Asker Anonymous Asks:
Now that you've finished P.T. What are your overall thoughts on it? Also, what do you see Kojima and Del Toro doing with Silent Hills?
fastkarate fastkarate Said:

It’s cool as heck!

You never know who’s doing what (if they’re doing anything at all) with these big names attached to products. But if Kojima and del Toro are only tangentially involved, they sure found people that can ape that style. They do a lot with movement and camera that you wish games would do, because maybe it’d be cool if games played around with the tools they had to make the experience disorienting or frustrating or weird. The camera movement in P.T. is bizarre. It takes a few minutes to get used to how your head sort of swims around. Midway through the game your perspective and movement changes, and suddenly the game blurs when you move, skittering forward at super speed like some scuttling creature. 

The look and movement of the monster is immediately evocative of 2013’s Mama—which del Toro produced, not directed—the short of which you can watch on Youtube.

(spoiler warning: MEGA SPOOKS)

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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

this would remind me It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia if it weren’t so troubling (and that show would have the protesters be the butt of the joke)

My home town.

Want to say “fuckin’ tourists”

But there’s more than enough home-grown racism to go around already.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How do you feel about filmmakers, writers, or whoever that create stuff you really like, but also find the creator themselves rather repulsive for things they say or do? Examples being Orson Scott Card with his homophobia, Mel Gibson with his racism/antisemitism, etc. Does the artist affect the art in your mind, is essentially what I'm asking.
fastkarate fastkarate Said:


It depends entirely on a few different factors.

The big question is, do the artist’s ass-clown opinions about social issues/minorities/ectetera leak into the art they’re creating?

If the answer is “yes”, then yes, it does matter and I’m likely not going to partake of their work. For example, Larry Clark is a gross ephebophile who fetishizes teenage boys and you  c a n n o t  escape that shit in his movies, which linger on sweaty 15-year old abs for way too long in every other shot. His movies do have some good qualities, but the ephebophile stuff is so rampant that I can’t sit through his work.

If the answer is “no” and I think the person is a pretty good artist in spite of his or her shitty baby opinions, then I’ll generally partake with a caveat in the back of my mind “this was made by an asshole, but so long as it isn’t a sermon about how much they hate gay people or whatever, I’ll observe it as a piece of questionable art and judge it afterward”. Many of Mel Gibson’s movies fall into this category for me. Gibson is a disturbed alcoholic abusive bigoted monster who also made some really good movies that have nothing to do with any of that, like Apocalypto. I’d have missed out on a really striking film if I’d skipped that due to Gibson’s monster status. I think it’s still worth observing art made by incredibly troubled people, so long as they’re also talented people making interesting things that aren’t just drenched in their godawful bullshit. I mean, most of the old Renaissance masters were bizarro-world sister-fucking weirdos, but we ignore all of that because they painted inspiring beautiful works of art that enrich the world. It isn’t black-and-white “this artist thinks [terrible thing] so I can’t find any value in anything they create ever or that means I’m somehow agreeing with [terrible thing]”. It’s case-by-case, artist-by-artist, your subjective choices based on your personal philosophy on this subject.

But the one constant, at least for me, is that if I’m going to even kind of tolerate one of these asshats, their art has to be really good. I’m of the opinion that Orson Scott Card is a boring writer with boring ideas (no, I don’t think Ender’s Game is particularly good - it’s alright, I suppose, but nothing special) so I can safely ignore his work while also knowing he’s a terrible bigot. That’s handy when that happens, since you can just wash your hands of it all completely. “Oh, he’s a homophobe and also not much more than a middling talent? Cool, I can ignore him!”

The important thing when it comes to art and your relationship to that art via the artist is, chiefly, your personal philosophy on what you can tolerate, what you’re willing to overlook, and what’s most important to you in terms of art appreciation/observation. I’d be curious to hear how other people interpret this question and what their criteria are.

Every time I think “This Sock Baby is a Sock Baby Jesus” I feel like I’m rubbing Doug Tennapel’s shoulders in his corner of the gay bigotry boxing match. :( But anyway Earthworm Jim always sucked so I don’t feel too bad?

There’s probably not much thought to put into this besides “a case by case basis.” Boycotts, even just personal ones, are tricky. It feels good to shun Chik Fil A’s shitty sandwiches, but if you rejected everything touched by anyone gross you’d starve, right? It’s not easy, but it really can’t be. I’d fault someone less for erring on the side of caution re: supporting jerks—not giving jerks money or attention is probably better in all instances—but there’s no one size fits all, there’s no discrete quotient of ill intent above which you should start abhorring products or services.

Just be a thoughtful person and do your best. 

(Ender’s Game didn’t move me as much as people thought it should, either :/ even when trying to consider it among its contemporaries)


The Cutest Little hedgehog in the World

Focus on the photographic series Shota Tsukamoto with his hedgehog elected the world’s cutest. Based in Japan, she staged an original and fun way her adorable hedgehog 3 years old.

Last one she all like “W-what’d they do to you mom? …Mom? Mom??”

(via norondor)

Neighbor’s Wifi, July 4th, when I visited my parents:


Neighbor’s Wifi, today, when I visited my parents:



So what I spent my morning making printable standees for Pathfinder and posting them on boardgamegeek. No big deal. Don’t worry about it.

(status: searching for board game stores in brooklyn who have received their product)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Have you both finished 20th Century Boys? I would prefer a dinnercast on that....
fastkarate fastkarate Said:

Nope! Fell off it because the pacing was way too slow for something that comes out every other month. Never picked it back up.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Would you consider playing/streaming "Five Nights at Freddy's"?
fastkarate fastkarate Said:

This looks totally bizarre. Some kind of FMV Point and Click/Lifeline/Come On Y’All Know Chucky Cheese Automatons Were Your Worst Nightmare

I’d definitely try it!