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sanity check: idea for a video game

Paperclip-01 (xndr)
Paperclip-01 (xndr) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We got this letter from the Internet Browsing Club:

[tell me if this is sane and interesting]

game based on the “paperclip maximizer” thought experiment, as featured in My Little Pony: Friendship is Optimal. I have no idea what it looks like. It could easily be a roguelike, for all I care. Or it could have cutesy bright graphics. Whatever.

At the start, you play as a paperclip maximizer. You’re in a world with resources of various types floating around, and other maximizer robots that try to eat you and turn you into some other resource, something other than a paperclip.  We can add whatever fun little floating things we think of. maybe super-special resources you can use for upgrades to your maximizer, I dunno.. Everything, though, can eventually be turned into a paperclip. Provided you can get your mitts on it and provided it doesn’t eat you or blow you up while you’re working.  Continue reading

Free Advice To The Republican Party

Dick Armey
Dick Armey (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m a left-wing nutjob, and as such, probably the least likely person to not only be giving advice to the Republican Party, let alone have them take me up on it. I know that, and it makes sense. However, in a sense of fair-play and bipartisanship, I will give them advice, that, if taken, will win them the 2008 Presidential Election.

As I write this, it’s up in the air, but it IS clear that the Republicans will have an uphill battle; Bush’s approval rating is at an all time low, even according to Fox News, and the last election was an overwhelming majority for the Democrats. Rudy Giuliani, once thought the most likely Republican candidate (and in some circles, the election had been all but given to him) has just dropped out due to abysmal returns in the primaries. Right now, it’s looking like McCain will get the nod, but that’s subject to change; as of a week or two ago, it was looking like Romney was going to be the one to beat, and before that, even Huckabee looked like he might even get it.

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Music & Gender

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One of the things I’ve always been interested in is pop music. Well, that should be obvious, don’t you think? I mean, really — it’s probably less an interest than an obsession. But that’s all right, too. However, one of the other things I’ve been interested in is the use of language and social constructs, like how society views gender and all that kind of happy stuff. The cultural aspects of that kind of thing. And, well, since I’m an American Pop Music Consumer, when I’m talking or thinking about “culture”, I’m typically thinking of what Fancy-Pants Guys The World Over term “low” culture. Which us non-Fancy-Pants Guys The World Over call “pop culture” or “awesome stuff like movies or records and, like, stuff”.

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