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Tycho / on Wed, Nov 19 2003 at 6:02 am

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The Avatar had a link to a Register article we found highly amusing, something about being awarded a patent for the circumvention of spam filters.  Now, I believe with unwavering certainty that there is a reasonable and perhaps even noble reason for wanting to mail people who don’t want to be mailed.  I would never disparage corporations, which I think of as fountains of goodwill.  For example, I have full faith that AT&T’s new rapedroid - with a bank of three hideous, whirling cocks - is…  Well, it’s hard to imagine a proper purpose for such a thing.

A small bit of Final Fantasy news that might invigorate the enthusiasts - after Square Enix released that teaser poster a short while back, clearly showing a surly Bangaa in the lower left, many humans were left curious as to what that exactly it meant.  Check out The Magicbox for the answer - the entire next game takes place in the world of Final Fantasy Tactics, called Ivalice.  It would be very interesting indeed to see in what other ways the two games are related if at all, but with the release of Final Fantasy X-2 this month - as well as the upcoming Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - revisiting established worlds is something we can expect more of.  Also, speaking of Final Fantasy X-2, when people were importing it I was reading previews that were predominantly negative.  Now that the US release is upon us, and people understand the language the game is in, wouldn’t you know that their little ears just perk up!  Gaming media is adorable, like a yarn basket full of kittens.

Sort of off topic for the site, but I saw a band called The Polyphonic Spree on Monday that I think people might enjoy.  It is essentially cotton candy you can listen to - sample lyric, “Hey, it’s the sun!  And it makes me shine!”  It goes on like that for about five-and-a-half minutes, but honestly you don’t mind because you are starting to feel like everything is going to be alright.  The band is more than twenty people, I don’t know how many exactly, but a lot.  Grab a song like the one I mentioned, entitled It’s The Sun, or my personal favorite Soldier Girl - it’s on iTunes if you’re trying that out, it’s on, and you may be quite sure it is on your filesharing service of choice.  I don’t know if I would sit and listen to a whole album straight through, but as a playlist additive it comes highly recommended.  The album, recorded in three days, is a perfectly satisfactory production but I listen to it mainly to remember what they were like live - aurally enormous.  We were lucky enough to have a Sign Language interpreter at our show - I don’t know if you’ve ever seen someone speak it, it looks like karate, like someone could get hurt. 

Have we really been doing Penny Arcade for Five Years?  I guess there’s no way to argue against it, the date is right there in the archive.  It snuck up on us before we could even plan some kind of festive event to accompany it.  It is difficult not to descend, as I so often do when trying to express gratitude, into that Hallmark realm of platitudes and couplets.  I appreciate very much your taking the time to visit the site.  Gabe asked me what I thought was on the menu for year six, and that’s easy enough to discuss without humiliating myself or saying something that rhymes.  People are always asking us how they can get jobs in the Industry, except we don’t know how, we just sort of made ours up - so we’re going to fix that.  We’ll have a searchable job finding thingy in the very near future.  We’ll have a picture of a turkey you can print out and admire, also, we now revere Quetzalcoatl the Feathered Serpent so look forward to frenzied dancing according to the ancient ways.   

(CW)TB out.

and it makes me shine

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