I love these guys. I don’t watch them because I don’t have cable, but I love these guys anyway. They do weird and fun things.
— Sean The Producer (@SeanTheProducr) February 14, 2016
I’ll be honest: it’s been a bad week for reading books for me. Although I’ve spent a few days rereading Norman Spinrad’s intensely insane The Iron Dream (which is written as if it was a lurid and somewhat alarming 1950s American novel written by longtime artist and pulp SF novelist Adolph Hitler*). It’s an interesting book on the meta-narrative level, and I plan to do a critique of Spinrad’s message once I’ve finished with the intensely lurid prose – but Book of the Week it ain’t.
*In that timeline, he emigrated. As I said: intensely insane.
“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up:” 7th Sea Kickstarter, $500 unlocked an ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for the wife (her favorite character as an important NPC), I started a pledge drive, people put up money, all the $500 slots got filled, I immediately returned people’s money*, the end. Very sad, but what can you do?
However, due to the fact that the 7th Sea Kickstarter is going INSANELY well – turns out that people meant it when they kept asking Why won’t John Wick let me throw money at him? – so the $500 tier got opened up again. AND THIS TIME I WAS SMART ABOUT THINGS. I – and apparently fourteen other people** – had that page loaded up well ahead of time so that we could frantically mash keys and mutter Come on come on work workwork load page load page accept accept process I AM THE NERD KING within seconds of the tier becoming available. Witness! …Err, the image to the left. (more…)
As in, a redoing of the novel where the mysterious ‘yellow book’ was in fact The King In Yellow. I mean, sure, you’re swallowing your own tail there (Robert Chambers was probably himself referencing The Picture of Dorian Gray, at least in part), but still. You’d think that somebody would have written this up for Call of Cthulhu.
Man, I may have to. Although it’s been a while since I read the book, admittedly. Hmm…
…OK, on the other hand: this I think I would watch. There’s some world-building, there. Cleverly done, even.
They’re on their third one by now; and I get that they’re ridiculously successful. But as near as I can tell the underlying premise is simultaneously highly offensive, and even more highly absurd. Who, exactly watches it?
I am ready to accept that there’s something of value about these films that I’m just not seeing. Not everybody likes the stuff that I like, after all. But I have difficulty getting my head around the appeal.
…I’m getting over the Cough (but not enough to drive), and the kids are in boundless-energy mode because they no longer have the Cough. This is ever so much fun and no, we don’t have the Zika virus. Completely different symptoms, and don’t think that I didn’t check.
Sorry that these aren’t exactly fascinating and/or scintillating posts or anything, but I’m not really doing anything right now except stare into space, blankly. Every so often I load up Fallout 4 and shoot zombies with a shotgun at close range, then Stimpack my compound fractures* away. I apparently think that this is funny. At least, that’s the excuse I keep giving myself.
PS: I don’t even know how to record myself playing these games, sorry. And doesn’t everybody else already do that, anyway?
*My unique shotgun does explosive damage. Great fun for clearing a room, but if they jump you then a point-blank hit will cripple you, too. Luckily I have all the Stimpacks…