My Cousin is Not a Hero
: "But it’s not fiction, it’s real life. It’s the night of his dad’s funeral and we’re standing there together, and neither of us is a hero. Neither of us is on an epic journey... Our plot points are weird ones, and our stories don’t add up to some amazing narrative of personal growth and enlightenment — but they do matter, because they’re ours." [more inside]
posted by flex
on Aug 1, 2014 -
Dan writes about games for a living. Dan's dad does not play games. Dan plays games with his dad. Much amused frustration is had by both parties. 2011
. Individual Youtube videos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Feb 19, 2013 -
"The experiences of women may not be easy to portray in the aggressive world of videogames. If such a game is made - and I hope it is - it will be because its creators demanded to be heard. It will be created because women made it." (Source)
While the vast majority of video game titles are designed primarily by men, women have been a part of video game development
since the earliest arcades. Here are some of their games: [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder
on Dec 1, 2012 -
"There is a mountain towering over us, the engulfing light at its peak drawing closer with each step. But this mountain need not be a spectre. It can instead be a warden — a lighthouse guiding us home, waiting patiently for our return. We soar up its slopes, our hearts glad. We are tiny, we are empty, we know nothing — and how very beautiful that ultimate truth is."
Over the Precipice
- an essay on Playstation 3 game Journey
posted by Sebmojo
on Jun 10, 2012 -
In the wee morning hours of September 20th, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill drove down New Hampshire's Route 3, through the Franconia Notch, and into the UFO history books
. Five years later, John G. Fuller's account of their story, The Interrupted Journey
, became the most well known alien abduction case of all time. Fuller's book was adapted into a made-for-TV movie
The book and movie brought the "Greys"
into the public consciousness as the quintessential UFO occupants, although it has been alleged
by skeptics that the Greys themselves were inspired by an episode of the TV show The Outer Limits
Last year, the state of New Hampshire erected a historical marker
at the site of the alleged abduction.
and believers have been debating the case for decades now. Interestingly, a UFO enthusiast named John Oswald published an account
in 1980 that claimed "Mrs. Hill was unable to 'distinguish between a landed UFO and a streetlight'", which even included a photo of said streetlight. It was not until 2007 that a science fiction writer who lives in the area where the "abduction" took place published an article which reveals the real "UFO"
and puts forward a plausible explanation
. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on May 3, 2012 -
By now you're surely aware of Tron Legacy,
the sequel to 1982's Tron. Tron Legacy will have a soundtrack by Daft Punk as counterpoint the score in the original composed by Wendy Carlos.
But what of the Trons that Never Were? Listen to the soundtrack to Tron 1.5: Rise of the Virals
and find out a little about the process behind the sequel that didn't make it. [more inside]
posted by lekvar
on Oct 30, 2009 -
has become the first man to circumnavigate the Earth
using human power alone. It only took him 13 years: he set off from London in July, 1994 and ended his expedition in October, 2007, having travelled 46,505 miles (on foot and by pedal boat, roller blades, kayak, and bicycle). [via QI
] [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin
on Oct 12, 2007 -
Not a Journey fan? This tool
over at Stereogum allows you to re-score the final scene of The Sopranos with any MP3 you can either find online
or host online yourself.
posted by jonson
on Jun 17, 2007 -
Steve Perry Fan Fiction
"11:30 Halloween night and Steve Perry pulled up to the very dark and deserted pumpkin patch in his Toyota Land Cruiser and when he came to a stop he looked out through the gloom to see if anyone else was here and in his own way he was hoping, hoping that some of his old band mates would show but with the reaction he got he really didn’t expect them to be here but he could hope couldn’t he."
posted by Swampjazz!
on Dec 29, 2004 -