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May. 16th, 2011

09:49 am - Help me with your encyclopaedic knowledge, oh internets!

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I like psytrance. This is no secret. One of the things I like about psytrance is the extensive use of samples, which mostly seem to come from scifi or horror movies. I have a mix that has this quote in it:

"Busy rebuilding, are they? How foolish pretending they are safe. To think closing some gates would be the end of this. To forget, that I'm.. still.. here."

This sounds really familiar but I can't find the source - I think it might be from a videogame but I'm not sure. Anyone?

Meanwhile, this weekend I smeared some more mud on the walls at the AHOA, removed mud/dust/dirt/cat hair from every surface in our house, cut out my backless dress, made a unitard, signed a counter-offer on the house*, and was entertained by teenage boys playing X-box.


It was a terribly violent game, all bashing heads in with cricket bats and kung fu kicks to the nads and blood splatter on the camera. The Kid and his two friends were playing it for quite a while and I'm sure they'll all turn out to be psychopaths now.

Not.

What they were doing was taking the piss out of it constantly. They discovered that they could get multiple zombies to rave-dance by pushing a particular button at the exact moment the zombies died - they'd be frozen with their arms thrown up and outlined in neon yellow, glitching in and out like a strobe. This was far more entertaining than, you know, playing the actual game. The other thing they were doing was making up an alternative storyline to the expressed one, and keeping up a running narrative that had me in fits of laughter.

What they weren't doing was going "Oh wow all this blood and killing is awesome I'm totally going out to do this in real life!"

In fact, the blood splatter was so over the top that it was a joke too.

I mentioned to The Kid that I think he ought to get new friends because I like these ones, and I'm pretty sure the parent manual says you're supposed to disapprove of your teenager's friends..


* Yes, someone made an offer. It was pathetically low so we've made what we think is a reasonable counter offer, but realistically if she comes back any lower we'll say no because there's working with a bad market and then there's ripping yourself off, you know? We'll see. Not getting very excited about it. PS I hate that game, the one where you try to extract as much money from them as possible while they try to lever you down so they pay as little as possible, and it stops being about what the bloody thing is actually worth and becomes all about who gets the better of who. Game theory applies, and I really dislike the application of game theory because to me it's all about manipulation and I don't want to play. But I have to. So, reasonable counter offer, take it or leave it.

I have decided that when the house does sell, I'm going to do two things - rebuild The Kid's computer from scratch, and get my eyes laser-corrected. THAT is something to get excited about.

I've also booked myself in for a diagnostic hearing test. I don't want to go deaf while I procrastinate.

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From:heartofawarrior
Date:May 15th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
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A quick stab at Google yielded this - so, looks like that quote is from a game. :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 15th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I found that, and also references to Age of Mythology, Titans War, and an obscure reference in a teutonic language in a Killzone of San Andreas forum. And something, somewhere, about Final Fantasy.

So now I'm trying to find out which game it comes from, why I know it, and whether it originally came from a book or a movie.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 15th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
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PS THESE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:May 15th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Hehehe, I know the feeling. I'll have a bit more of a dig and see if I can turn anything up. It DOES sound awfully familiar...
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 16th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
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Do you know who the track is by? Some producers/DJs are happy enough to reply to email if you can track down their online presence. I used to do this all the time with mixes that didn't have tracklistings.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 16th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
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Sadly it's a mix that's on my car flashdrive and hasn't been tagged. All I know is that it's Track 5 (god knows what on) and I'm not quite obsessive enough to go through all my psy Track 5s to find it.

Or maybe I am...
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From:dianavilliers
Date:May 16th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
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If you or anyone you know has a smartphone, there's an app called Shazam (Yeah, cheesy) which can listen to a bit of a track and tell you what it is. It even mostly works with my collection of Track 5's which are mostly obscure bits of Middle Eastern dance music.
The future, I like living in it.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 16th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
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That sounds awesome, I'll look it up. Thanks!
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 16th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the parent manual says you're supposed to disapprove of your teenager's friends..

I couldn't find that in my copy - maybe you have a later revision than me???
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