August 2007

Presented without comment (because my brain melted)


Haven’t you seen the hordes of women tweaked out on Colfax, glassy-eyed, strung out, looking to hit up anyone for their next hit of estrogen? I don’t know how you could miss them. They’re EVERYWHERE, I tell you, EVERYWHERE, these birth control addicts. Women with regular menstrual cycles, no PMS and the number of children they want have been known to hold up pharmacies just to get their fix.

— commenter gardengirl responding to a quote in a Denver Post article from a anti-abortion protester which states “First and foremost, they get young girls hooked on their birth control pills, which don’t work.”


I love Japan.


skull.jpgThe New Republic has a fascinating article on the work of Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski, three psychologists who study what they call “worldview defense”. The basic gist is that recognition of our own mortality can subconsciously trigger responses and decisions that adhere to a more intolerant and rigid code than decisions not influenced by our fear of death. To illustrate:

Their first experiment was published in 1989. To test the hypothesis that recognition of mortality evokes “worldview defense”–their term for the range of emotions, from intolerance to religi- osity to a preference for law and order, that they believe thoughts of death can trigger–they assembled 22 Tucson municipal court judges. They told the judges they wanted to test the relationship between personality traits and bail decisions, but, for one group, they inserted in the middle of the personality questionnaire two exercises meant to evoke awareness of their mortality. One asked the judges to “briefly describe the emotions that the thought of your own death arouses in you”; the other required them to “jot down, as specifically as you can, what you think will happen to you physically as you die and once you are physically dead.” They then asked the judges to set bail in the hypothetical case of a prostitute whom the prosecutor claimed was a flight risk. The judges who did the mortality exercises set an average bail of $455. The control group that did not do the exercises set it at an average of $50. The psychologists knew they were onto something.

The article lays this work firmly within the context of the Bush presidency, but the study’s results are interesting regardless of your political bent.


Rich Cando goes for ubergeek status with this Star Wars Simpsons opening.


Punchy returns in this epic sequel by Wicked Awesome Films… AH-DOO-BA-DEE-2!


ramones.jpgTuesday’s passing of CBGB founder Hilly Kristal has had a least one nice aftereffect: Rolling Stone magazine brought out a couple of reviews from the iconic venue’s early years with the magainze’s first look at The Ramones and Patti Smith.

Best quote comes from Tommy Ramone:

“Our music is an answer to the early Seventies when artsy people with big egos would do vocal harmonies and play long guitar solos and get called geniuses. That was bullshit. We play rock & roll. We don’t do solos. Our only harmonics are in the overtones from the guitar chords.”


gary-gnu.jpgSeems to be a lot sex in the news this week, eh? Congratulations to Iowa for being party to the best sex (kinda) related news with the district court ruling that same-sex marriage is protected under the state constitution. That’s just awesome, and I dearly hope that the Iowa Supreme Court doesn’t overturn that ruling.

It’s certainly better than getting your news on because you pled guilty to a bathroom sex bust, eh? But let’s give a hearty thanks to Sen. Larry Craig for making the newscasters of America discuss the ins-and-outs (so to speak) of anonymous bathroom hookups with Slate going the distance by providing a fairly comprehensive primer on restroom romeo action.

And finally… Top of the Nudes is a safe-for-work site that reports and re-circulates all the top news stories from around the world that just happen to involve someone with their dangly bits hanging out. I have to admit I’m a bit amazed at how much dumbassery involves teh nakedness.


Xeno Tactics

by alphamonkey on August 31, 2007 · 0 comments

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xeno-tactics.jpgAh, the return of the Tower Defense genre. It’d been far too long since we’d seen a new game, and Xeno Tactic delivers the goods with a space-themed twist.

Thanks to oneyuge for the find.


Recently I sat down with Steve Sanders, one of the members of Twin Galaxies and part of the new documentary The King of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters. You can check back tomorrow morning for my full review of the film, but right now you can head over to RazorFine Review and check out the interview with Steve Sanders as we discuss the film, Donkey Kong, Billy Mitchell and much more! C’mon over!