August 22, 2014


The Eerie Beauty Of Crimea’s Abandoned Soviet-Era Salt Mine Might

Crimeans call it Sivash, or the “Rotten Sea,” in reference to the unpleasant smell that wafts from the network of shallow, salty lagoons. But for those willing to look past the stench, an otherworldly vista awaits.

Sergey Anashkevych, a photographer in the region, has captured jaw-dropping photos of the marshy area, which includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine. According to Caters News Agency, in some spots, the water takes on a deep crimson hue as a result of halobacteria, single-celled microorganisms that are purple in color and found in highly salty

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August 22, 2014


i really want to talk about marge simpson in longer detail because i’ve gone on and on about how she’s an underappreciated character compared to homer, because he gets all the “wacky” bits and marge is often the one reacting to that - as such it is in a lot of comedies, where the guy, or guys, are all the ones getting the jokes while the women are sort of only given “here we go again!” - but i think the simpsons writers knew how to keep her character, and the characters not really suited for wacky stuff in general, great lines, great bits, great comedy

so here’s me talking about marge simpson and the “straight” character in comedy (again, not to be confused with the heterosexual character)

a lot of making these kind of characters work is not just in knowing the rules and execution of comedy, but in pushing to still give them lines and pieces and bits even if they’re not the ones best suited to quicker, easier comedy. i want to pull out an example from season 8, usually cited as the last “great” season of simpsons - specifically episode 9, “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer”. the one with johnny cash. they go to the chili festival, and while everyone probably remembers the “homer humiliates ned’s pathetic 5 alarm chili” bit, there’s a very quick, very good bit with marge at the beginning that uses her character and great voice execution to make a joke pop.



this is a really quick bit with marge, but i love it to bits. the fact that she’s stunned that there could be as much as EIGHT spices out there, playing on her often built up plainness, and then not only the confusion (even anger!) over the existence of a spice called oregano, but the way she says it - “orr-ehh-gone-oh”. followed up with that immediate “what the hell?”, which has marge so frustrated that she even swears, a rarity for her, and has a furious expression on her face. it’s a really good joke, if you ask me! it’s quickly passed over for all the other shit that happens in the episode, but oh, it’s good. those kind of tight, small jokes take a surprising amount of work to pull off, but it’s great.

since homer is better fit to things like devouring peppers so hot that they send him into a hallucination where he talks to a coyote voiced by johnny cash, if someone wants to make characters like marge funny, they have to keep their humor flexible, and they have to keep pushing to give her bits no matter how easy it’d be to just toss another physical gag homer’s way. how can they make plainness funny? a simple way that’s obvious once you think of it is taking that plainness to a comical level - such as marge does, with being confused and irritated over oregano.

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August 20, 2014



say those three words and i’m yours

super smash bros

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August 20, 2014

Gravity Falls is a show that has its problems but the resolution to the Dipper/Wendy romance arc? Soothed something in my heart. Dipper confesses, Wendy turns him down gently and says she still *really* wants them to be friends, and Dipper  - ultimately - is cool with that. (“Mabel, how can everything be so terrible and so amazing all at the same time?”)

Those of us who’ve been around the soul searching block may recognize in Dipper’s reaction what passes for basic human decency, unworthy perhaps of any special merit. But this is a Big Deal to me because Dipper isn’t real - he’s a Protagonist. Growing up, one of the things that set back little Prune was the absence of this kind of narrative in any of the books he read or TV that he saw. Here’s how it went down: protagonist dude confesses, female crush…is ultimately won over by intensity of his love / seeing his virtues / overcoming some problem with herself. Alternatively: protagonist dude confesses, female crush…rejects him, because she’s evil / heartless / some kind of literal monster. 

Protagonist dude confesses, gets turned down, stays friends with woman who is frankly awesome & works out he is really happy about that? Wow. That didn’t happen in my stories, ever. And I think that maybe I would have been a nicer, happier kid - if only it had.

This has been a post about Gravity Falls.

August 17, 2014

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August 11, 2014

Draw the curtain, look, you’re only sleeping
Or is this only what the other you is dreaming?
Either way
Hard to take

Ashen features unmistakably your own
Familiar posture, recast in skin and bone
Person from today, here is you
In 2082 

Remove your helmet, first equalize the pressure
No, but first, take readings to be sure
The atmosphere is safe?
Yes, it’s safe

As the ancient one cranes his neck to look
You see his hand’s been replaced with a hook
But it’s clear you’re very much alive
It’s 2105 

No, it’s 2240 
No, it’s 3415 
How can you still be living?
What does this mean?

TMBG write song about killing your future paradox self; knock it out of the park

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August 11, 2014

creepy romcom about two historians who meet during a year-and-a-half long course on Chalcolithic Mesopotamia: 500 days of Sumer

August 9, 2014

sneak preview of my talk on adventure games tomorrow

sneak preview of my talk on adventure games tomorrow

August 7, 2014

thanks, gmail

August 6, 2014

i still think the quiz broadcast is one of the most frightening things ever shown on british television

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