Daily archives: December 9, 2002

Prize Winning Fiction

Back in ’95 or ’96 I won a cash prize in a short story competition for a story entitled Alien Galactic Domination™ It was based, in part, on my recent addiction to UFO: Enemy Unknown and spun a theory for just why all these compulsive computer games were coming out.

January 9th

My life has been taken over by a computer game. It�s called Alien Galactic Domination. I know it�s a crap name, sounds like the sort of thing you�d get on an old Speccy or Commodore- all flashing sprites and shoot things until you blow up- but I think that all the creative thought went into the game instead. Mark gave it to me on disk. Said he�d downloaded it from some point on the Net and that it was freeware. I have no reason not to believe him, neither of us is averse to a little piracy after all. It just seems far too good, too polished, to be something that was just run up for somebody�s pleasure.

What the hell, who cares. The game is brilliant. You play one of two races on a planet circling an unnamed sun (you�re not human, though I can�t see why not). You�re just on the verge of space age technology and the race is on to see which of you can be the first off-world. There�s a second planet in the system, see, that�s probably fertile and might even provide a new homeworld.

I haven�t got off to a good start, being involved in a ground war with the horrible furry buggers that inhabit the world�s poles. Skirmish after skirmish is coming to nothing. I think I�m going to develop neutron bombs or something to hit at their capitals.

Sometime this week the modem should arrive. I�ve been waiting for ages to get �on-line� and now I get to do it for free. Bruce (editor) got so pissed off with my disks disappearing in the post that he had the mag pay for it, the on-line time�s paid for as well, all I have to worry about is the phone bill. Cool.


War Games

America’s REMFs prepare for war and practice the high intensity staring at computer screens that will be required of them come operation Enduring Oilwells.

Iraq tries to hit the UN with information overload on WMDs, hoping to string things out long enough for Bush’s ADD to kick in and some other country to distract him. Meanwhile, the US claims to have evidence proving the dossiers invalidity, but refuse to reveal it so as not to endanger their sources- a claim that rings a little hollow when the inspectors have the power to take anyone and their families out of the country for interview.

From one end of the spectrum to the other

This is neato! Ian kudos for a brilliant idea. Ok, seeing that everyone uses the internet at work for “research” purposes, I think here is a good place to start. Be prepared to see hours of time float away.

Now we all know that during the holidays you are supposed to reach out and help those less fortunate than you, please send donations care of paypal to Ian, heehee, Nottingham city council has just decided to ban the practice of handing out blankets to homeless folk! Call me a cynic, but if you are homeless and let’s face it, most people don’t want to acknowledge your existence, isn’t it possibly a contravention of the Human Rights Act to even make these people suffer more?

All I Want For Christmas……

Well, I still have my two front teeth, and they won’t send Avril Lavigne or Alyson Hannigan through the mail, so-

Wear It Out

A few years ago, I wrote ‘I Want My MP3’ lyrics for Money For Nothing. As they were so awful that no-one would perform them, I’ll have to settle for the T-Shirt.

Power Symbol. Cause you turn me on.

Generic Humanoid Carbon Unit Just so everyone knows how to refer to me.

It must be user error It’s always user error. Life would be so much easier without them.


The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World, Mark Hertsgaard

9-11, Noam Chomsky

The End of the American Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-First Century, Charles Kupchan

Moving Pictures

Ronin Because my copy of this DVD disappeared.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Four Disc Set Because everyone else seems to have a copy, so I must have one too.


The Coral – The Coral

The Last Broadcast – Doves

A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Crockett, Tubbs and me.

Elvis has left the building

Just got back from the Groove Foundation’s final gig (previously Burly Chassis and The Warthogs). It’s a terrible shame to see them go, but I’m afraid my abiding memory of the night is going to be the girl with the glow-in-the-dark bra. Ladies, please remember, thin top + UV lights = black bra. I’m not complaining, I just thought you should know.