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18th Jun 2012, 12:00 AM
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Test Subjects Aplenty
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Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey everyone, I hope you had a great weekend!

So... not quite Teletubbies :D Or at least if it is, they are hunting them down and devouring their sweet, sweet brains :D

If you're into Planetside 2, go back one, and see a little thing that June drew up to try to help me get a Beta Key :)

Thanks again to everyone who is voting on TWC. Somehow we're in 5th place, and I'm guessing we get some clicks from it :)

Other than that, have a great week, and we'll see you on Thursday!
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Hello

Ever try to catch a straw with your tongue when you can't see?
User comments:
Nightsky edit delete reply
Nightsky
Not even Robert can explain everything away so easily.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
We should just get Robert a shirt that says "Because I'm the Evil Dictator!"

Why do you have to justify anything when you are an Evil Dictator, that defeats the purpose of being both Evil, and a Dictator?!?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Nightsky - Unless he uses T.Gatto's approach :D

@T.Gatto - That would be horrible for his propaganda department :)
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
Haha. I want a virtual reality interface. I'd be a space marine with powered assualt armor, and Umh cool alien weapons and ... Know what screw it I'll just go play halo.
Nightsky edit delete reply
Nightsky
Oh yeah, quick question... If they're just heads, where does the TOGM go?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - You're missing out :P

@Nightsky - "It's the Ciiiircle of Life..." Note that they are on a stand which may or may not be solid. (It is not.)

cudjoej43 - :O Now if only I could make an automated, broken english replybot, it'd be a match made in internet heaven!
PhilC edit delete reply
PhilC
Oooh, razor-sharp, insightful commentary on today's society, with people plugged into virtual reality with the internet, MMORPGs, facebook, etc., with no self determination or control, powerless, letting mostly benevolent others pull the strings. Sort of like I am, right now.
Or it's just zombies.
Either way, good stuff!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I'm certain that if anyone ever did an English paper on TOGM, it would be shown to be pretty deep and insightful...

Only half of that would actually be intentional, but they'd insist that was what we were going for anyway :)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Teletubbies don't have brains. This was universally agreed by my mum and her friends when I was at playgroup :-D (my mother's hatred of children's TV presenters meant that I learnt the word "lobotomy" when I was three years old)
For Ones, VR human-hunting is better than hopeless wandering. But for the higher numbers there's better stuff to do... don't get carried away, Robert. Maybe that's why Robert kept Thomas alive: so that there'd be someone who wasn't involved in this (not in awe or fighting against) to keep Robert from going completely off his rocker.
the_brigand (Guest) edit delete reply
what's the problem, a bunch of brainless zombies decapitated and kept happy. What's more inhumane, keeping them happy and fed in a jar where they think the world is their playground or letting them stumble around lost and starving out in the real world?
Thomas has convinced me to liberate my plants from the garden.. be free radishes!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Who is to say that the extent of the program is the hunt? :)

@the_brigand - That's the point Robert's trying to make. It's actually more humane to give them the fake world where their needs are taken care of than risk their well being when every death costs the society as a whole.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
It's good there's a bit of overlap though... There is some subtext in this story :)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Just as "Beauty lies in the Eye of the beholder" I would argue; What good is context that does not lie in the minds of the readers?

Though admittedly, I have had a few wacky English teachers, and some very good ones throughout my education, and the validity of their interpretation is probably more skewed for the wacky ones.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What's the new avatar, Magravan?
My English teachers have mainly been fairly normal - although my complete obtuseness when it comes to subtext has definitely annoyed them slightly, because they had to sit there and explain it so that I would get a decent grade - but my final one was a complete nutjob: she still had her old English schoolbooks and essays from Year Nine onwards (high school to Americans), she forced me to annotate *in* my source books (I do *not* write *in* perfectly good books except under extreme duress! I make notes in an exercise book instead), she indeed saw subtext where there was none (even the other pupils agreed), she didn't have as good a memory for quotes as I did (and got cross when I outdid her - I was supposed to be class slacker), she didn't always let me stare out of the window while she droned on, and - worst crime of all - she failed to mark the essay which had taken me all half-term (one week) to write. I could have strangled her for that last one! Wacky teachers should either go and become writers or stick to other subjects - everybody likes wacky maths and science teachers (although wacky PE teachers are deadly).

Incidentally, I got a B for English Literature and an A for English Language!
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Excuse that last post - I am *so* sorry about that, I had three chocolate bars earlier!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@T.Gatto - That's a big part of it... We're giving glimpses into the world, but your mind creates a lot of the story on the own.. But some English teachers go a little overboard on it.

I've had some decent English teachers, and one really, REALLY fantastic one... Which I had several times. I would actually like to get in touch with him again sometime, just to see where life took him afterward...

Unfortunately he left Ontario due to problems with how the government was treating teachers, and I think he ended up in Michigan... If any of the readers have gotten this far and know a Mr. Sheehan in Michigan, ask him if he ever taught in Ontario :D (And if he did, give him my email address!)

@aok666 - That's the sign of the Vanu Sovereignty, a faction in Planetside 2, a MMOFPS game that I am really looking forward to ;)

I was hoping to hold out for a picture that Kristy's hopefully still drawing for me, but I thought I'd like to change it up... There's only so long I wanted to look at a picture of my Mafia character shot in the face :D

Did you get the essay marked eventually?