who is cycling?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #42 Who is riding his bike through the rain?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the 'Leave a comment' at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it's the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I've approved a comment, your next ones won't be held, but published immediately by the system.] UPDATE and solution (20 September 2012): After ↵the last one took … Continue reading

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william gibson interviews

  Earlier this year his collection of non-fiction texts, ‘Distrust That Particular Flavor’ (Gibson 2012), was published—now there are some fresh interviews with ↑William Gibson around: the one with io9 above, and a ↑three-part interview at Wired. GIBSON, WILIAM FORD. 2012. Distrust that particular flavor. New York: Putnam Adult. io9-interview via ↑entry at ↑kueperpunk … Continue reading

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assassin’s creed framework

Although the main plots of the ↑‘Assassin’s Creed’ games have historical settings—during the Third Crusade (Ubisoft Montreal 2007), the Renaissance (2009), and the American Revolution (2012)—the narrative as a whole bows down to ↵the cyberpunk dicourse. The story which delivers the framework decidedly is cyberpunkish: In the present day, or 20 minutes into the future, the evil corporation ‘Abstergo Industries’ abducts one Desmond Miles. In a secret appartment hideaway he is made to connect to the ‘Animus,’ a computer able to revoke ‘genetic memory.’ That way Miles is able to experience the lifes of his ancestors as interactive virtual realities … Continue reading

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a legendary review

In ↵omega legend I argued that the infestation of the zombie-genre by the ↵cyberpunk discourse is a further mosaic-tile in showing that said discourse gathers more and more momentum. In this Richard Matheson’s novel ‘I am Legend’ (1954) is a keystone, a pivotal point, if you will. At ↑iamlegendarchive I just stumbled upon the very ↑first review of ‘I am Legend,’ published in the same month as the book itself. It contains quite some water on my mills: Most rewarding of 1954’s new novels this month is Richard Matheson’s ‘I Am Legend’ (Gold Medal, 25¢), an extraordinary book which manages … Continue reading

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half life source

After eight years in the making, the release of ‘↑Black Mesa‘ is only nine days away. Here’s the ‘about’ ↑from its very own wiki: Black Mesa (formerly Black Mesa: Source) is a Half-Life 2 total conversion remaking of Valve Software’s award-winning PC game, Half-Life.     Utilizing the Source engine, Black Mesa will reintroduce the player as Doctor Gordon Freeman, along with the original cast of memorable characters and environments seen in Half-Life. Black Mesa was built and founded on the basis that Half-Life: Source didn’t fully live up to the potential of a Source engine port of Half-Life. As … Continue reading

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what is hidden?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #40 As we have approached some kind of jubilee with #40 of zeph’s pop culture quiz, here is a special one, a double feature, two riddles in one. A man facing away from us, a woman’s head in the foreground. In the scene depicted: What does the man try to hide from the woman present? The aficionados among you may well solve that question in an instant. So, now for the hard one. Partially hidden behind the man’s head there’s a poster on the wall. Which movie is advertised by the poster?     Just leave … Continue reading

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who is driving?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #39 A vehicle is dashing through the night at about 70 miles per hour, but who is driving?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the 'Leave a comment' at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it's the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I've approved a comment, your next ones won't be held, but published immediately by the system.] UPDATE (28 … Continue reading

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the mechanical man

  ↵Speaking of early cyberpunkish movies—another one which resides since quite a time on my ↵according list is ‘L’Uomo Meccanico’ ['The Mechanical Man'] (Deed 1921). ↑Kueperpunk reminded me of it and linked to a site featuring only seven minutes of the movie on YouTube. Above is much more of it—in fact it’s all we have. ↑IMDb knows: For many years this early science fiction film from Italy was regarded as lost. Some reels of the Portuguese release version were discovered in Brazil. The discovered film amounted to 740 meters which is believed to be approximately 40% of the complete film. … Continue reading

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