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April 13, 2009
Bad Crazy in Internet Space
There is a jagged fissure of insanity which runs through the heart of the EVE playerbase, a kind of feverish bad crazy that you simply don't find in other online games. Oh, sure, everyone knows a tale or two about the Starcraft player who stayed awake for 50 hours and died from exhaustion because he wouldn't stop gaming, or the legions of relatively mundane overweight basement-dwelling nerds that populate the other MMOs that have a lack of perspective that comes from playing in virtual worlds too much. Some people like to point to South Korea's Starcraft tournaments as a sign of abnormality, but sporting leagues are a 'healthy' expression of hobby activity by most standards. No, if you want utter madness, you have to look to EVE.
, head of the Goonswarm Intelligence Agency, tells some tales from the dark underbelly of Eve Online. (previously
posted by empath at 3:17 PM PST - 110 comments
is doing some pretty wonderful photography. For several years, he’s been using a large format 8x10 camera
(with the hood and everything), profiling people in ways that feel both intimate
His first book, “Figure and Ground,”
is a collection of portraits and landscapes that capture, with a quiet intensity, a diverse cross-section of the country.
His newest book, “Fall River Boys,”
is a sort of chronicle of a decaying American town, and the (mostly) young inhabitants who are either unable or unwilling to leave. (He and his partner even launched their own press
to get it published.) [more inside]
posted by mapalm at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments
- a charmingly animated short in which people talk about childhood misconceptions about sex and childbirth. More on childhood sex misconceptions from Dan Savage 1
. (pretty tame clip, but possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 4:14 AM PST - 55 comments
The Guardian has taken the unusual step of publishing the same article in English
& in Italian
because the Italian media will not tell the truth about Berlusconi.
clown that heads Italy
has accused newspapers and television stations of slandering him and damaging the country’s reputation by highlighting his alleged faux pas
an interesting article from the Colombia Journal of Review cached archives shows how Berlusconi uses Journalism as a political weapon. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 2:40 AM PST - 48 comments