A new story appearing in Salon today, "The perfect man," is suprisingly good. Set sometime in the near-distant future, it chronicles one girl's attempt to create a perfect AI boyfriend.
In Slate, Benjamin Strong ruminates on the "subtle greatness of Terrence Malick's The New World." I could not agree more. Rent it on DVD (since you probably didn't see it in the theaters – it only played for a few weeks).
This past week, the President came to Philadelphia in promotion of nuclear energy. Greenpeace, as they are wont to do, prepared a counterattack in the form of a fact sheet. Sadly, they rushed the job, and printed the following:
In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world's worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].
A Greenpeace spokesperson claims "a colleague was making a joke by inserting the language in a draft that was then mistakenly released." She also doesn't think it's funny.
And finally, a thing certain to scare the living shit out of you: Left Behind: Eternal Forces, a video game described thusly:
This game immerses children in present-day New York City — 500 square blocks, stretching from Wall Street to Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the United Nations headquarters, and Harlem. The game rewards children for how effectively they role play the killing of those who resist becoming a born again Christian. The game also offers players the opportunity to switch sides and fight for the army of the AntiChrist, releasing cloven-hoofed demons who feast on conservative Christians and their panicked proselytes […] The dialogue includes people saying, "Praise the Lord," as they blow infidels away.
The whole thing is really hard to believe, but it's for real. Be sure to check out the game description on this page. Some of it's selling points include:
- Recover ancient scriptures and witness spectacular Angelic and Demonic activity as a direct consequence of your choices.
- Control more than 30 units types – from Prayer Warrior and Hellraiser to Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks!
I know: I can't believe it either.