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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-06 07:15:38

INT. MATRIX, FUTURE CYBERDYNE LAB - NIGHT The cyborg assassin time travels within the Matrix causing it to appear inside Tron...

Also, maybe we could get to see Batman throwing a temper tantrum at Neo along these lines:

So I got an email from a reader who asked why I don't cogitate about the games I'm playing in this blog anymore. Well, dude, it's because I save the bulk of my thoughts for my reviews. Nevertheless, perhaps there is a purpose to jotting down quick impressions, especially since it can be some time until I'm able to properly crank out a thorough review.

Yino, our cherished Chilean delegate, tried to convince me in the forums that Twitter doesn't necessarily have to be a narcissistic and meaningless strobe of useless personal trivia.

This was my original impression of the Twitter phenomenon:

"I see the potential value in social sites, but Twitter's gone too far. It's the super-concentrated acceleration of snapshot media. Forget the MTV generation (me), it's okay to have ADD now. That's the speed at which we flit from superficial thought to thought. And fuck, could we get more self-involved and egocentric than tweeting about going to the grocery store or whatever?

I hate it because it's endemic of our culture which continues to value thoughtful reflection and contemplation less and less."

Yino responded that Twitter can be used for the purpose of "microblogging" with feedback as a debate platform. My knee-jerk reaction is that the very word "microblog" reinforces my view, but I do strive to keep an open mind. Yino hasn't steered me wrong yet.

So I was thinking that if people ARE actually interested in my initial impressions of games as I play them, I could give Twitter a try for that purpose. And it might be fun if I wrote it in the voice of one of the Direman characters. Hit me up if this is something you'd like to see.

Now Playing - The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai (Xbox 360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-04 23:36:17

Diplomacy II - Spring 1907

The image below is the current state of the map. A larger version is available for viewing by clicking on it. I deemed that a separate image for the retreat phase was unnecessary. The Turkish fleet in Bulgaria is disbanded (no possible retreat).

Play the home version by following these forum threads!

England is stonewalled against Austria. Unless Austria makes a tactical error, England cannot advance any further in the eastern front. Along with a massive navy that no longer serves any other purpose, we might finally see the end of the Anglo/French peace.

France continues the staring game with England, even while fiddling further and further eastward along the Mediterranean. The British naval maneuvers are a direct threat to his core territories.

Austria is trapped between a rock, a hard place, and two angry wounded ferrets. He can currently hold against the British, but is completely vulnerable to being gutted by France. The chances of Austrian victory are negligible, but he does have an enormous "kingmaker" capacity.

In this triangle, I have to conclude that, barring playing for a draw/arbitrary tiebreaker, war between France and England is inevitable. France can attempt to reach 18 without attacking England, but England won't allow this to occur uncontested. This is assuming Austria continues to roadblock all other routes of expansion for England.

Turkey and Russia are still lingering in the southeast corner, barely clinging to continued survival.

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