already, and has quite a hefty writeup. I guess that's why he's a millionairre and I'm not (yet). This is yet another facet of this thundering juggernaut of commercialism, and I'm proud to have taken part On the other plus side its gonna raise money for the Cancer Research UK, and will prove another wonderful reminder of how we kicked Germanys *albartroth* in WWII..... Yes, so its a little politically incorrect, but hey. I'm sick to the back teeth with PC nonsense trying to make the whole world out of cotton wool; what good is it when all the laws make the world as safe as it can be, then when people go and break them its such a shock to the system you can't even function normally afterwards? Nope, knocks and scrapes and bad times make for happy people in the long run, far more so than being mollycoddled to the point of insanity. But anyway; go check it out, and don't consider it to be inappropriate unless you really believe this only happens over here
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    War on Freedom

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/08/323417.shtml Boy am I glad I don't party over there... As it happens this is common in all heavily populated areas, and the degree of police terror and force grows exponentially as the size of the population base increases. Why terror tactics and highly unnecessary force like this is used on private property at legal gatherings in the middle of a garden state like Utah may be explained by the entries below, commenting on the various alledged factors. What cannot be denied is the horrifically illegal manner in which people we pay to protect us through our taxes commit crimes of abuse against us because we happen to be in a place that they cannot evaluate properly as acceptable and legal to be in. It happens every time a large protest goes on in any major city, and the root cause of it as far as I can see makes it very tricky to establish which is proper and which is improper in terms of popular gatherings: in the past the police have been brutally attacked in protests. The discrepancy lies in the nature of those previous attacks and when you are breaking up a National Front *spits* rally then you are well-advised to come in riot gear and bring all the tear gas you can carry, but in breaking up a bunch of clubbers, in the middle of the night (regardless of the fact that it was wholly illegal) you hardly need to bring any kind of offensive weaponry at all. - This is something close to my heart as the events described in that article mirror dozens of events I have been to, although very few have ever been broken up by the law and none have actually been invaded by the military But I know many people who hold such parties/raves/gatherings/festivals so dear to their hearts that they would stand up to a man with a gun and proclaim their right to be there. Most of the promoters and organisers that I know or have met would do so in an instant because the success of their enterprise (the whole *fruitcage* ing point why they would spend £10,000 + for a single evening/night's entertainment) relies on the fact that it is LEGAL and PROPERLY ORGANISED. If I was the promoter I bloody well would too. - Its a hell of a sad state when a legal party, on private land, full of bleary, loved-up hippies who are so incredibly far removed from violence in their own minds that they "dislike being called pacifists because it contains the word `fist`", has to be tear-gassed in order to make the people in power feel safe that the youth of today are not being allowed to be thinking for themselves, and, perish the thought, doing what they decide to do independent of the whims of conservative sensibilities. Now, I'm normally against a lot of drippy hippy protests because they often argue against the common good; such as vivisection research that cures fatal human illnesses; but protests against the war in Iraq are perfectly valid and need not have been disrupted violently by state forces as they have been in many countries in the last few years. Its where one of the lovely Palpatine quotes comes in (no, not "you must learn to take...a wider view of the force... ) but the one that says "all that have power are afraid to lose it". So true, but resorting to illegal terror tactics using armed soldiers on legal, innocent partygoers really is taking things waaaaay too far. What kind of threat were these people for Chrissakes??? They are the generation of the future and they have every right to build it however they bloody well choose. [/soapbox].
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    Author-ity.

    Whooo! Them server problems are kinda tricky aren't they? In a strange way its been pleasant though; Arnie's not being accessible much of the time does relieve me of some of this responsibility I now feel towards writing stuff up, but I'm probably only doing it for reasons of self-gratification anyway Its most weird that, in the times in the past week when the site has been working, that my e-mail `topic subscription reply notifications` have totally failed to materialise even though the topics have been replied to though.... I was just about to go through all the forums hunting down replies to see if anyone has asked or answered me anything but, wouldn't you know, weird SQL error time, once again It'll all be so bleedin' shiny & glorious when its fixed we'll be glad of the delays, I'm sure - It has been suggested that I write something slightly more professional (more professional, that is, than a role call of toy guns and a recall of drunken rampages) and submit it to the appropriate publishing agent/house/evil overlord etc. but these things are often suggested by parents in order to fulfill wishes not necessarily those of their children; suffice to say, my old man has always harboured a vague desire to play scribe to the masses for suitable kickbacks, probably in the form of public adoration. You never know, however, and I will do something for someone at some point. On the unlikely chance I ever became of some repute for this sort of thing then, for example, and simply for the sake of argument, if it came to famous national daily newspapers then you couldn't get me to write suitable content for the Daily Mail - not even for a stack of Kar98s and P-08s that high and almost certainly not the Guardian either lest I lose too much precious life-blood through mjy increasingly porous heart The point being that its hard to pick your paper, or indeed your publication of any kind, and its hard enough just working out your own personal politics on many issues anyway (I was most certainly not one of those idiots who, after a mere few months at college at the age of 16-17, and having first heard about the whole model of political affiliation only a few weeks beforehand, decided on a political affiliation for life and attempted to gain some esoteric maturity and apparent social validity by acting like the people we all like the least and are constantly blamed and shamed in the press: i.e. politicians. No, I was far too busy not attending classes and getting wasted in various pubs and parks around and about the local town which is, of course, the real purpose of turning up to college every day for 2 years ). Thats politics out the window, then. Its either computer gaming (a viciously competitive field nowadays, and I'll be the first to admit I am no hardcore gamer any more) or its something I can simply commentate on, which leaves it open but increasinly fragile as I have little real basis to do so - except as an average person. Then again, perhaps there is all too little of the average man's (or woman's) viewpoint out there, I could start a revolution.... So when I finally do choose something sensible I'll let you know
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    Grave Robber

    If anyone else has wondered if the new Tomb Raider: Legends game is any good, then read ye on, for I have acquired it simply out of curiosity because as far as I'm concerned the original was the best and most involving game of its day. I don't do RPGs and never have done, but for adventure and exploration there was none finer than Ms Croft and `the twins`…. I'm talking about her matched pistols, of course. You filthy-minded sods; get your head out of the gutter From the styling of Lara's slightly-too-large-to-be-plausible-for-an-adventuress-wearing-that-tight-a-shirt bosom, to her not-quite-perfectly-sculpted-but nonetheless-very-obviously-attractive-for-a-game-character facial features, through the mysterious atmosphere of the Croft Manor bonus area and the clearly interesting characters, although still reserved in terms of actual background detail, its easy to see how the teams at Crystal Dynamics and Eidos have mimicked the successful elements of the original Tomb Raider with the hope of achieving the same glory. To this end they have "tried and failed – the secret to life is to never try." (Thanks, Homer Now I have to say here that I've played only a portion of the game but if its gonna succeed like the original did then I should be picking up my jaw from the deck after about 10 minutes and wondering if I make regular donations to the design team out of a pious adoration for their work, this far in I would have expected to be stunned. Which I am, regrettably, not. What they have failed to do in my eyes, and so far this game is a very enjoyable failure, was to maintain the awesome atmosphere of intrigue and interest in the characters and their stories, and that along with any other faults the game may have was largely avoidable; although it still deserves to be a commercial, if not an artistic success. All things that detract from the little piece of gaming genius that this could have been, in the spirit of the original, are related to the loss of concern and genuine feelings of involvement with the story, the settings, the people. And that simply needn't have happened and could have been avoided; all apart from the obvious factor which they cannot reproduce which is coming out of left-field with huge game sporting a revolutionary camera perspective and a totally new (for 3D, anyway) method of exploration, for which they can hardly be held accountable. No, the only underlying fault with this game is the presentation and focus of the game's appeal and marketability, and the net has, once again, been cast too wide for serious or at least vaguely intelligent/cynical gamers. A simple demonstration of this is that fact that the game now sports the films graphic title. So the films set the style now, huh? And despite it being a good game to play (yes, it IS still a very good game, but as a descendant of a great King it is at best a Knave, and at worst the illegitimate child of a poor relative) there are obvious signs that this game is marketed to children, and not particularly inspired or imaginative ones at that. There are so many signs; from the babyish method of control for the motorbikes that no adult can grasp with their clunky, chunky reflexes, to the mothering inclusion of extra gadgets that, yes, while `enhancing gameplay` and providing more methods of puzzle solving, the puzzles can still only be solved in one way and these gimmicks were simply not necessary in the first game. The `PLS` is the prime example, a Personal Light Source that recharges and lasts for freaking ever anyway. So much for the tactical use of flares, then. Also the whole pause menu is simplified and lacking in the rather excellent graphics of each item that were clearly so lovingly created, now instead there is a PDA-type interface (its actually called a PDA in the manual) that is surely more modern-kid-friendly than old-fashioned rendered models of items to be lovingly perused at one's leisure, and the same excellent models of all the lovely looking guns are conspicuous because of their absence. Basically this game lacks soul, because it feels waaaay too calculated. I mean there are so many clichés in there now its almost painful. There are support characters basically identical to Chris Barrie's in the Tomb Raider films (Rimmer?? Gordon?? WTF are you doing off the Red Dwarf??? Either get your *albartroth* back there or get back inside that leisure centre and keep the hell away from Angelina!!!?! ) And these two main support characters back at base sport generic, staid and wince-inducing characteristics, clearly and obviously straight from the producer's Big Book Of Marketing Essentials – lets tick the boxes as we go now, guys: One is black, One is white, One is a geek, One is a cool, hip, on-the-button dude, One is a computer genius, The other an archaeology student One is quiet and reserved One is loud and flambuoyant One is English One is American One will probably betray you in the final level The other will either die tragically or be kidnapped Etc. etc. ad nauseatum nauseatus freakus maximumus. But of course…. You can just see it coming, can't you? Yes it all fits, yes they are likely to be the kind of people she would have at base if this was a Hollywood movie and given that Lara is a sort of superhero adventurer, but the point is that she isn't a superhero - she's a loner! She is meant to be on her own against the evil and ancient contraptions of past empires! She shouldn't be getting a bloody readout from a professor of Not Getting Killed Untimely Studies while fighting People Likely To Kill Adventurers In An Untimely Fashion, and she should not, I repeat, should not happen to be hacking into a certain computer network or somesuch with the computer genius who programmed that exact network at the other end of a radio!! Ya see what I mean? Okay those scenarios haven't actually happened (yet) but it feels like they are just around the corner. The romance is lost, and it's hard to feel any sense of danger at times, although the actual game is excellent. The problem is though that almost every expensive (to make) game is excellent to play these days, and I enjoyed the glories of Tomb Raiders past because of the atmosphere, not the slickness of operation that frames the characters. Far from that, in fact. Pretty much the direct opposite, in fact. Then again, the operation really is bloody slick. Lara's moves are flawless, the climbing animation (always a tricky bugger to get right) is frankly astonishing, the physics and body model (yeah I know, uh huh huh huh) is anatomically perfect and it looks real, too easy, but real nonetheless. The swan dives and rolls and the gymnastic flips and bounces are excellent as well, I hope they don't become overplayed or unnecessarily accentuated or overused in-game later on as it is really great to trot along a corridor and, for no good reason other than it looks the very epitome of badass, to do a series of tumbling flips that ends in a double somersault with full 360 degree rotation in mid-air. It's just cool. I mean I am being critical here because I wanted this game to be incredible, I really did. All I wanted was a bunch of mysterious locations, cool traps, crazy puzzles and terrifying encounters with dangerous animals that I would have to utterly destroy in order to proceed. Y'know, the usual list. So far I have a death count of 1 leopard and about 15 humans. Humans?? In the first 3 levels of a Tomb Raider game? Where are the freakin' crocodiles??? Despite the lack so far of any ancient reptiles to slaughter I have to admit this game, despite its marketing hideousness, does have some of the appeal of the originals, but a perfect example of WHY it is failing in the most important areas is shown in the early flashback mini-level where you are placed in a key scenario to the Legends plotline, and are even given the same swimming-cossie/short-shorts combo from the very first game (the one that looks oh-so suspiciously like Lara is wearing a thong) that surely set pre-pubescent hearts aflame all those years ago You're even given a retro tool – the flares that were a part of that original and best instalment – and retro controls, almost. You don't have any guns, nor the PLS. Incidentally I have to mention here that the other TR games after the 1 st one all sucked as well in terms of mystique and intrigue; what little of them I could bear to play in any case. The amply demonstrated event here is where, having been nicely built up and mildly worried by the atmospherics and the disappearing buddies and corpses thereof left scattered about some weird ancient catacomb, the game presents a perfectly good tentacled shadow-creature/fiery-demon-b*st*rd for you, and having just killed all your buddies he/she/it then turns its fiery be-tentacled attention towards you and the ensuing chase sequence is played out almost in a short series of `see on-screen cue and press corresponding button` obstacle jumps as if you were suddenly thrown into a game of Parappa the F**king Deformed 2D dog C*** B*st*rd Rappa, and that, folks, is simply not on. Not on at all. The funny thing is it doesn't actually ask you to do that, you have the normal, limited, control of Lara like the rest of the level, but the camera shifts into the monster/demon's POV and you simply have to hold down forward and jump when an icon appears on-screen in the shape of Lara jumping. It makes you feel like a simpleton and with the oppourtunity for great evil deeds and nasty beasties being wasted in plain sight too, it's just a shame. But again, I have to realise that I am being so critical because I simply adored the mystery of the original – if anyone else remembers the insanity that was St. Francis Folly and how you were at the top of the tallest truly interactive game environment even seen at the time to start with, and you worked your way down by degrees, and that mad bloody Frenchman appeared halfway down to sh*t you up and almost make you fall! Rapture! Ahhh, yeahIdidn'tgetoutmuchinthemdays. What is lost is the sense of mystery and wonder; a good game where a great one should have stood. I'll alter my opinion if it can indeed be altered once I've completed it, and again, this is good. Really good. Just not good enough
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    Appealing, huh...?

    How tricky it is to write these blog thingies, I wish people would at least gimme some feedback here! This is just a quick note to say: please appreciate the effort that goes into writing entries here; most of my posts are the best part of 1000 words and that’s a fair bit of typing, proofing, editing etc. I do this purely for the fame of course (oh fame! Rapture!) but, actually in truth, mostly so some o’ youse guys has sumthin’ to read from a fellow airsoftaholic when you get into work in the mornings perhaps, and hey, mebbe you even like it once in a while. Mebbe you don’t, but either way can ya’ll please get a bit vocal about it and say what you think, or say something about it, or gimme a little story or something – anything! It gets a bit lonely here at Hippy Towers ya see, and I could do with the company So whatever you think please make it public, consider it as a favour returned, perhaps. Even if you think this is an entirely self-absorbed and pointless post; just say so!! * weeps in bitter solitude*
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    I rest my freakin' case

    http://newsbox.msn.co.uk/article.aspx?as=a...ae=windows-1252 How valuable is the life of a guinea pig? Really? Would anyone here actually choose, for example, to put untested chemicals into the eyes of one of their friends in preference to the eyes of a Guinea pig? To hear squeaks of pain, or the screams of that voice you know and care about as it writhes in agony and fear; a fear that the dumb Guinea pig simply could not comprehend, and is not even capable of? Which is fairer? Which is more just? Would anyone here rather give totally new and untested; potentially beneficial, but also potentially lethal, chemicals to their family instead of checking it out on a load of guinea pigs first? Could you pass the syringe to the doctor and watch your children being injected with unknown, untested material? Would anyone rather look into the puffy, bleeding eyes of their brother as he lay dying in the terminall illness ward of your hospital, knowing that in his place there could just have easily been have been a dozen unknowing, puffy-eyed Guinea pigs dying, instead of him? I didn't *fruitcage* ing think so. Now how would these campaigners like it if a counter-group went around digging up their dead relatives and fire-bombing their houses and destroying their livelihoods to make them stop tormenting these people who are actually doing this all for the good of mankind?!? Business is business, for the farmers, perhaps, but those animals are being used only in place of humans, and this is work that needs doing to save lives! This is medical testing for Pete's sake, those Guinea pigs die to save human lives. No matter how cute the animal, a human life is worth more - End. Of. Discussion. If there is one group of people I truly, truly hate its militant hippies who act like Nazis but claim to be doing the right thing. The right thing in their case would be a padded cell where they can't poison anyone else with their hypocrisy. [/rhetoric] *ahem* Sorry about that, folks. I just read the article and got a little `fired up` right there.
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    Behind the Scenes.

    There is a dark side to all things, although in the realm of the rich & famous it is often never even hinted upon. In the lives of even the most famous and seemingly fantastically blessed or gifted actors there is often an underlying tone of despair or depression- Marilyn Monroe was a painkiller junkie David Niven's first wife died in a tragic game of hide & seek Elvis was a burgerholic trigger-happy junkie The Kennedies have had a few pratfalls, here and there... Catherine Zeta-Jones married Michael Douglas the list goes on. But in the darkest corners of rural Hampshire over 25 years ago there was a yet darker tale to be told; The Fate Of The Farley's Rusks Baby! Then, around 1980 or thereabouts, he was a bright bonny boy by the name of Danny*, he won a `beautiful baby` competition at the age of 2 in the best traditions of mothers who know their own social lives are essentially now over everywhere, and was, and continued to be until the mid-'90s, the face on packets of Farley's Rusks; that ubiquitous no-brainer toddler munch that still delights our nation's sprogs (and some teenagers too, amazingly) even now. From beginnings such as these this blessed little child should surely rise like bread.... .....and now, the man who was once the epitome of clean-cut, wholesome living and decent family values lives in a caravan on the Isle of Wight and is building a house out of used car tyres. This cutesy, household face now contains more piercings than a New York stabbing victim and has about the same level of concern for anything mainstream or family-orientated. This is the face that has consumed amounts of narcotics on a par with Keith Richards. This is my mate Dan*. Its just funny how things change isn't it? I mean he has had his fair share of tragedy as well, what with his Mother dying of cancer when he was 16 then his exceedingly rich father disowning him and kicking him into the street (literally) 2 years later, and then the wholesale abuse of various illegal substances that left him in an institution for the mentally ill for 6 months (a short amount of time, considering), but still he's a hippy through-and-through and he still seems to smile like the baby of the Rusks packets. You can never tell where the world may lead any given life, but seeing as our pensioner (my colleague at work Harry, the 78 year-old Saints fanatic) came in and directed me to this page, where the kid on the right holding the football is his grandson, I am left wondering how and why life might happen to this kid in all its strange and unpredictable ways. When he came in and showed me today, and proud though he must obviously be, Harry being Harry he said this morning that "that little b*st*rd earned more in one week than I earned in my first 3 months of working when I left school!". Harry and his family have an almost legendary policy of taking the p*ss out of each other - the standard comment from any of his sons when they call us at work is "is the fat man there? Oh, he's not dead yet then?" All I can hope is that this nipper's life turns out easier and sweeter than Danny's, and that he can reach some level of contented happiness when he is Dan's age now without any of the disasters and dilemmas that can so easily dominate the course of someone's life. Best of British to you m'lad *names changed to protect the innocent. Well, mostly innocent.
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    Century!

    Holy ###### I made it to 100! Well isn't that nice. Taking a break from all things airsoft as I have been these last few days then I've not pondered much on the blog, but there are a couple of things I'm still gonna eulogise about. What, you didn't think you were getting away without a rant, did you?? Saw V for Vendetta myself last night, (**SPOILERS COMING**) and I did rather like it. The faked torture of Natalie Portman was oh-so predictable, but still cool to see her head getting shaved while crying for her life; there's a certain voyeuristic slickness and oily fascination to that for some reason, or maybe I'm just a bad, sick man Round of applause for Stephen Fry for a thoroughly charming performance, shame he's a bit of a hopeless celebrity in real life, at least according to a good friend of mine who sat next to him unawares in a sushi bar the other week; unaware that is until Mr. Fry's new-media groupies all started kissing his *albartroth* hugely while he lapped it up and goaded them into further praise; but hey. Its only to be expected I suppose. He's still one of the few true wits left in the world, even if he is acutely aware of this himself Overall the plot is cool enough, bizarre enough and original (as best as can be original of course) enough to be intriguing throughout, but only because you know its based on a comic. Besides thats its a silly fantasy, but all comic work is silly fantasy, really, which is not a bad thing at all. In terms of modern cinema however, as a standalone film, it is almost disney-esque fantasy. Set in 1984 of course The only other things that stand out are: The Final Fight scene - totally gratuitous and unnecessary, cool, yes, very cool in fact, but soooooooo predictable its untrue. "Every hollywood action film must have a final showdown between the main goodie and baddie 6 - 10 minutes before the end credits" - I mean for f**ks sake, can we please get away from this formula once in a while???!! Ahem. I think you see my point. One other `little` thing that irks me that again reinforces the hippy-*albartroth* w*nky liberal toss that pervades our culture - the connotation in this film, told through the history of the dictatorial figurehead of V's society, that anything bad, politically speaking, stems from a conservative viewpoint. I am fed up with this diatribe, I really am. Every form of media nowadays seems to overlook the communist connotations behind excessive liberalness, but if you suggest for one second that you might like to preserve the good things that we already have, no matter how considerate you truly mean this worthwhile idea to be maintained, then you are branded as some kind of wannabe fascist. Someone had to point out that this is what the BBC does the whole time anyway (I don't watch TV, for this very reason, in fact) and, now, I'm probably going to have to explain at great length why liberal ideas are largely a bunch of hypocritical bullsh*t. Every time I meet an espouser of unconscienscious pinkoism. Right into their faces. At high volume. Oh and yeah, regardless of political or narrative concerns `V` is now the coolest film of this year so far just for getting the most gratuitous use of the word `c*nt` ever into a 15-rated film Worth the price of admission alone. Shame about all the b*llocks - Other than that, in the realm of airsoft, we are currently undergoing the attempt to retrieve my latest delivery package from customs. I sent a letter off yesterday with all the relevant documents in, and paid £3.85 for the privilege of getting it there the next day. Nearly 4 bloody quid for what should be a first class service, this was the only way they told me it is `guaranteed` to get there I think I might just give all my future mail to my mates who are sales reps who travel all round the country: bung them £20 each to go out of their way and ensure it actually gets there! I begrudge Royal Fail their fees because of the blind f**king cheek that they steal, lose or otherwise c*ck-up over a million mail deliveries per year, and would rather pay 5 X more to someone I actually trust - And I notice that Hardcore's blog is the first to be subject to a vote, receiving a mighty 4.3 out of 5 already - fair play girl, seems your as popular as ever! I'm almost surprised that these things hadn't been started before, almost, but not quite. Wonder what I'll end up getting All I can say is: "Meh."
  16. Someone sent me this this morning, I am practically in love with these guys, whoever they are. Gods bless their little pinko hearts. WARNING! Engage humour and disengage any political sensibilities now, especially if you are one of the who believe `people are basically good` i.e. that communism would work if no-one abused it http://www.etext.org/Politics/MIM/bookstor...ftheoldrep.html Thats Knights of the Old Republic from the neo-communist viewpoint. I rofl'ed, I can tell you
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    Peter Osgood.

    `Man dies at Funeral` - some might say thats not too far from being unusual but thinking about it, some might say that it is actually rather odd. But I guess these things do have to happen from time to time. Odder still is the person who sadly died yesterday, the Chelsea, Southampton and England footballer Peter Osgood, famous in the late 60's and 70's for being almost at the top of the game, but mostly for portraying the `King's Road` image of classic English football. A rather good obituary has been published by the Guardian here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml.../ixnewstop.html I normally wouldn't really care that much about football or, especially, footballers, but Osgood was a bit of a character and was in fact a friend of our resident pensioner and life-long Saint's fan (the poor sod ) and his son conducts the main shows on The Saint, the Southampton FC radio station, and does various other bits of commentary for this that and the other, so our pensioner/scapegoat/buyer here at work (Harry) gets box seats at all the games, something he is unbelievably smug about. He's also been a friend to players and managers alike since the 60's when Osgood was at the peak of his performance and was deeply shocked upon hearing of Osgood's death, especially because he was out celebrating both of their birthdays (Osgood's 59th, our Harry's 77th) on Monday night and they were due to go to a charity gala next week. Funny what comes around the corner eh? But as the Guardian expertly puts it, it was the kind of way Peter Osgood would have appreciated going, in its own strange way. R.I.P.
  18. Hmmmm..... Right. This is a convoluted way of getting around to my main point, but it neatly illustrates how silly and convoluted things can get, unnecessarily, too. I'm going to the rather swanky and exclusive Roof Gardens nightclub/restaurant in Kensington in a few weeks (guest-list only darling, didn't you know? *looks down nose*) and although getting on the guest list might prove to be a bit of a mission, I didn't exactly expect viewing the freakin' website to be one as well. The charade starts with the rather charming, and undoubtedly (hopefully) efficacious 360-degree panorama gimmick that the page linked above directs you to - and I hope that it may be so effective because I've arranged one on our company website as well, although it is a far less exclusive environment: we'll take your money no matter how you are dressed (click the bottom-most button on the nav-bar, marked `virtual`, if you really want to see our yards). From this innocuous point we realise that the old man's PC, at which I am currently operating, does not, in fact, have Quick Time installed. Attempting to install quicktime from the ubiquitous `activeX control` bar that drops down below the toolbars in Windows XP leads only to a disappointing series of attempts, reattempts, failures and subsequent keyboard-thrashings. The consumption of much beer hasn't exactly improved my reaction to these things of course, but still it is frustrating for even the sober among us, I am sure. Then I get to manually install QuickTime as you naturally would, and after looking in all the usual haunts (ZDNet.com, Cnet.com, download.com etc.) for a hassle-free download (ha!) I find that Apple has caught every download site worth mentioning in some mirror-free licensing trap, and all the damn downloads go through the official Apple Quicktime download page. Go on, try and get it with no strings attached. I dare you. The bloody thing tries to bloody install bloody iTunes, and I tell you what; iF*ckng don't want it. This rather wonderful blogger both sums it up best and saves my stressed out e-Bacon as well, as he has found the (fairly obvious, but really rather innapropriate in that it is even necessary) backdoor to the standalone download, and has also suitably chastised Apple in his nicely prominent tech industry blog for this underhanded and thoroughly consumer-unfriendly practice. `Bad Apple, dirty Apple, in-your-bed!!!`- as Harry Hill might once have said. If anyone wants a stress-free, iTunes-free, bullsh*it-free new copy of Apple's latest Quicktime player then simply go here. There, that wasn't so hard now, was it? Well maybe not. But it shouldn't have been presented to us in this way in the first place, and given the general lack of tech-savvy that an awful lot of 'net users possess these days (consider the increasing bulk of older, non-'net-savvy users there are now) this is an unfair and totally innapropriate marketing strategy. Shame on you, Apple, massive acid-heads that you probably all are .
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    King of the Jungle

    Tarzan, King Kong, Jim Carrey and the Amazon river can all take second prize on this one, because the true king of the jungle is Mr. Raymond Mears, of North Devon. Ray's shows are great, he may be a trifle out of tune with latest developments in popular culture and the normal stream of media-filtered horsesh*t we receive from every channel and every station at every opportunity, but that's a good thing, surely? The thing that makes him king is that he cares in a totally unassuming way. He has to be about the least pretentious person imagineable as he gives out advice that from anyone else would seem patronising, even condescending. His trick is to tell you what's what about salmon fishing after you just watched him catching a salmon leaping up a waterfall in his hands, while dangling from a rope woven from the pubic hair of a Leopard or some suitably insane thing, and he will do so in such a mundane way. A mundane man doing insane things, and being not the least bit arrogant about it. I just realised that much watching him hike across the Antarctic, always busy and always learning more about survival in any environment; King of the Jungle indeed (and Ice Floe, and Desert, and Moor, and ......) Other things I learned this weekend: 1 - Colds don't take hints. 2 - There is not a tree on this Earth that can withstand the lumberjackerly intentions of a suburban mother armed with a spade. 3 - I may actually be good at something else (that makes it three things now, then ) as my technical project is taking shape nicely and even looks far from a disaster as I would have predicted, it actually looks like it might be good!!. But more on that tomorrow. Watch this space ...
  20. Woooo! another Desert War movie!! Its only a matter of time before we get the hollywoodised version of Bravo Two Zero: Instead of; "I don't know nuffin', I'm only a medic....." "Why are you doing this to us Andy, I'm trying to help you **THWACK!!** " It could be safely assumed to become "I'll never tell you anything, you goddamned person of middle-eastern ethnicity!" "Ah, but yesss you willll, after we kill your best friend and threaten your famillllly!!" "Noooooooo!!!" **THWACK THWACK THWACK THWACK CRUNCH!!** But anyway, I digress. Far removed from this stereotype of Hollywood action movies is the entity calling itself `Jarhead`. Jarhead is not a cool war movie in the vein of all other cool war movies, it is not an action movie, its a "bleeding-heart pinko movie and no amount of sniper rifles is gonna conceal that fact" (reproduced with the kind permission of Mr Jason S. ) The man's got a point, and quite a pointy point it is too as the whole film is a story of one man's harsh journey through trying times facing disappointment after disappointment and the ultimate final realisation that he ain't ever gonna forget it. Kind of familiar huh? I can't quite place the exact movie at the moment (probably because its not lifted from one, but from many different movie's plotlines) but although I did quite enjoy it on the whole its not much else besides an old tale wearing new boots. Then again there are only 7 stories in the world anyway, apparently \/ \/ *!Spoiler!* \/ \/ One thing I have to really thank it for though is that the lead character, played by Jake `Donnie Darko` Gyllenhaal, didn't actualy get any kills with his nice, shiny M40A1 sniper rifle anywhen in the whole film, and that fact coupled with my checking out the Sun Project M40 a couple of weeks ago means I am now not in need of that particular gun for The Collection It looked badass and the partially obscured scope look is very, very cool I think, but without any actual silver-screen battle glory my wallet is safe from further ravishing in that direction, at least. Thanks Jake. The website at least is excellent, however; one of those really nicely thought out (if slow loading, even on my monstrously powerful home PC) sites that lures you into thinking you know all about the film. I fell into that trap in a couple of respects, largely because it plays on the structure of Full Metal Jacket quite cunningly by leading you to imagine you know how the film is gonna be divided - roughly equally between the boot camp and actual combat like Kubrick's film is. Nonetheless I had got the pacing about right in my head and the division of segments was predictably `proceeding just as I have forseen it` Cunning and interesting the website still is though, one of the better film websites I've seen, actually. Check it out here: http://www.jarheadmovie.com/welcometothesuck.html There ya go for now, its not often I go to the cinema these days but it was necessary given what day it was yesterday. I just hope everyone still remembers next year
  21. Intolerant squaddies with IQs below 100? perhaps. Heres's my thought for them. Lets see if they can actually discuss it, or will they just dismiss it without addressing any of my points? I think we all know whats gonna happen Wonder why no-one wants to join the ranks of sub-par intelligence disrespectful thug squaddies anymore http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewto...start=2190.html And I said; "Ahhh yes, hello!! Chief `Walt` of Arniesairsoft.co.uk here, and damn proud of it. I had no idea you guys existed here until 20 minutes ago, but hey, we're all pleased your happy to risk your lives for your country and every single man woman and child among us, absolutely no pun or sarcasm intended, every civilian here honestly extends their deepest gratitude t you all You do what we (the ones of us who haven't or are not currently in active military service) cannot bring ourselves (or cannot allow ourselves) do, and we are more than happy that there are braver men and women than we, prepared to sacrifice the most sacred of all things in pursuit of the common good. I haven't read this thread, and to be honest I'm not much of a walt (according to your description LOL ) anyway seeing as I never wanted to join any actual army (too scared of that whole `death` thing, ya know?) but in all honesty, despite the respect I have for every serving soldeir in the world (whether I agree with their personal politics or not) you guys are hypocrites if your idealists, and far worse if you are not. You risk your lives through your career for the good of your counrty? Or just for the sake of a job? Or because you like the idea of killing foreigners? Or to serve some public trust? I don't get it, and I am well capable of `getting` a great many things. You'll have to trust me on that, but trust me. The outsider sees the most of the game, after all FYI I own many, many toy guns (70-something at last count), and I have no apprehensions that you may pour scorn on the fact they are toys because I would never want a real one. Never. I bought them solely to shoot my friends with them - I would hardly want to hurt my friends now, would I? I play games, and that's a recreational thing for me. You do your job, that's what you are paid for but then you have hobbies, I'm sure. The walts among our kind are hardly what you would call `rounded individuals` but then they have never ended a human life, never robbed a family of their father, or mother, or child. I'm not exactly proud of the fact that I make money from selling 2nd-hand building materials for a living, but I am proud that I have made a way in the world that allows me to never worry about commercial problems ever again. It has has made me quite comfortably rich and I can now afford a £500-a-week toy habit. Why are you proud of your jobs when you have - at times - a 5-human-lives-ended-a-week habit? I see a stark difference there, and although I am morally flexible in contemplating that difference it is hardly a moral high point for you guys to take when your defence revolves around your employment situation facilitating murder. Please tell me how you defend that position. Or just insult me and call me a wannabe, even though I have clearly stated I never-wanted-to-be "
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    Travellers: Gypsy Myths.

    I've put this in the media section because....well because its lonely in there right now And the only place most of you will have heard about them or have any information about them is from the media. Maybe the odd encounter, but most likely the media. Travellers (as they like to be called) are a mixed bag. The reason I know so much is that I have daily contact with many of them, and am quite close to many more. As far as I am concerned this is unfortunate, and you can leave a large part of your conceptions of travellers (that you probably got from watching Snatch) at the door. That is, the nice parts, mostly. Sorry if you like 'em but, although I do like a lot of things about them, they are not what I consider `good` people. Neither are they amazingly sensible, organised or intelligent - they have a lot of knowledge and experience exploiting those who do play by the rules, and that is why they will have outsmarted your granny who had her roof unnecessarily re-done, or had her driveway tarmac'ed with low-grade bitumen for 4-times the right price. Travellers are mostly conmen and thieves, there is no getting away from that fact - I have them in here several times a week boasting about their scams and thefts and if I knew I could report them without consequence I would stitch every last ba*tard of 'em right up with the law. But the boss married a traveller and one thing you may have learned from Snatch that is correct is that they are obsessively protective of their family. Do one of them over and their family will most likely either steal from you or destroy what is yours until they feel they have been avenged. Crude and misguided vengeance masquerading as some kind of righteousness. It is so quintessentially typical of them as a culture: what we have always believed is true, and it did our great-great-grandfathers well enough so it'll do for us too!! Insular and uneducated they are, most basically, a blight and a hindrance to modern society. A classic example, and the main point of this entry, is the boss Brother-in-law who had a hernia operation recently, and after less than 12 hours out of theatre he discharged himself - against the stern advice of the the surgeon and specialist. The reason? An old traveller proverb: "don't ever go to hospital, its full of sick people". How fcuking immature. They now largely avoid hospital because of news about the MRSA superbug, the latest and most potent in their misguided and antiquated folklorish ideas about real society - there's about half a dozen deaths due to that bug out of about 10 million patients annually, way-to-go ye English media: you scared so many people away that they now die in their beds at home, they aint got MRSA, just a series of fatal complications. Perfect The boss' brother in law had his operation wound rupture on Saturday, he has spent the last 5 days in bed getting a bag of blood the size of a party-pack coke bottle drawn off him every day and his goddamn nuts have swollen (with blood) to the size of softballs. Also, now, he has an infection with it as well; how terribly surprising! He lives in a filthy old mobile home!! He would of course have preferred this to being safely in hospital where they would most likely not have let it happen due to constant monitoring, or at least could treat it properly if it had occured. As it is, he hasn't physically moved since Saturday. All because of his crazy folklorish beliefs and lack of trust in any society that doesn't openly and publically advocate theft and exploitation of the weak for personal gain. I should feel sorry for him, but I find myself not giving a rat's *albartroth*
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    More Double Dealings....

    *gets on Soap Box* Anyone who has ever used a bittorrent client for downloading all those licensed and legal songs that are so readily & cheerfully released by the record labels (yes, both of them) knows all about this idea of `leeching`. I got my IP blocked from Azureus (note the lack of linky) a few days ago despite all my files having been allowed to run to a share ratio of at least 1:1, and in some cases as much as 5.5:1 or thereabouts - thats the fair measure to show you have uploaded as much as you've downloaded; share ratio of 1; I thought I was being fairly decent about these things... But, as someone has since told me that you have to actually leave all your downloads on permanently, slowing down your connection horribly and making it as matter of weeks, not days to download any decent sized file, I am puzzled and p*ssed off. I've had about 25GB from Azureus (absolutely no music, as a matter of fact, and incredibly no porn either except all that gun porn ) and with that much sitting on one's upload sheet it would take a week or 3 to get another 500MB file!! But all these regular people on there keep banging on about `leeching`, and they still seem to get their downloads within a day or two Of course, unbeknownst to me until yesterday, the practice that is ..... practised (`perpetrated` is probably a bit extravagant for this modest sentence ) by the staggering majority of users is uploading a huge string of tiny, crappy text files that no-one wants, take no time and space even if someone accidentally does find themselves in need of a 1-page notepad file detailing someone's bowel movements, yet also keeps that users share ratio ludicrously high over time and makes the client believe them to be a genuine user. 50 tiny text files always kept on the burner and the real ones taken down as soon as they're downloaded Goddamn hypocrits! "Leeching" - b*tch, please. Bunch of silly-*albartroth* little kiddies with grotesquely inflated e-Egos and the total lack of any decency and respect for their community why back in my day we used to respect the needs and wishes of other folk and we wouldn't dream of cheating wouldn't dream of it no indeed no now what these young whippersnappers today really need is a lesson in manners and... *steps down from Soap Box* I see it as yet another way in which silly hypocritical users ruin the very community that they benefit from so much, while at the same time claiming to be doing the opposite. Stitch you up with the left hand and spank you for accidently doing the same with the other.
  24. Well, it certainly would provide me some good few hours of entertainment; marching through West Quay shopping centre blowing up all the virtual `Claire's Accesories`-style boutiques, wasting hundreds of digitally recreated So'ton chavs, and finally obliterating that goddamned misery-peddling McDonalds on the top floor. Not ever going to happen, sadly, yet despite this apparent rage towards humanity I would only ever take pleasure in doing it `pretend`; in a simulated computer generated environment. The style and inherant substance that goes with Rockstar's fabled Grand Theft Auto series would make it all the sweeter of course, but the realism that series of gaming genius brings is the kind of realism we all fantasise about....... Which is kinda the whole point, and one that a lot of people seem to have missed because the media organisations of the world are realising, once again, that the truth is not always the most profitable thing for them. True? Well read this and decide for yourself: http://gr.bolt.com/oldsite/articles/violence/violence.htm Thanks to Prometheus entry I am spurred on to make as many people as possible see this article and formulate their own opinion of these simple investigations. Despite the author playing down the conspiracy theory claims - and he could be said to be just a leeettle bit biased - I am inclined to be skeptical towards his approach, but the facts do seem to be on his side and the theory is more than plausible, it's downright bloody likely. Personally I think he may be overstepping the mark slightly with the inferred idea that games are completely free from blame, and it can be argued (usually by Jack Thompson the anti-choice Miami lawyer who has recently pretty much destroyed his own career by going head to head with one of the most popular gaming websites in the world, and losing pitifully - further embarassing himself in the process by chasing police departments and district attorneys only to be dismissed and discredited by both - which is a thought to cheer the heart of gamers around the world) that violent games can provoke people to acts of violence. However. The people who are provoked into violence by a violent game will not go through their entire lives without encountering violence, in real life, in films, in music; all these are equally capable of provoking the same reactions and very likely a lethal instinct to hurt others - in short: violent people have something like a disease. They are abnormal by the majority of society's standards and they cannot control it themselves. People like that need treatment and a controlled environment, in the same way we quarantine a disease. But on the main point:- I think, and have long believed, that violent media and games especially deal with those pent-up stressed and enraging tendencies that are particularly felt in adolesence and all throughout puberty; those that can even make people almost unbelievably people angry at inanimate objects; and what better inanimate object than one that you know is not real, but looks a lot like something that is? It's an unattainable fantasy, and that fact is kept at the back of the mind while the main conscious brain has some fun kicking seven shades of shinola out of something that in the real world it would respect as much it would respect itself, if not in fact, in the case of many adolesents, even more so. The violence in videogames that is so readily embraced by kids and adults alike is one that we use as therapy: a representation of our selves is seen and felt and controlled so as to hammer out all the unfairness of life onto faceless, lifeless and above all UNREAL enemies; the actual acts of depravity we indulge in to relieve these furies in some small way deal with life's troubles, and are one's that we would never even dream of doing for real. We all need a stress release, especially kids and adolesents because although they don't know the true meaning of the word `stress` yet, we as adults have almost forgotten the meaning, and feeling, of the word `angst`.
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    Oh Dear.

    Quick mention to this article in the Times online that makes me really quite worried, and sad. The precedent for this was set by the Neo-Nazi organisations and the Ku Klux Klan. Oh dear, what is it going to take for politically-minded bigots to realise how much harm they're really doing
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