10 PECULIAR WEAPONS:

 

 The history of gaming is the history of war. A large portion of the games we play revolve around using weapons to kill opponents. And over the past few years we’ve been given some amazing, and mental tools (BFG, Gauss-Rifles, Nukes, Battle-Bears, Kirov Airships, bananas) to accomplish that end. However, any student of military history will tell you (I’M TELLING YOU!) there have been far more peculiar weapons in OUR reality, than anything produced by gaming or cinema culture. “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” – Apocalypse Now.          10: ANTI-TANK  DOGS. With the German invasion of 1941, Russia became the playground for new and interesting weapons. One such weapon was to attach explosives to dogs, […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 9

 

 “The unexpected is our normal routine.” – Riker. And so we have arrived at Monday. Once again we delve into all things Star Trek. Once again we assault the planet of memes. Once again we have a laugh. “When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book?” – Riker.  The “Captain Picard and Commander Riker Facepalm” meme is the first meme on our list. This meme is known worldwide, and is notoriously deployed on Facebook and the like. The “Picard Faceplam” which we looked at nine weeks ago is one of the best and most widely used memes. But when things are just too pathetic, you need to double up on the faceplaming (If that’s even a word.) […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 5

 

 Rule 3 – “Always carry a minimum of 2 reliable, lethal weapons.” Welcome to this, the last in our five part look into all things zombie. Last week we looked at the end of civilization. In little over 38 days after initial infection, most of the human race would be some form of zombie, and the world we know would be gone. But what if you were one of the lucky ones? What if you survived, what would you do then? Well a number of people have given this a lot of thought. Over the past decade, dozens of books, manuals, videos, and survival kits have been created to deal with this possibility.  Rule 10 – “Only pull the trigger […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 8

 

 “I believe I observed that you seem to have an aversion to orderliness.” – Data. On this Monday, the 8th of Star Trek, we continue our quest for Star Trek memes with a look at one of the most popular characters in TV history; Mr. Data – the artificial man – friend to all, genius to most, and comic relief for those who found Worf too rigid. Once again, there are too many memes to place into a single article, so we shall simply look at the most popular. “My programming may be inadequate to the task.”- Data. The “Data doesn’t get it” meme is the most common Data meme available. In this meme, which numbers in the hundreds, we […]

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BOOKS: REAL OR FAKE?

 

 “It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?” – The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Those words are very haunting. And indeed, in this age of technological advancement, those words are ringing truer and truer. Has our quest for technological beauty destroyed our very souls? As I look at my library, a veritable mountain of books, I am awestruck by their beauty, their majesty, their slowly decaying pages […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 4

 

 “Horror movies…odd how they became a guideline for survival.” – Riannon Frater. Welcome to Part 4 –  the penultimate article – of this zombie series. Over the past few weeks we have discussed, looked into, dug around in, and pulled out all things zombie. (Or at least revealed the peak of the ever growing mountain.) Today, we step away from the zombie filled silliness, and delve into something a little more grownup. Join me now, as we look into the world of “real” zombies, and their theoretical arrival.  “I’m no expert, but not all cannibals are zombies.” – H.D. Timmons, Zombie City. TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: PART 6. NEWS! With all the talk of zombies, and our fast approaching apocalypse, it should […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 6

 

 “Can we start by burying you?” – Captain Pike. And so we arrive at the last. The first captain of the U.S.S Enterprise. The last captain on our memes list. The man. The myth. The compulsive “beeper” – let me hear a drum roll for – Captain Christopher Pike. As you can imagine, Captain Pike, memes are the hardest memes to locate. They are rarer than peace, and worth more than gold-pressed latinum. (Scratch that last piece.) “Now you’re beginning to talk like a doctor, bartender.” – Captain pike. Now the few, Pike memes, that exist come in one of two formats. Both of which are classic de-motivationals. In the first type, we find Captain Pike, usually accompanied by a […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 5

 

 “Does your expertise on… sexual tension come from professional training or… firsthand experience?” – Captain Archer. As you can no doubt tell, WE are coming to the end of Star Trek – Captain – Mondays – though we are far from finishing all things Star Trek. This week we have a brief – very brief – look into the memes of the Enterprises first captain: Jonathan Archer. Archer memes are amongst the rarest Star Trek memes to find. They are so rare that they are almost non-existent. “That’s… never happened before.” – Captain Archer. RUBBING IT IN: Like all the previous memes we have looked at, de-motivational memes carry the day. However, unlike other Star Trek de-motivationals, Archers memes are […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 4

 

 “There’s an old saying, Fortune favors the bold. Well, I guess we’re about to find out.” – Captain Sisko. It’s Monday and that means Star Trek! Once again we begin our week with captain memes. And – for those who have been paying attention – this week we delve into the world of Star Treks only stationary captain: Benjamin Sisko. (And before you start writing me hate mail; YES! I know Sisko used to be a commander in the first few seasons. But he eventually became a Captain. And that’s what counts.) “Captain’s personal log, stardate five one seven… thr-, uh… Five one seven… four – Computer, what day is it?” – Captain Sisko. SERIOUS SISKO: Now when it comes […]

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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS

 

 “Dammit, man! I’m a doctor, not a physicist!” – Bones McCoy. In 2009 a new Star Trek film was released. (I’m sure you saw it.) Fans of the original Star Trek were instantly torn between loyalty for their original family or for the new guys. And I must say the new guys were a sight to behold. Since then we have been waiting for the next film in this re-imagined franchise to be released, and this year (2013) our wait will be over. “I like this ship! You know, it’s exciting!” – Scotty. Since the announcement of the next film, the internet has become a breeding ground for rumours, half-baked ideas, conspiracies and a never ending multi-sided argument regarding the […]

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