Agenda: Mass Media
Turn on. Tune out. Fill your brain with static.
Then … OBEY.
Evidence Card 0037: Istanbul
“Where’ve you been all this time, Sal?”
“Been out on a wild goose chase. Someone called in and ordered a large pizza with the works to be delivered to somewhere in Constantinople. I couldn’t find the place.”
“It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”
“It’s Istanbul. Not Constantinople.”
“Why’d they change it?”
“I can’t say. People just liked it better that way.”
“Well … should I take this back to Constantinople?”
“You can’t go back to Constantinople. It’s been a long time gone.”
“Then … why did Constantinople get the works?”
“That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’.”
Evidence Card 0036: India
Mumbai, India—Archaeologists digging in advance of a new, high capacity sewer tunnel have excitedly announced the recent discovery of the world’s oldest known tech support center.
Dating back to the 11th Century reign of Rajaraja Kulothunga Chola I, the complex of scribes and messengers reportedly received and answered written messages from perplexed European crusaders seeking guidance in matters of tactics and siege warfare.
Theory 15: Occupation Force
“What is it, Private?”
“Sir, explain to me again why we’re invading downtown Des Moines.”
“We’ve got to soften up the American people.”
“Soften them up, sir?”
“To get them ready for the arrival of our alien overlords.”
“Oh … so, we need to oppress our own citizens so they’re ready to accept the aliens’ authority.”
“No! We need to literally soften them up. Greys don’t have teeth and human flesh is hard for them to swallow.”
Evidence Card 0035: Nuclear Submarine
It takes a special breed of cold-blooded human to travel by submarine.
It takes a special strain of insanity to do so for six months at a time in a submarine powered by nuclear reactor and carrying 200 nuclear warheads.
Luckily, there seems to be no shortage of volunteers. ‘Cuz sailors be cray-cray.
Underestimate the power of things unseen at your own peril, mundane.
Especially the ones that affect your credit rating.
Evidence Card 0034: Patsy
“Sir, this is a dire matter of national security. Take this rifle up to that window … a car will be coming by carrying an alien clone of the president! You alone can kill it and save the country! Here are two movie tickets for your troubles. Good luck!”
Just a random posting of an old map I drew many ages ago.
This is the realm of Syskuun, which began as a roleplaying setting before being expanded to serve as the setting for a series of stories that still may, someday, become novels.
My creation of Syskuun was a reaction … Continue reading
Evidence Card 0033: Military Industrial Complex
Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
— T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men
What’s happening with me? Not much at the moment. Well, wait … I shall amend. Not much worth blogging about at length.
This weekend saw some small progress made on Metropolis, my ambitious tabletop urban development sim. And, by small progress, I mean some tiny map tiles were made. My transport network … Continue reading