Friday, 20 January 2017

Short Shorts Redux The First

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The Idiots Are Winning

In some quarters there's a fast held belief that Trump will be the outsider to truly bring something new to politics. He will selflessly drain the swamp and wash away the taint of neo-liberalism as practised by Hillary and her ilk.

The father-made billionaire who has previously been happy to stiff contractors will now be the friend of the working man. Despite, you know, everything he actually said and did.

He has, of course, as expected, in line with everything known and reported about the man, surrounded himself with people as venal and incompetent as himself. Some candidates even have the added bonus of being ideologically incompatible with the roles they have been chosen for.

Trump hasn't brought anything new to politics, he's brought something very old. Although perhaps  the scale of all this self-regarding corruption is truly new.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Well Done, Mortal

Peter Molyneux may or may not be a pathological liar but this post-mortem of Populous is charming.

Say What?

This quote (“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” if the pic isn't there) seemed to be ever present on Facebook for me for a while. I think someone had put it on a T-shirt and the algorithms had decided that I would want something like that.

I'm not entirely sure, though, that he ever said it. Doing a search on Zappa + Parachute only ever brings up the quote but no actually source -- a song, book or interview -- it just hangs there and we have to assume he said it because a lot of sites have dutifully copied and pasted it from a lot of other sites and every so often it gets propagated by signature. To me it sounds like the sort of faux deep bullshit that Ol' Francesco would have lampooned in one of his songs and, anyway, it turns out that an earlier usage is from the 1936 film Charlie Chan at the Circus. So there's a part of me that likes to think that, if Zappa did ever say it, he was ironically quoting Chan.

My immediate thought when reading it, though, is to come up with counter examples or, well, one counter example.
A mind is like a parachute. If you need to use it you're probably fucked already.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

What Next?

The Digital Antiquarian's USP is writing long, well researched, articles about computer games, their making and their makers, from a relatively narrow time (late '70s to very early '90s) and mostly about a specific genre, adventure games (Interactive Fiction, if you really must and if you must I have a graphic novel just for you).

This means he covers companies like Infocom, Magnetic Scrolls and Level 9 as well as Lucasarts, Sierra and Cinemaware.

If any of the above makes any kind of sense to you then know that the site's articles are both thorough and fascinating. Jimmy Maher, the site owner and author of all the articles, also seems to have cultivated a loyal and engaged commentariat that provide encouragement and extra information as well as pointing out his mistakes (errors of fact or simple spelling mistakes) and keeping him honest.

The latest article is about the end of Magnetic Scrolls and the creation of their last game, Wonderland. A Time of Endings, Part 4: Magnetic Scrolls is as readable as anything there and worth a few minutes of your time.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Too Late, Too Late

The Truth About Turmeric (Curcumin) & It’s ‘Benefits’

So, I'd suddenly noticed Turmeric is now a "thing" (see below, possibly) as even Interspar were stocking fresh tumeric roots and the moment I do an article comes along to cast doubt on it's thingness.

I'll Have A Skinny, Artisanal, Raw-Milk, Gluten-Free, Sea-Water Dough Pizza, Please

Jay Rayner has a list in the Guardian of "Seven things in food to stay livid about in 2017".

It confirms to all of my biases, even if I think he's a little late to the "artisanal" rage. That and "curate" are sure signs that who ever uses them, outside of their more specific meanings, is a bellend.

I did like this bit too:
Which brings me to all those who point at clumsy, ill-written, pseudo-science as proof that their desperate, self-aggrandising food choices are better than yours; people who don’t know the difference between a causal link, correlation and sheer coincidence. They make me really, really angry.
Stuff like this can't be said enough times.