Tuesday, August 30, 2005
I think I've worked out part of the reason why books like Harry potter and anime like Naruto are so popular. Hearing about people who are really good at what they do can be entertaining (most kung-fu movies, for instance), as can hearing about people who know absolutely nothing (i.e. North by Northwest,), but there's a special kind of thrill you get when the people in you book or movie or whatever are learning about something. It gives you a subliminal feeling that "hey, if they can start out not knowing much and then learn to do amazing magic tricks (or whatever), then if I were to somehow get to one of these schools, I could too!" that makes you want to watch the show more. Of course, this is a fourteen-year-old expounding on his psychological theories here. On the other hand, he's a fourteen-yeer-old who uses the word "expounding." Could go either way, really.
Posted by Mobius Soul at 10:42 PM
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Why is it that DVDs have theatrical trailers on them? Is there any possible purpose other than just something to justify putting the phrase "DVD Extras" on the box? I don't watch them. No one I know watches them. Are there really people out there who see a movie and go "Meh, the movie was pretty fun, but now I really wanna see the trailer!"? They're not entertaining, and they're made up entirely of scenes from the movie you just saw. The one exception is the theatrical trailer to "Time Bandits," which was one of the funniest minutes of my life and would have made me go ravening to see the movie if I hadn't just done so.
Posted by Mobius Soul at 3:11 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Brian Clevinger, webcomic author extraordinaire, can be a bit of an odd person sometimes. Case in point: he's recently written a fifteen-paragraph rant on the relative usefulness, quality, and aesthetic satisfyingness of assorted types of store-bought luncheon meats. I rest my case. Go back a comic or two if the rant in question has been replaced by a new one by the time you read this.
Posted by Mobius Soul at 8:44 PM
Sunday, August 14, 2005
So I was replaying Kingdom Hearts yesterday in preparation for the upcoming sequel, when I notice that Squall/Leon's voice seems oddly familiar. Nah, it couldn't be, I think, but then I IMDB it, and I was right--he's voiced by David Boreanaz. That's right, Angel is in my video game. *joy*
Posted by Mobius Soul at 1:45 PM
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I have recently found a disproportionate amount of my free time taken up by a game made before I was born, whose graphic interface consists of ASCII diagrams: NetHack, a randomly-genereated dungeoncrawler born in the days before Windows and updated continuously since. You move your little at-sign of a character through a field of periods representing rooms, and run him into letters to fight the monsters they represent, but for all its primitveness (primitivosity?) it's strangely addicting. And no, Mom, I didn't download it from that site, which is the site of the people who made it, I play it through a Java applet at this other site.
Posted by Mobius Soul at 2:59 PM