October 9th, 2004

Tom Baker


I decided to go looking for some game demos to try out, and some open source games. I found a great one in the form of Gish.

You are a ball of tar named Gish. The physics that this ball of tar has attached to it are amazing. I mean, seriously, you're this ball of goo, and you behave exactly as a ball of goo should- with cool powers. You can turn sticky, and climb walls. Or, you can turn slippery and go through tubes. And of course, you can get really heavy and bash your enemies (and sink in water).

The game itself is mostly puzzle like- Gish must explore mazes in ancient temples and sewers, collecting bits of amber. There are levers, traps, monsters, and other such impediments to Gish's goal (which is rescuing his girlfriend from the clutches of... well, a bad guy. I dunno, the demo didn't really say).

It's available for windows, mac, and linux, so I strongly recommend giving the demo a crack. I'm certainly going to shell out the $19.95 for it. It's sweet.

That said, let's look at politics. I caught a few minutes of the debate tonight, and am seeing miles and miles of commentary and analysis on LJ- so of course, I have to throw my two cents in. It is my decision that both of our propsective presidents for the next four years are lying sacks of shit. If I bumped into either of them in a dark alley, I'd happily do nothing that the Secret Service would want to ask me about broken noses for. I mean, seriously, I can honestly say that I hate both Bush and Kerry, and you know what? It's a roughly equal level of hate.

Both of them were making shit up and talking out their asses, using flawed statistics, misrepresenting the truth, and outright lying, which means, I guess, that they were doing politics. They were politicking.

Bush was certainly more personable than Kerry. Kerry orated, and not in that firey sort of way- in the freshman writing class lecture sort of way. But he still got his jabs in, and lied less than Bush, which is something. Bush was certainly playing the man-of-the-people angle to the hilt, and it looks like he was well coached and prepared this time- which means his handlers were desperate to avoid another flop.

God willing, there will be a debate in Washington (the state), on the same day Mt. St. Helens decides to go bonkers and level the entire state. With any luck, we'll find us a leader to replace our two prospective "presidents".

Now, didn't you like it better when I was talking about Gish? Gish is smart, he's sassy, has a cool soundtrack, and has the balls to go running around in ancient temples and tombs and shit. Hell man, Gish for president. At least when people say he's slimy, it'll be literal.

Screw it.

You know what? Last night, I posted my utter loathing for both of the major party candidates. And you know what? Fuck 'em. The next person who says "Anyone but Bush" is getting a boot-to-the-head. I'm voting for Micheal Badnarik.

I tend to vote Libertarian anyway, and this year, he's made himself my favorite.

He and David Cobb (the green party candidate) got their asses thrown in jail tonight for attempting to get into the debates. The chutzpah involved is fantastic.

The blog post and followups on it are a fantastic read; they equated the whole thing to Brazil, and I found myself thinking "Transmetropolitan".

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So, two Presidential Candidates were arrested because they attempted to fight against the marginalization of their political views. Becuase they were protesting the entire two-party system, the two-party system, I might add, that is dicking everyone over. Even more- none of the mainstream news channels covered it. Becuase by covering it, they'd be giving Badnarik and Cobb the audience they wanted, and no one wants a third party to get a voice, aside from the token loser every eight years or so- Perot, Nader.

I mean, seriously. Last night, watching the debate, I watched Kerry continuously say, "I agree with the idea, but I would have done it better." "I agree with going into Iraq, but I would have done it better." "I agree with No Child Left Behind, but I would have done it better." "I agree with the PATRIOT act, but I would have done it better." So what, you've gone from being the democratic candidate to being Bush 2.0, smarter, taller, and uglier?

So screw all of you that are voting for Kerry simply because he's not Bush. That's a lie- he's just Bush riding a Donkey is all. And for those of you voting for Bush because you think he's doing a great job... well... I hope you enjoy your little fantasy land.