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GDC journal (last updated at 1:32 PST) - (2001-03-21)

Tony - Digital Garbage:
Snow Rocks - (2001-03-07)

Dan - The Word:
Chicken Scratches - (2001-05-23)

Jason - The Gospel According To Bigfoot:
A Brief Look at the State of Comics - (2001-03-07)

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Testing games for Nintendo
(2001-06-07 - fun for profit)
Samba De Amigo
(2001-03-13 - video game)
Silent Hill
(2001-03-11 - video game)

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Hight Tide in Savannah GA!
(2001-03-16 - Frisbe Tourny)
Snow Sphinx!
(2001-03-05 - Snow Mayhem)
Karaoke! @ Ichiban
(2001-02-25 - Silliness)

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Running Amuck in Europe
(2001-06-09 - Fear for Europe)
Snatch
(2001-05-31 - DVD)
Exams!
(2001-05-23 - Obscure Ritual)

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Moving To NY For The Summer
(2001-06-03 - scary as heck)
Rereading Maus
(2001-05-12 - comic)
Finnegans Wake
(2001-05-12 - novel)

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Updates Mondayish


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June 22, 2001

Continuing this week of completely odd scheduling, I'm back at the reins of the news post. If you're here for the Funny, you know the drill.

So, I just spent two weeks tooling around Europe, as you may have gathered from some of the hints dropped to you by the guys. It was a fantastic couple of weeks, and I managed to cover about seven cities in five countries (not including the UK). Given that today (Thursday) I started the day in Paris, went through London for about forty five minutes, and ended up in Edinburgh, you can believe that I am really really tired right now. But glad to be someplace stationary.

That of course changes in three more days, when on Monday I return to London. This will be my final departure from Edinburgh, the city that has been my home for the last six months, and I will miss it greatly. Though I never thought I would make it through my time here, I've grown to love this odd little city, and I sincerely hope I will get the chance to return in the not too distant future. It will be odd returning home, as I haven't set foot in the U.S. since I left. Familiar things will seem strange, and strange new things even more so. But I look forward to going back and seeing people and places that I've missed over the last several months. It will be good to be home.

This being said, no news update would be complete without a little bit of news to go along with it. I've spent the last few hours trying to catch up on the comics I do read (and of course, some of them have since packed it in while others have returned to active duty. Compounding this with catching up from the deluge of email that I received (which included CXM, as well as two frisbee teams, the Cornell anime club, a ton of spam, apartment mates from school, parents, and a handful of person correspondance), it has been hard to seize upon actual facts that may be interesting to you, as many have been submerged in the other news of the past week. But a few minor things have come to my attention, and though no doubt you are all better informed than I, I feel it my civic duty to regurgitate these factoids of the week.

If you've been living under a rock, or traveling in Europe for the last two weeks, it may have escaped your notice that the first installment of the Star Wars saga is finally making its way to DVD. I mentioned this a few months ago, and along with it my dilemma. The Phantom Menace DVD is packed to the gills with extras; according to the official site, over seven hours worth. Those who know me know that I am an avid Star Wars enthusiast (their jaws are currently hanging slack at the enormity of that understatement - this strip hit pretty close to the mark), and now I am forced to decide if I buy the TPM DVD, wait four years for the gigantic six part box set that is sure to appear, or...buy both. Lend me your words of advice. I promise I will return them.

A few major things jumped out at me from the AICN frontpage. Going from the bottom to the top, you might be interested in the new Spider-Man one-sheet, giving a little taste of the superhero flick that we'll all be drooling over next year. But even better than that was the ecstatic headline which blew me away reading simply: "John Woo to make giant budget independent all cgi hard edged TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movie!!! For real!!!" If that doesn't make you click, nothing will.

Signing out for tonight. I'll be back with the news on Monday, then I have another week off. Cheerio and all that rot.


Dan Moren took about twenty minutes to realize that now that he was back in the UK he didn't need to try to communicate with people in French.

Quote of the Day: "I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that doesn't have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright."
-E.B. White, Bedfellows



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