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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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3-15-10 Lemon Demon – The Ultimate Showdown

Posted by Sean on March 15, 2010

Be careful, Shanoah. A crack comparing the Navy to bloodthirsty Vikings comes dangerously close to not Supporting Our Troops™.  And you don’t want Cobra Commander I mean the terrorists to win the Eternal War on Terror and Evil, now do you? Why, the forces of niceness and goodness and democracy and puppy dogs are locked in combat mortal with the forces of badness and not democracy and guys with beards [1] and voting Democratic! Don’t you get it!

IT’S THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN!

OF ULTIMATE DESTINY!

Courtesy of Albino Black Sheep (site here).

Do not mess with Mister Rogers, man. Guy was a SEAL. Read it in an e-mail somewhere. Dude will fuck you up.

Admit it. You would pay money to see The Ultimate Showdown adapted into a big-ticket summer blockbuster. Why, it’d be like a Joel Schumacher “re-imagining” of The Wizard of Oz! “Good guys, bad guys and explosions, oh my!”

Song by Lemon Demon AKA Neil Cicierega. Animation by AltF4 AKA Shawn Vulliez. Lyrics and free MP3 here. Oooooo, a veritable flood of goodies! Just like when my toilet overflows, only not as stinky!

[1] Which puts me squarely in the corner of evil. For some reason, I’m okay with that.

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2-8-10 Jefferson Airplane – Comin’ Back to Me

Posted by Sean on February 8, 2010

Jefferson Airplane, huh? Yeah, I think I can do that for a while.

This is Comin’ Back to Me, off Surrealistic Pillow. Take some time out, close the windows and the door, and just listen.

Courtesy of a rather unusual source, JimmyPageIsLove. That’s right, Led Zeppelin: For All Your Jefferson Airplane Needs.

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Cold Haily Rainy Night

Posted by shanoah on May 13, 2009

Don’t really have much time today, so I’ll make this post quick.

This is a song that was a Steeleye Span song. In this case, The Imagined Village is doing a really good cover of it that I thought I’d share. The song is Cold Haily Rainy Night. I’ve always liked Celtic / Indian fusions…

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Outfox the Fox

Posted by shanoah on May 8, 2009

Well, got rather distracted when I was looking for anything related to foxes or kitsune on youtube by discovering that CBS has a bunch of old episodes of Star Trek on youtube. Full length and all. Embedding disabled, unfortunately.

I did find this clip from the movie The Court Jester of Danny Kaye singing the song Outfox the Fox, though, as the outlaw, the Black Fox. Thought it was rather amusing, and close enough to the theme we had going…

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Escape Velocity

Posted by shanoah on April 26, 2009

I was tempted to follow up Wasteland with Teenage Wasteland, but you know how I dislike repeating songs I’ve already played.

On the topic of games I’ve overplayed, especially on the Mac, I have to mention Escape Velocity: Nova. This is one of the few shareware games I’ve gone so far as to pay for. (By Ambrosia Software, probably the best known Mac software outfit out there).

The premise is that there was a large series of hypergates to several different areas of the galaxy. Then all the hypergates broke down, and things collapsed into three empires, with a forth basically getting enslaved in the mix.

Then you come into all this flying around in a shuttle. From there, things are marvolously open-ended. There are several main plotlines you can get into. Or you can just run around, doing missions, making cargo runs, and ferrying passengers around.

Or you can find where things are being sold cheaply, and sell them for a profit. Even hire escorts to carry the goods. By a new ship. Pay for all sorts of upgrades. Hang around lurking in wait, ambush ships, loot all their cargo, sell their ships, or even take them over.

And if you start to feel brave enough, challenge planets, and after you’ve whipped their fleets into submission, get them to pay tribute to you. Or you could dink around mining asteroids. All up to you.

And did I mention that if you pay for the game, you can add plugins ranging from adding new ships and outifts, to adding new plotlines, to turning the game into a different game with the same engine. It’s notable that this is actually the third Escape Velocity game they made (and the best, in my opinion), and the previous two were remade as plugins available (for free) for Escape Velocity:Nova.

I got hooked on this on the Mac, and missed it when I went mainly Linux with a dash of Windows. Then, glory be, they ported it to Windows. And it runs decently on Wine. All in all, was worth the $30.

Here’s some video footage of the game, with action music all plastered over it, as some people are wont to do.

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Old Games

Posted by shanoah on April 25, 2009

Well, I didn’t really play with an Intellavision that much, Sean. (Though I’m fairly sure it didn’t have Grand Theft Auto…)

I did play a bunch of old mac games, though. As far as RPGs go, I used to like Taskmaker & Tomb of the Taskmaker, and I still play them in emulation occassionally with Basilisk II. Or, did you ever play Dark Castle? I died a lot, but the sound effects were great:

I wasted a lot of hours with Scarab of Ra, too, finding treasure, and being harrassed by monkeys, and chased by panthers, and mummies:

And that’s not even to mention Fool’s Errand. I don’t even know how many hours I wasted on this classic game. A Tarot based storyline with lots of fiendish puzzles. Cliff Johnson wrote 3 in Three[1], and At the Carnival, too. He even has them on his site for free download:

[1] You are wrong! This cannot be! There is no 3 in Three! And therein lies a tale.

I loved this game. Only other puzzle game I played that approached one of Cliff Johnson’s games was Systems Twilight. But then, I’ve always loved Andrew Plotkins games, too.

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1-28-09 Chaperon Rouge

Posted by Sean on January 28, 2009

Well, while we’re on the subject of Little Red Riding Hood… here’s a CGI short that I stumbled across today. It’s a fairly intense retelling of Little Red Riding Hood by four French students – Emeline Bafoin, Eric Le Dieu de Ville, Tristan Michel and Vincent Techer, with music by Eric Orbaf – as their final school project at Supinfocom Arles (movie site and free download here). The scenery and CGI work are imaginative and amazingly well done, especially the wolf… or wolves.

Courtesy of gemtracker.

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1-15-08 What To Do in a Zombie Attack

Posted by Sean on January 15, 2009

Free things for poor people are always good. (So are videos based on O Brother, Where Art Thou. Nice ending to that, too) However, stretching this respite from blog themes as far as it will go, let’s get out No. 2 pencils and get ready to dive under our desks to survive the nuclear holocaust as we learn What To Do in a Zombie Attack.

It’s a series of helpful and informative films on the Communist I Mean Zombie Meance from those fine folks at Chlorinox (better living through chemistry, indeed) and it makes some interesting observations about zombie combat that only the hothouse mind of uptight white 1950s America could make.

Such as?

Well, for instance, did you know that women are supposed to fly into mindless hysterics in a crisis? And that becoming a remorseless killing machine devoid of compassion and emotion and sacrificing yourself to a zombie horde Makes America a Stronger Nation? And that the zombie virus really is part of the Worldwide Communist Conspiracy? Yes! Those dirty commie bastards really are trying to sap and depurify our precious bodily fluids!

Oh, you may be wondering about the non-regulation haircut that the kid has. Director Jose Carillo has something interesting to say about that at archive.org:

Well, we shot this thing in one day, nobody was paid, most of the zombies supplied their own costumes AND makeup, and the most expensive thing I had to pay for was lunch, which consisted of around 100 hot dogs, couple of big cans of chili, a tub-o-mustard, buns, sodas and bottled water.

I felt that it would have been cruel to make the kid cut his hair without paying him…

That’s indie filmmaking for you in a nutshell.

Anyway, Carillo and writer Paul Scofield are to be commended. Sure, you could download it for free at archive.org. But why not encourage them and drop a sawbuck for the DVD at Amazon?

Courtesy of Lone Bannana Productions (site here). The extra N is for “nifty”, by the way.

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9-17-08 Animosity & Drumcorps – Thin Retro God and Altered Beast

Posted by Sean on September 17, 2008

Well, my neat thing today is about as far removed from traditional modern airs as one can get.

Imagine what happens when a deathcore outfit like San Francisco’s Animosity lets Berlin techno artist Aaron Spectre, aka Drumcorps, play around with their album Animal? The result is Altered Beast, a sample of which I heard on Brian Turner‘s show yesterday on WFMU. You know those clichéd buzzwords that Nathan Explosion likes to throw around on Metalocalypse, words like “metal” and “hard” and “dark” and “brutal”? Altered Beast is the only music that I’ve heard recently where words like that have any meaning.

Spectre has twisted and tortured Animosity’s screaming and howling into non-Euclidean shapes that sound like radio telemetry of galaxies imploding. It’s what deathcore would sound like if you shot it off to the ends of the universe and had it come looping back after ten trillion years and through uncharted dimensions, the Muzak of R’Lyeh. And it makes the fanged, fetid, sinuous thing inside me writhe with something approximating joy in its unlit lair.

Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the cover art.

Altered Beast cover - Animosity feat. Drumcorps

Altered Beast cover - Animosity & Drumcorps

At least, I think that’s the cover art. Could be concept art from John Carpenter’s The Thing, for all I know, or a color plate from the Unaussprechlichen Kulten: “Summer Camp on Shaggai! Note to self: never drink the bug juice there ever again”.

Free Altered Beast download at www.drumcorps.cc
http://drumcorps.cc/alteredbeast/mp3

And for a preview of what you can expect, here’s Animosity and Drumcorps on the single Altered Beast video that I could find (or at least the single one that I could find with decent audio quality): Thin Retro God. Courtesy of guynm.

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8-14-08 Parts and Labor – A Great Divide

Posted by Sean on August 14, 2008

Continuing the Parts and Labor theme today, we move on to A Great Divide, off 2006’s Stay Afraid. Never has alienation and isolation sounded so damn heroic. Worth a listen or three.

You can listen or download the MP3 version of A Great Divide by clicking on the link below. It comes courtesy of Parts and Labor and the Audio/Video section on their Web site.

Parts and Labor – A Great Divide (MP3)

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