Son Finds His Late Dad’s ‘Ghost’ In A Racing Video Game
This is lovely, strange, and wrenching all at the same time. A teenager whose father passed away when he was just six had pulled out an old Xbox game that he and his dad used to play together, only to discover a part of his father lived on in the game, as a ghost car.
This is less supernatural than that sentence sounds. In racing video games, a ghost car is a representation of a previous player’s inputs and actions as they drove the track previously. Usually, the fastest laps are stored as ghost cars and then used by players to help them find the best line around a track, or have a way to compete with another player in a time-shifted way.
Via Jake H.
By the light of the Moon River.
This and many other sketches will be available at New York Comic Con, October 10-13. Come by and see me in Artist’s Alley at table C-15.
they got mad
The problem with people taking lyrics literally.
a wolf is a creature of hunger and love: Internet Abbreviations as Discourse Particles -
I find it really interesting that abbreviations online have abandoned sound-based abbreviations (is there an actual term for it? Things like “c u l8r”) in favor of actual abbreviations for things that have nothing to do with the content itself and are more like qualifiers (lbr, tbh, imho).
This reminds me of John McWhorter’s observations about lol and hey as discourse particles: he describes “lol” as marking empathy and “hey” as a topic shift. I’d say that the other current abbreviations like tbh, imo/imho, iirc, idk/idek, omg/omgz, wtf, etc. can have a similar type of function in marking the attitude of the speaker (well, writer) towards a particular idea.
Notice how the same statement (chosen to sound pragmatically appropriate in an informal, tumblr-like context) has a very different illocutionary force when accompanied by different markers.
(1) tbh they’d make a terrible couple. (certain knowledge)
(2) imo they’d make a terrible couple. (belief)
(3) iirc they made a terrible couple. (uncertain memory)
(4) idk they’d make a terrible couple. (uncertain, disbelief)
(5) omg they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, excitement)
(6) wtf they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, disbelief)
(7) lol they’d make a terrible couple. (empathy)
Perhaps this is the closest that English will get to having a system of evidentials…
APE IN A CAPE: Wondering About Wonder Woman -
I am thinking about the generational shift in characters.
For a long, long time, when you mentioned Batman, I am told, the average person’s mind went directly to the campy (but fun) 60’s tv show. That was Batman to the non-comics-reading public.
At this point, I think a huge percentage of the…
(Source: lost-it-all-forever, via goldenheartedrose)
that feeling when you realize that you are actually the intended demographic for a piece of media for the first time in your life
Sarah531 (has numbers in front of her name): I am incredibly delighted and humbled that my Companions as literary... -
I am incredibly delighted and humbled that my Companions as literary characters set got so many notes. Seriously. And I figured I might elaborate on it a bit!
Rose as Little Red Riding Hood: Obviously, the Bad Wolf connection. Plus, Rose wears a red hoodie sometimes. BUT! The original story has…