September 19th, 2008


"Furry conventions provide complete anonymity"

I want to bring to your attention the amazing comic "Slow Wave", which is simply some guy making a 4-panel comic strip about random people's dreams. Well, random... I'd say interesting people's dreams. The latest is from September 13 and features a guy in a fur suit assassinating McCain. It gets weirder from there.
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At work, Self portrait

Back pain

It is, from what I hear, almost the norm for office workers around 50. For me it is a rare thing, perhaps because of good genes or perhaps I move about so much. (I don't have a car so even getting my groceries or going to work means some modest level of physical activity.) Unfortunately pain gets in the way of exercise and exercise gets in the way of pain, so a downward spiral is never far away once a random pain attacks. I try to move about to the extent I still can, just no exerting myself. But unless I heal up quickly, I should probably not take the train trip on Sunday night and Monday. Train is sexy and I love it but it does unspeakable things to your back when it goes on and on. Of course, bus and car are even worse. I got this on the bus home from work yesterday. Or rather that was where it set in.

Since I never write when some affliction stop, my readers probably think I'm just barely alive by now. It's not quite that bad. Right now it's this and the randomly recurring intestinal aggression that remind me that I'm not an immortal superman after all.
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Type, Computer

Excessively massive games

I have not played the space stage of Spore yet - I may eventually evolve that way now that the patch is out - but I read that there may be actually thousands of star systems. Somehow I am not surprised. Since they can be generated randomly using other people's content, why not? The hard disk is the limit. On that note, I sincerely hope they are not generated before you actually visit them or at least come close! At least not with a complete biosphere etc.

Already The Sims 2 is very nearly unlimited in size, or at least exceeds what any sane person would be able to use in a lifetime. The three neighborhoods that come with the game have internal names N001 to N003, and the first you make yourself becomes N004. So you can have up to 999 neighborhoods, hardware permitting. If you have either of the expansion packs NightLife or Open for Business, you can add sub-neighborhoods. These share population with the main neighborhood, but have their own maps. These are named N001_Suburb001 etc, so you can have 999 suburbs in each of your 999 neighborhoods. In addition you can have 999 university campuses and 999 vacation resorts. Each map can accommodate a few hundred sims at least. So, hardware permitting, I could have a sim population larger than the United States. Obviously that would take a few lifetimes.

This is really nice and I appreciate it, but doesn't it seem... excessively massive? Or more like excessively excessive. It's not like any of us is going to play any of these games for several hundred years, at least not without some really stunning medical breakthroughs!
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