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I Don’t Know What I Believe In Anymore

I don’t know anymore
What it’s for
I’m not even sure
If there is anyone who is in the sun
Will you help me to understand
’Cause I been caught in between all you wish for and all you need
Maybe you’re not even sure what it’s for
Any more than me


National Geographic February 2006 – Love:

So what, really, is this thing called Love? Scientists say that the brain chemistry of infatuation is akin to mental illness—which gives new meaning to “madly in love.”

One of Fisher’s central pursuits in the past decade has been looking at love, quite literally, with the aid of an MRI machine. Fisher and her colleagues Arthur Aron and Lucy Brown recruited subjects who had been “madly in love” for an average of seven months. Once inside the MRI machine, subjects were shown two photographs, one neutral, the other of their loved one.

What Fisher saw fascinated her. When each subject looked at his or her loved one, the parts of the brain linked to reward and pleasure—the ventral tegmental area and the caudate nucleus—lit up. What excited Fisher most was not so much finding a location, an address, for love as tracing its specific chemical pathways. Love lights up the caudate nucleus because it is home to a dense spread of receptors for a neurotransmitter called dopamine, which Fisher came to think of as part of our own endogenous love potion. In the right proportions, dopamine creates intense energy, exhilaration, focused attention, and motivation to win rewards. It is why, when you are newly in love, you can stay up all night, watch the sun rise, run a race, ski fast down a slope ordinarily too steep for your skill. Love makes you bold, makes you bright, makes you run real risks, which you sometimes survive, and sometimes you don’t.

I’m going to miss watching the sun rises with her — years from now — and one of the reason is not because of the overt “love potion” chemistry inertness, but repressed by own “maturity level” fallibility.

Once, a tragedy. Twice, a calamity. Thrice, a fatality?

For the first time, new research has begun to illuminate where love lies in the brain, the particulars of its chemical components.

Perhaps, that’s why she didn’t give me hope.

[He] should fracking glad I didn’t get into the list.

The list that matter to some of us.


The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes:

CHORONZON: I am a dire world, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher, bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding… planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe — all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds… of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.

Sometimes, I just don’t care…

…because there’s no hope.

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Written by cthulhu

May 5, 2007 at 3:52 am

Hic Sunt Anthropomorphic Dracones

xkcd - Map of Online Communities

I’m waiting for the day when, if you tell someone “I’m from the internet”, instead of laughing they just ask “Oh, what part?”

[Source: xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. via NOTCOT: Blogipeligo]

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

Map of online communities and related points of interest. Geographic area represents estimated size of membership. Not a complete survey. Sizes on best figures. Involved some guesswork. Do not use for navigation.

xkcd - The Compass-Rose-Shaped Island

The Compass-Rose-Shaped Island

  • North: Practical
  • East: Focus on Web
  • South: Intellectuals
  • West: Focus on Real Life


North: Practical

xkcd - Qwghlm (Taggum)

Qwghlm (Taggum) – Inner Qwghlm and Outer Qwghlm.

xkcd - EMISA: Entwicklungsmethoden für Informationssysteme und Deren Anwendung

The Icy North (Yahoo, Windows Live), AOL, Unknown Mountain – EMISA: Entwicklungsmethoden für Informationssysteme und Deren Anwendung (Development Methods for Information Systems and Their Application)?


West: Focus on Real Life

xkcd - Attractive MySpace Pages

Friendster, MySpace, Attractive MySpace Pages, Orkut, Cyworld, FaceBook

xkcd - Bay of Angst

Bay of Angst – Xanga, LiveJournal


South: Intellectuals

xkcd - The Blogipeligo

The Blogipeligo – The Huffington Post (HuffPo), Shipwreck of the B.S. Howard Dean, Cory Doctorow’s Balloon, Post Secret, BoingBoing, Technorati, Engadget, Gizmodo, MAKE Zine

xkcd - Wikipedia & Google’s Volcano Fortress

The Wikipedia Project, MIT, Usenet, IRC Isles, Richard Stallman’s Airship, Google’s Volcano Fortress, SourceForge


East: Focus on Web

xkcd - Straits of Web 2.0

Straits of Web 2.0 – DeviantART (Gays of Web 2.0), Last.fm, Flickr, The Bit Torrent, Pizco, Youtube, P2P Shoals

xkcd - Viral Straits

Viral Straits – Digg, Fark, Reddit, Slashdot, Soviet Russia, Something Awful, SPAAARTA (YTMND), Stumble Upon, del.icio.us, Numa, Your Base, Sea of Memes

xkcd - Ocean Of Subculture

Ocean Of Subculture – 4chan, 2Channel

xkcd - Here Be Anthropomorphic Dragons

Here Be Anthropomorphic Dragons – Second Life, Third Life, Lineage, Runescape, World of Warcraft, Ultima Online, EverQuest, Final Fantasy, Yahoo Games, Noob Sea

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Written by cthulhu

May 3, 2007 at 2:57 am

Rejected Command and Conquer 3 Novel

Tycho Brahe’s completed a Command & Conquer 3 novel which was then rejected. Electronic Arts loss of revenue is irrefutable by denying the ground breaking magnum opus by the eldritch author who among other works includes Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One. Holy fruit fucker! What a loss!

Penny Arcade - Dynamism - Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars™ Novel

Then the harvester returned to base with some tiberium. It deposited its load before returning to the tiberium field to get more. After harvesting some tiberium, it retuned back toward the base…eventually they run out of tiberium!


Tiberium Wars™ - Soylent Green

Here’s my version. The tiberium actually turns out to be Soylent Green!


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Written by cthulhu

April 28, 2007 at 3:51 am

We Are All Farm Animals

Leni the Pug: The Comet Christmas Caper is a new illustrated holiday ‘tail’ chronicling the adventures of Leni (a female Pug), who leads a pack of pooches to help Santa find Comet the reindeer and deliver his Christmas presents after the magic sleigh crashes in a Central Park dog run.

[Source: Leni the Pug: The Comet Christmas Caper]

Well, that explains a LOT.


She just doesn’t get it, but she knows how to appreciate Chihuahua’s faeces (EDIT: She finally deleted the entry. Huzzah!) in her own breathable bubbled Xanadu world. That’s a cunning observation with a canine reservation, you know, cute like a pug, reek as fug.

Tatsuya Ishida - Sinfest - We’re All Farm Animals

Oh, and welcome to the reality of Orwellian community. Dogs are cheeky Chekist, and pigs are… well pigs are the “people” who don’t deserve her God’s respect.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
George Orwell (1903–1950), British writer. Animal Farm.

You see, her God hates obtuse and unsightly creatures. She preaches that the only thing that can redeemed your defective self to her God is by autofellatio. Be wary, that you must feel the ecstasy from that redemption, or else, you’re deep in the muck of her imaginary pariah community. If you disapprove of phallic eroticism, according to her (although vaguely), there’s always alternative to “yellow duckie”…whatever that is, must be some idol made from plastics.

Ouch. I think I drop the acid. Ha ha ha (anechoic echolalia).


Leni’s bathos is apropos, quite a pathos-etic she is. I pity my placid mental faculty and lauding her lucid elucidatory discernment. She’s the next un-Terran Jehovah personification. Praise her for she will JUDGE you on this realm of sanctity.

Boxer‘s motto, “Napoleon is always right”, so is she.



The Outerspace Creature
An Alien’s Mundane Life

I Just Don’t Get It

By Admin on Rubbish

..why most Malays love to say “Excuseee, excuseeee” instead of “Excuse me”?

..and why some SON OF A BIG FAT HO love bad-mouthing and calling other people names, when they, themselves, are no freaking different than the pigs’s shit community (if such thing exists)? Tsk tsk tsk. I wonder why people like these are still breathing happily on God’s beautiful earth.

Go scrutinize your own self in front of a mirror, peabrain. You are no prettier than a chihuaha’s smelly poo. Why don’t you just suck your own tiny lil useless limp weenie (or is it yellow duckie?) to make yourself ‘complete’. Feels good isn’t it?

Ouch. Forgive me for trippin. Ha ha ha.

Still acid trippin’?

No need to wake up…

…let your ‘befuddled’ head banged with artificial euphoria. Fake a smile. Less emo.

Thank God.

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Written by cthulhu

April 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm

AppName: cnc3game.dat ModName: d3d9.dll

with 8 comments

The Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars screen crashed and these code splashed on the lcd screen: AppName: cnc3game.dat ModName: d3d9.dll. That’s what you get for playing high-end RTS game on pseudo-fitted gaming rig called laptop. The rig only met one-third of the required minimum system requirements:

2.0 GHz or AMD equivalent / Windows Vista 2.2 GHz
512 MB RAM / Windows Vista 1 GB RAM
8x DVD drive
6.0 GB free space
GeForce 4 Ti, ATI Radeon 8500 video card

As three portable machines running seamlessly on a Wi-Fi network, the room heated with the constant heat vapour exhausted from the processor heat-sink. The new one almost became game dedicated rig while running Folding@Home to compensate the drained utilities resources for good of humanity, one laptop running Second Life while leeching torrent files from Swedish server (and another hundreds of machine elsewhere) and this 7 years old laptop became my work engine.

Face bathed with low emission light as the sweat trickled, the constant crashing was getting on my nerve last night. And so I experimented with different graphics options in the game settings. I finally got it right at medium level. The funny thing is, the game never fails to crash every 2 minutes on very low and low setting as opposed to high and ultra high setting—which is “eldritch” in nature—on the latter two high-end setting, the gameplay gets jerky, playable only if your patience is on par with Khan Noonien Singh (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).

Got it patched to version 1.4 and set the graphics options to medium, it fixed mine, and now hoping to blast off Scrin bases to kingdom come.

Graphics options set to medium:

Tiberium Wars - Graphics Option

Graphics options from very low, low, medium, high to ultra-high (in sequence):

Tiberium Wars - Very Low Graphics OptionTiberium Wars - Low Graphics OptionTiberium Wars - Medium Graphics OptionTiberium Wars - High Graphics OptionTiberium Wars - Ultra High Graphics Option

Another thing I like about the game (beside the great RTS gaming experience) is the full motion video (FMV) scenes—and to line up the casts of geek-dom is like “geek character orgy of sheer awesomeness.”

Command & Conquer 3 - Tiberium Wars - Ctrl-Alt-Del - Association

I am so happy that Command and Conquer 3 is finally here. It doesn’t reinvent the RTS genre or anything, but it’s got the perfect blend of speed, action, fun and pretty graphics. I’m having a blast with it.

I also absolutely love the FMV scenes. I think FMV, like 2D video games, is a medium that the industry has dropped to the wayside just because we can do more technologically demanding stuff. We can do incredible CGI cinematics. We can do completely 3D video game worlds. But just because we can do new stuff, doesn’t make what we used to do worthless.


Here are some pictures of the actors as their characters in-game, as well as what other stuff I know them from. You can decide for yourself if I did any semblance of a decent job capturing them, if you’re not already familiar with the actors. I gave Billy Dee Williams his old Lando hairdo and swashbucklin’ cape, just for kicks.

Tiberium Wars - Ctrl-Alt-Del - Casts

Jennifer Morrison (Allison, from House, M.D.) is also in the game, but I didn’t put her in the comic. G.D.I. already had three people, and I wasn’t sure that House was “geeky” enough to fit with the other references.

[Source: Ctrl-Alt-Del]

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Written by cthulhu

April 14, 2007 at 12:13 am