Christine Love prankishly included an achievement in her visual novel Hate Plus that could not possibly be achieved. But gamers have refused to take no for an answer
It's finally Ironic.
Rachael Hurwitz fixes the lyrics to Alanis Morisette's "Ironic" to make them, y'know, actually ironic. (SLYT.)
"By the time Cathy
began, the sexual revolution had ended, so the strip stands as a perfect artifact of a moment when the cultural understanding of coercion changed completely—a moment when, one could argue, second-wave feminism basically died. With its baby-boomer characters, Cathy
dramatizes the aftermath: the ’60s ended when it became clear that a revolutionary movement toward a just society wasn’t happening; the ’70s ended up being about trying to navigate the wreckage of the ’60s. The ’80s were largely about looking for strategies to accept injustice and inequality, and to construe that acceptance itself as a positive value.
"Cathy takes its place in this cultural progression by drilling in the notion that it doesn’t matter what the law says: you are being coerced not by the state but by your desire to be valued.
(a group led by Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia) has filed a complaint
[PDF] with the EU claiming that
Google has a monopoly in the mobile market and is using its mobile position
to force its other products on users.
My Dearest Barack
: A collection of letters that student Dylan Hansen-Fliedner wrote back to the Obama campaign, in response to donation requests.
As a function of fear and pre-emptive shame, ironic living bespeaks cultural numbness, resignation and defeat. If life has become merely a clutter of kitsch objects, an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least (or, at minimum, a performance of such a competition), it seems we’ve made a collective misstep. Could this be the cause of our emptiness and existential malaise? Or a symptom?
- How to Live Without Irony
If ever there were a question about the ballooning scale of America's prison system, the Louisiana State Penitentiary provides an answer. It has its own golf course
Nina Paley's take on This Land Is Mine
You will never be able to think of this song the same way again. (SLYT)
From Russia With Love is not unsophisticated. You are.
Matt Zoller Seitz on whether older films are corny. [the comments are also worth a read
, a company that processes credit cards for web apps, decided to play a security wargame
called Capture the Flag
where you are given a logiin and password for a server and are invited to use your hacking abilities to gain access to accounts with increasing access and authorization. People who beat the server and "capture the flag" at /home/the-flag/.password
are invited to contact the company for bragging rights and a T-shirt. Just one problem: the hacking game has been hacked
, with something called a fork bomb
. [more inside]
Global British Columbia Sports Anchor Barry Deley wins lotto home draw, live on his own TV channel
. But it turns out he's got an even more personal connection to the lottery.
The Village Voice released its Comics Issue on April 6. Its editorial "If Cartoons Are So Big, Why Don't They Pay?
" focused on the financial straits many influential and popular cartoonists find themselves in even in the midst of wide-spread popularity and new respect. Although interesting in itself, the editorial created a splash in comics communities
for a different reason. Its decision to not pay the artists whose work was featured in that issue. The Voice had intended to offer only attribution, but no money. It has since recanted
Grand Rapids-based Calvin College
has canceled an upcoming concert
by acclaimed rock band The New Pornographers
because of concerns over the band's name. [more inside]
After decades of selling tampons and "sanitary products" with ads
containing nebulous, euphemistic images and language, Kotex launched
a new product line, 'U by Kotex'
and a 'Declaration of Real Talk Campaign'
to encourage girls and women to speak about menstruation without embarrassment
. Ironically, their ad was rejected by the major US television networks
for mentioning the word 'vagina'. Here's the 'safe for the viewing public' version.
/ YT channel
. [more inside]
With techniques like "art by telephone" and a studio called "the Factory" where even the security guard helped with the painting, Andy Warhol redefined the relationship between artist and artwork, and blurred the line between work and copy
. [more inside]
Special 3-page edition of Harper’s Index: A retrospective of the Bush era
And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.
They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it
and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god
, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'"
There are many opinions about the nature of Irony. Some think it is having too many spoons.
Sometimes it is found in far off places.
However, closer to home, we now have an example of Recursive Irony.
's PoMo spy-fi
tv show, "The Middleman
" (based on his eponymous comic book series)
is in trouble
-- ABC Family launched the show in late June with little fanfare in the 8 p.m. timeslot
. After a strong start, ABC Family grew a little anxious about the show's PG-13 content and moved the show to 10 p.m. killing their under-18 audience share, if ever there was one. [more inside]
The Ripster phenomenon was identified back in 2006
, and apparently, the movement has started to build momentum. I, for one, welcome our new rock-hard nerd overlords
For the past 50 years, The British
have made some of the funniest
Comedy TV Shows. Come inside for A Video Chronology of The History of British TV Comedy. [more inside]
"Venezuela and Cuba have both asked that Posada be extradited, but an immigration judge in September 2005 ruled he could not be sent to either country out of concern he might face torture there." Luis Posada is a free man today.
A graduate of the notorious School of the Americas
, he is wanted for various acts of terrorism
in a number of Latin American countries.
Best wishes for a Christmas of peace and joy and a New Year of triumph over terrorism!
from the U.S. Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Arms
, a.k.a. "the Common Sense Gun Lobby".
"If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in His name, He'd never stop throwing up." -- Woody Allen (Hannah And Her Sisters
Art of Bleeding:
The first time
Mr. Outerspace died, it was to serve
the greater good of cleaning the Cacophony Society's gutters of useless hangers-on and lazybones. The second time
, it seemed to serve no purpose at all. Some of us are hoping the third time
will be the charm. You might not think you know his art, but you do
. RIP Peter Geiberger, 1979-2006.
Film director Andrzej Munk
’s tragic death at age thirty-nine might have formed the plot for one of his own darkly sardonic works
: a Polish Jew and an active resistance worker during the war, he was returning home from shooting his film Passenger
at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1961 when an oncoming truck struck his car. He left behind
only four feature films
, but his influence was prodigious. As one of the key figures of the postwar “Polish School” of filmmaking, along with Wajda and Kawalerowicz, he helped to shape a vision that broke with the official social realist optimism of Eastern-bloc dogma
and cast a skeptical eye on official notions of heroism
, nationalism, and life in the Stalinist-occupied state. Mentor to Roman Polanski
and Jerzy Skolimowski
, his influence can be felt even in the films of a later generation of Polish filmmakers
— directors like Zanussi and Kieslowski
. More inside.
Michael Brown starts Disaster Planning Firm
After doing a "heck of a job
", the former Commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association teaches others how to avoid stepping in shit.
A Pro-Evil Mutual Fund?
For centuries, the argument in favor of laissez-faire capitalism
has been simple. If you step back and let businesses pursue profit without restraint, legitimate needs and desires will be taken care of in an efficient manner.
Moral concerns, the argument goes, are better handled by consumers and investors voting with dollars
than governments coercing with legislation. Now, Cato Institute scholar and Fox News columnist Steven Milloy is worried ideologically motivated investors
might be putting business profits in danger. He's forming a new mutual fund to fight their leftist influence.
Mexican Man Kills, Cooks and Eats His Lover Cannibalism
(Wiki) is chic. With the consensual cannibalism
of Armin Meiwes
and a psychosexual facet
as well as arguments about the religious
aspects as well as how religion stopped cannibalism
along with some tips, "The natives told Father Zumbohm that the fingers and toes were the choicest morsels." And now even a Donner Party Cookbook
(no, no recipes on how to serve man). Can cannibalism be considered as taboo as it once was?
Of course, there are bound to be humo
and even a musical
. And heck, why not even a Letterman Top Ten
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
known also as Witkacy,
generally a prolific artist since about the age of 8
He lived from 1885 to 1939, and often has just the right mix of sharp wit, deep insight, and self-reflective irony.
the city of najaf is no longer under coalition control
, ahead of an important pilgrimage. the secretary of state: "people who are considering engaging in the pilgrimage ought to very carefully calculate because we're not in a position to provide protection
The Bushiad and The Idyossey.
"Narrative epic poems of 24 chapters each, The Bushiad
and The Idyossey
use satire and irony to cover events during nine months from December 2002 through September 2003, and were inspired by events as they occurred. Homer would recognize the tale." But where's Hercubush
Er ... thanks, just what I, er, wanted. Hate the sweater you were given for Christmas? It could have been worse ... far
, far ,worse