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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-02-20 12:16:41
Warning: Do Not Proceed If You Fear Mental Scarring
That's a word I've just coined to describe the sharing of information pertaining to sexual fetish subcultures, that upon gaining knowledge of, the recipient is horrified to the point of wishing that they could immediately unlearn said knowledge.
For example, two days ago, my buddy Mike was telling me about some Japanese porn(?) he had seen (and immediately wished he hadn't), involving a girl shooting live eels from her anus and subsequently eating them. Yes, that anxious queasiness you're feeling right now is the result of disturbation, especially if you're a "visualization" type of person.
Geek culture has its own range of fetish material ranging from the typical pubescent fare, such as spandexed buxom super-heroines or bikini chain-mailed elven warrioresses, all the way to the downright disturbating phenomenon depicted in today's strip:furries.
The line from that wiki entry that really brings home the disturbation is, "A common counter-point is that furry characters are thinking, reasoning beings who are as capable of giving informed consent as any human." This is their defense against charges of bestiality? The fact that "plushophilia" is even a word makes me twitch. If your sexual arousal system is linked solely to fictional furry animal-people...dang, I don't want to finish this sentence lest I disturbate myself.
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-02-20 19:31:53
PlayStation 3 Pricing
On January 25, I used the information then available to break down and make an educated guess at Sony's cost for the components of the PS3.
My estimate of $800 seems to have been actually too conservative. Merrill Lynch pegs it at closer to $900, for a potential selling point at just under $800. At this point, Sony must be wondering whether to
A) man up and eat billions of dollars, risking bankruptcy
B) delay production until costs drop, risking losing massive market share to Microsoft and Nintendo
C) eat some humble pie and leave the Blu-Ray drive out