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Something to think about

Posted 17 January 2002, 2.23 am by Andy

We're going to play a game. The concept is really quite simple: it involves some basic thinking and a relatively open mind, neither of which I can justifiably expect from any of my fans, but both of which are traits that I look for in a

man.

What first came into your mind after reading the above word? What kind of a man (assuming you thought of a man) do you picture? Was he White? Black? Oriental? Hispanic? Was he tall? Short? Skinny? Fat? What color was his hair? How long? Did he have any facial hair? Sideburns? What color were his eyes? Was he smiling? What was he wearing? Was he a product of the MTV generation, young and nicely dressed, or did he dress more alternatively? Would you consider the man inside your head to be attractive? Built? Does he resemble John Cusack? Or doe he more resemble a

woman?

Many of the same questions from above apply here as well. What is the ethnicity/race of the woman that you pictured? Was her skin the same color as your own? Was she physically fit? Did she resemble/is she your favorite celebrity? Was she Britney Spears? Did she have nice breasts? A nice ass? Overall body? Or was she the more familiar looking woman, such as your mother? How was she dressed? WAS she dressed? Was she rich? Poor? Sophisticated? Completely normal? Was she a blonde? A brunette? A red-head? Did she disgust you, or turn you on?

Questions like these probably don't enter your head on a day-to-day basis, though one can almost guarantee that you're faced with the prompts. It's amazing what your mind can tell you when you take a few seconds to explore it and listen to what it is telling you.

Now, I'm going back to the girl in my head...

Serial Experiments: Lain

Posted 16 January 2002, 11.44 pm by The_Roach

A young and innocent Japanese girl realizes the potential of computers (and herself) after recieving an e-mail from a recently deceased friend. Drawn into "The Wired" (a somewhat more advanced version of our modern internet), she discovers the existence of God, who is trying to merge The Wired and physical reality together.

This is the story of Serial Experiments: Lain, one of the most adventurous and intelligent animated series to come out of Japan in the post-Evangelion era. Combining the innocence of youth with the desire for self-awareness, SE:L is a beautifully written look into the loss of childhood fantasies.

The animation is gorgeous, combining traditional cell animation with effective and well used computer generated graphics. Technological differences between our current level and the "Present Day, Present Time" setting of Lain, for the most part, are minor and quite believable with effort made to familiarize the viewer with the scientific basis behind the new concepts presented. The series makes very effective use of sound, as well, by utilizing techno music and well timed silences.

Part social commentary, part coming of age story, part techno-messiahnical tale, and all head-trip, Serial Experiments: Lain will leave you questioning what reality is while you read the credits and prepare to watch the next episode.

A Midnight Clear

Posted 16 January 2002, 10.53 pm by Villager

I saw this the other night, and can honestly say it's one of the most emotive motion picture I've ever seen. Our hero is Ethan Hawke - there are a few minor appearances from other stars - and is still getting to grips with being a soldier at the time of the story.

The basic premise is that a group of Allied soldiers are sent to occupy a farmhouse in France, or thereabouts. The farmhouse turns out to be in very close proximity to a German position. What with the war having 'ended' recently, neither side particularly wants to fight, but they are both stranded in effect and the fight goes on in many places.

Through a strange and yet unerringly believable series of events, the two sides become friends. They decide to stage the Germans' surrender - but it all goes horribly wrong. I'll leave the finer details to your enjoyment should you see the film. An excellent use of fine acting, character refinement and storyline.

Britney Spears' Breasts

Posted 16 January 2002, 9.33 pm by Alexander

I post this link not purely for titillation (pardon the pun). When you actually study it, there is some really funny shit going on there.

I mean, I know you can get push up bras and so on, but you can't make something out of nothing, or can you?

Maybe Britney has skills beyond our human comprehension? Check it out, it will make you go "hmmm... wierd...".

Everything I Want, Nothing I Need

Posted 16 January 2002, 9.23 pm by Berly

I have...

24 hour access to everything. Grocery stores, quick-e-marts, gas stations, copy centers, liquor stores, atm machines, television programming, radio programming, movie theaters and internet access. I live in a time where telephone service is available to passengers flying in a plane...even if they don't have their very own cell phone.

Chia pets, t.v. dinners, Dirty Girl massage oil, those magnets for the dishwasher that say "clean" on one side and "dirty" on the other, remote controls that do everything, although I've yet to meet the person that actually uses every single function. I live in a time when most automobiles on the road with me have a better entertainment center than my home.

I can't even begin to describe the things available to me via the internet. I mean, I can order a custom made carpet and wood "Kitty Kabin" for my pet, if I want.

All of this, technological advancements, improvements, are all intended to make life easier. Make life all the better. In some cases, they do. I can't deny that I prefer my microwave oven over my conventional oven.

Yet...

Love gone wrong still hurts. "1 hour photo" really takes 3 hours. I still don't have anything to prevent me from being misunderstood. I don't have anything to comfort a friend who's child is being taken by cancer. I still can't tell some lies from truth. I don't have a way to cram 3 more hours into my day. I still make mistakes. I don't know what the future holds.

Still...

Life is good. Not necessarily better, but good.

Friends Reunited

Posted 16 January 2002, 8.40 pm by Alexander

If you really want to feel inadequate, why not find out where all your school friends are now? Chances are they're all married with children and are working for IBM in Abu Dabi making a killing.

That's what Friends Reunited intends to do. You don't get all the features without paying money, but you can still add your details and search for your buddies.

Like I say though, unless you're a genetic engineer married to a model in Beverly Hills, it's a depressing experience.

Pitch Black

Posted 16 January 2002, 8.16 pm by Alexander

I must admit, Pitch Black wasn't my first choice of film, but I'd heard a few good things about it, so I rented that bad sucker last friday night.

The plot is fairly standard - a ship crashlands on a planet with three suns, the survivors include a dangerous psychopath (Vin Diesel - scary man). He's had his eyes surgically modified so that he can't stand bright light, by way of a punishment in prison. It also means he can see in the dark. The basic premise is that predator/alien style creatures hide in the dark catacombs under the planets surface, and they only come out at night.

The really bad news? There's a total eclipse coming up. The really bad news? There are millions of these pterodactyl-type bastards.

So, the pilot woman (irritating, used to be in Neighbours) has to rely on our Vin to navigate them from the crash site to an abandoned outpost where an emergency ship is waiting.

Best bit? Diesel ripping one of the creatures to bits with his bare hands. Worst bit? Australian actors. I know Aus only has a small population, but why do they have so few actors that they have to keep recycling them? Harold Bishop was in Braindead for chrissakes.

So yeah. Worth a view, but pretty run of the mill stuff. Makes you even more scared of the dark than you were before.

Welcome to the reviews section

Posted 16 January 2002, 5.39 pm by Alexander

Here is where you'll find reviews of books, movies, art, games, gadgets, sites etc. old and new.

If you want to write for this section, email alexander@akpcep.com

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only because i traded it for a candy bar in the 80's.

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