Dawn of Waaaaarrrrrrrr

I didn’t dare hope that they would ever make a DoW3, after the collapse of Relic, but ZOMG it’s happening. I’ve been dying to see what DoW would be like with the updated Relic engine (like the one they used for Company of Heroes 2) and they’re saying they’ll bring back basebuilding? Lovelovelovelovelove.



I realized recently that I had not read any of Tom Tomorrow’s “This Modern World” comics in quite some time, so I spent several hours reading the archives on DailyKos.

The conclusion that I’ve come to after having read so many TMW comics in a row: If I had access to the big red button that would wipe out all of humanity today, I think it would be really hard not to press it. Politics are simply the worst thing ever invented by humankind and should never be allowed to spread beyond our planet. Ugh.

Check out the rest of TMW’s archives yourself, if you have a strong mind for such things.

The Two Old Lady Theory of History

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

Group (Myself with others, Murman) by Prokudin-Gorskii

From a really fascinating article on Pajiba- “The first color photographs and the two old lady theory of history”:


“…we see on paper that the Civil War was 150 years ago, and our mind boggles at that span of time. …  But find yourself the right great-grandmother, the sort who likes to tell stories of the alien worlds of a long time ago to the patient kids who prefer to hear strong-voiced tales to running amuck in the yard. Find the right one, and she might just tell you about a time when she was a little girl listening to tales at the feet of her great-grandmother, pass on to you the firsthand words of someone who saw slaves and masters with her own two eyes. Slavery was an eternity ago when you think of 150 years, but it was the day before yesterday if you remember that it was just two old ladies ago.”

What? (From #minneapolis)

(Yes, I still IRC. Sometimes. When I remember to log in to my shell account.)

I have no idea who this guy is or why he was in our channel. And no, I have no more idea of what he’s talking about here than you do. Maybe it’s some sort of crazy ass spam?


13:51 < pacman> If their is hope, it lies with the fishes, in Minneapolis
13:51 < pacman> *there, in Minneapolis
13:53 < pacman> the movie Fargo had unintended consequences
13:54 < pacman> these freaks should be shunned by everyone
13:55 < pacman> Whenever I watch movie picture shows, I know in the first place
they are bearing teeth
13:57 < pacman> and I know that is is basically impossible to resist their
efforts to lure us away from reality (though it might be a
struggle, they call it USELESS)
13:59 < pacman> the Japanese people are Advanced, and they have taken a very
unique position: At some point, enough is enough
14:00 < pacman> These movie producers aren’t merely homosexuals, they are
inventers of evil
14:02 < pacman> So when we play games invented by the more advanced Japanese we
should know that they aren’t LAUGHING
14:05 < pacman> when people like John Carmack come along, after living in this
“Real” world with his passion and calling at least one company “Apogee” – Yea, then you understand that we will not take abuse
14:06 < pacman> and you also understand that Carmack is beloved by almost
everyone in the country
14:07 < pacman> I come from another time
14:07 < pacman> I was raised with a certain phillosophy
14:08 < pacman> that I return to and deal with the elements of hell from
14:09 < pacman> time is short Midwest
14:16 < pacman> Luther was probably the most honest man in history
14:17 < pacman> but God still exists, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
14:18 < pacman> he will exist forever because he is God
14:20 < pacman> Only people with a really sinister LACK OF SHAME – which they
call Chutzpah could go against God
14:21 < pacman> I sent them there to die of Heroin addiction, the non-believers
will echo the ORDERS they have been given
14:24 < pacman> until they mount up a posse to defeat SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND
14:26 < pacman> Nevertheless, it is obvious
14:28 < pacman> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYVX6b9svuE – I am not Lucifer,
we saw him fall – we will never be seduced! EVER
14:33 < pacman> ;|
14:34 < pacman> We will kill his influence on this Earth because GOD SAID SO
14:37 < pacman> you, most likely, have no idea how easy it is to seduce when
the world is in trouble
14:38 < pacman> either way, God knows who I am
14:44 < pacman> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyvcflyq618
14:46 < pacman> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Af372EQLck – ask yourself: Do
you want to live?
14:48 < pacman> do you want to see that Beautiful head without their conviction?
14:48 < pacman> they assume a cheerful face must belong to them – because they
have ignored reality
14:56 < pacman> females are mysterious, and a mystery is like a riddle
14:56 < pacman> and maybe all females are a riddle, but this riddle has a
14:57 < pacman> it is called Pregnancy
15:00 < pacman> It’s all about the future
15:00 < pacman> 🙂
15:01 < pacman> they are clever
15:01 < pacman> OK
15:01 < pacman> I’m talking about the British
15:02 < pacman> They are all victims of Victorian success
15:02 < pacman> which is absurd
15:02 < pacman> Oh, I was watching the first episode of the Jetsons
15:03 < pacman> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpY1KW0k2iI
15:03 < pacman> Jack the ripper was a Successful Murderer
15:04 < pacman> 🙂
15:04 < pacman> so was TED
15:04 < pacman> (Bundy)
15:04 < pacman> you think their ideas aren’t motivated by evil?
15:05 < pacman> their “rebellion”
15:05 < pacman> most assuredly, their rebellion is a “Good Rebellion”
15:06 < pacman> must I take the time to dismantle your entire life?
15:06 < pacman> I don’t care about anyone
15:07 < pacman> and you aren’t committing suicide, you are condemning your
children to it
15:07 < pacman> and when they die, you will say: “We did all we could”
15:08 < pacman> and “Enough of this crying, it’s time to get away from this
15:11 < pacman> do you recognize me? I’m the one that lets you listen to
15:12 < pacman> You will wind up chasing a dream and blow up into pieces
15:15 < pacman> their message is Satanic

15:16 < pacman> and God has all but completely abandoned you
15:17 < pacman> there is One Solution to this problem, it is called: Admitting
15:18 < pacman> not “Pregnancy”
15:18 < pacman> you are too callous for that
15:18 < pacman> and too old
15:19 < pacman> When I look at people, we see a generation of FOOLS, SUCKERS
15:19 < pacman> so that they have nothing left but to kill their own children
15:20 < pacman> *that is the literal sense: Children are undeveloped humans and
you are an abortion
15:22 < pacman> this is only because you are trying to have children and even
if you succeed, your people are dying
15:23 < pacman> and there is nobody there to be their friends or mates – there
15:25 < pacman> Satan hates you and you will operate by edict (His Edict) and
you will think nothing about it other than: “We did all we
could, at least we have money – oh – and also something else”
15:26 < pacman> “I never did this to my parents!”
15:27 < pacman> Satan has no use for you. DO YOU UNDERSTAND?
15:29 < pacman> Have you figured it out yet?
15:30 -!- pacman [~chatzilla@cloak-32FE7905.br.br.cox.net] has quit [Quit:
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Joe Soucheray is a Douchebag

I honestly had no idea who Joe Soucheray was other than that he appears on some billboards around town, but apparently he’s also an asshole and a bad writer who can’t do some simple research, show empathy of any kind or apparently have any appreciation for the arts. (Based on his dismissive attitude in this article, I’m guessing that in his world “art” is more along the lines of “Dude, did you hear that belch I just made? It was a work of art!”). I can’t help but wonder why he even has a column. Is the Pioneer Press so hard up that they can’t afford an actual journalist? I did a quick Google search on him to try to find out more about who he is and it seems like the ‘net is awash with people who are bemoaning his inability to even read the newspaper he’s writing for, as things written elsewhere in that very paper often contradict the things he’s either bitching about or trying to downplay in obvious deference to projects he prefers, as he does here.


“Joe Soucheray: Saints ballpark would feed starving artists, but do they want to eat?”


Besides his obvious lack of investigative skills, he pretty casually insults Lowertown artists based on the fact that they don’t want most of their neighbourhood demolished for a baseball stadium? Clearly this is a real swell guy. His primary bullshit excuse for being such a dickbag is that the stadium will bring in a lot of business for those artists, because I’m sure that’s a real thing. I know that the majority of my portrait clients are drunk dudes who just got done seeing a baseball game. I can always picture the conversation that leads up to calling me: “WHOO! GO SAINTS! WHAT A FUCKING AWESOME GAME! YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED NOW, MAN?  WE TOTALLY NEED TO HIT UP DRAYKE AND GET US A COUPLE OF REALLY NICELY POSED PORTRAITS! MAYBE GO HOME REAL QUICK AND GRAB SOME SUITS! THAT WILL TOTALLY MAKE THIS THE PERFECT GAME DAY! MAYBE AFTERWARD WE COULD BUY SOME PAINTINGS TOO!”

Seriously, Soucheray? Who the fuck are you trying to fool with that? The only other people I can possibly see falling for that line of bullshit are other similarly out-of-touch old white dudes who still think that making art isn’t a “real job”, despite his job being pretty similar. Clearly he can pretty easily spin some fiction and get paid for it, but he’s probably one of the only artists that will stand to benefit from the new stadium.

“The Embarrassing Side Effects of Having Recently Read ‘The Hunger Games'”

This post by Holley Maher is pretty spot-on. I laughed multiple times as I recognized more than a few thoughts I’ve had personally, although I think my favourite definitely has to be:

9. Severely premature consideration of your Halloween costume. (It’s gonna take a lot of prep to come up with a passable Effie Trinket getup.)

The rest of the list is similarly amazing. I can’t believe I have to wait three more days to see this movie! I’m so happy I waited until last week to read the Hunger Games series (read all three in five days) because if I was one of those unfortunate souls who had to wait years for this event, I don’t know if I could have contained myself.

On that note, I suppose it will be years before we see Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Damn it. Now I’m sad about that. 😦

Are you seeing the movie this weekend? If you’ve already seen it, what did you think? (Without spoilers, please!)