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"This, then, is the world-view Ghostbusters offers in place of the Cthonic duality."

Ghostbusters is the best comedy ever made about the limits of the Lovecraftian worldview:

The test is an illusion. The guy administering the test doesn't believe it has any value. He's out for his own advantage, or even just for his own amusement, and his motives are opaque to his victims. The students are flattered or hurt according to his whim, but the world in which they think they're living -- the world in which the test is valid -- is an utter fabrication. That's their circle of firelight. Their very belief in the test protects Venkman, who has ultimate authority so long as they keep playing. This opening scene's a joking restatement of the Lovecraftian (and Gozerian) horror worldview.
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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein you vote for us in Best of the Bay.
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Venerate that object. Venerate it good.

Pennsylvania Teenager Simulates Oral Sex With Jesus Statue, Faces 2 Years in Prison

The teen hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus -- in front of an organization called "Love in the Name of Christ" -- and simulated oral sex with the statue's face. Naturally, he posted the pictures to Facebook, which made their way to authorities.

Officials in Bedford County charged the teen with desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes "defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action."

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Flppa Flppa flp.

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The Last Internationale

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Naked, saluting Satan statue removed from Vancouver park

"...shortly after the mysterious and controversial artwork was erected."


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XScreenSaver 5.30

XScreenSaver 5.30 out now. iOS version, too.

I wrote a new screen saver, WindupRobot. This is one of my finest, if I do say so myself. You saw a sneak preview of it last month when I was learning Maya. The original plan was to 3d-print this robot to use for the prize statues in the DNA Lounge Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge (happening this Sunday!) but that didn't work out, and instead we built the statues by hand. But that 3d model did not go to waste, because, screen saver!

I also put an absurd, OCD-level of work into the Lament saver. When I first wrote that thing, back in 1998, I didn't have any 3D modeling software, so the way I cracked the problem was: 1) I modeled it out of clay, cutting apart a cube until I understood how it al fit together, and how the visual effects crew had cheated; 2) then I modeled it out of paper; 3) then I measured that paper, and typed in the numbers. So, anyway, it's 2014 now and flushed with my success at managing to export Maya and Sketchup models in a form that XScreenSaver can ingest, I made new models, re-built all the texture maps and added a bunch of models and behaviors that were missing, like "tube", "sphere" and most importantly, "Leviathan". You all laughed at me for the research I did on this a couple weeks ago, but who's laughing now, punk?

Also, using your finger to spin the various models around on iOS has inertia now. It's soothing.

And finally, I think the OSX auto-updater finally works. It was broken in a very unfortunate way: when it ran, it would give you a dialog showing that an update was available; download it; prompt you for the admin password; and then not actually update anything. Actually it updated the "XScreenSaverUpdater.app" program but not any of the savers! Doh. But I think that it works now. This time for sure. I think.

(If the auto-updater dialog popped up for you before 10:15pm on Sep 10 PDT, it probably didn't work and you're still running 5.29. If it ran later than that -- I think it worked!)

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Ball sack

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