mustinvestigate: (Giddyup Buttercup)
Title: In All This Blood and Thunder (7/?)
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: none
Warning(s): advanced geekery, WIP
Summary: Rorschach unwittingly enters the Fallout universe. Probably won't make much sense unless you've played at least the main storyline. Possibly not even then.
Note: Set in 1976. Thanks to Doctor Manhattan's random technological phlebotinum, gaming technology leapt directly from 1972's Pong to...this, why not.


7. Levelling )

part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5 - part 6
mustinvestigate: Fallout Nerd Rage perk (nerd rage!)
Sales of luxe doomsday bunkers up 1,000%

Sure, it looks like a super-sweet crash pad in that artist's rendering, but you and I know the reality is going to be dingy rusted corridors, one bed per family, and a single diner with three booths. And maybe a panther.

Where can I apply?
mustinvestigate: Fallout Nerd Rage perk (nerd rage!)
My experience with Dead Money is boringly typical: great characters, frustrating gameplay. Thus, I ramble FOREVER. spoilers? )
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
Title: The Pitt and the Swinger
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: NC-17 for sadism and poor taste
Pairing: nada
Summary: An AU snippet branching out of Outgoing. Don't look at me, some kind soul actually asked for this! :D


30 years later… )
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
Title: Outgoing
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: NC-17 for sax and violins; violence only, for once
Pairing: Courier/war OTP!
Summary: Sequel to Incoming, because a lovely kinkmeme anon wanted an ass-kicking pregnant courier, and I had one lying around.


“I can’t believe I’m going to be late to my own war.” )
mustinvestigate: in all this blood and thunder (enlightenment)
Title: In All This Blood and Thunder (6/?)
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: none
Warning(s): advanced geekery, WIP
Summary: Rorschach unwittingly enters the Fallout universe. Probably won't make much sense unless you've played at least the main storyline. Possibly not even then.
Note: Set in 1976. Thanks to Doctor Manhattan's random technological phlebotinum, gaming technology leapt directly from 1972's Pong to...this, why not.


6. Commuting )

part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5

a sad day

Jan. 20th, 2011 09:37 pm
mustinvestigate: (bernie comic)
Woe is me: I am out of Tobolowsky files. Have bookmarked this for next round of impulse internet shopping. Am officially a raging fangirl.

He's pretty much the ultimate hey-it's-that-guy character actor since Vincent Schiavelli's passed (who I briefly met when he and the entire crew of a wee independent film crammed into Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot on a rainy night, but that's another story), and several of the podcasts are behind-the-scenes on Heroes, Glee, Groundhog's Day, and the like. The bulk of the stories, tho, are taken from his life, and I've been more sucked into them. He's taken to ending these on cliffhangers, and the last one was a humdinger around the birth of his first child. I'm left like, cannot go to imdb or wikipedia, will get spoiled! ...for real life!

So, until the next Tobolosky File appears, I've got Virginia Woolf's Night and Day cued up. Or possibly The Dilbert Principle. Plus, I've got an actual dead-tree book on loan, The Fry Chronicals, which probably won't take more than a weekend when I finally get started. And I want to have another go through How We Became Posthuman since it's got a chapter on Snow Crash...

...I have a madwoman's to-read list.
mustinvestigate: (obsolete models)


Back at the turn of the century (a year most accurately recorded as aught-dickety-aught), I was finishing up an arts degree and had a professor who was a huge Wim Wender fan. While she would recite vast stretches of Wings of Desire verbatim, she would never let the slightest spoiler for Until the End of the World pass her lips. We simply had to experience it for ourselves, and it was a tragedy of the modern world that it was so difficult to get hold of a copy, in any format.

As it turns out...not so much. )
mustinvestigate: (bernie comic)
Today’s adventures in audio-killing time at work: the Towbolowsky Files.

Dude.

Just download them.

Download them all. Because as soon as you listen to the first, you’ll want to nomnomnom them all as fast as you can jam them in your auditory meatus.

How to describe? Something like Jean Shepherd (who you may have heard recently, over and over and over, narrating A Christmas Story), except his stories might lead to a moving anecdote on his mother’s death, or the melancholy hangover of accidentally hosting the most debauched Hollywood party ever and being thus stuck refilling dip bowls and scrubbing vomit off the walls for 30 hours straight. So, not actually SFW, but if your coworkers or co-commuters aren’t hugely observant to the occasional guffaw or sniffle…
mustinvestigate: (bernie comic)
Since my job is primarily data-diving and refining my antisocial skills, I decided to take a break from listening to so much Tom Waits (honing those aforementioned skills a leeeetle too keen) and crack out some classic public domain audio books.

I started with the Sage of Baltimore’s In Defense of Women, and, uh…let’s just say, with a defense like that, we don’t need attackers. I made it through about half the chapters, and to sum those up: women must be smart because they cynically con men into marriage despite the institution being bad for men in every way, and men aren’t even allowed to beat their wives any more; also, women are uniformly ugly, shaped “like a dumbbell run over by an express train.” I can’t say it’s a bad thing you’re all but forgotten in your home town, H. L.

Then, Peter Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread, read by someone with a Benzaie-esque French accent. Turns out there was a passionate anarchist school of communist theory before the revolution, after which Lenin purty much squelched it. Like most pinko theory, great job deconstructing the faults of capitalism, not so great on the faults of humankind that make real existing socialism such a mess…this, speaking as someone who makes Upton Sinclair look like Rush Limbaugh. Nonetheless, his plans for how an anarchist commune would function make the Smurfs look like a fungus-based Rapture, and it’s damn soothing learning how everyone will get the basics of their meals from a communal kitchen (allowing the “housewives” to add their preferred finishing touches), and that other food, houses, and clothes will still remain a person’s personal possessions. And there’ll be no shirkers when everyone has meaningful work! What a picture.

So, I’m 1 for 2 so far. The experiment continues.
mustinvestigate: (Comedian cigar)
Presents! I have a couple of Dreamwidth codes to give away – anyone want?

As steeply as this December has gone downhill, I suspected we’d spend Christmas hanging out the window with improvised weaponry trying to hold the zombie horde at bay. As of almost 11 am, though, there’s no sign of shufflers. Instead, it looks like we’ll be spending the day eating chicken balmoral and blueberry pie, watching bad movies, and maybe swing by a buddy’s place for some Settlers of Catan. Tiny Tim would be proud.

Hope you’re all having a great holiday/long weekend!
mustinvestigate: (bernie comic)
How, exactly, does vigilante crimefighting work?

I don’t mean the kinky costumes and the UST-ridden stake-outs and the fighting and tying to streetlamps and post-patrol shagging which is definitely not gay if you don’t make eye contact.

I mean…how the hell do they prosecute these crimes that are caught through the aforementioned total awesomeness?

Even in the ur-deconstruction of heroic costumed vigilantes, Rorschach encounters people he’s responsible for putting in prison, in said prison. I’m assuming he didn’t show up for court.

Please state your name for the record.
Rorschach.
Your real name.
Rorschach
Sir, your real…
*stenographer renders snap of bailiff’s pinky finger as ‘thkk! aaaaargh!’*


If a heavily beaten thug was deposited on precinct steps, with or without a note declaring them a rapist, wouldn’t the cops’ first response be to treat them as a victim of a violent crime, or (say, if Superman did it and didn’t even have to whack them around first) for wrongful imprisonment, and ask if they want to file a report on the strange assailant in the Halloween costume?

Maybe vigilantes are more like bounty hunters, only going after those the police already have a warrant for, but passing on the reward due to anonymity?

Hmmm.

Also, from the fallout kinkmeme’s twitter feed, this is horribly cathartic. *whiiiiiiiiiiiistle...boom*
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
Title: Incoming (2/2)
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: NC-17 for sax and violins
Pairing: Fallout New Vegas, F!Courier/Benny
Summary: Post-apocalyptia really needs to rediscover latex.
Note: This is the kinkmeme’s fault. And it’s really, really awful. I’ve re-written the worst parts and added a proper ending, but it’s still pretty bad (and consider the other crap I’ve proudly posted before you click on the cut!). Still, I wanted to do right by it, because it broke me out of a dry spell just by being stream-of-consciousness fun. So…*shrug*


Raul had told her about Caesar’s personal guards, a brace of hulking veterans with the depthless doll’s eyes of true fanatics. )
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
Title: Incoming (1/2)
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: NC-17 for sax and violins
Pairing: Fallout New Vegas, F!Courier/Benny
Summary: Post-apocalyptia really needs to rediscover latex.
Note: This is the kinkmeme’s fault. And it’s really, really awful. I’ve re-written the worst parts and added a proper ending, but it’s still pretty bad (and consider the other crap I’ve proudly posted before you click on the cut!). Still, I wanted to do right by it, because it broke me out of a dry spell just by being stream-of-consciousness fun. So…*shrug*


Of all the places the courier had dragged him through, Arcade thought this – lurking outside a toilet stall, fending off paint-peeling glares of the be-skirted ferals the Tops considered “classy lady-types” – was easily the most uncomfortable. )
mustinvestigate: (bernie comic)
Ganked from [personal profile] steals_thyme

Post a snippet from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanation. )

Sheesh. I’m really bad at finishing things.

At least this has forced me to actually find all these drafts and put them in my "current fic" folder. In other organisation news, I’ve finally made a master fic listing post, since even it was impossible even for me to find anything with my indifferent tagging.
mustinvestigate: (Giddyup Buttercup)
Title: Strangers in the Night
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Fallout New Vegas, F!Courier/Lonesome Drifter
Summary: The Mojave wasteland singles’ scene is hard.
(This is the kinkmeme’s fault.)


He spotted the woman when she wanted to be seen, standing on the ridge so that her silhouette was clear against the twilight sky. )
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
Title: Vae Victis (Woe to the Conquered)
Author: MustInvestigate
Disclaimer: I only own action figures
Rating: NC-17
Warning: dub/non-con
Pairing: Fallout New Vegas, Benny/Praetorian
Summary: Advanced interrogation methods meets advanced sheer awesomeness; neither emerges victorious.
(This is the kinkmeme’s fault.)



Caesar examined the platinum chip. )
mustinvestigate: (Fallout - Vegas in a vial)
I killed an evening getting Sims 3 to work with the latest expansion pack, made a tester sim, and sent him to a bar. First thing he does... )

...yeah, it's still no Sims 2, but this game has its moments.
mustinvestigate: Fallout Nerd Rage perk (nerd rage!)
Somehow, I managed to grow up in an era and neighborhood where every family I knew had an entire wall of generic VHS tapes, lovingly labelled as films taped off HBO and Skinamax (usually containing a running order like: “Night of the Living Dead – Beethoven 2 – Robocop – The Care Bears Movie” because You Use Whatever Goddamn Tape Is In The VCR At The Time No Exceptions), and still never see Total Recall. I tried to read the Piers Anthony novelization, but as I recall the first or second page consisted of a sex scene in which the protagonist’s wife’s breasts were described as “big, but not cow-like as so many big breasts are,” and even at 13 I knew to just give up there.

(My other formative memory of Piers Anthony was of literally throwing A Spell For Chameleon out a window…then having to go retrieve it because it was a library book.)

Anyway, I was in the mood for something funny, and that DVD leaped out at me. The husband questioned my rationality, but – Paul Verhoeven? Arnold Schwarzenegger? 80s action-scifi? It had to be a laugh riot.



spoilers for 20-year-old movie? )

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