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Legions of Things

It took what seemed like years to finish “Watch Dogs: Legion” and literal Years for me to sit down and finish “Legion” from Marvel Television and I didn’t plan it, but I finished them both the same night.

Watchdogs: Legion is the continuation of the series started with “Watchdogs”, continued in “Watchdogs 2: Silicon Valley Monsters!” and now “Watchdogs: Legion” and I think this latest edition might have finally figured out the formula for the games, and that is to not have a primary character.

“Watchdogs: Legion” is (like the previous games and pretty much every Ubisoft game) an open world with a bunch of stuff to do while following a main mission. The “twist” for WD:Legion is that you can recruit “anyone” to join your fight. Including “bad guys” which is really where the game play system shines, you recruit someone, do a couple missions (sadly repetitive ones) and they join your team. All you can customize is their clothes, and the clothes and “battle mask” (my name, but you put it on to fight so “battle mask”) The main plot takes FOREVER to get through, there were what seemed like over 100 plot missions to get through and who you embody (the operative) matters, so choose your team wisely! I had a blast in the game, but the writing was kind of weak for the main plot, I had it sussed out in the first cinematic so I spent the whole game waiting for what I saw coming in the first minutes of the game. Which is sad, but there are only so many plots in the world and when it looked like I was going to be wrong, I was intrigued, but the mystery the game does a masterful job setting up really doesn’t “matter” in the game, you had to seek it out and the payoff isn’t great storytelling, but it *is* good world building, I think they were going to go somewhere else and left in the bits. I’m tiptoeing around the plot details as i don’t want to spoil it for anyone. The game is good, I WANTED to finish it, so yeah.

LEGION (from Marvel TV) WAS great, but I think they had wanted to go in a direction and had to swap motivations around a bit to make drama and it all got very “Manson with Powers” and if I’m honest, they went all cosmic, they didn’t need to ground so much of it after that.

What I loved: Behind Blue eyes!
What I hated: Problematic Protagonist and a heel turn that wasn’t

Not Looking

It’s Wednesday November 4, 2020 and I’m afraid to open a web page that I don’t have control over the content of,

I know there are only a few possible realities that exist right now

  1. Joe Biden got enough votes to win decisively. (Didn’t happen)
  2. Donald Trump got enough votes to win decisively. (I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know)
  3. Donald Trump got enough votes to declare himself the winner and the ‘net is awash with
    smiling images of him and his followers.
  4. Joe Biden got enough votes to be declared the winner but Trump is Contesting it everywhere he can.

The uncertainty is killing me, but simply knowing might be worse. Last night I checked how things were going about 11pm and got that familiar sinking feeling.

Good Morning November 4, 2020.

The Starting Pistol and The Funeral Bell

On September the 12th the Globe was still ringing. The Echos of the destruction of Symbols of Capitalistic Glory and “American Power” were still passing through the world.

The whole world held its breath, expecting the Cowboy President to run off half-cocked and do something insane to the whole world.

It didn’t happen.

Instead what happened was like a Funeral for Freedom, a long form WAKE for Liberty began and it ended some time in 2003.

So the falling of the Twin Towers, it wasn’t just a symbol that was destroyed, it was the tolling of the Funeral Bell of the American Experiment.

But it was also the sound of the Starting Pistol, the promise of the Militias of the 90s, who did the same thing to Americans, their country-persons. This was the thing they had been waiting for, a way to dissolve “Liberal Democracy” and they have achieved it in Donald Trump, a man so enamoured with his own image that he can’t even comprehend the damage he has done and is doing.

The Fascists love him, because he is doing what they want, ignoring the world in favour of the mirror. They can work without limit and change the face of America and the World.

Weeks of Reading

Over the last few weeks the local Dollarama (a Walmart Company?) has been stocking massive piles of Trade Paper Backs (TPB) so much so that I’ve already overrun my bookshelves and storage. I have a pile of Books on my bedside table FOR STORAGE. Not for reading. I’ve also got a stack in the Bathroom and a bunch that have just sort of found a home in one of my short bookshelves.

Usually, I would just read through them. Start on “book X” and read all the ones that are in the same series until done.

I’ve been keeping myself slow on these, mostly to string them out as long as possible. I wouldn’t normally buy (for example) a series of Thor books, but because they were so cheap I bought a big stack of them. I read Thor off an on, because the writing for Thor can get a bit “much”

All of that aside, I have weeks of reading ahead of me. Months of stories and years of memories. The problem with all that being the stack of straight novels piling up and the years of movies and TV shows I’ve avoided.

I finished “Destroy all Humans” last night.

I have too much Passive Media around I think. Also, I just turned 45, you should see my Collection of Transformers!

We're Doomed

The Tyranny of Blind Ignorance

In the continuing “Liberals are the real Fascists” story that people have decided to just run with Reason essentially reprinted this article (https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Churchill-At-Skidmore-curiosity-might-get-you-15553968.php#photo-19749884)

This Reason article and the source article don’t contain any direct quotes from the students.

Anyone else think it’s odd that both articles contain zero direct quotes from anyone making the complaint? Like maybe there may be more to this that “He went to a Blue Lives Matter display”

Why would two different articles be made without a single direct quote from someone making the complaint?

There are quotes that are purported to be from people, but no direct quotes (there are direct quotes from students who are against his firing, so it’s not like Churchill didn’t reach out to Students)

Also, the articles state that his Wife is not employed by the school, but it’s clear from school sources that there are classes taught by the wife.

I’m concerned that there really is only one side being presented here and the Students are being portrayed as focused on a single event rather than even addressing their concerns directly.

On Balance; only the “free speech” of one party here is being defended.

Here’s one from a Student, take from it what you will, but at least is gives the Students themselves a voice that both linked articles don’t http://skidmorenews.com/new-blog/2020/8/31/opinion-the-petersons-amp-blue-lives-matter-students-reveal-a-pattern-of-racism-among-skidmore-faculty-and-staff

What happens when someone contradicts their boss in public?

What happens when that boss is notoriously thin-skinned?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/coronavirus-fauci-trump-anti-malaria-drug

Here’s the same scenario we’ve seen play out over and over, Trump says something dangerous or stupid; a professional steps in, contradicts him publicly, and in about 20 days, they are out of work. At this juncture it’s a medical professional who is being asked to help deliver the tired rumblings of a man who has no idea what is going on at this point.

So, how long until Dr. Fauci is out of a job? I give it 20 days.

Fortnite: Save the Game

I’ve played “Fortnite: Save the World” for YEARS now and it’s not as good

That long title says it all, I used to play “Save the World” ALL the time, anyone who has seen me in game will recognize my banner as one of those ones that Epic gave us play-testers, I played the game before the deliver the payload mission was added, there was a time when outlanders had a neat “gravity bubble” power so the could get high like a ninja…

anyway, that aside to show me cred, I don’t like playing Save the World anymore, not like I used to, I played EVERY night for ages and even when I lost interest I’d try to play 99.9% of days (there have to be days away from the Internet)

So when I say “I don’t enjoy it anymore” that is saying something.

I started playing Battle Royale when I found out about the bases on the map, and the story missions and tasks have kept me playing

I used to spend HOURS in maps in STW just exploring, this is the level of commitment to STW I’m talking about and the level of goodwill that the STW team and EPIC have lost in me. I didn’t even bother with trying to get the spy weapons

Save the world used to be more than a wave shooter to me; but the game is just a borderlands in a bottle game now, and that’s what’s sending me to Battle Royale (never mind that the toxic players are like less than 1% of the player base now, so that’s nice)

So, in short, the Toxic player problem is mostly not a thing in BR (or it isn’t for me) I’ve loved the narrative in the current “season, whatever” and It’s a CRIME that I don’t look forward to Save the World everyday like I used to.

The Lobbers, by the way, were the worst thing of all the recent changes, having 20 or so bombs landing all the damn time in some missions? What?!?!?!

Short Story Stem: Cloudships

It has been over 15 years since the last human sailed the ocean surface of the planet Earth by choice.  The Leviathan put paid to the idea of farming the sea.

The Leviathan are a pod of 300 foot long Vampire squid, jet black, inky death that would make a meal of any good sized saurian.

The Leviathan are the end result of 50 years of speedy and somewhat unfortunate evolutionary leaps forward that some of the more morose people left on Earth as “the big step backwards” strange predatory species popped up overnight, meat eating deer, smart and community-oriented apes that used tools and wore clothes, social conservative weasels that walked like men and got into politics.  It took scientists 5 years to even notice the weasels.  Then there were the millennial squirrels.

Imagine a sabre-toothed, lion sized squirrel.

Got that in your head?

A squirrel that would give your dog good reason to hang up it’s collar and go out to stud for good.

They appeared in the dark forests of Europe and after a few years of culling attempts the European union just evacuated every forest bearing country until the euro-zone was just a bit on the coasts and France.  France held out against the squirrels.  Turned them into √©cureuil hach√©es, what you’d call squirrel burger.  They ate horses too, the french.

Now they eat Seagulls.  go figure, even the French had to adapt to fishing for birds.

 

Generation X: Now is the Time!

Why we stopped loving and started just keeping away from each other

Dear Everyone older than 35 and younger than 55:

You lived through the Cold War, we lived with Nuclear Annihilation hanging over us every single day of the week. We watched movies about our neighbours being blown to atoms. We were forced to tolerate Motown via the Whitest movies ever composed.

We survived AIDS. Something that seemed to be so frighteningly omnipresent (thanks to the Murdoch papers) that we thought twice about using public toilets, phones and shared eating spaces. Hugs seemed like taking a risk. All that backwards fear was for something.

This is it; the thing Generation X was made for, bleak, cigarette ash-stained, lost and solitary. Put on some Cure and revel in it, the future we were promised has arrived! #GenXfuture