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Here. Have some chickens, then

I blew all my free time tonight playing through to the end of Dead Space. I sure got my £5 worth out of it. It was great fun.

As the game went along and the ship got all veiny and mucus-y and organic and I ran across alien/human hybrids stuck all over the walls, I thought, “I’ve played this game before! It’s called Doom!”

Yeah, it’s pretty Doom (1993). Which in turn was pretty Alien (1979).

So we only have one space-horror plot. We just get better and better at telling it.

ANYHOO! The chickens? They’re fine. Not laying again yet. I’ve entered into negotiations with the Chicken Man for another two birds next month, so we’ll see how that goes.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: February 8, 2011, 12:05 am

I am particularly drawn to the story line in “The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black“, the likes of which have haunted my deepest subconscious nightmares since I was first introduced to E.A.Poe.

The dark moon Sonoran desert, lit only by the stars, is a place where one wrong turn into a sandy draw will close off all light. Echoes distort sound and distance is non-existent…all perception bent by black on black on black and gravity wanders. Hollow turns into a wall, turns into a drop off…turns into terror.

Being raised a desert rat, I know this only too well.

IMHO, the dripping, mucous laden, cold proto-wombs are nothing compared to the brittle dry, sarcoptic stillness broken only by a scurrying centipede, or kangaroo rat…or Gila monster on the hunt.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: February 8, 2011, 1:02 am

Mmmmm, McNuggets… 😉

Did you hear that Olivia Wilde has been tapped as the lead in the Alien Prequil that they are working up? It is set about 30-50 years prior to Ripley’s involvement, and is supposed to delve more deeply into the identity of the Space Jockey in the alien spaceship…..

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 8, 2011, 3:59 am

See, right there is why Colorado is the coolest state of all. From Sven’s overawing description of the nighttime Sonoran to scubafreak’s excellent recentering description of a pre-Ripleyan Alien prequel. All triggered by a post which is essentially about chickens. Well. This is why I dig Colorado.

Comment from Pavel
Time: February 8, 2011, 4:03 am

PS: You should turn off anonymous posting when I have had more than 1.5 martinis and don’t remember to fill in my name.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: February 8, 2011, 4:50 am


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Time: February 8, 2011, 4:55 am


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: February 8, 2011, 12:24 pm

So if you blew all your time playing computer games, where did you find the time to draw the chickens? That is yours, isn’t it? It has a feel similar to the lambs. . .and is lovely and evocative. But I ask about the time because if you have figured out how to do two totally-absorbing things simultaneously, I want the secret. . .

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 8, 2011, 12:40 pm

I drew the chickens in the morning, Can’t hark. You can’t play scary computer games in the sunshine. Duh.

I had two comment spams this morning. One was in Hebrew (a first!) and the other was this:

Why American men should boycott American women

I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 8, 2011, 12:54 pm

Oh, and the Hebrew one was about toenail fungus.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: February 8, 2011, 2:41 pm

Wow! You can read Hebrew? Or are you only multi-lingual in fungal issues?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: February 8, 2011, 2:57 pm

Wow! That rant should persuade plenty of folks to click to open. Guess he’s got no problem with illegal immigration–do you suppose he is offering foreign women for sale?

Comment from surly ermine
Time: February 8, 2011, 3:10 pm

a warning Weas…stay with the single player stuff. Online gaming is a stinking hellpit waste of time. It is sucking up my life! I only eat cereal and salisbury steaks.
(nice inkwork btw)

Comment from jic
Time: February 8, 2011, 3:16 pm

Scubafreak, the situation has changed December. Luckily, Olivia Wilde seems to have nothing to do with it any more.

Comment from jic
Time: February 8, 2011, 3:20 pm

The missing word is ‘since’.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 8, 2011, 3:22 pm

No, I can’t read Hebrew. I’m a Jewophile, but not that much of one — the URL’s were in English. So either the text had nothing to do with the link, or nail fungus it is!

He’s got a Blogspot blog with the obvious name, Can’t hark. I assume it’s a Russian dating site or something, but I didn’t visit. That Akismet picked it up as spam means he’s not visiting blogs individually, so it’s not just a dude with a rant.

Good to see you, surly. The only MOORPG I ever got into was Anarchy Online. It was pretty, but ultimately too repetitive to hold my interest. All that boring leveling. I loved running across the landscape seeing new stuff. I hated when other players talked to me.

No, wait…I did Second Life for a while. That was fun because you could make stuff. (ZOMG! I just realized I have a fabulous new computer…).

And it’s not ink. It’s digital. I’m playing with custom brushes, trying to make P’shop look more like traditional media. Because I’m too butt lazy for traditional media anymore.

Comment from Skandi Recluse
Time: February 8, 2011, 4:04 pm

I am in awe of people who can draw…and write…and make good movies, and the actors and ladies who can bring to life imaginary characters and situations.

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 8, 2011, 4:42 pm

I like the chicken drawings too. There is an over-priced and trendy “breakfast” restaurant in San Antonio—La Peep—where I like to eat, because the place is decorated in the most charming “chicken” art. It makes me think of Mapp and Lucia.

Comment from Russ
Time: February 8, 2011, 4:58 pm

Not being much into the horror genre, I’ve been flogging the hell out of Mass Effect 2. Better entertainment value, dollar for dollar, than any movie – even if I’d paid full price, which I didn’t.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: February 8, 2011, 7:13 pm

JIC – Bummer. I was really enthusiastic about that casting choice…. 🙁

Comment from jic
Time: February 9, 2011, 1:58 am

I didn’t realise that you liked her, so I’m sorry about that. But I can’t stand Olivia Wilde, so her absence is a plus for me. Although since I haven’t seen anything that Noomi Rapace was in, I can’t really say that I’d like her any better.

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