Ohhh, Cassetteboy, when will you stop being awesome?
I just watched Frankie Boyle's referendum autopsy show on BBC iPlayer last night. Having not seen that guy in a long while (since Mock the Week all those years ago), I pretty much fell on the floor laughing. I know he and the BBC have this Cold War between them going on, but the latter should honestly give him more work. Two of the three major points that Frankie said about the referendum I agree with:
- The mainstream media are a bunch of lying bastards
- The relationship between England and Scotland will be a pitiless hole of hatred and despair (to paraphrase)
Ugh, not 2 weeks into living in Japan and I've already met my first mukade (centipede). Not a house centipede, but a scolopendra subspinipes, maybe 4 inches/10 cm.
Little shit is hiding under my bed right now, and I'd rather it not bite me (don't want to go to the hospital...)... so hopefully it will stay that way until I can ask my host family what to do. I already stripped the blankets off my bed so it won't hide in them. I'm not really equipped to try and catch it myself. It must have crawled in because of all the rain earlier this week.
So, played Dreamfall Chapters lately. Quite enamored with the first episode in the series. Although it certainly has some shortcomings, it met my expectations and I'm quite excited for the next few chapters.
UKers in here, what do you make of Black Friday, i.e. the recently imported disaster from the States that has consumers literally warring with each other and trampling over unfortunate people in front of a queue just to grab - like ravenous scavengers - crappy TVs made by a company you've probably never heard of? Frankly, I think it's just appalling. It's man when he unshackles himself from standard norms of cordial behaviour and becomes a selfish, animalistic creature governed by irrationality, determined to pick something up regardless of whether he needs it, how much he's allegedly saving, and to impress people whom he hates.
What is it with Black Friday and TVs? Here, let me put together a quick text version of a diagram I drew earlier to show why people are idiots.
1) Polaroid and Blaupunkt TVs at Asda.
---> Polaroid, a brand everyone associates with cameras, now makes TVs? Since when? Are they any good? Who knows. I wouldn't bet on it.
---> Who on earth is Blaupunkt? I've never even heard of them. I imagine neither have most shoppers, which makes the mad scramble more amusing/head-scratching.
2) You don't care about these TVs the other 360-odd days of the year.
3) £50 off (or whatever) a Polaroid/Blaupunkt TV? YEEEEEEES! Coming through! Punch and shove everyone out of the way. Kick and uppercut anyone who lays claim to the box you just grabbed mere milliseconds before. Fight your way to the tills, barging into whoever is in the way and obstructing your path, even if they're old or infirm.
4) Go home, flaunt your new TV, realise it's a bit crappy. And unnecessary, because you've already got maybe 2 TV sets at home already.
5) Way to go, sunshine. You didn't save £50 or whatever. You didn't save any money. You wasted it on something completely unnecessary, because for some reason you convinced yourself that you were netting a bargain without stopping to rationally consider whether it's a wise purchase.
6) Monday is Cyber Monday. Tuesday is Return-all-your-shit-to-the-store Tuesday.
7) Polaroid, Blaupunkt and executives of participating retailers (their employees at retail level are however, tired, battered and severely overworked) whip out champagne bottles, because dumbasses have made their profits skyrocket in a weekend.
Not from the UK, but I prefer to do my shopping online, for things I do need considering they are expensive as hell in my country. Those scary disasters of lanes you have where people trade blows and insult each other and stuff? We have those. For buying food.
On a brighter note, did you see the new Star Wars trailer?
I'm not as naturally hyped as many people are, though I am with the majority opinion that our new Sith guy's LightClaymore (I don't care what it will be called. I'm referring to it as the LightClaymore) looks a bit dumb. I know thinking about practicalities is absurd for a fictional universe like Star Wars, but one has to wonder what the point is of having a sword like that when you can so easily cut off a hand or two just by using it.
Personally, I'm more hyped for Jurassic World, though lack of Jeff Goldblum and trying to explain the dinosaurs in terms of genetic hybrids has me slightly anxious. Just don't down that trope of having unwanted science ruin something, as Phantom Menace did for Star Wars when Lucas elected to ruin the mysticism of the Force by attributing it to micro-organisms.
I also found the new lightsaber design quite... pointless. I don't really hate it as it looks kinda cool. But I did roll my eyes when I saw it.
But overall I'm very positive about Episode VII. Disney has a record of some amazing movies (Pirates of the Caribbean, Avengers, etc.) and they realise that they can't screw up a franchise as big as Star Wars. I'm 100% sure it'll at least be better than the prequel trilogy.
So even though I've never been that big of a Star Wars fan, you can count me hyped.
Would be great to have as many people from here as possible to vote and share with friends etc
- Based on European releases in 2014
- Polls are for Nintendo games only, as it's what the site is mostly focused on, except for the last two questions
- Must pick one game only for all polls and enter email address at the end
- If you haven't played majority of games for certain question, pick the one you'd most like to play or like most from what you've seen/heard
Appreciate those who take the time to vote, thanks