FLQ Celebrates 40th Anniversary by Committing Extreme Acts of Irony

Oct 29

Electronics giant Sony Corp. yesterday bowed to intense pressure from Quebec politicians and decided to delete video-game scenes featuring separatist terrorists engaging in bloody gunfights in a Toronto shopping mall and subway.
- Globe and Mail :: October 24, 2003
The first four levels of Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain challenged players to destroy a fictitious terrorist group, the Quebec Liberation Front, thus stopping attacks on the city of Toronto. As you can see, it didn’t take long for the powers that be to get offended and call on Sony to pull the scenarios.
The Globe article goes on to quote various sources from Sony, the Bloc, Soci

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More on Gaming

Oct 28

Since happening upon Terra Nova I have been devouring all kinds of other MMOG sites and articles. My latest find is “The Mystery of SWG” by Timothy Burke.
Whatever the reasons … the fact is that Star Wars: Galaxies is a major disappointment. Combined with the failure of The Sims: Online, it more than justifies Mythic head Mark Jacobs

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The Pseudo-Science of MMOGs

Oct 27

I came across a great MMORPG blog via Boing Boing today. Cory linked to an interested piece about how the fires in California may impact gamers around the world.
“All Sony Online Entertainment customer service support is closed due to the wild fires raging throughout San Diego and the proximity of those fires to the SOE offices. Normal operations will resume once this local emergency is over…”
In other words, a firestorm has knocked out the government that rules over 750,000 accounts. There will be no police officers on the streets tonight. If you’re in the mood to do some random looting and griefing, now’s the time.

The quote comes from Edward Castronova, over at Tera Nova, a collaborative blog about MMORPGs and other virtual worlds. It seems to be a great read if you’re into this kind of thing. Topics range from the one above to statistics about what percentage of men play female avatars to families that game together.
Of particular interest is the chart demonstrating the growth rate of synthetic worlds. I’ve added their RSS to my reader, if this is your cup of tea, I suggest you do the same. Even if you’re not into gaming, it makes for interesting reading.

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Geek Like Me Part 2

Oct 21

If you don’t think this is funny, you’re just not nerdy enough. Keep trying though, it will come eventually.
Also, I’d like to acknowledge Jason Pultz for being the first person to ever go to BC and get better as opposed to turning into some kind of smack junkie and/or meth head. Congratulations, Jason!

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Preview

Oct 17

Read more to see a small preview of my pictures from the magazine photoshoot I worked at 2 weeks ago. The shoot took place at the Corinthian. Chances are, you can not even afford to breathe the air in the place, so don’t bother planning an event there. Though, I must say, the place is stunning, as were the ladies.
Obviously, these are not the editorial photos that will be in the magazine, just my personal documentary of the shoot.

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Only Because I Have a Thing For Things

Oct 17

Friday Five: Things
1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
A styrofoam container of wonton soup that I made John order but didn’t feel well enough to eat. An empty case of canned mineral water. Some pico de gallo that is ready for the trash. A family size package of pepperoni sticks. A lime.
2. Name five things in your freezer.
3 bags of precooked chicken breast that I purchased at John’s request which then turned out to be not at all what he wanted. Lots of ice in our icemaker. A variety of frozen meat.
3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
Liquid dishwasher detergent. A bucket full of cleaning supplies. Doggie bath wipes. Unopened package of paper towel. J-cloths.
4. Name five things around your computer.
A rubbermaid storage container full of assorted items brought with me from Toronto. An octupus-like powerbar. A subwoofer. Catfood crumbs. One dog looking for catfood crumbs.
5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.
Vitamin C with bioflavinoids. Tampons. New and used inhalers. Qtips. Polysporin.

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Yall Listen Up Now

Oct 16

Before I moved to Houston, I kind of had the impression that Texans really didn’t say “yall” all the time. I’m sure this was based on the fact that John rarely uses the expression.
In reality, it is used a lot. Infact, Krystl (an english major) has even defended the use of “yall’s”, claiming innovation on the part of Texans. You know, French and Spanish both have plurals for “your”. *shudder* Nice try Krystl, but you won’t be finding “yall’s” the dictionary any time soon.

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I’ll See Your Slack and Raise You 50

Oct 15

Yesterday my employers pulled me aside as I was on my way home for the day. Apparently, there were some things they had been meaning to discuss with me.
“Oh, here we go,” I thought to myself.
As it turns out, they have been very impressed with my wonderful attitude (*boggle*) and I have been awarded a rather healthy raise. It’s not that I don’t feel like I deserve a raise. I DO. I just felt like the news totally came out of left field.
Good thing some Cubbies’ fan didn’t grab hold of it on the way down.

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Sick at/of Work

Oct 14

Lucky me! I spent my entire weekend sniffing, sneezing and blowing. And not the fun kind of blowing either. The omg-i-have-clown-nose-from-so-much-blowing kind. I took yesterday off from work. I’m back now. I am miserable. I am wondering just how many lungs I have left to cough up.
Dear People Who Have Been Attempting to Contact Me Via Telephone,
I am a neglectful bitch. I admit it.
love,
Dusty

Court, I sent you an email. Krys, I have your secret spy materials.

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Even Models Ride the Bus

Oct 01

I feel like I have a killer hangover despite the fact that last night I only had one drink. Maybe it was the 14 hour photoshoot.
The shoot was amazing even if it did leave me feeling like a walking zombie. It’s days like this that remind me of why I love my profession so much. Now if only I could spend more time art directing and less time answer questions about logging into the company website…
Anyway, I took a ton of photos. As soon as I recover my camera bag (and USB cable) I will post my little “Anatomy of a Fashion Shoot” photo essay for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, I must hunter and gather up some advil.

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