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An old reflection on FFXII
Given the dismal sight that is FFXIII, I thought I’d return to some earlier thoughts I had about its rather awesome predecessor Final Fantasy XII. Lately, I’ve been indulging in Final Fantasy XII. I don’t normally venture into Japanese Role-Playing Game territory for the simple reason that the signification of homoeroticism is impishly lampooned as though it’s necessary...
Vertigo and narrative expectations
In my winter/summer philosophy course I teach Lacan’s theory of fantasy. Fantasy here isn’t a daydream, a wish, a nightmare; it’s the coordination of your desire by some mysterious x-factor on virtue of which an object seems to fascinate your gaze, literally (metonymically) or metaphorically. Fantasy, in its strict Lacanian usage, gives us the formal framing of reality. Without...
Musings of an Inappropriate Woman: Ask Rachel:... →
rachelhills: Leanne writes: Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to write. Throughout college I basically “packaged” myself so I could go into journalism: I majored in English at an Ivy League college. I wrote at campus publications, I built up clips, I edited, I founded my own publication. I interned…
Brisbane Zombie Walk 2010 - a set on Flickr →
Sub-tropical zombies out and about yesterday.
Obituary: Kurt Baier
We regret to announce the death on Sunday in Dunedin at the age of 93 of Kurt Baier, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Different websites claim him as an Austrian, an Australian and American philosopher but the truth is that he was born in Austria, began as a philosopher in Australia and finished his career in America before retiring to New Zealand, the native...
Musings of an Inappropriate Woman: Yet another way... →
rachelhills: Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like when doves cry - Prince One of the nicest things about being an established writer-for-hire is that occasionally editors will come to you asking you to write an article on the very topic you’ve been wanting to pitch for ages, but…
Re: Gilese 581g | The Astronomist →
fuckyeahspace: Back when Gilese 581g was discovered, a huge fuss was made about finding “Earth’s twin”, on which the chances of life were “100%”. The backlash to the media response has been swift and forceful, quite rightfully. I’ve said it before to trust nothing you hear about science and in this article The Astronomist expands on that. He spells out the things that the media glazed over, for...
Brisbane Supper Club (19 August, 2010 review)
**a rough draft from my other life** (reposted from LJ) Finally, my fiancée and I made it to the Brisbane Supper Club for a test drink last night. I’d read the hype, we’d encountered the site, and the desire to investigate had grown. So we trundled off to 471 Adelaide (entry via Macrossan St, beneath Ciccio’s Pasta Bar) to explore the ‘really existing’ tastes....
Paying the bill at The Lark
Nick: Right, how would you like to pay that?
Me: Wow, that's a lot less than usual.
/while paying the bill/
Kirsten: Yeah man! I'll say! I remember when you used to come in here and get absolutely smashed and... you do it so well.*
*Referring to finishing the evening on Highland Park 12yr
Communiqués from the front
Hi D, Can I pick your brains? Do you think of teleological view of life/progress is have an inherently narcissist quality about it? Any comments welcome. ____ Hello there _____, Your question is an interesting one, and such a question opens with a thicket of ontological questions about the perspective of/for/by the subject. My first approach would be the Freudian one (paraphrasing...
Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com >> Blog Archive »... →
Cory Doctorow interviews William Gibson. If you love your cyberpunk and sticking it to the ‘man, you don’t deserve to live if you miss this.
john lennon - Google Search →
Did everyone see Google’s logo today? Just when you thought Lennon was dead, *POW* there’s zombie-John in animated signifiers. Just let him die Google, what’d he ever do to you to keep you picking at the sparkly bits of his corpse?