Archive for August 21, 2006

Starfox Command

Suffers from the exact opposite problem of the post below. Basically, the overhead strategy view is suspensfull, the actual battles on the planets usually suck and are predictable. Hence planning your overall movements are important, but each individual mission usually feels rather bland, but then again I’m only 2 maps into the first mission after the training level, so it might get better. New Super Mario got better after awhile too. Still feeling this one out.

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August 21, 2006 at 9:24 pm 1 comment

SAW

I saw SAW tonight on TV and actually thought it was a pretty good horror flick, but the ending sucked and that’s what brings up a good point. It’s quite easy to make a thousand convuluted linkages between people, and to even make these links stick by adding drama and plot twists. SAW is essentially one giant puzzle of motives and it makes good use of these to drag the plot along. Danny Glover as the cop for instance really does seem desperate and somewhat believable in the terror he shows, but the ending sucks becuase after such a highly detialed emphaisis on the character’s relations and the almost cartoon like levels of desperation they reach the ending fails to deliver the final twist that drags the twists to an adequate conclusion, which say Seven or The Usual Suspects did manage to do, the film draws you into a clock-like world that hits a bad note at the end. SAW suffers from a similar problem that I have, spending to much on the micro-elements and missing the meaning of the whole.

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August 21, 2006 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

Tired of Meaning by Richard Anderson — How Judges Should Judge by Jeremy Waldron

“Underpinning the work, or theory, of Hays and Eisenman is a presupposition that architecture is part of a signifying process, that it is about making and interpreting meaning. Whiting and Somol are tired of meaning.” I do have to admit that after so many years of interpreation being possible of anything etc.etc. the world does seem damp and moldy with meaning at the moment. “Judges applying their own values are likely to do much more for the public good than politicians sitting in the pork barrels that we call legislatures…if it is worth deferring to the antiquated clauses of the Constitution or to some well-established statutory or doctrinal rule, it is only becuase a modicum of value can be gained from not dissappointing the expectations of those who are more invested… in the meaning of these materials.”  Basically, if you take the nihilistic extremism of interpretation, tha anything can mean anything then you don’t need to pay attention to history, it’s more important to focus on the present good. “Semiological tools and concepts produced a discursive field in which meaning, or the negation of meaning, was the dominant form of theoretical engagement.” Basically everything had to connect back to the big topics of semiotics, it became annoying, now these guys are dropping it. “The Framers were educated men… They did not seek to freeze their own judgements on this matter…” By leaving certian legal clauses vague, the framer’s of the constitution sought to open up the field of interpretation for certian laws allowing people through out the ages the flexibility to interpret them at their own will. They set certian limits by their words, but they didn’t specify what each one means.

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August 21, 2006 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment


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