Roundup of Unusual Size: But can Bhaloidam Occupy Wall Street? CAN IT? (Yes, it probably can.)

Ignore me. I’ve got midterms.


Sunday Papers and Thwigavibs for everyone!

Joe Tortuga has a great essay up on Corvus Elrod’s Bhaloidam, and you must read it. I am a backer, and you should be too.

What happens when you make Settlers of Catan about oil drilling? A lot, apparently.

Richard Fine explores how music can define a play experience.

A large developer-slash-platform talking actual Earth logic sense about piracy? Buwaaaaaah?

Dorkly Bits uncovers a flaw in Dr. Eggman Dr. Robotnik’s world domination plans.

Last but not least by any means: Where do computer games go when they die?


Tim Gunn critiques the fashion of Star Trek TOS (and a few modern-day superheroines). Disagree with him aplenty, but the discussion on period- and medium-specific gender politics is interesting. Elsewhere on The Mary Sue, we ask the harder-hitting questions, like why isn’t there Trek on TV anymore?

O Academia

There’s something pretty weird about watching a web video of a TV projection of a Skype call. Good news is, it’s worth watching.


This list of things you probably didn’t know about dreams consists largely of things you probably did know, but it does have links so you can drill down further into a given subject.


On making it to the Macy’s Day Parade.

Nice that the lady had a sense of humor in this story, but I think I’d die if a horror story like this happened to me.

Why the recession is harder on women.

This is apparently a meme now, which is a pity as I believe memeification dilutes what is in fact a very powerful anti-racism campaign.

Who the hell names their baby daughter “Unwanted”? At least 285 Indian families, apparently.

Why am I not surprised the Church of Scientology is using their old familiar dirt-digging tactics on South Park‘s studio and staff as they do for anyone else publicly criticizing them?


Charlie Stross, an economist and speculative fiction author I quite admire, conducts a thought experiment on how history will assess the class tensions of today.

I Hate Everything

The whitewashed Akira movie is still happening, and look! More white people who might be in it!

Go to hell, MTV.

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