sin spirit

  It was the first fair I went to alone. The side shows attracted me a lot, all the gambling booths not so much. Except one. It featured those moving stairs littered with coins. The player’s task was to insert coins which roll down a movable rail and then drop onto the moving stairs. The goal is to drop the coins in order to have the stairs triggering an avalanche of coins. The avalanche then falls into an abyss and resurface in a tray outside of the game-apparatus’ glass-cage. From this tray you then can pick up your gain, hoping … Continue reading

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alan wake community infrastructure

  Quite some things have changed concerning the structure of the online territory the Alan Wake community inhabits. AlanWAKE.net, home of the official Alan Wake forums, vanished in February, the URI was set to redirect to ↑http://www.alanwake.com/forum. The workload and effort to run a site of this size and complexity simply was too much for ADM, having an increasing study load at University sitting in his neck.  ADM: I started up AlanWake.net in the start of May 2005, it was the first Alan Wake fansite on the net and it drew it quite a good amount of traffic as well. … Continue reading

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Favorite anthropology’s shades

Among the qualities which the issues anthropologists take up and belabour have, there is one which stings and delivers a lot of pain, again and again, during the whole process from shaping your project and defining the particular subject to writing the final text: No matter what topic you struggle with, sooner or later it appears to be integrally connected with a shipload of other issues and aspects. There is always the itch to scratch beneath the surfaces of this other aspects, to widely read around, to learn more new things. If you completely give way to this impulse you … Continue reading

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skull

  Rain fell since yesterday. When you painstakingly shave your head, and if you afterwards take an extensive shower, the world looks decidedly different. This noon it brightened up and the sun again started to warm all things.  The screencap shows Marlon Brando—who passed away while I was standing at the gates with that look upon my face—as Kurtz in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now”, which in turn is based upon almighty Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. … Continue reading

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lem

  Last monday, 27 March 2006, world renowned science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem died at age 84 in Krakow, his home city. When I was a teenager, every day right after school I stalked the book joint at the station just before catching the train home. Either I bought a science fiction paperback, when I had money, or I eagerly leafed through them as long as time would permit. Strange thing to me was that apparently nobody grown-up I knew thought about science fiction in positive terms, quite to the contrary. The teachers in school, who, among other things, were … Continue reading

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