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Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005, 11:51 pm

My computer is back in working order after a mere six hours of work. I still have to restore all the 3D stuff but thats more of a gradual effort of installing the various files as I need them.

I bought the Daily Mail today, the cover indicated that there was a big article inside about how Maggie Thatcher rocked our collective worlds so I figured it'd be a laugh to read it and sure enough it was. I'm old enough to remember her reign of terror, and everyone in my family - from my coal miner uncle right through to the bank managers complaining about that bloody woman and her crusade against sanity - so a two page spread by some bloody minded apologist was more funny than frustrating (unlike Bush apologists who just inform us that we're stupid and hate America). The rest of the paper was a litany of reasons why everything foreign was stupid and stuck up, why immigrants are all bastards and why Tony Blair is a bit of an arsehole. There was something in the lifestyle section about how men should be out working and women should be inside working on babies that I skipped across because the humour was running as thin as my patience.

Someone called Gordon Brown is also a jackass it seems, I don't recognise most of these names since Britain joined Ireland at the inconsequential end of the global political scene (also apparantly Blair's fault). Worryingly, the trend seems to be that prominence as a world power seems directly linked to how dangerously incompetent or bloodythirsty your leader is. Britain and Ireland have borderline idiots with a marginal capacity for deceit at the wheel so no one notices. The US, several african nations and a few middle eastern ones have psychopaths in charge and are in the news daily. I think the lesson here is that if Bertie wants to be taken seriously, he needs to start grabbing people off the street and start killing them slowly. That and change his name to something other than Bertie (actual name: Patrick Bartholemew Ahern, I always did wonder), people remember a name like Charles Haughey but "Bertie" is a footnote in history and an asshole made of sweets, and according to Wikipedia, a county in north carolina. One thing Bertie has over Blair is that he can inspire pity, the kind of pity that only a man who looks like his mother dressed him can possibly inspire.

Personally, he also inspires the kind of hate I reserve for stuffed olives, avril lavigne and people who abuse ducks.

I finished Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit X earlier this evening and I highly reccomend it with one caveat. It is a *damned* ugly game - probably five years old graphically. However it more than makes up for that with incredibly well executed voice acting and motion capture, action scenes that cause a certain tightness in the underwear and a plot that kicks the ass clean off anything hollywood has produced in quite some time. The control system, which I've mentioned before, might also be an issue for some people - this is not a typical game, it is an interactive movie where your actions and dialogue form the plot and with that in mind, your actions are dictated by a "simple simon" style interface where mimicing the patterns shown on screen determine your success or failure in a task. This has the unfortunate side effect that you're focused on the flashing lights rather than the excellent graphical sequences. I just turned the difficulty down to 'easy' and sat back to enjoy the show. I hope they make a movie out of this one and leave the plot the hell alone.

I'm downloading the unaired pilot for Warren Ellis' "Global Frequency", I hear its absolutely great. Lost Ep4 is on the way too but since I'm going to Cavan this weekend I doubt I'll have anything to say on the topic until monday.

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
socmot

Gordon Brown is the British equivalent of Biffo Cowen - he's the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister for Finance) and will take over from Blair sometime before the decade is out - some say sooner, some say later.

Speculation is that he's going to move Labour to the left - he's not bosom buddies with Tony, but they made a pact years ago that they'd both work towards Blair being PM first and then the plan would be that Brown would succeed. Somehow they've kept it together.

I'm sure I've bored the shite out of you now :-)

As for Bertie taking people off the streets and killing the, why bother when he can leave people on the streets and they'll die of exposure! And at the same time he can sell State land off for a firesale price to developers and spend tens of millions on land for a prison! (sorry, personal bugbear).

As I've said, I'm sure I've bored the shite out of you :-)

Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Ah yes, now I know where I've heard the name, there was speculation a while back that he was going to oust Blair around the time of the start of the Iraq war - they had all these "experts" on, talking about his body language and how the way he scratched himself meant he wanted Blair dead. I couldn't help but think, "maybe he's just itchy?"

Don't forget, all you have to say afterwards is "yeah, we spent 24 million over the asking price, but not to worry, we're adding prisons to the list of things the land commission can cover compulsory sales for, Oops"
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Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Seen it - one of the best episodes to date, purely on a character development level (well, more "explanation for why he is like he is" than "development").
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Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

The only safe place is a lead lined bunker underground. Or we can communicate via messages written on edible paper at Gaelcon.

Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
trjh

Britain and Ireland have borderline idiots with a marginal capacity for deceit at the wheel so no one notices.

*blink*

unlike Bush apologists who just inform us that we're stupid and hate America

Well, y'all do keep re-electing Bertie. Despite John O'Shea of GOAL and the continuous stream of snide remarks from prominent intellectuals like Pat Kenny and Philip Boucher-Hayes, we know you really love America because you can't get enough of our blue jeans and Hollywood productions ;)

The US, [...] have psychopaths in charge and are in the news daily.

Gotta fight fire with fire, man!

Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

*blink*
That is to say, the lies told by Bertie and Blair are relatively small or relate to less serious events, or don't have such serious repercussions (Example: Bertie's "Theres no US troops in Shannon... ah theres only a few.. ah right, a few thousand... every day... we're proud to have helped in a tiny way towards removing Saddam.... we were against the war right from the start")
I'm not sure how he won the election two back, I thought Noonan was a sure bet but as long as Enda Kenny is the leader of FF, Bertie's career is assured.

Gotta fight fire with fire, man!
Yeah, Fire, not gasoline.

At least previous administrations (Bush Snr included) had the decency to have a concrete excuses for bombing the bejeezus out of tiny countries (invasion of kuwait, assassination attempts on Bush Snr) and weren't *constantly* being caught in their own lies