A Brief History of HumanityThe Star Age: The earliest and most mysterious era of human history. A few fragmentary records exist, although those in the hands of reasonable, scholarly institutions are mostly copies of copies. Not much is known about this age, except that humanity spread itself out through the stars via technological means, and that humanity's control over the material universe became almost godlike. Indeed, the Old God Motlogu claims that it and the other gods are humans or other sapients originating from this era and avoided its fall.A Brief History of Humanity in Settings More Like This
The Cog Lord Era: The fall of human civilization in space and the isolation of the Olmova system. Legends and fragmentary records say that the Cog Lords, artificial intelligences created by humans to manage their empire, were either corrupted or rebelled, for unclear and differing reasons. Ended with the total collapse of human civilization, at least near the Olmova system.
The Unending Winter: A period of barbarism and technophobia among the hu
Where Do We Go From Here? Korra's Season 4Warning: It should go without saying, but there will be spoilers for Legend of Korra season three... actually, there will be spoilers for the whole show. You've been warned.Where Do We Go From Here? Korra's Season 4 in Personal More Like This
With season three over and done with... I have to say... damn. Never has an ending been simultaneously so triumphant and uplifting... and so... soulcrushingly depressing.
The villains have been dealt with (for the most part), the Air Nomads have finally bounced back from near extinction, Tenzin decrees that unlike their ancestors the new Air Nomads should actively follow in Avatar Aang's footsteps and help everyone worldwide like they're the kung fu monk equivalent of Amnesty International, Jinora has become officially appointed as a true airbending master (and with her head shaved, has become the spitting image of her grandfather at her age)...
Korra has been emotionally, psychologically and physically tortured. She's devastated, reduced to a shell of her form
Book Recommendations of the Week, Pt. 1!Two things I adore: reading and sharing my love of reading with others, usually by way of - well, obviously - recommending whatever it was I was reading that day. Today, I feel the need to share as many books I love with as many people as possible! In fact, I have so many on my mind I have to split this journal into three parts by necessity.Book Recommendations of the Week, Pt. 1! in Personal More Like This
The following is a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and other works of high concept genre fiction. Hopefully, they all run the gamut that at least one or two could pique your interest.
Here we go...
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Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko): This magic realist/darkly satirical novel covers multiple story arcs occurring simultaneously, all over the American Southwest and Central America, with such colourful protagonists as arms dealers, black market organ dealers, drug kingpins, assassins, revolutionaries, trickster gods and ancient spirits. At
Death Battle Monster Mash: Count DraculaDeath Battle Monster Mash: Count Dracula in General Fiction More Like This
(Instead of the traditional Death Battle theme, it's replaced with the famous opening... of The Twilight Zone
Rod Serling: You're about to enter a world of hypothetical scenarios - of fictional duels between equally fictional personas, dreamt by pop cultural enthusiasts with nary a passing familiarity with time. It's a world beyond purpose, beyond point, beyond any real meaning save for the obvious...
The Crypt-Keeper: It's just fun, kiddies! (hyena-like cackling)
Rod Serling: I'm Rod Serling.
The Crypt-Keeper: And I'm the Crypt-Keeper! And as professional ghosts - (another burst of chuckling at his own silly pun) - it's our duty to give you the inside scoop of these a-listers of the silver screen, celebrities in the realms of horror and terror, chillers and thrillers! We'll be like TMZ, except you can actually trust us to be less dead inside than they ar
Upcoming Films of 2015...That catch my eye.Upcoming Films of 2015... in Personal More Like This
Hopefully, this will be another fun year at the cinema, eh?
Jupiter Ascending: The Wachowski's batshit insane space opera so hokey, so stupid, so cheesy, it threatens to be interesting.
Jurassic World: Hey, "good" raptors vs. Frankenstein Dinosaur? I'm down for that.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Oh, God, please don't suck.
Chappie: Neil Blomkamp's last movie didn't thrill audiences, so here's hoping a story about a robot developing sentience while kidnapped by gangsters for their own nefarious ends makes amends for that. Honestly, it sounds like a grittier version of those Short Circuit movies.
In the Heart of the Sea: Ooooh, this looks good. So good. This will "technically" be something of an adaptation of Moby Dick, since it's based on the alleged events that inspired the novel to begin with.
Cinderella: On the one hand, Kenneth Branagh. On the other hand, Kenneth Branagh.
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Monster Mash to End All Monster MashesThe Monster Mash to End All Monster Mashes in General Fiction More Like This
The Crypt Keeper: The freaks and geeks have spoken, kiddies!
Rod Serling: Our combatants are about to drive into a realm of senseless violence, of a theoretical gladiatorial arena hosted in the pop cultural landscape... next stop, Death Battle.
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Mist creeped over the dirt and cobblestone, enshrouding all the world beneath its heavy coat. Like a wolf, the wind howled this night, echoing across the abandoned village. Far above, a full moon hung in the sky, a great unblinking white eye. The villagers had long abdicated, leaving behind a barren home. Then there was the train of Ancient Egyptian relics that conveniently broke down just outside the village, everyone succumbed to a mysterious and opportunistic plague. Save the howling wind, there was a silence in the air.
It was, in short, the perfect scenery for what was to transpire this evening.
Out of the mist, there came a
Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a SurvivorI tried to kill myself.Ladies and Gentlemen... Confessions of a Survivor in Personal More Like This
I was nearly successful.
I had a loaded gun, and in the darkest moment of my life - at my absolute lowest, after a long chain of shitty life events after shitty life events - I stared into the barrel. I had thought about it for ages. I locked myself in the bedroom. The cats scratched at my door, they mewled for me. They cried for me. Thoughts raced through my head; regrets, broken hopes, endless self-loathing, feeling everything was eternally out of my each...
After long deliberation...
I pulled the trigger.
... Against all odds...
The damn thing jammed.
I'm not a religious woman, but that was a damn miracle. A one in a million stroke of luck. It was as if sanity prevailed, as I immediately came to realize, drowned in sweat and fear and pumping adrenaline as I was, "Dear God, what the fuck am I doing?"
I unloaded the pistol, locked it in my safe... and both cried and drank myself to sleep that night.
An Interesting Take on Manliness"To be moved by anger is not manly, but courtesy and kindness, as they are more agreeable to human nature, so also are they more manly; and he who possesses these qualities possesses strength, nerve and courage, and not the man who is subject to fits of rage and discontent. The nearer one's mind is to freedom from anger, the nearer it is to strength, and as pain is characteristic of weakness, so also is anger. For he who yields to pain and he who yields to anger, both are wounded and both submit."An Interesting Take on Manliness in Personal More Like This
- Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 AD to 180 AD)
A valid point... but on the other hand, what about righteous anger? The anger brought about by injustice and indignation? The anger engendered by empathy for your fellow man, when people are subject to violence and horror by true bastards?
One wonders if distinctions in the various shades of anger need to be made. After all, anger has served an evolutionary purpose, and has likely been a component to the survival of our spe
Prelude: Master Chief vs. Commander ShepardPrelude: Master Chief vs. Commander Shepard in General Fiction More Like This
The Gentleman: Hello, hello, one and all, welcome to Death Battle. In lieu of my usual hosts, I have a special guest star here tonight. She might be constituted from light and code, but that hasn’t stopped her from winning the hearts (and in some cases, libidos) of fans. Ladies and gentlemen, one of gaming’s favourite AI personalities, Cortana!
(A holographic sprite pops up, revealing the full figure of Cortana)
Cortana: Hi, happy to be here!
The Gentleman: Welcome to the show, Cortana.
Cortana: Well, since they – spoilers – killed me off in Halo 4, I’ve had more than a little free time on my hands. When your people called my people, and asked for the Chief’s presence and profile, I knew I had to volunteer. Someone has to represent my guy, faithfully and accurately.
The Gentleman: Are you insinuating I wouldn’t have been otherwise?
Cortana: I’m one of the most advanced artificial intelligences known to man, Mr. Gentleman. As we speak, I
DB Announcement: Let's Talk Spin-Off'sThis is an idea I've been kicking around with the guys in the core chat, but what if we deviated slightly from the Death Battle formula? Do a little variation of the same theme, spun in a new context? Not calling for a massive overhaul, let's not reinvent the wheel here.DB Announcement: Let's Talk Spin-Off's in Personal More Like This
Nah, I'm talking a spin off series from Death Battle.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...
Logo designed by the ever amazing :iconwater-frez:
Instead of fights to the death, we place individual contestants on a dangerous obstacle course with a clear goal. Six go in, only one makes it out alive and escapes the obstacle intact. The obstacle courses will be famous locales from everywhere in the popular culture, from famous movies, video games and the like.
Winners will be determined in much the same fashion we determine a winner for a Death Battle: by best argument, by which contestant has the best argument backing him or
Prelude: The Special Infected vs. The NecromorphsPrelude: The Special Infected vs. The Necromorphs in General Fiction More Like This
Rod Serling: Submitted for your approval, an unholy war of the dead.
Crypt Keeper: So that's what it means to give your life to the Marine Corpse, heh heh.
Rod Serling: Though both share the same genus as "Homo Coprophagus Somnambulus," both are peculiar strains, offshoots of the concept of the simple zombie taken in a myriad of strange and grotesque directions. In this corner, the Special Infected of Left 4 Dead.
Crypt Keeper: And the Necromorphs of Dead Space!
Rod Serling: As always, we are your humble hosts for this Halloween celebration of the dark and the macabre, and the violent conflict that ensues.
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The Special Infected
First Appearance: Left 4 Dead (2008)
Miracle of Song Theme:
Rod Serling: In a world besieged by a zombie apocalypse, four survivors must brave through the ruins of America to find safety. At every turn, they're confronted w