You'll probably hear about this before the day is out 
2007.02.26 11:02 - News and Politics, Philosophy and Religion
At least, if it's of any significance, anyway.

James Cameron is holding a press conference0 wherein he intends to present claims that a handful of bodies found in a family crypt in Jerusalem in 1980 actually belonged to Jesus of Nazareth; his mother, Mary; his wife, Mary Magdalene; and his son, Judah (amongst others, presumably).

He claims to have DNA evidence to support these claims, but I don't see how that can do anything other than verify that the bodies were related (which is stated by the inscriptions in the tomb, after all). At least, I'm not aware of too many free-floating bits of DNA that can be tied back to any of those figures.


0. Don't read the comments. It's really not worth the IQ points you'll lose.

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I guess I'm going to see a movie this weekend. 
2007.02.20 13:37 - Entertainment, Movies
Apparently, my sister will be home soon, and wishes to go see "Ghost Rider," which is not getting great reviews. (I do have some sympathy with the reviewer from E! Online who offers this: "Seriously, people, if you're going to go see a movie you know is about a biker with a flaming skull and magic chains, you forfeit the right to complain about how the plot isn't logical or realistic." Fair enough.)

That said, it seems that "Pan's Labyrinth" is playing at a theater between home and the office, and I figure that I am somehow obliged to go see that at some point.0

Email's open for comments, if you'd like to offer them on either film, and I think I'll see about re-enabling comments this evening, so you can rant/rave as appropriate.

0. I actually enjoyed "Hellboy" in the theater, enough that I bought a copy of it later, and I'm pretty excited about "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army". All the same, "Hellboy" was not a good movie, however much I enjoy the comics on which it was based. At the moment, I just can't decide if I am owed a good movie by this director, or if I owe a good director the opportunity to show me a good movie in return for showing me one that I really wanted. One or the other, I guess.

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Haikus, off-the-cuff and probably half-baked 
2007.02.05 22:51 - Entertainment, Bad Poetry Corner

Darkling wintersnight:
below, a graveyard silence;
o'erhead, the moon.


And another:

In springtime ever,
she waits: laughing, happy, hale.
I, in winter, strive.


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The Weekend in Games 
2007.02.05 11:35 - Entertainment, Microcode, Television
  1. Final Fantasy XII: Completed a handful of hunts, but the big achievement was running through the last dungeon and beating the ever-loving tar out of the final boss. The strategy guide suggested a minimum level of 40, and recommended 45+. At level 56 across all six characters, I didn't have to significantly modify gambits or equipment, nor swap characters out. I didn't even need to issue very many commands manually, which was actually pretty cool. There's still several metric tons of side-quest to be completed, but I think I can say that FFXII is the best of the lot. Leaving FFXI aside, since I've never bothered, and Tactics (barely played), X-2 (haven't played, never will), and a handful of other side entries, I think FFXII is the best FF game made thus far. Given what I've seen of FFXIII, I think that's likely to remain true for a while. Yasumi Matsuno left Square part-way through this game's development; does anyone know anything about where he wound up, or what games he's working on? Recommended if you miss Final Fantasy.
  2. Guild Wars: Nothing much. Did a little faction farming, completed a couple missions over the past week and opened up another Hero for my main character. A little burned-out on GW at the moment, especially with the latest round of skill-balancing going through right now. It's cool that ArenaNet goes to such lengths to make the PvP end of the game interesting, but I don't play PvP any more than necessary (which is to say, hardly at all, and never against/with actual people). Since the latest round of changes doesn't do me any favors in PvE land, I'm not that interested. Looking forward to details on expansion 4, one of these days. (Nightfall's really excellent, though.)
  3. Myst Online: URU: Aside from a few uncomfortable moments of confused identity Saturday night, Uru's actually pretty cool. Since it's a non-competitive game (and a non-violent game), it's more fun, in some ways, than anything else I've played (I never played Myst back when it was new). It hasn't grabbed me quite as firmly as it seems to have taken some other people, though. More poking around the dusty remains of a dead(?) civilisation this evening.
  4. Final Fantasy III: Couldn't help but be a come down from FFXII, but this is the last of the mainline FF games that I haven't played. So far, I loathe the magic system (seriously: it's the FF1 system, with some extra types of magic. I'll probably just have to keep my characters dedicated to specific lines of magic, which defeats the point of the job system), and the story is a bit less directed than I'd like, but I don't seem to have gotten really lost more than once. First impression: crummy, legacy magic system in an otherwise spectacular remake of an originally 8-bit game.

I hear there was a football game, but I didn't see much besides pretty mediocre commercials. Sorry, Matt, I think your team lost this year.
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Dear Mr. Joey Parry 
2007.02.01 13:57 - Site/Meta
If that's even really your name. Please stop spamming my blog comments with your crap. I know the web is all about the long tail, but c'mon. You or your bot probably accounts for more of the traffic this web site has picked up in the last month than any real person. Cut it out.

To the real people: for the short term, I'm going to disable comments, starting this evening. I'll need to actually move the comments.php file to make that work, so there's really no point in bothering before I get home. Apologies for any inconvenience, but I'm lazy, and I get roughly, oh, three legitimate comments in a given month.

Email's still open, and is still in my RSS aggregator.
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